Basketball

Ligonier Valley boys basketball coach Dante Porter
Experienced assistant ready to move into head coaching role with Ligonier Valley boys
July 12, 2024
Ligonier Valley’s new boys basketball coach could feel a magnetic pull, almost a calling to be the loudest voice from the bench.

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Tonya Norman was named Valley’s girls basketball coach ahead of the 2024-25 season.
Valley turns to prominent basketball alumni to help restore luster to boys, girls programs
July 8, 2024
Brice Flenory and Tonya (Pryor) Norman wowed fans of the Valley basketball teams during their time on the high school hardcourt.

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Armstrong’s Emma Paul rounds the bases after hitting a two-run homer against Connellsville during their WPIAL Class 5A playoff game on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, at Gateway.
Armstrong’s Emma Paul named 2023-24 TribLive HSSN Girls Athlete of the Year
July 3, 2024
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Scott Giacobbi (bottom left) compiled a career record of 246-192 at Mt. Pleasant.
Mt. Pleasant’s Scott Giacobbi retires after 19 seasons coaching girls basketball
July 2, 2024
A military man, Scott Giacobbi is saluting the Mt. Pleasant girls basketball program one last time.

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Brandon Sensor was 88-46 in six seasons as head coach at Chartiers Valley.
Newly hired boys basketball coach Brandon Sensor sees Shaler as ‘right opportunity’
June 20, 2024
When Brandon Sensor resigned at Chartiers Valley four months ago, the boys basketball coach insisted that wouldn’t be the end of his coaching journey.

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Chartiers Valley head coach Brandon Sensor watches from the bench during a game on Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, at Mars Area High School.
Shaler poised to hire boys basketball coach Brandon Sensor
June 18, 2024
Former Chartiers Valley boys basketball coach Brandon Sensor is close to returning to the WPIAL.

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Jeannette girls basketball coach Jenna (Cole) Lusby
Former Norwin star Jenna Lusby hired as Jeannette girls basketball coach
June 17, 2024
When her playing career ended, Jenna Lusby often played pickup to satisfy her basketball needs.

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Spencer Stefko led North Allegheny to the WPIAL championship game in eight of his nine seasons as the team’s coach.
7-time WPIAL champion coach Spencer Stefko steps down at North Allegheny
June 14, 2024
One of the most successful and unique coaches in WPIAL girls basketball history has resigned.

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Mike Iuzzolino coached eight years at Robert Morris.
Mike Iuzzolino takes over Sewickley Academy boys basketball program
May 26, 2024
Altoona native Mike Iuzzolino’s has had a distinguished basketball career.

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Cornelious Nesbit runs a Shaler practice in 2019.
Belle Vernon hires former Shaler, Gateway coach to lead girls basketball program
May 22, 2024
Confident, motivated and excited.

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North Catholic’s Alayna Rocco celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer against Highlands on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2023, at Highlands.
20 years later, Roundball Classic continues to evolve
May 21, 2024
It’s a banner year for the Roundball Classic and Allen Deep couldn’t be more grateful.

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Imani Christian’s RJ Sledge carries the state championship trophy from the court with teammates after defeating Berlin Brothersvalley, 79-52, in the the PIAA Class A final on Thursday, Mar. 21, 2024, at Giant Center in Hershey.
PIAA sets 2025-28 state championship sites for basketball, wrestling, swimming
May 15, 2024
Giant Center in Hershey will continue to host the state basketball and individual wrestling championships for the next four years, and swimming and diving is staying at Bucknell.

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Highlands coach Corey Dotchin watches from the bench during a game against Shady Side Academy on Dec. 12, 2023.
Chartiers Valley poised to hire Corey Dotchin as boys basketball coach
May 14, 2024
Former Highlands boys basketball coach Corey Dotchin is poised to take over Chartiers Valley’s program.

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                                Penn Hills’ Daemar Kelly celebrates after scoring against Peters Township during the 2023 WPIAL Class 5A championship game at Petersen Events Center.
Penn Hills notebook: Basketball alumnus Daemar Kelly heads to St. Francis
May 11, 2024
Daemar Kelly was a 1,000- point scorer and catalyst for the Penn Hills boys basketball team that won the Class 5A WPIAL championship. After a year at Quinnipiac, Kelly announced he would be transferring.

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The Neighborhood Academy’s Courtney Wallace scores against Imani Christian during the WPIAL Class A championship game on Feb. 29, 2024, at Petersen Events Center.
Roundball Classic’s Rising Stars game to feature some of area’s top juniors, sophomores
May 10, 2024
For the first time officially, the annual Roundball Classic all-star basketball event will feature multiple underclassmen games for juniors and sophomores.

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Blackhawk’s Alena Fusetti celebrates with Aubree Hupp after Hupp hit a 3-pointer against Scranton Prep during the PIAA Class 4A championship game Saturday, March 23, 2024, at Giant Center in Hershey.
19 WPIAL players picked for 2024 all-state girls basketball team
April 26, 2024
A month after winning a PIAA title, Blackhawk teammates Alena Fusetti and Aubree Hupp were among 19 WPIAL girls basketball players to earn all-state honors Friday.

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Lincoln Park’s Brandin Cummings celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer to end the first half against Archbishop Carroll during the the PIAA Class 4A championship game March 21, 2024, at Giant Center in Hershey.
23 WPIAL players picked to 2024 all-state boys basketball team, including 2 players of the year
April 24, 2024
A pair of WPIAL boys basketball standouts were recognized as players of the year in Pennsylvania on Tuesday in a statewide vote of media members.

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Hampton head coach Joe Lafko watches from the bench during a game against Shaler on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, at Hampton High School.
Hampton basketball readies for rare coaching search
April 20, 2024
For only the second time in the past 46 years, Hampton is searching for a new boys basketball coach.

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Hampton coach Joe Lafko watches from the bench during a game against Highlands on Jan. 2.
Hall of fame basketball coach Joe Lafko steps down at Hampton
April 17, 2024
Saying it’s time to “figure out the next chapter,” WPIAL Hall of Famer Joe Lafko has stepped down as Hampton boys basketball coach.

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Highlands head coach Corey Dotchin watches from the bench on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024, at Hampton.
Corey Dotchin steps down as Highlands boys basketball coach
April 15, 2024
With his first child on the way, Corey Dotchin decided that a daily commute to Natrona Heights wouldn’t work anymore for him and his growing family.

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