Keith Barnes profiles the Clairton boys basketball team.
(Photo: Clairton's Aaron Mathews is starring for the basketball team after helping the football team to a WPIAL Class A championship. John Heller/Post-Gazette)
"Over the past few years, Matt Geletko has become somewhat used to being one of only a handful of people in the gym when the first official day of basketball practice opened.
That's what happens when you're the boys coach at Clairton and most of your players are still in pads for their annual run through the WPIAL and PIAA Class A football tournaments.
Only this year, things were different.
Instead of waiting until almost Christmas for the Bears to have their first full practice with all of their players in attendance, the football team lost in its first game of the state tournament to District 5 champion Berlin Brothersvalley and joined their teammates on the hardwood for nine days before their first game of the season against Jefferson-Morgan and 11 before their Section 4 opener against Serra Catholic."