What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Dec. 8, 2023: Pair of boys basketball tournaments set to tip off
Thursday, December 7, 2023 | 10:01 PM
While the 2023-2024 high school basketball season began last Friday with various tipoff tournaments, things have settled into nonsection contests throughout the week.
However, two local and two statewide boys basketball tournaments begin Friday.
Central Catholic will host the two-day Jack Twyman Tournament that features two defending champions and a preseason top-ranked team.
Then at 8 p.m., host Central Catholic, winners of the 6A title last winter, battle 5A No. 1 Moon. It is the season debut for the Vikings while the Tigers are 0-1 after losing their opener to 4A top-ranked Lincoln Park.
The tradition continues at Franklin Regional with the start of the Mike Rettger Tournament on Friday.
Two district boys teams hit the road for tournament action.
Chartiers Valley travels north this weekend to Erie to play in the McDowell Tournament. The Colts are 1-1 this season and will face the host Trojans at 6:30 p.m.
North Allegheny is headed northeast to participate in the York Suburban Tournament. The 0-1 Tigers will face the host the Trojans at 7:30 p.m.
There are plenty of interesting nonsection boys basketball games set for Friday, including four games where the two combined teams are 5-1.
Finally in a contest where size matters, Montour (2-1) will visit Upper St. Clair (2-0) as the Spartans are led by 6-foot-11 junior Ama Tening Sow while the Panthers counter with 6-9 junior Tyler Robbins.
Final countdown continues
One day is in the books with two more remaining in the 2023 PIAA high school football championship games at Cumberland Valley High School.
The action continues Friday with the Class 2A and Class 5A state title games.
The Class 2A final is a rematch of last year’s title game as City League champion Westinghouse goes up against District 4 champion Southern Columbia.
In the game a year ago, Southern Columbia knocked off Westinghouse, 37-22, to capture its 13th PIAA championship. The Tigers’ Braeden Wisloski rushed for 163 yards and a touchdown while teammate Wes Barnes had 113 yards rushing. Keyshawn Morsillo rushed for 116 yards for the Bulldogs. Southern Columbia outgained Westinghouse, 401-290.
In the Class 5A finals, two undefeated teams square off as WPIAL champion Peters Township (15-0) battles District 12 winner Imhotep Charter (14-0).
The Class 2A game kicks off at 1 p.m. while the 5A title game begins at 7 p.m. at Chapman Field.
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