Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wpial Basketball Realignment Serra Stepping Up to AA Changes Affect Several Others, Too

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Wpial Basketball Realignment Serra Stepping Up to AA Changes Affect Several Others, Too

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Serra Catholic has been one of the premier programs in WPIAL Class A over the past decade, earning at least a share of a section title each of the past eight seasons and winning WPIAL and PIAA titles in 2008.

A new challenge lies ahead for the Eagles. When the WPIAL released its boys basketball realignment for the 2012-13 and 2013- 14 seasons last week, Serra found out it will be competing in Class AA for the first time since 1995-96.

Serra is one of several Post-Gazette South Xtra area teams on the move. Trinity (Class AAA to Class AAAA) and Steel Valley (Class AA to Class AAA) are also going up a class, while Chartiers Valley (Class AAAA to Class AAA) and Monessen (Class AA to Class A) are dropping down a level.

Perhaps the most significant change involves Serra, which goes from Class A Section 4 to Class AA Section 3. The Eagles separate from rival Clairton, and join a section that includes a pair of premier programs -- Jeannette and Greensburg Central Catholic -- as well as neighboring South Allegheny.

"We have a freshman class of more than 100 kids, and the next freshman class is going to be large, too. That's the reason we're moving up," said Serra coach Vince Gibbons, whose team will be the smallest Class AA team in terms of enrollment.

Although Serra is entering a class it has not been a part of in nearly two decades, Trinity will be jumping to a much more familiar place. The Hillers last participated in Class AAAA during the 2005- 06 season. They will find themselves in Section 4, which features the likes of Mt. Lebanon and Upper St. Clair as well as Washington County rivals Canon-McMillan and Peters Township. The Hillers leave Class AAA Section 5, which included Washington County rival Washington.

"We have always been a school that teetered between being a small Quad-A and large Triple-A [program], so it's never an unexpected move," Trinity coach Joe Dunn said. …

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