Basketball

Calvin Heinle passes the ball in practice earlier this season. Kiski Area is one of 40 WPIAL teams, boys and girls, to open the playoffs with preliminary round games Saturday afternoon.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Feb. 27, 2021: Playoffs tip off
February 26, 2021
The curtain rises on the biggest block party in district history: The 2021 WPIAL boys and girls open basketball tournament.

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Connor Moss and Plum will face West Allegheny in a preliminary-round playoff game Saturday.
A-K Valley basketball playoff capsules: Games for Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021
Saturday’s games

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Leechburg’s Eli Rich shoots a layup during a Section 3-1A matchup against St. Joseph on Feb. 12, 2021.
Leechburg looks to continue playing fast as playoffs approach
February 25, 2021
Throughout this season, the Leechburg boys basketball team has set out to do one thing: Get out and run.

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Westmoreland boys basketball notebook: Deep bond for Mt. Pleasant senior, freshman
Nate Kubasky is a senior and Dante Giallonardo, a freshman, but the Mt. Pleasant boys basketball teammates share a common bond as they prepare to play in the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs. They each lost a loved one to cancer.

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May tipoff confirmed for Roundball Classic all-star games
The Roundball Classic was canceled last spring due to the onset of the coronavirus outbreak. But the high school basketball all-star event is returning — and in full force.

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Latrobe’s Lexi Weatherton scores against Franklin Regional on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Murrysville.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 25, 2021: Latrobe, Woodland Hills girls to battle for section supremacy
Whether or not they receive a section plaque from the WPIAL because all the section games weren’t played, the section crown is scheduled to be decided in Section 4-5A girls basketball on Thursday.

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Belle Vernon’s Daniel Gordon (20) and Quinton Martin battle New Castle’s Sheldon Cox for rebound on Feb. 6, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball State Rankings for Feb. 24, 2021
February 24, 2021
With the regular season winding down and district playoffs coming up, the latest HSSN boys basketball state rankings become a little more intriguing with the elite teams shuffling in and out.

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Trinity’s Alyssa Clutter drives to the basket during the 2020 WPIAL Class 5A championship game.
Trib 10: Trinity girls climb to top of power rankings
Belle Vernon continues to hold on to the top spot for the boys, but there is a change at the top for the first time this season on the girls side of the Trib 10 HSSN basketball power rankings.

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Penn-Trafford’s Josh Kapcin celebrates a three-pointer during the fourth quarter against Franklin Regional on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021, in Harrison City.
Penn-Trafford boys pass test against Franklin Regional
Penn-Trafford is known for playing close basketball games and competing with some of the best in the WPIAL.

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Knoch’s Nina Shaw drives into Highlands’ Kalleigh Nerone during their game on Jan. 11, 2021, at Knoch High School.
Sisters team up — or in one case, square off — on A-K Valley hardwood
When Kalleigh Nerone took the court for her second varsity game Jan. 11, the freshman guard at Highlands found herself going up against a unique opponent.

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Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro drives to the basket between Mt. Pleasant’s Tiffany Zelmore (left) and Lexi Stanek during their game on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, at Mt. Pleasant Area High School.
Westmoreland girls basketball notebook: Mt. Pleasant’s Tiffany Zelmore quietly emerges
As far as scorers go, Mt. Pleasant might have the best-kept secret in WPIAL Class 4A girls basketball.

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Reese Hasley and her No. 14 Deer Lakes teammates face No. 3 Southmoreland in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs.
Alle-Kiski Valley girls basketball notebook: Deer Lakes ready for Southmoreland
Deer Lakes last played a game Feb. 9 at North Hills.

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North Allegheny’s Lizzy Groetsch scores past Norwin’s Lauren Palangio on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 at Norwin High School.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 24, 2021: Perennial powers meet in girls hoops
February 23, 2021
Thirty years ago, Penn Hills and North Allegheny were doing battle for supremacy in WPIAL Class AAAA girls basketball.

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Rochester’s Corynne Hauser blocks a shot by West Greene’s Jersey Wise during the WPIAL Class A championship game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball State Rankings for Feb. 23, 2021
After a few quiet weeks in a row, there were plenty of changes in this week’s Trib HSSN girls basketball state rankings.

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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan drives between Hempfield’s Joe Fiedor and Michael Hosni on Feb. 2.
4 A-K Valley teams receive top 4 seeds for WPIAL basketball tournament
In a year like no other, every WPIAL basketball team had the opportunity to play in the postseason this year, and when the WPIAL announced the brackets on Tuesday, four teams from the Alle-Kiski Valley found themselves with top-four seeds in their respective classifications.

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Christian McGowan and his Greensburg Central Catholic teammates are the No. 2 seed in the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs.
GCC boys will travel; BV gets top seed in WPIAL postseason
While many higher-seeded teams in the WPIAL basketball playoffs will be playing at home, a rare luxury afforded to participants this season in response to the pandemic, Greensburg Central Catholic will have to take its show on the road.

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Chartiers Valley’s Brayden Reynolds drives to the basket past New Castle’s Donny Cade during their game on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, at New Castle High School.
Trib HSSN to unveil WPIAL basketball playoff pairings tonight
The largest field in the history of the WPIAL basketball playoffs provided quite a challenge for the district’s basketball committee members.

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Shady Side Academy’s Rian Fitzgerald drives to the basket against South Allegheny’s Omar Faulkner during their game on Feb. 17, 2021, in Fox Chapel.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 23, 2021: Playoff brackets to be unveiled
Welcome to the biggest party ever thrown by the WPIAL.

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Beaver’s Payton List scored eight points Monday night.
High school roundup for Feb. 22, 2021: Beaver beats buzzer to stay unbeaten
Maddi Weiland hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer as No. 1 Beaver preserved its undefeated record with a 34-32 girls basketball victory over Blackhawk in Section 2-4A Monday night.

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North Allegheny’s Lizzy Growtsch scores past Norwin’s Lauren Palangio on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, at Norwin High School.
North Allegheny holds off Norwin to boost credentials as top seed in Class 6A
February 22, 2021
Fifth-ranked Norwin was looking to score an upset in its Section 1-6A finale Monday night — the eve of the release of the WPIAL girls basketball playoff pairings — but not because it had a chance to share the section title with No. 1 North Allegheny.

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