Chatham sophomore Kianna Hedjazi was named the Presidents' Athletic Conference Women's Swimmer/Diver of the Week.
The Golden Lions have a special-situation out-of-bounds play that they really like to use. “We have a pretty good conversion rate getting easy buckets,” said Greensburg-Salem head coach Chris Mankins about why the team likes the play.
“We try to utilize our strengths,” added Mankins. “Pat Boyer, our 6’5” junior center and Max Ponzurick (who’s 6’3” - kind of a power forward) they do a good job with internal screening and getting good, easy looks at the bucket,” Mankins added.
Greensburg Salem enjoyed a tournament weekend at Seton Hill University for the Coaches vs. Cancer Backyard Brawlz. Game results and current records can be seen on the WPIAL 2012-13 boys’ basketball page at Post-Gazette NOW.
Greensburg Salem travels tonight to play Derry.
When asked what plays or skills the Centurions were enjoying using the most right now, head coach Greg Bisignani answered without hesitation.
“The generic answer,” he said. “We just try to play good, hard defense. We worked the other day on getting better at defense.”
Greensburg CC actually plays defense by employing a numbers mentality. Bisignani explained that the Centurions were trained to see an opponent’s offense as a one-against-five situation. As a team, Greensburg seeks to shut down opposing ball-carriers’ shots and options.
Greensburg Central Catholic enjoyed a tournament weekend at Seton Hill University for the Coaches vs. Cancer Backyard Brawlz. Game results and current records can be seen on the WPIAL 2012-13 boys’ basketball page at Post-Gazette NOW.
The Centurions travel for a big game tonight against Jeannette. Tip-off is at 7:30.
The Vikings bested Greensburg Salem on Tuesday (January 8) with a score of 58-52. Three Mount Pleasant players posted high scores: Cody Monroe (20 points), Ryan Gumbita (16) and Marcus Malara (11).
Uniontown defeated Mount Pleasant on Friday night, 73-59. Mount Pleasant’s play was described as strong nonetheless. Ryan Gumbita had made critical scores inside for 15 points (Mitch Matlas had 14 for the Vikings).
Mount Pleasant plays tonight at home against Southmoreland.
After a slight section skid with Hempfield and Kiski Area, Penn Trafford took the weekend at Seton Hill. Seton Hill was hosting the Coaches vs. Cancer Backyard Brawlz. The Warriors’ first game in the tournament was against Fox Chapel – a team that had had a Tuesday loss to Gateway in section 2-AAAA.
Penn-Trafford’s Corey Stanford shot of 19 points in the January 8 loss to Kiski Area. On the previous Friday versus Hempfield, Stanford shot for 21. So Stanford’s ability to remain composed during weighted games is a plus for the Warriors.
The Seton Hill tournament is typically a great capsule of Westmoreland County basketball, but ranged further by bringing in teams such as Fox Chapel. Game results and current records can be seen on the WPIAL 2012-13 boys’ basketball page at Post-Gazette NOW.
Penn Trafford jumps right back into Section 1-AAAA tonight at home versus Norwin.
Close losses have plagued Franklin basketball in the past. The team lost 64-55 to McKeesport on Tuesday night (January 8). But with a 59-56 loss to Gateway on January 4, the Panthers have some stories to tell.
Three Panthers had scored in the double digits for Franklin that night: Nate Hlozek (17 points), Matt Renzi (15), and Charan Singh (10). Gateway has demonstrated a very balanced offense this season. Although Dean Cottrell-Baker and Tom Kromka shot for 12 and 10 points apiece, the other Gators scored 37 points. Gateway’s balanced offense won the Gators first place in Section 2-AAAA, as they defeated also Fox Chapel with balance.
In the McKeesport game, Hlozek scored 21 points and Matt Fisch shot for 10 for Franklin Regional.
The Panthers played Woodland Hills on Thursday. Game results and current records can be seen on the WPIAL 2012-13 boys’ basketball page at Post-Gazette NOW.
Franklin Regional’s next game is tonight against Plum.
“We call it the two-man,” said Latrobe head coach Greg Fenton about one of the Wildcats favorite plays. The play builds off of two “men” from Latrobe’s man-to-man offense. (Notice we said man-to-man offense, not defense.)
