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North Catholic's Long an All-American

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Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic's Ryan Long is one of the best linemen in the country at a small high school. At least so says Maxpreps.com.

Ryan LongLong has been named to the Maxpreps.com Small School All-American team. Only 60 players were picked to the team and they come from schools who play in a small classification and have an enrollment of less than 1,000.

Long was a force on both offense and defense for North Catholic, which went 16-0 and won WPIAL and PIAA Class A championships this season. He was the co-lineman of the year in the Eastern Conference.

Maxpreps.com has a brief bio on every player on the Small Schools All-American team. South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh made the Medium Schools All-American team. The Big Schools All-American team has yet to be released.

Carmody gets 200th

Mars boys basketball coach Rob Carmody got his 200th career win Wednesday night. 

Carmody is in his 16th season at Mars. He definitely has upgraded the Planets' program. Last year, they made it to the WPIAL semifinals for the first time in school history. What's interesting is that almost half of Carmody's wins have come in the past six seasons. He is 93-39 since the 2008-09 season.

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Fourth quarter burst leads New Castle over Hampton ..... Luther doesn't play

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Brad Everett covered tonight's New Castle-Hampton game. Here are some notes from him.

New Castle, the Post-Gazette's No. 1 Class AAAA team, used an exceptional fourth quarter to turn out the lights on No. 2 Hampton, handing the host Talbots a 58-42 defeat in a clash of Class AAAA Section 3 unbeatens.

Hampton played without standout senior Ryan Luther, a 6-8 guard-forward and Pitt recruit who missed his third game in a row after suffering an ankle injury in practice last Tuesday.

Clinging to a two-point lead after three quarters, New Castle turned up its defensive intensity a notch and blitzed Hampton with a 14-0 run to begin the fourth. All of a sudden, New Castle had a 53-37 lead.

Malik Hooker scored a game-high 17 points for New Castle. He and Anthony Richards combined to scored 12 of the 14 points in the big run. Jake McPhatter scored 14 points for New Castle and Richards added 10. New Castle extended its regular-season winning streak to 58 games.

Collin Luther, Ryan's twin brother, led Hampton with 14 points, including seven straight late in the third quarter to bring the Talbots within two.

"Obviously, it's a lot different without Ryan," said New Castle coach Ralph Blundo. "I credit Hampton because they adjusted well, did a little things different because of their personnel and played a tough, hard-nosed basketball game." 

 

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South Fayette's Brumbaugh named All-American ...... Coaches vs. Cancer events

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South Fayette quarterback Brett Brumbaugh had a season to remember, setting a WPIAL single-season record for passing yardage and winning WPIAL and PIAA titles.

Brett BrumbaughHis efforts also earned him a spot on an All-American team.

Maxpreps.com has named Brumbaugh a second-team Medium Schools All-American. The team is made up of players from schools with enrollments generally in the 1,000 to 2,000 range. Only 60 players around the country were chosen to the first and second teams.

Brumbaugh is a junior who completed 260 of 379 passes for 3,897 yards and also threw 41 touchdown passes.

Kevin Askeland of Maxpreps.com takes a look at the players on the All-American teams.

Coaches vs. Cancer events

Allen Deep runs the Roundball Classic all-star games every year and he also is staging two events over the next two weekends that present some top matchups of teams.

The Coaches vs. Cancer Backyard Brawlz will be this Saturday at Seton Hill University. It features three boys games and two girls games. The boys matchups are Penn-Trafford vs. Greensburg Salem, Jeannette vs. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic and Gateway vs. Hempfield. The Gateway and Hempfield game matches two top Class AAAA teams. The girls games are Penn-Trafford vs. Greensburg Salem and McKeesport vs. Greensburg Central Catholic.

Next Saturday (Jan. 25) some of the best boys teams and individuals in Western Pennsylvania will play in the Coaches vs. Cancer Clash of the Titans at Geneva College. The event has five boys games and one girls game.

The best boys matchups are Beaver Falls vs. New Castle, Hampton vs. Central Valley and Lincoln Park vs. Kiski School. Lincoln Park is now the No. 1 Class A team in the state. Kiski School is a prep school in Saltsburg and features Satchel Pierce, a 7-footer who has signed with Marquette.

The other two boys games are East Liverpool Ohio vs. Central Catholic and Montour vs. Mt. Lebanon.

