Basketball

Lincoln Park’s L.A. Pratt goes up for a shot against Aliquippa during the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals Feb. 24, 2020, at North Allegheny High school.
Lincoln Park earns 5th straight trip to WPIAL finals with whistle-heavy win over Aliquippa
February 24, 2020
Nobody wanted 56 fouls called, but nobody was too surprised, either.

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Jake Tomer scored 13 points for North catholic on Monday night.
North Catholic boys hold off upstart South Allegheny, make Class 3A championship game
In this season’s WPIAL Class 3A tournament, three of the final four teams — North Catholic, Lincoln Park and Aliquippa — were routine playoff participants and traditional statewide powers.

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Serra Catholic’s Rain Watson dribbles against Laurel’s Reese Bintrim during the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.
Laurel digs deep on defense, upsets No. 1 Serra Catholic in Class 2A semifinals
A slow start, nearly 20 turnovers and foul trouble are part of the formula for an upset, and No. 1 seed Serra Catholic found out the hard way in a WPIAL Class 2A girls basketball semifinal Monday at Peters Township.

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Trib HSSN boys basketball player of the week: Week ending Feb. 23, 2020
The top-seed in the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs was in trouble. If ever there was a time for some Morton magic, it was with time winding down in the first overtime.

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Cornell’s Isaiah Langston goes up for a dunk against Bishop Canevin during a WPIAL Class 1A semifinal matchup on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020.
Cornell knocks off Bishop Canevin and punches its ticket to The Pete
The Cornell Raiders have been working towards a goal for the past three years.

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WPIAL basketball semifinals come with intriguing storylines
Mars will face Chartiers Valley in a WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball semifinal Tuesday at Moon.

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Tess Myers led North Catholic with 21 points Monday night.
North Catholic girls roll past Blackhawk, earn another Class 4A finals appearance
It’s back to The Pete for the North Catholic girls.

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Olivia Cernuto led Southmoreland with 23 points Monday night.
Southmoreland girls dismiss Central Valley, earn program’s first trip to WPIAL finals
You might consider anything Southmoreland’s girls basketball team did after the quarterfinals a bonus. Gravy, as they say.

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Freeport’s Harley Holloway looks for room against Belle Vernon during a WPIAL Class 4A first-round game Feb. 17, 2020, at North Hills.
Monday’s WPIAL semifinal results clinch PIAA berths for eight teams
With their WPIAL quarterfinal victories, 24 boys and 24 girls basketball teams kept championship dreams alive.

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Nazareth Prep’s Marcus Johnson (24) looks to block Vincentian’s Alex Griggs (5) during a Class A WPIAL semifinal game Feb. 24, 2020 at North Allegheny High.
Vincentian Academy boys avenge loss to Nazareth Prep, advance to Class A title game
The top-seeded Vincentian Academy Royals had revenge on their minds.

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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.
Bishop Canevin girls hold off Ellis School charge, reach Class 2A title game
A 3-pointer in the waning seconds of the game wasn’t enough for The Ellis School to complete its comeback. The No. 2 Bishop Canevin Crusaders advanced to the WPIAL Class 2A girls basketball championship game with a 46-44 victory over the six-seeded Tigers on Monday night.

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Ligonier Valley’s Michael Marinchak takes a shot during practice in the school gym earlier this season.
Ligonier Valley boys using speed, not size, to blaze through District 6 playoffs
The second season of John Berger’s second stint as boys basketball coach at Ligonier Valley has gone much like the first season of his second go-round at his alma mater.

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Ligonier Valley’s Jaxon Ludwig practices.
Westmoreland County basketball playoff preview capsule: Game of Feb. 25, 2020
Today’s game

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Central Valley celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Chartiers Valley in double overtime in the WPIAL Class AAA boys basketball championship at the A.J. Palumbo Center on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.
Decade’s best WPIAL finals: Boys basketball No. 2
There were a lot of changes to the WPIAL basketball championships over the last 10 years.

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Butler’s Charles Kreinbucher pulls down a rebound in front of Pine-Richland’s Patrick Shanahan during the fourth quarter Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, at Pine-Richland High School.
Few changes as six WPIAL teams remain in HSSN state boys basketball rankings
While the district playoffs continue throughout Pennsylvania, there were few changes in this week’s Trib HSSN weekly boys basketball state rankings.

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Trib HSSN boys basketball team of the week: Week ending Feb. 23, 2020
Last year was a transitional year for veteran WPIAL basketball coach Joe Salvino.

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Highlands’ Wahkeem Roman (50) and Korry Myers (11) go for a rebound against Ringgold during a Class 4A WPIAL quarterfinal game Feb. 22, 2020 at North Hills.
Team-first mentality leading Highlands boys during postseason run
For the third time in just as many years, the Highlands Golden Rams are heading to the semifinals of the WPIAL playoffs.

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WPIAL Girls Basketball Player of the Week — Week ending Feb. 22
February 23, 2020
Nearly 30 years ago, back in 1991, the Michigan men’s basketball team made history by starting five freshmen and reaching the NCAA championship game. They were known as the Fab 5.

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WPIAL Girls Basketball Team of the Week: Week ending Feb. 22
Over the last 11 years, Win Palmer has led his Sewickley Academy boys basketball team to four WPIAL championships and two PIAA titles.

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Homer-Center’s Ryan Sardone is surrounded by Ligonier Valley’s Isaac Niedbalson (left) and Michael Marinchak during the Heritage Conference championship game Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at IUP.
Jeannette boys, Norwin girls hold out hope for PIAA playoff berths
The list might be short, but there are some Westmoreland basketball teams still in the hunt for spots in the PIAA playoffs.

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