Volleyball, lacrosse championships part of Saturday’s 3 things to watch in high school sports

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Friday, June 8, 2018 | 11:47 PM


WPIAL champion North Allegheny has hit the floor 22 times for boys' volleyball matches this spring and has come away with 22 victories.

No. 23 would bring the Tigers another state championship.

North Allegheny will square off with Landisville Hempfield on Saturday afternoon in the PIAA Class AAA boys volleyball state championship match that can be heard on the TribLive High School Sports Network at 1 p.m.

The Black Knights are playing for their 10th PIAA title, with their most recent crown captured in 2016.

North Allegheny hopes to capture a sixth state championship, with previous titles coming in 1979, 1987, 1991, 1999 and 2013.

The Tigers have been nothing short of dominant this season. In those 22 match victories, they have only lost three total games. They beat Bethel Park, 3-1, in the district title match and earned a spot in the PIAA finals at Penn State with a 3-2 victory over Central York in the state semifinals.

Northeastern York faces Manheim Central in the PIAA Class AA championship match at 11 a.m. Northeastern York is hoping to win state gold for a sixth straight year.

PIAA boys lacrosse championships

It will be another PIAA lacrosse championship event without a WPIAL presence.

In the two boys PIAA championship matches, LaSalle College faces Manheim Township in the Class AAA finals and Bishop Shanahan takes on Strath Haven in the Class AA title match.

It was Strath Haven that came back to edge Mars in the semifinals in overtime on Tuesday.

Three of the teams are playing for their first PIAA boys lacrosse championship. Only LaSalle has captured state gold, winning in both 2009 and 2013.

Both matches will be Saturday afternoon at West Chester East.

PIAA girls lacrosse finals

Bright and early, girls state gold will be decided as Malvern Villa Maria faces Kennard-Dale in the Class AA finals at 10 a.m., followed by Unionville against Manheim Township at noon.

Both title matches between District 1 and District 3 teams will produce first-time state champions.

Don Rebel is a TribLIVE High School Sports Network broadcaster and staff writer. Reach him at drebel@tribweb.com.

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