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Girls Basketball: 2016-17 South Players to Watch

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Here are some of the top South players to keep an eye on during the 2016-17 season.

Brionna Allen, Bishop Canevin, 5-7, Jr., Guard
Ashley Briscoe, Ringgold, 6-1, Jr., Forward
McKenzie Bushee, Mt. Lebanon, 6-1, Sr., Forward
Johnasia Cash, McKeesport, 6-1, Sr., Forward
Maria Claybaugh, Charleroi, 5-8, Jr., Guard
Miranda Ferguson, West Mifflin, 5-10, Sr., Forward
Lauren Gilbert, Baldwin, 5-8, Sr., Guard
Kelsey Green, Belle Vernon, 5-8, Jr., Guard/Forward
Sam Kosmacki, South Fayette, 5-11, Jr., G/F
Sierra Kotchman, Trinity, 5-6, Sr., Guard
Makenna Marisa, Peters Township, 5-10, Soph., Guard
Loren Minor, Serra Catholic, 5-4, Jr., Guard
Marina Petruzzi, Thomas Jefferson, 5-7, Jr., Guard
Gillian Piccolino, Keystone Oaks, 5-10, Soph., Guard
Shamyjha Price, Bishop Canevin, 5-8, Soph., Guard
Kaitlyn Riley, Charleroi, 5-6, Jr., Forward
Katie Sramac, Mt. Lebanon, 5-9, Sr., Guard
Stephanie Thomas, Brentwood, 5-11, Sr., Forward
Cheyenne Trest, Canon-McMillan, 5-7, Sr., Guard
Mackenzie Wagner, Chartiers Valley, 5-7, Soph., Guard
Jala Walker, Chartiers-Houston, 5-10, Sr., Guard
Alexa Williamson, Chartiers-Houston, 6-1, Jr., Forward


Football: Wade steers Clairton into another PIAA title game

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White covered Friday's PIAA Class 1A semifinal between Clairton and Farrell.

2016 1203 Clairton Football(Photo: Clairton's Lamont Wade carries in a PIAA Class 1A semifinal against Farrell Friday at Slippery Rock University. Wade gained 248 yards in the victory for the Bears. Justin K. Aller/For the Post-Gazette)

"Clairton is going to Hershey for the seventh time in the past nine years. But making it to a PIAA title game this time was anything but a snap.

For Clairton, the Class 1A semifinal Friday night was a bizarre case of Slippery Pigskin at Slippery Rock. Clairton's quarterbacks and running backs spent much of the night as carpet cleaners, scooping the ball off the turf after bad snaps from center in a shotgun formation. If they weren't bending over to chase rolling balls, those same QBs were jumping in the air to snare high snaps.

But in the end, Clairton was the center of attention again, a state finalist after defeating Farrell, 24-6, on a cold night at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium. The Bears rode a strong defensive effort and another big game from star senior Lamont Wade, who ran for 248 yards on 22 carries and became only the third running back in WPIAL history to reach 7,000 career yards rushing.

But about those snaps. Undefeated Clairton (14-0) lost 93 yards on bad snaps from center. The errant snaps accounted for all but two of the Bears' 12 fumbles. But Farrell recovered only one."




Football: Steel Valley gets a no-mercy win in Class 2A semifinal game

Written by Brian Batko on .

Brian Batko covered Friday's PIAA Class 2A semifinal between Steel Valley and Wilmington.

2016 1203 SteelValley Football(Photo: Steel Valley's Paris Ford breaks past Wilmington defender Robert Pontius in the PIAA Class 2A semifinal Friday at North Allegheny High School. Rebecca Droke/Post-Gazette)

"Steel Valley plays its home games 10 minutes from Kennywood, and the Ironmen's next stop isn't too far from an amusement park, either.

It started raining midway through the second quarter Friday night at North Allegheny's Newman Stadium, but the Ironmen had already started pouring it on — again — to continue their no-mercy roll with another mercy-rule victory, 49-13, against Wilmington to reach the PIAA Class 2A title game Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium.

