Basketball

Laurel Highlands’ Keondre Deshields handles the ball against Belle Vernon on Friday.
High school roundup for Feb. 4, 2023: Laurel Highlands edges past South Allegheny in 4A heavyweight clash
February 4, 2023
Keondre Deshields scored 15 points, including a pair of go-ahead free throws with 43.4 seconds remaining, to lead Laurel Highlands to a 56-55 victory over South Allegheny in a matchup of ranked teams in WPIAL Class 4A boys basketball at the Slammin’ at Sewickley event Saturday.

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Coach Jonna Burke’s Shady Side Academy girls basketball team jumped to No. 1 in the WPIAL Class 3A rankings.
WPIAL girls basketball rankings: Week ending February 5, 2023
Class 6A

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Jon Anderson and his New Castle teammates stayed at No. 1 in the Class 6A rankings after beating No. 2 Central Catholic on Friday.
WPIAL boys basketball rankings: Week ending February 5, 2023
Class 6A

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Mike and Nick Fleming officiated a junior varsity girls basketball game together Jan. 9 at Norwin High School.
Norwin’s Fleming brothers step into stripes shortly after graduation
It was only last year when Michael Fleming was firing in 3-pointers for Norwin, and two years ago when Nick Fleming was contributing key points and rebounds for the Knights.

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Aquinas Academy junior guard Emily Fisher is the top scorer for the 2022-23 WPIAL Class A playoff-bound Crusaders.
New-look Aquinas girls roster back in WPIAL Class A mix
Rebuilding is a dirty word for the Aquinas Academy girls basketball team.

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Shady Side Academy forward Seamus Riordan (22) celebrates after making a 3-pointer during the second half of a victory over Burrell on Jan. 20.
Shady Side Academy boys weather storm as injuries hit
The Shady Side Academy basketball team never planned on being a half-court, defensive-oriented team. But circumstances have changed how the Bulldogs have had to approach things down the stretch.

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Fox Chapel’s Sarah Slember drives past Plum’s Megan Marston on Dec. 12.
Boosted by versatile junior, Fox Chapel girls make playoff push
Sarah Slember’s athletic resume isn’t lacking in skills and experience to display. Playing basketball was difficult for Slember because of poor fortune. A pair of sprained ankles as a freshman limited her availability, while a torn ACL halted her sophomore season.

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Jeannette’s Shane Mickens (10) and Jalen Bass (0) go up for a loose ball against Clairton on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023.
Clairton returns to playoffs with win over Jeannette
A year after struggling to a 1-18 season, the Clairton boys basketball team is back in the WPIAL playoffs.

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South Allegheny’s Bryce Epps shoots a free throw against West Mifflin on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023.
Bryce Epps sparks South Allegheny past West Mifflin with half-court shot
At halftime, West Mifflin held a half-court shot contest for fans in which the winner would receive half of the pot.

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High school roundup for Feb. 3, 2023: Upper St. Clair claws past rival Mt. Lebanon
February 3, 2023
Devin Hall scored a game-high 14 points as Upper St. Clair split the season series and moved into a tie for first place in Section 2-61 with a 37-36 victory over rival Mt. Lebanon on Friday night.

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Yough’s Terek Crosby (2) attempts a dunk over Mt. Pleasant’s Matt Shrum (35) during their game Friday, Feb. 3, 2023.
Yough boys roll past Mt. Pleasant for 8th consecutive victory
It might have been expected if the Yough boys basketball had suffered a letdown after a huge victory earlier this week.

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Laurel Highlands’ Keondre Deshields shoots over Belle Vernon’s Zion Moore on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023.
Laurel Highlands torches reeling Belle Vernon
What could have been a rebirth and momentum builder for the Belle Vernon boys basketball team was anything but that Friday night.

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Springdale’s Jackson Pribanic scores the winning basket to beat Leechburg on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, at Springdale High School.
Springdale boys eke out win over Leechburg
The Springdale boys basketball team kept its playoff chances alive by beating Leechburg in a 43-41 thriller Friday night at Donald G. McGhee Fieldhouse.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Michael Pfeuffer watches one of his second half 3-pointers against Upper St. Clair on Jan. 10.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 3, 2023: Class 6A heavyweights to collide
February 2, 2023
The first Fray-day in February is littered with plenty of key WPIAL boys basketball games.

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North Catholic’s Tori Drevna drives past Greensburg Salem’s Ashlan Price during the second half of their game on Jan. 5.
WPIAL clinched: Girls basketball playoff qualifiers through Feb. 2, 2023
The 2023 WPIAL girls basketball regular season is winding down and the playoff field is growing.

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Highlands’ Jimmy Kunst drives past Hampton’s Peter Kramer during their game on Jan. 3, 2023, at Highlands High School.
Highlands boys battling to be among contenders for WPIAL Class 4A title
Highlands boys basketball coach Corey Dotchin sensed that Class 4A was going to be a dogfight when he first got a look at the new section alignments in July.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Ryan Kimmel fights for a rebound with Penn-Trafford’s Tyler Freas on Dec. 2, 2022.
Westmoreland County boys basketball notebook: Few teams have playoff sports locked up
With just over a week to go in the WPIAL regular season, the Westmoreland County playoff picture is coming into greater focus.

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Plum’s Dannika Susko battles Fox Chapel’s Elsie Smith for a loose ball during their game Dec. 12, 2022.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 2, 2023: Girls basketball teams look to break section logjams
Whether or not the groundhog sees its shadow Thursday, an early spring or a longer winter will not affect the five-team chase in the crowded top of Section 2-5A in WPIAL girls basketball.

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Hampton’s Brennan Murray scores over Highlands’ Landan Signorella and Chandler Thimons on Jan. 27.
Trib 10: Top teams remain the same, but power rankings see some changes
February 1, 2023
There were a few changes up and down the weekly Trib 10, but the top two teams remain the same.

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Freeport coach Fred Soilis talks with Melaina DeZort during a game against Fox Chapel in December.
A-K Valley girls basketball teams jockeying for playoff position
It is crunch time with one week left in section play, and several girls basketball teams in the Alle-Kiski Valley have either safely secured their spot in one of the six WPIAL tournaments or are fighting to join the party over their final section games.

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