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WPIAL Declares 2023 Women Basketball Playoff Pairings



On Monday, the WPIAL introduced the 2023 women’ basketball playoff pairings. The postseason will begin on Thursday and conclude on the Petersen Occasions Middle from March 2-4. 


PIGTAIL, Monday, Feb. 20, 8 p.m.

No. 9 Butler at Peters Township

QUARTERFINALS, Thursday, Feb. 23

Butler/Peters winner at No. 1 Higher St. Clair

No. 7 Pine-Richland at No. 2 North Allegheny

No. 6 Baldwin at No. 3 Norwin

No. 5 Chartiers Valley at No. 4 Mt. Lebanon

SEMIFINALS, Monday, Feb. 27

Peters/Butler/Higher St. Clair winner vs. Mt. Lebanon/Chartiers Valley winner, TBD

CHAMPIONSHIP, Friday, March 3, 7 p.m.

Semifinal winners, at Petersen Occasions Middle


PIGTAIL, Thursday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m.

No. 17 Montour at No. 16 Plum

FIRST ROUND, Tuesday, Feb. 21

Montour/Plum winner at No. 1 South Fayette

No. 15 Kiski Space vs. No. 2 Oakland Catholic, at Fox Chapel

No. 14 Penn Hills at No. 3 McKeesport

No. 13 Larger Latrobe at No. 4 Trinity

No.  12 Woodland Hills at No. 5 Armstrong

No. 11 Hampton vs. No. 6 Indiana, at Fox Chapel

No. 10 Lincoln Park vs. No. 7 Mars, at Mt. Lebanon

No. 9 Shaler at No. 8 Penn-Trafford

QUARTERFINALS, Friday, Feb. 24

Montour/Plum/South Fayette winner vs. Penn-Trafford/Shaler winner, TBD

Trinity/Larger Latrobe winner vs. Armstrong/Woodland Hills winner, TBD

Oakland Catholic/Kiski winner vs. Mars/Lincoln Park winner, TBD

McKeesport/Penn Hills winner vs. Indiana/Hampton winner, TBD

SEMIFINALS, Tuesday, Feb. 28

Montour/Plum/South Fayette/Penn-Trafford/Shaler winner vs. Trinity/Larger Latrobe/Armstrong/Woodland Hills winner, TBD

Oakland Catholic/Kiski/Mars/Lincoln Park winner vs. McKeesport/Penn Hills/Indiana/Hampton winner, TBD

CHAMPIONSHIP, Saturday, March 4, 5 p.m.

Semifinal winners, Petersen Occasions Middle


FIRST ROUND, Tuesday, Feb. 21

No. 12 Hopewell at No. 5 Knoch

No. 11 Laurel Highlands at No. 6 Highlands

No. 10 West Mifflin at No. 7 Beaver

No. 9 Greensburg Salem at No. 8 Belle Vernon

QUARTERFINALS, Friday, Feb. 24

Belle Vernon/Greensburg Salem winner at No. 1 Blackhawk

Beaver/West Mifflin winner at No. 2 North Catholic

Highlands/Laurel Highlands winner vs. No. 3 Elizabeth Ahead, TBD

Knoch/Hopewell winner at No. 4 Quaker Valley

SEMIFINALS, Tuesday, Feb. 28

Belle Vernon/Greensburg Salem/Blackhawk winner vs. Quaker Valley/Knoch/Hopewell winner, TBD

North Catholic/Beaver/West Mifflin winner vs. Elizabeth Ahead/Highlands/Laurel Highlands winner TBD

CHAMPIONSHIP, Saturday, March 4, 3 p.m.

Semifinal winners, Petersen Occasions Middle


PIGTAIL, Thursday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m.

