Basketball

5 players to watch in the opening round of the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs
February 15, 2019
The five-day forecast calls for cold weather across Western Pennsylvania, but here are five WPIAL boys basketball players worth braving the wind chill to watch. All five are in action during the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. Keandre Bowles, Woodland Hills, senior Bowles was the WPIAL's leading scorer in

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A-K Valley WPIAL basketball capsules for Feb. 15, 2019
February 14, 2019
Friday's games Boys First round Class A No. 9 Leechburg (12-9) vs. No. 8 Bishop Canevin (14-7) 8 p.m. Friday at Fox Chapel Winner plays: No. 1 Vincentian (14-7) on Thursday in quarterfinals. Coaches: Corey Smith, Leechburg; Gino Palmosina, Bishop Canevin Points scored/allowed: Leechburg, 59.9/51.5; Bishop Canevin, 60.5/48.8 Players to

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A-K Valley H.S. notebook: Waiting is hardest part for Fox Chapel boys
By the time Fox Chapel tips off its WPIAL Class 6A boys basketball first-round matchup against Seneca Valley on Tuesday, the Foxes will have gone eight days between games. That's actually a short amount of time compared to the past two years. Fox Chapel had a first-round bye each of

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PIAA transfer rule to keep California’s Ramsey out of WPIAL postseason
California's Malik Ramsey, one of the top scorers in the WPIAL, won't take part in the basketball playoffs. He's healthy. He's academically eligible. He's a huge part of why the Trojans finished third in Section 2-2A and claimed a playoff spot. But the 6-foot-4 junior transferred from Laurel Highlands in

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Alle-Kiski Valley teams see tough nonconference games as playoff prep
Dave Petruska assessed Deer Lakes' record at the end of the WPIAL girls basketball regular season, and he mostly liked what he saw. The 16 wins certainly looked nice to Petruska, but he didn't mind the six losses, either, mostly because of how they came. There were two losses to

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5 players to watch in the opening round of the WPIAL girls basketball playoffs
The postseason is a time for stars to shine bright. Legends are made at this time of year as the games are more meaningful, and the performances have to be better to win and advance. Here are five players to watch during the opening round of the 2019 WPIAL girls

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High school basketball notebook: LV guard Marinchak serves 1-game suspension
Ligonier Valley junior guard Michael Marinchak missed the Rams' regular-season finale Thursday at Bedford but he will return for the start of the District 6 playoffs. Marinchak had to serve a one-game suspension for his ejection in the Rams' last game. He picked up two technicals in the Heritage Conference

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Shaler girls basketball turns focus to offseason improvement
The Shaler girls basketball team didn't find a way to sneak in the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs. But the Titans were able to start building the defensive foundation for next season. Shaler (7-14, 5-9), which finished three games out of the playoffs, held opponents to 44.5 points per game. andquot;I

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Knoch girls ‘enjoying the moment’ after rival Freeport’s win got them into WPIAL playoffs
Chris Andreassi didn't buy Freeport's girls basketball team any flowers for Valentine's Day, but he seriously considered it. Especially after the thoughtful present Andreassi and his Knoch team got from the Yellowjackets last week. Freeport's win over Apollo-Ridge in a Section 1-4A finale Feb. 9 lifted Knoch into a tie

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Westmoreland WPIAL boys basketball capsules for Feb. 15-16, 2019
Friday's game Boys Class A first round No. 7 Greensburg Central Catholic (16-6) vs. No. 10 Geibel Catholic (11-11) 8 p.m. Friday at Charleroi Winner plays: No. 2 Cornell (18-4) on Feb. 21 in quarterfinals. Coaches: Greg Bisignani, GCC; Don Porter, Geibel Points scored/allowed: GCC, 58.0/49.3; Geibel, 65.3/62.5 Players to

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Public school administrators surprised by legislation to split public, private playoffs
Public school advocates leading the boundary vs. nonboundary debate were surprised to learn that a state representative plans to introduce legislation to create separate playoffs. State Rep. Scott Conklin held a news conference Thursday night in State College to andquot;unveil legislation that would allow the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association the

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Westmoreland County frontcourt players making impact away from the post
Marrek Paola doesn't try to buck trends. Sometimes, it just happens. The 6-foot-8 senior basketball player from Ligonier Valley likes to be stylish but can't always find clothes to fit. Skinny jeans Forget about it. andquot;It can be tough,andquot; Paola said. andquot;T-shirts aren't too bad, but pants can be a

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Season was a ‘huge learning experience’ for Baldwin boys basketball team
Among the top 10 players on the Baldwin boys basketball team in 2018-19 were two seniors, two juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen. There were eight sophomores and four freshmen in the program overall, making the Highlanders one of the youngest teams in the WPIAL Class 6A division. andquot;Initially, my

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5 things to watch in the opening round of the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs
Good bye or bad bye Each of the past two years, Fox Chapel drew a first-round bye and then lost in the quarterfinals to a team that hadn't rested. This time, the Foxes didn't receive a bye, and coach Zach Skrinjar is OK with that. andquot;I'm happy that we're playing

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5 things to watch in the opening round of the WPIAL girls basketball playoffs
February 13, 2019
The 2019 WPIAL girls basketball playoffs opening round is an extended one. It begins Friday and continues through Wednesday. There are opening-round games in five of the six classes, with the exception being Class 6A. Only eight teams qualified, so they all go straight to the quarterfinals. Here are five

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Mars boys, Peters Township girls stand atop Trib 10 basketball power rankings
Every Wednesday during the 2018-19 WPIAL basketball season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report at 6:30 p.m. Then, after the show, the Trib Ten is posted at TribHSSN.TribLive.com. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the ranking for the Week of

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Freshman Whitlock takes charge for Monessen boys basketball
Stepping into the Monessen football team's starting lineup as a freshman this fall, Devin Whitlock received first-team all-conference honors as a defensive back. Offensively, he piled up more than 2,000 all-purpose yards, first as a receiver and kick returner, then as the Greyhounds' quarterback. And he didn't stop there. For

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WPIAL basketball committee rewards teams that avoid ‘cupcake schedules’
Good losses could be better than bad wins, at least in the eyes of the WPIAL basketball committee. andquot;We look at who you play,andquot; said Peters Township athletic director Brian Geyer, chairman of the WPIAL basketball committee. andquot;Are you going to play a cupcake schedule and be 20-2 Or are

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Freeport girls draw 4th seed in Class 4A, will play Quaker Valley in opening round
February 12, 2019
Let the games begin. Eight Alle-Kiski Valley girls basketball teams discovered the who, where and when of their WPIAL-playoff fortunes Tuesday evening at the DoubleTree in Green Tree. andquot;This time of year is great,andquot; Freeport coach Fred Soilis said. andquot;WPIAL basketball is going on, and it goes right into the

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Late-season success pays dividends for A-K Valley boys basketball teams
St. Joseph boys basketball coach Kelly Robinson wondered early Friday evening about the potential ramifications of the Spartans' game that night against Leechburg. A win and St. Joseph would win the outright Section 3-A championship and a better WPIAL playoff seed. A loss would mean a three-way tie for first

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