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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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Bethel Park upends Fox Chapel .... Other Saturday WPIAL basketball highlights

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Report on the Fox Chapel-Bethel Park game along with highlights from other WPIAL boys and girls playoff games today.

It was like a blur in the final minute and change. Just like that, in the span of 34 seconds, the Bethel Park-Fox Chapel game changed drastically and Bethel Park went on to a 49-45 victory today in a WPIAL Class AAAA first-round playoff game at North Hills.
Fox Chapel had come back from a seven-point deficit after three quarters and taken a 44-42 lead with 2:13 remaining on a blocked shot and dunk at the other end by Brian Papich. Matt D'Amico then made one free throw with 1:53 left to give the Foxes a 45-42 advantage.
Then it came apart for Fox Chapel. With 1:07 left, Bethel Park's Levi Metheny, the quarterback and son of football coach Jeff Metheny, grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to bring the Black Hawks within 45-44. Then 27 seconds later, with D'Amico dribbling near half court, Metheny made the defensive play of Bethel Park's season, reaching in, poking the ball away and coming up with a steal.
But last shot apparently never crossed Josh Krafczysnki's mind. Bethel Park hurried, Krafczynski nailed a 3-pointer with 33 seconds left, just seven seconds after Methen's steal. It was his 14th shot of the game. Every one of the 14 was a 3-pointer and this was his sixth make.
After Krafczynski's 3-pointer, D'Amico missed a 3-pointer, Bethel Park's Joe Mascaro was fouled, and he made two free throws to seal the win.
Krafczynski finished with 20 points and Mascaro added 11. Bethel Park's defense was excellent, holding Fox Chapel (17-6) to its lowest offensive output of the season. D'Amico, Fox Chapel's all-time leading scorer, was held to 11. Guard Brian Papich didn't score in the first half, but finished with 16. Junior guard Billy Urso also is a scoring threat. But D'Amico had only 11 points, 11 below his average, and attempted only nine shots.
Papich scored 16 but was scoreless in the first half. Urso was 2 of 9 from the field and scored four. Bethel Park's defense left other players alone and the Black Hawks usually double-teamed D'Amico, Papich and Urso when they tried to drive.
Ben O'Connor"We said all week that you don't have to make 15 3-pointers to win," said Bethel Park coach Ben O'Connor (pictured). "You just have to play hard, play well and play focused. It's as simple as that. It's always pretty, especially in the playoffs.
"The way to sum up the game is they made a run to go up three and our could've broke – and they didn't. The best thing I could say about our guys is they just kept playing."
Skrinjar thought D'Amico was fouled on Metheny's steal.
"It was pretty obvious to me that he got hit and got fouled, but that wasn't the way the official saw it," Skrinjar said. "It didn't come down to that play, anyway, I don't think."
It was a tough ending for Fox Chapel and especially the terrific careers of D'Amico and Papich.
"We never feel like we're out of the game with the guys we have," Skrinjar said. "It's been what we've done year, push in the fourth quarter. It's kind of what we expected. We just didn't get it finished today.

CLASS AAAA BOYS
*** New Castle 85, Latrobe 66: For one half, Latrobe stayed close with powerful New Castle. But New Castle came on strong in the second half for an 85-66 victory.
Top-seed New Castle pushed aside a shaky first half by using a strong third quarter to defeat No. 16 Latrobe in a WPIAL Class AAAA first-round game at North Allegheny.
Malik HookerIt was New Castle's 43rd consecutive win against WPIAL competition and ninth straight WPIAL playoff win. Malik Hooker led New Castle (23-0) with 31 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Anthony Richards added 11 points and 9 assists. Latrobe (12-10) led New Castle, 20-18, after the first quarter and trailed the Red Hurricanes, 41-39, at the half.
But New Castle then pulled away by outscoring Latrobe, 27-12, in the third quarter to take a 68-51 lead. Matt Cullen scored 16 points and Sean Graytok 15 for Latrobe.
****Hampton 61, Peters Township 26: Ryan Luther scored 27 points as Hampton crushed Peters Township. The Talbots shot 46 percent from the field and outscored the Indians, 26-7, in the third quarter after leading, 26-11, at the half. Jake Brucker scored a team-high six points for the Indians.
****Franklin Regional 70, Seneca Valley 59: Matt Fisch scored 18 points and Matt Renzi added 15 to lead the No. 7 Panthers (16-6) to the win against the Raiders (12-11) at Plum. Zach Snyder scored 18 points for the Raiders, who made it to the semifinals last season.

