Basketball

Neshannock coach Luann Grybowski reacts to a foul call during last year’s Class 2A state championship game.
High school roundup for Jan. 24, 2022: Neshannock’s Luann Grybowski joins exclusive 700-win club
January 24, 2022
With a 64-17 victory over Sewickley Academy on Monday night, the Neshannock girls basketball team helped coach Luann Grybowski gain entry to an exclusive club.

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Deer Lakes’ Hasley hits 1,000 points in win vs. Freeport
Reese Hasley’s 1,000th career point Monday night against rival Freeport was quite dramatic.

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Trib HSSN girls basketball team of the week for week ending Jan. 23, 2022
January 23, 2022
When Dave Sarra, the former football and boys basketball coach at Waynesburg Central, took over as the girls basketball coach four years ago, he began the process of improving a program that finished the 2017 season with a record of 1-21.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Graci Fairman is a Wheeling University recruit.
Trib HSSN girls basketball player of the week for week ending Jan. 23, 2022
The saying at Thomas Jefferson High School is “Tradition never graduates.”

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North Hills’ Alex Smith shoots a 3-pointer over North Allegheny’s Will Blass during their Section 1-6A game on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
WPIAL boys, girls basketball playoff clinchings through Jan. 23, 2022
There are three weeks left in the regular season for WPIAL basketball teams.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Graci Fairman tries to drive past Armstrong’s Aubrey Burns during a 2020 playoff game.
Hitting 1,000-point milestone a dream come true for Thomas Jefferson’s Graci Fairman
It was a much-anticipated night at Thomas Jefferson.

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Baldwin’s Nathan Richards drives to the basket past Woodland Hills’ Amere Brown Dec. 13 during their game at Franklin Regional High School.
Baldwin, Brentwood boys basketball teams in playoff hunt
The Baldwin boys basketball team registered one of its biggest wins in recent memory, socking host Bethel Park, 86-66, on Jan. 18 in a pivotal Section 2-6A game.

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Pine-Richland’s Nate Zavasky (left) cheers on the Rams with his teammates during a game against North Allegheny on Dec. 17 in McCandless.
Zavasky displays shooting touch off the bench for Pine-Richland boys basketball
When Nate Zavasky has an open look, Pine-Richland boys basketball coach Bob Petcash is typically yelling “shoot it.”

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High school roundup for Jan. 22, 2022: South Fayette’s Webber grills Peters Township
January 22, 2022
Maddie Webber scored 34 points and hit five 3-pointers to lead South Fayette to a 60-54 girls basketball victory over Peters Township on Saturday in the Joey Fabus Memorial Classic at Bethel Park.

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Fox Chapel’s J.P. Dockey drives past Central Catholic’s Dante Depante during their Section 3-6A game on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, at Fox Chapel High School.
TribHSSN boys basketball rankings for Jan. 23, 2022
Class 6A

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Chartiers Valley’s Helene Cowan scores during a Section 1-5A game against Moon on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at Chartiers Valley High School.
TribHSSN girls basketball rankings for Jan. 22, 2022
Class 6A

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Mt. Pleasant’s Hannah Geisinksi attempts a shotbut is blocked by Southmoreland’s Delaynie Morvosh (center) and Maddie Moore (right) on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022, at Southmoreland High School.
Southmoreland gets in tune, beats Mt. Pleasant in ‘backyard brawl’
The Southmoreland girls began the day by singing the national anthem together.

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Valley grad Tom Pipkins, the WPIAL’s career scoring leader with 2,838 points, will be inducted into the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Hall of Fame on Feb. 5.
George Guido: More Hall of Fame inductions in near future
On the heels of the WPIAL Hall of Fame rollout this past week that included local figures such Chuck Tursky, Jason Nolf and Micah Mason, several other halls of fame will recognize area people.

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Monessen’s Lorenzo Gardner was named Westmoreland High School Athlete of the Week on Jan. 22, 2022.
Westmoreland H.S. athletes of the week: Monessen’s Lorenzo Gardner and Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro
Lorenzo Gardner

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Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm scored 51 points over the first two games of 2022.
Pitt recruit Aislin Malcolm finds ways to stand out in star-studded Chartiers Valley lineup
They are the Fab Five of WPIAL girls basketball.

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Bethel Park’s Ben Guffey (13) competes during the 2021-22 season.
Depth, height help Bethel Park boys basketball to strong start
Bethel Park’s tall and talented boys basketball team made noise on the court early and often in the first half of the 2021-22 season.

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North Hills’ Devin Burgess heads upcourt after hitting a 3-pointer during the second half against North Allegheny on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, at North Allegheny High School.
North Hills boys basketball staying focused despite impressive start
Buzz Gabos is cautiously optimistic.

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Franklin Regional’s Caden Smith puts the ball behind his back as he leads the fast break around Penn-Trafford’s Nick Crum in December during the Penn-Trafford Holiday Tournament.
Franklin Regional notebook: Basketball set for Shootout at Seton Hill
The Franklin Regional girls and boys basketball teams will take a break from their section schedules to play in the Shootout at Seton Hill set for Sunday at Seton Hill University in Greensburg.

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Springdale’s Ryan Reinsfelder is a member of the 2021-22 boys basketball team.
A-K Valley athletes of the week: Springdale’s Ryan Reinsfelder, Apollo-Ridge’s Sydney McCray
Ryan Reinsfelder

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Belle Vernon’s Viva Kreis tries to drive past Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.
What to watch in WPIAL sports on Jan. 22, 2022: Section showdown in girls hoops
While Saturday will be busy with one-day high school events (see below), there is one big section matinee contest set in district girls hoops.

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