Basketball

Jesse Reed, who played at Saltsburg, Greensburg Central Catholic and The Kiski School, is the recommended candidate to be the next boys basketball coach at Franklin Regional.
Franklin Regional expected to name Jesse Reed as new boys basketball coach
July 29, 2021
Franklin Regional will recommend Jesse Reed to be its boys head basketball coach Monday at a school board meeting.

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New Riverview boys basketball head coach Phil McGivney instructs at a youth camp July 28, 2021, at Tenth Street Elementary in Oakmont.
New Riverview basketball coaches hit ground running
July 28, 2021
For the last four seasons, Phil McGivney’s daily commute to Keystone Oaks High School consisted of which tunnel to navigate through.

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Quaker Valley’s Ian Herring drives past North Catholic’s Kyle Tipinski during the WPIAL Class 4A quarterfinals last season.
Quaker Valley boys basketball makes most of summer competition
July 24, 2021
The Quaker Valley boys basketball team returns four starters, but with each new year, there can be a tweak in how each player’s role is defined.

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Jeannette coach Adrian Batts watches his team play Shenango in a 2020 WPIAL playoff game.
Jeannette basketball coach Adrian Batts adds athletic director duties
July 19, 2021
A familiar face was hired Monday night as the new athletic director at Jeannette.

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Southmoreland’s Gracie Spadaro committed to play at IUP earlier this week.
Westmoreland notebook: Southmoreland duo could become IUP teammates
July 18, 2021
IUP has an eye on two Southmoreland basketball standouts. The Crimson Hawks landed one and hope to get the other.

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Carlynton Junior-Senior High School.
Carlynton hires new girls volleyball, basketball coaches
While the summer months are down time from actual events going on, coaches and athletes are working hard behind the scenes to prepare for the upcoming season.

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The PIAA Class 2A boys basketball championship trophy sits on the court Friday, March 26, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA makes change to state basketball tournament, anticipates ‘normal’ fall
July 14, 2021
The state basketball tournament will start a little earlier this winter under a schedule change that makes cross-state travel easier for the semifinals and finals.

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North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar kisses the championship trophy after defeating Spring-Ford in the PIAA Class 6A state final on Friday, March 26, 2021, at Giant Center in Hershey.
Trib HSSN girls athlete of the year: NA’s Paige Morningstar caps gold-plated 2-sport career
July 12, 2021
What better way to conclude a golden scholastic career than to be named the MaxPreps national high school female athlete of the year?

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New Quaker Valley girls basketball coach Ken Johns
Quaker Valley Hall of Famer takes reins of school’s girls basketball program
July 11, 2021
Quaker Valley has been a focal point in many chapters of Ken Johns’ life.

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Plum’s Kennedie Montue grabs a rebound over Hampton’s Biz Watson during their game on Jan. 21.
Valley News Dispatch Girls Athlete of the Year: Kennedie Montue, Plum
July 10, 2021
Consistency was the calling card for recent Plum graduate and basketball standout Kennedie Montue.

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Southmoreland’s Olivia Cernuto plays against Mt. Pleasant on Jan. 14.
Westmoreland County Girls Athlete of the Year: Olivia Cernuto, Southmoreland
Unless she takes a summer vacation or a few random days off, Olivia Cernuto gets little rest during the sports year.

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From left, Fox Chapel assistant coach Josh Randall, Erik Wilson, JP Dockey, Will Siegel, Jefferson Moorefield-Brown, Jimmy Hanna, Kam Griel, Eli Yofan, Russell Fenton, Jake DeMotte, Mert Yanar, assistant coach Gabe Skrinjar, head coach Zach Skrinjar, assistant coach Tom Reighard
Fox Chapel basketball gets boost from summer competitions
Fox Chapel boys basketball coach Zach Skrinjar looks at summer team camps as a good way to self scout and grow as a unit in a more relaxed environment compared to the grind of a WPIAL basketball season.

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New Deer Lakes coach Sam Salih coaches the Greensburg Central Catholic girls team during the 2019 season.
Girls basketball coach Sam Salih makes move to Deer Lakes from Greensburg CC
July 7, 2021
When Sam Salih resigned as girls varsity head coach at Greensburg Central Catholic in April after three seasons, he said it was time for a change, and he left the Centurions program on good terms.

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Penn Hills’ Daemar Kelly defends Mt. Lebanon’s Jake Reinke during a game last season.
Penn Hills’ Daemar Kelly joins Philly AAU team for high-end summer competition
July 4, 2021
Daemar Kelly told Penn Hills basketball coach Chris Giles his goal was to play AAU basketball for Team Final in Philadelphia.

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Kathy McConnell-Miller (left) talks on the bench with sister Suzie McConnell-Serio during a Pitt women’s basketball game.
Kathy McConnell-Miller leaves Trinity bench for college basketball job
July 2, 2021
Kathy McConnell-Miller is returning to the college coaching ranks after two seasons with the Trinity girls basketball team.

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Keith Stitt coached the Riverview girls for the past 12 seasons.
Riverview basketball coaches Paul Sapotichne, Keith Stitt retire
June 27, 2021
It will be a different look on the sidelines for Riverview basketball next season.

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Norwin boys basketball coach Buddy Valinsky works with his team during a 2019 practice.
Boys basketball coach Buddy Valinsky resigns at Norwin
June 23, 2021
Norwin boys basketball coach Buddy Valinsky resigned Wednesday after two seasons on the job.

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North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar jumps into her teammates after time expired in the PIAA Class 6A championship game against Spring-Ford on March 26.
North Allegheny’s Paige Morningstar named top high school athlete in country
June 17, 2021
After leading North Allegheny to WPIAL and state championships in volleyball and basketball, Paige Morningstar received a prestigious honor Thursday.

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Eddie Daniels (4) helped Penn Hills to a 13-5 record last season.
Penn Hills basketball standout heads to CCBC with drive to improve game
June 13, 2021
Eddie Daniels wanted to be in a place where everyone would have the same mindset as him.

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Norwin’s Ty Bilinsky dribbles side-by-side with Hempfield defender Blake Remaley (32) as Norwin’s Jayden Walker puts on pressure during a 2020 game.
Medically cleared to return to court, Norwin’s Ty Bilinsky headed to UPJ
June 12, 2021
Ty Bilinsky went from thinking it might be time to throw his basketball shoes over the telephone wires to merging back into the fast lane to a possible college career.

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