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Double dose of perfection at Pine-Richland ..... Newest TWIHSS show

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This winter has been absolutely perfect for Pine-Richland basketball, and we're not talking weather.

It has been perfection times two. The Pine-Richland boys are 13-0 while the girls are 15-0. Although there are no statistics to prove it, I don't remember a WPIAL school in the past few decades having two undefeated basketball teams this late in the season.

Will both make it through the regular season undefeated? Brian Batko and I discuss that on This Week In High School Sports, which you can check out below. It's not known if a school has ever had boys and girls teams both finish the regular season undefeated, but I would doubt it. I do know that only 13 schools have had boys and girls win WPIAL championships in the same year. But not one of those 13 had two undefeated teams. (Pictured is Pine-Richland standout senior guard Andrew Petcash).

Both Pine-Richland teams obviously are excellent. There is a definite chance they could both finish the season undefeated, but if I had to predict, I'd say it won't happen.

I think the Pine-Richland girls have the best shot at perfection in the regular season. They have only seven games left, but one of them is next Thursday against North Allegheny. That won't be easy. Pine-Richland is the Post-Gazette's No. 1 6A team and North Allegheny (13-1) is No. 2. They met in December and Pine-Richland won at North Allegheny, 50-47. This one should be close also. (Pictured is Pine-Richland guard Amanda Kalin guarding North Allegheny's Brynn Serbin in the first meeting)

If the Pine-Richland girls beat North Allegheny, then I say they definitely finish the regular season undefeated because they don't face another strong team.

The Pine-Richland boys story is different. The Rams are certainly good, but they play in rugged Section 1. It's hard to see a team going undefeated in that section, although Pine-Richland was undefeated in the first half. The Rams won two with late-game shots. Pine-Richland also plays Lincoln Park in a non-section game tonight. That should be an interesting one, but I think Pine-Richland wins.

The Pine-Richland boys have a number of tough games left after tonight. A big one is next Tuesday against North Allegheny.

Game with 1,177 wins

Last night's Washington-Monessen boys game was certainly an unusual one, but not because both teams are ranked highly in their respective classifications. It was unusual because there were 1,177 victories between the coaches in this game.

You think there has ever been a WPIAL boys game matching coaches with so many wins? I'd say probably not. Monessen's Joe Salvino went into the game with a record of 613-243. Meanwhile, Washington's Ron Faust entered the game with a record of 564-211.

TWIHSS show

Here is the latest This Week In High School Sports Show on Varsity Xtra. We talk about Pine-Richland's perfection, give predictions on the top games in the next week and finish with the wildly popular "Just Askin" segment. One of the questions: Was Antonio Brown's video talent a poor example for high school kids?

 

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Mars' Carmody out with ankle injury ..... Penn State recruit Thorpe looking elsewhere

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The Mars basketball team will find out what it's like to play without its star junior guard.

Robby Carmody will not play tonight in a big game against Hampton because of an ankle injury sustained Sunday in a game against a team from Ohio. Carmody's father, Rob, who also is Mars' coach, said his son will out for "a while" because of the injury. (Carmody is pictured going for a shot in a game last week against Moon).

Robby Carmody, who has a number of major-college offers, was averaging 32 points in section games.

Thorpe looking at UCLA, Michigan

 

It's one of those stories where "I'm committed, but I want to look around."

C.J. Thorpe, a highly-rated offensive senior lineman at Central Catholic High School, made a verbal commitment to Penn State last spring. But he recently decided he wants to look at a few other schools. So, Thorpe (pictured) visited UCLA last weekend and will go to the University of Michigan the weekend of Jan. 27, said his father, Chris. In between those two visits is an official visit to Penn State this weekend.

"Penn State is where he's committed, but he still wants to make sure, like any decision, that you look at everything," said Chris Thorpe. "He's never really been anywhere but Penn State. I think it would behoove him to say, 'At least I took a lot at another option.' So, he's going to take a look at another option."

UCLA assistant coach Tom Bradley is recruiting C.J. Thorpe for UCLA. Assistant Mike Zordich is recruiting C.J. for Michigan. Chris Thorpe was a running back at Penn State in the 1980s and Zordich was a teammate. Bradley was coaching at Penn State when Chris Thorpe played for the Nittany Lions.

It would certainly be a loss for Penn State if it loses Thorpe. He is rated a four-star offensive guard by Rivals.com.

"It's nothing that turned him off about Penn State," said Chris Thorpe. "I think he's doing the smart thing. You never want to make a decision without looking at everything else. I don't have a problem with it. It's probably me pushing him more to do this than himself."

Michigan already flipped one WPIAL recruit this year. Beaver Falls defensive lineman Donovan Jeter originally committed to Notre Dame, but changed his mind to Michigan. He is already at Michigan, enrolled in the spring semester.

Thorpe is another recruiting story with a "stay tuned" tag.

 

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Penn State recruit C.J. Thorpe now looking at UCLA and Michigan

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It's one of those stories where "I'm committed, but I want to look around."

