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Someone gets "Malik-ed" ...... other basketball notes

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Looking back at the WPIAL quarterfinals and City League championship, and looking ahead to the semifinals, I'm Just Sayin ...

After watching New Castle's Malik Hooker in a number of games over the past few years, he will do one or two things in some games that show off his marvelous athletic ability and just make you go "What? Did you see that?"

He's one of the few athletes around here who pull off that eye-opening play that makes your jaw drop. You don't always see it on the football field from this Ohio State football recruit. You see it more in basketball. Now, it isn't necessarily a dunk or a basket. It might be a steal. But yesterday against Bethel Park, Hooker had one of those plays.

It's when someone gets "MALIK-ED." It was a dunk against Bethel Park. Check it out. He is almost outside the lane when he starts the dunk.

Next up for Hooker and New Castle is Kiski Area in the semifinals.

I know basketball isn't as strong in this area as it was in the 1950s, 60s or 70s. But still, I don't think people really fully appreciate the run New Castle is on. To be going for a third consecutive championship with an undefeated record is hard to believe. The Red Hurricanes might not win a state title and they aren't as good as some of those great teams in the 60s or 70s, but their record the past three seasons makes them a one-of-a-kind team - at least on paper.

A Cavalier attitude

Kiski Area is undoubtedly the surprise team of the WPIAL playoffs. The Cavaliers were the No. 12 seed for the Class AAAA bracket. Now the Cavaliers are in the semifinals and they have done it under first-year coach Joe Tutchstone.

Tutchstone has done a marvelous job, but look for the joy ride to end against New Castle. Facing Plum and Gateway and facing New Castle are totally different things.

More New Castle

New Castle senior guard Anthony Richards (pictured) set the school single-season record for 3-pointers with his 87th in yesterday's game against Bethel Park. He was already the career leader at New Castle. He's the last of three Richards brothers at New Castle and his father, Dave, is an assistant coach. I wonder if Anthony also leads the WPIAL in floor burns? He is the "Charlie Hustle" of WPIAL basketball.

By the way, an interesting read in the New Castle News from Larry Kelly about some inner workings of the New Castle basketball team.

Quips storm

Was there anything more impressive in the quarterfinals yesterday than Aliquippa's comeback and fourth-quarter run? Aliquippa trailed Avonworth at one point, 31-10, but won, 82-71. Aliquippa scored outscored Avonworth, 37-18, in the fourth quarter.

Section 3 supremacy

After having four teams make the semifinals last year, three Section 3 teams made the semifinals this year. What North Allegheny did to Section 1 champ Hempfield (82-59 win) makes you wonder how some top teams in other sections would have fared in Section 3. 

But Section 3 won't be nearly as strong next year with Hampton and New Castle moving down to AAA. Neither New Castle or Hampton will be as good as this year's teams, either. Overall, I don't see Class AAAA being particularly strong next year. Sure, there will be some good teams, but it will lack the depth of strong teams.

NA's numbers

Colleague Paul Zeise points out some interesting statistics about North Allegheny. North Allegheny is 43-8 the past two years, but 41-0 against all teams other than New Castle and Hampton. North Allegheny is 2-8 against those teams - 0-5 against New Castle and 2-3 against Hampton.

North Allegheny plays Hampton in Wednesday's semifinals.

Fabulous 5 stuff?

The Post-Gazette Fabulous 5 doesn't come out until after the state playoffs, but it's never too early to debate who should be on the Fab 5? To me, there are three locks and I won't name them. After that, nothing is clear.

Is it the shoes?

Allderdice winning the City League championship will hit coach Buddy Valinsky in the wallet.

"It's going to cost me," Valinsky said. "I told them if we win and make the state playoffs, I would buy them all new shoes. So I guess I have to get them."

Valinsky has been great for Allderdice, who beat Obama, 55-54, in the title game yesterday. (Pictured are Allderdice players showing emotion after the game). Valinsky has done an excellent job with the Dragons and they are a young team with a bright future.

Valinsky used a junk defense on Obama's D.J. Porter and Porter scored only 11. The defense was a cross between a diamond-and-one and a 3-1 chaser. It had some history with Valinsky.

"I played it against the James Hairston kid in the state playoffs in 2003 and we beat Connellsville, so I thought I'd use it again," Valinsky said. "It's different than a box-and-one most people play. We have three people up front and a guy down low."

