Mirror’s state playoff capsules
Friday’s girls games
PIAA Class 6A first round
Teams: Altoona Lady Lions (16-7); Norwin Lady Knights (21-2)
Site, time: Hollidaysburg Area High School, 6:30 p.m.
The coaches: Altoona — Miriam Colledge (79-41, five years); Norwin — Brian Brozeski (131-44, seven years)
Playoff path: Altoona — defeated State College, 50-35, in District 6 championship. Norwin — defeated Mount Lebanon, 39-35, in WPIAL quarterfinals; lost to North Allegheny, 37-36, in WPIAL semifinals.
Starting lineups: Altoona — G Olivia Hudson, sr., 14; G Brooklyn Rupert, so., 3; G Adalynn Cherry, so., 12; G-F Caranda Perea, jr., 24; F Bridgid Fox, sr., 45. Norwin — G Jayla Wehner, jr., 5; G Jessica Kolesar, sr., 2; G Olivia Gribble, jr., 33; F Emily Brozeski, sr., 1; F Abby Best, sr., 30
Key reserves: Altoona — F Adaliz Corbin, so., 20; G Stevie Webber, jr. 11. Norwin — G Danielle Rosso, so., 22; G Mara Polczynski, so., 20
Who they get: The winner plays the winner of District 11 champion Northampton and District 1’s 11th-place finisher Methacton on Tuesday.
Notable: Both of Norwin’s losses this season came to WPIAL runner-up North Allegheny. It lost in the WPIAL semifinals when Katerina Balouris made a layup with 9.8 seconds left to give NA a 37-36 victory. The Lady Knights also own a one-point victory over North Allegheny on Jan. 29. … Norwin defeated Altoona, 48-38, on Dec. 7 in the season opener. Hudson did not play in that game. … Altoona is making its 33rd appearance in the PIAA tournament. The Lady Lions are 24-7 in first round games and snapped a five-game losing streak in that round last season.
PIAA Class 3A first round
Teams: Tyrone Lady Eagles (18-7); Neshannock Lady Lancers (23-2)
Site, time: North Allegheny High School, Wexford, 6 p.m.
The coaches: Tyrone — Luke Rhoades (198-116, 13th year); Neshannock — Luann Grybowski (179-67 in 10 years at Neshannock, 653-291 in 39 years overall)
Playoff path: Tyrone — defeated United, 63-45, in District 6 quarterfinals; lost to Penn Cambria, 61-36, in semifinals; lost to Central Cambria, 42-33, in consolation game. Neshannock — defeated Washington, 67-27, in quarterfinals; defeated Avonworth, 47-37, in semifinals; defeated Shady Side Academy, 47-42, in the WPIAL championship.
Starting lineups: Tyrone — PG Stephanie Ramsey, fr., 3; G Jaida Parker, fr., 14; G Lindsay Fusco, jr., 4; F Reilly Ronan, sr., 11; F Sydney Shaw, sr., 31. Neshannock — G Neleh Nogay, fr., 1; G Kaylee George, jr., 12; G Ellina DeLillo, jr., 21; F Bella Burrelli, sr., 15; F Brie Dean, sr., 24
Key reserves: Tyrone — G Shannon Shaw, so., 10; G Emma Getz, fr., 12; F Brooke Welsh, sr., 34. Neshannock — G-F Jessie Fehrs, jr., 33
Who they get: The winner gets either District 10 runner-up Fairview or WPIAL third-place finisher Avonworth Tuesday.
Notable: Neshannock has played Everett the past two seasons in the first round. The Lady Warriors beat the Lady Lancers, 56-53, last season. Neshannock won the game in 2017, 49-44. … Grybowski is the third WPIAL girls coach to reach 600 career wins. … Burrelli is averaging 17.2 points per game and has 1,420 career points. … Tyrone is in the PIAA playoffs for the third consecutive year. … The Lady Eagles are 1-6 all-time in the state playoffs with their only win coming against South Park in 1998.
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Teams: Central Cambria Lady Devils (17-7); Brookville Lady Raiders (19-5)
Site, time: Punxsutawney High School, 6 p.m.
