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North Allegheny Ladies Roll Previous Manheim Twp. in First Spherical of States



WEXFORD — After claiming the WPIAL 6A championship towards Higher St. Clair in dominating style, the North Allegheny Tigers turned its consideration in the direction of the PIAA State Event and the Manheim Township Blue Streaks. 

The Blue Streaks, from simply exterior of Lancaster, made the 250-mile trek to Wexford because the seventh seed out of District 3. After a sluggish begin, North Allegheny rolled previous the Blue Streaks with ease, 76-53.

With the win, North Allegheny begins its march in the direction of the state championship after profitable the 6A event in 2021. 

As at all times, the Tigers turned to its dependable scorers as soon as once more after a sloppy begin. Jasmine Timmerson – who posted a career-high 30 factors within the WPIAL title sport – together with Kellie McConnell propelled the Tigers with 18 apiece.

Turnovers plagued each North Allegheny (21-5) and Manheim Twp. (17-11) within the first quarter because the Tigers held only a one-point edge after eight minutes of play. It took till the final minute of the opening quarter for the Pitt decide to get onto the board, however from there Timmerson was computerized, together with three triples. The Tigers held only a one-point edge after eight minutes of play.

With Timmerson beginning to get sizzling, Ava Byrne tried to match her tempo. The Blue Streaks’ main sorcerer (14.3 ppg) tried to maintain up with the high-scoring Tigers as she buried a giant three to drag the sport inside 4 within the second quarter.

Nevertheless, North Allegheny turned on the jets and ended the primary half on a 14-3 run. Kickstarting that run to finish the half was senior Eva Pernatt who got here off the bench so as to add six factors within the win, all coming within the second quarter. Pernatt was a useful possibility within the paint amidst that run, together with some strong put up protection.

The Tigers continued its huge run as they outscored the Blue Streaks 11-4. Whereas McConnell was held to a few factors within the first half, the junior turned it on with six factors within the third quarter.

Manheim Twp. seemed to remain within the sport because it turned in the direction of the three ball. Byrne, Brooke Weaver, Nia Mountis and Sarah Kraus all cashed in for the Blue Streaks, however the lead was too steep. North Allegheny responded to these triples with its personal because the Tigers knocked down 13 from past the arc.

Byrne did all she might as she completed with 18 factors, however the Blue Streaks season got here to an finish. Kraus posted 13 factors together with 12 from Julia Goebig.

Alongside Timmerson and McConnell’s team-high 18 factors, Lydia Betz added 15 in addition to 11 from Caroline Henderson.

North Allegheny will proceed its trip within the state playoffs because the Tigers advance to the second spherical to face WPIAL foe, Mt Lebanon. The Blue Devils took down Altoona, 58-50.


Sights and Sounds From Pitt’s Second Spring Apply



PITTSBURGH — Francis Brewu formally introduced his dedication within the midst of Pitt’s second spring apply of the season, proper as defensive position coach Charlie Partridge was working his unit by drills.

It comes two days after Pitt kicked off spring ball, and two days since Pitt knocked off Mississippi State within the NCAA Event, advancing to play Iowa State Friday, so it’s been an eventful — and really fruitful — few days for Pitt athletics.

With apply as soon as once more indoors Thursday on the UPMC Rooney Sports activities Advanced, Pitt’s preparation for the Blue-Gold Spring Recreation on April 15, which is sort of precisely two months away now, continued to warmth up.

It’s powerful to place an excessive amount of inventory into drills which might be open to the media, contemplating they’re designed to withhold as a lot as attainable, nevertheless it’s all the time good to get a have a look at offseason development — and to observe the quarterbacks throw.

We obtained to see a bit of little bit of Phil Jurkovec, Christian Veilleux and Nate Yarnell Thursday, working the route tree with the working backs, broad receivers and tight ends.

It wasn’t the crispest displaying from both Jurkovec or Veilleux, with each overshooting their targets on fade routes. Jurkovec did a greater job main his receivers, even when his ball might have been only a contact out of attain from time to time. However actually, Yarnell seemed the very best in hitting the deep pictures. He throws an actual good, arcing ball.

There can be much more throwing this spring, so it should undoubtedly be very attention-grabbing to proceed following the development of Jurkovec and Veilleux within the system.

One other space with vital turnover is Partridge’s defensive position, and I’ll be persevering with to observe guys like Nahki Johnson, Elliot Donald, Sean FitzSimmons, Jimmy Scott and Sam Okunlola. There’s an terrible of younger expertise to work with right here, and I feel it’s a matter of sooner fairly than later in terms of their on-field contributions.

I wouldn’t be shocked to see Johnson actually take the following step this season. He’s lengthy and powerful, weighing in round 260 kilos now, and you’ll inform he’s actually purchased into the system.

Erick Hallett was again on the South Facet Thursday, too, watching a little bit of apply. His outdated spot is up for grabs, and P.J. O’Brien is somebody who’s seeking to compete for it, with the likes Donovan McMillon and Javon McIntyre. McMillon, particularly, could be very well-built, listed at 6-foot-2, 210 kilos. I feel he’s the chief within the clubhouse to take over for Hallett.

There have been a couple of precedence recruits on the South Facet Thursday, together with four-star edge Brian Robinson (Youngstown, Ohio) and three-star offensive lineman Adham Abouraya (Exton, Pennsylvania). Each have been on the town for Pitt’s Junior Day again in January, too.