C.J. Thorpe, a highly-rated offensive senior lineman at Central Catholic High School, made a verbal commitment to Penn State last spring. But he recently decided he wants to look at a few other schools. So, Thorpe (pictured) visited UCLA last weekend and will go to the University of Michigan the weekend of Jan. 27, said his father, Chris. In between those two visits is an official visit to Penn State this weekend.

"Penn State is where he's committed, but he still wants to make sure, like any decision, that you look at everything," said Chris Thorpe. "He's never really been anywhere but Penn State. I think it would behoove him to say, 'At least I took a lot at another option.' So, he's going to take a look at another option."

UCLA assistant coach Tom Bradley is recruiting C.J. Thorpe for UCLA. Assistant Mike Zordich is recruiting C.J. for Michigan. Chris Thorpe was a running back at Penn State in the 1980s and Zordich was a teammate. Bradley was coaching at Penn State when Chris Thorpe played for the Nittany Lions.

It would certainly be a loss for Penn State if it loses Thorpe. He is rated a four-star offensive guard by Rivals.com.

"It's nothing that turned him off about Penn State," said Chris Thorpe. "I think he's doing the smart thing. You never want to make a decision without looking at everything else. I don't have a problem with it. It's probably me pushing him more to do this than himself."

Michigan already flipped one WPIAL recruit this year. Beaver Falls defensive lineman Donovan Jeter originally committed to Notre Dame, but changed his mind to Michigan. He is already at Michigan, enrolled in the spring semester.

Thorpe is another recruiting story with a "stay tuned" tag.

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Penn State recruit C.J. Thorpe now looking at UCLA and Michigan

Written by Mike White on .

It's one of those stories where "I'm committed, but I want to look around."

C.J. Thorpe, a highly-rated offensive senior lineman at Central Catholic High School, made a verbal commitment to Penn State last spring. But he recently decided he wants to look at a few other schools. So, Thorpe (pictured) visited UCLA last weekend and will go to the University of Michigan the weekend of Jan. 27, said his father, Chris. In between those two visits is an official visit to Penn State this weekend.

"Penn State is where he's committed, but he still wants to make sure, like any decision, that you look at everything," said Chris Thorpe. "He's never really been anywhere but Penn State. I think it would behoove him to say, 'At least I took a lot at another option.' So, he's going to take a look at another option."

UCLA assistant coach Tom Bradley is recruiting C.J. Thorpe for UCLA. Assistant Mike Zordich is recruiting C.J. for Michigan. Chris Thorpe was a running back at Penn State in the 1980s and Zordich was a teammate. Bradley was coaching at Penn State when Chris Thorpe played for the Nittany Lions.

It would certainly be a loss for Penn State if it loses Thorpe. He is rated a four-star offensive guard by Rivals.com.

"It's nothing that turned him off about Penn State," said Chris Thorpe. "I think he's doing the smart thing. You never want to make a decision without looking at everything else. I don't have a problem with it. It's probably me pushing him more to do this than himself."

Michigan already flipped one WPIAL recruit this year. Beaver Falls defensive lineman Donovan Jeter originally committed to Notre Dame, but changed his mind to Michigan. He is already at Michigan, enrolled in the spring semester.

Thorpe is another recruiting story with a "stay tuned" tag.

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Penn State recruit C.J. Thorpe now looking at UCLA and Michigan

Written by Mike White on .

It's one of those stories where "I'm committed, but I want to look around."

C.J. Thorpe, a highly-rated offensive senior lineman at Central Catholic High School, made a verbal commitment to Penn State last spring. But he recently decided he wants to look at a few other schools. So, Thorpe (pictured) visited UCLA last weekend and will go to the University of Michigan the weekend of Jan. 27, said his father, Chris. In between those two visits is an official visit to Penn State this weekend.

"Penn State is where he's committed, but he still wants to make sure, like any decision, that you look at everything," said Chris Thorpe. "He's never really been anywhere but Penn State. I think it would behoove him to say, 'At least I took a lot at another option.' So, he's going to take a look at another option."

UCLA assistant coach Tom Bradley is recruiting C.J. Thorpe for UCLA. Assistant Mike Zordich is recruiting C.J. for Michigan. Chris Thorpe was a running back at Penn State in the 1980s and Zordich was a teammate. Bradley was coaching at Penn State when Chris Thorpe played for the Nittany Lions.

It would certainly be a loss for Penn State if it loses Thorpe. He is rated a four-star offensive guard by Rivals.com.

"It's nothing that turned him off about Penn State," said Chris Thorpe. "I think he's doing the smart thing. You never want to make a decision without looking at everything else. I don't have a problem with it. It's probably me pushing him more to do this than himself."

Michigan already flipped one WPIAL recruit this year. Beaver Falls defensive lineman Donovan Jeter originally committed to Notre Dame, but changed his mind to Michigan. He is already at Michigan, enrolled in the spring semester.

Thorpe is another recruiting story with a "stay tuned" tag.

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