The coaches: Central Cambria — Brittany Sedlock (79-50, fifth year); Brookville — Mark Powell (222 wins in 17 years)
Playoff path: Central Cambria — defeated Cambria Heights, 54-38, in District 6 quarterfinals; lost to Penns Valley, 53-45, in semifinals; defeated Tyrone, 42-33, in consolation game. Brookville — defeated Moniteau, 54-40, in semifinals; defeated Chestnut Ridge, 73-39, in District 5-9 subregional championship.
Starting lineups: Central Cambria — PG McKenna Hayward, sr., 11; G Paige Wess, sr., 3; G-F Cassidy Bezek, jr., 32; F Liz Bopp, jr., 34; F Jenna Bauer, sr., 15. Brookville — G Morgan Johnson, jr., 12; G Madison Johnson, jr., 14; G Kira Powell, jr., 42; F Marcy Schindler, jr., 11; C Lexis Hatzinikolas, sr., 23
Key reserves: Central Cambria — F Sara Lockard, sr., 10; F Maggie Kudlawiec, jr., 12; G Kiersten Szpala, jr., 1. Brookville — F Lauren Hergert, jr., 22
Who they get: The winner plays either WPIAL runner-up Shady Side Academy or District 10 third-place finisher Greenville Tuesday.
Notable: The teams had a common opponent in Chestnut Ridge this season. The Lady Raiders defeated the Lady Lions, 73-39, on Feb. 26. Central Cambria defeated Ridge twice, 77-28 on Dec. 11, and 65-29 on Jan. 25. … Central Cambria is in the state playoffs for the fourth year in a row after missing them the previous 15 years. … The Lady Devils have lost to Bishop Canevin in each of the past three seasons in the first round. … Central Cambria’s last state playoff victory came in 1998. … Brookville won a first round PIAA game a year ago. … Kira Powell is Mark’s daughter.
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Teams: Penn Cambria Lady Panthers (20-6); Washington Prexies (19-5)
Site, time: Central Cambria High School, Ebensburg, 6 p.m.
The coaches: Penn Cambria — Keith Saleme (50-47, fourth year); Washington — Ron Moore (19-5, first year)
Playoff path: Penn Cambria — defeated Marion Center, 75-44, in the quarterfinals; defeated Tyrone, 61-36, in the semifinals; defeated Penns Valley, 78-63, in District 6 championship. Washington — defeated Mohawk, 58-45, in WPIAL first round; lost to Neshannock, 67-27, in quarterfinals.
Starting lineups: Penn Cambria — G Emmy Harvey, sr., 3; G Laken Guzic, sr., 13; G-F Makalyn Clapper, sr., 44; F Mia McCarthy, sr., 12; F Ryanna Hockenos, sr., 10. Washington — G Carley Allen, sr., 3; G Torri Finley, sr., 24; G Randi Thomas, jr., 5; F Jahlea Oakley, sr., 10; F Tamia Russell, jr., 25
Key reserves: Penn Cambria — G-F Madison Grove, jr., 25; F Makenzie Shuagis, jr., 24; G Hannah Saleme, jr., 14. Washington — G Kyla Woods, so., 21; G Kiera Woods, fr., 4; F Samantha Maurer, so., 12
Who they get: The winner gets either District 3 runner-up Delone Catholic or District 4 third-place finisher Lewisburg Tuesday.
Notable: Penn Cambria has never won a PIAA playoff game. … Moore helped the Washington boys team win state titles in 1984 and 1986. The school also had a 52-game winning streak while he played. … District 6 teams make up one fourth of this side of the PIAA bracket, but the Lady Panthers would have to win at least two games before they possibly meet up with another one.
PIAA Class 2A first round
Teams: Bellwood-Antis Lady Blue Devils (22-3); Windber Lady Ramblers (21-4).
Site, time: Hollidaysburg Area High School, 5 p.m.
The coaches: Bellwood-Antis — Jim Swaney (207-35 in nine years at Bellwood-Antis, 485-229 in 27 years overall). Windber — Cory Pavlosky (110-56, seventh year).
Playoff path: Bellwood-Antis — defeated Bishop McCort, 78-76 in overtime, in the quarterfinals; defeated Penns Manor, 63-45, in the semifinals; defeated Juniata Valley, 52-49, in District 6 championship. Windber — defeated Southern Fulton, 57-30, in the semifinals; lost to Everett, 63-42, in District 5 championship.