CLASS AA BOYS
****Jeannette 61, Sto-Rox 34: Julian Batts scored 15 of his 25 points in the first half to vault the Jayhawks (13-9) past the Vikings (11-12) at North Hills. The Jayhawks shot 50 percent from the field and held the Vikings to 21 percent shooting.
****Chartiers-Houston 66, Charleroi 60: The Bucs (17-6) won a playoff game for the first time in school history by defeating the Cougars (13-8) at Chartiers Valley. Miles Williamson paced the Bucs with 22 points and 11 rebounds.
****Brownsville 42, Brentwood 40: Ryan Novotney's basket with eight seconds left gave the Falcons (14-7) their first playoff win since 2001 by edging the Spartans (12-9) at Peters Township.
****Frazier 46, South Allegheny 43: Charles Manack's 20 points pushed the Commodores (15-7) to the win against the Gladiators (14-9) at Baldwin. The Commodores trailed by four points at the half, but outscored the Gladiators, 19-10, in the third quarter.
****Apollo-Ridge 52, California 38: Duane Brown and Alex Smith scored 13 points apiece to help the Vikings (19-3) win their sixth game in a row by defeating the Trojans (10-13) at Elizabeth Forward. The Vikings outscored the Trojans, 28-6, in the third quarter.
****Shady Side Academy 74, Northgate 56: The Indians (14-9) earned their eighth win in a row with the triumph against the Flames (8-15) at Fox Chapel. Kyle Olander led the Indians with 27 points and Mike Ware had 22. Taymon Russell scored 26 for the Flames.
****Washington 68, Burrell 52: Nate Swart scored 22 points and Dupree Jenkins had 20 to propel the Little Prexies (17-6) to the victory against the Bucs (6-16) at Chartiers Valley.
****Laurel 46, West Shamokin 45: Jake Hough and Zac Horner each scored 15 points in helping the Spartans (13-10) slip past the Wolves (17-6) at North Allegheny. Scott Siddal had 16 points for the Wolves, who missed a potential winning shot at the buzzer.

CLASS AAA GIRLS
**** Ringgold 49, South Fayette 42: Marlena Schmidt scored 13 points and blocked eight shots to lead Ringgold at Chartiers Valley. Bailey Cooper added 11 points for the Rams, while Eleni Radic chipped in 10. Autumn Mozick led South Fayette (12-11) with 14 points, including three 3-point goals.
CLASS AAA
****West Mifflin 76, Freeport 48: Taylor Thomas scored 23 points and cleared 12 rebounds to lead the Titans (16-5) past the Yellowjackets (10-12) at Plum. Ciara Patterson also dished out 11 assists.
****Kittanning 54, Greensburg Salem 38: Tiffany Montgomery, Emily Klingensmith and Emily Knepshield each scored 11 points to lead the Wildcats (15-7) past the Golden Lions (9-14) at Plum. Greensburg Salem's Karly Mellinger led all scorers with 20 points.
****Moon 61, Uniontown 24: Amirah Moore scored 20 points as the Tigers (15-7) vanquished the Red Raiders (8-11) at Peters Township.
****Thomas Jefferson 50, Ambridge 36: Haley Kutscher scored 13 points while Alexis Yanief and Courtney Zoglmann added 12 apiece as the Jaguars (13-9) outscored the Bridgers (13-10).


CLASS A GIRLS
****Carmichaels 41, Monessen 37 (OT): Caroline Cree scored all four of her team's overtime points and 15 overall to lead the Mighty Mikes (8-14) past the Greyhounds (4-17) at Baldwin.
****North Catholic 51, Winchester Thurston 27: Paige Kizir scored 10 points to lead the No. 3 seed Trojanettes (16-7) past the No. 14 Bears (9-13) at North Hills.
****St. Joseph 61, Jefferson-Morgan 14: Mallory Heinle scored 23 points to lead the No. 4 Spartans (19-4) past the No. 13 Rockets (12-11) at Elizabeth Forward.
****Quigley 58, West Greene 17: Kaitlyn Smith scored 10 of her game-high 21 points in the second quarter as the No. 5 Spartans (17-5) shut out the No. 12 Pioneers (11-11) in the second quarter at Peters Township.
****California 38, Cornell 25: Jenna Miller scored 9 points, while Kylie Huffman added 8 points and blocked seven shots to lead the No. 6 Trojans (18-3) past the No. 11 Raiders (12-11) at Elizabeth Forward. California converted 10 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter.

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Luthers have chance at 4 for 1,000 ..... WPIAL playoff predictions

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The Bellhy family of Fort Cherry made history. They are believed to be the first family in the WPIAL with four siblings to have 1,000 points. A story in today's Post-Gazette chronicles their family of players.

But there is a chance another family could have four siblings with 1,000 by the end of the season. 

The Luthers of Hampton have three with 1,000 already. Jodie was the first. Then came Bill and Ryan, now a senior, has over 1,000. According to Hampton coach Joe Lafko, Collin Luther, Ryan's twin brother, has 920 points. He needs 80 to reach 1,000.

