Basketball

Sewickley Academy’s Bre Warner battles OLSH’s Emily Schuck for a loose ball during their game on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, at Sewickley Academy.
Seniors lay foundation for Sewickley Academy girls basketball program
March 21, 2021
Over the past four years, the seniors of the Sewickley Academy girls basketball team have taken the program to a new level.

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Bushy Run celebrates their victory over Hempfield East in the 2019 American Legion District 31 championship at Pitt-Greensburg.
District 31 American Legion baseball to field 11 teams
March 20, 2021
While practice for the start of the high school baseball season is underway, Westmoreland County District 31 teams are holding sign-ups for the start of their season May 20.

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Rochester’s Alexis Robison (3) shoots a foul shot in the WPIAL Class A finals on March 15.
High school roundup for March 20, 2021: Beaver drops heartbreaker, Rochester rolls in state playoffs
Freshman Jayden McBride hit a free throw with 14.7 seconds left to score the only point of overtime as Villa Maria Academy knocked off Beaver, 29-28, in a battle of undefeated teams in the PIAA Class 4A girls basketball playoffs Saturday afternoon.

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Jonathan Bass took over the Jeannette girls basketball team after Janine Vertacnik went to Monessen in 2018.
Westmoreland notebook: Jeannette looking for new girls basketball coach
Jeannette is taking its girls basketball program in a new direction.

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Ellwood City’s Joseph Roth shoots a 3-pointer during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game against South Allegheny on Monday, March 15, 2021, at North Allegheny High School. Roth had 22 points in Saturday’s PIAA quarterfinal loss.
Brookville ousts WPIAL champion Ellwood City from PIAA playoffs
Jace Miner stole the ball on an inbounds play and scored on a layup with 10 seconds remaining, and in the blink of an eye Ellwood City’s magical run came to an end.

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Norwin’s Brianna Zajicek scores past Butler’s Aubree Tack during their WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinal on Saturday, March 6, 2021, at Norwin High School.
Norwin notebook: Girls basketball team well-stocked for solid 2021-22 season
With the WPIAL sending only champions to the PIAA playoffs this year in basketball, local fans only can wonder what might have been for some teams in the state tournaments — the ultimate second chance for teams that were tripped up in the district playoffs.

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Ellwood City’s Steve Antuono scores against South Allegheny during the WPIAL Class 3A championship game on Monday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports for March 20, 2021: State quarterfinals roll on
March 19, 2021
Quarterfinal weekend in the 2021 PIAA basketball playoffs continues Saturday with 24 more state boys and girls games, including six contests involving WPIAL champions.

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Neshannock’s Aaralyn Nogay celebrates with Addi Watts during the WPIAL Class 2A finals on March 10.
Neshannock girls fend off Windber, make PIAA Class 2A semifinals
Moments after coming out of the locker room after Friday night’s game, Neshannock girls basketball coach Luann Grybowski breathed a sigh of relief.

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Mohawk players warm up before facing Punxsutawney in a PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal Friday, March 19, 2021.
Mohawk girls hand 1st loss to Punxsutawney in PIAA Class 3A quarterfinals
There’s always a concern when an undefeated team rolls into town.

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Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings scores against North Catholic during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Monday, March 15, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Winning basketball titles runs in Lincoln Park freshman Brandin Cummings’ family
Comparisons to older brother Nelly are harder to shake than any lockdown defender, and Lincoln Park freshman Brandin Cummings just added another item in common.

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Lincoln Park’s LA Pratt shoots over North Catholic’s Max Rottmann during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Monday.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on March 19, 2021: Champs begin state title quests
March 18, 2021
While the PIAA basketball playoffs actually began Tuesday and Wednesday with first-round games, the state playoff action tips off for WPIAL champions Friday.

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Rochester’s Corynne Hauser (11) moves the ball against West Greene’s Katharine Lampe (1) during the WPIAL Class A championship Monday, March 15, 2021, at Peters Township High School.
WPIAL girls basketball champions set for PIAA quarterfinal matchups
Ten WPIAL girls basketball teams were still alive through two rounds of the PIAA postseason last year when the state postseason came to a halt. Now, six District 7 champions are set for the winners-only version of the PIAA playoffs.

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Bishop Canevin’s Shea Campine is fouled by Rochester’s Jerome Mullins during the WPIAL Class A boys basketball final on Friday, March 10, 2021, at North Allegheny High School.
Matchups set for PIAA boys basketball quarterfinals
The few games that made up the first round of the 2021 PIAA boys basketball playoffs are complete, putting teams where they were last year when the state postseason was first suspended, then later canceled because of the global pandemic.

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New Castle’s Donny Cade scores during the second half of the WPIAL Class 5A championship game against Chartiers Valley on Saturday.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball State Rankings for March 17, 2021
March 17, 2021
With the district playoffs in the rearview mirror and the state playoffs underway with select first-round games, it’s time to shuffle the deck before the PIAA quarterfinals.

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OLSH’s Dante Spadafora reacts to a defensive play against Greensburg Central Catholic’s Brevan Williams during the WPIAL Class 2A boys basketball final on Saturday.
Trib 10: WPIAL finals shuffle up power rankings
WPIAL championship game results forced a shuffling of the deck in the first post-district playoff edition of the Trib 10.

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Upper St. Clair’s Luke Banbury celebrates with David Pantelis after defeating Butler in their WPIAL Class 6A semifinal on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at Upper St. Clair High School.
Covid-19 concerns won’t keep Upper St. Clair boys out of PIAA basketball playoffs
Upper St. Clair’s boys basketball team has at least six healthy players, so the Panthers will compete Saturday in the PIAA playoffs as scheduled.

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Ellwood City’s Joseph Roth battles South Allegheny’s Omar Faulkner for a rebound during the Class 3A championship game on Monday at North Allegheny.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on March 16, 2021: WPIAL champs learn who they’ll play
March 16, 2021
With the district basketball championships now history, our attention turns from the WPIAL postseason to the PIAA playoffs.

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Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm (2) moves the ball guarded by Trinity’s Ashley Durig (11) and Kaylin Venick (2) during the Class 5A WPIAL championship game at Peters Township on March 15.
Trib HSSN Girls Basketball State Rankings for March 16, 2021
With 11 of the 12 district playoffs complete, the attention turns to the champion-only PIAA state brackets.

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Upper St. Clair head coach Danny Holzer celebrates with John Sukernek after defeating Pine-Richland, 56-53, in the Class 6A final on Friday, March 12, 2021, at Peterrs Township High School.
Upper St. Clair basketball coach Danny Holzer talks WPIAL titles, his successful career, son’s hockey exploits
It was a great week of sports for the Holzer household.

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OLSH celebrates after beating Greensburg Central Catholic in the WPIAL Class 2A boys basketball final on Saturday.
Trib HSSN Boys Basketball Team of the Week for March 15, 2021
March 15, 2021
History was made when Our Lady of the Sacred Heart defeated Greensburg Central Catholic on Saturday to win the 2021 WPIAL Class 2A boys basketball championship with a perfect 21-0 record.

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