Starting lineups: Bellwood-Antis — G Riley D’Angelo, sr., 10, G-F Alli Campbell, jr., 21, G Emilie Leidig, jr., 20; G Jaydyn Shuke, jr., 11; F Sakeria Haralson, jr., 22. Windber — G Madison Leonardis, sr., 22; G Marideth Tokarsky, sr., 11; F Alayna Elliott, jr., 5; F Makaela Cominsky, sr., 12; F Amanda Cominsky, so., 40
Key reserves: Bellwood-Antis — G Macy Decker, jr., 5; F Olivia Musselman, jr., 44. Windber — G Gina Gaye, fr., 14; G Samantha Toki, fr., 21; G Natalie Buza, so., 20
Who they get: The winner will take on either District 4 champion Mount Carmel or District 9 third-place finisher Clarion Tuesday.
Notable: Windber lost to Brentwood, 59-52, in a first-round PIAA game last season after winning the District 5 title. … Tokarsky and Makaela Cominsky each have scored more than 1,000 career points. … Bellwood-Antis, the defending PIAA Class 2A champion, is in the state playoffs for the sixth time in the past seven years. … The Lady Blue Devils are 10-3 all-time in opening-round contests and have won four in a row. … Bellwood-Antis is playing on the opposite side of the bracket from where it made its state championship run a year ago.
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Teams: Juniata Valley Lady Hornets (21-3); Laurel Lady Spartans (20-5)
Site, time: Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse, 6 p.m.
The coaches: Juniata Valley — Rachelle Hopsicker (143-57 eight years). Laurel — Matthew Stebbins (45-29, three years)
Playoff path: Juniata Valley — defeated Claysburg-Kimmel, 60-25, in the quarterfinals; defeated Blairsville, 48-31, in the semifinals; lost to Bellwood-Antis, 52-49, in the District 6 championship. Laurel — defeated Chartiers-Houston, 63-16, in WPIAL first round; defeated South Side Beaver, 40-32, in quarterfinals; lost to Brentwood, 50-37, in semifinals.
Starting lineups: Juniata Valley — G Hayden Taylor, jr., 12; G Avery Taylor, fr., 11; G-F Halee Smith, jr., 31; F Olivia Smith, so., 2; F Emma Musser, so., 32. Laurel — G Faith Gibson, jr., 1; G Caroline Gibson, sr., 2; G Makenna Collins, sr., 21; F Breagan Fedrizzi, jr., 23; F Mikyla Slater, jr., 25
Key reserves: Juniata Valley — G Lexi Reed, jr., 1; F Emily Jefferis, sr., 5. Laurel — G Lucia Lombardo, fr., 5
Who they get: The winner will play either District 10 champion West Middlesex or WPIAL sixth-place finisher Winchester Thurston Tuesday.
Notable: Caroline Gibson is Laurel’s leading scorer, averaging 19.9 points per game. … The Lady Spartans had a school-record 14-game win streak snapped in the WPIAL semifinals. … Juniata Valley has made the PIAA Class 1A finals the past two seasons and won eight PIAA games over that span. … The Lady Hornets are 3-5 all-time in state playoff openers. … Last season was the first time Juniata Valley has ever entered the state playoffs as a district champion.
Teams: Everett Lady Warriors (20-3); Serra Catholic Lady Eagles (18-5)
Site, time: University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown Sports Center, 6:30 p.m.
The coaches: Everett — Keith Moyer (271-87, 14th year); Serra Catholic — Bill Cleary (624-189, 32nd year)
Path to the finals: Everett — defeated North Star, 75-36, in the semifinals; defeated Windber, 63-42, in District 5 championship. Serra Catholic — defeated Sto-Rox, 59-29, in WPIAL first round; lost to Our Lady of Sacred Heart, 56-40, in quarterfinals.
