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Carmody still out ..... New Castle-Q. Valley likely a sellout ..... Girls state rankings

Written by Mike White on .

It is not known when Mars star junior Robby Carmody will return from an ankle injury. But while things aren't exactly going swimmingly without Carmody, the Planets aren't calling for the life preserver.

"We're just trying to tread water," said Rob Carmody, Robby's father and Mars' coach. "We're being led by young players. When Robby comes back, maybe they'll feel more comfortable in their roles. In the long term, maybe it will be a good thing with the experience they're getting, as long as we can figure out a way to still get in the playoffs."

Robby Carmody is a 6-foot-4 junior guard with a number of major-college scholarship offers. He was averaging 24 points a game before he sustained a sprained ankle late in a Jan. 15 game against Holy Name of Ohio. With Robby Carmody, Mars was 10-3 overall, 5-0 in WPIAL 5A Section 2 and had moved into the No. 1 spot in the Post-Gazette 5A rankings. But without Carmody, Mars lost its past two games to Hampton (76-56) and Knoch (64-62).

Now in the section standings, Chartiers Valley is in first at 5-1, while Hampton, Mars and Moon all have two losses. Montour is in fifth place at 2-4. The top four teams make the playoffs. Mars is in good shape to still make the playoffs.

"I would think maybe we might get him back in the next week to 10 days," said Carmody the coach. "He has gone bananas in physical therapy. He's going three times a day. He's already off crutches and out of a boot.

"Maybe our record wouldn't be what it would be if he had him. But we just have to get to the playoffs. We're still in the hunt for the section championship. But we can't rush Robby back to try and win the section and he has a setback. We want to win every game, we want to win the section and our guys will compete and do whatever it takes. But we can't risk him not being around for the playoffs. We don't want a long-term setback because we rushed him back."

A player seeing more time because of Robby Carmody's injury is Mike Carmody, a freshman and Robby's younger brother. Mike Carmody has scored in double figures the past two games.

Sellout for 1 vs. 2 showndown

Best game this week? How about Tuesday night when New Castle plays at Quaker Valley. It's a 1 vs. 2 game as New Castle is ranked No. 1 in WPIAL 4A and Quaker Valley 2. But if you want to see the game and don't have a ticket, forget it.

Quaker Valley has an old, small gymnasium. Quaker Valley coach and athletic director Mike Mastroianni said capcity is about 600. Mastroianni said today there will no tickets sold at the door. He also said the school will only sell tickets until 3 p.m. today.

This is the biggest regular-season game at Quaker Valley in a long time. Old gym. Packed house. Two excellent teams. Should be tremendous atmosphere. (Pictured is Quaker Valley standout point guard Amos Luptak).

"We had some big games here with Aliquippa in the past and with some other teams when we were going for section titles," said Mastroianni. "But nothing at this level with fans and anticipation. This is definitely the top level."

New Castle is ranked No. 1, but Quaker Valley is certainly capable of winning. In December, Quaker Valley lost at New Castle, 54-53. Quaker Valley had a lead, but a few turnovers down the stretch were killers.

In fact, if you made me pick, I will go Quaker Valley.

Thorpe solid on Penn State?

Maybe the C.J. Thorpe and Penn State saga is over. Maybe.

Thorpe, a highly-touted offensive lineman at Central Catholic, was committed to Penn State, then wanted to look at a few other schools, but now says he is set on Penn State.

Thorpe committed to Penn State last spring, but visited UCLA two weekends ago. His father, Chris, said last week that C.J. would also visit Michigan this Friday. But C.J. made his official visit to Penn State this weekend and said on his Twitter account Sunday. "100% committed to PSU, saw the options and I'm staying home. #WeAre!!"

Girls state rankings

Here are the latest girls basketball state rankings, compiled by Jeff Reinhart and Lancaster Newspapers:

CLASS 6A
1. Pine-Richland (WPIAL) 16-0 — last week: 2
2. Cardinal O'Hara (District 12) 10-4 — last week: 1
3. North Allegheny (WPIAL) 15-1 — last week: 3
4. Cumberland Valley (District 3) 13-3 — last week: 4
5. Cedar Crest (District 3) 16-0 — last week: 6
6. North Penn (District 1) 13-2 — last week: 7
7. Penn Hills (WPIAL) 12-2 — last week: 9
8. Central Bucks West (District 1) 12-3 — last week: 6
9. Easton (District 11) 13-2 — last week: 8
10. Plymouth-Whitemarsh (District 1) 14-0 — last week: NR

Moving out: Mt. Lebanon.
Coming in: Plymouth-Whitemarsh.

