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WPIAL basketball coverage by TribHSSN.
WPIAL’s 2nd-leading scorer exits early as Aliquippa defense stops Steel Valley
February 15, 2020
Aliquippa had a strategy for facing the WPIAL’s second-leading scorer: Trap Steel Valley’s Camden Polak whenever he touched the ball, keep it out of his hands if possible and make him work for every shot.

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New Castle’s Malik Hooker (23) and his teammates celebrate their 55-49 win in the WPIAL Boys Class AAAA basketball championship game against Hampton on March 1, 2014.
Decade’s best WPIAL finals: Boys basketball No. 7
February 14, 2020
There were a lot of changes to the WPIAL basketball championships over the past 10 years.

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South Allegheny’s Antonio Epps dribbles past Avonworth Jordan Kolenda.
South Allegheny boys hold off upset-minded Avonworth
South Allegheny’s Bryce Epps isn’t one to let his critics phase him.

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Carlynton overcomes foul trouble, beats Charleroi in overtime
Carlynton coach Mike Kozy wrote the word “team” on the board prior to Friday’s WPIAL Class AAA first-round game against Charleroi. He knew it was going to take a team effort if his Cougars wanted to advance.

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High school roundup for Feb. 14, 2020: Neshannock tops Washington in OT thriller
Preston Turk made a pair of free throws with 25 seconds left in overtime to lead Neshannock past Washington, 55-54, in a wild WPIAL Class 3A boys basketball first-round matchup Friday night.

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Lincoln Park’s Johnnie Bryant drives toward the net for a score against Deer Lakes on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in a WPIAL first-round playoff game at Fox Chapel.
No. 1 Lincoln Park boys shake off sluggish start, cruise past Deer Lakes
WPIAL Class 3A No. 1 seed Lincoln Park is the defending PIAA champion for a reason, and Friday night in the first round of the district playoffs, the Leopards showed why.

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Shady Side Academy’s Mason Tomlin collides into North Catholic defender Hans Rottman on Friday night, Feb. 14, 2020 in WPIAL basketball playoffs at Fox Chapel High School.
Relentless North Catholic boys finish off Shady Side Academy
Shady Side Academy’s 17th consecutive WPIAL playoff trip was a short one in more ways than one.

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The Class 3A WPIAL playoff game between Beaver Falls and Southmoreland tips off Friday, Feb. 14, 2020.
Beaver Falls powers past Southmoreland in boys opening-round matchup
Momentum is an interesting aspect of sports. It’s hard to acquire, and it can be lost in a split second.

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Sydney McDonough led Riverview with 15 points Friday night.
Riverview girls rally past Burgettstown, end playoff losing streak
Despite a 10-point deficit at the end of the third quarter, the Riverview girls basketball team would not be denied its first WPIAL playoff victory since 2016.

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Brentwood’s C.J. Ziegler competes during the 2019-20 season.
Brentwood’s Ziegler reaches scoring milestone
C.J. Ziegler recently enlisted in an exclusive club at Brentwood.

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Seton LaSalle seniors, from left, Sarah Merlina (24), Vanessa Hudson (11) and Chloe Lestitian (15) are members of the 2019-20 basketball team.
Senior captains drive Seton LaSalle girls to successful season
Seton LaSalle’s girls basketball team has been driven by the force of three seniors in its lineup this season.

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Baldwin’s Jenna Lutz competes against Hempfield on Feb. 3, 2020.
Sole senior Jenna Lutz energizes Baldwin girls basketball program
It has been a frustrating yet gratifying senior season for Baldwin hoopster Jenna Lutz.

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Penn-Trafford swimmer Corina Paszek will continue her career at Clarion.
Penn-Trafford swimmer Paszek eyes school record, PIAAs
Penn-Trafford senior swimmer Corina Paszek, who committed to compete for Clarion next season, will have a couple of incentives at the WPIAL Class AAA championship meet Feb. 27-28 at Pitt.

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Plum’s Connor Moss looks for an open pass against Armstrong on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.
Q&A with Plum’s Connor Moss
Plum’s Connor Moss eclipsed 1,000 career points Feb. 5 after scoring 25 in a 52-51 nonconference win over Baldwin. Moss joins another junior, the girls team’s Kennedie Montue, in hitting the milestone. Moss scored more than 20 points 13 times this season and had more than 30 points four times.

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Springdale junior Demitri Fritch drives to the basket during a practice on Dec. 26, 2019 as second-year coach Aaron Epps looks on.
A-K Valley basketball playoff capsules: Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020
Boys

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Tony Henderson shoots a 3-pointer over Canon-McMillan’s Ethan Beachy during a state playoff game last season. Henderson is Allderdice’s leading scorer this season with 17.2 points per game.
Allderdice boys set sights on seventh straight City League basketball title
Taking over for a six-time champion usually isn’t an easy task.

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Christian Hyland has the Greensburg Central Catholic boys in the playoffs in his first season at the helm.
Westmoreland boys basketball playoff capsules: Games for Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020
WPIAL boys basketball playoff preview capsules

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WPIAL basketball playoffs tip off, district gymnastics championships start Friday
February 13, 2020
Love is in the air. Sure, it’s Valentine’s Day, but for area high school basketball fans, Friday is the first date night with playoff basketball.

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Bishop Canevin celebrates beating East Allegheny in the Class 3A girls WPIAL basketball final Saturday, March 3, 2018 at Petersen Events Center.
Decade’s best WPIAL finals: Girls basketball No. 7
There were a lot of changes to the WPIAL basketball championships over the last 10 years.

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Southmoreland’s Riley Comforti will lead the Scotties into their WPIAL Class 3A first-round playoff game against Beaver Falls.
Westmoreland basketball playoff capsules: Friday, Feb. 14, 2020
Boys

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