The Bishop Carroll boys’ basketball team, which continues to rewrite school history, remains unbeaten at 28-0.
The Huskies’ quest for a PIAA Class A title continues on Tuesday in the semifinals against highly-touted Lincoln Park Performing Arts (29-1). The Western final is set to be the second half of a doubleheader to be played at Hempfield High School in Greensburg. The victor will play the winner of the other semifinal between St. John Neumann and Math, Civics & Sciences at 2 p.m. Friday.
Prior to the boys game, a Class A girls semifinal between District 6 champ Bishop Guilfoyle and District 7 winner Vincentian Academy is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Old Forge faces Phil-Mont Christian in the other semifinal.
The Class AA finals include Seton LaSalle and Greensburg Central Catholic in the east and Constitution and E.L. Meyers in the west.
Neumann-Goretti, Philadelphia Electric, Susquehanna Township and Central Valley are the remaining Class AAA teams.
In Class AAAA, Chester and LaSalle College are the east finalists and Abington and New Castle are in the west.
The Class AA girls’ semifinal matchups include Neumann-Goretti against Dunmore and Seton LaSalle and Burrell while in Class AAA Archbishop Wood, Holy Redeemer, Palmyra and Blackhawk are the finalists.
In Class AAAA girls, WC Rustin, Cumberland Valley, Spring-Ford and North Allegheny are the final four.
There are not very many public schools left in the action so my prediction is that attendance will be down again at the PIAA Championships on Friday and Saturday.
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Making a splash: Over the weekend, a number of area swimmers and a diver, competed at the PIAA Championships at the Kinney Natatorium at Bucknell University.
Richland junior Nathan Mihalko was the area’s highest individual finisher, 11th in the 100-yard butterfly.
In her fourth appearance in the PIAA championships, Westmont Hilltop senior Nollaig Noll was the second highest individual finisher, 15th in the 100-yard freestyle. Noll did not qualify for the 50 freestyle finals.
Central Cambria sophomore Gabby Gironda was 30th in the 100-yard butterfly and Ligonier Valley junior Sam Maust was 32nd in the 200 freestyle.
Ligonier Valley junior diver Bethanie Meharey was 21st, just missing a spot in the semifinals.
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Hospitality: Anytime a reporter is sent out to cover any kind of high school playoff game, especially when it comes to basketball, you depend on the venue where the game is being played to provide you with a place to cover the game, often an extra table or a press box.
The other needed element is time to write your story following the game.
Big Spring High School near Carlisle went out of its way to be hospitable for Wednesday night’s Halifax/Shade girls Class AA game.
A table was provided, we were given water to drink and we were told to stay to write for as long as was needed after the game.
Then the game official there at Big Spring extended the ultimate invitation.
Upon hearing that it was snowing back in Johnstown, he asked if any of us would like to stay at his home, stating that he had plenty of bedrooms.
We all declined with thanks.
Conversely, at Gateway, doors into the gym were locked immediately after the game and reporters were told that they had to be out within a half-hour after the game between Monessen and Bishop Carroll.
Talk about a tight deadline.
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Familiar faces: There were some recognizable officials who came onto the floor Friday night at Gateway High School in Monroeville for the PIAA Class A boys clash between District 6 champion Bishop Carroll and District 7-3 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic.
The District 5 crew that officiated the game included Sam Zambanini, Barry Saylor and Rod Jarvis.