Basketball

Thomas Jefferson grad Lexi Dadig will play basketball at Saint Vincent.
Thomas Jefferson grad Lexi Dadig set to play basketball at next level
August 22, 2021
Lexi Dadig graduated with honors from Thomas Jefferson this spring.

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Charters Valley’s Mariah Turnbull (32) dribbles the ball against Gateway’s Alexis Margolis (2) during their game on Jan. 18, 2021.
Chartiers Valley’s Marian Turnbull commits to Northeastern
August 10, 2021
The record-setting Chartiers Valley girls team now has five rising seniors all committed to play basketball in college with three headed to Division I schools.

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Lance Maha watches West Mifflin play Franklin Regional in 2016.
New Norwin coach sees untapped potential in boys basketball program
August 9, 2021
From afar, Lance Maha always watched the Norwin boys basketball program with curious eyes.

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Norwin boys basketball boosters and former teammates presented Ty Bilinsky with a check to help with his medical expenses. Pictured are (back row, from left) Michael Fleming, Jayden Walker, Nck Fleming, Josh Williams, Adam Bilinsky, and Rick Thomas, booster vice president; front row, booster secretary Sue Mihalov and Ty Bilinsky.
Norwin boosters, friends present Ty Bilinsky with check to help with medical expenses
August 8, 2021
Norwin’s boys basketball boosters and several former teammates presented Ty Bilinsky with a check for $5,900 on Sunday, the culmination of months-long fundraising efforts to help the recent Knights graduate with medical costs.

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Chartiers Valley’s Abby Vaites and Perri Page defend onLatrobe’s Anna Rafferty during the WPIAL Class 5A girls basketball semifinals on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at Chartiers Valley High School.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Latrobe’s Rafferty commits to IUP
August 7, 2021
Basketball player Anna Rafferty was receiving NCAA Division I and II college attention well before last season, but the 6-foot-2 center reaffirmed her next-level potential by helping Latrobe reach the WPIAL semifinals for the first time 1998.

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West Mifflin coach Lance Maha watches his team against Franklin Regional in 2016.
Norwin set to hire veteran West Mifflin coach for boys basketball post
August 6, 2021
Norwin will recommend longtime West Mifflin coach Lance Maha to take over its boys basketball program.

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Jesse Reed, who played at Saltsburg, Greensburg Central Catholic and The Kiski School, is the new boys basketball coach at Franklin Regional.
Former CMU, Saint Vincent assistant ready to attack Franklin Regional basketball job
August 2, 2021
Asked if he is ready to become a head basketball coach, Jesse Reed answered like he was finishing an alley-oop with authority.

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Baldwin senior forward Meghan Dryburgh (23) competes during the 2020-21 season.
Baldwin’s Dryburgh ready to continue basketball career in college
August 1, 2021
Meghan Dryburgh enjoys a good challenge.

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Jesse Reed, who played at Saltsburg, Greensburg Central Catholic and The Kiski School, is the recommended candidate to be the next boys basketball coach at Franklin Regional.
Franklin Regional expected to name Jesse Reed as new boys basketball coach
July 29, 2021
Franklin Regional will recommend Jesse Reed to be its boys head basketball coach Monday at a school board meeting.

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New Riverview boys basketball head coach Phil McGivney instructs at a youth camp July 28, 2021, at Tenth Street Elementary in Oakmont.
New Riverview basketball coaches hit ground running
July 28, 2021
For the last four seasons, Phil McGivney’s daily commute to Keystone Oaks High School consisted of which tunnel to navigate through.

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Quaker Valley’s Ian Herring drives past North Catholic’s Kyle Tipinski during the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals last season.
Quaker Valley boys basketball makes most of summer competition
July 24, 2021
The Quaker Valley boys basketball team returns four starters, but with each new year, there can be a tweak in how each player’s role is defined.

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Jeannette coach Adrian Batts watches his team play Shenango in a 2020 WPIAL playoff game.
Jeannette basketball coach Adrian Batts adds athletic director duties
July 19, 2021
A familiar face was hired Monday night as the new athletic director at Jeannette.

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Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro committed to play at IUP earlier this week.
Westmoreland notebook: Southmoreland duo could become IUP teammates
July 18, 2021
IUP has an eye on two Southmoreland basketball standouts. The Crimson Hawks landed one and hope to get the other.

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Carlynton Junior-Senior High School.
Carlynton hires new girls volleyball, basketball coaches
While the summer months are down time from actual events going on, coaches and athletes are working hard behind the scenes to prepare for the upcoming season.

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The PIAA Class 2A boys basketball championship trophy sits on the court Friday, March 26, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA makes change to state basketball tournament, anticipates ‘normal’ fall
July 14, 2021
The state basketball tournament will start a little earlier this winter under a schedule change that makes cross-state travel easier for the semifinals and finals.

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North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar kisses the championship trophy after defeating Spring-Ford in the PIAA Class 6A state final on Friday, March 26, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN girls athlete of the year: NA’s Paige Morningstar caps gold-plated 2-sport career
July 12, 2021
What better way to conclude a golden scholastic career than to be named the MaxPreps national high school female athlete of the year?

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New Quaker Valley girls basketball coach Ken Johns
Quaker Valley Hall of Famer takes reins of school’s girls basketball program
July 11, 2021
Quaker Valley has been a focal point in many chapters of Ken Johns’ life.

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Plum’s Kennedie Montue grabs a rebound over Hampton’s Biz Watson during their game on Jan. 21.
Valley News Dispatch Girls Athlete of the Year: Kennedie Montue, Plum
July 10, 2021
Consistency was the calling card for recent Plum graduate and basketball standout Kennedie Montue.

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto plays against Mt. Pleasant on Jan. 14.
Westmoreland County Girls Athlete of the Year: Olivia Cernuto, Southmoreland
Unless she takes a summer vacation or a few random days off, Olivia Cernuto gets little rest during the sports year.

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From left, Fox Chapel assistant coach Josh Randall, Erik Wilson, JP Dockey, Will Siegel, Jefferson Moorefield-Brown, Jimmy Hanna, Kam Griel, Eli Yofan, Russell Fenton, Jake DeMotte, Mert Yanar, assistant coach Gabe Skrinjar, head coach Zach Skrinjar, assistant coach Tom Reighard
Fox Chapel basketball gets boost from summer competitions
Fox Chapel boys basketball coach Zach Skrinjar looks at summer team camps as a good way to self scout and grow as a unit in a more relaxed environment compared to the grind of a WPIAL basketball season.

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