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March 8, 2013

Boys PIAA preview: KC senior quintet savors D-10 crown

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CLASS A

Who:
Kennedy Catholic (17-6) vs. Lincoln Park Charter (19-6).

What: Opening round.

When: 7 p.m. today.

Where: Farrell High’s E.J. McCluskey Gymnasium.

Players to Watch: Kennedy Catholic—Jeffrey Thompkins, 6-2 Sr. swing-guard (13.9 ppg.); Mac Hartman, 6-6 Sr. post (13.8); Chris James, 6-0 Jr. combo guard (12.6); Jimmy D’Onofrio, 5-11 Sr. 2-guard  (7.3); Gerald Zachar, 5-9 Jr. point guard; Arlen Brewer, 6-0 Sr. swingman (7.3); Sam Crow, 6-1 Jr. forward; Brennan Wassil, 6-4 Jr. forward. Lincoln Park—Maverick Rowan, 6-5 Fr. guard (24 ppg., 74 3-point field goals); Elijah Minnie, 6-9 Jr. post (21.0); Ryan Skovranko, 6-6 Jr. swingman; Jaylin Cottrill, 6-5 Sr. post; Nate Loedding, 6-0 Jr. guard; Antonio Kellum, 6-0 Soph. guard.

Bonus Shots: Led by 4th-year head coach Rick Mancino (62-31), KC captured the District 10 championship — the program’s 1st since ’09 — via a 58-37 conquest of Cochranton. Kennedy had copped 12 consecutive crowns before a 3-year drought. ... James has a team-high 17 double-figure scoring games, followed by Hartman (16) and D’Onofrio and Brewer (6). ... Thompkins is playing with a left-knee ALC tear that cost him 3 games and snapped a 10-game double-digit skein. He has 14. ... After winning the 2012 WPIAL crown, Lincoln Park, coached by Mark Javens, advanced to this season’s semifinals, losing to Clairton (71-70 in OT) after defeating Mapletown (95-37) and Wilkinsburg (99-58). ... The Leopards led the WPIAL, averaging 82 ppg. ... Lincoln Park produced a perfect 10-0 record en route to the regular-season Section 1-A title. ... Rowan is the son of former Beaver Falls High and Syracuse University cager Ron Rowan. ... On Jan. 23, Lincoln Park posted a 70-62 win over Kennedy Catholic in Midland, led by the scoring Rowan (21), Minnie (17), Skovranko and Cottrill (10 apiece). KC came back from a 24-13 first-quarter deficit and trailed by 9 at intermission before playing to a 34-all 2nd-half standoff. Hartman (19), Thompkins (13) and James (11) led KC’s scoring. Since that loss, the Golden Eagles have eased to 8 wins in their last 10 outings, losing only to Youngstown’s Ursuline (OHSAA Division III Howland Sectional finalist) and Cardinal Mooney. Lincoln Park also has won 8 of its last 10. The Leopards’ 6 losses occurred by an aggregate 33 points. ... Lincoln Park, the past 2 seasons, eliminated West Middesex, first in the 2011 opening round, then in last year’s Final Four on Kellum’s buzzer-beating layin following a steal of an inbounds pass. ... The game will be broadcast on NewsTalk 790 (WPIC AM), with Mark Slezak and Bob Greenburg calling the action, beginning with the pre-game show at 6:05 p.m. Games also streamed at www.790wpic.com and www.sportsradio967.com.

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CLASS AA

Who:
West Middlesex (22-3) vs. Jeannette (18-5).

What: Opening round.

When: Saturday, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Slippery Rock University’s Morrow Field House.

Players to Watch: West Middlesex—Matt Dogan, 6-foot-6 Sr. combo guard (26.2 ppg.); Trey Staunch, 6-3 Soph. post (16.6); Jeremy Jancso, 6-5 Sr. forward (12.2); Jerrod Palmer, 5-11 Sr. 2-guard (8.2); Roman Klaric, 5-11 Sr. point guard; Christian Porterfield, 5-11 Jr. swingman (5.0); Mike Ginther, 6-6 Sr. post. Jeannette—Duke Brown, 6-3 Sr. guard; Julian Batts 5-11 Soph. point guard; Seth Miller, 6-5 Sr. post; Jordan Edmunds, 5-10 Sr. guard; Miles Sunder, 6-4 Jr. forward.

