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The basketball season that won’t end


For those of you who just can’t get enough high school basketball, the season will stretch all the way to April 17 with the Roundball Classic at Metheny Fieldhouse on the campus of Geneva College.
Among other things, it’s a reunion of 2010 state champions and players and coaches of the year.
Roundball Classic director Allen Deep expects 21 all-state players, plus all-state coaches Dori Oldaker and Win Palmer of the PIAA champion Mt. Lebanon girls and Sewickley Academy boys. Class AAA player of the year T.J. McConnell of Chartiers Valley and A player of the year Tom Droney of Sewickley Academy are scheduled to play.
The night before, players and coaches will get together at the Beaver Falls Holiday Inn for the recognition banquet where a wealth of stories from the 2009-2010 season — some of them true — will fill the air. Former Duquesne University and Valley High School star B.B. Flenory will be a featured speaker.
The format will match two girls teams at 4 p.m., followed by two boys games — AAAA vs. AAA at 6 and AA vs. A at 8.
The lineups:
Class A (coach Palmer)
Duane Berry, Carlynton; Daryl Harrington, Perry; Qu’Ran Reaves, Summit Academy; Dave Sexauer, Brentwood; Rob Heatherington, Serra Catholic; Anthony Thomas, Union; Brandon Johnson and Preston Jefferson; Farrell; Henri Chatman, Brashear; Tyler Palmer, Pete Schramm and Droney, Sewickley Academy; James Orie, Our Lady of Sacred Heart; and Bob Nittinger, Neshannock.
Class AA (coach Paul Long of Rochester)
Trey Johnson, Rochester; Mason Marion, Riverside; Nigel Gibson and Casey Courneen, Quaker Valley; Jake Grim and Andrew Brown, Mohawk; Jerome Barnes, Shady Side Academy; Jesse Long, North Catholic; Chris Weathers, New Brighton; Mike Burroughs, South Fayette; Drew Carswell, Sto-Rox; Troy Wilson, Washington; and B.J. McBryde, Beaver Falls.
Class AAA (coach Jim Smiley of Sharpsville)
Tyler Hans, Keystone Oaks; Tim Denman, Blackhawk; McConnell, Chartiers Valley; John O’Donnell, West Allegheny; Mark Ross and Dayne Smith, Hopewell; Jim Giansante, Thomas Jefferson; Jake Matthews, Greensburg Salem; Ryan Stanko, Deer Lakes; Mike Trenski, Highlands; Ethan Mildren, Laurel Highlands; Josh Pohlot, Belle Vernon; Tim Donegan and Bill Luther, Hampton; and Ben Davis, Sharpsville.
Class AAAA (coach Joe David, Mt. Lebanon)
Craig Banks and Mike Kromka, Gateway; Jack Counahan, North Allegheny; Jake Wilfong, Fox Chapel; D.J. Scott, North Hills; Craig Wolcott, Peters Township; Nate Perry, Hempfield; Evan Pierce, Deion Turman and Grant Latus, Mt. Lebanon; Jordan Westphal, Bethel Park; Ty-Meer Brown, McKeesport; Will Burgess, Central Catholic; and Zach Landers, Latrobe.
Girls Black (coach Oldaker, Mt. Lebanon)
Sam Robson, Rochester; Jess Babe, Chelsea Apke and Lauren Arbogast, Mt. Lebanon; Taylor Verrico, Quigley; Jacqi Diez, St. Joseph; Olivia Bresnahan and Casie Cygan, Butler; Ryah Gadson, McKeesport; Emily Lauro, Our Lady of Sacred Heart, Elizabeth Shiring, Ford City; Leah Hurst, East Allegheny; D’Asia Chambers, Farrell; Danielle McNabb, Bethel Park; and Jenny Papich, Fox Chapel.
Girls gold (coach Janine Vertacnik, Jeannette)
Gianna Kelly, Riverside; Paige Onuska, Beaver; Paige Aleski and Erica Restich, Chartiers Valley; Alyssa Natale, Mohawk; Elise Farris and Paige Alviani, Hopewell; Alexa Burzese, Quaker Valley; Brianna Bayly, West Allegheny; Kayla Cook, Jeannette; Caty Kumar, Riverview; Laura McCauley, Greensburg Central Catholic; Kendra Pilarski, Beaver; Tara Gallupe, Avonworth; and Katie Gattuso, Seton-La Salle.
Baseball rules state there are only three outs in an inning, but Shaler pitcher Tony Acierno struck out four batters in two separate innings Tuesday in a 3-2, six-inning loss to North Allegheny.
Both times a wild pitch on a strikeout extended the inning, but Acierno merely took matters into his own hands by striking out another batter. Overall, he whiffed 13.
Meanwhile, winning pitcher Ryan Oglesby struck out 11. That’s 24 strikeouts in 36 outs.

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