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February 27, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

WPIAL hoops finals preview

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Listen to a WPIAL Basketball Championship Preview of the Kevin Gorman Show on TribLIVE Radio here.

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BACKCOURT BOOST: WPIAL finalists feature skilled scorers, playmakers on perimeter, by Kevin Gorman.

North Allegheny's Cole Constantino

North Allegheny senior guard Cole Constantino

Gorman: Constantino clutch for North Allegheny

WPIAL BOYS’ BASKETBALL FINALS PREVIEW

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Sophomore stars carry Beaver Falls to third WPIAL finals appearance in four years, by Chris Harlan.

Fueled by comeback victories, Class A finalists Jeannette, Monessen set for showdown, by Ed Phillipps.

WPIAL GIRLS’ BASKETBALL FINALS PREVIEW

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Late-blooming Penn Hills girls restoring WPIAL championship glory, by Bill West.

ON THE COURT

#TribHS roundup: Mt. Lebanon boys oust Hempfield

TribCup: South Park girls look ahead to PIAA tournament, by Brian Graham.

ON THE MAT

Shoulder injury sidelines top-seeded 126-pounder at WPIAL Class AAA tournament, by Paul Schofield.

Move to Canon-McMillan means less travel for wrestlers headed to Southwest Regional, by Bill West.

West Mifflin’s Bonacci making up for lost time, by Doug Gulasy.

JUST FOR LAUGHS…

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February 26, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Pointed to the Pete

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Aliquippa's Jordan Jassir

Aliquippa’s Jordan Jassir scores against Greensburg Central Catholic

Aliquippa boys run away from Greensburg Central Catholic in semifinals, by Paul Schofield.

Seton-La Salle's Cletus Helton scores past Quaker Valley's Amos Luptak during the WPIAL Class AA semifinals

Seton-La Salle’s Cletus Helton scores over Quaker Valley’s Amos Luptak in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals

Third-quarter run helps defending champion Seton-La Salle return to title game, by Karen Price.

Pinpoint free-throw shooting carries North Allegheny to first WPIAL final since 1999, by Doug Gulasy.

#TribHS roundup: No. 2 Chartiers Valley earns another trip to WPIAL finals

Elizabeth Forward's Abigail Sporio reacts at center court after a loss to South Fayette in a WPIAL Class AAA semifinal

Elizabeth Forward’s Abigail Sporio reacts at center court after a loss to South Fayette in a WPIAL Class AAA semifinal

South Fayette girls top Elizabeth Forward to reach first WPIAL title game, by Dave Mackall.

As the Trib’s Bill Beckner calls it, a Wuerl-wind finish thanks to a Hail Mary: Late 3-pointer sends Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic girls to WPIAL final.

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Gorman: Indiana’s run high on heart

Elizabeth Forward hires Collodi as new football coach, by Patrick Cloonan.

In recruiting news, Woodland Hills junior tailback Miles Sanders (a Penn State recruit) received an interesting scholarship offer Wednesday:

ON THE MAT

Franklin Regional's Spencer Lee (top) battles Belle Vernon's Brock Godzin in their 126-pound match in the WPIAL Class AAA Team Championships. Lee won by a 20-9 major decision.

Franklin Regional’s Spencer Lee (top) battles Belle Vernon’s Brock Godzin in their 126-pound match in the WPIAL Class AAA team championships. Lee won by a 20-9 major decision as Franklin Regional came from behind to defeat Belle Vernon, 33-27

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10 Franklin Regional wrestlers qualify for WPIAL tournament, by Michael Love.

Mt. Pleasant's Alex Miscovich battles Kittanning's Brendon Malia in their 113-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AA individual wrestling championships Feb. 20, 2015, at South Fayette.

Mt. Pleasant’s Alex Miscovich battles Kittanning’s Brendon Malia in their 113-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AA individual wrestling championships Feb. 20, 2015, at South Fayette. Miscovich won by a 8-4 decision. Miscovich is one of seven Mt. Pleasant wrestlers who will be competing in the PIAA Southwest Regional at Canon-McMillan.

