The North area will be well represented in this season's WPIAL boys basketball playoffs.
Fifteen North teams have advanced to the tournament, which gets underway this weekend and concludes with championship games Feb. 26-27 at Pitt's Petersen Events Center. Pairings will be announced tonight.
Of the North teams who qualified, three are from Class AAAA, four from Class AAA, three from Class AA, and five from Class A.
Pine-Richland (16-6) and North Hills (13-8) were two of three teams who split the Class AAAA Section 3 title. It was Pine-Richland's first section title since 2007 and North Hills' first since 1983. Butler (15-7) qualified by placing fourth in that section.