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What to watch for in WPIAL sports on March 18, 2023: New Castle, Reading to meet for 1st time in state playoffs


Mar 18, 2023

By: Don Rebel

Friday, March 17, 2023 | 11:54 PM

Andrew Palla | For the Tribune-Evaluation

New Castle’s Jonathan Anderson (12) scores in the course of a PIAA playoff game against Erie on Saturday, March 11, 2023, at New Castle Larger College.

Two state boys basketball powers will collide for the 1st time in the PIAA postseason Saturday afternoon when New Castle needs on District 3 champion Reading.

The Red Hurricane are browsing for their 50th all-time state playoff victory (49-24) when they meet the Red Knights at Altoona at two p.m.

With all their wins, New Castle only has 1 unique PIAA tournament victory against a District 3 opponent.

That came final year when the ‘Canes defeated Northeastern York in the 1st round, 63-50.

New Castle had been -two against D-3 teams in the postseason ahead of that win.

They lost to Harrisburg in the 1998 Class 4A state championship game, 69-53 and fell to Bishop McDevitt in the 2016 quarterfinals, 77-68.

Co-champs collide

1 unique was a co-champion in Section 1-3A, the other shared a title in Section 3-3A.

Now they collide, 1 unique step away from the PIAA final four.

Neshannock (20-7) enjoyed winning streaks of six and seven games this season. Following falling to defending district champion Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in the WPIAL semifinals, 53-50, the Lancers have won their 1st two state playoffs games by a combined six points a lot more than Oil City and Brookville.

Deer Lakes (19-eight) defeated OLSH to win its 1st WPIAL championship two weeks ago and has eliminated Seneca and Loyalsock Township to extend its postseason winning streak to six games.

The teams meet at North Allegheny at noon in the PIAA 3A quarterfinals.

Lastly they meet

When the WPIAL playoff brackets had been announced in mid-February, Aliquippa was the ideal seed and defending champion Bishop Canevin was the No. two seed.

A showdown in in between Section 1-2A and Section two-2A champions by no means ever materialized in the district playoffs, despite the fact that, as BC lost to Northgate in the semifinals, 63-54.

Nonetheless, quickly right after two wins in the state playoffs, we lastly get the showdown in in between the Quips and the Crusaders at Peters Township at 1:30 p.m.

Eagles vs. Tigers: Take 4

The McKeesport girls basketball strategy has enjoyed an incredible season, winning 23 of 28 games.

Nonetheless, the Tigers have no district gold and no section crown to show for all their accomplishment thanks to 1 unique group, Section 3-5A foe Oakland Catholic (24-4).

The Tigers lost every of their section games to the Eagles and completed two games behind them in the standings.

The third time was no charm for McKeesport, when they lost to Oakland Catholic as soon as a lot more in the WPIAL semifinals, 58-51.

The fourth meeting of the year in in between the two 5A powerhouses needs spot at Peters Township at noon.

In the other girls 5A state quarterfinals game on the “western” side of the bracket Saturday, WPIAL champion South Fayette (26-two) will battle District ten champion Erie Cathedral Prep at Sharon at 1 p.m.

WPIAL finalists vs. district champs

The two finalists in the WPIAL 4A girls basketball playoffs are nonetheless alive heading into the state quarterfinals.

Now they go up against a pair of district champions.

District 7 winner North Catholic (24-3) will take an 18-game winning streak into a game Saturday against District 3 champion Wyomissing (28-two) at Bald Eagle at two p.m.

WPIAL runner-up Blackhawk (23-4) squares off with District ten champion Fairview (21-eight) at Sharon at two:30 p.m.

Blackhawk and Camp Hill Trinity are the only teams left in 4A that did not win their district championship.

District champs survive

Only district champions are left on the western side of the state bracket in the Class A girls basketball playoffs.

It will be WPIAL vs. District six and District 5 against District 9.

Union (20-six) is the lone District 7 group left in the bracket. The WPIAL champs have defeated a pair of District 9 teams in Clarion and Elk County Catholic.

The Scotties have been defensive, only permitted a combined 44 points in the two wins.

They will face a Williamsburg (28-1) group that beat St. Joseph from the WPIAL in the 1st round by 46 points.

The game needs spot at Armstrong at 1 p.m.

The other game has Berlin-Brothersvalley out of D-5 against Otto-Eldred from D-9.

Final swim

Saturday marks the final day of the 2023 PIAA Class 3A swimming and diving championships at Bucknell University.

Saturday will commence with five preliminary races starting at eight:ten a.m. for the 3A girls and ten:45 a.m. for the 3A boys.

The consolations and finals in these events will take spot at 3:25 p.m. for the girls and six:05 p.m. for the boys.

The boys 3A diving championships are scheduled for 12:35 p.m.

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