Southmoreland, Mt. Pleasant wrestlers chase PIAA berths, by Jason Black.

Dom Devine is the first Thomas Jefferson wrestler to win a section title in nine years

Dom Devine is the first Thomas Jefferson wrestler to win a section title in nine years

Thomas Jefferson’s Devine pins way to coveted section championship, by Ray Fisher.

Jeannette's Gio Vonne Sanders

Jeannette’s Gio Vonne Sanders

Jeannette’s Sanders has his eye on a state title, by Kristie Linden.

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February 25, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Return engagement

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Fans celebrate Beaver Falls' win over New Castle

Clutch 3-pointer lifts Beaver Falls to third consecutive WPIAL final, by Chris Harlan.

Monessen's Lavalle Rush scores against Vincentian

Monessen’s Lavalle Rush scores against Vincentian

Rush scores 31 as Monessen returns to WPIAL title game, by Bill West.

Monessen Rushes past Vincentian, into finals, by Jeff Oliver.

Healthy Jeannette tops Eden, gets rematch with Monessen, by Paul Schofield.

#TribHS roundup: Indiana boys top Ambridge to reach first WPIAL final

Norwin clinches first WPIAL finals berth, by Dave Mackall.

Bishop Canevin knocks off No. 2 seed Burrell, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Cal Area girls stay alive, boys bow out

Serra Catholic girls advance to fifth-place game

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Gorman: Title pattern for South Park’s Bulsak cousins

Penn Hills star wrestler has No. 1 seed in WPIAL, no stomach pains, by Bill West.

Norwin’s Drew Phipps (top) battles Penn-Trafford’s Matt McGillick

Norwin’s Drew Phipps (top) battles Penn-Trafford’s Matt McGillick

Norwin’s Phipps chasing elusive WPIAL Class AAA wrestling title, by Paul Schofield.

Wrestlers hope to benefit from numbers increase at PIAA championships, by Doug Gulasy.

Burrell's Jason Roberts

Burrell’s Jason Roberts

#TribHS wrestling notebook: Roberts’ switch to wrestling has gone swimmingly, by Doug Gulasy.

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February 24, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Upset specials

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Gorman: Upset puts Eden Christian on the map

Elizabeth Forward girls play ‘complete game’ in win over McGuffey, by Dave Mackall.

TribHS highlight reel: Big crowd expected Tuesday at Geneva for Beaver Falls-New Castle

North Allegheny's Keegan Philips (right) hugs Cole Constantino after Constantino hit the game winning shot to beat Bethel Park

North Allegheny’s Keegan Philips (right) hugs Cole Constantino after Constantino hit the game winning shot to beat Bethel Park

North Allegheny’s last-second shot stuns Bethel Park, by Chris Harlan.

Fox Chapel's Billy Urso (left) and Hempfield's Kason Harrell chase a loose ball

Fox Chapel’s Billy Urso and Hempfield’s Kason Harrell chase a loose ball

Fox Chapel moves on after pulling another upset against Hempfield, by Paul Schofield.

Sebastiani leads Greensburg Central Catholic with clutch second-half play, by Bill West.

Riverview players cheer on their teammates

Riverview girls squeak past California in overtime, by Bill Beckner Jr.

Quigley Catholic girls take down Serra Catholic, by Ed Phillipps.

#TribHS roundup: Quaker Valley boys upset Lincoln Park

Valley News Dispatch roundup: Cheswick Christian wins conference title

Burrell girls healthy for WPIAL Class AA semifinal, by George Guido.

Hounds, Royals ready to run it again, by Jeff Oliver.

Play-in games provide second chance for WPIAL quarterfinals losers, by Bill Beckner Jr.

ON THE MAT

Bentworth’s Hunter Neely (left) battles South Allegheny's Justo Hernanadez in the 126-pound championship bout at the WPIAL Class AA individual championships

Bentworth’s Hunter Neely (left) battles South Allegheny’s Justo Hernanadez in the 126-pound championship bout at the WPIAL Class AA individual championships

Wrestlers turn focus to PIAA regional tournaments, by Paul Schofield.

