Saturday, February 28, 2009

WPIAL hoops

With 1:48 remaining in the fourth quarter of the WPIAL Class AAAA girls championship, Mt. Lebanon leads Fox Chapel, 46-22. Hard to believe but the Blue Devils are about to win their first WPIAL title.

There's about 40 minutes to tip-off for the Quad-A boys championship between Peters Township (22-2) and its Section 4 rival Mt. Lebanon (21-4). The two split the season series.

Here's a couple interesting pregame facts:

1. The winner ensures the section will produce a fifth WPIAL champion the past six years. Chartiers Valley (2004), Upper St. Clair (2005), Mt. Lebanon (2006) and Bethel Park (2007) previously won titles.

2. Washington County has not won a WPIAL basketball championship - boys or girls – since 1992, when Wash High won the girls Class AAA title.

3. The last time a boys team from Washington County won a WPIAL title came in 1990, when Ringgold won in Quad-A and Wash High won the double-A crown.

4. Peters Township has its largest student section of the year, but it's not as large as the Lebo contingent. Several Blue Devils students are dressed in formal wear, with a few fellas wearing pink, orange and green suits.

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