- WPIAL coaches like to complain about officiating when they travel outside the region. At times, it comes off like excuse making but after taking in a quadruple header in District 10 territory Saturday, and drawing from many other past experiences, they're right most of the time. The officiating was terrible, particularly during a PIAA Class AAA first-round girls game between General McLane and Mars. The Planets weren't better than General McLane but I bet they rode home thinking the refs didn't give them a chance too. I also had trouble with the first quarter of Wash High's win over Fairview and how officials called the paint play during South Fayette's loss to Mercyhurst Prep. Mike Lamberti and Mike Burroughs both foul out, while Prep's 6-8 big man is only called for two fouls. Hmmmmmm.
- Speaking of Wash High, kudos to the Prexies for advancing to the second round. It seems fitting that Wash High is the lone boys team remaining as the great coaching career of Ron Faust comes to a close. Let's give the players credit, their was a tremendous amount of pressure placed upon them from Wash High fans to make this a memorable season. State playoff wins over Cranberry and Fairview ensured that it already is.
- Thanks to the programming director at 94.3 FM out of the Meadville area. After sitting through four high school hoops games and eating some not-so-tasty Chinese buffet during a break in action at Edinboro Univeristy, Saturday night's "Big Hair Saturday" offered an excellent diversion on the long drive home. During the hour or so I picked up the signal, 94.3 offered tasty treats such as Cinderella's "Don't Know What You Got (Til It's Gone)," Motley Crue's "Primal Scream", Tesla's "Little Suzi", and Lita Ford's "Kiss Me Deadly." Those readers who are around my age, likely remember Ford's video for her biggest hit quite fondly.
- Finally, the Varsity Letters gives props to Shade High School, located in the small, coal-mining town of Cairnbrook (Somerset County). Shade won the District 5 title for the first time then beat Neshannock in the first round for its first state playoff victory. My father, Frank Kovak, is a proud Shade graduate and my cousin, Brad Mulcahy, is an assistant coach. Congrats Panthers and good luck against Serra Catholic, you'll need it.
Time to clear the mind after watching a life's worth of state basketball the past week.