IN THE POOL

Norwin's Kathryn Painter swims the 500-yard freestyle at the WPIAL Class AAA championships

Norwin’s Kathryn Painter swims the girls 500-yard freestyle during the WPIAL Class AAA championships

Norwin’s Painter defends both her WPIAL swimming titles, by Doug Gulasy.

Freeport senior Otwell changes routine, but success persists, by Doug Gulasy.

Zimcosky leads successful weekend for Connellsville swimmers, by Kevin Lohman.

ON THE SLOPES

Geibel senior DiBiase defends Governor’s Cup championship, by Jason Black.

IN THE LANE

Armstrong boys, girls bowling teams make quick ascent into WPIBL powers, by Matt Grubba.

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February 22, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Good as gold

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South Fayette’s Walker becomes 25th four-time WPIAL wrestling champion, by Bill West.

Jeannette sophomore Sanders makes decisive last-second move to win WPIAL title, by Paul Schofield.

Burrell big bodies Beattie, Scherer win WPIAL titles, by Bill West.

PHOTO OF THE DAY

It’s not every day you see the son of one of your old friends from Baldwin win a WPIAL championship.

Kiski Area wrestler flex muscles in section finals, by William Whalen.

#TribHS roundup: Franklin Regional sends 10 to WPIAL tourney

ON THE COURT

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Allderdice boys defend City League championship, by Ed Phillipps.

Porter scores 18 points to lead Obama Academy girls to second straight City title, by Ed Phillipps.

WPIAL basketball playoffs postponed until Monday

IN THE POOL

North Allegheny's Casey Melzer swims the boys 100-yard breaststroke at the 2015 WPIAL Class AAA championships

North Allegheny’s Casey Melzer swims the boys’ 100-yard breaststroke at the WPIAL Class AAA championships

North Allegheny teams again pull off double dip at WPIAL swimming championships, by Doug Gulasy.

Highlands sophomore Bonnett golden once again, by Doug Gulasy.

Derry girls take second at WPIAL meet, by Kevin Lohman.

Seneca Valley swimmer Spencer Tretter stands in front of the Olympic rings at the U.S. Olympic Training Center

Seneca Valley’s Spencer Tretter stands in front of the Olympic rings at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Seneca Valley swimmer gets taste of Olympic experience, by Karen Kadilak.

ON THE MAT, WITH A TWIST

Sisters lead South Side Beaver to PA Classic gymnastics title

ON THE (INDOOR) TRACK

West Mifflin star shines at Tri-State meet

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February 21, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Upset specials

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Follow reporters @Schofield_Trib and @BWest_Trib and photographer @blreeger for WPIAL wrestling coverage.

Follow @dgulasy_Trib for WPIAL swimming coverage.

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Gorman: Perry grad McGhee takes NFL detour, signs with CFL’s BC Lions

On the Kevin Gorman Show on TribLIVE Radio, former Perry Traditional Academy coach Bill Gallagher joined me to talk about Greg McGhee. Chris Harlan previewed the WPIAL basketball quarterfinals, where we discussed the Ambridge-Mars and Eden Christian-Sewickley Academy games. Both saw top seeds fall in upsets.

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#TribHS roundup: Three top seeds lose in quarterfinals

Highlands' Lavontae Martin (10) gets tangled up with Indiana's Riley Stapleton (23)

Highlands’ Lavontae Martin (10) gets tangled up with Indiana’s Riley Stapleton (23)

Indiana brushes past Highlands into semifinals, by Bill Beckner Jr.

New Castle continues playoff mastery of Hampton, by Chris Harlan.

Jeannette's Julian Batts celebrates the upset victory over Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

Jeannette’s Julian Batts celebrates his team’s comeback win over Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

Jeannette boys get past Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, by Ed Phillipps.

Monessen crushes California again, by Jeff Oliver.

Norwin girls pull away, oust Shaler, by Dave Mackall.

