Boys Basketball: Despite early playoff exit, Pine-Richland's future looks bright

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When Jeff Ackermann took over the coaching duties at Pine-Richland last July, he said there was no reason the Rams couldn't compete for a playoff spot, this despite the program not having qualified for the postseason since 2011.

As it turns out, the Rams did more than just compete. Not only did they make the playoffs, but they were playing like a championship contender until seeing their season end in a 49-35 upset loss against Fox Chapel in a WPIAL Class AAAA first-round game last Wednesday.

Pine-Richland went 17-5 overall and placed second in Section AAAA with a 9-3 record. It was the most wins compiled by a Rams team since they finished 18-9 and reached the WPIAL semifinals in 2007.

"If you would have told me before the season that we'd finish 17-5, I would have taken it and I would have ran with it," Ackermann said. "Obviously, I didn't expect we'd lose in the first round, but I thought going into the playoffs that we were as good as anyone and had a chance to win a championship."


Girls Basketball: Playoff survival at stake tonight for Pine-Richland

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Not all was lost when Pine-Richland fell to Bethel Park 58-42 in a PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinal game this past Friday at North Allegheny.

But it will be the end of the road for the Rams if they are unable to get past a team that is as equally miffed as they are with the results of their respective games this past Friday.

While the Rams were falling to Bethel Park, top-seeded Penn-Trafford dropped a 40-22 decision to No. 9 Penn Hills. The victory represented the second victory in a row by the Indians over a higher seed and put them into Tuesday's semifinals against Bethel Park.

Pine-Richland finished second in Section 3-AAAA with a record of 9-3 and enters the game with an overall record of 19-5. For Penn-Trafford, their loss to Penn Hills snapped a 21-game winning streak. The Warriors' other loss came against Shaler, 33-32, on Dec. 6 in the Norwin Tournament.


Hockey: Rams making late push for playoffs

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The top 8 teams from Class AAA will make the playoffs. Pine-Richland is trying to make sure they are one of those eight.

The Rams, taking advantage of playing the two bottom teams in Class AAA, have won their past two games, 5-3 over Penn-Trafford and 7-3 over State College. The two victories have put the Rams into a tie for eighth place in the league with Mt. Lebanon at 17 points, with each team having two games remaining. Seventh-place USC is only two points away and has one fewer game, while 10th-place Central Catholic has 16 points, but also has just one game remaining.