Basketball: City League playoffs to be held next week

Written by Brad Everett on .

The Allderdice boys and Obama Academy girls are both heavy favorites to repeat as City League basketball champions.

Both will begin their title quests next Monday.

The City League playoffs will get underway that night with first-round doubleheaders at Obama and Allderdice. One boys game and one girls game will be played at each site.

On the boys side, defending champion Allderdice (21-1) will play Carrick (13-9) at Obama, while Obama (13-6) plays Brashear (9-10) at Allderdice. Both games tip at 7:30 p.m. Allderdice went 10-0 in league play during the regular season and is ranked No. 1 in the state in Class AAAA.


Basketball: Perry, Westinghouse players win City League scoring titles

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Markel Sayles and Kashawna Solomon play for teams that did not qualify for the City League basketball playoffs.

Each made their presence felt during the regular season, though.

Sayles and Solomon led all City League players in scoring this season. Sayles, a senior guard at Perry, averaged 25.6 points per game, which ranked third among all City League and WPIAL players. Solomon, a junior guard, averaged 16.1 points per game. Sayles accounted for 46 percent of his team's scoring and Solomon accounted for 44 percent of her team's scoring.

Despite doing so well individually, neither will see their seasons go any farther. Only the top four teams qualified for next week's City League playoffs. The Perry boys (6-13) finished in fifth place, while the Westinghouse girls (4-18) placed sixth.


Boys Basketball: High-scoring Allderdice hits century mark

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Allderdice is one of the top scoring teams in Western Pennsylvania this season.

Friday, the Dragons put together their finest offensive showing in at least a decade.

James Jackson scored 18 points to lead Allderdice to a 100-52 home win against Westinghouse.

Going back to the 2003-04 season, no Allderdice team had scored 100 points in a game. They had come close several times this season with outings of 98, 95 and 94 points. The Dragons are averaging 80.3 points per game, which ranks second among all WPIAL and City League teams. Only Monessen (92.1) averages more.


Girls Basketball: Westinghouse has fallen on hard times

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It wasn't long ago that Westinghouse was a City League juggernaut in girls basketball, reaching the league's title game 19 years in a row.

The Bulldogs might not even win a league game this season.

It's been an extremely rough season for Westinghouse, which is 3-17 overall and 0-9 in City League play heading into the final week of the regular season. The Bulldogs have two games remaining: today against Apollo-Ridge in the Cancer Classic at Shady Side Academy, and at Carrick on Tuesday in their City League finale. The Bulldogs lost to Carrick, 49-46, on Jan. 19.

Westinghouse has lost 13 games in a row, its last win coming at Wilkinsburg on Dec. 19. In fact, all three of Westinghouse's wins have come against Wilkinsburg.


Wrestling: Carrick wins 2016 City League team title

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Carrick claimed the City League team tournament title with a 51-10 win over Brashear, on Jan. 28. Juan Rodriguez (138), Cory Dees (160), and Dale Davis (195) recorded pins for Carrick.

Carrick 51, Brashear 10
106: Joseph Dang, Carrick tech. fall Jamar Kerney, Brashear, 20-2.
113: Dylan Emma, Carrick dec. Delanie Link, Brashear, 13-6.
120: Cory Bevan, Brashear dec. Matt O'Connor, Carrick, 12-7)
126: Dominick Emma, Carrick dec. Joe Mwete, Brashear, 4-3)
132: Armond Jackson, Carrick by forfeit.
138: Juan Rodriguez, Carrick pinned Leon Blair, Brashear, 3:46)
145: Dalton Link, Brashear dec. Cody Kirk, Carrick, 5-3)
152: Jordan Oliver, Brashear major dec. Justice Jones, Carrick, 12-4)
160: Cory Dees, Carrick pinned James Wagner, Brashear, 5:15.
170: L.J. Orbovich, Carrick dec. Quason Jones, Brashear, 11-10.
182: Kenny Murphy, Carrick major dec. Shane Edwards, Brashear, 12-1.
195: Dale Davis, Carrick pinned Jesus Flores, Brashear, 3:53.
220: Cary Knight, Carrick dec. Ronell Davis, Brashear, 12-10.
285: James Howard, Carrick by forfiet.