No. 17 Beaver Falls at No. 16 Yough

FIRST ROUND, Saturday, Feb. 18

Beaver Falls/Yough winner vs. No. 1 Shady Aspect Academy, at Fox Chapel

No. 15 Burrell at No. 2 Laurel

No. 14 Charleroi at No. 3 Neshannock

No. 13 McGuffey at No. 4 Avonworth

No. 12 Mt. Nice vs. No. 5 OLSH, at Peters

No. 11 Mohawk at No. 6 Apollo-Ridge

No. 10 South Park vs. No. 7 Keystone Oaks, at Peters

No. 9 Seton LaSalle at Waynesburg Central

QUARTERFINALS, Wednesday, Feb. 22

Shady Aspect/Beaver Falls/Yough/ winner vs. Seton LaSalle/Waynesburg, TBD

Laurel/Burrell winner vs. Keystone Oaks/South Park, TBD

Neshannock/Charleroi winner vs. Apollo-Ridge/Mohawk, TBD

Avonworth/McGuffey winner vs. OLSH/Mt. Nice, TBD

SEMIFINALS, Saturday, Feb. 25

Shady Aspect/Beaver Falls/Yough/Seton LaSalle/Waynesburg winner vs. Avonworth/McGuffey/OLSH/Mt. Nice winner, TBD

Laurel/Burrell/Keystone Oaks/South Park winner vs. Neshannock/Charleroi/Apollo-Ridge/Mohawk, TBD

CHAMPIONSHIP, Friday, March 3, 3 p.m.

Semifinal winners, Petersen Occasions Middle


FIRST ROUND, Friday, Feb. 17

No. 16 Carmichaels at No. 1 Shenango

No. 15 Carlynton at No. 2 Freedom Space

No. 14 Rochester at No. 3 Serra Catholic

No. 13 California vs. No. 4 Greensburg C.C., at Gateway

No. 12 Winchester Thurston at No. 5 Burgettstown

No. 11 Aliquippa at No. 6 Washington

No. 10 Fort Cherry at No. 7 Chartiers-Houston

No. 9 Clairton at No. 8 Brentwood

QUARTERFINALS, Wednesday, Feb. 22

Carmichaels/Shenango winner vs. Brentwood/Clairton winner, TBD

Carlynton/Freedom winner vs. Chartiers-Houston/Fort Cherry winner. TBD

Rochester/Serra Catholic winner vs. Washington/Aliquippa winner, TBD

California/Greensburg C.C. winner vs. Winchester Thurston/Burgettstown winner, TBD

SEMIFINALS, Saturday, Feb. 25

Carmichaels/Shenango/Brentwood/Clairton winner vs. California/Greensburg C.C./Burgettstown/Winchester Thurston winner, TBD

Carlynton/Freedom/Chartiers-Houston/Fort Cherry winner vs. Serra Catholics/Rochester/Washington/Aliquippa winner, TBD

CHAMPIONSHIP, Thursday, March 2, 7 p.m.

Semifinal winners, at Petersen Occasions Middle


FIRST ROUND, Monday, Feb. 20

No. 12 Geibel Catholic at No. 5 Saint Joseph

No. 11 Jeannette vs. No. 6 Eden Christian Academy, at Peters

No. 10 Avella at No. 7 Riverview

No. 9 Leechburg at No. 8 West Greene

QUARTERFINALS, Thursday, Feb. 23

Leechburg/West Greene at No. 1 Union

Avella/Riverview at No. 2 Bishop Canevin

Jeannette/Eden Christian vs. No. 3 Aquinas Academy, TBD

Geibel Catholic/Saint Joseph at No. 4 Monessen

SEMIFINALS, Monday, Feb. 27

Leechburg/West Greene/Union winner vs. Geibel Catholic/Saint Joseph/Monessen winner, TBD

Avella/Riverview/Bishop Canevin winner vs. Jeannette/Eden Christian/Aquinas winner, TBD

CHAMPIONSHIP, Saturday, March 4, 11 a.m.

Semifinal winners, Petersen Occasions Middle



How Pitt Was Capable of Make the Minimize for 2024 3-Star QB Goal Trever Jackson’s High 5



Trever Jackson has been in communication — constant communication — with Pitt’s teaching employees for nearly a yr now, and that relationship is paying off for Pitt as his recruiting course of winds down.

