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Baseball: Cornell the lone undecided left

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When the season started, there were some obvious favorites for playoff spots and some definite longshots. Much has been made of the fact that Quigley Catholic is advancing to the WPIAL playoffs for the first time since the Reagan Administration, but Spartans weren't the only longshot.

Cornell also qualified as a longshot after winning just a pair of games last season and the Raiders have had two winless seasons since they last reached the postseason dance in 2010. Now, though, Cornell enters the final days of the regular season as the only local team with its postseason status still in limbo.

Cornell is now 4-7 in Class 1A Section 3 and has split its series with Western Beaver – the team just half a game ahead in the standings.

A win in the season finale will get the Raiders into the playoffs and who else would they play in that finale but Cinderella herself – the game will be played at Quigley.

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Girls Basketball: Cornell prepares for state playoffs

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It's been a series of firsts for the Cornell basketball team.

After earning a historic 56-48 victory over Quigley Catholic that allowed the Raiders to forge a tie for the Class 1A Section 1 championship, the Raiders earned a No. 2 seed in the Class 1A tournament and won two playoff games over Geibel Catholic and St. Joseph to earn their first trip to the Petersen Events Center for the 1A championship game against top-seeded Winchester Thurston.

When the Raiders went on a 4-0 run at the outset of the fourth quarter, there was a sense of encouragement on the Raiders bench as Cornell took a 38-35 lead on a Cy'Moni Harrison follow-up layup with 7:08 left in the game.

That's when the roof caved in on the Raiders' hopes, and Winchester Thurston went on to post a 52-41 victory over Cornell in the WPIAL 1A champions.

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Girls Basketball: Cornell ends Quigley's section streak

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Quigley Catholic's girls basketball team had a tremendous run when it came to playing -- and defeating -- section opponents.

No one was more appreciative of that fact than Shawn Urbano, who is in his 10th season as the girls basketball coach at Cornell.

Urbano also knew the day would come when a section rival would beat the Spartans. That day came this past Thursday when the Raiders snapped an 8-8 tie after the first quarter and went on to snap the Spartans' 66-game section winning streak with a 56-48 victory before an estimated 400 raucous fans at Cornell High.

"I was very excited," Urbano said. And, he wasn't the only one.

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Boys Basketball: West Feature Athlete - Cornell's Na’Dhama Luster

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Name: Na'Dhama Luster
School: Cornell
Grade: 11
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: Despite not having a single player over 6-foot tall and only one senior on the roster, Cornell has won 12 of 16 games. Luster, a 5-10 junior, has been a key part of that as his scoring has been on the rise in the recent weeks as the Raiders have won five of their last six. Last week, he scored 28 against Vincentian and then 21 in a win over Rochester. For the season, Luster is averaging over 15 points per game.