Basketball

Elizabeth Forward defender Abigail Bickerton defends as Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro looks for an opening Jan. 30, 2020 in WPIAL basketball at Southmoreland High School.
Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro wins Tribune-Review Westmoreland Girls Basketball Player of the Year honors
April 4, 2020
Tribune-Review Girls Basketball Player of the Year

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With eight seconds left on the clock, Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock shoots the free throw that secured his team’s 66-61 victory over Quaker Valley in WPIAL playoffs Feb. 22, 2020.
Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock named Tribune-Review Westmoreland Boys Basketball Player of the Year
Tribune-Review Boys Basketball Player of the Year

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Chartiers Valley’s Megan McConnell (left), Aislin Malcolm and Amaleen Malcolm hoist the championship trophy after defeating Trinity in the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Feb. 29, 2020 at Petersen Events Center.
Chartiers Valley headlines Big 56 all-section basketball teams
March 30, 2020
No team in the WPIAL had as successful a 2019-20 season as the Chartiers Valley girls.

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Pine-Richland’s Phil Jurkovec scores during a 2017 game against Butler.
PCN to broadcast 2017 basketball title tilt between Pine-Richland, Reading
Led by Miami recruit Lonnie Walker, Reading High came into the 2017 PIAA Class 6A basketball finals with a caravan of fired-up fans hoping to see the school win its first state title.

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Butler’s Charles Kreinbucher shoots against Upper St. Clair’s Andrew Casey (right) and David Pantelis during their PIAA Class 6A second round state playoff game Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at UPMC Events Center in Moon.
PIAA keeps winter championships, spring sports on hold
The PIAA kept the fate of unfinished winter championships and the start of spring sports on hold Monday while awaiting further action from Gov. Tom Wolf’s office and the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Department of Education.

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North Catholic’s Isaac DeGregorio celebrates after scoring during the fourth quarter of the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against Lincoln Park on Feb. 27, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
North Catholic’s Isaac DeGregorio to walk on at Kentucky
March 28, 2020
North Catholic standout Isaac DeGregorio will continue his basketball career at one of the most successful college programs in the country.

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Seton LaSalle’s Emma Walsh (12) competes against South Park.
Buzzer-beater by Seton LaSalle’s Emma Walsh picked for Maxpreps’ Top 10
March 27, 2020
High school basketball fans can relive a special moment for Emma Walsh and the Seton LaSalle girls basketball team.

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WPIAL basketball coverage by TribHSSN.
Ohio High School Athletic Association cancels winter sports championships
March 26, 2020
The winter season is over for high school athletes in Ohio.

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Butler’s Ethan Morton celebrates after being fouled in overtime during a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against Upper St. Clair Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at Robert Morris University.
Butler’s Ethan Morton named Gatorade Pennsylvania Player of the Year
The Butler boys basketball team still has a shot to win a PIAA Class 6A title if the season continues.

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Mars’ Michael Carmody battles Laurel Highlands’ Nick Egnot for a rebound during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
If PIAA playoffs resume, these WPIAL stars can look forward to Roundball Classic
March 24, 2020
If the suspended PIAA basketball playoffs resume, the season won’t end after all the hardware is handed out in Hershey.

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Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm celebrates with Megan McConnell next to Moon’s Brianna Toal during their game Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at Moon Area High School.
Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm wins Pennsylvania player of year honors
Given the depth of talent on the court at any given time, it’s hard for any individual player to stand out on the Chartiers Valley girls basketball roster.

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Former WPIAL standouts Tom Droney (left) and Nate Perry run the Wildcats Select AAU program, which will play on the national Adidas circuit for the second straight year.
Local AAU squad deals with ‘so many question marks’ with season in limbo
March 22, 2020
Normally at this time of year, Tom Droney and his fellow AAU coaches would be gearing up for the first weekend of practice to get ready for the opening tournament on the Adidas 3SSB national circuit.

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Mohawk joins 6 other WPIAL teams in HSSN girls basketball state rankings
March 20, 2020
An old song had lyrics that proclaimed “one is the loneliest number.” That is true if you are the one team that got bumped in each class from the Trib HSSN state rankings.

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Cornell’s Isaiah Langston (3) goes up for a shot against Saltsburg during a PIAA Class A first-round game Friday, March 6, 2020, at Kiski High.
Highlands, Vincentian out, Cornell into the Trib HSSN state boys basketball rankings
This could be the latest state rankings following the second round of the PIAA postseason tournament, or this could be the final Trib HSSN boys rankings of the season.

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Aliquippa’s Chucky Humphries bites his medal after beating Mastery Charter North-Pickett during the PIAA Class AA boys basketball championship on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey.
A century’s worth of PIAA basketball championship factoids
March 19, 2020
Suspending the playoff after two rounds was not what the PIAA had in mind on the 100th anniversary of its basketball championships, but the coronavirus outbreak has the tournament on hold.

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Moon seniors celebrate with the championship trophy after defeating Archbishop Wood in the PIAA Class 5A state final Friday, March 22, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
100 years ago, Pa. held its 1st state basketball tournament, but anniversary celebration on hold
Two thousand fans came to the Armory in State College to watch the first state basketball tournament in Pennsylvania high school history, a historic event from exactly 100 years ago.

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WPIAL Girls Basketball Team of the Week: Week ending Mar. 15
March 18, 2020
In 2016, the Trinity girls basketball team reached the WPIAL Class AAA finals before losing to South Fayette.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise pulls down a rebound between Grove City defenders during their PIAA Class 4A second round state playoff game Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2020, at North Allegheny High School.
George Guido: Lots of fond memories from basketball season
March 17, 2020
This is the week when we usually wrap up the local high school basketball season and advise everybody to take in the Cager Classic Saturday night at Highlands.

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Trib HSSN boys basketball team of the week: Week ending March 14
When 2019 ended with a pair of losses in the Bethel Park Holiday Tournament, Sto-Rox was 3-6 overall and tied for second place in Section 1-2A.

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WPIAL Girls Basketball Player of the Week — Week ending March 15
March 16, 2020
In the WPIAL Class 3A girls basketball championship game, Beaver struggled mightily on offense and fell to rival Mohawk, 44-26.

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