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Brad Everett's North High School Basketball Notebook (Jan. 29, 2015)

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Here's this week's edition of Brad Everett's North High School Basketball Notebook.

"It's only right that a perennial power has played what some would argue is the toughest non-section schedule in the WPIAL.

What's surprising is that it's a Class A school.

Vincentian surely didn't shy away from scheduling tough opponents. The Royals' schedule has been full of them. All but one of their non-section games have been against schools from larger classifications, including three from Class AAAA.

The Royals have played Mt. Lebanon, Beaver Falls, South Fayette and Seton-LaSalle, all of which are ranked by the Post-Gazette in their respective classes. And the Royals have been a regular in tournaments, playing in six of them, including two last weekend."

 

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Boys Basketball: North Weekly Watch (Jan. 27-Feb. 2)

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Here are a few North games to keep an eye on this week:

Tuesday – Quaker Valley at Avonworth, 7:30 p.m. – A year ago this week, Avonworth beat Quaker Valley to win its first section title in 40 years. Section supremacy won't be on the line in this one, but the result will impact the playoff picture in Class AA Section 5. Quaker Valley (13-4, 7-3) sits in third place and Avonworth (9-9, 6-4) fourth. The Antelopes have a two-game lead over Northgate for the final playoff spot. Quaker Valley pounded Avonworth, 75-51, on Dec. 23. Both teams have struggled recently. The Antelopes have lost three of four and the Quakers two of three.

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Boys Basketball: North Scoring Leaders (Jan. 27, 2015)

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Here are the boys basketball scoring leaders from the North area through Monday, Jan. 19, 2015.

Name, School G Pts Avg
Cole Constantino, North Allegheny 15 390 26.0
Darrell Barron, Northgate 16 370 23.1
Zach Snyder, Seneca Valley 15 334 22.3
Jamison Nee, Vincentian 14 299 21.4
Mike Tappe, Aquinas Academy 13 277 21.3
Tanner Reinheimer, Shaler 15 288 19.2
Josh Beale, Freeport 15 281 18.7
Billy Urso, Fox Chapel 14 261 18.6
Justin Pryor, Sewickley Academy 14 256 18.3
Joey Lafko, Hampton 14 249 17.8

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Girls Basketball: North Allegheny, Butler playing back-to-back games

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In a bit of an unusual twist, the North Allegheny and Butler high school girls basketball teams are meeting in back-to-back section games. The Tigers won the first game, 52-28, this past Friday at North Allegheny. Round two takes place in Butler at 7:30 p.m. today.

It's a crucial two-game set for both teams. Following a big 58-34 win over Pine-Richland this past Monday, North Allegheny took over first place in the section. Friday's win improved the Tigers record to 7-1 heading into today's game with Butler. When North Allegheny defeated Pine-Richland, it avenged a 66-58 loss the Tigers suffered to the Rams on Dec. 15.

Butler must begin to make a move to entertain post-season hopes. The first four teams in each section are guaranteed a berth in the WPIAL Class AAAA tournament that begins next month. Currently, Butler is in fifth place with a 3-6 section record. Butler really helped itself with a 44-41 overtime victory over Shaler this past Monday. The loss avenged a 43-28 setback the Golden Tornado suffered against the Titans last month. Shaler currently sits in fourth place with a 5-4 section record.

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Sports Town North Week in Review (Jan. 18-24)

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