Basketball

Coach Gene Brisbane during basketball practice at Derry Area High School, on Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.
Veteran coach brings new ideas to Derry girls program
November 19, 2019
New coach Gene Brisbane was talking to his players as the first day of girls basketball practice at Derry drew to a close.

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Derry Area’s Aidan Bushey scores over Blackhawk’s Ryan McClymonds during a playoff game last season.
Derry boys installing up-tempo offense
Coming off its first winning season since 2001 and its first WPIAL playoff trip since 2008, the Derry boys basketball team has the experience and senior leadership to make another postseason push.

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Burrell’s Ally Fisher competes during practice for the 2019-2020 season Nov. 16, 2019.
Young Burrell girls roster has room to grow
Youth will be served on the Burrell girls basketball team this season.

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Burrell coach Mike Fantuzzo works with the Bucs varsity team during a recent practice Monday, Nov. 18, 2019.
With new coach in place, Burrell boys building from ground up
There’s nothing like starting with a clean slate.

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Belle Vernon’s Rachel Wobrak drives past Keystone Oaks’ Erin Feeney (left) and Isabela Bogdan during a WPIAL playoff game last season.
Belle Vernon girls have skill, drive to compete for section title
November 18, 2019
Coach Ronnie Drennan learned a lot in his first season at the helm of the Belle Vernon girls basketball team.

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Belle Vernon’s Thomas Hepple leaps for a shot during a five-on-five practice game at the boys’ varsity basketball practice on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 at Belle Vernon Area High School.
Belle Vernon boys looking for momentum to carry over
The beginning of Joe Salvino’s tenure as the Belle Vernon boys basketball coach was not ideal.

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Madison Marks, Morgan Gamble, Rylee Eaton and Emily Bonelli are returning starters for the 2019 Apollo-Ridge girls basketball team.
With new coach, veteran roster, Apollo-Ridge girls eye return trip to playoffs
Mike Monstrola served as a coach for the Apollo-Ridge junior high boys basketball program last year, but he often made it a point to take in games involving the Vikings boys and girls varsity teams.

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Sewickley Academy’s Isiah Warfield shoots over OLSH’s Dante Spadafora during their game Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School.
Basketball star Isiah Warfield remains ineligible for postseason after WPIAL denies waiver
WPIAL basketball star Isiah Warfield remains ineligible to play in the playoffs this winter.

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Apollo-Ridge basketball coach Greg Fox prepares his team at practice on Nov. 14, 2019.
Apollo-Ridge boys basketball looks to take one more step forward
The Apollo-Ridge boys basketball team made a leap back to prominence last year, improving by seven wins, both overall and in section play, from the year before.

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Moon’s Donovan Johnson celebrates with teammates after defeating Archbishop Wood in the PIAA Class 5A boys state championship game Friday, Mar. 22, 2019, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Former WPIAL basketball star Donovan ‘Puff’ Johnson commits to North Carolina
November 5, 2019
Former WPIAL basketball star Donovan “Puff” Johnson committed Tuesday night to North Carolina, choosing a school where older brother Cameron played.

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Woodland Hills brought back boys basketball coach Matt Furjanic for the 2019-20 season.
Woodland Hills brings back boys basketball coach Matt Furjanic
October 17, 2019
Matt Furjanic’s phone was ringing all day long. So much so that the Rankin native and former Robert Morris men’s basketball coach was liable to have had it pried off his ear.

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Westmoreland notebook: Belle Vernon freshman’s research project catches eye of WNBA
October 5, 2019
Viva Kreis fell for basketball at a young age.

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Mike Fantuzzo was hired to coach the Burrell boys basketball team on Aug. 20, 2019.
Burrell grad Fantuzzo returns to coach basketball at alma mater
August 21, 2019
Mike Fantuzzo enjoyed a great deal of success as a member of the Burrell boys basketball team more than a decade ago.

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Sewickley Academy’s Isiah Warfield shoots over OLSH’s Dante Spadafora during their game Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School.
WPIAL rules Isiah Warfield eligible for senior season, ineligible for playoffs
August 7, 2019
The WPIAL approved Isiah Warfield to play basketball in the regular season, but the Central Valley transfer remains ineligible for the playoffs.

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West Mifflin coach Lance Maha watches his team play Franklin Regional on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016.
Former West Mifflin coach Lance Maha returns to WPIAL basketball
August 6, 2019
Lance Maha, who coached boys basketball at West Mifflin for two decades, is returning to the WPIAL after one season away.

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Gene Brisbane coaches the Westmoreland County Community College women’s basketball team against Anne Arundel Community College on Saturday Nov. 12, 2016, in Youngwood.
Derry chooses Brisbane as girls basketball coach
August 1, 2019
Derry athletic director Brett Miller was looking for a difference-maker to coach the girls basketball team.

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Monessen’s Devin Whitlock celebrates as time expires in a PIAA Class A second round state playoff game against Bishop Carroll Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019, at Greensburg Salem High School.
WPIAL declares two-sport Belle Vernon transfer Devin Whitlock eligible
July 15, 2019
Belle Vernon sophomore Devin Whitlock, a two-sport standout who transferred from Monessen, is eligible to play football and basketball this upcoming school year.

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Bethel Park’s Olivia Westphal scores past Mt. Lebanon’s Nora Kogan during their game Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, at Bethel Park High School.
Bethel Park’s Olivia Westphal adds 4 more basketball offers
July 14, 2019
Bethel Park’s Olivia Westphal added several more names to her scholarship list Sunday.

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Peters’ Makenna Marisa drives past Norwin’s Brianna Zajicek during PIAA second action at Keystone Oaks High School.
Trib HSSN rewind: A look back at the 2018-19 girls basketball season
July 12, 2019
Peters Township and Chartiers Valley championed the cause for perfection.

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Moon Area’s Donovan Johnson grabs a rebound over Penn Hill’s Tyree Spencer during semifinal WPIAL action Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 at North Hills High School.
PIAA schedules appeal hearing for Moon’s Donovan Johnson
Basketball star Donovan Johnson will learn next week whether he can play his senior season at Moon.

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