Now Collin isn't a big scorer, but Hampton should go deep into the WPIAL playoffs and also could make a run in the PIAA playoffs. Luther at least has a chance at 1,000.

Collin LutherIf Collin Luther (pictured against New Castle's Anthony Richards) makes it, that would make four 1,000-point scorers in his immediate family. But if you count his uncles and cousin, his extended family would have seven 1,000-point scorers.

Uncles Brian and Rob Shanahan also scored 1,000 in their careers at Hampton and cousin, Mike Jr., scored more than 1,000 at Norwin. Brian played at Duquesne University and Rob at Pitt-Johnstown. Mike Jr. played football at Pitt. Jerry and Mike Sr., older brothers of Rob and Brian, also were standout players at Hampton. Both were close to 1,000 points also.

Quite a family. Go to a Hampton game, and there is a good chance you will run into at least one of the Shanahans. If as many teams made the playoffs back then as nowadays, who knows. You could have had maybe nine Luthers-Shanahans with 1,000. The Luthers father, Bill, is married to a Shanahan sister, Kate.

But before we get to the playoff predictions, I thought I'd share with you a photo from this morning's paper that went with a story on the Obama boys team trying to go undefeated and win a City League championship. The last team to do that was the great 1976 Fifth Avenue team.

How about this old picture of three stars from that Fifth Ave. team? From left, Warner Macklin, Sam Clancy and David "Puffy" Kennedy. Macklin ended up at Point Park, Clancy did wonderful things for Pitt basketball before playing in the NFL and Kennedy played at Cincinnati. His son is former Schenley star D.J. Kennedy who played at St. John's. Check out the classic:

Fifth Avenue

PLAYOFF PREDICTIONS 

Here are picks for games tonight and Saturday. Remember to check @PGVarsityXtra Twitter account for score updates and notes. Send scores and updates to that account and post with #wpial

BOYS

CLASS AAAA

Saturday

Fox Chapel vs. Bethel Park - Matchups of 8-9 seeds are always good ones and this one is one of the best in any classification. Fox Chapel would prefer a faster-paced game. The key to the game is how well Fox Chapel defends. Winner: Fox Chapel.

Gateway vs. Upper St. Clair - Gateway comes from a much stronger section. Section 4 (Upper St. Clair's section) was down this year. But if you go by trends, things would favor Upper St. Clair, despite coming from a weaker section. The Panthers had won six in a row before losing to Chartiers Valley Monday. Gateway has lost five of seven. Upper St. Clair's outside shooting and rebounding will be key. Winner: Upper St. Clair.

Others - Franklin Regional over Seneca Valley; New Castle over Latrobe; Hampton over Peters Township.

CLASS AAA

Friday - Ambridge over Keystone Oaks; Mount Pleasant over Kittanning; South Fayette over Greensburg Salem; West Mifflin over Laurel Highlands; West Allegheny over South Park.

CLASS AA

Saturday - Jeannette over Sto-Rox; Washington over Burrell; Brownsville over Brentwood; Northgate over Shady Side Academy; West Shamokin over Laurel; Apollo-Ridge over California; Charleroi over Chartiers-Houston; South Allegheny over Frazier.

CLASS A

Friday - Lincoln Park over Mapletown; Western Beaver over Carmichaels; Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic over Winchester Thurston; OLSH over St. Joseph; Vincentian over Trinity Christian; Sewickley Academy over Clairton; Monessen over Eden Christian; Wilkinsburg over Union.

CITY LEAGUE

Friday - Allderdice over Brashear.

GIRLS

CLASS AAAA

Friday - North Allegheny over Latrobe; Shaler over Baldwin; Mt. Lebanon over Gateway; Penn-Trafford over Plum.

CLASS AAA

Saturday - Kittanning over Greensburg Salem; Ringgold over South Fayette; West Mifflin over Freeport; Moon over Uniontown; Ambridge over Thomas Jefferson.

CLASS AA

Saturday - Riverview over West Shamokin; OLSH over Apollo-Ridge; Fort Cherry over Avonworth; Washington over Shady Side Academy; Beaver over Jeannette; Charleroi over Shenango; Brentwood over Freedom; Ford City over Laurel; Mohawk over South Side Beaver.

CLASS A

Saturday - Monessen over Carmichaels; St. Joseph over Jefferson-Morgan; Quigley over West Greene; Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic over Winchester Thurston; California over Cornell.

CITY LEAGUE

Monday - Allderdice over Carrick; Westinghouse over Obama.

 

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A look at some WPIAL basketball playoff records

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The WPIAL crowned its first boys basketball champion in 1909. And with another tournament set to begin tomorrow night, we thought it would be a good time to take a stroll down memory lane and look at some WPIAL playoff records - both boys and girls.

