Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Insdie the Program: Mars

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Insdie the Program: Mars

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In the past few years, the boys basketball team at Mars has emerged as one of the steadiest winners in Section 1 and in Class AAA. Heading into this season, the Planets had won at least 16 games in three of the past four seasons, advancing to the WPIAL playoffs in each of those three seasons. Even with that success, one thing has eluded the program in that time and for much of the school's history -- a section championship. Mars has won only one championship in school history, which came in 1987, but it has a chance this season to potentially replicate that feat and more. More than halfway through the 2012-13 regular season, the Planets are the No. 1 team in Class AAA and are poised for perhaps their best season in school history. After going 18-8 last season with a roster that did not feature a senior, Mars has been buoyed by an extra year of experience for what is now a veteran team that includes 16 (of 22) players who are juniors or seniors.

BIG MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Among the numerous players who have helped make a big difference for the Planets this season is senior Josh Goetz, a 6-foot-8 center who is 4 inches taller than the next-tallest player on the team (6- 4 Adam Bayuk). Last season, in which Mars went 18-8 and advanced to the PIAA playoffs for the first time, Goetz played a supporting role, averaging eight points and 12 rebounds per game. This year, he still plays an important part on a team that features a balanced scoring attack, with four players (including Goetz) averaging double figures in scoring.

ALMOST TO THE SILVER SCREEN

Even if the Planets go on to capture a section title this season, they'll be in the company of at least 18 other WPIAL teams that were able to accomplish the same feat. Mars, however, is in a class by itself when it comes to another category -- being in a major motion picture. Though a scene featuring a speaking part from senior guard Garrett Ashbaugh ultimately didn't make it into the final cut of the film, members of the school's team were in the movie "Promised Land" starring Matt Damon. …

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