A battle for third place in Section 3-AAA took the length of two games to resolve. West Mifflin and Thomas Jefferson clashed on April 10 and the game raged on for 14 innings. When it was all said and done it was the Titans claiming victory in the wild contest, 8-7. West Mifflin overcame a two-run deficit in extra innings to triumph. The team also overcame defensive lapses. West Mifflin was charged with seven errors. Senior pitcher Paige Flore fired all 14 innings for West Mifflin to earn the win. The win put West Mifflin (9-2, 4-2) in third place ahead of Thomas Jefferson (7-3, 3-3) in the battle for the final playoff spot in Section 3-AAA. Southmoreland (5-1, 5-0) and Elizabeth Forward (5-3, 3-1) are in first and second.
Below is a review of the South posts that appeared Sunday, April 6 through Saturday, April 12.
*Softball: South Feature Athlete – Keystone Oaks' Lauren McMillan
*Softball: Logjam atop Class AAA Section 3 not expected to clear anytime soon
*Softball: West Mifflin active early in the season
*Softball: Thomas Jefferson flourishing in new atmosphere
Laxpower.com ranks the top teams in each geographic region in the country. Among the top five boys teams in the Western Pennsylvania region, three of them are from the South region covered by Sports Town.
Peters Township currently is the top-ranked boys team with a 5-1 record. Mt. Lebanon is No, 3 with a 6-2 mark, and Upper St, Clair is No, 5 with a 6-1 record.
Just to illustrate just how close these three teams are, Peters Township's lone loss was a 9-8 setback to Upper St. Clair in the second game of the season. Since that loss, Peters Township has won four games in a row heading into Friday's nonsection game with St. Michael's College of Toronto.
Upper St. Clair's only loss was a 9-7 nonsection setback to No. 7 Pine-Richland. The loss snapped a six-game winning streak for the Panthers.
The game won't mean anything for playoff positioning. But for the Chartiers Valley Colts, next Friday's game at Mt. Lebanon will give them an idea of how they compare with a quality Division I opponent.
Heading into Thursday's game at Bethel Park, the Colts were 7-0, and had won their games by margins of four goals or more. Their closest test was a 10-6 victory at Division I Upper St,. Clair on April 5. Their efforts thus far have earned the Colts the No. 3 ranking among girls teams in Western Pennsylvania, according to Laxpower.com.
Below are the Post-Gazette's Fabulous Five boys basketball players from the South.
Guard, 5-9, Sr.
A first-team all-state selection, Clancy was the catalyst for a Seton-LaSalle team that won its first WPIAL championship in 25 years and advanced to the PIAA Class AA final. ... Few point guards in the WPIAL could match Clancy's poise, toughness and skill. Clancy was equally adept at scoring as he was distributing. He averaged a team-best 15.3 points per game, including 16 in the WPIAL title game. ... Clancy is considering some NCAA Division II programs for college.