Basketball

New Ligonier Valley girls basketball coach Emily Daugherty played her college ball at Lock Haven.
Emily Daugherty hired as Ligonier Valley girls basketball coach in unanimous vote
December 2, 2020
It’s official. Emily Daugherty is the new Ligonier Valley girls basketball coach.

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Leechburg’s Christine Guo battles Greensburg Central Catholic’s Gia Scala for a loose ball last season.
Leechburg girls coach shares special bond with team as they build for future
Leechburg girls basketball coach Andre Carter has a special bond with his team.

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Leechburg guard Dylan Cook looks to avoid pressure from two Propel Andrew Street defenders during their section matchup last season.
Run-and-gun Leechburg boys looking to keep pedal to the floor
Last season, the Leechburg boys basketball team loved to run, play fast and create as many scoring opportunities as possible.

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Mercedes Majors is a captain for the Monessen girls basketball team.
Monessen girls basketball looks to maintain momentum after playoff season
After struggling for several seasons, the Monessen girls basketball program blossomed last year, going 8-4 in section play and 15-8 overall.

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Monessen’s Dan Bosnic coaches against Vincentian Academy during a 2019 playoff game.
Monessen boys basketball sets sights on 40th straight playoff berth
Many people express concerns when approaching 40.

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Ligonier Valley’s Haley Boyd and Carol Woods
Girls basketball preview: Coaching hire coming soon for improving Ligonier Valley
December 1, 2020
When Tim Gustin became the Ligonier Valley boys basketball coach a month ago, he hoped the district’s school board picked the right person to replace him as girls coach.

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Knoch senior Neveah Ewing looks to take a shot as a teammate closes out on her during a practice on Monday, Nov. 30, 2020.
Girls basketball preview: With top scorers back, excitement grows at Knoch
It’s a new year for the Knoch girls basketball team, and the Knights have a lot to be excited about.

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Latrobe’s Rachel Ridilla (12) celebrates with teammates after defeating Penn-Trafford Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at Penn-Trafoord High School.
Girls basketball preview: Latrobe loaded with veteran talent
November 30, 2020
The 2021 senior class at Latrobe includes four girls basketball players who represent the first group to play the sport at the seventh-grade level when the current coaching staff, led by sixth-year coach Mark Burkhardt, took over the program in 2015.

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Latrobe’s Ryan Sickenberger brings the ball up court against Norwin last season.
Boys basketball preview: Latrobe looks for return to winning ways
Latrobe boys basketball has seen its share of success under longtime coach Brad Wetzel, who has experienced just four losing seasons since taking over the program in 2002-03.

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Toby Cline is among the returning starters for the Jeannette boys basketball team.
Boys basketball preview: Jeannette has deep, experienced roster, hopes to avoid slow start
November 29, 2020
If the Jeannette boys basketball team can duplicate the success of the football team, then the Jayhawks could be looking at a long season.

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Penn Hills’ Wes Kropp (3) pulls up for a shot against Woodland Hills Jan. 14, 2020 at Woodland Hills.
Penn Hills boys maintain high expectations under new head coach
Even with a new voice leading the Penn Hills boys basketball program, the mission is still the same — win a WPIAL championship.

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Penn Hills’ Amoni Blackwell steals the ball from Franklin Regional’s Jordan Yaniga during a 2019 WPIAL playoff game.
Girls basketball preview: Penn Hills has experienced roster, playoff aspirations
With an experienced roster returning, the Penn Hills girls basketball team will look to make a deep run into the playoffs this season.

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Sewickley Academy senior Max Belt plays defense on Alex Matlak during a practice Nov. 24.
Sewickley Academy boys ready to rebound from 1st losing season since 2012-13
The Sewickley Academy boys basketball team is coming off its first losing season since 2012-13 but with a lack of size, and experience, it could’ve been worse.

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Quaker Valley junior Adou Thiero plays defense on a teammate during a practice Nov. 23.
Boys basketball preview: Quaker Valley looking to run with experienced roster
By this point in the year, the Quaker Valley boys basketball team is used to having close to 60 offseason games under its belt, and although they may not matter in the grand scheme of things, those games are crucial.

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Shaler’s Audrey Fisher plays defense on Fox Chapel’s Gabby Guererri last season.
Girls basketball preview: Shaler to lean on tenacious defense, team speed
Sophomore center Mackenzie Barr expects the Shaler girls basketball team to dig in and defend on every possession.

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Shaler boys basketball coach Rob Niederberger reacts after a foul is called during a WPIAL Class 5A first-round playoff game against Gateway last season.
Boys basketball preview: Revamped Shaler roster works to get up to speed
Logan Bernesser’s role on the back of the press for the Shaler boys basketball team is to survey the court.

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Freeport’s Vinnie Clark works against Andrew Speer during practice Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, at Freeport Area Middle School.
Boys basketball preview: Freeport looking to play fast and aggressive
November 28, 2020
Wayne Greiser and the Freeport boys basketball team are looking to change their ways this season.

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Hempfield Area’s Emma Hoffner during practice Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 at Spartan Field House.
Girls basketball preview: Hempfield expects fluid lineup
Over the last two seasons, Tom Brush had a firm rotation for the Hempfield girls basketball team.

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Hempfield Area’s Christian Zilli during practice Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020 at Spartan Field House.
Boys basketball preview: Hempfield ready to pick up pace
Hempfield is in somewhat of a unique situation. While its boys basketball team lost six seniors, it returns two of its top three scorers.

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Fox Chapel girls basketball coach Marty Matvey gives direction during practice Tuesday.
Girls basketball preview: Fox Chapel ready to take next step in coach’s second season
In Marty Matvey’s first year at the helm of the Fox Chapel girls basketball program, the Foxes saw a glimpse of success they are hoping to build on in Year 2.

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