It's the first state championship appearance in school history, in a season when Steel Valley has won every game with the clock running continuously in the second half.

"Ever since Day 1, that was the main objective," said senior star and Pitt recruit Paris Ford. "This is big for our school, so this is a huge accomplishment.""


Alumni Update - Taylor Duchon (Thiel)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, Pa. – The Thiel College women's basketball team was defeated 76-52 in non-conference play TuesdayDuchon Thiel evening by the Penn State Behrend Lions at the Junker Center in Erie, Pa.

The Tomcats (2-3) trailed the Lions by just six points (33-27) at halftime and at the end of the third quarter (49-43). Penn State Behrend dominated the fourth quarter (27-9) to earn the non-conference win.

Taylor Duchon, a Baldwin graduate, led the Tomcats with 13 points.


(photo courtesy of Thiel College)


Alumni Update - Addy Knetzer (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

WAYNESBURG, Pa. – The Waynesburg University women's basketball team faced its biggest test of the youngKnetzer Waynesburg season when Carnegie Mellon came to town. The Yellow Jackets stood up to the stern test from the number-18 team in the country in a 77-64 loss to the Tartans.

Despite routinely facing first-team All-American forward Lisa Murphy in the low post, junior forward Addy Knetzer posted her third double-double of the season.

The Chartiers-Houston graduate poured in a team-high 21 points on nine-of-16 shooting from the floor and pulled down a contest-best 10 rebounds. 


(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)


Alumni Update - Christian Koroly (Waynesburg)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Waynesburg University men's basketball team faced off with Vassar during Sunday'sKoroly Waynesburg consolation game of the Lexington Rochester Airport Hotel Invitational.

The Yellow Jackets battled the Brewers over the entirety of the contest, but a pair of late free throws sealed Vassar's 85-82 win.

Senior Christian Koroly, a Trinity graduate, poured in a season-high 20 points on seven-of-14 shooting to lead the Jacket offense.


(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)


Football: Steel Valley looking to show no mercy

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Drew Karpen previews Friday's PIAA Class 2A semifinal between Steel Valley and Wilmington.

2016 1202 SteelValley Football(Photo: Steel Valley's Trevon Adams pulls in a pass for a touchdown against Neshannock in the WPIAL Class AA championship Saturday at Robert Morris. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"In bowling, it is a game of 300. For a quarterback, it is a passer rating of 158.3. In its march deep into the postseason, Steel Valley has demonstrated its own form of perfection.

With their 49-14 thrashing of Neshannock Saturday at Robert Morris University in the WPIAL Class 2A championship, the Ironmen (13-0) have submitted their opponents into the mercy rule in every game this season, becoming the only team to do that since the rule was implemented in 1998.

"It is very hard to do," Steel Valley coach Rod Steele said. "We take a lot of pride in that. We only allowed six points on defense all season with our starters and that came at the end of last game. I could have taken them out. It is a measure of consistency. It speaks to all three phases of football."

It also marked Steel Valley's first WPIAL championship since 1989."


Football: Clairton's underrated defense has played big role in Bears' success

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White previews Friday's PIAA Class 1A semifinal between Clairton and Farrell.

"It's easy to be "wowed" by Clairton's offense. Lamont Wade and Noah Hamlin have enough big plays to make a lengthy highlight tape. The team averages 48 points a game.

But looking at the Bear claw prints that were left on 13 WPIAL teams this autumn, it is obvious that defense also played a huge role in Clairton's run to a WPIAL Class 1A title.

Call it a major case of junior achievement.

Clairton's defense had a number of inexperienced players entering the season. But they have jelled into an excellent unit that gives up only seven points a game and has held nine of 13 opponents to eight points or less. The defense was a main reason Clairton won its ninth WPIAL title in 11 years. The next test for the Bears is Farrell (10-3) in a PIAA Class 1A semifinal tonight at Slippery Rock University."


Boys Basketball: With Tim McConnell leading, Chartiers Valley is team of the 2000s

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White profiles the Chartiers Valley boys basketball team.

