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Hockey: Carrick’s only loss comes in final game

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

For 23 games, Carrick was perfect.

But that streak came to a halt in game 24, which happened to be the Division 2 championship game.

After trailing 2-1 after the first period, Indiana scored the final four goals to defeat Raiders, 5-2, at RMU Sports Island last Thursday.

Anthony Manuel scored both of Carrick’s goals, with the two tallies coming just 41 seconds apart near the end of the first period.

But Patrick O’Neal (twice), Thomas Petro and Tyler Barker scored over the final two periods for the Little Indians.

The two teams did not meet during the regular season, as Indiana played in Class B and Carrick in Class C. But the two divisions were combined for the playoffs. Indiana finished 16-5-2, while Carrick ended 23-1. 

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Photo Journal: Boys Basketball PIAA Second Round Playoffs - Allderdice vs. Mt. Lebanon (March 11)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

North Allegheny hosted the PIAA Second Round Playoffs, Wednesday, March 11, 2015.  In the last game of the evening Mt. Lebanon boys played Taylor Allderdice.  The air was electric and both teams played with all their might.  It was close to the end with Taylor Allderdice the victor, defeating Mt. Lebanon 60-57.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Boys Basketball: Allderdice one win away from first state final

Written by Brad Everett on .

Allderdice knocked off one state power to reach the PIAA Class AAAA semifinals.

If the Dragons can defeat another Tuesday, they'll do something that's never been done in school history.

On the verge of reaching its first PIAA final, Allderdice will take on Martin Luther King in a semifinal Tuesday at Chambersburg High School. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.

Allderdice (26-2) is in the semifinals for the first time since 1987. The Dragons got there courtesy of a 65-58 win against Harrisburg in a quarterfinal Saturday at Altoona. After falling behind by eight points midway through the third quarter, the Dragons used a 14-1 run to completely swing the momentum. They never trailed again. Harrisburg tied the game, 57-57, with 1:16 left, but the Dragons outscored the Cougars, 8-1, the rest of the way to claim the win.

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Boys Basketball: Harrisburg up next for Allderdice

Written by Brad Everett on .

It's been 27 years since Allderdice last advanced this deep into the PIAA playoffs.

The Dragons wouldn't mind sticking around for a few more games, too.

Allderdice will square off against Harrisburg in a PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinal Saturday at Altoona at 4 p.m. The City League champion Dragons enter with a 25-2 record. Harrisburg, the fifth-place finisher from District 3, is 22-8.

Coach Buddy Valinsky's Dragons are making their first quarterfinal appearance since 1988. The Dragons were defeated in that game, but advanced to the semifinals a season earlier. They have never made it to the championship.

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Photo Journal: Boys Basketball PIAA First Round Playoffs - Obama Academy vs. Ambridge (March 6)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Taylor Allderdice hosted the PIAA First Round Playoffs, Friday, March 6, 2015.  Obama Academy boys met Ambridge in the second game of the evening.  The game was played hard, close til the clock ran out.  Ambridge went home with the win defeating Obama 46-44. Ambridge (17-9) will go on to play Erie Cathedral Prep (20-6), Tuesday, March 10 in the next round of the PIAA playoffs.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Photo Journal: Girls Basketball PIAA Playoffs - Obama Academy vs. Penn Hills (March 6)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Taylor Allderdice was the venue for the PIAA First Round Playoffs, Friday, March 6, 2015.  In the first game of the night, Obama Academy girls faced Penn Hills. The game had a slow start, but picked up to within reach for both teams in the second half. Penn Hills however maintained it's steady lead and brought home a victory defeating Obama 39-26. Penn Hills (17-10) will face North Allegheny (20-6), Tuesday, March 10, in the next round of the playoffs.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Boys Basketball: Allderdice continues to gain fans

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles the Allderdice boys basketball team.

"After just about every basketball game this season, Buddy Valinsky has had one person or another compliment his players.

Whether it's been opposing coaches, fans or even referees, the Allderdice boys basketball coach obviously welcomed each and every comment.

"I'm getting more refs say how nice our kids were and mentioned their behavior on the court, so that's been a pleasure," Valinsky said. "We also hear a lot about our team's passing skills and how unselfish our players play together.

"That's something we've seen all season and it's something we feel very good about with our program.""

 

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Basketball: Three City League teams play PIAA first-round games this weekend

Written by Brad Everett on .

A trio of City League teams will be in action this weekend when the PIAA plays its first-round games.

The Allderdice and Obama Academy boys, along with the Obama Academy girls, are all in the main draw. Both the Allderdice and Obama boys had to win play-in games to advance to the 32-team bracket.

