Basketball

Strong season has South Fayette girls basketball excited about program’s future
April 3, 2021
Every team had to deal with the pandemic this past basketball season, but covid-19 related issues hit some programs more than others.

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Serra Catholic girls basketball coach and athletic director Bill Cleary is retiring after the 2020-21 school year.
Bill Cleary reflects on successful career as Serra Catholic basketball coach, athletic director
April 2, 2021
As Bill Cleary reflects on his 30-plus-year career at Serra Catholic, he has more than a few fond memories to look back on.

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OLSH senior Dante Spadafora walks from the court with the state championship trophy after defeating Constitution in the PIAA Class 2A final on March 26.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball State Rankings for March 31, 2021
March 31, 2021
The end of the season is here after six new boys basketball champions were crowned.

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OLSH’s Dante Spadafora and Jake DiMichele celebrate during the PIAA Class 2A state championship game against Constitution on March 26.
Trib 10: OLSH boys, NA girls top final power rankings
Five basketball champions from the WPIAL headed east last week for a trip to Hershey to play for a state championship.

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Franklin Regional coach Anthony Kobus watches during practice Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at Franklin Regional High School.
Franklin Regional girls basketball coach Anthony Kobus resigns
Anthony Kobus doesn’t want to blink and miss his two daughters’ youth and high school athletic careers.

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North Allegheny’s Emma Fischer hits a 3-pointer during the PIAA Class 6A state championship game against Spring-Ford on Friday.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball State Rankings for March 30, 2021
March 30, 2021
The end is here after six new girls basketball champions were crowned.

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North Allegheny’s Lizzy Groetsch drives to the basket during the PIAA Class 6A state championship game against Spring-Ford on March 26, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball Player of the Week for March 29, 2021: North Allegheny’s Lizzy Groetsch
March 29, 2021
North Allegheny used a balanced attack on offense and a suffocating defense all season to win a second straight WPIAL Class 6A girls basketball championship.

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Carlynton’s Amanda Masdea (right) was the only senior on the team’s roster this season.
Carlynton girls show glimpses of bright future during .500 season
March 28, 2021
The Carlynton girls basketball team had turned itself around, going from a struggling program a decade ago to one that was a legit championship contender over the last six years.

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Baldwin senior forward Meghan Dryburgh (23) competes during the 2020-21 season.
3 Baldwin girls basketball seniors to take games to next level
Anna Lucarelli proved to be a rarity in the Baldwin girls basketball program.

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Thomas Jefferson’s Aidan Kelly reaches for a loose ball next to Laurel Highlands’ Caleb Palumbo on Feb. 19.
Bar set high for Thomas Jefferson boys, girls basketball programs
There is a sunny disposition in both Thomas Jefferson basketball programs heading into 2021-22.

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Highlands baseball player Jett Slepak works out during a recent practice.
George Guido: At long last, spring sports are back
March 27, 2021
Something happened Friday that hadn’t happened in 687 days.

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Chartiers Valley’s Helene Cowan scores against Warren during a PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal on Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Chartiers Valley High School.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for March 27, 2021: PIAA champions to be crowned
The champions-only version of the PIAA basketball playoffs has one day left with four more state title games to be played at the Giant Center in Hershey on Saturday.

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North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar steals the ball from McDowell’s Sydney Keinath during the PIAA Class 6A girls quarterfinals Friday, March 19, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for March 26, 2021: Teams chasing PIAA glory
March 25, 2021
The champions-only version of the PIAA basketball playoffs has one day in the books with eight more state title games to be played at the Giant Center in Hershey over the next two days.

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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
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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