Starting lineups: Everett — G Kaitlyn Maxwell, jr., 14; G Brooke Colledge, sr., 3; G Kristen Ewing, jr., 5; F Madison Hicks, sr., 13; F Elizabeth Jay, sr., 2. Serra Catholic — G Gigi Mele-Madigan, sr., 3; G Nicole Pawlowski, so. 14; G Chloe Pordash, fr., 44; G-F Rayna Andrews, jr., 10; F Emma Nilson, sr., 23
Key reserves: Everett — G Gabby Bulger, jr., 12; F Alex Iseminger, jr., 25. Serra Catholic — G Grace Navarro, so., 4; G Hayley McCullough, jr., 24; G Brianna Pasternak, so., 33; F Rylee Campbell, so., 25
Who they get: The winner will take on either District 10 runner-up Maplewood or WPIAL third-place finisher Bishop Canevin Tuesday.
Notable: Cleary has never had a losing season in his 32 years. He’s won four WPIAL titles and a PIAA title in 2005. … Serra Catholic lost in the first round of the state playoffs last year. … Everett snapped a six-game state playoff losing streak last year with a first-round victory over Neshannock. It was the first time the Lady Warriors made it past the first round since 2000. … Both teams Everett has lost two this season (Bellwood-Antis, twice; Penns Manor) are also part of the PIAA Class 2A bracket.
Friday’s boys games
PIAA Class 4A first round
Teams: Huntingdon Bearcats (24-0); Highlands Golden Rams (17-8)
Site, time: Hollidaysburg Area High School, 8 p.m.
The coaches: Huntingdon — Nick Payne (137-75, ninth year); Highlands — Tyler Stoczynski (50-25, third year)
Playoff path: Huntingdon — defeated Juniata, 69-39, in the semifinals; defeated Central, 40-27, in District 6 championship. Highlands — defeated Uniontown, 69-61, in WPIAL quarterfinals; lost to New Castle, 68-62, in semifinals.
Starting lineups: Huntingdon — G Nick Rigby, sr., 35; G Owen Lane, sr., 25; G Nate Gearhart, jr., 13; F Jackson Ritchey, jr., 5; F Will Sulesky, sr., 32. Highlands — G Dom Pesci, so., 13; G Korry Myers, jr., 11; G Luke Cochran, jr., 23; F Antoine McDaniel, so., 10; F Johnny Crise, jr., 20
Key reserves: Huntingdon — F Andrew Miller, jr., 4; G Chad Brindle, sr., 11. Highlands — G Mason Swanger, so., 5; F Seth Cohen, sr., 1; F Kaeleb Radashak, so., 2
Who they get: The winner plays either District 10 champion Hickory or WPIAL fourth-place finisher Ambridge Tuesday.
Notable: Both teams won a pair of state playoff games a year ago. Highlands topped Franklin Regional (52-31) and Carrick (73-54) before losing to Mars in the 5A quarterfinals. … Huntingdon defeated Lancaster Catholic (60-58) and Bishop McDevitt (74-72) before falling to Quaker Valley in the 4A quarterfinals. … Before their two wins last year, the Bearcats had not been to the state playoffs since a first-round loss to Hampton in 2010. … This is the 16th time Huntingdon has reached the PIAA playoffs, and it is 5-5 in first round games.
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Teams: Bedford Bisons (12-12); Grove City Eagles (16-9)
Site, time: Somerset Area High School, 7 p.m.
The coaches: Bedford — Leo Brunelli (18-28 in two years at Bedford; 237-227 in 19 years overall); Grove City — Chris Kwolek (16-9, first year)
Playoff path: Bedford — defeated Somerset, 89-47, in semifinals; defeated Westinghouse, 74-64, in District 5-8 subregional championship. Grove City — defeated Warren, 73-56, in quarterfinals; defeated Titusville, 73-55, in semifinals; lost to Hickory, 54-49, in District 10 championship.
Starting lineups: Bedford — G Zach Price, sr., 4; G Steven Ressler, so., 5; G Dylan Arnold, sr., 11; G-F Jace Growden, sr., 0; F Drew Hall, jr., 32. Grove City — G Brady Callahan, sr., 5; G Kade Persinger, jr., 13; G Caden Mattocks, sr., 22; F Logan Lutz, sr., 23; F Marcos Cintron, sr., 11
Key reserves: Bedford — G Miles Washington, jr., 2; G Mercury Swaim, fr., 40; F Spencer Ebersole, so., 22. Grove City — F Troy Loughry, jr., 33; F A.J. Miller, sr., 2; G Michael Brooks, so., 3
Who they get: The winner gets either WPIAL champion New Castle or District 10 third-place finisher Titusville Tuesday.
