Joe Koch profiles the Steel Valley boys basketball team.
(Photo: Dominique Keyes, a 6-foot-7 senior forward, leads Steel Valley in scoring with a 19.8 points per game average. John Heller/Post-Gazette)
"When Drew Schifino became the boys basketball coach at Steel Valley High School before the start of the 2014-15 season, he wasn't quite sure what to expect from his Ironmen.
But with an overall record of 10-6 and a Section 4-AAA record of 8-2 heading into Monday's non-section game with South Allegheny and a section game Tuesday at Elizabeth Forward, he has received everything he had hoped for from his team.
"These guys work hard during practice and in games," said Schifino, who was 6-16 in his first year as Waynesburg Central High School's boys basketball coach a year ago. "They are hard-working, blue-collar people who never give up. They are hard-nosed players."
The Ironmen suffered a tough 67-65 loss to neighborhood rival and Class AAA, Section 4 co-leader West Mifflin Area this past Friday, the second time this season the Titans pulled off some late-game magic to defeat Steel Valley."