“The girls run it very well – we usually get a basket from it,” said Fenton. Among the Wildcats who dig the play the most are Emma Kate Womack and Taley Dunaway. Although, with Latrobe’s solid position in their section, it’s safe to assume that the whole team is getting in on the two-man.
Latrobe is still part of a changing Section 1-AAAA. The Wildcats have been quiet in the past; they haven’t been to WPIAL playoffs since 2008. But the Latrobe team is motoring quietly through the Section 1-AAAA season. Unfazed by the dominant presence of Penn-Trafford and Hempfield, Latrobe remains in contention at the January 14 mark.
“Madison Caulfield is a really good shooter for us,” said Oakland Catholic head coach Shannon Boyle. “A typical basketball thing is to do a ‘pick-and-roll.’ We do a ‘pick-and-pop.’”
In the pick-and-pop, Caulfield pops to the three-point line after the screen is set.
In other schemes, senior Nicole Johnson’s left-hand dominance opens up different lines of plays for the Eagles. “She’s a really nice player form perimeter for us and also a post player,” said Boyle. Boyle explained that Oakland has setups designed to get Johnson on the left side for an attack.
The Caulfield and Johnson examples demonstrate a very important point for Oakland Catholic. “I try to design offenses and defenses specifically for my personnel,” said Boyle. “It’s been difficult this year because my personnel aren’t the same, so you see different things happen in the game designs.”
Robert Morris freshman Richard Lednak won the 5,000-meter run at the Doug Raymond Invitational, hosted by Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
Have you ever wondered why the Knights look like ballers so effortlessly? The answer might lie in the “Carter” play.
“One of our favorite plays is one we refer to as our ‘Carter’ play,” said head coach Brian Brozeski. “It gives us lots of looks at the basket, and one of the looks ends up being a lob at the hoop.”
Named for the work of NBA shooting guard Vince Carter from his days at the University of North Carolina, the play has become a favorite for Norwin to build upon. However, sophomore guards Amanda Batey and Delaney Arbour as well as junior guard Julia Carter were named by Brozeski as players who particularly enjoy contributing using the Carter play.
Junior forward Monique Redman and senior guard Ciara Gregory rock the out-of-bounds situation for Jeannette basketball. But you’ll have to watch the Jayhawks yourself to try to see what they do.
“It’s kind of fun,” said head coach Luann Mills, describing the play. “It’s a ‘Jeannette’ kind of thing.”
While we can’t give you the details on the play, we can tell you that the Jayhawks are very focused on sound team play. Their opponents know of Gregory’s scoring proficiency (33 PPG as of January 8), and Mills noted that she gets both double- and triple-teamed. Mills added that this can sometimes make Gregory’s teammates concerned that she might get injured (accidentally, through contact). The result is a heightened team game for Jeanette.
Jeannette hosts Greensburg Central Catholic tonight, so here are a few facts to consider, going into the evening:
Ciara Gregory is still the WPIAL’s leading scorer. She sank 33 points in last Monday night’s win over Ford City, 47-40. The Jayhawks had Shady Side on the schedule for last Thursday (January 10). Jeannette also played out the Coaches vs. Cancer Backyard Brawlz at Seton Hills University over the weekend -- Game results as well as the current record can be viewed on the 2012-2013 WPIAL girls' varsity basketball page at Post-Gazette NOW .
Jeannette’s tip-off with the Centurions is set for 7:30pm. Greensburg Central Catholic’s current record can be viewed by clicking here .
The sisters are (in alphabetical order):
Junior forward Dakotah Biller and freshman forward Katie
Junior guard Elaina Fearer and freshman guard Ashley
Sophomore forward Brooke Kalp and freshman guard Alyssa
Senior forward Jena Szelong and sophomore guard Alexa
As you can imagine, there are effects of having eight teammates with an immediate family member on the same team. All of the effects are positive, and they spread to the non-sister teammates.
Below is a review of the East posts that appeared the week of Jan. 6-12
Sunday, Jan. 6
* Sports Town East Week in Review (Dec. 30-Jan. 5)
Monday, Jan. 7
* Penn-Trafford basketball: Skilled defense, skilled veterans into section business
* Franklin Regional basketball: Missed shots, 26 turnovers, two overtimes, and a win
* Gateway’s Hainsey thwarted Lee’s post-up moves
* Hempfield basketball had Section 1-AAAA play get serious
* Greensburg CC basketball seniors don’t want to be broken up
IUP senior Ashley McAteer recently helped the Crimson Hawks put together a pair of dual meet wins over Monmouth College in Florida.
