OLSH-Sewickley Academy rematch part of 3 things to watch Friday in WPIAL athletics

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Friday, February 9, 2018 | 12:09 AM


Two points separated Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Sewickley Academy when the boys basketball teams met last month.

OLSH won 70-68, breaking their first-place tie.

Three weeks later, they're still razor close.

OLSH (19-1, 16-4) holds a one-game lead over Sewickley Academy (16-4, 12-1) in Section 3. When they rematch Friday night in Sewickley, the section title is on the line, but so too is the top seed in the WPIAL playoffs.

Tipoff is 7 p.m.

OLSH is ranked first in WPIAL Class 2A, while Sewickley Academy is second.

Chasing a state wrestling title

The PIAA team wrestling tournament continues with quarterfinal and semifinal contests along with early-round matches in the consolation bracket.

In Class AAA, Canon-McMillan, Kiski Area and Seneca Valley all moved on to the quarterfinals with first-round wins Thursday. The Big Macs will face Cathedral Prep, Kiski Area will take on defending state champion Nazareth and Seneca Valley faces Spring-Ford, all at 2 p.m. at Hershey's Giant Center.

In Class AA, Burrell and Derry lost Thursday in the first round and must now navigate the consolation bracket.

Burrell will face Faith Christian, while Derry wrestles Huntingdon.

Seeking separation in Section 3

With Woodland Hills (11-2), Penn Hills (10-3), Fox Chapel (10-3) and Latrobe (9-4) all crammed within two games of each other, Section 3 is the tightest race in WPIAL boys basketball.

All four have clinched playoff spots, but how they'll be seeded in the Class 6A bracket remains undecided.

Among Friday's section finales, Latrobe (14-6 overall) visits Penn Hills (18-3) at 7:30 p.m. It's a rematch from Jan. 16 when Latrobe won 80-66 at home.

Woodland Hills (18-3) can win the section title outright with a victory at Penn-Trafford (6-15, 3-10). Fox Chapel (16-4) hosts Plum (6-14, 1-12).

Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at charlan@tribweb.com or via Twitter @CHarlan_Trib.

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