Alumni Update - Henri Wade-Chatman (Edinboro)

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EDINBORO, Pa. -- Edinboro was held to a season-low 47 points Saturday, with senior guard Henri Wade-Chatman, a Brashear graduate,Wade Chatman Boro leading the team with 19 points, as the Fighting Scots fell to PSAC-foe Mercyhurst at McComb Fieldhouse to split the season series, 72-47.

The Scots dropped to 12-7 overall and 11-5 in the PSAC West while the Lakers improved to 15-5 and 12-4, respectively.

The Fighting Scots snapped a three-game winning streak as the Lakers won their 11th game in their last 14 contests. Mercyhurst entered Saturday's contest leading NCAA Division II in scoring defense at 53.9 ppg. In their first meeting this season, the Boro registered 77 points, a season-high in points allowed for the Lakers, for a 77-67 road win.

This time around, the Fighting Scots were held to 33.3 percent shooting, going 18-for-54 from the field, 3-for-15 from 3-point range, and 8-of 13 from the free throw line. The Fighting Scots trailed in the rebounding margin, 45-24, and were outscored in the paint, 32-16.


(photo courtesy of Edinboro University)


Boys Basketball: City League Feature Athlete - Allderdice's James Jackson

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: James Jackson
High School: Allderdice
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: A 6-foot-3 senior guard/forward, Jackson came into his own this season and helped make the Dragons the top-ranked team in Class AAAA. As of last week, he was in the top 20 in the area in scoring, averaging 22 points per game, and he scored 15 points on Sunday in a win against Mars in the Pittsburgh Basketball Club Classic. He is being looked at by several Division I colleges.


Girls Basketball: Perry, Carrick girls involved in shootout

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Carrick was held to a season-low 11 points Thursday night.

Less than 24 hours later, the Raiders played in one of the highest-scoring girls games in Western Pennsylvania this season.

Perry and Carrick put up some big-time offense numbers Friday afternoon, with Perry outlasting visiting Carrick, 85-83, in overtime.

To put that score in perspective, no City League boys game has produced as many points this season. It marked the second-most points either team had scored this season, those previous highs being put up in Perry's 71-55 win against Carrick on Dec. 29.


Girls Basketball: Obama rolling towards regular-season title

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Obama Academy has yet to clinch the City League regular-season title, but it's hard to imagine the Eagles won't accomplish it soon.

No league foe has been able to give Obama much of a challenge. The two-time defending City League champs have won all seven of their league games by at least 40 points. Their average margin of victory in those games is 48.8 points. On Friday, the Eagles hammered Westinghouse, 83-9.

Allderdice (6-1) is actually only one game back of Obama in the standings, with each team having three remaining league games. However, Obama proved it's on a different level than the Dragons on Jan. 19, with the Eagles rolling to a 75-35 win. The teams will square off again in the league finale on Feb. 9 at Allderdice.

Obama, which is 11-4 overall, is 4-4 in non-league games. The Eagles own wins against South Park, West Mifflin, Laurel and Farrell.


Boys Basketball: Top-ranked Allderdice continues to impress

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If there was any doubt that Allderdice was a legitimate threat to win the PIAA Class AAAA title, it went away in a puff of smoke over the weekend.

Not only did the No. 1 team in the state comport itself well at the Peachtree Corners Invitational in Georgia, it knocked off the No. 3 team in the state's third-highest classification, St. Pius X, 69-52, in its one and only game in the tournament.

This week, though, Allderdice (14-1, 5-0) will play a pair of games in the City League, against Carrick and Brashear, before it takes on Mars, one of the top Class AAA teams in the WPIAL, in the Pittsburgh Classic at Montour.