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Abington (1) 12-4, Allen (11) 10-5, Altoona (6) 10-5, Bethel Park (WPIAL) 10-5, Boyertown (1) 12-3, Cedar Cliff (3) 12-4, Central Bucks South (1) 14-3, Central Dauphin (3) 12-3, Central Dauphin East (3) 11-5, Central York (3) 15-2, Coatesville (1) 13-3, Conestoga (1) 15-1, Council Rock North (1) 10-4, Downingtown East (1) 11-3, Garnet Valley (1) 14-1, Governor Mifflin (3) 13-3, Hempfield Area (WPIAL) 10-3, Methacton (1) 12-4, Mt. Lebanon (WPIAL) 12-4, Nazareth (11) 14-2, Neshaminy (1) 11-4, Norwin (WPIAL) 10-4, Parkland (11) 10-3, Peters Township (WPIAL) 10-4, Pocono Mountain East (11) 10-5, Scranton (2) 10-5, Souderton (1) 13-3, Spring-Ford (1) 13-4, Stroudsburg (11) 12-3, Upper Dublin (1) 11-4.

CLASS 5A
1. Archbishop Wood (District 12) 8-5 — last week: 1
2. Southern Lehigh (District 11) 14-0 — last week: 2
3. Hampton (WPIAL) 13-1 — last week: 3
4. Trinity (WPIAL) 14-1 — last week: 4
5. Archbishop Ryan (District 12) 16-1 — last week: 5
6. Harrisburg (District 3) 14-2 — last week: 7
7. Warren (District 10) 12-1 — last week: 9
8. Springfield—Delco (District 1) 14-1 — last week: 10
9. Archbishop Carroll (District 12) 10-4 — last week: 6
10. Fort LeBoeuf (District 10) 12-2 — last week: 8

Moving out: None.
Coming in: None.

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Bangor (11) 13-2, Central Tech (10) 10-3, Cocalico (3) 11-5, Dover (3) 13-3, Fleetwood (3) 12-2, Gateway (WPIAL) 11-3, Girard (10) 8-4, Greencastle-Antrim (3) 12-3, Henderson (1) 10-5, Lampeter-Strasburg (3) 13-3, Mars (WPIAL) 10-5, New Oxford (3) 15-2, North Pocono (2) 10-5, Oakland Catholic (WPIAL) 12-3, Pittston (2) 9-3, Slippery Rock (10) 11-2, South Fayette (WPIAL) 9-3, Susquehannock (3) 14-3, Twin Valley (3) 13-3, Wallenpaupack (2) 10-4, West Scranton (2) 11-4, West York (3) 12-5, Wyoming Valley West (2) 9-3.

CLASS 4A
1. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (WPIAL) 13-2 — last week: 1
2. Villa Maria (District 10) 10-4 — last week: 2
3. Greater Nanticoke (District 11) 12-0 — last week: 4
4. Bethlehem Catholic (District 11) 12-2 — last week: 3
5. Northern Lebanon (District 3) 15-1 — last week: 5
6. Lancaster Catholic (District 3) 12-2 — last week: 7
7. Athens (District 4) 13-0 — last week: 8
8. Forest Hills (District 6) 13-1 — last week: 6
9. Mercyhurst Prep (District 10) 11-2 — last week: 9
10. Montoursville (District 4) 12-1 — last week: 10

Moving out: None.
Coming in: None.

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Beaver Area (WPIAL) 11-3, Bedford (5) 10-4, Berwick (2) 9-3, Bishop McDevitt (3) 13-3, Blackhawk (WPIAL) 8-7, Bonner-Prendergast (12) 13-4, Eastern York (3) 12-5, Keystone Oaks (WPIAL) 12-2, Lower Moreland (1) 10-1, Mifflinburg (4) 13-2, Oil City (10) 9-3, Punxsutawney (9) 10-3, West Perry (3) 9-4, Wyomissing (3) 13-1.