Jackson — a 6-foot-3, 185-pound three-star quarterback from West Orange Excessive in Winter Backyard, Florida — narrowed his record of gives to simply 5 finalists Tuesday: Pitt, Tulane, Indiana, FAU and Appalachian State. And Pitt could be very firmly within the combine.

“Simply the teaching with (Pat) Narduzzi and (Frank) Cignetti, they all the time communicate with me,” Jackson informed PSN. “Coach (Jon) DiBiaso all the time retains in contact, and so they simply confirmed me how they’re creating quarterbacks and the way they did it with Kenny Pickett — he went straight to the Steelers. And the way their services are simply that shut collectively reveals that I might be developed identical to him.”

Pitt was the primary Energy 5 college to increase Jackson a proposal, with that provide formally arriving on June 19 final yr, however his ties to Pittsburgh as a complete run a lot deeper.

Rod Rutherford, who attended Perry Conventional Academy in Pittsburgh earlier than happening to star at Pitt as a two-time All-Massive East quarterback, is Jackson’s quarterback coach down in Florida. So, after all, he’s schooled him up a bit on Pitt.

“He grew up in Pittsburgh, so he’s simply informed me in regards to the tradition round there and simply the environment and the power it brings,” Jackson stated. “And simply the brotherhood, the household facet.”

However there’s solely a lot Rutherford is ready to inform Jackson about Pittsburgh with out seeing it for himself, so he made a visit out for a camp look final summer time. He left with a brand new appreciation for each the teaching employees and town as a complete.

“It was good, it was greater than I believed it was gonna be,” Jackson stated. “I believed it was gonna be a small metropolis, city kind of faculty however actually after I went on the market, it’s large. The services are loopy, I didn’t actually understand how a lot is occurring up there.”

As a Florida child, he hadn’t actually been up north an excessive amount of. Pitt was a pleasing shock.

It hasn’t been a shock how nicely he’s linked with the Pitt teaching employees although. The bond between Jackson and Cignetti (and DiBiaso) was fast to kind, and it’s solely gotten stronger via constant contact during the last yr. It’s complimentary on each side.

“You possibly can inform how detailed they’re, how nicely they’ll do it,” Jackson stated. “You possibly can inform that they’ve labored with greater quarterbacks earlier than as a result of they simply put in that sort of data and element into what you’re doing.”

Cignetti is a fan of Jackson’s psychological skill, the power to course of a protection and use his head when confronted with stress, however he additionally loves the dual-threat skill that Jackson gives. Jackson stated that Cignetti sees him as a real area normal, a frontrunner of males.

As a junior at West Orange, main his squad to a district title (in 10 video games), he accomplished 96-of-162 go makes an attempt (59%) for 1,559 yards with 16 touchdowns and 7 interceptions and added 306 yards (5.9 per) and 6 touchdowns on 52 carries.

247Sports charges Jackson because the 749th-ranked recruit within the class (Fortieth-ranked quarterback and the 83rd-ranked recruit from Florida) whereas On3 charges him because the Thirty ninth-ranked quarterback and the 99th-ranked recruit from Florida.

Rivals hasn’t but rated Jackson, however he holds a 5.6 Rivals Score.

So, Jackson goes to undergo the remainder of his spring soccer season, whereas maintaining his dedication open, after which he’ll drop an inventory of his three finalists. There isn’t a timeline for when he plans to commit, earlier than his senior season a minimum of, however it’s closing in.

He has some official visits to consider, and whereas he doesn’t have any officers locked in but, he is aware of that Pitt or Indiana can be certainly one of his first official visits when it comes time.

Pitt cracked his prime 5 as a result of he’s been in a position to construct such a powerful bond with the teaching employees, helped, after all, by Rutherford, and together with his dedication now within reach, it’s as much as Pitt to land him again on campus earlier than then.

Jackson could be Pitt’s first quarterback commit within the class of 2024, a category that has already gained sequence momentum.

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Excessive Level Switch Zack Austin Meets with Pitt Employees on Zoom, Hopes to Go to Quickly



The Pitt basketball employees has been working the switch portal for weeks, concentrating on gamers from across the nation.