 

Allderdice will have to wait two weeks to play in the PIAA playoffs and the Dragons will have an interesting first-round game. They will play the WPIAL runner-up.

It was a tough loss for Obama. The Eagles hadn't lost all year. Not only did they drop the City League title game, they also did not qualify for the PIAA playoffs.

Two for the semis

For four schools, the semifinals will bring double the fun. North Allegheny, Seton-LaSalle, Greensburg Central Catholic and Vincentian all have their boys and girls teams in the semifinals.

 

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WPIAL-City League basketball predictions

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For score updates and notes from the WPIAL quarterfinals this weekend, follow @PGVarsityXtra on Twitter. If you have a score or update tweet with #WPIAL


Before we get to the quarterfinal predictions, a mention of Dan Bradley's eventful night on Wednesday.

Bradley is Avonworth's boys basketball coach. As he was guiding Avonworth to a victory against Frazier for the Antelopes' first playoff win since 2001, Bradley's football coaching future was changing drastically.

Dan BradleyBradley also has been the football coach at Sto-Rox the past two seasons (Bradley is pictured at a Sto-Rox practice last season). But Wednesday night, during his Avonworth game, Bradley was hired as the new football coach at Ambridge.

It will certainly be a challenge for Bradley at Ambridge. The Bridgers haven't finished above .500 since 2004.

Basketball predictions

Boys

So far in the postseason, record is 35-12 (.745 pct.)

CITY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

Allderdice at Obama - Allderdice gave undefeated Obama all it could handle a few weeks ago. This one should be close, too. Expect a big, loud crowd at Obama, like the old City League days. It's not a title game at the Civic Arena or Pitt Field House like the olden days, but I suspect the atmosphere will be great. Winner: Obama 

WPIAL QUARTERFINALS

Class AAAA - North Allegheny over Hempfield (A big part of me believes Hempfield can win, but only if it can handle North Allegheny's pressure. It will be interesting to see if Hempfield plays man-to-man); Gateway over Kiski Area; Hampton over Franklin Regional (Franklin Regional is good enough to keep it close); New Castle over Bethel Park (New Castle's defense will be the difference).

Class AAA - Central Valley over Montour (although it's tough to go against Montour coach Adam Kaufman in the playoffs); Chartiers Valley over Mars; Uniontown over Elizabeth Forward (Uniontown must overcome a size disadvantage); Thomas Jefferson over Blackhawk (TJ is good enough to win it all).

Class AA - Seton-LaSalle over Summit Academy (Note that has nothing to do with the game, but 28 years ago Summit Academy coach Adam Petrosky was a standout guard for a Kiski Area team that made it to the WPIAL AAAA final. No. 1 seed Seton-LaSalle better be careful. Summit Academy is capable of giving the Rebels problems); Beaver Falls over Neshannock (or does Neshannock beat Beaver Falls for the third time this season?); Aliquippa over Avonworth.

Class A - Linconl Park over Western Beaver (for the third time this season); Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic over Our Lady of the Sacred Heart; Monessen over Wilkinsburg; Vincentian over Clairton.

GIRLS

So far in the postseason, record is 35-11 (.760 pct.)

CITY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP

Obama vs. Allderdice - This game is tonight at Allderdice. I originally was going with an Obama sweep in the City League championships, but I've changed my mind. Sierra Fordham will be the difference for Allderdice. Winner: Allderdice

WPIAL QUARTERFINALS

Class AAAA - North Allegheny over Shaler (for the third time this season); Bethel Park over Hempfield (or does Hempfield knock off another Section 4 team. Upper St. Clair went down Tuesday); Mt. Lebanon over Penn-Trafford; Fox Chapel over Norwin.

Class AAA - Blackhawk over Mount Pleasant; West Mifflin over Ringgold; Elizabeth Forward over Central Valley (there is a chance that the EF boys and girls will both be in the semifinals. That has never happened. EF boys have never made it to the semifinals); South Park over Trinity.

Class AA - Seton-LaSalle over Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (I don't know if people realize that Seton-LaSalle is still very good. First-year coach Spencer Stefko seemed to make a point of not running up scores this season); Bishop Canevin over Neshannock (Neshannock's record is good, but Bishop Canevin is playoff tested); Burrell over McGuffey; Greensburg Central Catholic over Carlynton.

Class A - Vincentian over Frazier; St. Joseph over Quigley; Serra over Aliquippa; Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic over California.