CLASS 3A
1. Neumann-Goretti (District 12) 12-3 — last week: 1
2. Dunmore (District 2) 12-0 — last week: 2
3. Neshannock (WPIAL) 15-1 — last week: 3
4. Mount Carmel (District 4) 14-1 — last week: 4
5. St. Basil Academy (District 1) 17-0 — last week: 5
6. New Hope—Solebury (District 1) 16-0 — last week: 6
7. East Allegheny (WPIAL) 14-0 — last week: 8
8. Holy Redeemer (District 2) 10-3 — last week: 9
9. Holy Cross (District 2) 11-2 — last week: 7
10. Bishop Canevin (WPIAL) 11-4 — last week: 10

Moving out: None.
Coming in: None.

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Carlynton (WPIAL) 9-4, Charleroi (WPIAL) 11-3, Delone Catholic (3) 13-4, Everett (5) 9-4, Juniata (6) 14-1, Loyalsock (4) 9-4, Mid Valley (2) 9-4, Mohawk (WPIAL) 11-2, Moniteau (9) 13-2, North East (10) 12-3, Notre Dame—Green Pond (11) 12-4, Pine Grove (11) 11-3, Riverside (WPIAL) 11-3, South Allegheny (WPIAL) 10-5, Tyrone (6) 11-2, Warrior Run (4) 10-5, West Shamokin (6) 13-2, York Catholic (3) 9-4.

CLASS 2A
1. Minersville (District 11) 16-0 — last week: 1
2. Mahanoy Area (District 11) 12-1 — last week: 2
3. California (WPIAL) 15-1 — last week: 3
4. Bishop McCort (District 6) 11-2 — last week: 4
5. Bishop Guilfoyle (District 6) 13-2 — last week: 5
6. Bellwood-Antis (District 6) 13-2 — last week: 6
7. Camp Hill (District 3) 13-3 — last week: 8
8. Chartiers-Houston (WPIAL) 14-2 — last week: 10
9. Sayre (District 4) 14-2 — last week: 7
10. Coudersport (District 9) 12-1 — last week: 9

Moving out: None.
Coming in: None.

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Blairsville (6) 13-3, Brentwood (WPIAL) 12-3, Burgettstown (WPIAL) 10-4, Cochranton (10) 11-2, Cranberry (9) 13-3, Elk Lake (2) 8-4, Frazier (WPIAL) 10-5, Greensburg Central Catholic (WPIAL) 10-4, Homer-Center (6) 11-2, Kane (9) 11-3, Marian Catholic (11) 9-3, McConnellsburg (5) 8-4, Moravian Academy (11) 13-2, Our Lady of Sacred Heart (WPIAL) 10-5, Southern Columbia (4) 11-3, Vincentian Academy (WPIAL) 11-3, West Middlesex (10) 10-5.

CLASS 1A
1. Kennedy Catholic (District 10) 13-0 — last week: 2
2. Jenkintown (District 1) 13-2 — last week: 1
3. Bishop Carroll (District 6) 12-3 — last week: 3
4. Winchester Thurston (WPIAL) 11-0 — last week: 6
5. Linden Hall (District 3) 13-1 — last week: 8
6. Lebanon Catholic (District 3) 11-5 — last week: 7
7. Our Lady of Lourdes Regional (District 4) 11-4 — last week: 4
8. North Clarion (District 9) 12-2 — last week: 5
9. Halifax (District 3) 13-2 — last week: 9
10. West Greene (WPIAL) 12-3 — last week: 10

Moving out: None.
Coming in: None.

OTHERS TO WATCH (listed alphabetically): Benton (4) 13-3, Christian Academy (1) 12-2, Christian School of York (3) 13-2, Cornell (WPIAL) 10-4, DuBois Central Catholic (9) 10-5, Elk County Catholic (9) 10-3, Faith Christian (1) 10-5, Farrell (10) 12-1, Galeton (4) 10-4, Harrisburg Christian (3) 14-1, Juniata Valley (6) 11-3, Northern Potter (9) 11-1, Portage (6) 10-3, Quigley Catholic (WPIAL) 11-3, St. Joseph (WPIAL) 9-6, Southern Fulton (5) 9-4, Sullivan County (4) 13-2.

 

 

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