Girls Basketball: Mount Pleasant continues to roll in Class AAA Section 3

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It could have been considered a fluke when Mount Pleasant knocked off Indiana by four points in their Section 3-AAA opener. But from that point on, the Vikings have not only played well in the section, they've dominated.

Mount Pleasant has rung up a 5-0 mark in Section 3-AAA. Now at 7-4 overall, they've become the favorites in the race to the section title.

The impressive wins have begun to stack up for the upstart Vikings.

After knocking off Indiana in their section-opener, Mount Pleasant put together a number of impressive victories, besting Derry by 22 points, Yough by 48, upending defending section champion Uniontown by 30, and Greensburg Salem by 34.


Boys Basketball: Mount Pleasant keeps improving

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Drew Karpen profiles the Mount Pleasant boys basketball team. Click here to read his story.

"Two years ago the Mount Pleasant boys basketball team had a season to forget.

It finished the year with a 4-18 record and decided it was time to make changes ... sort of.

The Vikings made a change in their head coach by bringing back former coach Tony Splendor. Splendor coached the Vikings last in the 1970s and has been with the school for 40 years and has also served as the boys and girls tennis coach.

In his first season back last year, he propelled the Vikings back to the WPIAL playoffs, although it was a short-lived run. The Vikings, who are 6-4 overall, are aiming to get back to the postseason in 2014 after a 3-0 start in Section 3-AAA."



Boys Basketball: Mount Pleasant off to fast start in section

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Mount Pleasant have flipped the switch from a 1-4 start to the season, rattling off four straight wins for a 5-4 record. The Vikings turned things around once they entered section play. They currently stand a half a game behind Uniontown in Class AAA Section 3 with a 2-0 record.

The Vikings have picked up narrow section wins against Laurel Highlands, 57-55, and Derry Area, 44-40.

The Vikings also went 2-0 in the North Star tournament with blowout wins over Meyersdale and Forest Hills.

Mount Pleasant returns to section play on Friday when they host Yough.


Girls Basketball: Mount Pleasant a pleasant surprise

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Mount Pleasant may not have been billed as a contender entering the season, but heading into 2014 they look just as likely to challenge for the Section 3-AAA title as anyone.
The Vikings (4-4, 2-0) are tied with Greensburg Salem (4-5, 2-0) for the section lead at this early juncture in the season. That might not be saying a lot with only two section games played apiece, but it says something.

No team in 3-AAA has an overall record better than Indiana's 5-3, which is also the only mark other than Mount Pleasant's that isn't under the .500 mark. And importantly for Mount Pleasant, one of their two section victories came at Indiana's expense.

Alexa Szelong led the team in scoring as a freshman and a sophomore, averaging double-figures each season as the Vikings continued their seven-year streak of reaching the playoffs. Her name continues to pop up in box scores on a nightly basis. Teammate Elaina Fearer put up 18 points against Indiana and is a vital cog for the Vikings as well.