Basketball

Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: WCCA event fills void
December 13, 2018
The Westmoreland County Coaches Association heard the plea from member schools in basketball for years: andquot;Why not usandquot; Why couldn't basketball have an event like the other sports in the county The WCCA puts on top-level tournaments and meets in various sports and seasons but was missing a steady hoops

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Butler boys, North Allegheny girls lead Trib 10 basketball power rankings
December 12, 2018
Every Wednesday during the 2018-19 WPIAL basketball season, the TribLIVE High School Sports Network will release Power Rankings during the WPIAL Roundball Report show at 6:30 p.m. After the show, check out the Trib 10 at TribHSSN.TribLive.com. These rankings have zero classification boundaries. Here are the ranking for the Week

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Section girls basketball games get underway in 3 things to watch Thursday in high school sports
A year ago, they were both section champions in different sections and in different classifications. Now Beaver and Neshannock meet in the first of two section contests. Section play tips off for many WPIAL girls' basketball teams on Thursday. The Bobcats have won their first three games this season after

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Franklin Regional uses defense to top Norwin in Rettger final
It wasn't pretty, but Franklin Regional will take it. Behind another strong defensive performance, the Panthers defended their title and won their fifth Mike Rettger Memorial Tournament in seven years with a 44-39 victory over Norwin on Wednesday night in Murrysville. A game with little fluidity saw both teams run

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High school roundup for Dec. 11, 2018: Upper St. Clair tops No. 1 Pine-Richland
December 11, 2018
Chris Pantelis came through with a three-point play with less than 2 seconds remaining to give Upper St. Clair a 51-48 victory over Class 6A No. 1 Pine-Richland in a nonsection boys basketball game Tuesday. Pantelis finished with 15 points, and Tanner Gensler added 10 for the Panthers (3-0). Dan

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Fenton, Butler lead Class 6A No. 2 Latrobe past Gateway
There was no double-overtime when Latrobe and Gateway met on the basketball court for a rematch on Tuesday night. For Gateway, though, there still was plenty of double jeopardy. The Gators could not slow down the Wildcats' potent one-two scoring duo of Reed Fenton and Bryce Butler as the host

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High school roundup for Dec. 10, 2018: Aliquippa boys victorious again
December 10, 2018
Just two days after celebrating a PIAA football champion in Hershey, Eli Kosanovich and MJ Devonshire were filling the nets and leading Aliquippa to a victory on the basketball court. Kosanovich had 18 points and Devonshire added 11 as the Class 3A No. 2 Quips defeated Blackhawk, 68-64, on Monday

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Third-quarter run leads Deer Lakes girls past Burrell
With 30 seconds elapsed in the third quarter of Monday's nonsection girls basketball game between Deer Lakes and Burrell, the visiting Lancers held just a two-point lead. Bucs senior Kaylen Sharrow had just converted a layup off of a turnover to cut her team's four-point halftime deficit in half. But

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Peters Township girls lean on length, depth in nonsection victory over Trinity
Peters Township's girls basketball team showcases the main attraction of senior guard Makenna Marisa. However, the Indians' team length and depth will play a big role if they achieve their goals of making deep WPIAL and PIAA playoff runs this season. Marisa, along with junior Mackenzie Lehman, led the Indians

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Broadcasts scheduled this week on the TribLIVE High School Sports Network
December 9, 2018
Winter sports are underway with action on the hardwood, the ice and the mats this week on the TribLive High School Sports Network. Trib HSSN continues WPIAL and District 6 boys and girls basketball coverage with the start of section play around both districts. We also debut coverage of WPIAL

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Westmoreland high school look-ahead: Week of Dec. 10, 2018
MONDAY Girls basketball: Hempfield will waste no time leaping into section play as the Spartans host Canon-McMillan in a Section 2-6A game. Other local games include Uniontown at Southmoreland and Waynesburg at Yough. Boys basketball: A couple of county matchups have Belle Vernon at Washington and Burrell at Kiski Area.

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Recchia helps top-ranked Mars overwhelm Freeport
December 8, 2018
After Mars lost one of the WPIAL's all-time top scorers in Robby Carmody last season, the question was who would pick up the scoring slack Enter Andrew Recchia. The senior guard tallied 26 points -- 20 in the first half -- on an assortment of jumpers, drives and step-backs as

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Host St. Joseph boys lose to Cornell in tournament final
St. Joseph's boys basketball team saw its matchup against Cornell on Saturday as an early measuring stick. And while the Spartans showed some spunk in the championship game of their own tournament, they learned they have work left to accomplish. Kaden DiVito scored a game-high 28 points, and Class A

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High school roundup for Nov. 8, 2018: Hempfield boys take down McKeesport
The Hempfield boys basketball team overcame some tense moments with stellar foul-shooting and balanced scoring to win the finale of its tip-off tournament Saturday, 73-64, over McKeesport. The Spartans (1-1) made 19 of 26 free throws in the fourth quarter -- 31 of 39 for the game -- to preserve

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Norwin girls shut down Penn Hills at North Allegheny tournament
Norwin girls basketball coach Brian Brozeski held an impromptu walkthrough in the gym at 8 a.m. Saturday to teach his players the basics of the 1-3-1 zone defense because he wanted to implement it against Penn Hills. The Knights hadn't practiced that much in the past, but after the brief

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Paola’s double-double leads Ligonier Valley past Kiski Area
With two games in the books, John Berger is content with the results. For now. andquot;Success will follow,andquot; said Berger, in his second stint as boys basketball coach at Ligonier Valley, which enjoyed a landmark season a year ago that included its first District 6 championship. On Saturday, center Marrek

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Franklin Regional works on finishing moves in win over Greensburg Salem
Franklin Regional went to a half-court offensive set late in Saturday afternoon's game against Greensburg Salem. The plan was to move the ball around and drain time off the clock, but it also gave coach Steve Scorpion an opportunity to get the Panthers accustomed to a style they might need

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Baldwin, Brentwood, Thomas Jefferson boys basketball teams look forward to 2018-19 season
Here's a look at the boys basketball teams in the South Hills Record coverage area: Baldwin Eugene Wilson, first-year coach at Baldwin, has an extensive basketball background. He is aiming to use his experience and knowledge to help guide the Highlanders to a successful season in 2018-19. andquot;This preseason, we

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Guard-heavy Pine-Richland boys ready to continue success
Coming off back-to-back WPIAL Class 6A title game appearances, including a championship in 2016-17, the Pine-Richland boys basketball team has set a high standard. And despite losing two of its top players -- big men Phil Jurkovec and Andrew Kristofic -- to the Notre Dame football team, the Rams are

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Veteran Shady Side Academy girls basketball team looks forward to promising season
Last season, the Shady Side Academy girls basketball team failed to qualify for the WPIAL playoffs, finishing with an 11-10 mark. They graduated three starters but return a quartet of players who were at one point or another in the starting lineup. They are seniors Catherine Jewart (5-foot5, G), high-scoring

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