Notable: Grove City is playing in its third straight PIAA tournament for only the second time in school history. The first was a stretch from 1979-1981. … The Eagles won a state quarterfinal game at Somerset, 53-48, over Susquehanna Township in overtime in 2007. It was the third straight overtime game Grove City won that year in the PIAA playoffs. … Cintron is averaging 19.7 points per game. … Before this season, the Bedford boys had not won a playoff game of any kind since 2005, when it last won a district championship. … Growden, a 6-foot-5 senior, recently went over 1,000 career points when he scored 41 against Somerset in the semifinals.
PIAA Class 1A first round
Teams: Juniata Valley Green Hornets (18-5); Clarion-Limestone Lions (22-4)
Site, time: Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse, 7:30 p.m.
The coaches: Juniata Valley — T.J. Anderson (55-61, sixth year); Clarion-Limestone — Joe Ferguson (218-87, 13 years)
Playoff path: Juniata Valley — defeated Williamsburg, 71-49, in the quarterfinals; defeated Saint Joseph’s, 78-75 in overtime, in the semifinals; defeated Bishop Carroll Catholic, 50-45, in District 6 championship. Clarion-Limestone — defeated Otto-Eldred, 61-58, in District 9 quarterfinals; lost to North Clarion, 42-40, in semifinals; defeated Johnsonburg, 42-41, in consolation game.
Starting lineups: Juniata Valley — G Cameron Collins, sr., 1; G Jaxson Rand, sr., 13; G Devin Deihl, sr., 25; F Quinn Zinobile, sr., 2; F Grant Musser, jr., 40. Clarion-Limestone — G Deion Deas, jr., 2; G Julian Laugand, sr., 3; F Curven Goheen, jr., 24; F Hayden Callen, so., 40; F Ian Callen, sr., 14
Key reserves: Juniata Valley — G Jacob Hensor, jr., 5; F Nolan Reihart, sr., 30. Clarion-Limestone — G Ayden Wiles, sr., 4; F Mitch Knepp, jr., 41
Who they get: The winner plays the winner of District 5 runner-up Shanksville-Stonycreek and WPIAL third-place finisher Cornell on Tuesday.
Notable: Two years ago, the Green Hornets knocked off Imani Christian in the first round. Juniata Valley eventually lost to Kennedy Catholic, 88-45. … Clarion-Limestone defeated North Clarion, the team it lost to in the District 9 semifinals, by 13 in the regular season. … Clarion-Limestone lost to District 6 champion Bishop Carroll in the first round of the state playoffs in 2014, 81-42. … If Juniata Valley wins, it could meet Shanksville-Stonycreek in the next round. The JV girls defeated Shanksville’s girls team during the regular season.
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Teams: Bishop Carroll Huskies (19-5); North Clarion Wolves (21-3)
Site, time: Kane High School, Kane, 7 p.m.
The coaches: Bishop Carroll — Cosie Aliquo (208-111, 12th year); North Clarion — Andy Bish (record unavailable in four years)
Playoff path: Bishop Carroll — defeated Blacklick Valley, 73-49, in the semifinals; lost to Juniata Valley, 50-45, in DIstrict 6 championship. North Clarion — defeated Clarion-Limestone, 42-40, in semifinals; lost to Elk County Catholic, 52-43, in the District 9 championship.
Starting lineups: Bishop Carroll — G Carson Ertter, sr., 5, G Alex Karlheim, sr., 3, G Tristan McDannell, jr., 10, F Nolan Burk, jr., 32, F Scotty Semelsberger, jr., 24. North Clarion — G Sam Minich, sr., 3; G Logan Minich, sr., 12; F Korey Mills, sr., 15; F Tyler McCord-Wolbert, sr., 22; C Kyle Mills, sr., 55
Key reserves: Bishop Carroll — G Logan Gottshall, sr., 21; G-F Jordan Bobroski, so., 33; F Bart Kilraine, so., 43. North Clarion — G Jacob Bauer, jr., 11; F Devon Walters, jr., 35
Who they get: The winner will play either District 10 champion Jamestown or WPIAL fourth-place finisher Monessen.
