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How fitting was it in the four heavyweight championship bouts at Duquesne University between each classifications #1 and #2-seeds that when the dust settled, we would have a split decision. Top-seed Hopewell in Class AAA rode the back of superstar Shatori Walker-Kimbrough to district gold while #1 Seton-LaSalle in Class AA was perfect in winning back-to-back titles. Second-seed Mount Lebanon claimed their third WPIAL AAAA championship in the last four years while #2-seed Vincentian Academy stunned defending champion North Catholic for the second time in three years, giving the golden crown back to the Royals. Here are ALL of the final results from the 2012 WPIAL Girls Basketball Playoffs.

You can go back and listen to any of the games below on archive on MSA Sports sponsored in part by McDonalds and by Carlow University.

PIAA Basketball Qualifiers From the WPIAL

The 2012 WPIAL Boys and Girls Basketball Playoffs are in the books as the attention now switches from the district to the state roundball postseason. Starting this week, 46 WPIAL boys and girls teams hope for a long journey on the Path to Penn State with the start of the PIAA Boys and Girls Basketball state playoffs. Here is the order of the boys and girls teams in all four classifications coming out of District 7.


#1 - Gateway Gators

#2 - Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings

#3 - Butler Golden Tornado

#4 - Shaler Titans

#5 - Seneca Valley Raiders


#1 - New Castle Red Hurricane

#2 - Hampton Talbots

#3 - Beaver Bobcats

#4 - Montour Spartans

#5 - Mars Fighting Planets

#6 - Central Valley Warriors

Central Catholic's Lincoln Parked as Gateway Slams Second Straight Boys AAAA Title

Pittsburgh Central Catholic drove a big fancy Lincoln through the first three rounds of the district basketball playoffs all the way to the Bluff and Duquesne University. However Gateway turned that speedster into a vehicle that could not get out of first gear. The Gators shut down the Vikings 49-39 Saturday night at the Palumbo Center to capture a second straight WPIAL Boys AAAA championship.

Shatori Walker-Kimbrough Shines Bright With 35 As Hopewell Claims WPIAL Gold

The Hopewell Vikings got 35 points and 11 rebounds from junior Shatori Walker-Kimbrough as the Vikings notched their third WPIAL Class AAA girls championship, defeating the South Park Eagles 50-34 on Saturday night at the A.J. Palumbo Center. 

Hopewell outscored South Park 20-5 in the final quarter to claim the win, the Vikings were 15 of 17 in the period at the free throw line and forced six turnovers in that stanza. Hopewell only had 10 field goals in the game, eight of those coming from Walker-Kimbrough.

PIAA Southwest Regional Class AA Individual Wrestling Results

The two day PIAA Class AA Southwest Regional Wrestling Championships are in the books in the final step to Hershey. Here are the results from the Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown as the top five from each weight class advance to next weeks state finals.

Monessen Cold, BF's Jeter Hot in Second Half as Tigers Take Boys AA Title

Something happened to Monessen in route to a second straight WPIAL Boys AA championship. They forgot how to put the basketball into that pesky cylinder thing. OK, perhaps the Beaver Falls defense had something to do with the wall the Greyhounds hit on offense in the second half as the Tigers cruised to a 46-27 victory Saturday afternoon at the A.J. Palumbo Center at Duquesne University.

After a Chavas Rawlins bucket in the first minute for Monessen tied the game at 20-20, Beaver Falls went on a 14-0 run that put them in control for good. The Tigers outscored the defending champion Greyhounds 26-9 in the second half to secure their eighth WPIAL basketball championship.

A back-and-forth first quarter ended with Beaver Falls leading 10-9 as the tone was set early with a mix of great defense and shaky shooting.

Vincentian Academy Comes Back to Oust North Catholic As Class A Girls Champs

The Vincentian Academy Royals saved their best for last, taking their first lead with 55 seconds remaining as the Royals take the rubber game of the series with the North Catholic Trojanettes by a 54-50 score in the Girls Class A championship game at the A.J. Palumbo Center. It’s the fourth title for the Royals, who also defeated North Catholic to win the 2010 title.

North Catholic led 44-34 early in the fourth quarter, but Laura Primyon took over the show, hitting a three from the right corner, followed by a three from the left corner and a right wing three with 3:04 remaining, cut the lead to five at 48-43.

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GATORS REPEAT !!   Final score   49-39. Central out scores them 17-8 in the 4th quarter but its not enough. The Gateway Gators are your 2012 WPIAL AAAA champion.

Harris at the line again, he hits 2-2  and its 49-37. Both coaches empty the bench as the starters leave to applause.

Central with a basket but forced to foul Harris makes two free throws and its 47-37 Gators with 16.9 left in the game. Looks lilke a repeat for Gateway.

WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Finals - Day Two Highlights

The Class AAA WPIAL Championships had a similar feel Friday as it did on Thursday, as the top wrestlers at each weight class continued to march toward the finals. The Quarterfinals and 1st round of consolations were wrestled on Friday, with four wrestlers being eliminated in each weight class.

