Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Here Are Some Picks from the Heart

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Here Are Some Picks from the Heart

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His eyes blurry and head aching from an intense two-day stretch of prognosticating, The Dribbler faced a serious dilemma last night.

What should he do today: Celebrate the beginning of the WPIAL basketball playoffs by taking in a game or take Mrs. Dribbler out on a belated Valentine's Day date?

"Celebrating two holidays on one day is for the birds," The Dribbler mumbled to himself.

Ironically, The Dribbler was trying to choose between two birds - - Watching the South Park Eagles play Steel Valley or eating chicken parmigiana at his favorite Italian restaurant, Pasta Too in Bethel Park.

Well, The Dribbler has decided to do both. You could say he, umm, killed two birds with one stone.

After wining and dining his lady, The Dribbler plans on doing something unprecedented in his long, illustrious career -- he's going to take her to a game.

And when Mrs. Dribbler opened her Valentine's Day card, guess what was inside? Tickets to the WPIAL championships, of course.

The Dribbler loves the playoffs. He believes it's the best time of the year. When The Dribbler gazed into his crystal ball, here's who he saw hoisting championship trophies at Duquesne University's Palumbo Center two weeks from now.

* Boys -- New Castle, Montour, Beaver Falls and Lincoln Park.

* Girls -- Mt. Lebanon, Hopewell, Seton-LaSalle and Vincentian.

The Dribbler finished the regular season with a record of 66-35 (.653). Here's his take on the opening games of the WPIAL playoffs.

TOP BOYS GAMES

Central Catholic vs. Seneca Valley, 3 p.m. Saturday, at North Hills -- Central Catholic didn't wait until Lent to give something up. The Vikings gave up losing a month ago. The Vikings won their final eight regular-season games to win the Class AAAA Section 2 title. Seneca Valley is talented and battle-tested enough to pull an upset, but ... Winner: Central Catholic.

Bethel Park vs. McKeesport, 3 p.m. Saturday, at Baldwin -- It's dj vu time for these two. Five days after meeting in a non-section game with minimal meaning, they lock horns again. There's obviously quite a bit more at stake this time around. McKeesport won at Bethel Park, 58-51, on Monday. …

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