Basketball

Moon coach Adam Kaufman fist bumps Donovan Johnson as time winds down in their PIAA Class 5A semifinal victory over Mars on March 18, 2019, at New Castle High School.
Adam Kaufman resigns as Moon boys basketball coach ‘to be a dad’
July 1, 2020
The coronavirus pandemic forced Adam Kaufman to slow down, stay home and spend more time with his family.

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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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Chartiers Valley’s Alexandra Ferrella (23) and Mackenzie Wagner carry the trophy from the court with Megan McConnell after defeating Bishop Carroll in the PIAA Class 5A girls final March 23, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA reveals tentative state basketball brackets for 2021, ’22 postseasons
June 13, 2020
The WPIAL will send only four Class 6A boys basketball teams to the state playoffs next season, according to preliminary brackets revealed by the PIAA.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher is fouled in the final seconds of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game against Mars Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Wildcats Select AAU basketball to livestream workout
June 12, 2020
AAU basketball has yet to return after extensive delays caused by the coronavirus outbreak, but a local organization is ready to tip and plans to give coaches, families and fans a look at their talent pool through a different prism.

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Pine-Richland’s Neil Walker vs. Mt. Lebanon’s Luke Hagy
Trib HSSN June Madness quarterfinals: Neil Walker, Pine-Richland vs. Luke Hagy, Mt. Lebanon
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 (22) pulls down a rebound against Penn-Trafford on Feb. 8, 2019.
Latrobe’s Anna Rafferty gets first Division I offer from Kennesaw State
June 11, 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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