Notable: Bishop Carroll made it all the way to the PIAA semifinals a year ago before losing to eventual state champion Kennedy Catholic, which has now moved up to Class 6A. … The Huskies have made it to the state playoffs in seven of the last eight years. … Bishop Carroll is 10-7 in the first round of the PIAA playoffs and has won four of their last five first-round games. The only loss came in overtime to District 9’s Elk County Catholic in 2015. … North Clarion played for a district title for the first time in 20 years. … Kyle Mills is listed at 6-foot-7 for the Wolves.
Saturday’s girls games
PIAA 5A girls first round
Teams: Hollidaysburg Lady Tigers (13-10); Penn Hills Lady Indians (16-7)
Site, time: Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse, 4 p.m.
The coaches: Hollidaysburg — Deanna Jubeck (125-80, ninth year). Penn Hills — Robert Cash (51-20, third year)
Playoff path: Hollidaysburg — defeated DuBois, 49-19, in the semifinals; defeated Obama Academy, 40-26. Penn Hills — defeated Franklin Regional, 55-43, in WPIAL quarterfinals; lost to Chartiers Valley, 45-37, in semifinals.
Starting lineups: Hollidaysburg — G Janessa Goins, sr., 13; G Sierra McClain, sr., 31; G Hannah Snyder, sr., 23; G Allison Hileman, jr., 12; F Alyssa Bell, so., 21. Penn Hills — PG A’Lysa Sledge, so. 4; G Diamond-Jay Whittington, sr., 5; G Adia Brisker, sr., 11; F Jasmyn Golden, so., 12; F Tayonna Robertson, sr., 23
Key reserves: Hollidaysburg — F Taylor Smith, so., 15; F Morgan O’Neill, jr., 4; G Marin Miller, fr., 14. Penn Hills — G Ariana Dunson, sr., 0; F Niya Moore, jr., 32
Who they get: The winner will play either District 10 champion Warren or WPIAL fourth-place finisher Oakland Catholic Wednesday.
Notable: Brisker is committed to Niagara. … Penn Hills won the 1990 PIAA Class 4A championship and lost in the finals the next two seasons. … Hollidaysburg lost to Palmyra in the first round of the PIAA playoffs last season. It was the first time the Lady Tigers had advanced to the state playoffs in four seasons. … Hollidaysburg is 6-9 all-time in first round games.
PIAA Class 4A first round
Teams: Huntingdon Lady Bearcats (14-9); Central Valley Lady Warriors (22-2).
Site, time: Mount Lebanon High School, Pittsburgh, 4:30 p.m.
The coaches: Huntingdon — Patrick Cassidy (45-46 in four years at Huntingdon). Central Valley — Chris Raso (22-2, first year).
Playoff path: Huntingdon — defeated Juniata, 76-50, in the semifinals; lost to Forest Hills, 64-44, in District 6 championship game. Central Valley — defeated McKeesport, 60-54, in the quarterfinals; defeated Blackhawk, 55-48, in the semifinals; lost to North Catholic, 75-57, in the WPIAL championship.
Starting lineups: Huntingdon — G Kynnedy Miller, jr., 3; G Allie Troup, jr., 21; G Emily Kurtz, sr., 14; F Kait McElroy, jr., 13; F Rin Reamer, jr., 11. Central Valley — G Christiane Frye, jr., 1; G Kaitlyn Lyons, sr., 12; F Kaelyn Underwood, sr., 20; F Allyson Kirby, jr., 24; F Harlee Johns, sr., 45
Key reserves: Huntingdon — F Maddie DeForrest, jr., 12; F Rachel Kyle, jr., 10. Central Valley — F Kelsey Dickinson, sr., 13; F Hannah Engelman, jr., 22
Who they get: The winner will play either District 3 champion Lancaster Catholic or WPIAL seventh-place finisher Quaker Valley Wednesday.
