Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Area Teams Fall Quickly in Piaa Play

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Area Teams Fall Quickly in Piaa Play

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A total of nine North Xtra boys teams qualified for the PIAA tournament - most of any regions surrounding Pittsburgh - but only three made it past the opening round.

Class AAAA North Allegheny, Class AAA Mars Area and Class A Vincentian all advanced to this week's second round. Mars defeated Beaver Falls Tuesday, 69-66, in overtime, but Vincentian ?lost to Clarion-Limestone, 97-90. North Allegheny played Harrisburg Wednesday in the Class AAAA playoffs.

The results weren't as bright for six other teams: Class AAAA North Hills and Fox Chapel, Class AAA Hampton, Class AA Quaker Valley and Class A Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic and Eden Christian. All of those teams saw their seasons end with first- round losses last weekend.

North Hills (2009) and Fox Chapel (2007) were each making their first PIAA appearances in quite some time. North Hills (13-12) was defeated by WPIAL runner-up North Allegheny, 65-57, while Fox Chapel (16-10) was eliminated by City League champion, Allderdice, 57-46.

Hampton, Quaker Valley and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic have been regular participants in the PIAA tournament in recent years, but that familiarity didn't help any of them this season.

Hampton had won at least one state playoff game the previous three seasons. Quaker Valley had done so two of the past three seasons, and North Catholic four of the past seven. Hampton (20-7) lost to Erie Cathedral Prep, 86-70. Quaker Valley (19-7) was ousted by Fairview, 52-49. North Catholic (16-10) lost to Clarion- Limestone, 60-45.

Eden Christian (19-7) was making its PIAA debut. The Warriors were defeated by Kennedy Catholic, 73-45.

FOX CHAPEL A SURPRISE

Fox Chapel wasn't supposed to have achieved as much as it did this season, not after losing a pair of 1,000-point career scorers, one being the top point producer in school history.

As it turns out, the Foxes went even further than they did a season ago.

Coach Zach Skrinjar's team made it to the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals and the PIAA tournament. The Foxes had not done either since 2007. The success came despite the graduation of standout guards Matt D'Amico, the school's all-time leading scorer, and Brian Papich. …

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