Burrell girls advance to WPIAL semifinals for third straight season, by George Guido.

Allderdice's Lamone Dixon Jr.

Allderdice’s Lamone Dixon Jr.

Title game rematches set in City League, by Chris Harlan.

ON THE MAT

McGuffey's Gage Nicolella (top) controls Valley's Sequawon Harris in their 113-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AA individual championships

McGuffey’s Gage Nicolella (top) controls Valley’s Sequawon Harris in their 113-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AA individual championships

McGuffey’s top-seeded Nicolella advances to WPIAL Class AA semifinals, by Bill West.

Burrell's Damon Greenwald reacts after pinning Freedom's Levi Bonzo at 159 of their 152-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships

Burrell’s Damon Greenwald reacts after pinning Freedom’s Levi Bonzo at 1:59 of their 152-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships

Burrell’s Greenwald returns to semifinals, by Bill West.

South Allegheny duo survives OT scares, advances to semifinals, by Paul Schofield.

Southmoreland, Mt. Pleasant stars set tone of success at WPIALs, by Jason Black.

Southmoreland 138-pound junior Myers eyes return to final, by Paul Schofield.

West Shamokin's Brenden Glover prepares to pin West Greene's Connor Main at 52 seconds of their 182-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AA individual championships

West Shamokin’s Brenden Glover prepares to pin West Greene’s Connor Main at 52 seconds of their 182-pound bout during the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AA individual championships

West Shamokin’s Glover gets to WPIAL Class AA semifinals for first time, by Bill West.

IN THE POOL

Swimmers start in the boys 200-yard medley relay for the 2015 WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships at Trees Pool

Swimmers start in the boys 200-yard medley relay for the 2015 WPIAL Class AAA swimming championships at Trees Pool

Records fall on opening day of WPIAL swimming championships, by Doug Gulasy.

Greensburg Central Catholic’s Uhrin claims WPIAL gold in butterfly, by Kevin Lohman.

Despite no team, Yough’s Cochran shines at WPIAL swim meet, by Doug Gulasy.

Sabrina Bowman of St. Joseph swims in the girls 100-yard butterfly at the 2015 WPIAL Class AA swimming championships

Sabrina Bowman of St. Joseph swims in the girls 100-yard butterfly at the 2015 WPIAL Class AA swimming championships

Highlands, St. Joseph swimmers defend WPIAL titles, by Doug Gulasy.

Bria Otwell of Freeport competes at the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships

Bria Otwell of Freeport competes at the WPIAL Class AA swimming championships

Freeport’s Pawlak, Otwell again qualify for PIAA meet, by Doug Gulasy.

Geibel's Emily Zimcosky (left) and Freeport's Zoe Pawlak shake hands after the 500-yard freestyle at the 2015 WPIAL Class AA swimming championships

Geibel’s Emily Zimcosky (left) and Freeport’s Zoe Pawlak shake hands after the 500-yard freestyle at the 2015 WPIAL Class AA swimming championships

Geibel’s Zimcosky claims second straight 50 freestyle title, by Kevin Lohman.

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February 20, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

Paying the price

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ACHING FOR VICTORY: Unbeaten Elizabeth Forward senior aims to add WPIAL title to injury-riddled career, by Bill West.

Gorman: McGuffey no one-girl show

#TribHS highlight reel: Oakland Zoo seats to be closed for WPIAL basketball title games, by Chris Harlan.

IN THE POOL

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North Allegheny swim teams out to defend WPIAL titles, by Karen Kadilak.

Elizabeth Forward swimmers hoping for fast times at WPIAL meet, by Karen Kadilak.

#TribCup: Young Pine-Richland girls team set for playoff matchup with Bethel Park, by Brian Graham.

ON THE MAT

Jeannette's Gio Vonne Sanders attempts to bring down Ligonier Valley's Robby Patrick during a 145-pound bout at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament

Jeannette’s Gio Vonne Sanders attempts to bring down Ligonier Valley’s Robby Patrick during a 145-pound bout at the Westmoreland County Coaches Association tournament

Jeannette sophomore Sanders hopes hard work translates to success, by Paul Schofield.

