Basketball

North Catholic head coach Dave DeGregorio instructs his team against Quaker Valley during their WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinal on Monday, March 8, 2021, in Leetsdale.
North Allegheny ready to rehire Dave DeGregorio as boys basketball coach
May 15, 2021
North Allegheny’s next boys basketball coach already knows the program well.

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Busy Roundball Classic week tips off with team practices
May 10, 2021
It is Roundball Classic week and Western Pennsylvania’s top all-star senior basketball players will begin gathering at Geneva College.

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Anna Rafferty (center) and her Latrobe teammates will take part in a YMCA summer league this year.
Westmoreland high school notebook: YMCA to host summer hoops leagues
May 8, 2021
A local summer basketball league is taking shape, and it will feature some of the top returning WPIAL girls players and teams.

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Norwin’s Ryan Scavnicky celebrates his walk-off base hit with teammates in the bottom of the seventh innining to defeat North Allegheny, 7-6, on Friday, April 23, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Westmoreland notebook: Anticipated Hempfield-Norwin baseball series awaits
May 1, 2021
Finally.

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Roundball Classic to allow fans at Geneva
April 30, 2021
Roundball Classic organizer Allen Deep said he has received a number of inquiries about fan attendance at the all-star basketball event set for May 13, 14 and 15 at Geneva College.

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Serra Catholic hires Matt Bacco as girls basketball coach
April 29, 2021
Serra Catholic has a new girls basketball coach for the first time in years.

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Franklin Regional’s Sophia Reitz and Sophia Yaniga fight for a rebound with Gateway’s Dynasty Shegog Friday, Feb. 12, 2021 at Gateway High School.
Gateway’s Shegog looks forward to prestigious Roundball Classic
April 25, 2021
Gateway senior forward Dynasty Shegog went toe-to-toe with Penn Hills’ Amoni Blackwell, Jasmyn Golden and Jayla Golden; McKeesport’s Haley Hertzer; and Woodland Hills’ Peyton Pinkney in Section 4-5A during the truncated 2020-21 season.

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Senior members of the 2020-21 Baldwin girls basketball team are, from left, Abby Marzina, Taylor Walker, Meghan Dryburgh, Nina Dongilli, Anna Lucarelli, Lexi Bernotas, Sydney Carr and Kayla Radomsky.
Baldwin basketball trio headed to Chatham as package deal
It’s not uncommon for the best of friends to be teammates in a particular sport.

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Bethel Park’s Olivia Westphal drives to the basket against Upper St. Clair’s Sam Prunzik and Kate Moore during their game on Feb. 18 at Bethel Park High School.
Bethel Park’s Westphal looks forward to future at Duquesne
Olivia Westphal is recognized as one of the best Bethel Park basketball players in school history.

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Clelian Heights’ Brendon Sims (85) puts a shot in the hoop during an exhibition basketball game Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.
Despite cancellation of annual event, Franklin Regional basketball boosters make donation to Clelian Heights
April 24, 2021
Franklin Regional’s annual basketball game with Clelian Heights School for Exceptional Childen was canceled in January because of the pandemic, but the goodwill of the annual event is right on schedule.

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Leechburg head coach Corey Smith directs traffic against Saint Joseph Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 at Leechburg Area High School.
Kiski Area hires alum Corey Smith as new boys basketball coach
April 20, 2021
Corey Smith is coming home, and he couldn’t be happier.

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Chartiers Valley coach Tim McConnell instructs his team behind Aislin Malcolm during the PIAA Class 5A state championship game against Cardinal O’Hara on March 27.
Winning never gets old for Chartiers Valley girls basketball
April 18, 2021
It was a season like no other for the Chartiers Valley girls basketball team between shutdowns and record win streaks.

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Plum’s Connor Moss drives past West Allegheny’s Anthony Ross during their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, at Plum High School.
Riverview, Plum athletes look forward to final high school basketball game
April 17, 2021
Gideon Deasy’s final high school basketball season didn’t start off as he had hoped as he continued to recover from an ankle injury that had plagued him since the fall.

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Greensburg Central Catholic head coach Sam Salih works with his team on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at Greensburg Central Catholic High School.
Sam Salih resigns as Greensburg Central Catholic girls basketball coach
April 15, 2021
As a behavioral specialist and former pro player, Sam Salih brought a unique combination of mental and physical training methods to Greensburg Central Catholic’s girls basketball program.

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Sto-Rox’s Josh Jenkins (5) and Dre’von Miller-Ross pressure Carlynton’s Khalil Kerr during their game on Feb. 2.
Carlynton boys move forward having learned from late-season losses
April 11, 2021
It had been an outstanding season for the Carlynton boys basketball team as the Cougars prepared to play Sto-Rox in the de facto Section 2-2A title game.

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Bishop Canevin’s Nevan Crossey celebrates hitting a 3-pointer against Rochester during the WPIAL Class A boys basketball finals March 10.
As memory of stinging end fades, Bishop Canevin boys savor championship season
A season filled with great joys and a golden high ended with a kick to the gut and a low that just felt so empty.

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Norwin’s Ty Bilinsky will play one more high school game after missing most of his senior season with health problems.
Westmoreland high school notebook: Norwin’s Bilinsky gets 1 more game
April 10, 2021
Norwin senior Ty Bilinsky was selected for the Roundball Classic, the year-end all-star basketball event. But he doesn’t just plan to show up and sit on the bench as an honorary pick.

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Plum’s Kennedie Montue takes a shot against Hampton on Jan. 21.
Valley News Dispatch Girls Basketball Player of the Year: Plum’s Kennedie Montue
April 3, 2021
Valley News Dispatch Girls Basketball Player of the Year

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Strong season has South Fayette girls basketball excited about program’s future
Every team had to deal with the pandemic this past basketball season, but covid-19 related issues hit some programs more than others.

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Serra Catholic girls basketball coach and athletic director Bill Cleary is retiring after the 2020-21 school year.
Bill Cleary reflects on successful career as Serra Catholic basketball coach, athletic director
April 2, 2021
As Bill Cleary reflects on his 30-plus-year career at Serra Catholic, he has more than a few fond memories to look back on.

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