Basketball

Derry’s Tiana Moracco drives past Freedom defender Jules Mohrbacher in a playoff game last season.
Girls basketball preview: Veteran coach hopes young Derry roster can build on success
November 24, 2020
Things couldn’t have gone much better last season for Derry girls basketball coach Gene Brisbane, who took over a program in flux.

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Derry’s Ryan Bushey is surrounded by Belle Vernon defenders during a playoff game last season.
Boys basketball preview: Derry faces long road trips, tough competition in new section
When Derry boys basketball coach Tom Esposito stepped into the gymnasium on Monday, he didn’t know what to expect.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock drives against Clearfield’s Karson Hudson in a first-round state playoff game last season.
Boys basketball preview: Belle Vernon could thrive again in underdog role
November 23, 2020
It seems anyone discussing coach Joe Salvino’s long and successful high school basketball career can’t help but refer to all those victories achieved by the 69-year-old Mon Valley staple.

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Ligonier Valley head coach John Berger talks with an official after Michael Marinchak was ejected from the game following a double technical foul during the 2019 Heritage Conference championship against West Shamokin.
John Berger resigns as Ligonier Valley boys basketball coach
November 19, 2020
Ligonier Valley boys basketball coach John Berger recently resigned, athletic director Wesley Siko said.

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Players from Lancaster Catholic and Belle Vernon shake hands after a four-overtime PIAA Class 4A second-round playoff game March 10, 2020.
PIAA approves covid-19 guidelines for winter, remains ‘cautiously optimistic’
October 29, 2020
PIAA basketball teams should limit the number of individuals on their bench to maintain a social distance of six feet or more when possible.

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Aliquippa coach Dwight Hines reacts after a basket against Lincoln Park during the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals Feb. 24, 2020, at North Allegheny.
Sto-Rox hires Aliquippa’s Dwight Hines, all-time scorer Kerry Connolly as basketball coaches
August 21, 2020
After decades in red and black, Dwight Hines is embracing green energy at Sto-Rox.

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Moon’s Emma Theodorsson drives to the basket against Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm during their game on Jan. 9, 2020, at Moon Area High School.
Western PA Bruins players continue to gather basketball offers
August 19, 2020
An extended “dead” period in NCAA recruiting during the covid-19 shutdown did not stand in the way of the Western PA Bruins girls AAU basketball program.

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If PIAA shuts down, AAU teams, other private programs could flourish
August 7, 2020
Western Pa. Bruins basketball director John Tate jokes that his doctor recommends he eat fewer salt and vinegar chips. In many ways, he views Gov. Tom Wolf’s newest sports recommendation that same way.

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Winchester Thurston’s Langston Moses (21) goes up for a shot over OLSH’s Eric Olexa (5) during a Class 2A WPIAL semifinal game Feb. 25, 2020 at North Hills.
Central Catholic basketball transfer Langston Moses eligible for regular season, WPIAL says
July 27, 2020
Central Catholic transfer Langston Moses is eligible for next boys basketball season but ineligible to play in the postseason, the WPIAL decided Monday.

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Aliquippa coach Nick Lackovich was rehired Thursday at the Quips boys basketball coach.
With allegations behind him, Nick Lackovich returns as Aliquippa boys basketball coach
July 24, 2020
This was more than a job opportunity for Nick Lackovich, who was rehired Thursday as Aliquippa’s boys basketball coach.

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Indiana’s Eve Fiala (right) fights Knoch’s Abbey Shearer for a rebound Jan. 20, 2020 at Knoch.
2 WPIAL rising sophomores add basketball offers from Minnesota
July 17, 2020
Minnesota women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whalen, a former Olympian and WNBA star, is recruiting two of the WPIAL’s top rising sophomores.

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Pine-Richland’s Kaili Doctor
2 WPIAL sophomores announce basketball offers from Marshall
July 14, 2020
Two rising sophomores in WPIAL girls basketball received Division I offers from the same school Tuesday.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor scores past Bethel Park’s Juliana Carbone on Dec. 19, 2019, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor adds 1st Division I basketball offer
July 10, 2020
Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor, one of the WPIAL’s top rising juniors, announced her first Division I basketball offer Friday from Xavier.

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New Mt. Pleasant boys basketball coach T.J. Kravits
Mt. Pleasant hires T.J. Kravits as new boys basketball coach
June 29, 2020
T.J. Kravits has been involved in coaching basketball at various levels for more than 10 years.

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North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar with a kill past Canon-McMillan’s Samantha Parker during the girls Class AAAA WPIAL volleyball championships Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019.
Trib HSSN girls athlete of the year: Morningstar shines bright for champion North Allegheny
Paige Morningstar came to North Allegheny three years ago ready to fill the big shoes left behind by both of her two-sport star older sisters.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise scores past Belle Vernon’s Mitchell Pohlot during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Valley News Dispatch boys athlete of the year: Highlands’ Crise savored super senior seasons
June 28, 2020
While coronavirus restrictions disrupted life all over the country this spring and summer, some people found a way to see positives in it as it gave them time to focus on their craft.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Nate Ward celebrates his goal against Iroquois during the Centurions’ PIAA Class A first round state playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, at Hampton High School.
Westmoreland County boys athlete of the year: GCC’s Nate Ward showed will to win in 4 sports
June 27, 2020
Nate Ward scored goals in soccer, kicked extra points and caught passes in football, hit 3-pointers on the basketball court and carried the baton around the track oval. With each sport, he made his mark.

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Trib HSSN Best of the Century winners Spencer Lee and Maura Huwalt joined the Rebel Yell podcast.
Rebel Yell Podcast: Best of the Century salute to Spencer Lee and Maura Huwalt
June 26, 2020
The WPIAL Battle of the Century was born during a pandemic as a combination to fill the void of the missed March Madness and a way to salute many of the great area scholastic athletes from the now-completed first two decades of the 21st century.

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Bucknell’s Kaitlyn Slagus poses with her All Tournament team and Tournament MVP trophy after the 2019 Patriot League tournament.
Belle Vernon hires one of program’s best players, Kaitlyn Slagus, as girls basketball coach
June 23, 2020
Kaitlyn Slagus is one of the best basketball players to ever take the court at Belle Vernon Area High School.

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South Park’s Maura Huwalt vs. North Allegheny’s Rachel Martindale
Trib HSSN June Madness finals: Maura Huwalt, South Park vs. Rachel Martindale, North Allegheny
We have finally reached Championship Week in June Madness as we determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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