Connellsville's Luke Kuhns

Luke Kuhns (left) is one of 12 Connellsville wrestlers that will compete in the 2-AAA Sectionals on Saturday

Connellsville wrestlers ready to return to mat, by Jason Black.

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February 19, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

A record performance

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Mars diver Hockenberry captures WPIAL title with record score, by Karen Price.

The WPIAL issued a warning for its swimming championships: Doors won’t open at Trees Hall until 6 o’clock, by Chris Harlan.

IN THE POOL

Kiski Area swimmer Nolan Pepka

Kiski Area swimmer Nolan Pepka

Kiski Area swimmer has unfinished business, by Doug Gulasy.

Quaker Valley boys aiming for school history, by Gary Horvath.

Pritchard, Watterson lead Baldwin swimmers into WPIAL Class AAA finals, by Jennifer Goga.

Penn-Trafford’s Babik swimming for a trip to state meet, by Alex Oltmanns.

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Gorman: Schifino’s ‘stand’ only hurt his team at Steel Valley.

Chris Harlan reports that Steel Valley’s leading scorer, Dom Keyes, learned Tuesday afternoon, just hours before the game against South Fayette, that he had ruled ineligible in past week.

ON THE COURT

Hempfield's Kason Harrell dunks against Gateway

Hempfield’s Kason Harrell dunks against Gateway

Hempfield rallies in fourth quarter to beat Gateway, by Paul Schofield.

Plum's Robert Deemer (24) lunges after a loose ball against North Hills' Kindhal Taylor

Plum’s Robert Deemer (24) lunges after a loose ball against North Hills’ Kindhal Taylor (4)

North Hills turns up defense to upset No. 6 Plum, by Bill Beckner Jr.

#TribHS boys basketball roundup: Neshannock downs No. 5 Washington

South Park's Allison McGrath drives through Mars defenders

South Park’s Allison McGrath drives through Mars defenders

Seeding sparks South Park upset of Mars, by Bill West.

Elizabeth Forward's Lauren Cain (3) gathers a rebound against Mount Pleasant's Gabby Keefer (5)

Elizabeth Forward’s Lauren Cain (3) gathers a rebound against Mount Pleasant’s Gabby Keefer (5)

Elizabeth Forward girls ease past Mt. Pleasant, by Dave Mackall.

Ford City girls bow out for good with loss to Chartiers Valley, by Ed Phillipps.

Defense fuels Riverview win over Fort Cherry, by Doug Gulasy.

#TribHS girls basketball roundup: McGuffey upsets No. 3 Indiana in OT

ON THE MAT

Franklin Regional’s Michael Kemerer

Franklin Regional’s Michael Kemerer

Franklin Regional trio going for fourth section crown, by Michael Love.

Fox Chapel wrestler having special debut season, by Marty Stewart.

WPIAL spots on the line at Section 3-AAA tournament, by Michael Love.

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February 18, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

A Steel Valley boycott

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Steel Valley senior Dominique Keyes encourages teammate Brandon Donovan

Steel Valley senior Dominique Keyes encourages teammate Brandon Donovan at their WPIAL playoff game

If you read my column on the fine line between dominance and dysfunction at Steel Valley, what happened Tuesday night should come as no surprise.

As Chris Harlan reports, after senior standout Dominique Keyes was ruled ineligible Tuesday, Ironmen coach Drew Schifino and his staff boycotted in protest their WPIAL Class AAA first-round game against South Fayette Tuesday night.

Schifino lashed out at Steel Valley athletic director Shawn McCallister – his predecessor as boys’ basketball coach and the father of junior guard Ryan McCallister – on Twitter for not informing him of a pep rally and dropping the news just hours before the game that star center Dominique Keyes was ineligible.

