Boys Basketball: WPIAL players selected to all-state teams

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Sarah Spencer reports that Sewickley Academy's Win Palmer was named Class 2A state coach of the year Friday, and more than two dozen WPIAL players were named to all-state teams.

"After Sewickley Academy defeated Constitution, 68-63, in the PIAA Class 2A boys basketball title game in Hershey, Pa., coach Win Palmer was named coach of the year Friday by the panel of Pennsylvania sports writers that selected the 2016-17 all-state teams.

Several WPIAL players were named to first, second or third all-state teams, including Sewickley Academy's Chris Groetch (14.3 points per game) and Nate Ridgeway (17.3 ppg) who made the Class 2A first team, and Justin Pryor (14.3 ppg), who made the second team. The Panthers defeated Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, 71-60, in the WPIAL 2A title game.

In 6A, Pine-Richland's Andrew Petcash (21 ppg) and North Hills' Nick Smith (26 ppg), who were named to the Post-Gazette's Fabulous 5, made the first team. Pine-Richland went 28-2, won a 6A WPIAL title before falling to Reading in the PIAA championship, 64-60."



Athletes of the Week (April 15, 2017)

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This week's Athletes of the Week are Serra Catholic baseball player Nate Piontka and Burrell track standout Nikki Scherer.

Nate Piontka, Serra Catholic
The past week: Piontka threw a no-hitter in a WPIAL baseball game against Bishop Canevin.

Nikki Scherer, Burrell
The past week: Scherer won the 100- and 200-meter dash at the Tri-State Invitational Saturday at West Mifflin. She won the 100 in 12.36 seconds and the 200 in 24.95.



Boys Volleyball: WPIAL Standings (April 15)

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Standings include matches through April 14.

Section 1-AAA
Bethel Park 5-0, Peters Township 4-1, Canon-McMillan 3-2, Upper St. Clair 3-2, Baldwin 2-3, Central Catholic 1-5, Moon 0-5.

Section 2-AAA
North Allegheny 5-0, Seneca Valley 4-1, Butler 3-2, Pine-Richland 3-2, Shaler 2-3, Fox Chapel 1-5, North Hills 0-5.


Alumni Update - Joseph Salmen (Westminster)

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Joseph Salmen registered his fourth complete game of the season in Westminster’s 3-1 game one win over ThielSalmen Westminster Saturday afternoon.

He yielded one unearned run and just a pair of base hits while fanning six.

The Union graduate was named PAC Pitcher of the Week.


(photo courtesy of Westminster College)


High School Boys Volleyball Notebook (April 14, 2017)

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Ken Wunderley has this week's Boys Volleyball Notebook. Read his story below.

2017 0414 BethelPark BVolleyball(Photo: John Cooley and Bethel Park are off to a 4-0 start under new coach Zach Smith. Marilyn Schwilm/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

Sarah Durham is doing double duty at Moon.

After making her head coaching debut in the fall for Moon's girls team, Durham has added the Tigers' boys program to her coaching duties.

"It's easier to coach boys in some aspects," said Durham, when asked what the difference is between coaching boys and girls. "But the girls are more experienced.

"Most of the girls I coached have been playing club ball since they were 12, so I don't have to spend much time teaching the basics. We don't have a junior high program for the boys, so most of the boys have never played volleyball before."