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Assembly With Calijah Kancey Set Basis For Francis Brewu’s Pitt Dedication



In the event you watch the primary few performs from Francis Brewu’s 13 minutes of junior season Hudl tape, you’ll see precisely what drew the Pitt teaching workers and the areas he prides himself on. The 2-go hand-in-hand, after all.

He powers by way of a helpless inside lineman on the primary play, he rips previous a equally helpless inside lineman on the second play and he even strains up out broad and reveals his wonderful pursuit on the third play. All three finish in sacks.

Brewu was a outstanding fixture in opposing backfields as a junior at Thomas Worthington Excessive in Columbus, Ohio, racking up 25 tackles for loss and 12.5 sacks. He gained together with his quickness off the road of scrimmage and the aggressively environment friendly utilization of his arms when attacking opposing offensive linemen.

Each attributes not solely attracted Pitt’s teaching workers — line of defense coach Charlie Partridge particularly — however allowed Brewu to showcase that he’s a defensive lineman working to observe within the footsteps of previous Pitt greats.

He furthered that objective by committing to Pitt Wednesday, after spending time with each Partridge and Calijah Kancey throughout his observe go to on Tuesday.

“The principle cause is simply coach Partridge is without doubt one of the greatest ever, so the issues they do with guys my dimension are simply second to none,” Brewu advised PSN. “For instance, Calijah Kancey, I really bought an opportunity to fulfill him once I was down there, and he’s only a man who’s round my precise dimension.

“He’s clearly going to be within the first spherical of the draft class this yr, and the NFL is an enormous objective of mine, so I believe if there’s a spot that I wish to go to get that achieved, Pitt’s the place to be.”

It wasn’t a very lengthy assembly with Kancey, since he’s a busy man, after all, however the two have been in a position to chop it up for a bit, discuss a bit about Pitt soccer. Kancey advised Brewu that he actually loved his time in Pittsburgh, calling it the place to be. And Brewu took that to coronary heart.

Pitt’s system has produced the likes of Donald, Kancey and Jaylen Twyman over the past decade, all three incomes All-American honors whereas measuring nicely beneath the extremely publicized 6-foot-3 line. And are available Could, all three could have been NFL Draft picks.

There’s a degree of quickness off the road and a level of hand-to-hand aggression that jumps off the web page when watching Kancey and Donald, and it’s these two areas Brewu prides himself on. They’re explosive, highly effective gamers (in a position to undergo or round offensive linemen), and Brewu’s objective is to mannequin himself off of each “undersized” linemen with the same degree of velocity and energy.

“I really feel like I match completely within the system,” Brewu mentioned. “I’m quick, I’m fast, I’m robust, I’m identical to what they’re used to seeing in that Pitt D-line.”

Any comparisons to Donald and Kancey, who’ve a powerful risk of being two of Pitt’s three first spherical NFL Draft picks over the past decade, are clearly lofty. Brewu hasn’t even performed his senior season at Thomas Worthington but, however he’s working to be the subsequent nice Pitt defensive lineman, nonetheless.

A dedication now, getting it out of the best way earlier than his recruitment would’ve picked up over the summer season, is what he wished with a purpose to grind each within the classroom and on the soccer area. He needs to be nice.

Brewu appears like he’s an awesome soccer participant, but in addition an awesome one that loves to attach with folks and convey them collectively. He has a 3.5 GPA, too. However he desires of being the subsequent nice Pitt defensive lineman to star within the NFL. And to carry house a nationwide championship.

“My message is let’s go win the natty,” Brewu mentioned. “That’s my message, let’s get it rolling.”

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Pitt Basketball Makes Early Contact With Vanderbilt Switch Myles Stute



Jeff Capel and his workers are busy making ready for his or her subsequent NCAA event sport on Friday towards Iowa State however that doesn’t imply they’ve forgot about recruiting.

With the opening of the switch portal on Tuesday, a whole lot of gamers have turn into free brokers and Capel is aware of that he and his assistants might want to multi-task.

After hitting the jackpot a season in the past with their skill to establish after which shut on various transfers, Pitt can be trying to duplicate that this offseason however in a a lot smaller method.

Not like a yr in the past after they have been trying so as to add a handful of transfers, Pitt received’t be trying so as to add that many this offseason, however they’ll nonetheless be energetic.

With the upcoming departures of Nelly Cummings, Greg Elliott, Jamarius Burton and Nike Sibande, the roster can be dropping each expertise but additionally scorers and legit 3-point shooters.

Capel realizes that and has made early contact with a latest addition to the portal.

Pitt is only one of various groups that has reached out to Vanderbilt switch wing Myles Stute.

The 6’7″ junior from Washington DC introduced earlier this week that he could be leaving Jerry Stackhouse’s program.

Earlier this season towards Pitt, Stute scored 14 factors and picked up 6 rebounds, whereas connecting on 3 of 4 3-point makes an attempt. This season for Vandy, Stute averaged 8.4 factors and 4.6 rebounds per sport, whereas capturing 36.1% from past the arc.

Again in the course of the 2021-22 season, Stute was one of many prime 3-point shooters within the nation, connecting on 43.2% of his makes an attempt, which led the SEC. At the beginning of this season, it seemed as if Stute was going to enhance on his sophomore season after scoring in double figures in eight of Vandy’s first 13 video games.

Nevertheless, that didn’t occur as his manufacturing tailed after convention play began. Stute solely hit double figures in 5 of 21 SEC video games and shot simply 19% in league play.

In direction of the tip of the season, Stute’s minutes began to drop, and he began simply one of many final six video games, thus his determination to switch.

Stute will nonetheless have two seasons of eligibility remaining.



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