PIAA Boys Quarterfinals scouting report
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Saturday's games: Chester (26-3) vs. Great Valley (27-3); Coatesville (22-7) vs. St. Joseph's Prep (23-5); Harrisburg (26-2) vs. Lower Merion (25-3); New Castle (28-0) vs. Erie Cathedral Prep (23-2).
The scoop: New Castle is the last remaining undefeated boys team in the PIAA. The Red Hurricanes are in the quarterfinals for the first time since 1999. ... Erie Cathedral Prep guard Sheldon Zablotny averages a team-high 19 points per game and is No. 2 on the school's career scoring list. ... Four of the remaining teams are from District 1 (Chester, Great Valley, Coatesville and Lower Merion). A District 1 team has won the championship seven of the past eight years. The last WPIAL team to win it was Penn Hills in 2004.
Friday's games: Neumann-Goretti (23-5) vs. Donegal (25-1); Abington Heights (27-2) vs. Imhotep Charter (25-5); Archbishop Carroll (21-6) vs. Chartiers Valley (24-4); Montour (24-4) vs. General McLane (22-5).
The scoop: There is plenty of big-game experience in this field. Neumann-Goretti defeated Montour in each of the past two championships. Imhotep Charter won the Class AA title the past two years, but moved up to Class AAA this season. ... Montour beat General McLane in last year's quarterfinals, 58-48. General McLane guard Jaymon Mason leads District 10 in scoring with 26 points per game.
Saturday's games: Loyalsock (26-3) vs. Camp Hill Trinity (19-7); Holy Cross (25-5) vs. Constitution (18-9); Beaver Falls (25-3) vs. Lakeview (23-4); Conemaugh Township (24-3) vs. West Middlesex (24-3).
The scoop: Last season, the WPIAL had four quarterfinalists in Class AA. This year, Beaver Falls is the lone representative. Beaver Falls beat West Middlesex, 50-41, in the first game of the season. West Middlesex is led by 6-foot-6 senior guard Matt Dogan, who has scored more than 2,000 points in his career. ... Loyalsock coach John Insinger notched his 801st career win in his team's second-round triumph. With a victory against Camp Hill Trinity, Insinger would break the Pennsylvania career boys record he currently shares with legendary former North Catholic coach Don Graham.
Friday's games: Sankofa Freedom (16-12) vs. Math, Civics and Sciences (25-2); School at Church Farm (22-5) vs. Vaux (21-8); Bishop Carroll (23-5) vs. Lincoln Park (21-6); Smethport (24-3) vs. Johnsonburg (26-2).
The scoop: Lincoln Park is looking to reach the championship game for the third year in a row. ... Math, Civics & Sciences defeated Lincoln Park for the 2011 championship. The Mighty Elephants have three Division I-bound seniors, including Robert Morris recruits Jeremiah Worthem and Britton Lee.
First Published March 15, 2013 12:00 am