BOYS PLAYOFF RECORDS

T.J. HeatheringtonMOST POINTS INDIVIDUAL - 50, by Serra's T.J. Heatherington vs. Neshannock, 2009 -  Heatherington made 18 field goals and 13 of 18 from the free-throw line. He broke the old WPIAL playoff record of 48, set by Marc Marotta of Central catholic in 1980. Serra won the game, 88-74, and Heatherington (pictured against Greensburg Central Catholic) scored 36 points in the second half. Only one of Heatherington's made shots in the game was a 3-pointer.

A few nights later in the championship game, Heatherington, who played at Point Park, and Sewickley Academy's Tom Droney, who is a senior at Davidson, had a shootout at Duquesne's Palumbo Center in the title game. Droney scored 40 and Heatherington 37 in a Sewickley win.

MOST 3-POINT FIELD GOALS INDIVIDUAL - 10 by Neshannock's Kevin Covert vs. Clairton in 1995 - Covert scored over 2,000 points in his career and was terrific from the outside in this game 19 years ago. Neshannock won and Covert, who later played at Robert Morris, finished with 46 points. He made 15 of 29 shots from the field and 10 of 17 from 3-point range. That same year, Quigley's Greg Cercone made nine in a playoff game.

MOST FREE THROWS MADE INDIVIDUAL - 23 by Bishop Boyle's Shawn McCallister vs. Monessen in 1983 - This game was played at Steel Valley - and how's this for coincidental? McCallister is now the coach of Steel Valley. McCallister made 23 of 27 free throws in an 87-77 win and also scored 37 points.

By the way, this nugget: The kid tied for fifth in made free throws in a playoff game and tied for the most in Class AAA is Sean Miller, who made 17 in a 1987 game against Greensburg Central Catholic. Miller was 17 of 21. He also made 11 of 17 shots from the field in that game and finished with 39 points. But only 17 of 21 from the line? What gives? Only 81 percent?

MOST POINTS SCORED ONE TEAM - 109 by Brentwood vs. Elderton in 1989 - Dave Mislan had 29 points, eight assists and four steals in a 109-66 victory. William Griffin added 14.

MOST 3-POINTERS TEAM - 15 by Chartiers Valley vs. North Allegheny in 2005 - Chartiers Valley had only eight two-pointers in the game, but 15 treys in a 73-52 win. Steve Profeta had six 3-pointers, Matt Hindt and Mike Sherry three each.

HIGHEST SCORE BOTH TEAMS 188 by Union and St. Joseph in 1979 - Union won the game, 99-89.

GIRLS PLAYOFF RECORDS

Brooke StewartMOST POINTS INDIVIDUAL - 56 by Brooke Stewart of East Allegheny vs. Geibel in 1997 - It was a monumental performance by Stewart (pictured) who eventually played at Pitt. But East Allegheny lost the game, 82-79, in double overtime. Stewart went on to score more than 2,000 points in her career. Stewart's eight 3-pointers in that game also ties for the second-most in WPIAL playoff history.

MOST POINTS INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME - 51 by Tanisha Wright of West Mifflin vs. Blackhawk in 2000 - It was a performance for the ages as Wright was unstoppable in a game West Mifflin eventually lost in triple overtime, 81-78. Wright, who also had 16 rebounds in the game, made 17 of 28 two-point shots, 4 of 10 3-pointers and 5 of 6 free throws.

The photo is one of Wright and other Post-Gazette Fabulous 5 selections in 2000. The others are, from left, Oakland Catholic's Katie Bulger, Steel Valley's Jess Strom, Mt. Lebanon's Ashlee Kelly and North Allegheny's Jessica Brungo. All five had stellar careers after high school and Wright and Brungo played in the WNBA. Bulger played at WVU while Strom, Wright and Brungo played at Penn State. Kelly, whose brother, Don, plays with the MLB's Detroit Tigers, was the Northeast Conference Player of the Year when she played at Quinnipiac.

MOST 3-POINTERS INDIVIDUAL - (tie) 9 by Carlynton's Kristen Bonner in 2000 and by Bethel Park's Katie Kendall in 2006 - Bonner first set the record against Ford City and Kendall tied it in 2006 against Woodland Hills.

MOST FREE THROWS INDIVIDUAL - 18 by Serra's Kim Litzinger vs. Geibel in 1993 

MOST POINTS TEAM - 100 by North Catholic vs. Ellwood City in 1988 - The Trojanettes destroyed Ellwood City, 100-49, in a first-round game. Molly Larkin scored 19 points for NC. Coincidentally, Larkin is now Molly Rottmann and is now North Catholic's coach.

MOST POINTS TWO TEAMS - 162 - Greensburg Central Catholic over Hampton, 87-75, in 1987 

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