The WPIAL football alignment for the 2010 and 2011 seasons will be released at the Board of Control meeting Tuesday.
A total of 12 teams will change classification, including McGuffey (AAA) and Burgettstown (AA). Our Lady of the Sacred Heart has ended its co-op with Cornell and will compete in Class A. Central Valley, the merger of Center and Monaca, will play Class AAA.
Considering the changes, this must have been one of the more difficult alignments in recent memory.
Here's a couple strong possibilities:
Washington, Burgettstown and South Allegheny moved to the Century Conference and replace Bishop Canevin, Sto-Rox and South Park. Bishop Canevin and Sto-Rox dropped to Class A, while South Park moved up to Class AAA.
McKeesport moves back to the Great Southern Conference.
The Black Hills Conference takes on a new look with the addition of Bishop Canevin and Sto-Rox. There's also a lot of talk about the Tri-County South being disbanded or, at the very least, Monessen being moved from that conference.
* It's been a weird year for Section 5-AA boys basketball.
First, Zach Hooks does not play at Charleroi and one published story reported the 6-6 junior transfered to Aliquippa.
Next, Terrance Stepoli was kicked off the Monessen team thanks to his actions during a loss at Washington. According to several sources, Stepoli is hoping to enroll at Greensburg Central Catholic.
And, last week, Dylan Bongiorni quit the Burgettstown basketball team after the first game of a stretch where the Blue Devils played three games in three days. Bongiorni was averaging 19.7 points. Many believe Bongiorni will end up at West Allegheny.
Hooks, Stepoli and Bongiorni were considered three of the top players in the section entering the year. With half the section schedule remaining, they are not playing.
It certainly adds some twists to the playoff race, which also includes Washington, Chartiers-Houston and California.
The most behaved team may end up winning the section.
* Anyone else like the grit of the Trinity boys basketball team?
The Hillers aren't going to wow anyone with statistics, though junior Josh Valentic is in the midst of a superb season. Trinity is winning close games and doing it with defense, hustle and rebounding.
I covered two Trinity games last week – a 21-point win over Elizabeth Forward and a two-point win at Belle Vernon. As someone who covered a lot of Pitt basketball through much of the decade, I see Trinity doing a lot of the little things that the Panthers did so well when they first became a national power.