Basketball

Southmoreland’s Sarah Pisula takes a deep breath before making the winning free throw in the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals against Freeport on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, at Penn-Trafford High School.
Undefeated Southmoreland decided underdog against North Catholic
February 27, 2020
Overcoming the stigma of playing a perennial powerhouse can be just as important as matching baskets with one.

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Bishop Canevin’s Alyssa Pollice (21) and Diajha Allen celebrate with the championship trophy after defeating Laurel in the WPIAL Class AA final Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at Peterrsen Events Center.
Bishop Canevin girls open WPIAL championship weekend with program’s 6th title
Bishop Canevin won its sixth WPIAL girls basketball title — fifth in the last six seasons — with a 50-41 victory over Laurel in the Class 2A final at Petersen Events Center on Thursday evening.

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Highlands senior Johnny Crise heads toward the basket against Blackhawk on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in the WPIAL Class 4A semifinals at North Allegheny Senior High School.
Highlands seniors ‘living up to hype’ in WPIAL playoffs
In Highlands’ quarterfinal win Saturday against Ringgold, senior guard Korry Myers got hot from deep, making seven 3-pointers and scoring 25 points.

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OLSH’s bench celebrates a 3-pointer against Winchester Thurston during a Class 2A WPIAL semifinal game Feb. 25, 2020 at North Hills.
OLSH, Sto-Rox to rekindle rivalry in boys Class 2A championship game
OLSH must go through a familiar foe to defend its WPIAL Class 2A championship.

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Belle Vernon’s Ian Shahan competes in the boys’ 100 yard backstroke at Derry Area High School during the 2019 Westmoreland County Coaches Association Swimming Championship Meet on Saturday, January 26, 2019.
How to watch 2020 WPIAL swimming, basketball championships
It will be a day of gold medals and golden basketball trophies.

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Butler’s Ethan Morton celebrates with Zach Slomers after defeating Upper St. Clair in overtime of their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at Robert Morris University.
Butler rallies past USC in overtime, earns return trip to WPIAL finals
February 26, 2020
Doubt crept into Ethan Morton’s mind for a moment Wednesday night as Butler trailed by five with less than a minute left.

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Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell celebrates with teammates after defeating Thomas Jefferson in a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal Feb. 26, 2020.
Chartiers Valley uses bulletin-board material to top TJ, return to Class 5A finals
Moments after Chartiers Valley finished off a 65-43 win over Thomas Jefferson in the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals Wednesday night at Mt. Lebanon, Colts coach Tim McConnell offered an open dinner invitation to who ever made shirts for the Jaguars that read, “3.1 doesn’t equal 4.4.”

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High school roundup for Feb. 26, 2020: Allderdice boys win on buzzer beater
Blake Haber’s 3-point shot at the final buzzer lifted Allderdice to a 51-49 victory over District 6 champion Altoona in a District 6-8-10 subregional game at Brashear on Wednesday night.

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Beaver holds down Avonworth, reserves spot in girls Class 3A championship game
Extend the lead – somehow, some way.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise leaps to score against Blackhawk on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 in WPIAL basketball playoffs at North Allegheny Senior High School.
Johnny Crise scores 27 to lead Highlands past Blackhawk and into WPIAL title game
At this time of the year, the best teams learn how to overcome adversity.

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East Allegheny’s Casmere Marshall (2) pulls down a rebound against Mohawk during a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal game Feb. 22, 2020, at North Hills
East Allegheny, Seton LaSalle girls clinch spots in PIAA Class 3A tournament
A pair of Class 3A girls basketball teams clinched spots in the PIAA playoffs Wednesday based on results of WPIAL semifinal matchups at West Allegheny.

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Riley DeRubbo led Trinity with 18 points Wednesday night.
Trinity girls stop Woodland Hills, set up WPIAL finals showdown with Chartiers Valley
After coaching in college and in the WNBA, Kathy McConnell-Miller is experiencing success in her first season on the high school level.

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Belle Vernon’s Thomas Hepple hugs teammate Hunter Ruokonen (1) after defeating New Castle on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in a WPIAL Class 4A semifinal at North Allegheny.
Belle Vernon ends New Castle’s reign, makes first WPIAL finals trip since 1978
Belle Vernon coach Joe Salvino did not speak to his players about New Castle’s success in the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs or the Red Hurricanes’ reputation as a storied program.

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Mohawk’s bench and students celebrate after a 3-pointer agianst East Allegheny during a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal game Feb. 22.
Mohawk girls top Carlynton to reach WPIAL Class 3A finals for 1st time
Mohawk entered Wednesday night’s WPIAL Class 3A semifinal with one of the area’s best offenses.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Blaine Gartley celebrates as time expires in the Blue Devils’ WPIAL Class 6A semifinal victory over Central Catholic Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at Robert Morris University.
Mt. Lebanon starts strong, finishes off Central Catholic in Class 6A semis
Playing in their third consecutive WPIAL semifinal, the defending Class 6A champion Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils knew they’d need a good start on both ends in order to continue to defend their title.

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Vincentian’s Priest Ryan (20) competes against Nazareth Prep during a Class A WPIAL semifinal game Feb. 24, 2020 at North Allegheny.
With school about to close, Vincentian Academy to face Cornell in emotional Class A final
When Vincentian Academy and Cornell square off at the Petersen Events Center on Thursday night, it will be the 11th time the teams have met in the last four years. None of those contests has meant more than this one.

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Bishop Canevin’s Lauren Kirsch goes up for a layup during a WPIAL Class 1A matchup with Ellis School on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.
Defense carries Bishop Canevin, Laurel into WPIAL Class 2A girls title game
The old saying about defense winning championships is ringing true in the WPIAL Class 2A girls basketball playoffs.

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Southmoreland players listen to coaching instruction during a timeout against Freeport in girls WPIAL basketball playoffs on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020 at Penn-Trafford High School.
Unbeaten Southmoreland girls seeking fast start in quest to upset No. 1 North Catholic
Senior forward Sarah Pisula could have typed a text message and sent it in the time she had to line up a pair of 3-pointers early in Monday night’s playoff game.

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Indiana celebrates after beating Beaver Falls in the boys Class AAA WPIAL championship Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 at Petersen Events Center.
Decade’s best WPIAL finals: Boys basketball No. 1
There were a lot of changes to the WPIAL basketball championships over the last 10 years.

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Upper St. Clair’s Luke Gensler drives to the basket on Bethel Park’s Anthony Chiccitt during their game Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Big shake-up in Trib 10 power rankings heading into championship weekend
There was some slicing and dicing in this week’s Trib 10 as championship weekend is set for The Pete.

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