Boys Basketball: Allderdice plays in Georgia tournament tonight

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Nothng seems to be able to slow down the Allderdice basketball team this winter.

Not even a snowstorm that has rocked the East Coast.

Allderdice -- the top-ranked team in Pennsylvania -- is in Georgia to take part in the Peachtee Corners Invitational. The Dragons will play St. Pius X, Ga. tonight at 6 p.m. The game can be watched live online at SUVtv.

This will serve as another big test for the Dragons (13-1), whose only loss came to Kennedy Catholic on Dec. 18. Since then, the Dragons have won nine games in a row, highlighted by triumphs against Lincoln Park, Beaver Falls, Central Catholic and Obama Academy. Coach Buddy Valinsky's team is the state's No. 1-ranked team in Class AAAA.


Basketball: University Prep standout finally lands at junior college

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Joe Bendel profiles former University Prep standout Troy Simons, who is now playing at Polk State College in Florida.

"Troy Simons was in basketball limbo six months ago, a star player with nowhere to showcase his talents. That's when an ambitious high school teacher/assistant coach got into the act – and redirected Simons' career.

Rico Abbondanza, on the coaching staff at Brashear and a physical education teacher at University Prep, took amateur video of Simons playing in the Connie Hawkins League in East Liberty this past summer. He then shipped the video off to Polk State College coach Matt Furjanic, a Rankin native.

Furjanic was impressed. So much so that he presented a scholarship to Simons, a Hill District resident who went to four high schools – Brashear, University Prep, Imani Christian, Renaissance Christian Academy and back to University Prep – in five years."




Boys Basketball: Allderdice star looks to switch future from field to court

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White profiles Allderdice basketball player James Jackson.

2016 0121 Allderdice BBasketball(Photo: Allderdice's James Jackson celebrates after a basket in last season's City League championship at Petersen Events Center. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"James Jackson decided he would play college football, but there was one problem. He didn't play football his senior year at Allderdice High School.

So now, Jackson is playing himself into a possible future in college basketball.

Jackson is a 6-foot-2 senior guard for a strong Allderdice team ranked No. 1 in the state in Class AAAA. This season, he has played his way into being one of the top guards in Western Pennsylvania — and colleges have noticed.

Kent State came to Allderdice's game last week to see Jackson. Drexel and Ball State are now showing interest."


Boys Basketball: Allderdice No. 1 in the state

Written by Brad Everett on .

For the first time in nearly nine years, the No. 1-ranked boys basketball team in the state hails from the City League.

When the newest City of Basketball Love state rankings were released Monday, Allderdice found itself ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA. It's the highest a City League team has been ranked since Schenley -- led by DeJuan Blair, D.J. Kennedy and company -- won the PIAA title in 2007.

Allderdice had been ranked No. 2 since the start of the season, but when previous No. 1 Roman Catholic lost twice last week, the Dragons jumped into the top spot. Of course, the Dragons have done their job, too, winning six straight games since suffering their only loss. That defeat was to Kennedy Catholic, which is ranked No. 1 in Class A.

Coach Buddy Valinsky's Dragons are 10-1 overall and 3-0 in the City League. Their list of significant wins include Imhotep Charter, Beaver Falls and Lincoln Park. Imhotep Charter is ranked No. 3 in Class AAA and Beaver Falls is No. 8. Lincoln Park is No. 3 in Class AA.


Boys Basketball: Two more big tests await Allderdice

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The top-ranked team in the state has already faced a slew of excellent opponents this season.

Two more loom in the next couple of days.

Allderdice, Class AAAA's No. 1 team, plays Central Catholic on Saturday before hosting Obama Academy on Tuesday. Central Catholic is ranked No. 2 in WPIAL Class AAAA and Obama is ranked No. 2 in the City League.

The Dragons (10-1) take on Central Catholic (9-2) in The Challenge at Mt. Lebanon. The Vikings have lost to only one team from Pennsylvania (Pine-Richland) and went on the road and beat North Allegheny by 19 points earlier this week.