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Chartiers Valley sets WPIAL record for 3-pointers

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It was a record-breaking night for the Chartiers Valley boys basketball team. But all the Colts did was break their own record.

Chartiers Valley set a WPIAL playoff record when it made 21 3-pointers in a 95-62 victory against Mount Pleasant in a Class AAA first-round game at Peters Township.
Chartiers Valley (22-1), the Post-Gazette's No. 1 Class AAA team, made 54 percent (21 of 39) from 3-point range and broke its own playoff record of 15, set in 2005 against North Allegheny.
Matty McConnellCousins Matty McConnell (pictured) and Jerrad Tuite both scored 22 points and both made six 3-pointers. Jake Ritson had four 3-pointers and 12 points while Eddie Flohr had 14 points.
Elsewhere in Class AAA
*** Uniontown 66, Ambridge 57: A 9-0 run in the third quarter propelled Uniontown (20-1) to the victory at Bethel Park. Joe Campbell scored 23 points to lead Uniontown and Xaiver Ellis and Jordan Pratt added 15 each. Stephon McGinnis had 24 for Ambridge (17-7).
*** Montour 47, Indiana 41: Montour (16-7) outscored Indiana, 21-10, in the fourth quarter to pull out the win at Fox Chapel and earn a quarterfinal berth for the fifth consecutive season. 
*** Blackhawk 49, Knoch 42: Tyler Engle had four 3-pointers and 20 points to lift Blackhawk (12-11) to the win at North Allegheny.

*** Central Valley 62, West Mifflin 42: Central Valley (19-3) got 13 points from John George to post the win at Moon. West Mifflin finished 13-7.

*** Elizabeth Forward 47, South Fayette 40: Elizabeth Forward (20-3) came back from a five-point halftime deficit to win at Canon-McMillan and earn a quarterfinal berth for only the third time in school history.

***Mars 67, Steel Valley 61 (OT): Mars outscored Steel Valley 13-7 in overtime to pull out the win at West Allegheny. John Castello had 25, Owen Nearhoof 18 and Alex Gruber 16 for Mars. Ajan Smith had 26 for Steel Valley.

*** Thomas Jefferson 63, West Allegheny 41: Thomas Jefferson outscored West Allegheny, 24-5, in the second quarter en route to the victory against West Allegheny (13-11) at Chartiers Valley.

GIRLS

In each of the past two seasons, the Upper St. Clair girls were the lower-seeded team when it ended Hempfield's season.

On Tuesday night, the roles were reversed and the Spartans got their revenge.

Hempfield (15-8), the No. 12 seed, led by as much as 20 in the second half and held on for a 65-56 victory against the No. 5 Panthers (14-7) in a Class AAAA first-round game at Bethel Park.

Two seasons ago, the 14th-seeded Panthers beat No. 6 Hempfield in the quarterfinals, and a year ago No. 13 Upper St. Clair beat No. 4 Hempfield in the first round.

But on Tuesday, the Spartans led, 35-18, at halftime and held its largest lead at 50-30 with 3:48 left in the third quarter. Upper St. Clair closed the gap to five, 57-52, with 1:53 left in the game, but got no closer.

Monica Burns led Hempfield with 19 points, while Constance Raftis had 19 for the Panthers.

More Class AAAA first round

*** Fox Chapel 47, Pine-Richland 37: Down by two at halftime, the third-seeded Foxes (18-4) outscoredErin Mathias the No. 14 Rams (14-9), 19-5, in the third quarter to pull away for a win at North Hills. Fox Chapel's Erin Mathias (pictured), a Duke recruit, scored nine of her game-high 25 points in the third quarter and also finished with 16 rebounds and 8 blocks.

*** Bethel Park 36, Seneca Valley 29: Tied going into the fourth quarter, the No. 4 Black Hawks (17-5) pulled away for a win against the No. 13 Raiders (10-13) at Moon. 

*** Norwin 55, Penn Hills 48: Alayna Gribble scored 18 points to lead the No. 6 Knights (17-5) past the No. 11 Indians (14-9) at Plum. Freshman Desiree Oliver had a game-high 21 points for Penn Hills.

Class AA first round

*** Greensburg Central Catholic 50, Laurel 43: The third-seeded Centurions (18-4) scored the final seven points to escape with a win against the No. 14 Spartans (13-10) in a first-round game at Fox Chapel. 

