Basketball

North Catholic’s Tess Myers (23) celebrates with Kylee Lewandowski as time expires in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Southmoreland Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Impact players from powerhouse teams headline Trib 10 girls basketball all-stars
April 7, 2020
It might not have been as obvious as last season, when Peters Township and Chartiers Valley went undefeated on their way to state titles, but WPIAL girls basketball was dominated by a select group of super teams this season.

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Highlands’ Sarah Sawhook pulls down a rebound against Freeport on Dec. 16, 2019.
Senior spotlight: Highlands’ speedy Sarah Sawhook selects Seton Hill
Editor’s note: Each day, the Tribune-Review will spotlight a WPIAL spring athlete whose senior year has been put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic. For more athletes’ stories, visit TribHSSN.triblive.com.

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Moon’s Emma Theodorsson pressures Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm during their game Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at Moon Area High School.
Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm named Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Year
April 6, 2020
Some athletes are motivated by the desire to win. Others are driven by the fear of losing.

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Plum’s Kennedie Montue (21) competes against West Allegheny Jan. 4, 2020 at Plum.
Plum’s Kennedie Montue named Valley News Dispatch Girls Basketball Player of the Year
April 5, 2020
Valley News Dispatch Girls Basketball Player of the Year

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise celebrates as time winds down in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Belle Vernon on Feb. 29, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Highlands’ Johnny Crise named Valley News Dispatch Boys Basketball Player of the Year
Valley News Dispatch Boys Basketball Player of the Year

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Elizabeth Forward defender Abigail Bickerton defends as Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro looks for an opening Jan. 30, 2020 in WPIAL basketball at Southmoreland High School.
Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro wins Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Basketball Player of the Year honors
April 4, 2020
Tribune-Review Girls Basketball Player of the Year

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With eight seconds left on the clock, Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock shoots the free throw that secured his team’s 66-61 victory over Quaker Valley in WPIAL playoffs Feb. 22, 2020.
Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Boys Basketball Player of the Year
Tribune-Review Boys Basketball Player of the Year

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Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell (left), Aislin Malcolm and Amaleen Malcolm hoist the championship trophy after defeating Trinity in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Feb. 29, 2020 at Petersen Events Center.
Chartiers Valley headlines Big 56 all-section basketball teams
March 30, 2020
No team in the WPIAL had as successful a 2019-20 season as the Chartiers Valley girls.

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Pine-Richland’s Phil Jurkovec scores during a 2017 game against Butler.
PCN to broadcast 2017 basketball title tilt between Pine-Richland, Reading
Led by Miami recruit Lonnie Walker, Reading High came into the 2017 PIAA Class 6A basketball finals with a caravan of fired-up fans hoping to see the school win its first state title.

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Butler’s Charles Kreinbucher shoots against Upper St. Clair’s Andrew Casey (right) and David Pantelis during their PIAA Class 6A second round state playoff game Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at UPMC Events Center in Moon.
PIAA keeps winter championships, spring sports on hold
The PIAA kept the fate of unfinished winter championships and the start of spring sports on hold Monday while awaiting further action from Gov. Tom Wolf’s office and the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of Education.

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North Catholic’s Isaac DeGregorio celebrates after scoring during the fourth quarter of the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against Lincoln Park on Feb. 27, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
North Catholic’s Isaac DeGregorio to walk on at Kentucky
March 28, 2020
North Catholic standout Isaac DeGregorio will continue his basketball career at one of the most successful college programs in the country.

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Seton LaSalle’s Emma Walsh (12) competes against South Park.
Buzzer-beater by Seton LaSalle’s Emma Walsh picked for Maxpreps’ Top 10
March 27, 2020
High school basketball fans can relive a special moment for Emma Walsh and the Seton LaSalle girls basketball team.

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WPIAL basketball coverage by TribHSSN.
Ohio High School Athletic Association cancels winter sports championships
March 26, 2020
The winter season is over for high school athletes in Ohio.

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Butler’s Ethan Morton celebrates after being fouled in overtime during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against Upper St. Clair Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at Robert Morris University.
Butler’s Ethan Morton named Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year
The Butler boys basketball team still has a shot to win a PIAA Class 6A title if the season continues.

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Mars’ Michael Carmody battles Laurel Highlands’ Nick Egnot for a rebound during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
If PIAA playoffs resume, these WPIAL stars can look forward to Roundball Classic
March 24, 2020
If the suspended PIAA basketball playoffs resume, the season won’t end after all the hardware is handed out in Hershey.

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Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm celebrates with Megan McConnell next to Moon’s Brianna Toal during their game Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at Moon Area High School.
Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm wins Pennsylvania player of year honors
Given the depth of talent on the court at any given time, it’s hard for any individual player to stand out on the Chartiers Valley girls basketball roster.

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Former WPIAL standouts Tom Droney (left) and Nate Perry run the Wildcats Select AAU program, which will play on the national Adidas circuit for the second straight year.
Local AAU squad deals with ‘so many question marks’ with season in limbo
March 22, 2020
Normally at this time of year, Tom Droney and his fellow AAU coaches would be gearing up for the first weekend of practice to get ready for the opening tournament on the Adidas 3SSB national circuit.

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Mohawk joins 6 other WPIAL teams in HSSN girls basketball state rankings
March 20, 2020
An old song had lyrics that proclaimed “one is the loneliest number.” That is true if you are the one team that got bumped in each class from the Trib HSSN state rankings.

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Cornell’s Isaiah Langston (3) goes up for a shot against Saltsburg during a PIAA Class A first-round game Friday, March 6, 2020, at Kiski High.
Highlands, Vincentian out, Cornell into the Trib HSSN state boys basketball rankings
This could be the latest state rankings following the second round of the PIAA postseason tournament, or this could be the final Trib HSSN boys rankings of the season.

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Aliquippa’s Chucky Humphries bites his medal after beating Mastery Charter North-Pickett during the PIAA Class AA boys basketball championship on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
A century’s worth of PIAA basketball championship factoids
March 19, 2020
Suspending the playoff after two rounds was not what the PIAA had in mind on the 100th anniversary of its basketball championships, but the coronavirus outbreak has the tournament on hold.

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