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The OLSH bench celebrates a 3-pointer against Sto-Rox in the WPIAL finals last season.
What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Jan. 22, 2021: Quips, Chargers collide
January 22, 2021
While there are plenty of section games on the WPIAL boys basketball schedule Friday, one of the top matchups is a nonsection battle of undefeated teams when Aliquippa visits Our Lady of the Sacred Heart.

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High school scores, summaries and schedules for Jan. 21, 2021
January 21, 2021
Basketball

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Plum’s Camryn Rogers (left) battles Hampton’s Olivia Bianco for a loose ball during their game on Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, at Hampton High School. Hampton won, 68-41.
High school roundup for Jan. 21, 2021: Bethel Park’s Liv Westphal drops 45 on Mars
Duquesne recruit Liv Westphal had the biggest scoring night in the WPIAL so far this season, hitting for 45 points to lead Class 6A No. 5 Bethel Park (3-1, 1-0) to a 75-61 nonsection win over Mars on Thursday night. Alexa McDole had 14 points and Ava Black added 13 for Mars (3-5, 2-2).

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Belle Vernon coach Kaitlyn Slagus talks with her players during a late timeout Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021, in the Leopards’ 40-22 victory over Mt. Pleasant.
Belle Vernon girls get defensive during key section win vs. Mt. Pleasant
The game started an hour earlier than usual, but Belle Vernon’s defenders looked like they would have been ready to go any time of the day.

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Highlands’ Dom Pesci calls time out after falling on a loose ball in the final seconds against Mars on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, at Mars Area High School.
A-K Valley boys basketball notebook: Highlands boys send message
After losing their top three scorers from last season some might have counted Highlands out this season, but coach Tyler Stoczynski and the Golden Rams reloaded and have sent a message.

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Burrell junior guard Brandon Coury holds his follow through Thursday after a shot at practice.
Junior Brandon Coury shines as Burrell gets off to best start in 6 years
Through its first five games of the season, the Burrell boys basketball team is off to its best start since the 2014-2015 season, and Brandon Coury is a big reason why.

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Franklin Regional’s Carter Dibert wrestles Ben Monn of Cumberland Valley at last year’s state tournament.
Kiski Duals to feature WPIAL wrestling’s heavy hitters
About the only thing Kiski Area athletic director John Peterman hasn’t changed this past month is his last name, and that may change.

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Norwin’s Ty Bilinsky leaps over Fox Chapel defender Shane Susnak after the pair lost a fight for the ball Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 in WPIAL basketball at Norwin Senior High School.
Norwin basketball standout Ty Bilinsky back on court after recovering from stroke
Ty Bilinsky took a brief nap Dec. 27 at the home of his mother, Michelle.

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Ligonier Valley’s Isaac Neidbalson (12) scores against Penns Valley last season.
Westmoreland County boys basketball notebook: Ligonier Valley finally getting started
As of Wednesday, nine WPIAL boys basketball teams had yet to play a game this season due to covid-19 shutdowns and scheduling issues.

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What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Jan. 21, 2021: Battle of unbeatens in Class 5A
Two WPIAL Class 5A girls basketball teams that finished a combined 22-21 a year ago are off to perfect starts this season.

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High school scores, summaries and schedules for Jan. 20, 2021
Basketball

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High school roundup for Jan. 20, 2021: North Allegheny wrestlers sweep 3 duals
Nicholas Gorman, Adam Rohan, Aidan Buggey and Brady Leczo won by fall to lead North Allegheny to a 63-11 Section 3B-AAA wrestling victory over North Hills. North Allegheny also defeated Shaler and Mars on Wednesday night.

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Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock handles the ball as Laurel Highlands’ Brandon Davis defends Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.
Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock steals show with Laurel Highlands’ Rodney Gallagher sidelined
January 20, 2021
Fans wanting to see a battle between Laurel Highlands standout Rodney Gallagher and Belle Vernon’s Devin Whitlock were likely a little disappointed Wednesday.

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Hempfield’s Briar Priest pins Norwin’s Nathan Campbell in the second period at 132 pounds Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.
Quick start pushes Hempfield wrestling past Norwin
Hempfield wrestling coach Vince DeAugustine couldn’t have asked for a better starting point on Wednesday in his team’s WPIAL Section 2B-AAA first-place showdown with Norwin.

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Burrell’s Nico Ferra (top) works against Valley’s Ryan Long at 126 pounds on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at Burrell High School.
Burrell dominates WPIAL Class AA subsection meet in typical fashion
In typical Burrell fashion, the Bucs went out and made a statement Wednesday during its WPIAL Class AA section 3A match, defeating South Allegheny, Riverview, Knoch, and Valley in convincing fashion.

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OLSH’s Bryson Kirschner scores between Springdale’s John Hughes and Logan Dexter on Jan. 12.
Trib HSSN boys basketball state rankings for Jan. 20, 2021
The song remains the same for the most part in this week’s Trib HSSN boys basketball state rankings.

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New Castle’s Mike Graham scores past Chartiers Valley’s Anthony Mackey at the end of the third quarter on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at Chartiers Valley High School.
Trib 10: New Castle makes big jump in boys basketball power ratings
There was plenty of shuffling going on in this week’s Trib HSSN boys and girls basketball power rankings. However, only two teams slipped out of the Trib 10.

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Burrell’s Olivia Watts goes through drills during practice Nov 23, 2020, at Burrell High School.
A-K Valley girls basketball notes: Burrell’s Watts on road to recovery from ACL tear
Olivia Watts is back on the road to recovery after a second ACL tear in her left knee put her on the sidelines for her entire junior season.

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Penn Trafford’s girls basketball coach John Giannikas is 200-139 in his career.
Westmoreland high school basketball notebook: Penn-Trafford’s Giannikas hits 200 wins
John Giannikas took over the Penn-Trafford girls basketball program prior to the 2006-07 season. The Warriors were a hit-or-miss playoff team in the years leading up to his start date.

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Knoch’s Nina Shaw drives into Highlands’ Kalleigh Nerone during their game on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at Knoch High School.
Knoch girls eager to continue strong section start
It’s been nearly 50 years since a Knoch girls basketball team has won a section championship.

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