Basketball

The East defeated the West, 107-105, in the A-K Valley Cager Classic boys all-star game.
Recchia hits another winner as East boys best West at Cager Classic
March 23, 2019
Mars senior Andrew Recchia is getting accustomed to winning shots.

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The East All-Stars defeated the West All-Stars, 66-64, in the Cager Classic at Highlands High School.
Johnson, Sharrow pace East girls to Cager Classic win
The West might be the best, but the beast is still the East.

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Lincoln Park’s Andre Wilder hugs Isaiah Smith after defeating Sharon, 67-58, in their PIAA Class 3A semifinal Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2019, at New Castle High School.
PIAA Class 3A boys championship breakdown: Lincoln Park vs. Trinity
PIAA Class 3A boys championship

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The WPIAL Class 2A runner-up Brentwood girls basketball team on Feb. 28, 2019, with their medals and team trophy at Petersen Events Center.
Brentwood girls basketball had history-making season
The reconstruction project continued — and flourished — for the Brentwood girls basketball program.

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The East and West teams wait to compete during the skills competition at the annual Cager Classic March 22, 2019 at Highlands High School.
Valley’s Carter sweeps Cager Classic skills competition
March 22, 2019
It was never a secret Valley senior Nyjewel Carter was one of the top shooters the Vikings had this season; now he can stake his claim as one of the top shooters in the Alle-Kiski Valley

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Freeport’s Jalen Brown (right) competes during practice for the annual Cager Classic March 23, 2019 at Highlands High School.
Freeport’s Brown follows in mother’s footsteps with selection to Cager Classic
Jalen Brown paused a moment before describing the impact his mother, Eve VanDyke, has had on his life and his basketball career.

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Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm drives to the basket past Slippery Rock’s Hallie Raabe during their PIAA Class 5A second round state playoff game Wednesday, Mar. 13, 2019, at Moon Area High School.
Chartiers Valley girls in search of perfection Saturday in PIAA title game
If they win one more game, they will be known as a perfect team.

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North Catholic’s Dani Short scores over Central Valley’ Kaelyn Underwood during the 4A girls WPIAL Championship at Petersen Events Center.
North Catholic girls hope defense shines against Bethlehem Catholic
North Catholic’s girls basketball team is known for its offensive production — and rightfully so.

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Moon’s Jioni Smith steals the ball from Mars’ Michael Carmody during their PIAA Class 5A semifinal Monday, Mar. 18, 2019, at New Castle High School.
PIAA Class 5A boys championship breakdown: Moon vs. Archbishop Wood
PIAA Class 5A boys basketball championship

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Peters Twp.’s Makenna Marisa drives to the basket past Bethel Park’s Emma Dzieggowski and Lauren Mullen during their game Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at Bethel Park High School.
PIAA Class 6A girls championship breakdown: Peters Township vs. Garnet Valley
PIAA Class 6A girls basketball championship

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Moon coach Adam Kaufman fist bumps Donovan Johnson as time winds down in their PIAA Class 5A semifinal victory over Mars Monday, Mar. 18, 2019, at New Castle High School.
WPIAL title escaped Moon’s grasp, but PIAA championship now within reach
Moon faced a crossroads after the WPIAL finals, a moment when its basketball season could have gone many different directions.

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Mars coach Dana Petruska and Deer Lakes coach Dave Petruska share a laugh during practice of the annual Cager Classic March 21, 2019 at Highlands High School.
It will be mom vs. son as Petruskas face off in Cager Classic All-Star game
March 21, 2019
No one ever picked up an easy win around the Petruska household, and those who were lucky enough to do so know they earned it.

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Peters’ Isabella Mills grabs a rebound over Norwin’s Cassie Cole during PIAA second action at Keystone Oaks High School.
Peters Township’s trip to Hershey was 6 years in the making
When Peters Township girls basketball coach Bert Kendall took over the program in the 2013-14 season, the Indians were coming off a winless campaign in Section 2-4A and only managed to win six games.

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Deer Lakes’ Julia Hollibaugh fights for a rebound with Carlynton’s Haley Williams Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 at Deer Lakes’ High School.
Cager Classic All-Star Basketball Game offers final chance for teammates to share court
March 20, 2019
Deer Lakes’ Julia Hollibaugh walked off the floor a few weeks ago after the Lancers’ WPIAL Class 3A quarterfinal loss to South Park with her high school basketball career in limbo.

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Moon boys, Peters Township girls stand atop Trib 10 power rankings
Every Wednesday during the 2018-19 WPIAL basketball season, the TribLive High School Sports Network releases Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report at 6:30 p.m.

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Vincentian Academy’s Nate Cullo looks to get past Monessen’s Darnel Howell during their WPIAL playoff game Feb. 25, 2019, at Peters Township.
Vincentian Academy boys ready for PIAA finals matchup against Sankofa Freedom Academy
When the ball goes up in the air at Hershey’s Giant Center at 2 p.m. Thursday for the start of the PIAA Class A boys championship game, a team from the North Hills and the other from North Philly will add to the state’s already rich sports rivalry between East and West.

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WPIAL basketball coverage by TribHSSN.
OLSH boys fall short to Bishop Guilfoyle in PIAA Class 2A semifinals
March 19, 2019
Losing a tooth wasn’t going to stop the path to Hershey for Bishop Guilfoyle’s Luke Ruggery.

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North Catholic girls take down Mifflinburg to reach PIAA championship game
LORETTO — North Catholic has played the wicked step-mother to many opposing girls’ basketball teams’ Cinderella dreams over the years.

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Peters Township girls rally past Upper Dublin in overtime to reach PIAA title game
March 18, 2019
WINGATE — Peters Township’s Jordan Bisignani didn’t have much time to process the moment when she heaved a desperation half-court shot at the buzzer of a PIAA Class 6A semifinal.

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Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Team of the Week: Thomas Jefferson Jaguars
The Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Team of the Week missed out on district gold when losing in the WPIAL finals, but now it is two wins away from state gold — the Thomas Jefferson Jaguars.

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