Basketball

Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Team of the Week: Winchester Thurston Bears
February 17, 2019
The TribLive Girls Basketball Team of the Week is a two-time WPIAL champion in Class A that is on its way to the Class 2A quarterfinals: the Winchester Thurston Bears.

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Ryan Bushey leads the Derry boys basketball team into the WPIAL playoffs Wednesday against Blackhawk at North Allegheny.
Derry’s mission: win program’s 1st playoff game
Derry’s motivation for the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs isn’t completely centered on a timeline aspect. The Trojans had not been to the postseason since 2007-08, so this has been quite a significant run.

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Jeannette’s Marcus Barnes scores against Springdale’s Michael Zolnierczyk (5) and Isaac Kern during their WPIAL Class 2A playoff game Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at Gateway High School.
High school sports broadcasts scheduled this week on Trib HSSN
The Path to the Pete advances from the first round to the quarterfinals while the winter sports championship coverage continues on the mat and in the pool this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network.

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Trib HSSN girls basketball state rankings for week of Feb. 17, 2019
Call it the calm before the storm.

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Deer Lakes head boys basketball coach Terence Parham during practice Monday, Nov. 19, 2018 at Deer Lakes High School.
Deer Lakes basketball coach awaits baby, WPIAL quarterfinal game on same day
Maybe there’s something in the water when it comes to basketball coaches, babies and big games.

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Springdale’s Michael Zolnierczyk drives to the basket, as Jeannette’s Jackson Pruitt (center) and Marcus Barnes defend.
Impressive Jeannette rolls past Springdale in WPIAL Class 2A opener
February 15, 2019
With the offense flowing like a fountain and the defense locked in and smothering Springdale, Jeannette boys basketball coach Adrian Batts grew more impressed with his team.

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Penn-Trafford’s Kevin Stinelli (1) goes up for a shot against Fox Chapel’s Arnold Vento (33) Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 at Fox Chapel.
Westmoreland basketball playoff preview capsules for Tuesday’s games
Tuesday’s games

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Serra Catholic coach Bill Cleary talks to his team during a time out against Sto-Rox on Feb. 15, 2019, at Peters Township.
High school roundup for Feb. 15, 2019: Winchester Thurston girls top Frazier
No. 10 seed Winchester Thurston won a foul-plagued WPIAL Class 2A first-round game as freshman Maya Roberts scored 28 points, including four inside the final 33 seconds to seal a 60-56 victory over Frazier at Charleroi.

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5 things to watch in the opening round of the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs
February 14, 2019
Good bye or bad bye Each of the past two years, Fox Chapel drew a first-round bye and then lost in the quarterfinals to a team that hadn't rested. This time, the Foxes didn't receive a bye, and coach Zach Skrinjar is OK with that. andquot;I'm happy that we're playing

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Riverview’s Annie Betler (right) pressures South Side Beaver’s Emily Bailey during their WPIAL Class 2A playoff game.
South Side Beaver girls use 3rd-quarter surge to take down Riverview in 1st round
Riverview did pretty much everything a lower-seeded team would want to do in the first half.

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Upper St. Clair head coach Danny Holzer talks with Andrew Casey during their game against Mt. Lebanon Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, at Mt. Lebanon High School.
5 things to watch in the opening round of the WPIAL boys basketball playoffs
Good bye or bad bye?

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St. Joseph boys top West Greene for 1st playoff win since 2011
The St. Joseph boys basketball team saw a double-digit first-half lead trimmed to six at halftime of Friday’s WPIAL Class A first-round game at Mt. Lebanon.

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OLSH coach Don Eckerle talks with his team during a game against Burgettstown on Feb. 15, 2019, at Peters Township.
OLSH girls get defensive in WPIAL Class 2A 1st-round win
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart had some struggles offensively against Burgettstown on Friday in the opening round of the WPIAL Class 2A girls basketball playoffs.

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Greensburg Central Catholic’s Geoff Helm attempts a layup shot against Geibel on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at Charleroi Area High School during WPIAL boys’ basketball class 1A first round playoffs.
Helm’s hot hand leads No. 7 Greensburg Central Catholic past Geibel in WPIAL 1st round
Members of Greensburg Central Catholic’s boys basketball team knew senior Geoff Helm would have to figure into an opening-round playoff victory.

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Ellis’ Natalie Jasper drives past Aliquippa’s Kayla Czambel Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at Fox Chapel Area High School.
Ellis School tops Aliquippa for 2nd playoff victory in program history
The Ellis School won only its second WPIAL playoff game in school history Friday night.

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Shaler girls basketball turns focus to offseason improvement
February 13, 2019
The Shaler girls basketball team didn’t find a way to sneak in the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs.

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Southmoreland’s Maggie Moore and the Scotties will play Apollo-Ridge in the first round of the WPIAL Class 4A playoffs.
Westmoreland basketball playoff preview capsules for Monday’s games
Monday’s games

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Baldwin’s Troy Lanier battles for a rebound with Canon-McMillan’s Luke Palma Feb. 2, 2019, at Baldwin.
Season was a ‘huge learning experience’ for Baldwin boys basketball team
February 12, 2019
Among the top 10 players on the Baldwin boys basketball team in 2018-19 were two seniors, two juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen.

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This Week on the Trib Live High School Sports Network – 12/27/2017
December 27, 2017
We ring out 2017 with plenty of holiday scholastic action on the hardwood and the mats this week here on the TribLive High School Sports Network. We have some holiday tournament for roundball for both boys and girls high school basketball, plus we hit the mats with tow day coverage of the 2017 POWERade Wrestling […]

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WPIAL Alum Q&A – Monica Burns
December 26, 2017
Setting a record at any level of athletics is an impressive feat. Former Hempfield Area standout and current Wheeling Jesuit basketball player Monica Burns, however, established a mark that has never been duplicated at the college or professional level of basketball in the United States. Burns is this week’s feature for the WPIAL Alum Q&A. […]

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