Riverside and Aliquippa advance to the second round in the WPIAL Playoffs

High School basketball is in full effect. On WBVP this afternoon we had Riverside taking on Burgettstown. The Panthers came away with the victory by a final score of 65-42 over Burgettstown. Riverside advances to the second round of the WPIAL playoffs. On WMBA we had Alaiquippa taking on Charleroi. The Quips came away with the victory by a final score of 70-51. The defending PIAA state champions will being going to the second round to face the winner of Ellwood City/Washington game.

Players of the game:
WBVP

Riverside- Dylan Speicher
Burgettstown- Max Shaw

WMBA
Aliquippa- Will Gipson
Charleroi- Dremar Everette
Other playoff scores

Boys 3A
Linclon Park 74
Steel Valley 62

Girls 4A
Central Valley 49
Mount Pleasent 32

Beaver 47
Deer Lakes 28

Girls 1A
Rochester 74
Eden Christan 26

Sewickley Academy 43
Jefferson-Morgan 29

Boys 3A
Avonworth 55
Southmoreland 64

Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic 51
Burrell 41

East Allegheny 52
Senton-Lasalle 57

Carlyton 41
Shady Side Academy 60

Girls 4A
Burrell 44
South Park 66

Girls 1A
Avella 33
St. Joesphs 68

Clairton 29
Geibel 47

Rochester 81, St. Joseph 75

After a sluggish start, the #7 Rochester Rams caught fire at the end of the first half, and kept the momentum throughout as they defeat #10 St. Joseph 81-75 in the First Round match in the 1A WPIAL Boys’ Basketball playoffs on Beaver County Radio.

The Rams trailed by 3 after 1, but took a 44-40 lead at the half and didn’t look back. St Joseph ends their season at 13-10, while Rochester improves to 16-6 and will take on #2 Vincentian in the 1A Quarterfinals.

The Spartans’ Daniel Fabregas and Rochester’s Chad Meny were selected as the CCBC Players Of The Game.

Bob Barrickman has the recap for beavercountyradio.com.

Geneva Drops Six Straight On The Court

The Geneva men lost their sixth straight game Wednesday night on Beaver County Radio, losing to rival Westminster by a score of 72-64. The loss drops the Golden Tornadoes to 9-15 overall and 6-11 in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference, forcing a potential must-win situation against Waynesburg in Saturday night’s season finale.

Jimmy Leichliter came off the bench to lead Geneva with 19 points, while starting forward Ethan Moose scored 18 in the loss. The Titans were led by Jarret Vrabel with 20, followed by Austin Armwood with 17. Westminster improves to 15-9 overall (11-6 in the PAC).

Malkin Sharp In Return To Ice For Pittsburgh

Evgeni Malkin returned to the lineup, scoring an assist and a goal, and Matt Murray stopped all 29 shots as the Pittsburgh Penguins shut out the Vancouver Canucks 4-0 on Tuesday night. Sidney Crosby earned his 999th point when he assisted on Jake Guentzel’s 3rd-period goal, and Phil Kessel and Matt Cullen both tallied goals. The win puts Pittsburgh in 2nd place in the Metropolitan, and their next game is Thursday night at home against Winnipeg (7:30 pregame, 8:00 puck drop).

Other NHL results from Tuesday night:

New Jersey 3, Colorado 2
Toronto 7, NY Islanders 1
Buffalo 3, Ottawa 2
Winnipeg 5, Dallas 2
Anaheim 1, Minnesota 0
Edmonton 5, Arizona 2

Tonight’s games:

Toronto at Columbus
St. Louis at Detroit
Philadelphia at Calgary
Florida at San Jose

Kang Out For Start Of Spring Training

(AP)

The Pittsburgh Pirates are beginning spring training without third baseman Jung Ho Kang. He is scheduled to go on trial in South Korea on charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident. Kang is in the third year of a four-year contract he signed with Pittsburgh in January 2015.

WPIAL First-Round Matchups & Byes Announced

Beaver County has several representatives in the WPIAL Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball playoffs, and Tuesday night they learned of their first assignments heading into the postseason. Games with times and locations, as well as teams sitting out the first round, are listed below.

Boys

5A
#2 Moon BYE

4A
#1 New Castle
#2 Quaker Valley
#3 Beaver Falls
#4 Central Valley
ALL BYES

3A (All games on Saturday 2/18)
#1 Lincoln Park
#16 Steel Valley
@ North Allegheny
12:00pm

#2 Washington
#15 Ellwood City
@ Peters Township
3:00pm

#7 Aliquippa
#10 Charleroi
@Baldwin
2:30pm

#6 Riverside
#11 Burgettstown
@ North Allegheny
3:00pm

2A
#3 Sewickley Academy BYE

#5 Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
#12 Frazier
@ Charleroi
Friday, February 17th
8:00pm

1A (All games on Friday 2/17)
#7 Rochester Rams
#10 St. Joseph Spartans
@ Fox Chapel
8:00pm

#6 Cornell Raiders
#11 Geibel Catholic Gators
@ Gateway
8:00pm

Girls

4A (All games on Saturday 2/18)
#2 Blackhawk Cougars
#3 Ambridge Bridgers
BOTH BYES

#5 Beaver
#12 Deer Lakes
@ North Hills
3:00pm

#8 Central Valley
#9 Mount Pleasant Vikings
@ Peters Township
1:30pm

3A (All games on Wednesday 2/22)
#8 Riverside
#9 Brownsville
@ Peters Township
8:00pm

#5 Carlynton
#12 South Side Beaver
@ North Hills
6:30pm

#7 Avonworth
#10 Beaver Falls
@ CW North Catholic
6:30pm

2A
#4 Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chargers BYE

1A (All games Saturday 2/18)
#2 Cornell Raiders
#3 Quigley Catholic Spartans
BOTH BYES

#8 Jefferson-Morgan
#9 Sewickley Academy
@ North Allegheny High School
1:30pm

#5 Rochester
#12 Eden Christian
@ Sewickley Academy
1:00pm

 

Warming Up & Waiting: WPIAL Pairings Meeting Tonight

Tonight the WPIAL will pair up the qualifying teams for the first round of the playoffs this week, and you can find out who goes where by tuning in tonight at 7:00pm on Beaver County Radio.

Last night several local teams finished the regular season in Non-Section play, and here’s the results from those games:

Boys
North Allegheny 66, Blackhawk 50
Central Valley 59, Bethel Park 46
New Castle 52, Moon 48
Chartiers-Houston 68, Hopewell 47
Riverside 58, Union 50
Rochester 91, Freedom 77
OLSH 64, South Allegheny 41

Girls
Blackhawk 64, Hempfield 39
Riverside 64, Union 18
Rochester 53, Freedom 42
Mohawk 42, Central Valley 40
Quaker Valley 51, Aliquippa 41
Carlynton 57, Moon 46

Penguins Look To Break Second-Place Tie

The Penguins are now in a three-way tie for second place in the Metropolitan Division with the Rangers and Blue Jackets, and look to break ahead of that tie tonight at home against Vancouver. Evgeni Malkin is a game-time decision, and Bryan Rust is out with a lower-body injury. Game time is at 7:00 PM.

Other games in NHL action tonight:

Colorado at New Jersey
NY Islanders at Toronto
Buffalo at Ottawa
Dallas at Winnipeg
Anaheim at Minnesota
Arizona at Edmonton

Last night’s scores:

NY Rangers 3, Columbus 2
Arizona 5, Calgary 0