Basketball

Coach Rich Falter and his trusty clipboard are carried off the floor by Highlands players moments after the Golden Rams upset Blackhawk, 58-56, for the WPIAL Class 3A title March 3, 1995 at Duquesne University.
Late Highlands coach Rich Falter remembered for his humility, impact on players
May 26, 2022
Despite an outstanding coaching career that included 316 victories in high school basketball, Rich Falter never sought the limelight.

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Hempfield’s Sean Gordon (33) celebrates a three-pointer with Harrison Sowers during their Section 3-6A game against Norwin on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, at Hempfield Area High School.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Area players to take part in upcoming Roundball games
May 14, 2022
Basketball season ended months ago, but the Roundball Classic will bring together some of the top talent from the WPIAL this week.

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Chartiers Valley head coach Tim McConnell yells from the bench during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Cardinal O’Hara on Friday, March 25, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Tim McConnell accepts Bishop Canevin job after resigning as Chartiers Valley coach
May 11, 2022
Tim McConnell had walked into Chartiers Valley’s gym countless times, but the longtime basketball coach felt somewhat sentimental when he entered Tuesday morning.

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Butler’s Devin Carney scores past Pine-Richland’s Luke Shanahan (left) and Jameson O’Toole during their game on Friday, Feb. 4, 2022, in Pine.
WPIAL trio earns all-state honors in Class 6A boys basketball
May 8, 2022
The PIAA’s largest boys basketball classification is often dominated by Eastern Pennsylvania teams, but three WPIAL players made the all-state team for Class 6A.

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Ford City grad Lizzie Suwala-Sheaffer drives to the basket during a game against Leechburg as a freshman in 2002. Her 2,266 career points are the most for a girls basketball player from the Alle-Kiski Valley.
Ford City grad Lizzie Suwala-Sheaffer ‘honored’ to take spot in A-K Valley HOF
May 7, 2022
Lizzie Suwala-Sheaffer could hit a shot from anywhere on the basketball court.

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St. Gabriel’s comes together to win Diocese of Pittsburgh girls hoops crown
April 24, 2022
St. Gabriel’s girls CYO basketball team peaked at the perfect time.

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Norwin’s Luke Passarelli (bottom) will wrestle at Davidson.
High school notebook: Norwin wrestler Passarelli headed to Davidson
April 17, 2022
Luke Passarelli is taking his wrestling talent to the highest level of the NCAA.

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Hampton’s Sophia Kelly scores against Plum on Dec. 16, 2021.
Hampton 3-sport standout picks basketball, makes college choice
April 16, 2022
Sophia Kelly’s answer was exactly what Mercyhurst women’s basketball coach Brooklyn Kohlheim wanted to hear.

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Washington’s Ron Faust, one of WPIAL’s most successful basketball coaches, retires
April 13, 2022
After stints of 28 and eight years as head coach of the Washington boys basketball program, Ron Faust, one of the most successful coaches in WPIAL history, has stepped down again.

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Quaker Valley’s Adou Thiero blocks a shot by Hickory’s Joey Fazzone during their PIAA Class 4A first round state playoff game March 8 in Leetsdale.
Quaker Valley write final chapter in storybook careers
April 10, 2022
The Quaker Valley boys basketball team made a gallant effort in its quest to win a PIAA title, taking a 27-0 record into the state finals.

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North Catholic’s Alayna Rocco scores against Freedom during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Thursday, March. 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
2022 Trib HSSN Head of the Class: WPIAL girls basketball’s best in each classification
April 5, 2022
There were a lot of players and coaches who put in plenty of time on the basketball court this season to be the best they could be.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor hoists the WPIAL championship trophy with her teammates after defeating Upper St. Clair in the Class 6A final on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor named 2022 TribLive HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Year
April 4, 2022
2022 TribLive HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Year

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West Virginia forward Drew Schifino, co-organizer of the Stop the Violence Alumni Shootout, reaches for a loose ball being scooped up by Dusquesne guard Bryant McAllister during a 2003 game at West Virginia.
Stop the Violence alumni game aims to bring people together
April 3, 2022
Two torn Achilles tendons gave Wilkinsburg’s Taz Williams the hint. Williams, who co-organizes the Stop the Violence Alumni Shootout, decided to retire from playing in the 2022 event.

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Kiski Area’s James Pearson scores past Mars’ Zachary Schlegel during the Cager Classic boys all-star game Saturday, April 2, 2022, at Highlands High School.
East boys get overtime victory in Cager Classic
April 2, 2022
Just like the girls game at Cager Classic on Saturday at Highlands High School, the boys game went into overtime.

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Deer Lakes’ Reese Hasley picks off a loose ball from Kiski Area’s Karly Keller during the Cager Classic All-Star game Saturday, April 2, 2022, at Highlands High School.
West girls edge East in double OT in record-setting Cager Classic
At the midway point of the first overtime of Saturday’s 25th Cager Classic girls all-star game at Highlands, a loose ball off a missed shot caused a mad scramble involving a couple of players from both the East and West squads.

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Knoch’s Madilyn Boyer drives to the basket against Highlands on Jan. 10, 2022, at Highlands High School.
Knoch’s Maddie Boyer named Valley News Dispatch Girls Basketball Player of the Year
Maddie Boyer

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Kiski Area lineman Brandon Lawhorn-Moore will take part in the Big 33 all-star game in May.
George Guido: Big 33 game calls on Kiski Area’s ‘Beef’
Kiski Area offensive lineman Brandon Lawhorn-Moore was named to this year’s Pennsylvania Big 33 team.

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Burrell’s Donovan Callahan shoots during the three-pointer contest at the Cager Classic skills competition on Friday, April 1, 2022, at Highlands High School.
Burrells’ Callahan shines at Cager Classic skills competition
April 1, 2022
Donovan Callahan of Burrell missed several games during the season with a broken nose.

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PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi talks with Michael Hawkins (right) during the state basketball championships Saturday at Giant Center in Hershey.
Philadelphia basketball teams are here to stay in PIAA, says District 12 chairman
March 31, 2022
Philadelphia teams joined the PIAA basketball playoffs less than two decades ago, and District 12’s top administrator says his schools are here to stay, despite any wishful thinking by opponents.

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele battles Constitution’s Simere Blagman for a loose ball during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game last Friday.
Trib 10: State champs top final WPIAL basketball power rankings
Nine WPIAL basketball teams, the most in PIAA postseason hoops history, participated in the 2022 state championships in Hershey last weekend.

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