Basketball

Fox Chapel’s J.P. Dockey takes a shot during a practice on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020.
Boys basketball preview: Fox Chapel ready to reload after losing strong senior class
November 27, 2020
The Fox Chapel boys basketball team put together a historic season last year.

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Abby Mankins led Greensburg Salem in scoring (19.5 ppg.), rebounding (7.0 rpg), assists (5.0 apg) and steals (4.0 spg) last season.
Greensburg Salem girls basketball returns plenty of experience, depth
Four starters return to the Greensburg Salem girls basketball team, giving coach Rick Klimchock hope for a breakout season heading into his fourth year of leading the Golden Lions, whose enrollment rose enough to place them in Class 5A.

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Greensburg-Salem coach Mark Zahorchak will lead the Golden Lions into a Class 6A section this season.
Greensburg Salem boys basketball preparing to face Class 6A competition
The lure of familiar names was too much for Mark Zahorchak, the third-year Greensburg Salem boys basketball coach and former Golden Lions player. So much so that he elected to take the jump.

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Deer Lakes Reese Hasley (1) looks to pass against Seton LaSalle during a Class 3A WPIAL first-round game Feb. 19, 2020 at North Allegheny.
Deer Lakes excited for a new opportunity in a new section
November 26, 2020
Deer Lakes girls basketball coach Dave Petruska is excited about what the 2020 season might hold for his Lancers, and rightfully so.

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Derry’s Tiana Moracco drives past Freedom defender Jules Mohrbacher in a playoff game last season.
Girls basketball preview: Veteran coach hopes young Derry roster can build on success
November 24, 2020
Things couldn’t have gone much better last season for Derry girls basketball coach Gene Brisbane, who took over a program in flux.

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Derry’s Ryan Bushey is surrounded by Belle Vernon defenders during a playoff game last season.
Boys basketball preview: Derry faces long road trips, tough competition in new section
When Derry boys basketball coach Tom Esposito stepped into the gymnasium on Monday, he didn’t know what to expect.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock drives against Clearfield’s Karson Hudson in a first-round state playoff game last season.
Boys basketball preview: Belle Vernon could thrive again in underdog role
November 23, 2020
It seems anyone discussing coach Joe Salvino’s long and successful high school basketball career can’t help but refer to all those victories achieved by the 69-year-old Mon Valley staple.

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Ligonier Valley head coach John Berger talks with an official after Michael Marinchak was ejected from the game following a double technical foul during the 2019 Heritage Conference championship against West Shamokin.
John Berger resigns as Ligonier Valley boys basketball coach
November 19, 2020
Ligonier Valley boys basketball coach John Berger recently resigned, athletic director Wesley Siko said.

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Players from Lancaster Catholic and Belle Vernon shake hands after a four-overtime PIAA Class 4A second-round playoff game March 10, 2020.
PIAA approves covid-19 guidelines for winter, remains ‘cautiously optimistic’
October 29, 2020
PIAA basketball teams should limit the number of individuals on their bench to maintain a social distance of six feet or more when possible.

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Aliquippa coach Dwight Hines reacts after a basket against Lincoln Park during the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals Feb. 24, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Sto-Rox hires Aliquippa’s Dwight Hines, all-time scorer Kerry Connolly as basketball coaches
August 21, 2020
After decades in red and black, Dwight Hines is embracing green energy at Sto-Rox.

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Moon’s Emma Theodorsson drives to the basket against Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm during their game on Jan. 9, 2020, at Moon Area High School.
Western PA Bruins players continue to gather basketball offers
August 19, 2020
An extended “dead” period in NCAA recruiting during the covid-19 shutdown did not stand in the way of the Western PA Bruins girls AAU basketball program.

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If PIAA shuts down, AAU teams, other private programs could flourish
August 7, 2020
Western Pa. Bruins basketball director John Tate jokes that his doctor recommends he eat fewer salt and vinegar chips. In many ways, he views Gov. Tom Wolf’s newest sports recommendation that same way.

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Winchester Thurston’s Langston Moses (21) goes up for a shot over OLSH’s Eric Olexa (5) during a Class 2A WPIAL semifinal game Feb. 25, 2020 at North Hills.
Central Catholic basketball transfer Langston Moses eligible for regular season, WPIAL says
July 27, 2020
Central Catholic transfer Langston Moses is eligible for next boys basketball season but ineligible to play in the postseason, the WPIAL decided Monday.

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Aliquippa coach Nick Lackovich was rehired Thursday at the Quips boys basketball coach.
With allegations behind him, Nick Lackovich returns as Aliquippa boys basketball coach
July 24, 2020
This was more than a job opportunity for Nick Lackovich, who was rehired Thursday as Aliquippa’s boys basketball coach.

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Indiana’s Eve Fiala (right) fights Knoch’s Abbey Shearer for a rebound Jan. 20, 2020 at Knoch.
2 WPIAL rising sophomores add basketball offers from Minnesota
July 17, 2020
Minnesota women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whalen, a former Olympian and WNBA star, is recruiting two of the WPIAL’s top rising sophomores.

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Pine-Richland’s Kaili Doctor
2 WPIAL sophomores announce basketball offers from Marshall
July 14, 2020
Two rising sophomores in WPIAL girls basketball received Division I offers from the same school Tuesday.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor scores past Bethel Park’s Juliana Carbone on Dec. 19, 2019, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor adds 1st Division I basketball offer
July 10, 2020
Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor, one of the WPIAL’s top rising juniors, announced her first Division I basketball offer Friday from Xavier.

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New Mt. Pleasant boys basketball coach T.J. Kravits
Mt. Pleasant hires T.J. Kravits as new boys basketball coach
June 29, 2020
T.J. Kravits has been involved in coaching basketball at various levels for more than 10 years.

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North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar with a kill past Canon-McMillan’s Samantha Parker during the girls Class AAAA WPIAL volleyball championships Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.
Trib HSSN girls athlete of the year: Morningstar shines bright for champion North Allegheny
Paige Morningstar came to North Allegheny three years ago ready to fill the big shoes left behind by both of her two-sport star older sisters.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise scores past Belle Vernon’s Mitchell Pohlot during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Valley News Dispatch boys athlete of the year: Highlands’ Crise savored super senior seasons
June 28, 2020
While coronavirus restrictions disrupted life all over the country this spring and summer, some people found a way to see positives in it as it gave them time to focus on their craft.

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