One of many first gamers that the employees contacted as soon as the switch portal opened was Zack Austin, a 6-foot-7, 200-pound ahead out of Excessive Level College.

Austin informed Pittsburgh Sports activities Now that he met with the Pitt employees on a zoom name on Tuesday. Austin additionally included that he’ll “most likely” go to Pitt “quickly after the lifeless interval.” The NCAA states that there’s a recruiting lifeless interval — a interval during which recruits can not work together in-person with a university teaching employees — from March 30 to April 6. After that date, search for Austin to make a journey to Oakland.

Austin has been within the Excessive Level program for 3 years, however redshirted his first yr. As a redshirt freshman, Austin averaged 14.4 factors, eight rebounds, and a couple of.2 blocks per sport, additionally hitting 67 of his 208 three-point makes an attempt (32%). Austin made the Large South All-Freshman Workforce, because the Panthers completed the season 14-18 on the yr.

This season — in his redshirt sophomore marketing campaign — Austin averaged 14.1 factors and 5.4 rebounds per contest. He began 26 of 31 video games for Excessive Level, and likewise improved his capturing numbers in every class. Austin shot 44% from the sphere (41 as a freshman), 56% on two-point makes an attempt (51 as a freshman), 33% on three-point tries (32 as a freshman), and 79% from the free-throw line (72 as a freshman).

The Panthers want to fill three open scholarships. The workforce’s entrance courtroom presently consists of Jorge Diaz-Graham, Guillermo Diaz-Graham, and Federiko Federiko, with Blake Hinson, Nate Santos, William Jeffress, and freshman Marlon Barnes on the wing and Dior Johnson within the again courtroom. The Panthers can even welcome in freshmen guards Jaland Lowe and Carlton Carrington this season.

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Portal Report: Pitt, Duquesne, and RMU All Staying Lively within the Switch Portal



We at the moment are two weeks previous opening day of the switch portal window in faculty basketball, and native applications Pitt, Duquesne, and Robert Morris are definitely staying lively within the portal.

Greater than 1,000 division one gamers have already entered the switch portal inside the first 15 days of it being open, and all three staffs have been busy calling up recruits from throughout in an try and carry them to Pittsburgh.


The Panthers’ employees has reached out to greater than ten prospects within the portal, beginning with Chris Ledlum (Harvard), Zack Austin (Excessive Level), and Myles Stute (Vanderbilt) inside days of the portal opening, and most just lately reaching out to Joe Girard III (Syracuse) and DJ Horne (Arizona State).

As for the 13 confirmed gamers that Pitt has reached out to, 9 made not less than 40 three pointers this season, seven averaged not less than 12 factors per recreation, and two — Ledlum and Ball State’s Payton Sparks — averaged not less than eight rebounds per recreation.

Maintain monitor of Pitt’s portal exercise on the PSN Portal Information on the hyperlink beneath.

Pitt Basketball Switch Portal Information for 2023 Offseason


On Tuesday, Duquesne hosted St. Francis (PA) switch Landon Moore for a go to.

Moore is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard out of Bloomington, Illinois who performed one season for St. Francis. He shined in his lone 12 months with this system, averaging 13.1 factors and three.6 assists per recreation whereas taking pictures 42% from the sector and 36% from three-point vary.

The Dukes have additionally just lately been involved with Buffalo switch Yazid Powell, New Hampshire switch Clarence Daniels, Queens (NC) switch Jay’Den Turner, Winthrop switch Toneari Lane, and others.


Andy Toole and his Robert Morris employees have additionally been busy this portal season, reaching out to prospects from throughout.

The Colonials have reached out to the next prospects — and extra — over the previous couple of weeks.

Coppin State switch Justin Steers, New Mexico switch Javonte Johnson, Little Rock switch DJ Smith, Chicago State switch Bryce Johnson, Longwood switch Leslie Nkereuwem, Rider switch Nehemiah Benson, Yale switch EJ Jarvis, Bluefield State (D2) switch Malik Tidwell, West Florida (D2) switch LaTrell Tate, Saint Anselm (D2) switch Owen McGlashan, and extra.

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