2016 1202 ChartiersValley BBasketball(Photo: Chartiers Valley coach Tim McConnell talks to his team at practice at the high school Tuesday in Collier. His team has the best record for boys basketball in the WPIAL since 2000. Stephanie Strasburg/Post-Gazette)

"During his tenure at Chartiers Valley High School, Tim McConnell has coached 15 players who scored 1,000 points. That is unheard of for a WPIAL coach who has been around for only a little more than two decades.

While the number of 1,000-point scorers is impressive, when it comes to teams, Chartiers Valley is all about the 2000s.

The Colts are the team of the 2000s.

The Post-Gazette crunched the win-loss records for all WPIAL and City League teams since the start of the 21st century. The team with the best record (winning percentage) is the one led by a man who got to 500 wins faster than anyone in WPIAL history — and who has a son in the NBA."


Football: 2016 PIAA Class 2A Semifinal Preview

Written by Brad Everett on .

Sports Town previews Friday's PIAA Class 2A semifinal between Steel Valley and Wilmington.

The game: Steel Valley (13-0) vs. Wilmington (12-1) at North Allegheny, 7 p.m.

At stake: The winner advances to play the Ligonier Valley (14-0)-Southern Columbia (14-0) winner in the championship next Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium at 11 a.m.

History: Fresh off its first WPIAL championship since 1989 and third all time, Steel Valley will play a PIAA playoff game for the second time in school history. Its only other appearance came in 1989 when the Ironmen lost to Hickory, 17-7, in the Class 2A semifinals. Meanwhile, Wilmington is playing in its 24th PIAA playoff game. The Greyhounds are 13-10 in their previous outings. Their last appearance came in 2009. That season, the Greyhounds beat Forest Hills in the 2A quarterfinals before losing to Greensburg Central Catholic in the semifinals. They've reached the final twice, losing to Bethlehem Catholic in 1988 and beating Philadelphia West Catholic in 2008.


Football: 2016 PIAA Class 1A Semifinal Preview

Written by Brad Everett on .

Sports Town previews Friday's PIAA Class 1A semifinal between Clairton and Farrell.

The game: Clairton (13-0) vs. Farrell (10-3) at Slippery Rock University, 7 p.m.

At stake: The winner advances to play the Steelton-Highspire (6-7)-Bishop Guilfoyle (13-0) winner in the championship next Friday at Hersheypark Stadium at 1 p.m.

History: Big games. Clairton is used to them. A week after winning its 10th WPIAL title in the last 13 seasons and 13th overall, the Bears will play in the PIAA semifinals for the seventh time in nine seasons. The Bears are 6-0 in those previous six appearances. They won four consecutive titles from 2009-12 and finished as the runner-up in 2014. The Bears are 17-5 all time in PIAA playoff games. They lost their most recent such game, however, falling to Berlin-Brothersvalley in last year's quarterfinals. Farrell was the runner-up last season, losing to Bishop Guilfoyle, 35-0, in the championship. Farrell is 10-5 in the PIAA playoffs all time. The Steelers won titles in 1995 and 1996, while finishing as runner-up in 1990 and 2015. Clairton and Farrell have met three times in the PIAA playoffs, with Clairton winning all three times. Clairton beat Farrell, 24-21, in 2008; 13-7 in 2009; and 48-8 in 2010. All three of those games were semifinal contests.


Alumni Update - Halie Torris (Seton Hill)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

The Griffin women opened their 2016-17 home slate with a non conference matchup against old WVIAC foe Alderson Broaddus onTorris SHU Sunday afternoon.  

SHU struggled out of the gates early but recovered and took control of the contest late in the third quarter for a 76-67 victory.  SHU improves to 4-1 on the season.

Halie Torris, a South Park graduate, led the Griffins with a team high 16 points.


