Basketball

North Allegheny’s Jasmine Timmerson scores past McDowell’s Sydney Keinath and Caroline Henderson (right) during the PIAA Class 6A girls quarterfinals Friday, March 19, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
PIAA Class 6A girls basketball championship breakdown: North Allegheny vs. Spring-Ford
March 25, 2021
PIAA Class 6A girls basketball championship

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele blows by Portage’s Preston Rainey during the PIAA Class 2A boys semifinal on March 23, 2021, at Moon Area High School.
PIAA Class 2A boys basketball championship breakdown: OLSH vs. Constitution
PIAA Class 2A boys basketball championship

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Kiski Area’s Hannah Simpson throws a pitch during a scrimmage with Freeport on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.
Kiski Area softball will stress versatility with just 3 returning starters
When the coronavirus pandemic canceled last year’s spring sports season, the Kiski Area softball team lost a lot.

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OLSH’s Dante Spadafora is fouled by Portage’s Andrew Miko during a PIAA Class 2A semifinal Tuesday night.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball State Rankings for March 24, 2021
March 24, 2021
The stage is set for six new PIAA champions to be crowned this week in Hershey with two boys state title games each on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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North Allegheny’s Cam Phillips drives past McDowell’s Emina Selimovic during the PIAA 6A quarterfinals on Friday.
Trib 10: Girls power rankings crowded at the top with 4 teams vying for state gold
The Fantastic Five from the WPIAL still alive for a state championship take the final exit on the Road to Hershey as they head to the Giant Center and the PIAA finals this week.

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Mohawk’s Hannah McDanel celebrates with Paige Julian in the final seconds of the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against North Catholic on March 13.
PIAA Class 3A girls basketball championship breakdown: Mohawk vs. West Catholic
PIAA Class 3A girls basketball championship

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Neshannock’s Neleh Nogay scores past Serra Catholic’s Nicole Pawlowski during the WPIAL Class 2A girls basketball final on March 10.
PIAA Class 2A girls basketball championship breakdown: Neshannock vs. Mount Carmel
PIAA Class 2A girls basketball championship

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North Allegheny’s Jasmine Timmerson scores past McDowell’s Sydney Keinath and Caroline Henderson (right) during the PIAA 6A girls quarterfinals on Friday.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball State Rankings for March 23, 2021
March 23, 2021
The end is almost here. Three days and 12 games remain in the crazy 2021 high school basketball season.

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele blows by Portage’s Preston Rainey during the 2A PIAA boys semifinal on March 23, 2021 at Moon Area High School.
Jake DiMichele carries OLSH past Portage into state championship game
Jake DiMichele can still remember the exact day OLSH was eliminated the last time they made the state semifinals.

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Rochester players warm up before facing Bishop Guilfoyle in the PIAA Class A semifinals Tuesday, March 23, 2021.
Rochester rally comes up short in semifinal loss to Bishop Guilfoyle
Early hot shooting enabled Bishop Guilfoyle to build a solid lead over three quarters.

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Chartiers Valley’s Perri Page had 15 points and 16 rebounds against Spring Grove on Tuesday.
Chartiers Valley sinks Spring Grove, earns chance to defend state title
WINGATE – Sometimes, losing can be a good thing.

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Chartiers Valley’s Helene Cowan scores against Warren during a PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal on Saturday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on March 23, 2021: 4 more teams try to reach Hershey
March 22, 2021
With three WPIAL basketball teams punching their ticket to Hershey on Monday, four more district teams have a chance to join them later in the week in Chocolate Town.

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Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings celebrates after being fouled while scoring against North Catholic during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on March 15.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Player of the Week for March 22, 2021: Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings
Nelly Cummings had a great career at Lincoln Park. The 2017 graduate averaged 22 points and 6 assists per game for his career, averaging 30 points per game his senior year. He was named all-state three times. He just ended his junior season at Colgate in the NCAA tournament.

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The six-man Upper St. Clair basketball team huddles together during a timeout in their PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal against Erie on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Team of the Week for March 22, 2021: The St. Clair Six
There were so many great stories from quarterfinals weekend in the state playoffs involving WPIAL basketball champions.

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Neshannock players warm up before facing Penns Manor in the PIAA Class 2A semifinals Monday, March 22, 2021.
Neshannock girls crank up defensive pressure, stop Penns Manor in state semifinals
After trailing by double digits much of the night, Neshannock went to a trapping defense.

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North Allegheny’s Lizzy Groetsch scored 24 points against Cumberland Valley in the PIAA Class 6A semifinals Monday night.
North Allegheny girls steamroll Cumberland Valley to reach state finals
ALTOONA — It took a few minutes to warm the engine. Once North Allegheny got revved up, though, it was clear the Tigers’ well-oiled machine was primed for a trip to Hershey.

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Rochester’s Corynne Hauser (11) and Alexis Robison (3) hoist their team’s trophy after winning the the 5A WPIAL Basketball Championship at Peters Township High School on Monday, March 15, 2021.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Week for week ending March 21, 2021
March 21, 2021
They have been the dynamic duo behind three straight WPIAL Class A girls basketball championships.

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Upper St. Clair’s Luke Gensler talks with acting coach Tanner Gensler during their PIAA Class 6A quarterfinal against Erie on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Trib HSSN What to Watch for: Monday, March 22, 2021
It was an emotional PIAA quarterfinals weekend for the WPIAL basketball champions.

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Chartiers Valley’s Perri Page (11) celebrates with Helene Cowan (5) and Aislin Malcolm during their PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal against Warren on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Chartiers Valley High School.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Team of the Week for week ending March 21, 2021
Three losses in a 25-day period seemed to take the spotlight away from a team that had won two straight WPIAL crowns, claimed the most recently completed PIAA Class 5A girls basketball championship and was the owner of a record 64-game winning streak.

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Upper St. Clair’s Luke Gensler works past Erie’s Tarrel Petty during their PIAA Class 6A state quarterfinal on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Upper St. Clair High School.
3 WPIAL champions to compete in 2021 PIAA boys basketball semifinals
The WPIAL boys basketball champions split six games in the PIAA quarterfinals in an emotional weekend of state basketball playoffs.

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