*** Seton-LaSalle 61, West Shamokin 33: The top-seeded Rebels (19-4) went on a 21-3 run in the second quarter to pull away for an easy win against the Wolves (13-11) at West Allegheny. 

*** Bishop Canevin 45, Beaver 36: The defending WPIAL and PIAA champion Crusaders (18-5), seeded fifth, led by 18 at halftime in a victory against the No. 12 Bobcats (16-7) at Canon-McMillan. 

*** Burrell 68, Shenango 25: Jessica Cercone led four Burrell players in double figures with 16 points as the No. 2 Bucs (23-0) cruised to a win against Wildcats (13-10) at Plum.

*** Neshannock 34, Washington 18: Tayler Grybowski and Madison McHale each scored nine points to lead the fourth-seeded Lancers (22-1) past No. 13 Washington (14-9) at North Hills.

*** McGuffey 77, Brentwood 49: Sammie Weiss scored 20 of her 34 points in the second half as the No. 7 Highlanders (20-3) cruised to a victory against No. 10 Brentwood (15-7) at Peters Township.

*** Our Lady of the Sacred Heart 49, Fort Cherry 40: Heidi Langhorst had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead the No. 8 Chargers (16-7) to a win against the ninth-seeded Rangers (15-7) at Fox Chapel.

*** Carlynton 56, Mohawk 22: The sixth-seeded Cougars (19-3) got 28 points and six steals from Conor Richardson in a victory against No. 11 Mohawk (17-6) at North Allegheny.

 

 

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WPIAL basketball realignment breakdown

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The WPIAL Board of Control met today and approved new sections for basketball.

Central Catholic is moving to the northern section in Class AAAA and Fox Chapel will stay in the eastern section. New Castle moves down to Class AAA and will be in the same section with Beaver Falls, who is playing up in Class AAA.

Below is the alignment. The WPIAL basketball committee made the alignment last week, and the WPIAL Board of Control approved it today.

But before we get to the alignment, a few notes from the WPIAL Board of Control:

**** The WPIAL will bring basketball player Nick Aloi in for a hearing this spring. Aloi, a sophomore, transferred last month from Ellwood City to Lincoln Park. He was Ellwood City's leading scorer as a freshman, but is sitting out this season with a knee injury. Ellwood City did not "sign off" on the transfer so the WPIAL will have a hearing to determine if athletic intent was involved.

**** Sto-Rox asked the WPIAL for a waiver concerning a mistake it claims it made in counting enrollment. Sto-Rox said it gave the PIAA incorrect enrollment numbers last fall. The numbers put Sto-Rox in Class AA instead of Class A. Sto-Rox also missed a deadline to correct the mistake and the Vikings were then placed in Class AA.

The WPIAL ruled it cannot grant a waiver and that the school must appeal to the PIAA. But the WPIAL said even if the PIAA grants Sto-Rox a "pardon" because of the mistake, the WPIAL will not change its schedule this season and will keep Sto-Rox in Class AA until next year.

"The schedules have been out and it's not fair to change all the other schedules this year for one team because of their mistake," WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley said at the meeting.

Now the alignment.

BOYS
CLASS AAAA
Section 1 – Albert Gallatin, Connellsville, Hempfield, Kiski Area, Latrobe, Norwin, Penn-Trafford.
Section 2 – Fox Chapel, Franklin Regional, Gateway, McKeesport, Plum, Penn Hills, Woodland Hills.
Section 3 – Butler, Central Catholic, North Allegheny, North Hills, Pine-Richland, Seneca Valley, Shaler.
Section 4 – Baldwin, Bethel Park, Canon-McMillan, Chartiers Valley, Moon, Mt. Lebanon, Peters Township, Upper St. Clair

CLASS AAA
Section 1 – Burrell, Deer Lakes, Freeport, Hampton, Highlands, Knoch, Mars, Valley.
Section 2 – Ambridge, Beaver, Beaver Falls, Blackhawk, Central Valley, Ellwood City, Hopewell, New Castle.
Section 3 – Derry, Greensburg Salem, Indiana, Kittanning, Mount Pleasant, Southmoreland, West Shamokin, Yough.
Section 4 – Belle Vernon, Elizabeth Forward, Laurel Highlands, Ringgold, Steel Valley, Thomas Jefferson, Uniontown, West Mifflin.
Section 5 – Keystone Oaks, McGuffey, Montour, South Park, South Fayette, Trinity, West Allegheny.