Notable: Central Valley is a school created by the merger of Center and Monaca in 2011. … The Lady Warriors played for the WPIAL title for the first time and are enjoying the best season in school history. They have never won a state playoff game. … Frye is Central Valley’s leading scorer and went over the 1,000-career point mark in the WPIAL semifinals. … Huntingdon lost to Mount Pleasant in the first round of the 2014 PIAA playoffs. Before that game, the Lady Bearcats had not played in the state playoffs since losing to Steel Valley in Class 3A in 1988. … Huntingdon’s last win in the PIAA playoffs was in 1985 over Wilkinsburg.
PIAA Class 1A first round
Teams: Purchase Line Red Dragons (14-11); Tussey Mountain Lady Titans (17-8)
Site, time: Central Cambria High School, Ebensburg, 4 p.m.
The coaches: Purchase Line — Kelley Goss (14-11 in first year at Purchase Line). Tussey Mountain — Todd Gates (230-102, 13th year)
Playoff path: Purchase Line — defeated Williamsburg, 54-36, in quarterfinals; defeated Saint Joseph’s, 51-41, in semifinals; lost to Bishop Carroll Catholic, 66-23 in District 6 championship. Tussey Mountain — defeated Johnstown Christian, 65-21, in District 5 quarterfinals; lost to Berlin Brothersvalley, 60-31, in semifinals; defeated Fannett-Metal, 47-29, in consolation game.
Starting lineups: Purchase Line — G Addaleia Beer, jr., 23; G Madison Scalese, fr., 21; G Emileigh Syster, jr., 15; F Bethany Smith, fr., 3; F Payton Balogh, sr., 12. Tussey Mountain — G Lexi Weimert, jr., 10; G Kailee Leonard, fr., 12; G Maddie Garner, sr., 13; F Meghan Molosky, so., 32; F Sophie Brumbaugh, jr., 11
Key reserves: Purchase Line — F Abigail Goss, fr., 42; G Kristin Zurenko, jr., 14. Tussey Mountain — G Keirsten Park, jr., 34
Who they get: The winner gets either District 9 runner-up Johnsonburg or WPIAL fourth-place finisher Vincentian Academy Wednesday.
Notable: This is the first season Purchase Line has reached double digit wins in more than a decade. … The Dragons’ last winning season prior to this one was 2005, and they had not won a District 6 playoff game since 1994. … Tussey Mountain won a play-in game over Westinghouse last year before losing to Blairsville in the first round of the state playoffs. The Lady Titans have lost two first round games in a row after winning their previous four. … The first of those four wins was the first time Tussey Mountain ever won a state playoff game.
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Teams: Bishop Carroll Lady Huskies (17-7); Veritas Academy Lady Monarchs (16-9)
Site, time: Central Cambria High School, Ebensburg, 5:30
The coaches: Bishop Carroll — Bob Gongloff (436-111 in 19 years at Bishop Carroll; 457-163 in 22 years overall). Veritas Academy — Daniel Spanjer (career record unavailble)
Playoff path: Bishop Carroll — defeated Blacklick Valley, 49-22, in the semifinals; defeated Purchase Line, 66-23, in District 6 championship. Veritas Academy — defeated Harrisburg Christian, 32-27, in District 3 quarterfinals; lost to Greenwood, 55-19, in semifinals; lost to Covenant Christian Academy, 43-35, in consolation game.
Starting lineups: Bishop Carroll — G Kate Yahner, sr., 15; G Sam Rosenberger, sr., 25; F Mara Yahner, jr., 4; F Dani Gittings, sr., 33; F Anna Haigh, sr., 35. Veritas Academy — G Olivia Mylin, so., 1; G Serena Hartzler, so., 13; G Grace Martin, so., 20; F Sydney Rawlings, sr., 12; C Sarah Trimbath, so., 4
Key reserves: Bishop Carroll — G Lexi Popma, jr., 3; G Savannah Smorto, fr., 11. Veritas Academy — G Karis Fischer, so., 3; G Chassidy King, sr., 21; F Caitlin Liebriedis, so., 11
Who they get: The winner will play either District 4 champion Lourdes Regional or District 1 third-place finisher Faith Christian Wednesday.
Notable: Spanjer coached the boys program from 1998-2006 and served as the girls junior varsity coach from 2000-2006. … Bishop Carroll is in the PIAA playoffs for the sixth year in a row. … The Lady Huskies have made the state semifinals the past two seasons. … Bishop Carroll is 23-6 in state playoff openers and has won 16 of its last 18 in this round.
