Basketball

Scholastic Notebook – 03/18/2011
March 18, 2011
The first two rounds of the state boys basketball tournament have showed the WPIAL is strong in Class AA. But flexing their muscles is nothing new for Class AA teams in the WPIAL. There are four teams left in the western region of the Class AA bracket and all four are WPIAL teams

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PIAA Boys Basketball Class AAAA Recaps for Wednesday, March 16th
March 16, 2011
WPIAL champion Gateway had there season come to an end on Wednesday night at North Allegheny High School as Mount Lebanon defeated the Gators 59-33.

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Scholastic Notebook – 03/11/2011
March 11, 2011
One top high school basketball player has returned from a concussion and another important player might be returning. West Mifflin senior C.J. Hester, who averages 18 points a game, played in a PIAA Class AAA play-in game Tuesday night and was a key factor in the Titans' 66-36 victory against Bradford. Hester had 17 points and 15 rebounds.

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Gateway, Montour, Monessen and Vincentian Win 2011 WPIAL Boys Basketball Titles
March 7, 2011
2011 turns into the yeaqr of virgin winners. With Gateway beating Chartiers Valley in Class AAAA, Montour beating top-seed South Fayette in Class AAA and Vincentian Academy taking care of Lincoln Park in Class A, championship weekend sees three school lift the golden ball for the first time in school history.

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Shaler, Blackhawk, Seton-LaSalle and North Catholic Are Golden Girls in 2011 WPIAL Girls Basketball
Mount Lebanon and Jeannette entered championship weekend searching for more gold. The Blue Devils won WPIAL AAAA crowns in 2009 and 2010 while the Jayhawks captured AA gold last winter. But there would be no repeats in 2011. Shaler knocked out Mount Lebanon to win their second girls title and first in 31 years.

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Blackhawk Back On Top In WPIAL Class AAA Girls With Win Over Ambridge
March 5, 2011
The Blackhawk Cougars picked up their fifth WPIAL Championship with a 63-49 victory over Section 2 rivals the Ambridge Bridgers on Saturday. Alexa Hayward led the way with 21 points for Cougars, who won their 12th straight game. Blackhawk shot 23 of 30 from the foul line to clinch the victory.

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Defense leads Gateway to Boys AAAA Gold Over Chartiers Valley
The Gateway Gators claimed their first ever WPIAL Boys Quad A title with a 58-43 win over the Char Valley Colts. Gateway shot 20 of 43 from the field as Tyler Scott led the way with 18 points.

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Greyhounds Golden as Monessen Knocks off Greensburg C.C. to Win Boys AA Hoops Title
The Greyhound is known as a race dog with great speed. Then it is appropriate that Monessen High School is nicknamed the Greyhounds, as they raced out to fast starts in both the first and second halves which keyed a 63-43 victory over top-seed Greensburg Central Catholic in the WPIAL Class AA title game at Duquesne University.

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Battle AT The Bluff Blog
Blogs. They are here, there and everywhere. But if you want a recap from all the happenings from Championship Weekend at the A.J. Palumbo Center, check out the below thoughts from all eight WPIAL championship games here on the MSA Sports Network. BOYS AAAA - Gateway vs Chartiers Valley (Don Rebel)

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Sweet 16 For North Catholic in Win Over Ft. Cherry for Girls Class A Girls Championship
It got a little scary but North Catholic picked up their 16th WPIAL championship with a 49-43 victory over Fort Cherry in the Girls Class A championship game. The final two minutes saw North Catholic struggle from the foul line, the Trojanettes went 11 of 22 for the game.

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Shaler Stuns Mount Lebanon to Win WPIAL Girls AAAA Title
Coming into Saturday nights WPIAL Girls Class AAAA title game, top-seed Mount Lebanon was poised to re-write the history books as they hoped to become only the third team in Quad A history to win three or more straight championships. But Shaler's titanic effort slammed the history book shut.

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Allderdice Dragons are the 2011 Pittsburgh City League Basketball Slayer, Sweeps Boys and Girls Titles
By winning both the boys and girls Pittsburgh City League basketball championships, Allderdice High School has proved that on the hardwood, 2011 was the Year of the Dragons.

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Revenge is Golden as Seton-LaSalle Crushes Jeannette in WPIAL Girls AA Finals
March 4, 2011
Sometime, a championship is won because of the outstanding efforts of the teams

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Montour Stuns South Fayette to Win WPIAL Boys AAA Championship
They say that the third time is a charm. For Montour, the third battle against South Fayette turned out to be a golden charm. The Spartans stunned the basketball district with a 45-34 victory over the top-seed Lions to win the schools first ever boys basketball crown Friday night at Duquesne University's A.J. Palumbo Center.

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Gold The Color For Royals As Vincentian Wins Their First Class A Title
Vincentian Academy held off a Lincoln Park rally early in the fourth quarter and held on to claim a 67-61 victory and their first WPIAL Class A Boys title. Senior John Bray led the way with 24 points as the Royals never trailed.

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Scholastic Notebook – 03/04/2011
It seems everywhere you turn at the Duquesne University Palumbo Center this weekend, there will be WPIAL championship basketball games with historical storylines. Whether it's teams or coaches, the games are dripping with history. Here are some of the historical storylines.

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PIAA Basketball Playoffs: WPIAL State Qualifiers
March 3, 2011
Now that the 2011 WPIAL Basketball Playoffs are in the books, we look ahead to the tip off on the Highway to Happy Valley. the 2011 PIAA Basketball Playoffs are set to start with Preliminary Round games on Tuesday, March 8th. Here are the WPIAL boys and girls teams that already have qualified and how they will be seeded coming out of District 7.

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WPIAL Basketball Playoff Recaps for Wednesday, March 2nd
March 2, 2011
There will be a new champion in Boys Class AAAA and Girls Class AAA after Wednesday nights postseason action. Chartiers Valley and Gateway boys along with North Catholic girls return to Battle on the Bluff for district gold, while Mount Lebanon boys and New Castle girls turn their attention to the upcoming state playoffs.

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WPIAL Basketball Playoff Recaps for Tuesday, March 1st
March 1, 2011
Four boys game and four girls game that set the table for four championship games this weekend. Two defending girls champions head back to Duquesne University looking for more gold while four tradition rich strong programs with plenty of district titles were sent packing on the boys side. Here are recaps from all eight boys and girls playoff games from Championship Tuesday.

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Imani Christian and Portersville Christian Win 2011 SWCAC Hoop Crowns
February 26, 2011
The 2011 South Western Christian Athletic Conference boys and girls basketball playoffs are in the books as top seeds Imani Christian for the boys and Portersville Christian for the girls have claimed championships. Here are recaps from the two title games heard here on MSA Sports, plus all of the scores from both the boys and girls 2011 SWCAC basketball playoffs.

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