Westmoreland high school notebook: PIAA playoffs beckon for trio of teams
Sunday, October 25, 2020 | 7:20 PM
A trio of WPIAL championship teams from Westmoreland County will compete this week for state titles.
The Franklin Regional boys and Greensburg Central Catholic girls golf teams, and the Latrobe girls tennis team are in the PIAA postseason.
Franklin Regional, which captured its first WPIAL title last week as it edged past defending state champion Fox Chapel, will compete against other district champions Unionville (District 1), Abington Heights (2), Wilson (3), Cathedral Prep (10) and Liberty (11) on Monday at Heritage Hills Resort in York.
Greensburg Central Catholic will try to defend its PIAA title this week in York.
The Centurions, who have won six consecutive WPIAL Class AA titles and back-to-back PIAA titles, will go against Elk Lake (District 2), Westmont Hilltop (6) and North East (10).
Latrobe improved to 14-0 with a 3-2 win over Upper St. Clair in the WPIAL Class 3A final.
Latrobe, which has four straight section titles and is 32-0 in section since 2017, will play in the PIAA quarterfinals Wednesday against an opponent to be named later — the champion from District 8, 9 or 10.
Coach of the year
Penn-Trafford softball’s Denny Little was named the National Federation of State High School Associations Pennsylvania Coach of the Year for 2019-20. Little guided the Warriors to a PIAA Class 5A championship in 2019.
The announcement came from the PIAA.
The WPIAL will announce girls volleyball playoff pairings Monday.
Westmoreland teams to clinch spots include Penn-Trafford, Latrobe and Norwin in Class AAAA; Franklin Regional in Class AAA, Ligonier Valley in Class AA; and Greensburg Central Catholic in Class A.
Ligonier Valley qualified in its first WPIAL season.
Norwin likely will not compete because it had to quarantine for 14 days after possible covid-19 exposure. The quarantine will last until Nov. 2, so the Knights will probably be replaced in their first-round match.
WPIAL executive director Amy Scheuneman said the league could take the next-place team from Norwin’s section to the playoffs.
Hempfield would be next in line, but the Spartans also could be out because of its own covid-19 protocols.
Gateway would then be awarded the postseason spot.
The decision on who gets in, Scheuneman said, will be made Monday when the committee meets.
Norwin senior Sal Cerilli will continue his golf career at Pitt-Johnstown. He also considered Robert Morris, Penn State Altoona and Washington & Jefferson.
Cerilli helped lead Norwin to its best season — a section co-title and a trip to the WPIAL finals.
• Derry baseball player Josh Ulery will play at Pitt-Johnstown. A middle infielder, Ulery also did some pitching for the Trojans and was one of their more dependable get-on-base players.
• Norwin senior baseball player Dylan Perry announced he will play at Kaskaskia, a junior college in Centralia, Ill.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
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