Basketball

Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor hoists the WPIAL championship trophy with her teammates after defeating Upper St. Clair in the Class 6A final on Friday, March 4, 2022, at Petersen Events Center.
Mt. Lebanon’s Ashleigh Connor named 2022 TribLive HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Year
April 4, 2022
2022 TribLive HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Year

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West Virginia forward Drew Schifino, co-organizer of the Stop the Violence Alumni Shootout, reaches for a loose ball being scooped up by Dusquesne guard Bryant McAllister during a 2003 game at West Virginia.
Stop the Violence alumni game aims to bring people together
April 3, 2022
Two torn Achilles tendons gave Wilkinsburg’s Taz Williams the hint. Williams, who co-organizes the Stop the Violence Alumni Shootout, decided to retire from playing in the 2022 event.

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Kiski Area’s James Pearson scores past Mars’ Zachary Schlegel during the Cager Classic boys all-star game Saturday, April 2, 2022, at Highlands High School.
East boys get overtime victory in Cager Classic
April 2, 2022
Just like the girls game at Cager Classic on Saturday at Highlands High School, the boys game went into overtime.

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Deer Lakes’ Reese Hasley picks off a loose ball from Kiski Area’s Karly Keller during the Cager Classic All-Star game Saturday, April 2, 2022, at Highlands High School.
West girls edge East in double OT in record-setting Cager Classic
At the midway point of the first overtime of Saturday’s 25th Cager Classic girls all-star game at Highlands, a loose ball off a missed shot caused a mad scramble involving a couple of players from both the East and West squads.

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Knoch’s Madilyn Boyer drives to the basket against Highlands on Jan. 10, 2022, at Highlands High School.
Knoch’s Maddie Boyer named Valley News Dispatch Girls Basketball Player of the Year
Maddie Boyer

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Kiski Area lineman Brandon Lawhorn-Moore will take part in the Big 33 all-star game in May.
George Guido: Big 33 game calls on Kiski Area’s ‘Beef’
Kiski Area offensive lineman Brandon Lawhorn-Moore was named to this year’s Pennsylvania Big 33 team.

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Burrell’s Donovan Callahan shoots during the three-pointer contest at the Cager Classic skills competition on Friday, April 1, 2022, at Highlands High School.
Burrells’ Callahan shines at Cager Classic skills competition
April 1, 2022
Donovan Callahan of Burrell missed several games during the season with a broken nose.

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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 31, 2022
Philadelphia teams joined the PIAA basketball playoffs less than two decades ago, and District 12’s top administrator says his schools are here to stay, despite any wishful thinking by opponents.

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele battles Constitution’s Simere Blagman for a loose ball during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game last Friday.
Trib 10: State champs top final WPIAL basketball power rankings
Nine WPIAL basketball teams, the most in PIAA postseason hoops history, participated in the 2022 state championships in Hershey last weekend.

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A shot clock sits above a basket during an NCAA college basketball game between Maryland and Butler in College Park, Md.
PIAA basketball committee readies for shot clock discussion this week
March 29, 2022
Shot clock or no shot clock?

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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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