CLASS AA
Section 1 – Laurel, Lincoln Park, Mohawk, Neshannock, New Brighton, Riverside, Shenango, Summit Academy
Section 2 – Apollo-Ridge, East Allegheny, Ford City, Greensburg Central Catholic, Shady Side Academy, South Allegheny, Wilkinsburg
Section 3 – Bishop Canevin, Brentwood, Burgettstown, Carlynton, Chartiers-Houston, Fort Cherry, Seton-LaSalle, Washington.
Section 4 – Bentworth, Beth-Center, Brownsville, Carmichaels, Charleroi, Frazier, Waynesburg.
Section 5 – Aliquippa, Avonworth, Freedom, Northgate, OLSH, Quaker Valley, South Side Beaver, Sto-Rox.

CLASS A
Section 1 – Cornell, Eden Christian, Quigley, Rochester, Sewickley Academy, Union, Western Beaver
Section 2 – Aquinas Academy, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, Leechburg, Riverview, St. Joseph, Springdale, Vincentian
Section 3 – Avella, California, Jefferson-Morgan, Mapletown, Monessen, West Greene
Section 4 – Clairton, Imani Christian, Jeannette, Serra, Trinity Christian, Winchester Thurston

GIRLS
CLASS AAAA
Section 1 – Albert Gallatin, Connellsville, Hempfield, Kiski Area, Latrobe, Norwin, Penn-Trafford.
Section 2 – Fox Chapel, Franklin Regional, Gateway, McKeesport, Penn Hills, Plum, Woodland Hills.
Section 3 – Butler, North Allegheny, North Hills, Oakland Catholic, Pine-Richland, Seneca Valley, Shaler
Section 4 – Baldwin, Bethel Park, Canon-McMillan, Mt. Lebanon, Moon, Peters Township, Upper St. Clair, West Allegheny

CLASS AAA
Section 1 – Deer Lakes, Ford City, Hampton, Highlands, Kittanning, Knoch, Mars, Valley
Section 2 – Ambridge, Beaver, Blackhawk, Central Valley, Ellwood City, Hopewell, New Castle
Section 3 – Derry, Greensburg Salem, Indiana, Laurel Highlands, Mount Pleasant, Southmoreland, Uniontown, Yough
Section 4 – Belle Vernon, Brownsville, Elizabeth Forward, Ringgold, South Park, Thomas Jefferson, West Mifflin
Section 5 – Chartiers Valley, Keystone Oaks, McGuffey, Montour, Quaker Valley, South Fayette, Trinity

CLASS AA
Section 1 – Beaver Falls, Laurel, Mohawk, Neshannock, New Brighton, Riverside Shenango
Section 2 – Apollo-Ridge, Burrell, East Allegheny, Freeport, Greensburg Central Catholic, Shady Side Academy, South Allegheny, West Shamokin
Section 3 – Bishop Canevin, Brentwood, Burgettstown, Chartiers-Houston, Seton-LaSalle, Steel Valley, Wilkinsburg
Section 4 – Bentworth, Beth-Center, Carmichaels, Charleroi, Frazier, Washington, Waynesburg
Section 5 – Avonworth, Carlynton, Freedom, Northgate, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, South Side Beaver, Sto-Rox.

CLASS A
Section 1 – Aliquippa, Cornell, Quigley, Rochester, Sewickley Academy, Union, Western Beaver
Section 2 – Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, Eden Christian, Leechburg, Riverview, Springdale, St. Joseph, Vincentian
Section 3 – Avella, California, Fort Cherry, Geibel, Jefferson-Morgan, Mapletown, Monessen, West Greene
Section 4 – Clairton, Ellis, Imani, Jeannette, Serra, Trinity Christian, Winchester Thurston

 

 

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Nola takes Gateway job ..... basketball realignment ...... playoff predictions

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Predicted winners of Tuesday and Wednesday night's basketball playoffs are below. But before that, some items that fell off my laptop, including big news on the WPIAL coaching front.

Tom Nola, who guided the Clairton High School football team to multiple WPIAL and PIAA championships and a 66-game winning streak from 2009-13, has agreed to become the new coach at Gateway High School.

Tom NolaThe hiring doesn't become official until a Gateway school board meeting Wednesday, but Nola confirmed tonight he has accepted the job. He declined further comment until after the board makes it official.

