Basketball

Mike Fantuzzo was hired to coach the Burrell boys basketball team on Aug. 20, 2019.
Burrell grad Fantuzzo returns to coach basketball at alma mater
August 21, 2019
Mike Fantuzzo enjoyed a great deal of success as a member of the Burrell boys basketball team more than a decade ago.

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Sewickley Academy’s Isiah Warfield shoots over OLSH’s Dante Spadafora during their game Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School.
WPIAL rules Isiah Warfield eligible for senior season, ineligible for playoffs
August 7, 2019
The WPIAL approved Isiah Warfield to play basketball in the regular season, but the Central Valley transfer remains ineligible for the playoffs.

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West Mifflin coach Lance Maha watches his team play Franklin Regional on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.
Former West Mifflin coach Lance Maha returns to WPIAL basketball
August 6, 2019
Lance Maha, who coached boys basketball at West Mifflin for two decades, is returning to the WPIAL after one season away.

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Gene Brisbane coaches the Westmoreland County Community College women’s basketball team against Anne Arundel Community College on Saturday Nov. 12, 2016, in Youngwood.
Derry chooses Brisbane as girls basketball coach
August 1, 2019
Derry athletic director Brett Miller was looking for a difference-maker to coach the girls basketball team.

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Monessen’s Devin Whitlock celebrates as time expires in a PIAA Class A second round state playoff game against Bishop Carroll Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019, at Greensburg Salem High School.
WPIAL declares two-sport Belle Vernon transfer Devin Whitlock eligible
July 15, 2019
Belle Vernon sophomore Devin Whitlock, a two-sport standout who transferred from Monessen, is eligible to play football and basketball this upcoming school year.

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Bethel Park’s Olivia Westphal scores past Mt. Lebanon’s Nora Kogan during their game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at Bethel Park High School.
Bethel Park’s Olivia Westphal adds 4 more basketball offers
July 14, 2019
Bethel Park’s Olivia Westphal added several more names to her scholarship list Sunday.

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Peters’ Makenna Marisa drives past Norwin’s Brianna Zajicek during PIAA second action at Keystone Oaks High School.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018-19 girls basketball season
July 12, 2019
Peters Township and Chartiers Valley championed the cause for perfection.

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Moon Area’s Donovan Johnson grabs a rebound over Penn Hill’s Tyree Spencer during semifinal WPIAL action Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 at North Hills High School.
PIAA schedules appeal hearing for Moon’s Donovan Johnson
Basketball star Donovan Johnson will learn next week whether he can play his senior season at Moon.

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Burrell’s Shawn Bennis keeps watch over his players during basketball practice at Burrell High School on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015.
Burrell boys basketball coach Shawn Bennis resigns
July 11, 2019
In his six seasons as coach of the Burrell boys basketball team, Shawn Bennis appreciated the hard work his players put in preparing and game planning for every opponent.

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Christian Hyland is Greensburg Central Catholic’s new boys basketball coach.
New Greensburg Central Catholic coach Hyland brings youthful energy
July 10, 2019
Christian Hyland’s first memories of NBA basketball consist of postseason journeyman Robert Horry sinking the winning shot for the Los Angeles Lakers against the Sacramento Kings in the 2002 Western Conference Finals and veteran guard Derek Fisher’s walk-off jumper to lift the Lakers past the San Antonio Spurs two years later in the Western semifinals.

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WPIAL basketball coverage by TribHSSN.
Westmoreland high school notebook: WCCA summer basketball shootout returns
July 6, 2019
With a local summer boys basketball shootout working so well the last two years, organizers decided to keep it going for a third time. And they hope for more.

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Former Penn Hills athlete Jalen Hood-Schifino is a five-star recruit in the Class of 2022, according to ESPN.
Former Penn Hills athlete Jalen Hood-Schifino gains college attention on summer circuit
July 3, 2019
The Schifino name is well known in the athletic circles of the Penn Hills community.

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Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski named Valley News Dispatch Girls Athlete of the Year
June 30, 2019
Since she was a freshman, Freeport’s Sidney Shemanski has been a key contributor in three sports.

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Springdale’s Mike Zolnierczyk makes a save over Bishop Canevin’s Nevan Crossey during first round boys A WPIAL soccer action at Hampton High School.
Springdale’s Michael Zolnierczyk named Valley News Dispatch Boys Athlete of the Year
June 29, 2019
Michael Zolnierczyk has been front and center in maintaining two of the Alle-Kiski Valley’s most enduring sports legacies: Springdale Dynamos soccer and basketball.

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North Catholic’s Tess Myers leads the fast break against Central Valley during the 4A girls WPIAL Championship at Petersen Events Center.
Visit to father’s former stomping grounds sold North Catholic’s Myers on Duquesne
June 20, 2019
Tess Myers’ connection with basketball runs deep within her family.

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Moon’s Donovan Johnson scores over Mars’ Brandon Caruso during their PIAA Class 5A semifinal Monday, Mar. 18, 2019, at New Castle High School.
Moon’s Donovan Johnson remains ineligible after WPIAL denies waiver request
June 17, 2019
The WPIAL denied Donovan Johnson’s waiver request Monday, leaving the Moon basketball star ineligible for his senior season.

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Bishop Canevin head coach Scott Dibble talks with his team during the PIAA Class 3A girls state championship game against Neumann-Goretti Monday, March 26, 2018, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Scott Dibble resigns as Canevin basketball coach, heads to NBA Finals, U.S. Open
June 13, 2019
Scott Dibble resigned as Bishop Canevin’s girls basketball coach but that didn’t leave his calendar wide open.

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Sewickley Academy’s Isiah Warfield drives between Serra Catholic’s Jayden Bristol (left) and Chris Salemi in the WPIAL Class 2A semifinals Feb. 26, 2019, at Peters Township.
WPIAL basketball star Isiah Warfield transferring from Sewickley Academy
June 12, 2019
WPIAL basketball standout Isiah Warfield, a 25-point scorer last season at Sewickley Academy, has transferred home to Central Valley for his senior year.

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GCC names former assistant Christian Hyland as boys basketball coach
June 7, 2019
Greensburg Central Catholic will have one of the youngest boys head basketball coaches in the state next season.

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Hampton hosting summer basketball program
May 23, 2019
The Hampton basketball summer camps directed by varsity coach Joe Lafko, with help from staff, will begin June 25, and carry through July 11. All three programs will be held at Hampton High School in Allison Park.

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