Bonus Shots: Led by 14th-year mentor Chad Mild (233-130, 64.1 percent) — the program’s all-time winningest mentor — West Middlesex is ranked in the state’s top 5 (Harrisburg Patriot-News), and the Big Reds have roared to 18 straight successes (12 en route to an undefeated Region 2-AA crown). During that skein West Middlesex reached the century mark twice and narrowly missed on 4 other occasions. ... Dogan, Mercer County’s career scoring leader (2,154), has posted double digits all but once this season. He is coming off a 36-point performance in the Big Reds’ 71-65, 5-OT win over Lakeview in the District 10 title tilt. ... Staunch has scored in double figures in every game, joined by Jancso (16). ... The free-throw line has been Dogan’s domain, as he has converted 184 of 256 attempts (71.8 percent). Staunch (125 of 165, 75.7) also has been a marksman for Middlesex from the sin stripe. They were a combined 24 for 28 against Lakeview. Jancso (107-142, 75.3) also has enjoyed success from the line. Collectively, according to information furnished by AD Mike Williams, the Big Reds have recorded 479 makes in 686 attempts (69.8 percent). ... The Big Reds won the 2012 D-10 Class A championship en route to 22 wins and a PIAA Final Four berth. ... The Blue Jays of head coach Adrian Batts battered Aliquippa (71-44) in the WPIAL postseason tournament’s opening round led by Batts (22), Edmunds (18), Miller (12) and Sunder (10). But Jeannette was jolted by Apollo-Ridge (53-49), allowing 24-6 first-quarter and 31-23 halftime leads to dissipate into defeat. Reportedly, it was the Ridge’s 1st time in the WPIAL quarterfinals since 1991; conversely, Jeannette had been a quarterfinalist on 5 occasions since ’05. ... Jeannette (10-2) jetted to the WPIAL Section 3-AA runner-up berth behind Greensburg Central Catholic (12-0). ...  The game will be broadcast on SportsRadio 96.7 (WLLF FM), with Mark Slezak and Bob Greenburg calling the action and streamed at www.790wpic.com and www.sportsradio967.com.

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Who:
Lakeview (21-4) vs. Quaker Valley (20-5).

What: Opening round.

When: Saturday, 6 p.m.

Where: Slippery Rock University’s Morrow Field House.

Players to Watch: Lakeview—Dalton Boggs, 6-1 Sr. combo guard (15.8 ppg.); Casey Greggs, 6-6 Sr. swingman (14.5); Coty “Big Country” Gander, 6-2 Sr. post (8.9); Brandon Rice, 6-2 Jr. forward (8.2); Zach VanDusen, 6-0 Jr. 2-guard; Andrew Fowler, 6-3 Sr. guard; Austin Rice, 5-9 Fr. guard. Quaker Valley—Burke Moser, 6-3 Sr. swingman (15.3 ppg.); Qadir Taylor, 6-0 Jr. guard; Nelson Westwood, 6-2 Sr. guard; Rocco Brown, 6-4 Sr. post; John Benard, 6-3 Jr. post.

Bonus Shots: Lakeview, led by 13th-year head coach Gary Burke (203 career wins), dropped the District 10 title tilt to West Middlesex, (71-65 in 5 OTs). ... This is the Sailors’ 2nd 20-win season under Burke, and a single-season high with him serving as Sailors’ skipper. He has led Lakeview to 8 winning seasons in the last 9, and only 3 losing seasons during his tenure. ... Boggs (22), Greggs (17), Gander (13) and Rice (10) have supplied the Sailors with consistent double-digit scoring. Both Boggs and Greggs surpassed the career 1,000-point plateau this season, a 1st in Sailors’ cage annals, according to Burke. James Charlton (1,259) is Lakeview’s career scoring leader. ... Lakeview has lost only 3 of its last 18 games — all to Region 2-AA rival West Middlesex. The Sailors have scored as many 70 or more points only 3 times this season, but have yielded 50-plus only twice. ... Sixth-seeded Quaker Valley (9-3) — after ending as WPIAL Section 6-AA regular-season runner-up to Sto-Rox (10-2) — lost in the postseason tournament semifinals to Burrell (43-32, outscored 13-2 in OT) after defeating Riverside (53-48) and Seton-LaSalle (62-61). ... The Quakers of coach Mike Mastroianni have won 15 of their last 17 tilts. ...  The game will be broadcast on SportsRadio 96.7 (WLLF FM), with Mark Slezak and Bob Greenburg calling the action, beginning with a 5:30 p.m. pre-game show, and streamed at www.790wpic.com and www.sportsradio967.com. — By Ed Farrell, Herald assistant sports editor.

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