Boys Basketball: Mount Pleasant advances out of preliminary round

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Mount Pleasant avenged its loss in the preliminary round last year by advancing past that round this year. Last year, the Vikings fell to Knoch, 52-40, but made sure the oucome would be different this year.

On Friday, the Vikings defeated Kittanning, 70-53, at Penn Hills High School to advance to the first round of the Class AAA playoffs where they are rewarded with a date against top-seed Chartiers Valley.

In their win against Kittanning, the Vikings had four players in double figures led by Mitch Matlas with 20 points. Marcus Malara had 17 and Luke Liprando and Ryan Gumbita chipped in with 15 and 10, respectively.



Girls Basketball: Mount Pleasant captures share of section title

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Looking like a nice surprise at the season's start, Mount Pleasant proved to be much more than that, powering through its section slate with an 11-1 mark and capturing a share of the title with Indiana, which it split the season series with.

The Vikings finished the season with a 14-8 mark overall. It's a marked improvement from 2012-13, when they went 10-13 overall and 6-6 section record.

A big reason for Mount Pleasant's improvement has been a vastly more potent offense. This year, Mount Pleasant averaged 54.5 points per game, up from 43.2 last year.


Boys Basketball: Mount Pleasant remains in section title hunt

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To this point no one has been able to slow down Uniontown in Class AAA Section 3 but there has been one team that has been able to keep pace.

Mount Pleasant stands alone in second place with a 7-1 record - their lone loss being at home to Uniontown - and has a chance still for a section title if they can win the remaining of their section games.

The big one will be the rematch at Uniontown on Feb. 4 but the Vikings still have to take care of business against Yough on the road and Greensburg Salem and Southmoreland at home.

The Vikings are currently riding a four game winning streak.



Girls Basketball: Mount Pleasant in hunt for section title

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Even if Mount Pleasant wins out, the Vikings are going to need some help to dethrone Indiana for the Class AAA Section 3 title. Both Mount Pleasant and Indiana sit at 10-1 in the section but the Little Indians swept the season series against the Vikings.

The Vikings have struggled of late, going 2-3 in their last five games, but two of the losses came outside of the section against Elizabeth Forward and Belle Vernon.

The Vikings have four section games remaining with two on the road against Greensburg Salem and Southmoreland. They will travel to Yough and Uniontown.


Boys Basketball: Mount Pleasant chasing one of the top spots in Class AAA Section 3

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All though they are not out of the section race, it is going to be tough for the Vikings to catch undefeated Uniontown for the title.

Mount Pleasant is 6-5 overall and 3-1 in the conference with their one loss coming to none other than Uniontown in their last game. The Red Raiders easily defeated the Vikings, 76-58, on Mount Pleasant's home court. Mitch Matlas led three Vikings in double figures with 16 points.

The Vikings enter a tough stretch tonight where they will play back-to-back away section games on back-to-back nights against Southmoreland and Greensburg Salem.

The Vikings will meet up with the Red Raiders again on Feb. 4.