Only 8 of the 56 top 4 seeds from the 14 weight classes did not advance into the semi-finals that will be wrestled on Saturday. Some of the big upsets on Friday were at 138 pounds, where Hampton’s Kevin Synan beat 2nd seed Cole Landowski of Kiski by fall in 5:09, and at 160 pounds, where Kellan Stout of Mount Lebanon beat 2nd seed Marco Crivelli of Hopewell 4-0. Also pulling upsets were Zack DeLuca of Central Catholic at 220 pounds, beating 3rd seed John Phillips of Albert Gallatin by fall in 4:31, and Damon Sims Jr. of Hopewell beating Luke Fleck of Franklin Regional at 285 pounds 2-1 in double overtime.

New Castle's 8th WPIAL Championship is Perfect As Canes Sweep Past Hampton

It was a packed house at the AJ Palumbo Center as fans filled the stands to catch a glimpse of the highly touted New Castle Red Hurricane, as they battled the Hampton Talbots for WPIAL Class AAA gold.  The Talbots kept pace with the Red Hurricane throughout the first quarter, trailing New Castle 14-10 at the end of the period. 

New Castle began to flex its muscles in the second quarter, however, extending the lead to 26-14 with 3:15 to go.  The Red Hurricane stepped up their full court pressure defense, causing the Talbots continued struggles offensively.  Ryan Luther hit a three pointer with 1:20 to go, ending a two minute scoring drought for the Talbots.  New Castle spent the remaining minute of the quarter taking seconds off the clock, until Shawn Anderson converted a layup with five seconds to go.

Mount Lebanon: Back On Top as Queens of the Girls AAAA Mountain

A year ago, heavily favored Mount Lebanon was stunned in the WPIAL Girls AAAA title game by Shaler, keeping them from a third straight district crown. Friday evening, it was the Blue Devils doing the stunning as they handed top-seed Oakland Catholic only their second loss of the season in a 58-49 victory at the A.J. Palumbo Center at Duquesne University.

It looked like it would be an easy night for Mount Lebanon as they scored 13 of the games first 15 points en route to a 20-6 score after one quarter.

With the exception of Bobbi Baker starting to heat up for the Eagles, the second quarter was much of the same for Oakland Catholic as they struggled from the field and had trouble against the taller Blue Devils. A late Eagles bucket by Rachel Vigliotti cut the deficit to 32-21 at halftime.

Indiana Boys and West Allegheny Girls Win Class AA WPIAL Swimming Championships

At Trees Pool at the University of Pittsburgh on Friday, the West Allegheny Indians win their second consecutive AA WPIAL girls swimming  championship. The Indians came into day two with a 35.5 point lead. They cruised to an easy victory outscoring 2nd place Blackhawk by 92 points. South Fayette also finished tied for 2nd place. Shady Side Academy finished 4th 98.5 back.

In the boys AA  championships, Indiana wins their second straight WPIAL title. The Indians led by 56 points  a big first day, but the Hampton Talbots closed the gap to 10 points mid way thru day two. Indiana pulled away near the end to win by 28 points. Hampton was 2nd with Shady Side Academy 30 points back in 3rd.

Lincoln Park Finally Strikes Gold in Winning WPIAL Boys Class A

The Lincoln Park Leopards claimed their first WPIAL Boys Class A championships with a 74-57 victory over the Cornell Raiders at the A.J. Palumbo Center. Ryan Hosack scored 27 points to lead the Leopards, Devontae Watson added a triple double with 17 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocked shots before fouling out with 3:01 remaining.

Cornell actually led 4-0, but Lincoln Park scored the next eleven points, grabbing a 17-10 lead after one quarter. Hosack helped the Leopards pull away in the second, he scored 16 points in the half, while Watson controlled the glass and swatted away several shots. Lincoln Park actually led 34-16, a three by Dustin Goins helped Cornell cut the lead to 34-23 at the break.

Seton-LaSalle Perfect in Winning Second Straight WPIAL Girls AA Crown

Seton-LaSalle discovered that #13 is a lucky number. The Rebels outlasted section rival Bishop Canevin 73-60 Friday afternoon to capture their second consecutive WPIAL girls Class AA championship and become the 13th girl’s school to win a district title with a perfect record as Seton-LaSalle picked up their 25th win in 25 games.

In the third meeting between these Section 5 teams, Bishop Canevin actually jumped out to a 7-3 first quarter lead before Natalie Piaggesi hit three field goals in an 8-0 run for the Rebels that put Seton-LaSalle up 11-7. The Crusaders tied the game at 11-11 before the Rebels scored 10 of the final 13 points in the quarter and claimed a 21-14 lead after one.
The second quarter was back and forth as the lead for Seton-LaSalle was never more than eleven points, but was never fewer than seven points as the Rebels led the Crusaders at the break 38-27.

North Allegheny Sweeps Boys and Girls Swimming Titles in Class AAA

The North Allegheny Tigers dominated the AAA WPIAL boys and girls swimming championships on day two held at Trees Pool at the University of Pittsburgh Friday afternoon..

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