Basketball

Uniontown’s Kelan Milsom blocks the shot of North Catholic’s Max Hurray in a WPIAL 4A quarterfinal Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024 at Norwin High School.
Short-handed Uniontown gets defensive in WPIAL quarterfinal win over North Catholic
February 22, 2024
Uniontown was missing its big man in the middle, but against a small, speedy opponent, was that a blessing in disguise?

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Moon’s Aiden Reesman drives to the basket against Mars’ Ryan Ceh on Jan. 16.
Trib 10: Top teams in power rankings avoid upset bug so far
February 21, 2024
Pick a word, any word: ideal, flawless, absolute, model, complete, perfect.

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Avonworth’s Rowan Carmichael shoots a free throw against Montour in a WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024.
Rowan Carmichael stars again as Avonworth knocks off Montour
When Montour beat Avonworth two weeks ago, the Antelopes had a dreadful night shooting the basketball, hitting only 16% from the field in the first half of a 27-point loss.

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Greensburg Central Catholic coach Chris Skatell (center) talks to his team during a timeout on Wednesday night at Chartiers Valley.
Greensburg Central Catholic girls use defense to beat Rochester, move into 2A semifinals
Rochester players tried repeatedly to drive the lane against Greensburg Central Catholic, but the Rams were met with constant resistance. A block here, a deflection and steal there.

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Monessen’s Rodney Johnson shoots against Union’s Braylon Thomas (2) and Grayson Blakely in the WPIAL playoffs Wednesday.
Union surges past Monessen to set up another meeting with Imani Christian
The No. 4 Monessen boys basketball team played solid defense in the first 16 minutes of action in its WPIAL Class A quarterfinal matchup with No. 5 Union on Wednesday night.

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Ava Christopher and her Norwin teammates will play Seneca Valley in the WPIAL quarterfinals Thursday.
Westmoreland high school basketball playoff preview capsules for Feb. 22, 2024
WPIAL basketball playoffs

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Greensburg Central Catholic coach Christian Hyland reacts to a play against Penn-Trafford on Dec. 1 at Hempfield High School.
Westmoreland County boys basketball notebook: Greensburg Central Catholic coaching tree blossoms
Dr. Greg Bisignani stepped down at the conclusion of the 2018-19 season as boys basketball coach at Greensburg Central Catholic after eight seasons.

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McKeesport’s Maddie Cherepko, Rachael Manfredo and Maddy Hertzler celebrate after scoring during a game against Penn-Trafford on Feb. 5.
High school roundup for Feb. 20, 2024: No. 2 McKeesport holds off No. 15 Hampton in Class 5A 1st round
February 20, 2024
Rachael Manfredo scored 14 points and Madison Miller added 11 to lead No. 2 McKeesport to a 49-46 victory over No. 15 Hampton in a WPIAL Class 5A first-round girls basketball game Tuesday night.

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Jeannette sophomore Noah Sunder (24) hits a layup despite the defensive effort of Sewickley Academy junior Nolan Donnelly (falling) and senior Alex Wang (12) in the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs Tuesday.
No. 6 Jeannette rallies to beat Sewickley Academy, avoid 1st-round upset
It took No. 6 Jeannette more than two and a half quarters to find its groove, but once it did, the Jayhawks found their first playoff win since 2021.

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GCC coach Christian Hyland (background) coaches against Frazier’s Zach Keefer during Tuesday night’s WPIAL 2A first-round playoff game at GCC.
2nd-seeded Greensburg CC boys shake off rust, rout Frazier in 1st round
No matter the seed, no matter the matchup, teams want to be sharp when they open the WPIAL basketball postseason.

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Montour’s Ama Tening Sow (10) rejects a shot from Southmoreland’s Elliott Premus on Friday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 21, 2024: Quarterfinals begin on WPIAL hardwood
With the first round in the books, the curtain goes up Wednesday on the WPIAL basketball quarterfinals with boys Class 4A and A along with girls Class 3A and 2A second-round games.

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Norwin’s Ava Christopher drives to the basket against Hempfield’s Ashley Hosni on Jan. 8.
Trib HSSN Pennsylvania Girls High School Basketball Rankings for Feb. 20, 2024
There were a few losses here and there prior to the start of district playoff action, but for the most part, there was little movement from last week’s Trib HSSN girls basketball state rankings.

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Aliquippa’s Quentin Goode drives past Central Catholic’s Vernon Settles on Jan. 24.
Trib HSSN Pennsylvania High School Boys Basketball Rankings for Feb. 20, 2024
With just one exception, there was no movement in the latest Trib HSSN boys basketball state rankings.

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Gateway’s Mykel Bruce-McCrommon is fouled by Franklin Regional’s Cameron Rowell on Jan. 12, 2023, at Franklin Regional High School.
WPIAL announces playoff sites, times for Thursday’s basketball quarterfinals
The WPIAL released sites and times for Thursday’s boys and girls basketball quarterfinals.

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Knoch’s Derek Lang (top) wrestles for a loose ball with Indiana’s Dom Kowchuck on Friday, Feb. 2, 2024, at Knoch High School.
A-K Valley high school basketball playoff preview capsule for Feb. 21, 2024
WPIAL basketball playoffs

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South Fayette’s Juliette Leroux (14) celebrates with Haylie Lamonde after scoring Dec. 11 at Chartiers Valley.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 20, 2024: Class 5A champs begin title defense
February 19, 2024
Welcome to the final day of the WPIAL basketball first round with girls Class 5A and 4A along with boys 2A games getting their crack at the postseason spotlight.

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Woodland Hills’ Scoop Smith drives to the basket Jan. 30 at Shaler.
Trib HSSN boys basketball team of the week for Feb. 19, 2024
Trib HSSN boys basketball team of the week: Woodland Hills Wolverines

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Aquinas Academy junior Jacob Guillen
Trib HSSN boys basketball player of the week for Feb. 19, 2024
Trib HSSN boys basketball player of the week: Jacob Guillen

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Monessen’s MyAsia Majors (left) drives against Leechburg’s Ava Richards on Monday in the WPIAL Class A first round.
Monessen builds momentum with Class A 1st round win over Leechburg
Monessen girls basketball coach Janine Vertacnik wanted to start postseason play off with a bang, and the No. 5 Greyhounds did just that with an overwhelming 63-15 home victory over No. 12 Leechburg in the Class A first round Monday night.

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Kiski Area junior Colin Keller hits a layup against Peters Township junior Mickey Vaccarello during WPIAL Class 5A playoff game Monday.
Kiski Area upsets No. 5 Peters Township in WPIAL Class 5A playoffs
During halftime of Monday’s WPIAL Class 5A playoff game at Peters Township, Kiski Area athletic director John Peterman said watch out for No. 20.

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