Schifino received support on social media from some of his players:

Kennedy Smith wrote: Everyone need to stay off @CoachSchifino case. Yall don’t know anything that happens behind the scenes. That’s coming from a player of his

ON THE COURT

Penn-Trafford's Katy Abreu makes buzzer beater against Seneca Valley

Penn-Trafford’s Katy Abreu scores the game-winning shot against Seneca Valley

No. 1 Penn-Trafford girls escape scare on buzzer beater, by Paul Schofield.

Penn Hills girls make statement against Mt. Lebanon, by Karen Price.

No. 2 Burrell gives Freedom no chance, by George Guido.

Carlynton girls oust Frazier, by Jason Black.

#TribHS girls roundup: No. 3 Greensburg Central Catholic cruises to victory

Hampton ends Southmoreland’s dream season, by Bill West.

Knoch's Matt Christy drives on Beaver Falls' Donovan Jeter

Knoch’s Matthew Christy drives on Beaver Falls’ Donovan Jeter

No. 2 Beaver Falls tops Knoch, by Bill Beckner Jr.

#TribHS boys roundup: No. 13 seed Highlands upsets West Mifflin

Eden Christian Academy guard Drew Aiken (14) is fouled by Clairton's Aaron Mathews (1) as he attempts a shot

Eden Christian Academy guard Drew Aiken (14) is fouled by Clairton’s Aaron Mathews (1) as he attempts a shot

Unselfish Eden Christian defeats cold-shooting Clairton, by Dave Mackall.

After sluggish start, Greyhounds roll, by Jeff Oliver.

Taylor’s shot lifts Trojans over Union, by Jeremy Sellew.

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Gorman: Gildon great get for Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

#TribHS notebook: Former Steelers linebacker Gildon named football coach at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

ON THE MAT

WPIAL Class AAA postseason likely to include several high-stakes rematches, by Bill West.

Valley's Savian Smith plows into Burrell's JT Herwald

Valley’s Savian Smith plows into Burrell’s JT Herwald

Wrestlers from small rosters ready to make it big at WPIALs, by Doug Gulasy.

Derry's George Phillippi wrestles against Belle Vernon's Mitch Hartman in the 1139-lb match during the Franklin Regional Duals

Derry’s George Phillippi wrestles against Belle Vernon’s Mitch Hartman in the 113-pound match during the Franklin Regional Duals

Derry’s Phillippi, Kepple capture section wrestling titles, prepare for WPIAL tournament, by Kevin Lohman.

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February 17, 2015
by Kevin Gorman

The Zoo is closed

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The Oakland Zoo section at Pitt’s Petersen Events Center will be closed for the WPIAL basketball championships, Chris Harlan reports.

For logistical reasons more important than atmosphere, WPIAL executive director Tim O’Malley supports arena management’s decision to keep courtside seats at Petersen Events Center closed for the WPIAL basketball finals.
When the championships last visited Petersen in 2006, the Oakland Zoo student section seats were shut, keeping fans at a distance from the court. This year’s configuration also will keep those seats closed Feb. 27-28, when the WPIAL finals return to the 12,500-seat arena, O’Malley said.
The logistical concern was this: With courtside seats on only one side of the court, fans from only one school would be allowed to sit there.
“You can understand the rationale that they have,” O’Malley said. “From a management standpoint, they would be very hard-pressed to decide who to put down there. And how are they going to separate the kids from the other school that want to be down there?”
The WPIAL basketball championships ended an extended stay at Duquesne’s Palumbo Center after last season.

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Gorman: Seton-La Salle seniors Newman, Walsh ‘just winners’

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Chartiers Valley’s Lohman captures fourth WPIAL diving title, by Karen Price.

#TribHS highlight reel: WPIAL approves winter alignments

IN THE POOL

Connellsville swimmers

Connellsville swimmers who will compete in the WPIAL Class AAA championships are (front row, from left) Shawn Smith, Grant Solomon, Travis Patterson, Collin Mastowski, Noah Barczyk, and Ian McCombie; top row, Bayle Shreve, Ali Beal, Nicole Wood, Alyson Urie and Lexi Koslosky

Connellsville swimming takes quality, quantity to WPIAL championships, by Jason Black.

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