(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)


Hockey: South Feature Athlete - Canon-McMillan's Vincent Lavorgna

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Vincent Lavorgna
School: Canon-McMillan
Grade: 11
Sport: Hockey

Background: Lavorgna is playing his second full season with the Big Macs varsity and is the team's leading scorer with 14 points. He is also in the top-five in scoring in Class 3A. Lavorgna has scored at least one point in seven of his first eight games and is coming off his second consecutive three-point night on Nov. 15 against Peters Township. He scored two goals against the Indians and also had two earlier this season in a 5-5 tie against Pine-Richland.


Hockey: South Park in danger of missing postseason

Written by Keith Barnes on .

A year ago, South Park was a Class 1A Penguins Cup playoff team, but the Eagles have struggled in the early going and are in danger of missing the postseason, even at this relatively early stage.

Though South Park has only played six games, the team is 2-4-0 and is coming off a 3-2 loss to Montour in its last game on Nov. 14. The Eagles have also scored just 15 goals in their six contests, and are tied with Wheeling Catholic for the fourth-lowest total in the classification.

To its credit, South Park does have a win against second-place Baldwin, but has also lost games against sub-.500 teams Beaver and Sewickley Academy.

South Park will have an opportunity to get back in the winning track tonight when the Eagles host Wheeling Catholic at 8:40 p.m. at Ice Castle.


Hockey: Defending champ Bishop Canevin off to a rough start

Written by Keith Barnes on .

It has been a rough start for the defending 2A Penguins Cup champions.

Though seven games, the Crusaders are 3-4-0 and have allowed more goals (30) than the 26 they have scored. Part of the reason for that was a recent four-game slide that dropped them into fifth place in the West Division, two points in front of the same Mars team they beat in the finals a year ago.

This is not a new thing for Bishop Canevin. Last year the team struggled out of the game and only made the playoffs as the third-place team from its division before winning three consecutive games in the playoffs.


Alumni Update - Katie Chess (Penn State-Behrend)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, Pa. - Freshman forward Katie Chess has been named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate ConferenceChess PSUB (AMCC) Women's Basketball Athlete of the Week for the week of Nov. 21-27.

The Bethel Park graduate averaged 16.0 points and 9.3 rebounds in three games for the Lions, shooting 50 percent from the floor and going 10-for-13 from the free-throw line.

Chess tallied her first double-double with a game-high 18 points and 13 rebounds against NC Wesleyan on Sunday. She was also named to the Marietta Shootout All-Tournament Team. 


(photo courtesy of Penn State - Behrend)


Alumni Update - Kevin Clarke (Indiana University of Pa.)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

CALIFORNIA, Pa. – The Crimson Hawks scored the game's first 17 points, but a second quarter momentum change was too much as IUPClarke IUP fell to rival California (Pa.) 44-23 in the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs Saturday afternoon at Adamson Stadium.


Senior linebacker Kevin Clarke, a West Mifflin graduate, had a team-high nine tackles for IUP. He was one of four players to get to Kier in the backfield with a sack.


(photo courtesy of Indiana University of Pennsylvania)


Alumni Update - Dan Wanker (Penn State-Behrend)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, Pa - The Penn State Behrend men's basketball team fell to Mount Union Tuesday night in non-conferenceWanker PSUB action, 72-67.

Three triples in the final four minutes of the game helped propel the Raiders (3-0) over the Lions (1-2). Behrend carried a seven point lead into the second half, but the Lions were outscored 42-30 in the final 20 minutes of action.

Behrend had five players finish in double-digits for the first time this season. Dan Wanker, a South Park graduate, lead the team in scoring with 15 points and four assists.



Alumni Update - Natalie Piaggesi (Mercyhurst)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ASHLAND, Oh. - Mercyhurst women's basketball team dropped their first game of the year to No. 3 AshlandPiaggesi Mercyhurst University with a score of 59-85.

This loss drops the Lakers to a record of 5-1 on the season.

The Lakers had three seniors put up double digit scores throughout the course of the game, led by  Natalie Piaggesi, a Seton-LaSalle graduate, with 18 points.


(photo courtesy of Mercyhurst University)