Girls Basketball: Lethal combination hurts Blackhawk in 4A championship game

Written by Joe Koch on .

Blackhawk coach Steve Lodovico believed several things had to be in play if the Cougars hoped to win their first-ever WPIAL Class 4A championship against Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic.

For one thing, the Cougars would have to be their usual proficient selves from 3-point range. For another, his team would have to limit the Trojanettes' inside dominance.

Neither happened, and the Cougars ended up on the short end of a 65-36 demolition in Friday's 4A championship game at the Petersen Events Center.

Lodovico's 16-9 Cougars are regrouping for a first-round PIAA Class 4A game at 6 p.m. Friday at Fox Chapel High against Freeport, the No. 6 qualifier from the WPIAL. The Yellowjackets are 14-10 overall, and they finished second in Class 4A, Section 1 with an 8-4 record, four games behind North Catholic.


Girls Basketball: Blackhawk's Amalia sisters aiming for family wins in WPIAL playoffs

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Sarah Spencer profiles Blackhawk girls basketball players Madison and Mackenzie Amalia.

2017 0227 Blackhawk GBasketball(Photo: Blackhawk senior Madison Amalia, center, and her freshman sister Mackenzie form a tough duo for opponents. Their father, Bob Amalia, is an assistant coach for Blackhawk. Stephanie Strasburg/Post-Gazette)

"The two guards balancing out the Blackhawk Cougars' backcourt happen to share the same last name.

Senior Madison Amalia is the more even-keeled of the duo, dad and assistant coach Bob Amalia said, and she's more likely to shoot outside. Madison broke the school record for 3-pointers last year with 94 and has made 76 so far this season.

Her little sister, Mackenzie, is more aggressive and is often the one penetrating and driving to the basket. As a freshman, Mackenzie averages nearly 14 points per game.

"It's worked out well," Bob said. "They work well together, and they're playing together and it's been a good experience.""


Alumni Update - Noah Damazo (Geneva)

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Damazo Geneva

Beaver Falls, Pa. – The Geneva College Golden Tornadoes finished their regular season at home hosting the Waynesburg University Yellow Jackets. Geneva sealed the series sweep with a 76-68 decision over the Yellow Jackets. The win raises Geneva’s overall record to 10-15, 7-11 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC).


The victory also lifts 21-year head coach Jeff Santarsiero to tie the men’s basketball program winningest coach record with 290 wins. Geneva will continue play into the PAC postseason on Tuesday, February 21 at 7 p.m. in Crestview Hills, Kentucky to face the Thomas More Saints.

Noah Damazo, a Blackhawk graduate, finished his freshman campaign with an electric career-high 28 points. He hit five three-pointers in his 31 minutes played.


(photo courtesy of Geneva College)


Girls Basketball: Blackhawk closes in on section title

Written by Joe Koch on .

When the season began, prospects appeared bleak for the Blackhawk girls basketball team.

Losers in five of their first seven games, the Cougars have done little wrong since a 66-60 loss to Hoover, Ohio, on Dec. 29 in the Mt. Lebanon tournament. Since that game, the Cougars have lost to 5A Oakland Catholic, 60-47, and 6A Norwin, 62-56. All of the other games played in 2017 have resulted in victories for the Cougars.

That includes opponents in Class 4A Section 2, where they close out play at Central Valley on Monday and at home on Thursday against Beaver. Entering these two games, the Cougars are 10-0. On paper, prospects are encouraging for the Cougars as they defeated Central Valley, 80-55, on Jan. 12, and rolled to a 64-40 victory at Beaver.

Ambridge enters the week in second place with an 8-2 record. Central Valley and Beaver are tied for third at 6-4. All four teams are assured berths in the WPIAL 4A tournament.


Boys Basketball: West Feature Athlete - Blackhawk's Dawson Merry

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Name: Dawson Merry
School: Blackhawk
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Forward

Background: Blackhawk remains in the thick of the playoff hunt in one of the toughest sections in the state – Class 4A Section 2. Senior Dawson Merry, a three-year starter for the Cougars, has been at the center of that battle. Standing just 6-foot-3 – there are taller guards in the section – Merry has been a force inside for Blackhawk, averaging a double-double. Last week, he had 23 points and 10 rebounds in a double-digit win over South Fayette as the Cougars took a break from section play. He is averaging over 16 points per game.