Nola won six WPIAL titles and four PIAA titles in his 12 years as Clairton's coach. At Gateway, he will take over for Don Militzer, whose positions was opened after only one season.

South Park's Tom Loughran also was a finalist for the Gateway job.

It is highly likely Wayne Wade will get the Clairton job in the near future. Wade has been the Bears' defensive coordinator.

**** Tomorrow afternoon, the WPIAL Board of Control will approve a new basketball section alignment for the next two seasons. The WPIAL basketball committee met last week to come up with the new alignment.

I am most interested in two things: What team will move to the northern boys section in Class AAAA, and will Beaver Falls and New Castle be in the same boys section next year?

Let's look at the first matter. New Castle and Hampton are dropping out of Class AAAA Section 3 and down to AAA next year. That leaves Section 3 with only six teams while Section 2 (eastern suburban teams and Fox Chapel) has eight teams. It's likely the WPIAL will take a team from Section 2 and put it in Section 3.

It makes all the sense in the world for that team to be Fox Chapel. But I wonder if the WPIAL will again pull the hard-Chuck Crummieto-explain move and put Central Catholic back in the north and leave Fox Chapel in the east? The league has done it before. Central Catholic doesn't want to play in the north - and can you blame the Vikings? Coach/athletic director Chuck Crummie (pictured) said their travel is easier and their crowds better playing in the eastern section. He said they have some natural rivalries with teams in the eastern section. 

But all of that might not matter. Central Catholic played in the north for four seasons from 2008-2012 while Fox Chapel stayed in the east. Maybe it's me, but I always thought of Fox Chapel as a northern area school and not Central Catholic. And doesn't the WPIAL say that it makes conference and section alignments based mainly on geography.

Who knows. Maybe Fox Chapel will be moved to the north for basketball and the above would be a waste of blog space. But if Central Catholic is in the north, there will be plenty of people scratching their heads.

As for the other part, I would say it's very likely Beaver Falls and New Castle will be in the same Class AAA section. It makes the most sense geographically. That would make that Beaver County section very strong. The WPIAL might move a team out of that section to create balance, numbers wise.

But let's see.

 

**** Did anyone happen to notice one of the WPIAL Class AAAA first-round boys basketball playoff scores? Peters Township scored only 26 points in a 61-26 loss to Hampton. The 26 points is the lowest total in a Class AAAA playoff game 26 years, since Latrobe beat Highlands, 25-20, in 1988. But Highlands played a slowdown in that game.

WPIAL BASKETBALL PREDICTiONS

Here are predictions for Tuesday and Wednesday games. Boys record for Friday and Saturday was 20-6 while girls was 18-5:

BOYS

CLASS AAAA - Upper St. Clair over Gateway; Plum over Kiski Area; North Allegheny over Norwin; Hempfield over Mt. Lebanon.

CLASS AAA - Chartiers Valley over Mount Pleasant; Steel Valley over Mars; Elizabeth Forward over South Fayette; Ambridge over Uniontown; Central Valley over West Mifflin; Montour over Indiana; Thomas Jefferson over West Allegheny; Knoch over Blackhawk.

CLASS AA - Seton-LaSalle over Jeannette; Summit Academy over Washington; Beaver Falls over Brownsville; Neshannock over Shady Side Academy; Greensburg Central Catholic over Laurel; Quaker Valley over Apollo-Ridge; Aliquippa over Chartiers-Houston; Avonworth over Frazier.

GIRLS

CLASS AAAA - Bethel Park over Seneca Valley; Upper St. Clair over Hempfield; Fox Chapel over Pine-Richland; Norwin over Penn Hills.

CLASS AAA - Blackhawk over Kittanning; Belle Vernon over Mount Pleasant; Hopewell over Ringgold; Indiana over West Mifflin; Elizabeth Forward over Moon; Central Valley over Mars; South Park over Thomas Jefferson; Trinity over Hampton.

CLASS AA - Seton-LaSalle over West Shamokin; Fort Cherry over OLSH; Neshannock over Washington; Bishop Canevin over Beaver; Burrell over Shenango; McGuffey over Brentwood; Greensburg C.C. over Laurel; Carlynton over Mohawk.

CLASS A - Vincentian over Carmichaels; Sewickley Academy over Frazier; Serra over Eden Christian; Avella over Aliquippa. 

 

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