The Penn-Trafford graduate won the 50 yard butterfly event. At the same event she also posted a pair of NCAA B qualifying cuts.
John D' Abruzzo's feature on the Burrell boys' basketball team:
"A competitive and challenging schedule is all Rob Niederberger wanted this season for his Burrell boys basketball team.
After spending the past two years battling against bigger schools in Class AAA, the Buccaneers are back competing in Class AA. Niederberger, however, made sure his team would face opponents from every WPIAL classification this season.
"What we want to do is challenge these guys with our schedule," the third-year coach said. "We want to play good teams. The only way to make yourself a better team is to play better competition."
Burrell improved to 9-2 overall and 3-0 in Section 1-AA with a 55-33 victory Tuesday against Apollo-Ridge."
Slippery Rock junior cornerback Anthony Saunders was named as a third-team Don Hansen Division II All-Super Region One performer by the Don Hansen Football Committee.
Saunders, a Valley High School graduate, led the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and ranked 11th among NCAA Division II players in passes defended with 17 (14 broken up, three interceptions).
Saunders accumulated 105 yards on interception returns, highlighted by two he turned into touchdowns, a 50-yarder in the season-opening win over Seton Hill and a 42-yarder in a win over Gannon.
Robert Morris senior Stephen Mitchell was named the Northeast Conference Indoor Field Athlete of the Week.
Appearing at the Penn State Relays, his first indoor meet since 2011, the Central Catholic High School graduate qualified for the IC4A/ECAC Championships in both the shot put and the 35-pound weight throw.
The Gateway hockey team lost six of its first seven games of the season, getting outscored 55-15 during that span.
But a win over Kiski in the Gators’ final PIHL game before the holidays has started a three-game winning streak that has boosted the team into the playoff hunt.
Following the win over Kiski, Gateway beat the Cavaliers again in the first game after the break on Jan. 3, then came back and beat West Allegheny 7-4 Monday.
Central Catholic entered the third period trailing Upper St. Clair (6-2-1), 2-0, Monday night.
But the Vikings fought their way back.
Erich Denk scored twice in the third period to tie the game, and then Chris McCambridge lit the lamp with 19 seconds remaining in the game to give Central Catholic a 3-2 victory.
In its last PIHL game before the holidays, Norwin got smoked by Shaler 13-2 in one of the more eye-popping results of the season.
In the rematch between the two teams Monday, the Knights got revenge.
Dante Youhon had a natural hat trick in the first period and Dan Merz added two goals and four assists in a 7-2 win.
It was Youhon’s first hat trick of the season and second of his high school career.
- Westmoreland County Wrestling Tournament Preview
- Penn-Trafford basketball dealing with life in tough section
- Coach rebuilding Hempfield hockey team
- Mount Pleasant basketball sister act a real hit
- Is Gateway's basketball destiny another section crown?
- Craig Meyer's high school basketball notebook (East, Jan. 10)
- Video: Gateway wins nail biter with Fox Chapel, costumed student section rushes court
- Wrestling: East Match of the Week (Jan. 9)
- Wrestling: East Feature Athlete - Penn-Trafford's Devin Austin
- Norwin basketball: Mismatch advantages for baseline flex
- AP-student Gateway hoopers aren’t spending time thinking; they’re reacting
- Jeannette: Watched film on Serra to beat them, Jayhawks’ guard core of rebounders
- Central Catholic basketball: Shorter practices, more complete players
- Hempfield basketball team beat Penn-Trafford with fast breaks and pressure
- Franklin Regional basketball: Missed shots, 26 turnovers, two overtimes, and a win
- Gateway’s Hainsey thwarted Lee’s post-up moves
- Hempfield basketball had Section 1-AAAA play get serious
- Penn-Trafford basketball: Skilled defense, skilled veterans into section business
- Greensburg CC basketball seniors don’t want to be broken up
- Sports Town East Week in Review (Dec. 30-Jan. 5)