Team of the Week -MonessenThe Greyhounds established themselves as prohibitive favorites in Section 3-AA with wins over Wilkinsburg and Steel Valley. Monessen, with a 4-0 section record and a 9-2 overall mark, handed both teams their first section loss.
Monessen's only losses were against Class AAAA schools – Norwin and highly regarded North Allegheny.
With head coach Joe Salvino rapidly approaching career win No. 500, Monessen is getting solid production from a strong rotation. At Wilkinsburg, Cam Johnson and Jaisen Irwin came off the bench to combine for 38 points.
Against Steel Valley, point guards Jalen Madison scored 20 points and the Greyhounds defense limited the Ironmen to 18 points in the first half.
Ringgold continued its strong start with a key Section 5-AAA win against Washington and a non-section victory over South Park.
Tanner Huffman, California
Mike Lamberti, South Fayette
Jalen Madison, Monessen
Tyler Pavan, Burgettstown
Andrew Stine, Ringgold
Off the benchDylan Berger, Canon-McMillan
Coaching milestone – Trinity coach Joe Dunn picked up career win No. 300 Friday night when the Hillers beat McGuffey in a Section 5-AAA game. Dunn joins an exclusive list of coaches from the area to win that many games.
California's Phil Pergola leads all local coaches with 544 victories.
Monessen's Salvino has 498 career wins. Next is long-time Carmichaels coach Don Williams, who has 419 wins. Canon-Mac's Rick Bell has 320.