The girls game is Hampton vs. Central Valley.

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Lincoln Park moves up to No. 1 in the state

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The WPIAL has a team atop the state rankings for the first time this season.

Lincoln Park moved up to No 1 in Class A in this week's Pennlive.com boys basketball rankings. The Leopards took over the top spot after Math Civics & Sciences, a Philadelphia team and previously ranked No. 1, lost to Constitution and St. John's Collegiate of Washington D.C.

Lincoln Park has a 10-1 record. The rankings are listed below.

But Mike Bullock of Pennlive.com and the Harrisburg Patriot-News breaks down the top teams in Class A and how they fared last week. 

He also has the Class AA breakdown, and Class AAA, and Class AAAA.

Here are the rankings:

CLASS AAAA

No.  School                                          Rec    Pvs

1.     Roman Catholic (12)                 10-2        1

2.     Hampton (7)                              13-0        2

3.     New Castle (7)                           11-0        3

4.     Martin Luther King (12)           10-1        6                           

5.     Penn Wood (1)                             8-1     NR                                    

6.     Great Valley (1)                          10-1       5

7.     North Allegheny (7)                   10-2       7

8.     Chester (1)                                    7-2       4

9.     Abington (1)                                10-2    NR

10.  Pennsbury (1)                                8-2       8

Others to watch: Academy Park (1) 8-1, Cathedral Prep (10) 7-3, Cedar Crest (3) 12-2, Central Catholic (7) 8-5, Central York (3) 10-2, Conestoga (1) 10-2, Cumberland Valley (3) 11-2, East Stroudsburg North (11) 9-2, Emmaus (11) 8-3, Fox Chapel (7) 10-3, Franklin Regional (7) 8-4, Gateway (7) 9-4, Harrisburg (3) 10-3, Haverford (1) 9-4, Hazleton (2) 8-2, Hempfield (3) 10-2, Hempfield (7) 10-1, LaSalle College (12) 10-3, Lower Dauphin (3) 11-2, Lower Merion (1) 6-5, McDowell (10) 12-1, Obama Academy (8) 10-0, Parkland (11) 9-1, Penncrest (1) 10-3, Pennridge (1) 10-2, Plum (7) 11-1, Plymouth-Whitemarsh (1) 10-2, Reading (3) 8-5, Red Lion (3) 12-2, Ridley (1) 9-3, Spring-Ford (1) 12-1, St. Joseph’s Prep (12) 10-3, Upper Darby (1) 10-2, Upper St. Clair (7) 9-3, Whitehall (11) 8-3, Wilson (3) 12-1, York (3) 8-4.

 

CLASS AAA 

No.  School                                             Rec     Pvs

1.     Neumann-Goretti (12)                    9-2         2

2.     Archbishop Carroll  (12)                9-2         1

3.     Allentown Central Cath (11)        11-0         4

4.     Imhotep Charter (12)                     9-4         3

5.     Berks Catholic (3)                           9-3         5

6.     Bishop McDevitt (3)                     11-0         6

7.     Central Valley (7)                         11-1         9

8.     Chartiers Valley (7)                     10-1        10

9.     Abington Heights (2)                    10-1         7

10.   Scranton Prep (2)                        11-1         8

Others to watch: Archbishop Wood (12) 7-5, Crestwood (2) 9-2, Elizabeth Forward (7) 11-1, Farrell (10) 10-0, General McLane (10) 7-3, Girard (10) 6-3, Holy Ghost Prep (1) 9-3, Honesdale (2) 10-1, Indiana (7) 11-1, Knoch (7) 11-1, Montour (7) 7-3, Philly Electrical (12) 8-4, Pottsville (11) 11-2, Salisbury (11) 9-3, Shamokin (4) 10-0, Sharon (10) 6-3, South Fayette (7) 7-2, Steel Valley (7) 7-2, Steelton-Highspire (3) 10-3, Susquehanna Twp (3) 6-4, Thomas Jefferson (7) 9-2, Uniontown (7) 11-1, West York (3) 13-0.

