Championship Saturday: City League & SWCAC Hoops and State Rifle
Sunday, February 24, 2013 | 9:06 AM
While there was plenty to focus in on Saturday including the WPIAL Class AA Wrestling Championships, the WPIAL Class AAA Wrestling Sectionals, the WPIAL Class AAA Diving Championships and the WPIAL Basketball Quarterfinals, there were other titles decided on the final weekend in February. Here is a brief recap of the Pittsburgh City League Basketball Championships, the SWCAC Basketball Championships ad the State Rifle Championships.
2013 PITTSBURGH CITY LEAGUE BOYS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP:
Westinghouse Bulldogs 61 – Perry Commodores 52
Shaquan Johnson scored 18 points and a 17-7 burst in the third quarter proved to be the difference as Westinghouse captured their first boys City League basketball title in 15 years and only the Bulldogs second crown since 1972. The game was deadlocked at 28-28 at halftime when a big third quarter by Westinghouse proved to be the difference. Aaron Lyons had 15 points and Robert Bailey scored 12 for the new District 8 champs who improve to 15-8. Perry was led in scoring by Shakeem Cox, who scored a game-high 19 points while Devin Lyles added 15 for the Highlanders, who fall to 12-13.
2013 PITTSBURGH CITY LEAGUE GIRLS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP:
Westinghouse Bulldogs 54 – Allderdice Dragons 42
Westinghouse boys making it to the district finals was noteworthy, however the Bulldogs girls team playing for the City League crown is standard stuff. For the 26th consecutive season, Westinghouse was in the girls basketball title game and for the tenth time overall and first time in four years, the Bulldogs sealed the deal by winning the District 8 championship by 12 points over Allderdice. Westinghouse jumped out to a 15-6 lead after the first quarter and led 30-15 but halftime and were never threatened in the second half. Jasmine Myers scored a game-high 23 points for the Bulldogs while teammates Brittany Jackson scored 18 and LaShae Stinson added 11 points for Westinghouse, which improves to 16-9. Sierra Fordham led Allderdice with 16 points while teammate Sydnee Abernathy chipped in with 13 points as the Dragons fall to 12-13.
2013 SWCAC BOYS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP:
Harvest Baptist Academy Huskies 57 – Cheswick Christian Academy Chargers 41
Big first and third quarters helped lift the Huskies to the 2013 Southwest Christian Athletic Conference boys championship Saturday at the University of Penn State-New Kensington. Harvest Baptist never trailed as they jumped out to an 11-3 lead after one quarter and led 24-17 at the half. The Huskies put the game away by outscoring the Chargers 19-7 in the third quarter. Caleb Skelly had a game high 17 points to lead the Huskies as teammate Noah Kile added 13 points. Cheswick Christian, which finished its season with a record of 20-7, was led in scoring by Tyler Knupp, Antione Malloy and Andy Skledar's 8 points each. Harvest Baptist improved its record to 16-1 in the SWCAC.
2013 STATE RIFLE CHAMPIONSHIP:
Hempfield successfully followed up its WPIAL championship last week by winning the state title Saturday in Washington, Pa. The Spartans scored a team 974 points, led by Tyler Mincin's 198 points. Also for the Spartans, Kayla Dowling scored a 195, Alex Thomas 194, Trent Thomas 194, and Keegan Miller a 193. McGuffey finished second in the team competition with 969 points while Avella was third with 968 points. In the Individual competition, Courtney Stiles of McGuffey won state gold with a score of 395 points. Kayla Huffman of Trinity was second with 393 and Scott Kolar of Plum took the bronze with 392. Rounding out the top five was Brent Morgan of Avella fourth with a score of 392 and Kevin Anthony of Southern Leahigh fifth with a 391.