Saturday’s boys games
PIAA Class 3A first round
Teams: Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils (16-9); Lincoln Park Leopards (22-4)
Site, time: New Castle Area High School, 4:30 p.m.
The coaches: Bellwood-Antis — Kevin Conlon (33-15, second year); Lincoln Park — Mike Bariski (216-49, ninth year)
Playoff path: Bellwood-Antis — defeated West Shamokin, 62-48, in District 6 quarterfinals; lost to Ligonier Valley, 65-45, in semifinals; lost to Forest Hills, 66-40, in consolation game. Lincoln Park — defeated Beaver Falls, 82-54, in quarterfinals; defeated Seton LaSalle, 75-58, in semifinals; defeated North Catholic, 62-50, in WPIAL championship.
Starting lineups: Bellwood-Antis — G Mason Yingling, sr., 13; G Zach Mallon, so., 23; G Troy Walker, jr., 33; F T.J. Wyland, sr., 24; F Nathan Wolfe, sr., 55. Lincoln Park — G Johnnie Bryant, jr., 2; G Isaiah Smith, jr., 5; G Keeno Holmes, sr., 24; F Andre Wilder, jr., 10; F Tanner Mathos, jr., 11
Key reserves: Bellwood-Antis — G Alex Frederick, sr., 20; F Jack Luensmann, fr., 42; F Zach Miller, so., 40. Lincoln Park — G Casey Oliver, sr., 4
Who they get: The winner will play District 10 runner-up Fairview or WPIAL fourth-place finisher Aliquippa Wednesday.
Notable: When Lincoln Park was competing in Class 1A, it eliminated Brandon Martinazzi-led Bishop Carroll Catholic teams in consecutive years (2013-2014). The Huskies lost the first game, 86-84 before losing the next season, 70-28. … Lincoln Park defeated Mount Union in last year’s state playoffs, 86-59. … Bellwood-Antis missed the state playoffs a year ago and lost to North Catholic, 68-51, in the first round in 2017. … The Blue Devils’ only win in the PIAA tournament came in 1996 with standout player Brent Gerwert, now an assistant coach for the Altoona girls.
PIAA Class 2A first round
Teams: Bishop Guilfoyle Marauders (23-2); Sto-Rox Vikings (14-10)
Site, time: DeGol Arena, Saint Francis University, Loretto, 5:30 p.m.
The coaches: Bishop Guilfoyle — Chris Drenning (127-53, seventh year). Sto-Rox — Ryan Hughes (25-68, third year).
Playoff path: Bishop Guilfoyle — defeated Northern Cambria, 80-13, in the quarterfinals; defeated Penns Manor, 86-46, in the semifinals; defeated West Branch, 83-25 in District 6 championship. Sto-Rox — lost to Serra Catholic, 71-61, in WPIAL quarterfinals.
Starting lineups: Bishop Guilfoyle — G Luke Ruggery, sr., 3; G Kyle Ruggery, jr., 24; G Michael Montecalvo, jr., 35; G Jessiah Witherspoon, jr., 1; F Will Helton, jr., 12. Sto-Rox — G Jamal Williams, jr., 5; G Jamil Williams, jr., 2; F A.J. Nelson, jr., 13; F Eric Wilson, jr., 1; C Andre Frenzley, sr., 22
Key reserves: Bishop Guilfoyle — F Andrew Yanoshak, so., 25; F Matt Kenner, sr., 13. Sto-Rox — G Jaiden Berry, jr., 0; G Davontae Johnson, jr., 4; G Marcus Upshaw, jr., 3; G Davontae Duell, so., 12.
Who they get: The winner will play the winner of District 9 runner-up Coudersport and WPIAL third-place finisher South Side on Wednesday.
Notable: Wilson is being recruited by Division I schools as a quarterback and threw for more than 3,000 yards last season. … Frenzley is the only senior on Sto-Rox and is headed to Seton Hill to play football. … Bishop Guilfoyle is in the state playoffs for the sixth time in seven years. The Marauders have won their first round game two years in a row. … Luke Ruggery is a Saint Francis commit and is Bishop Guilfoyle’s all-time leading scorer for boys basketball.