Basketball

Bishop Canevin’s Ashley Lippold puts a move on Aquinas Academy’s Lizzie Hardy during the 2022 WPIAL Class A girls championship game at Petersen Events Center.
Trib HSSN 2022-23 WPIAL Class A girls basketball preseason breakdown
December 1, 2022
Bishop Canevin captured its fifth WPIAL championship in the past seven seasons last winter and will open this season as the favorite again.

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Vinnie Cugini scored 44 points in a 79-68 loss to Leechburg on Feb. 9, reaching the 2,000-point mark in his 55th game.
Trib HSSN 2022-23 WPIAL Class A boys basketball preseason breakdown
One of the most revered records in WPIAL sports in on thin ice on the Class A hardwood this season.

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Highlands’ Jimmy Kunst works against Penn Hills’ Noah Barren during their WPIAL Class 5A quarterfinal on Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022, at Penn Hills High School.
Starting 5: A primer for high school hoops season in the A-K Valley
The WPIAL basketball season opens Friday. Here are some of the top players, teams and storylines to watch this winter in the A-K Valley.

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Belle Vernon’s Quinton Martin takes on Mt. Pleasant on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022.
Starting 5: A primer for high school hoops season in Westmoreland County
The WPIAL basketball season opens Friday. Here are some of the top players, teams and storylines to watch this winter in Westmoreland County.

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Norwin coach Lance Maha begins his second season with the Knights.
Westmoreland County basketball notes: Coaching reunion at Norwin tournament
Norwin will host a tip-off tournament to open boys basketball season Friday. The two-day event will be more like a reunion for three opposing coaches.

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Freedom’s Shaye Bailey drives against Neumann-Goretti’s Mihjae Hayes during the PIAA Class 3A state championship game last season.
Trib HSSN 2022-23 WPIAL Class 2A girls basketball preseason breakdown
Last year’s WPIAL finalists Neshannock and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart have moved up to Class 3A, leaving Class 2A open for new contenders.

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Aliquippa’s Donovan “DJ” Walker shoots a 3-pointer over South Allegheny’s Michael Michalski during their PIAA Class 3A semifinal last season.
Trib HSSN 2022-23 WPIAL Class 2A boys basketball preseason breakdown
Jake DiMichele is at First Love Christian Academy. OLSH is playing in Class 3A.

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Neshannock’s Mairan Haggerty celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against Southern Columbia during the PIAA Class 2A championship game last season.
Trib HSSN 2022-23 WPIAL Class 3A girls basketball preseason breakdown
November 30, 2022
What will Neshannock do for an encore?

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North Catholic’s Dacia Lewandowski drives past Freedom’s Julia Mohrbacher during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game March 3 at Petersen Events Center.
Trib HSSN 2022-23 WPIAL Class 4A girls basketball preseason breakdown
November 29, 2022
The Trojanettes are back.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher shoots a 3-pointer against Highlands during a PIAA Class 5A second-round playoff game last season.
Trib HSSN 2022-23 WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball preseason breakdown
A high school career that began with a storybook WPIAL championship in 2020 ends this season as Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher plays his senior year for the Mustangs.

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Imani Christian transfers eligible for basketball season after PIAA overturns WPIAL decisions
November 28, 2022
Imani Christian transfers Robert Sledge and Kylan Holmes are now eligible to play basketball this winter after the PIAA overturned earlier decisions by the WPIAL.

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Valley head coach John Stone watches from the bench during a game against Burrell last season.
Valley boys have clean slate as rebuilding process continues
After a 1-21 season in his first year as a high school head basketball coach in 2021-22, Valley’s John Stone was undeterred, even as he bid farewell to four senior starters.

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Yough girls basketball program continues to gain steam as new section awaits
The gymnasium at Yough is squeaking with basketball shoes, and there is energy in the air as girls run laps to open a practice.

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Yough freshman Terek Crosby drives to the hoop during Yough’s WPAL Class 4A playoff matchup against Knoch on March 1, 2021.
With new drop in classification and 4 starters back, Yough boys have look of contender
A drop in classification. A new section. A host of letterwinners returning.

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North Hills’ Royce Parham works against North Allegheny’s Ty Iwanonkiw during a WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal last season.
Trib HSSN 2022-23 WPIAL Class 5A boys basketball preseason breakdown
November 27, 2022
Fox Chapel and North Hills, last year’s WPIAL finalists in Class 6A, moved into Class 5A in PIAA realignment in the offseason. But they’re not big-school bullies swooping in to steal the lunch money of smaller schools. Far from it.

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South Fayette’s Maddie Webber celebrates as time expires in the Lions’ WPIAL Class 5A semifinal against McKeesport on Tuesday, March. 1, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
Trib HSSN 2022-23 WPIAL Class 5A girls basketball preseason breakdown
It’s become a common theme to list Chartiers Valley among the preseason favorites for the WPIAL Class 5A title. This year, though, the Colts are notably missing from that group.

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St. Joseph’s Jimmy Giannetta takes a pass during practice on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, at the high school in Natrona Heights.
St. Joseph boys motivated by last year’s brush with playoffs
St. Joseph coach Hart Coleman doesn’t have to look too far to find a way to motivate his group.

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Derry’s Nick Detore drives past Southmoreland’s Ty Keffer during their WPIAL Class 4A playoff game on Monday, March 1, 2021, at Derry Area High School.
Southmoreland boys to rely on toughness to get back into playoffs
After missing out on the WPIAL playoffs last season, Southmoreland boys basketball coach Frank Muccino is predicting the Scotties will be better this year.

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Sewickley Academy’s Rinnie Jardini (15) and Aliquippa’s Islynn Lawson (3) go up for a rebound last season.
New coach expects Sewickley Academy girls to adopt defensive identity
The Sewickley Academy girls basketball team has a new head coach. She is not new to the program, however.

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Penn Hills girls basketball coach Robert Cash
Penn Hills girls basketball eager to get back on course
Hannah Pugliese doesn’t need to dig into the history books to know what the tradition of the Penn Hills girls basketball program means. All she has to do is talk to volunteer assistant coaches Desiree Oliver and Jade Ely, who have been helping the team out in the preseason.

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