Basketball

PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi talks with Michael Hawkins (right) during the state basketball championships Saturday at Giant Center in Hershey.
Philadelphia basketball teams are here to stay in PIAA, says District 12 chairman
March 28, 2022
Philadelphia teams joined the PIAA basketball playoffs less than two decades ago, but District 12’s top administrator says his schools are here to stay, despite any wishful thinking by opponents.

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Bishop Canevin’s Kai Spears celebrates after scoring against St. John Neumann during the PIAA Class A state championship game Thursday at Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Week for March 28, 2022
There are 220 miles on the trip from Hershey to Green Tree, a trek that lasts nearly four hours.

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Highlands’ Jimmy Kunst drives against Laurel Highlands Rodney Gallagher during overtime in their PIAA Class 5A second-round game.
After trip to PIAA playoffs, future remains promising for Highlands boys basketball
Members of the Highlands boys basketball team wanted a second chance.

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Highlands’ Carter Leri shoots a 3-pointer against Hampton on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, at Highlands High School.
A-K Valley senior spotlight: Highlands’ Carter Leri
All basketball teams need leaders, someone to motivate and encourage as well as to provide a steady calmness when things get intense.

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North Hills’ Alex Smith scores over Fox Chapel’s Russell Fenton during the WPIAL Class 6A title game.
North Hills basketball pleased with breakout season
March 27, 2022
Buzz Gabos is happy with the year his North Hills boys basketball team had in 2021-22. But the finish stings.

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Quaker Valley’s Jack Gardinier drives past Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings during their WPIAL Class 4A semifinal on Saturday, Feb. 26 at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
Quaker Valley’s Gardinier garners career-high 36 in PIAA second round
One of the most impressive performances of the year was turned in by Jack Gardinier in the PIAA Class 4A second round.

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Mt. Lebanon seniors Reagan Murdoch, Brooke Collins and Ashleigh Connor hug at midcourt after time expired in the PIAA Class 6A state championship game against Plymouth-Whitemarsh on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Plymouth-Whitemarsh derails Mt. Lebanon in Class 6A state title game
March 26, 2022
HERSHEY – Mt. Lebanon fell in the PIAA Class 6A girls basketball championship game 60-40 to Plymouth-Whitemarsh at the Giant Center on Saturday evening.

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Fox Chapel’s Jake DeMotte celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against Allderdice during a PIAA Class 6A second-round game Saturday, March 12, 2022, at Peters Township.
George Guido: Fox Chapel boys team big part of memorable basketball season
It’s time to say goodbye to the local high school basketball season.

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Hampton junior pitcher Cam Marshalwitz delivers against Fox Chapel last season. He went 4-2 as a pitcher and scored a team-high 18 runs.
High hopes for Hampton baseball after up-and-down playoff season
The Hampton baseball team was taking indoor batting practice earlier this month when players were asked to close the gymnasium doors to accommodate a meeting in the adjacent cafeteria.

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Fox Chapel’s JP Dockey celebrates with Jake DeMotte after defeating North Hills in the WPIAL Class 6A championship game on Saturday, March 5, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Neighboring Fox Chapel, Shady Side Academy celebrate basketball titles
Fox Chapel and Shady Side Academy, schools located just about a mile apart, are celebrating WPIAL boys basketball championships from earlier this month.

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Chartiers Valley’s Marian Turnbull brings the ball upcourt against Moon during a Section 1-5A game on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at Chartiers Valley High School.
Senior class celebrates special career with Chartiers Valley girls basketball
Their roles may have changed over the four years they have been at Chartiers Valley, but their goals for gold and their success rate in victories will make them one of the most successful groups in WPIAL basketball history.

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Chartiers Valley head coach Brandon Sensor and the Colts finished 8-15 this season.
Chartiers Valley boys basketball looks forward to promising future
In the first three years as head coach of the Chartiers Valley boys basketball program, Brandon Sensor started with a bang with 18 wins and a semifinals berth.

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Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor (15) and Brooke Collins celebrate a 3-pointer during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal against Bethel Park on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
2022 PIAA Class 6A girls basketball championship breakdown: Mt. Lebanon vs. Plymouth Whitemarsh
March 25, 2022
PIAA Class 6A girls basketball final

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New Castle’s Mike Wells dunks during the fourth quarter of a WPIAL Class 5A semifinal against Gateway on Monday, Feb. 28, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
2022 PIAA Class 5A boys basketball championship breakdown: New Castle vs. Imhotep Charter
PIAA Class 5A boys basketball final

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Neshannock’s Neleh Nogay (center) celebrates with Addilae Watts (left) and Aaralyn Nogay after defeating OLSH in the WPIAL Class 2A championship game on Friday, March. 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
2022 PIAA Class 2A girls basketball championship breakdown: Neshannock vs. Southern Columbia
March 24, 2022
PIAA Class 2A girls basketball final

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Mt Pleasant celebrates beating Mid Valley in the PIAA Class 3A softball championship on Friday, June 18, 2021, at Beard Field in University Park .
What to watch for in high school sports for March 25, 2022:
As the WPIAL winter sports season concludes with the PIAA basketball championships in Hershey this weekend, the curtain rises Friday on the start of play in spring sports.

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Chartiers Valley’s Helene Cowan (5) celebrates with Perri Page and Hallie Cowan after scoring against Moon during their Section 1-5A game on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at Chartiers Valley High School.
2022 PIAA Class 5A girls basketball championship breakdown: Chartiers Valley vs. Cardinal O’Hara
PIAA Class 5A girls basketball final

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Bishop Canevin’s Kevaughn Price celebrates next to Union’s Cam Taylor as time expires in the WPIAL Class A championship game on Thursday, March. 3, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
2022 PIAA Class A boys basketball championship breakdown: Bishop Canevin vs. St. John Neumann
March 23, 2022
PIAA Class A boys basketball final

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Mt. Lebanon’s Reagan Murdoch is fouled by Bethel Park’s Ella Sabatos during their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, at UMPC Events Center in Moon.
Trib 10 teams head to Hershey for PIAA championship games
Three boys and two girls WPIAL basketball teams saw their dreams of merging gold and chocolate together come to an end last week with a loss in the PIAA semifinals.

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Neshannock head coach Luann Grybowski celebrates after a Lancers’ score during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game against OLSH on Friday, March. 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball State Rankings for March 22, 2022
March 22, 2022
The top two heading into the semifinals remain the top two in four of the six classifications entering championship weekend in Hershey.

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