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Boys Basketball: Monessen falls short

Written by Brad Everett on .

Monessen stormed out of the gates to take a 7-0 lead against Lincoln Park last Friday in the WPIAL Class A boys championship. When Monessen coach Joe Salvino was asked after the game about the final outcome, he couldn't help but show a little humor.

"I know that if we would have quit after the seven-point lead we would have been fine," he said.

For Monessen, it turned out to be no walk in the park against Lincoln Park. The much-taller and more-talented Leopards had their way on the inside and outside, and went on to throttle Monessen, 85-41. The margin of victory was the largest in WPIAL Class A history.

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Boys Basketball: One win away from title game, Monessen faces tall task

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Monessen has faced some excellent teams this season, a list that includes Uniontown, Seton-LaSalle, Hempfield and Franklin Regional.

In order to reach the WPIAL Class A championship game, the Greyhounds will have to get past yet another outstanding opponent.

Monessen (19-5), the No. 3 seed, will play No. 2 Vincentian (22-2) in a semifinal tomorrow at North Allegheny.

Vincentian and Monessen are meeting in the playoffs for the second year in a row. Last season, the Royals defeated the Greyhounds, 81-42, in the quarterfinals.

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Boys Basketball: Monessen's focus is on Wilkinsburg

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Joe Koch profiles the Monessen boys basketball team. Click here to read his story.

"With the WPIAL Class A boys basketball playoffs now in full swing, Monessen coach Joe Salvino believes there is an advantage to being the No. 3 seed in the 16-team tournament.

"You have two programs in [top seeds] Lincoln Park and Vincentian and I think the No. 3 team is always laying in the weeds," he said. "That's what No.3 is, but it's a motivational thing for us.

"I tell the players we want to be mentioned with those programs and prepare to go to battle so we can beat those teams. If we get that opportunity, we'll see what we have to do."

What the Greyhounds "have to do" is beat a team they've already beaten this season in Friday night's tournament quarterfinals when they meet Wilkinsburg at 8 p.m. at Baldwin High School."

 

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Boys Basketball: Tough schedule prepares Monessen for postseason

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Joe Koch profiles the Monessen boys basketball team. Click here to read his story.

"The strategy that Joe Salvino employed 30 years ago when he started coaching boys basketball at Monessen High School is something that still works well into the 21st Century.

"I always felt that you prepared your team for sectional play and the [WPIAL] playoffs by playing bigger and stronger schools," Salvino said.

His team has an overall record of 8-4 but is 3-0 against Section 3-A opponents after defeating Carmichaels Tuesday. The Mighty Mikes had been tied with the Greyhounds for the section lead.

"I'm not the kind of coach who is out to pad his record by playing lesser competition," Salvino said. "I want to test my players and see how good they can be.""

 

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Football: Monessen doing it with the big play

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When it comes to striking for long touchdowns, few teams do it as well as Monessen.

The Greyhounds have scored 14 touchdowns of 50 yards or more, including a season-high five in last week's 55-19 win against Serra Catholic. Clintell Gillaspie was on the receiving end of touchdown passes of 53 and 68 yards from Noah Rullo, Demond Jordan had an 85-yard run, and Javon Brown added a 95-yard run, followed by a 90-yard kickoff return.

Gillaspie, who is second in the WPIAL with 19 touchdowns, continues to be one of the most explosive players in the area. He's averaging 11.3 yards per carry (598 yards) and 29.3 yards per catch (352 yards). Of his 12 receptions, seven have gone for touchdowns. He has seven touchdowns of at least 50 yards and 10 of at least 40 yards.