Basketball

Saint Joseph’s Gia Richter celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against Aquinas Academy during their WPIAL Class A semifinal on Monday, Feb. 26, 2024, at Fox Chapel.
St. Joseph surges past Aquinas Academy to earn 1st trip to WPIAL finals
February 26, 2024
Measuring the St. Joseph offense Monday night was easily accomplished by looking at the Gia Richter scale.

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Franklin Regional’s Connor Crossey drives to the hoop against Shaler’s Julian Vizzoca during the WPIAL Class 5A semifinals Monday.
Franklin Regional boys roll over Shaler in WPIAL semifinals
It took Franklin Regional overtime to defeat Shaler in a nonsection game back on Jan. 19.

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Burrell’s Tucker Bitar is fouled by Mohawk’s Keigan Hopper during the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals Monday.
Burrell logs another upset, beats No. 2 Mohawk in semifinals
The Burrell boys basketball team, the only double-digit seed remaining in the WPIAL playoffs, continued its improbable postseason run Monday night by knocking off another challenger.

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Union’s Kylie Fruehstorfer scores past Riverview’s Lily Bauer during their WPIAL Class A semifinal Monday at North Allegheny High School.
Top-seeded Union girls overpower Riverview, earn return trip to WPIAL Class A final
If you give the Union girls basketball team an inch, it usually takes a mile.

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The Norwin girls basketball breaks a timeout Monday during its 63-47 victory over Chartiers Valley in the WPIAL Class 6A semifinals at Peters Township.
Norwin girls find 2nd wind, top Chartiers Valley to reach WPIAL 6A final
Early on, Chartiers Valley took charges.

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Braden Riley and his Greensburg Central Catholic teammates will play Northgate in the WPIAL semifinals Tuesday.
Westmoreland high school basketball playoff preview capsules for Feb. 27, 2024
WPIAL basketball playoffs

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Knoch’s Teegan Finucan reacts to making a 3-pointer against Indiana on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at Knoch High School.
A-K Valley high school basketball playoff preview capsule for Feb. 27, 2024
WPIAL basketball playoffs

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South Fayette head coach Bryan Bennett watches from the bench during the Lions’ game on Monday, Dec. 11, 2023, at Chartiers Valley.
WPIAL girls basketball PIAA qualifiers through Feb. 25, 2024
February 25, 2024
With the WPIAL championships coming up later this week, the focus will soon turn to the Road to Hershey and the start of the 2024 PIAA girls basketball postseason.

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Shaler’s Brandon London drives on Fox Chapel’s Will Siegel Friday, Feb. 9, 2024 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
WPIAL boys basketball PIAA qualifiers through Feb. 25, 2024
With the Path to the Pete concluding later this week, the focus will soon turn to the Road to Hershey and the start of the 2024 PIAA boys basketball postseason.

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Mohawk’s Bobby Fadden surpassed 1,000 career points during the 2023-24 season.
Trib HSSN boys basketball player of the week for Feb. 25, 2024
Trib HSSN boys basketball player of the week: Bobby Fadden

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Referee David Jaap gets ready for the opening tip between Thomas Jefferson’s Allie Wilson and Penn Hills’ Egypt Coleman to start a WPIAL Class 5A preliminary round playoff game Feb. 16.
Penn Hills girls show resolve in close loss to top seed
Penn Hills girls basketball coach Robert Cash thought his team deserved better than being seeded 17th in the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs. But the Indians were forced into a preliminary round game against Thomas Jefferson, which they won, 59-43.

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Penn Hills’ Robert Thomas (5) scores on a pull-up jumper against North Hills in the 2023 WPIAL Class 5A semifinals.
Penn Hills boys get glimpse of bright future in playoff loss
Penn Hills senior guard Robby Thomas wanted to find the right mental space for playing against rival Gateway in the first round of the WPIAL Class 5A postseason. The defending WPIAL champion Indians came into this postseason as a younger team that had something to prove.

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Shaler’s Brandon London drives on Fox Chapel’s Will Siegel on Feb. 9.
Experience helps Shaler boys navigate WPIAL playoff bracket
Whether teams are playing man defense or zone defense doesn’t matter to Shaler senior forward Brandon London.

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Hampton’s Peter Kramer celebrates after scoring during the first quarter against Highlands on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, at Hampton.
Hampton cools off Avonworth’s red-hot scorer for spot in WPIAL 4A final
February 24, 2024
Hampton’s Peter Kramer has faced his share of unorthodox defenses over the years, schemes designed specifically to shut him down as a scorer.

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Cheswick Christian celebrates its victory over Pittsburgh Christian Academy in the SWCAC title game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024.
Cheswick Christian boys edge Pittsburgh Christian Academy for SWCAC title
The Cheswick Christian Academy boys basketball team defeated Pittsburgh Christian Academy, 42-39, on Saturday at a packed Steve Warden Gymnasium to take home its first SWCAC title since 2015.

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Neighborhood Academy huddles up during a WPIAL Class A semifinal victory over Rochester on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024.
Neighborhood Academy tops Rochester, makes finals in program’s 4th year in WPIAL
Jordan Marks has spent plenty of time at the Petersen Events Center. Before becoming the head coach at Neighborhood Academy, Marks cut his teeth as a video coordinator under former Pitt coach Jamie Dixon.

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Shady Side Academy’s Cassie Sauer and Beaver Falls’ Avina Norman take the opening tip of their WPIAL Class 3A semifinal Saturday.
Shady Side Academy pulls away from Beaver Falls to earn trip to WPIAL finals
Beaver Falls senior Avina Norman has been a force in the postseason for the Tigers, averaging 20.5 points per game in leading the team in scoring in both first-round and quarterfinal victories.

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Greensburg Central Catholic sophomore Erica Gribble scored her 1,000th point Saturday in the WPIAL 2A semifinals.
Sophomore Erica Gribble hits milestone as No. 1 Greensburg CC reaches WPIAL finals
She came off a curl and caught the basketball on the wing, in front of her team’s bench, and let it fly with 21.4 seconds left in the third quarter.

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Yough’s Terek Crosby scores over Washington’s DeAndre Doughty on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024, at Yough High School.
Yough’s Terek Crosby scores 2,000th point in playoff loss to Shady Side
Standout senior guard Terek Crosby of Yough scored his 2,000th career point Saturday in a 61-47 loss to Shady Side Academy in a WPIAL Class 3A consolation game at Fox Chapel.

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Baldwin’s Caden Cherico hauls in a rebound over North Allegheny’s Anthony Sciote (center) and Carter Melzer (right) in the WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals Friday, Feb. 23, 2024, at Baldwin.
WPIAL announces playoff sites, times for Tuesday basketball semifinals
Fox Chapel, Gateway and Peters Township will host WPIAL semifinal doubleheaders Tuesday night.

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