The City League champion Allderdice boys could make a run in Class AAAA. The Dragons (23-2) will play the WPIAL fourth-place finisher, Fox Chapel (16-9), Saturday at Obama at Noon. The Dragons and Foxes met earlier this season, with the Dragons winning, 65-45, Dec. 9. Last Saturday, the Dragons topped Erie McDowell, 61-48, in a play-in game. If Allderdice defeats Fox Chapel, its next opponent could be WPIAL champion Chartiers Valley. The Colts open up PIAA play against WPIAL fifth-place finisher Mt. Lebanon.

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Boys Basketball: Allderdice wins PIAA play-in game

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The Allderdice High School boys basketball team has been talking about making a run in the PIAA playoffs this season. Saturday, the Dragons put themselves in the tournament.

Allderdice defeated McDowell, 61-48, in a PIAA Class AAAA play-in game at Brashear. The win puts Allderdice (23-2) into the round of 32 Saturday against the No. 4 team from the WPIAL.

Allderdice, the City League champion, jumped to a 21-12 lead after the first quarter and extended the advantage to 36-23 at halftime. McDowell (16-7), a District 10 team from Erie, could never recover.

The Dragons have been a well-balanced team offensively all season, and that was the case again. Lamone Dixon led Allderdice with 13 points, Ramon Creighton added 11, Tim Jackson 11 and James Jackson 9.

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Boys Basketball: Allderdice prepares for 'season three'

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles the Allderdice boys basketball team.

"While still celebrating on the floor of the Peterson Events Center last Saturday afternoon, Buddy Valinsky made sure to gather his Allderdice boys basketball team together for a quick reminder.

"I told them that we're now entering season three," the Dragons' coach told his players soon after they captured their second consecutive City League championship. "I broke this year up into three seasons. In my mind, we went 19-2 in the first season, had our run in the City League playoffs as season two and the state playoffs is season three.

"I know how to challenge kids and make them go. Everything can be overwhelming at times, but now we need to start a new run of victories."

Allderdice (22-2) topped Obama Academy in the title game, 78-58, to claim the program's second consecutive league crown and fifth championship in six seasons."

 

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Girls Basketball: Obama completes City League domination

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Joe Koch profiles the Obama girls basketball team.

"Obama Academy girls basketball coach Monique McCoy said a loss in the 2014 PIAA Class AAAA girls basketball tournament led to a big dividend that manifested itself with a perfect record against City League teams this season and a 66-38 victory against Allderdice in the City League championship game this past Saturday at the Petersen Events Center.

"[Playing tough teams] started last year," said McCoy outside of a noisy Eagles locker room at the Petersen Events Center. "We played Hempfield [the WPIAL Class AAAA runner-up], and [our players] saw they could compete with these WPIAL teams."

The Eagles lost, 54-33, but the young team -- which must replace just two players from this year's squad -- saw the possibilities that paid off this season.

"All summer long, the girls went to camps, worked hard on their AAU teams and played in summer leagues," she said. "The girls have continued to work hard and their goal for this season was to go undefeated in the City, win the City title and to get past the first and second rounds of the state tournament. They made that goal for the team because last year we were the underdogs.""

 

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Boys Basketball: Allderdice set to begin PIAA tournament

Written by Brad Everett on .

Allderdice opened its season against Erie McDowell.

The Dragons hope their final game isn't against the Trojans, too.

Allderdice (22-2), the City League champion, begins its quest for a PIAA title Saturday when it takes on McDowell (18-6) in a Class AAAA District 8-9-10 subregional game at Brashear at 2 p.m.

The Dragons are familiar with McDowell, having played the Trojans way back on Dec. 5 in the Bethel Park tournament. The Dragons won, 72-61, and went on to defeat Bethel Park to claim the title.

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Alumni Update - Jason Evans (Chatham)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Pittsburgh, Pa. - Chatham University has announced the promotion of Jason Evans to Head Softball Coach after serving as the program's Recruiting Coordinator.

Evans has successfully recruited 42 student-athletes in his five years at Chatham.

A former high school standout at Carrick High School in the Pittsburgh City League, Coach Evans played middle infield and also saw time behind the plate as a catcher.  

The Cougars will take the field for the first time this season in mid-March.

 

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Boys Basketball: Allderdice repeats as City champs

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett covered Saturday's City League boys championship game between Allderdice and Obama Academy.

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"Allderdice needed a free throw in the final minute to edge Obama Academy by one point in last year's City League championship.

Saturday's rematch wasn't nearly as thrilling.

Allderdice raced to a double-digit lead early in the second quarter and never looked back on its way to a 78-58 win at Petersen Events Center.

The Dragons, who ended Obama's perfect season in last year's final, claimed their second title in a row and fifth in the past six seasons. The four other titles came at high school venues, with Saturday's game marking the first time since 2009 that a City League championship was held at a college."