Curtain goes up on WPIAL boys basketball section play Friday
Friday, December 13, 2019 | 12:05 AM
There might be a new sheriff in town, however, this season.
On opening night of section play on Friday, Shenango hosts defending WPIAL champion OLSH.
The Wildcats are primed to make a move with the return of senior guard Colin McQuiston, who averaged over 20 points per game, and junior guard Reis Watkins.
The Chargers swept both games in the regular season and ended the Wildcats’ season in the WPIAL quarterfinals with an 85-54 victory.
OLSH also has two top returning guards in junior Dante Spadafora and sophomore Jake DiMichele.
Early section showdown
There are 44 WPIAL boys basketball section openers slated for Friday with an early season showdown set for the league’s smallest classification.
A year ago, three teams from Section 1 — Cornell, Nazareth Prep and Vincentian Academy — reached the WPIAL Class A semifinals along with Section 2 champion Monessen. Those same four teams did battle again in the PIAA quarterfinals.
The first of the six head-to-head matchups between the three Section 1 foes takes place Friday when Cornell hosts Nazareth Prep.
The defending champion Panthers are 3-1 overall this season while the host Raiders check in at 2-1.
Hitting the road
Two district boys teams and three girls squad have hit the road for some holiday fun this weekend.
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