Basketball

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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Clairton’s Tyler Boyd vs. Franklin Regional’s Spencer Lee
Trib HSSN June Madness finals: Tyler Boyd, Clairton vs. Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional
June 22, 2020
We have finally reached Championship Week in June Madness as we finally determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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East Allegheny’s Amani Johnson vs. North Allegheny’s Rachel Martindale
Trib HSSN June Madness semifinal: Amani Johnson, East Allegheny vs. Rachel Martindale, North Allegheny
June 19, 2020
Over the course of the next week, June Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Franklin Regional’s Spencer Lee vs. Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Hagy
Trib HSSN June Madness semifinals: Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional vs. Luke Hagy, Mt. Lebanon
June 18, 2020
Over the course of the next week, June Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Rochester’s Lauryn Williams and South Park’s Maura Huwalt are two of the top track and field athletes to compete in the WPIAL.
Trib HSSN June Madness semifinals: Lauryn Williams, Rochester vs. Maura Huwalt, South Park
June 17, 2020
Over the course of the next week, June Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Moon’s A.Q. Shipley vs. Clairton’s Tyler Boyd
Trib HSSN June Madness semifinals: A.Q. Shipley, Moon vs. Tyler Boyd, Clairton
June 16, 2020
Over the course of the next week, June Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Doug Kelly is the new boys basketball coach at Penn-Trafford, where he recently served as an assistant.
Penn-Trafford hires Doug Kelly to coach boys basketball
June 15, 2020
Doug Kelly has gained a measure of perspective since he last served as a head boys basketball coach in the WPIAL.

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North Allegheny’s Rachel Martindale vs. South Park’s Nikki Doria
Trib HSSN June Madness quarterfinals: Rachel Martindale, North Allegheny vs. Nikki Doria, South Park
Over the course of the next few weeks, June Madness will determine who fans believe is the WPIAL Athlete of the Century.

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Latrobe’s Anna Rafferty (right) received a scholarship offer from Kennesaw State. It was her first Division I offer.
High school notebook: Latrobe basketball player Anna Rafferty gets D-I offer
June 14, 2020
With the NCAA “dead” period — the time when college coaches cannot have contact with potential recruits — extended to July 31, basketball players who usually wade in the AAU recruiting waters at this time of year have been left to their own devices.

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