Basketball

Chaz McCrommon, who played at Robert Morris, warms up before a DREAM Pro-Am game earlier ths summer.
High-end Pittsburgh summer basketball league features fierce competition, fun trash talk
August 8, 2022
Every Monday through Thursday afternoon during the summer, Gilmore Cummings comes to A Giving Heart Community Center, a small, gritty gym located on Climax Street in Allentown, to prepare for the night’s basketball games.

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Latrobe’s Emma Blair works to the basket past Woodland Hills’ Hope Hawkins during their game on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, at Greater Latrobe High School.
Latrobe basketball standout Emma Blair verbally commits to S.C. Upstate
August 7, 2022
Emma Blair wanted to make her college commitment before the start of her senior year.

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Penn Hills junior Hannah Pugliese won the one-on-one competition at the NEO Summer Showcase in Ohio.
Penn Hills junior shows 1-on-1 skills at summer showcase
August 6, 2022
Penn Hills basketball player Hannah Pugliese was excited to participate in a one-on-one competition that was part of the NEO Summer Showcase last month.

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North Catholic’s Alayna Rocco shoots a three-pointer against Laurel during a WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, in Cranberry.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Basketball standout Rocco continues to get offers
July 30, 2022
Alayna Rocco is on the path to Division I college basketball. But where will she play?

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North Catholic’s Anastasia Peterson battles Freedom’s Shaye Bailey for a loose ball during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Thursday, March 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Breaking down changes to the 2022-23, 2023-24 WPIAL girls basketball alignment
July 25, 2022
The WPIAL released new section alignments for the next two-year cycle in all sports, and changes will be implemented starting this fall.

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Notre Dame’s Charel Allen handles the ball against DePaul in the 2007 Big East Championship tournament.
Former Monessen star Charel Allen comes full circle, joins Notre Dame coaching staff
July 21, 2022
After five years on the West Coast, Charel Allen is returning to her alma mater.

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Fox Chapel’s JP Dockey celebrates with Jake DeMotte after defeating North Hills in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Breaking down changes to the 2022-23, 2023-24 WPIAL boys basketball alignment
July 19, 2022
The WPIAL released new section alignments for the next two-year cycle in all sports, and changes will be implemented starting this fall.

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Latrobe’s Emma Blair, the reigning Tribune-Review Westmoreland Player of the Year, is receiving Division I interest.
Old-school game taking Latrobe’s Emma Blair places
July 18, 2022
Latrobe’s Emma Blair makes old-school post players proud every time she touches the basketball.

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The Hempfield girls basketball team won the Greensburg YMCA Summer League. Team members are (from left): Sophrona Biondi, Madalyn Pevarnik, Gabby Coccia, Katarina DeVito, Ayiana Martin, Jordyn Corona, Jayme Flock, Brooke McCoy, Sarah Podkul, Ashley Hosni, Ava Shipman, and Mia Shipman.
Hempfield girls basketball heats up during summer months
July 17, 2022
Success in the summer months doesn’t quite compare to success during the winter high school basketball season, but Hempfield can attest there still is plenty of value to it.

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Coach Mark Zahorchak, during basketball practice at Greensburg Salem High School, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019.
Greensburg Salem’s Zahorchak resigns as boys basketball coach
July 16, 2022
Greensburg Salem will fall into line with similar-sized schools in boys basketball again next winter but the team will play in Class 4A without Mark Zahorchak.

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Hampton won the Pittsburgh Basketball Club summer league freshman championship.
‘Fired up’ Hampton freshmen win summer basketball title
Summer basketball leagues are built around staying in shape and building team chemistry.

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Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan celebrates after the Foxes scored late in the fourth quarter against Central Catholic on Friday, Feb. 11, 2022, at Alumni Hall in Oakland.
Fox Chapel’s Eli Yofan named 2021-22 Trib HSSN Boys Athlete of the Year
July 4, 2022
As Eli Yofan celebrated on the 18th green at Cedarbrook Golf Course last fall, a thought unrelated to golf came into his head. He’d just shot a 1-under par round, leading Fox Chapel to a WPIAL team title, but his mind was already on winter.

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Penn Hills coach Chris Giles yells instructions during a game against Gateway last season.
With drive to improve, Penn Hills dives into summer basketball competition
July 3, 2022
Summer basketball isn’t just about improving skills. Penn Hills boys basketball coach Chris Giles enjoys watching his 3-year-old daughter, Jaxx, co-exist with the teams she’s around.

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Franklin Regional’s Caden Smith celebrates his RBI double against Kiski on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, at Kiski Area High School.
3-sport star Caden Smith of Franklin Regional named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Boys Athlete of the Year
July 2, 2022
Franklin Regional started an athletics hall of fame this year.

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Justin Walther was hired to coach the Plum boys basketball team after he led Serra Catholic and Winchester Thurston in past seasons.
Justin Walther brings competitive fire to Plum boys basketball program
July 1, 2022
The Plum Mustangs made the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs seven times in the nine-year span from 2008-16 — but only once since.

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Mt. Lebanon coach Dori Oldaker claps to encourage her team during a 2019 game against Bethel Park.
Championship girls basketball coach Dori Oldaker steps down at Mt. Lebanon to take spot in South Fayette stands
June 29, 2022
One of the top basketball coaches in the state is putting down her whiteboard and whistle and is preparing to be a fan.

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Plum hired Justin Walther as its new boys basketball coach Tuesday night.
Plum hires Justin Walther as boys basketball coach
June 28, 2022
Plum has hired Justin Walther as its new boys basketball coach, the school announced Tuesday.

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Deer Lakes coach Terence Parham reacts to a play against Lincoln Park in a 2020 WPIAL playoff game.
Coach who built Deer Lakes boys basketball into perennial playoff team steps down
June 23, 2022
Terence Parham called it one of the hardest decisions he’s ever had to make.

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Penn-Trafford head coach Doug Kelly talks with Noah Wright during their game against Franklin Regional on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, in Murrysville.
Westmoreland H.S. notebook: Penn-Trafford, Greensburg Salem among biggest moves in basketball realignment
June 20, 2022
Summer is just starting, but the WPIAL has its new basketball sections in place for the next winter season.

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Pine-Richland’s Owen Luellen shoots over Butler’s Raine Gratzmiller last season.
Pine-Richland notebook: Sections overhauled for Rams basketball teams
June 19, 2022
A new opponent with a rich history will be joining Pine-Richland boys basketball for the next two seasons.

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