Girls Basketball: North Catholic has plenty of incentive tonight

Written by Joe Koch on .

Not long after Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic fell to Vincentian Academy 61-48 in the second game of the two-game series back on Feb. 5, Trojanettes coach Molly Rottmann hoped that her team would be seeded either No. 2 or No. 3 in the WPIAL Class A girls basketball tournament.

The longtime coach got her wish as the Trojanettes earned a No. 2 seed and meet No. 7 Jefferson-Morgan in a quarterfinal game at 6:30 p.m. today at Peters Township.

The winner advances to Wednesday's semifinal where it meets the winner of another quarterfinal between No. 3 California and No. 6 Riverview. A victory in that game would give North a trip to the Petersen Events Center and a possible third game against the defending WPIAL and PIAA Class A champion Royals.


Girls Basketball: North Catholic primed for a run

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the North Catholic girls basketball team.

"Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic knows it has likely done enough to earn a No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the WPIAL Class A girls basketball playoff bracket, which was to be announced Tuesday night.

A 17-5 overall record, 10-2 mark in Section 2-A and noteworthy non-section wins should be enough to put the Trojanettes opposite of No. 1 Vincentian Academy in the WPIAL Class A playoff field, meaning if the two Section 2-A rivals were to meet for a third time it would be at Peterson Events Center in the WPIAL final.

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic also knows it cannot look ahead to the WPIAL finals.

Last season the Trojanettes stumbled in the WPIAL quarterfinals, losing, 45-43, to California. After splitting the season series with arch-rival Vincentian Academy, they would not get a chance to play a rubber match. The Royals went on to win their third consecutive WPIAL title and a state title."



Boys Basketball: Big win against rival keeps North Catholic rolling

Written by Brad Everett on .

The win Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic picked up last Friday wasn't enough to win the Trojans a section title. Heck, it didn't even move them up in the section standings. However, the triumph still held a lot of significance and was likely the team's most important victory of the season.

North Catholic had been playing great basketball heading into that game against visiting Vincentian – the top-ranked team in WPIAL Class A – but by beating the Royals, the Trojans showed they should be considered one of the championship favorites.

The Trojans earned their seventh win in a row that night. However, they fell to Eden Christian in a non-section game last night. Vincentian had North Catholic's number the past few years, winning six games in a row in the series. But that run was snapped when the Trojans handed the Royals their first Section 2 loss, 76-67.

Vince LeGrande was the star for the Trojans, pouring in a team-high 29 points. Isaiah Harvin chipped in 16 points and Tristan Newcamp added 14. The Trojans led, 36-27, at the half, before the Royals cut their deficit to 55-53 after three quarters. The Trojans then outscored the Royals, 21-14, in the fourth quarter to hang on for the win.


Girls Basketball: North Feature Athlete - Sam Breen, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic

Written by Joe Koch on .

Name: Sam Breen
School: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic
Grade: 10
Sport: Girls Baskeball
Position: Forward

Background: Sam is a two-year starter for the Trojanettes, ranked No. 2 in Class A. She is averaging 22.5 points, 12.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.3 blocks per game. She is a high honor student and is a member of the school's World Language Club. Sam already has been offered a scholarship to Iona College, a New Rochelle, N.Y. college that competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. She also has received inquires from Niagara University, the University of Akron and Youngstown State.


Girls Basketball: North Catholic gets second chance at Vincentian

Written by Joe Koch on .

The final full week of the regular season for girls basketball leads to some interesting match-ups in section finales.

One such game takes place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday when Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic hosts Vincentian Academy.

In recent years, the Royals have either won the section championship outright or shared the honor with the Trojanettes.

In two of the past three seasons, North Catholic has won the regular-season finale against the Royals on last-second baseline layups in games that were played at North's former campus on Troy Hill.