Class A title belongs to Lincoln Park
HERSHEY – Sophomore standout Maverick Rowan scored 37 points and WPIAL champ Lincoln Park capped its 30-1 season with a 70-66 victory over District 1 champ Math, Civics & Science Charter in the PIAA-A boys’ state championship game Friday afternoon in the Giant Center.
Lincoln Park, which won its 24th game in a row, lost in its previous two trips to PIAA championship games.
MC&S finished its season 15-15 overall. Junior Samir Doughty scored 26 points and junior Mike Watkins, a junior Penn State commit, had 17 points and 17 rebounds for the Mighty Elephants.
n Seton-La?Salle 58, Neu-mann-Goretti 50: For the second time in three seasons, WPIAL champion Seton-La Salle walked away from the sweetest place on earth with the girls’ PIAA Class AA basketball title.
In the process, the Rebels knocked off the state’s last unbeaten, outracing Philadelphia product Neumann-Goretti.
The Rebels (27-4) were paced by Nicolete Newman (17 points), Cassidy Walsh (11) and Yacine Diop, one of three University of Pittsburgh recruits for Rebels first-year head coach Spencer Stefko. Diop recorded a double-double with 10 points and 23 rebounds.
n Cumberland Valley 49, Spring Ford 30: One year after its runner-up finish, District 3 champion Cumberland Valley settled a score with Spring-Ford at the girls PIAA Class AAAA championships.
Sophomore swing guard Kelly Jekot scored 16 points and guard Taylor Sneidman chipped in 12 as the Eagles upended the defending Class AAAA champion Rams.
Cumberland Valley (28-5) hauled in the program’s second Class AAAA title (2002), taking advantage of Spring-Ford’s uneven offense that produced just three field goals in the final 16 minutes. Lafayette recruit Sammy Stipa, averaging 13.7 points per game, finished with a team-high 11 points for the Rams (27-7).
n Neumann-Goretti 64, Sus-quehanna Township 57: Neumann Goretti, out of the Philadelphia Catholic League, won its fourth PIAA Class AAA boys’ basketball championship in five years.
The Saints needed overtime to subdue District 3 champion Susquehanna Township in a game in which neither team led by more than five points in regulation.
Neumann-Goretti (27-4) outscored the Indians 11-4 in overtime, and all four Susquehanna Township (23-8) points in the extra session came from the free-throw line.
Saints guard Ja’Quan Newton, a Miami recruit whose mom died from breast cancer the day before the state final, torched the Indians with a game-high 33 including six in overtime.