Basketball

Woodland Hills’ Peyton Pinkney (4) is mobbed by teammates after her last second basket defeated Oakland Catholic, 55-53, in overtime Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, at Oakland Catholic High School.
Woodland Hills’ Peyton Pinkney commits to Eastern Michigan after virtual tour
May 2, 2020
Woodland Hills junior Peyton Pinkney took a tour of Eastern Michigan’s campus last week and never left her home.

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Gateway’s head basketball coach Alvis Rogers calls a time out against Shaler during a 5A WPIAL quarterfinal game Feb. 17, 2020 at North Hills.
Gateway coach Alvis Rogers squared off with Michael Jordan long before his ‘Last Dance’
Each time Alvis Rogers sits down to watch another episode of “The Last Dance,” the 10-part ESPN miniseries about Michael Jordan and the 1997-98 Chicago Bulls, he is time-warped back to his college days at Wake Forest when he and the Demon Deacons went against Jordan and North Carolina.

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Trib HSSN May Madness results for Friday, May 1
The HSSN May Madness results are in from opening day of the brackets, Friday, May 1, to determine the athlete of the century on Friday, May 1.

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Butler’s Ethan Morton celebrates after defeating Upper St. Clair, 83-78 in overtime, in a WPIAL Class 6A semifinal Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, at Robert Morris University.
Butler’s Ethan Morton named Player of the Year in Class 6A all-state voting
Butler’s Ethan Morton’s quest for a PIAA basketball title was cut short, but the senior earned statewide recognition Saturday as the state’s Class 6A Player of the Year in a vote of Pennsylvania sports writers.

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Bethel Park’s Olivia Westphal drives to the basket past Mt. Lebanon’s Brooke Collins during their game Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, at Bethel Park High School.
Bethel Park’s Liv Westphal commits to Duquesne
May 1, 2020
Three years ago, Bethel Park’s Liv Westphal and her family took an unofficial recruiting visit to Duquesne before her freshman year of high school.

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Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher drives past Mars’ Michael Carmody during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Mars’ Michael Carmody, Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher earn all-state honors in Class 5A boys basketball
Mars’ Michael Carmody and Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher, whose teams clashed in the WPIAL boys basketball finals, were named first-team all-state Friday.

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Belle Vernon’s Cam Nusser drives to the basket during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game against Highlands Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
Regretful Nusser opens up about dismissal from Belle Vernon basketball team
April 30, 2020
The latter stages of his senior basketball season took a sharp turn into the abyss, and Cam Nusser admits he could have done some things differently to avoid the unfortunate outcome.

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Highlands’ Johnny Crise scores during the WPIAL Class 5A championship game against Belle Vernon on Feb. 29, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
WPIAL lands 2 players on Class 4A boys basketball all-state team
Highlands’ Johnny Crise and Central Valley’s Isiah Warfield will play different sports in college, but right now they’re both all-state basketball players.

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Ligonier Valley’s Kyle Silk displays the Heritage Conference boys basketball championship trophy.
Ligonier Valley’s Kyle Silk has few regrets after tumultuous senior year
April 29, 2020
When Kyle Silk transferred to Ligonier Valley from United for his senior year, he foresaw an idyllic conclusion to his career in high school athletics.

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North Catholic’s Isaac DeGregorio receives his gold medal from his dad, head coach Dave DeGregorio, after defeating Lincoln Park in the WPIAL Class 3A championship game Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, at Peterrsen Events Center.
North Catholic’s DeGregorios share all-state honors in Class 3A boys basketball
Two months after celebrating a WPIAL basketball title, North Catholic’s Dave and Isaac DeGregorio are sharing some statewide recognition.

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The North Catholic girls basketball team celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Southmoreland in the WPIAL Class 4A championship game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
WPIAL approves new basketball sections; won’t reveal them yet
April 28, 2020
Basketball sections for next season are almost ready, but WPIAL players, coaches and fans must wait a little longer to see them.

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OLSH’s Jake DiMichele scores past Sto-Rox defenders during the WPIAL Class 2A championship game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
All-state boys basketball: OLSH’s DiMichele, Spadafora, Rodriguez lead Class 2A team
OLSH junior Dante Spadafora and sophomore Jake DiMichele earned first-team all-state honors Tuesday, and the Chargers’ Mike Rodriguez was named the state’s top coach in Class 2A.

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Lincoln Park basketball coach Mike Bariski reacts to a foul during the WPIAL Class 3A semifinals Feb. 24, 2020, at North Allegheny High school.
PIAA shouldn’t enforce competitive-balance rule, Lincoln Park basketball coach says
April 27, 2020
If the PIAA competitive-balance rule forces the Lincoln Park boys basketball team into a higher classification next season, coach Mike Bariski thinks that’s unfair.

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Cornell’s Kaden DiVito looks to pass against Saltsburg during a PIAA Class A first-round game Friday, March 6, 2020, at Kiski.
All-state boys basketball: Cornell’s Kaden DiVito named Player of the Year in Class A
Cornell’s Kaden DiVito, who saw his senior season cut short two wins away from the PIAA finals, earned statewide recognition Monday as the Class A boys basketball player of the year.

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Moon’s Reilly Sunday scores past Chartiers Valley’s Aislin Malcolm during their game on Jan. 9, 2020, at Moon Area High School.
Moon sophomore Reilly Sunday adds 5 Division I offers since late March
April 26, 2020
Social distancing hasn’t kept basketball scholarship offers away from Moon’s Reilly Sunday.

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Quaker Valley’s Corinne Washington takes a foul shot during a game against Keystone Oaks on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, at Quaker Valley.
Quaker Valley’s Corinne Washington adds Duquesne scholarship offer
Quaker Valley’s Corinne Washington, one of the WPIAL’s top juniors, added a scholarship offer Saturday from Duquesne women’s basketball coach Dan Burt.

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Hempfield’s Emma Hoffner (26) is one of several WPIAL players on the Ohio Outlaws 18U team.
Westmoreland high school notebook: WPIAL names dot Outlaws roster
April 25, 2020
Continuity is an element of team sports that can be taken for granted based on a run of success. But particularly in these troubling times dominated by the coronavirus, talented teams that will be fortunate enough to play another game or season together are rare.

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Derry’s Seth Loughner reaches to stop Freeport ball carrier Isiah Bauman on Friday night, Aug. 30, 2019 at Derry Area High School in WPIAL football.
Freeport’s Isiah Bauman overcoming knee injury to play basketball at Point Park
April 24, 2020
Playing college football always was the goal for Freeport senior Isiah Bauman.

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Jeannette standout Terrelle Pryor dunks during a 2007 WPIAL playoff game against Shady Side Academy.
Terrelle Pryor’s rim-rattling, gym-packing hoops career won’t soon be forgotten
While he fully intends to play in the NFL next season, Terrelle Pryor, only half-jokingly, said if his pro football career winds down soon he’ll consider getting in touch with some NBA G League teams to see about a tryout.

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Rochester’s Alexis Robison scores past West Greene’s Brooke Barner during the WPIAL Class A championship game Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, at Petersen Events Center.
All-state girls basketball: Rochester teammates share statewide honors in Class A
April 22, 2020
Rochester teammates Alexis Robison and Corynne Hauser, who repeated as WPIAL girls basketball champions, drew statewide recognition Wednesday by earning all-state honors in Class A.

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