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Boys Basketball: WPIAL playoffs to include 15 North teams

Written by Brad Everett on .

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.

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Boys Basketball: North Scoring Leaders (Feb. 9)

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Here are the top scorers in the North area. The averages are through games played Monday, Feb. 1.

23.5 -- Antonio Ionadi, Hampton
22.4 -- Nick Smith, North Hills
21.7 -- David Ritchie, Eden Christian
21.4 -- Alex Pane, Springdale
21.1 -- Curtis Aiken, North Allegheny
20.7 -- Andrew Petcash, Pine-Richland
20.1 -- Mitch DeZort, Highlands
19.8 -- Chris Groetsch, Sewickley Academy
19.5 -- Robby Carmody, Mars
18.4 -- Josh Beale, Freeport

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Girls Basketball: North Catholic finishes in first-place tie with Vincentian

Written by Joe Koch on .

With realignment taking place next school year, some changes are in store for both the Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic and Vincentian Academy girls basketball programs.

Both teams know they are going to be reclassified with North moving to Class 4-A, while Vincentian will move to Class 2-A. So, that made this past Wednesday's regular-season finale between the Trojanettes and the Royals so meaningful.

Going into the game, Vincentian held a one-game lead over North. Now, though, both teams enter the WPIAL Class A tournament as co-champions of Section 2-A with 11-1 records following the 60-51 North Catholic victory at La Roche College.

Both teams will have high seeds entering the WPIAL tournament. With an overall record of 19-2 entering tonight's regular-season finale at Mohawk, it's highly likely that North will be the top seed entering the tournament, and Vincentian will be the No. 2 seed with an overall record of 16-4 heading into tonight's regular-season finale at Gateway High School.

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Girls Basketball: Mars and Hampton tie for Section 1-AAA title

Written by Joe Koch on .

In recent years, Mars and Hampton have dominated the landscape that is Section 1-AAA of WPIAL girls basketball.

Heading into this past Thursday's game at Mars, the Planets needed a victory to square matters with the Talbots as Hampton took the first meeting between the two schools, 53-42, at the Talbots' gym.

But coach Tony Howard and his Talbots would not get a sweep on his first return back to Mars after leaving there following eight seasons to take the job at Hampton.

That's because Mars' Tai Johnson scored 24 points, teammate Lauren Wasylson added 19 and the Planets outscored Hampton 22-8 in the third quarter to take control of the game en route to a 61-57 victory. Hampton held a 27-21 lead before Mars took control of the game. Hampton outscored Mars 22-18 to narrow the margin in the fourth quarter. Both teams share the conference title with identical section records of 11-1 and will advance to the WPIAL Class AAA tournament later this week.

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Sports Town North Week in Review (Jan. 31-Feb. 6)

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