 

CLASS AA 

No.  School                                                  Rec    Pvs

1.     Constitution (12)                                11-2       1

2.     Seton-La Salle (7)                               11-0       2

3.     Greensburg Central Cath (7)            11-1       3

4.     Loyalsock (4)                                        8-1       4

5.     Lewisburg (4)                                    11-0       6

6.     Quaker Valley (7)                               12-1       7                                       

7.     Holy Cross (2)                                       8-2       9

8.     Mid Valley (2)                                     10-1    NR

9.     Neshannock (7)                                  10-2    NR

10.   West Middlesex (10)                           6-4     10

Others to watch: Aliquippa (7) 7-4, Avonworth (7) 9-3, Bald Eagle Area (6) 9-1, Beaver Falls (7) 9-3, Blairsville (6) 7-1, Columbia (3) 10-3, Conemaugh Twp (5) 10-2, Conwell-Egan (12) 11-1, Elk Lake (2) 10-0, Fairview (10) 10-2, Hanover (3) 10-3, Jeannette (7) 8-3, Mercyhurst Prep (10) 9-3, Penns Valley (6) 8-0, Reynolds (10) 8-2, Richland (6) 9-1, Riverside (2) 10-2, South Allegheny (7) 9-4, Towanda (4) 9-2, Tyrone (6) 8-3, Washington (7) 10-3, Windber (5) 7-3.

 

CLASS A 

No.  School                                                   Rec    Pvs

1.     Lincoln Park (7)                                  10-1       2

2.     Math, Civics & Sciences (12)                5-7       1

3.     Bishop Carroll (6)                               10-0       3

4.     Vincentian (7)                                      12-0       4

5.     St. John Neumann (4)                          10-0       6

6.     Johnsonburg (9)                                   12-2       5

7.     Elk County Catholic (9)                          9-2        7

8.     Mahanoy Area (11)                             11-0        9

9.     Lebanon Catholic (3)                           10-2        8

10.   Monessen (7)                                          7-4     NR                                   

Others to watch: Bishop Guilfoyle (6) 7-1, Cameron County (9) 10-0, Carmichaels (7) 10-1, Church Farm (1) 5-4, Clarion-Limestone (9) 10-1, Cochranton (10) 10-2, DuBois Central Catholic (9) 7-3, Greenwood (3) 8-3, Homer-Center (6) 11-1, Juniata Valley (6) 9-2, Kennedy Catholic (10) 5-3, Mount Calvary (3) 11-1, New Hope Academy (3) 5-6, North Catholic (7) 5-6, Notre Dame-East Stroudsburg (11) 9-3, Our Lady of Sacred Heart (7) 8-4, Phil-Mont Christian (1) 10-2, Pius X (11) 5-3, Portage (6) 9-1, Ridgway (9) 10-2, Sewickley Academy (7) 8-3, Shade (5) 8-3, Shanksville-Stonycreek (5) 8-2, Sullivan County (4) 8-3, Western Beaver (7) 11-1.

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Will Ryan Luther play in showdown tomorrow?

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The highly-anticipated showdown between the New Castle and Hampton basketball teams is one day away. Both teams have made it to the game with undefeated records.

Now the big question about the game: Will Ryan Luther play?

Ryan LutherLuther is Hampton's standout senior guard-forward and a Pitt recruit who has missed the last two games with a sprained ankle, sustained in practice last week. The best way to list Luther would probably be questionable. (Luther is pictured dunking against New Castle in last year's WPIAL Class AAAA championship.)

The sprain was bad enough that Luther has not practiced. Even if he does play, he likely won't be close to 100 percent. Hampton is saying it will be a "game time decision."

New Castle's 57-game regular-season winning streak will be on the line. The Red Hurricanes haven't lost a regular-season game since a 58-54 setback to Blackhawk on Feb. 8, 2011.

Game sold out

By the way, if you want to see the New Castle and Hampton game and don't have a ticket, don't go. IT IS SOLD OUT!!!!

The school started selling tickets to students last Thursday and to the general public Friday. It was sold out Friday afternoon.

You can hear the game through the MSA Sports network, either on radio station WKST AM (1200) or on www.msasports.net. Mark Schaas will do the play by play.

Rivalry Tuesday

Tomorrow marks the end of section play in the WPIAL and there are rivalry games in all four classifications.

Besides that, there are a number of games involving teams that are at the top of sections. There is Plum at Franklin Regional, Knoch at Mars, Chartiers Valley at South Fayette, Aliquippa at Beaver Falls and Jeannette at Greensburg Central Catholic. All are big games.

The top two teams in the City League also collide when Obama plays at Allderdice at 3:15.

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