Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Aliquippa Enjoys Perfect Ending Quips Crush Mastery Charter North to Go 30-0, Win Class AA Title Game

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Aliquippa Enjoys Perfect Ending Quips Crush Mastery Charter North to Go 30-0, Win Class AA Title Game

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HERSHEY, Pa. - Aliquippa wasn't blushing, but the Quips turned completely red over their mistake. Aliquippa mistakenly brought its red road jerseys to Hershey for its PIAA title game when the Quips were supposed to wear their home whites.

But it really doesn't matter what these Quips wear. There is no mistaking this team looks perfect in anything. Aliquippa finished off a historical perfect season with a 68-49 victory Saturday afternoon against Mastery Charter North in the Class AA championship at Giant Center in Hershey. Aliquippa got 22 points each from senior guards Jassir Jordan and Sheldon Jeter to break open a close game in the second half.

With the win, Aliquippa finished 30-0 and became only the 13th boys team from the WPIAL to go through a season with a perfect record. Only three have done it since 1980. This is the 97th year that the PIAA has been conducting championships and Aliquippa is only the 33rd team from anywhere in the state to go undefeated.

"I can tell my kids someday that I actually won a state championship and was undefeated," said Kaezon Pugh, an Aliquippa senior forward who is a Pitt football recruit. "We didn't lose a game, a scrimmage. We didn't lose nothing. That's the best part of this. Not just winning states, but going undefeated."

Aliquppa has a number of WPIAL championship banners for football and basketball teams in their gym. But every player on a state championship team gets their name on a banner.

"And we get rings, too," said senior guard Sheldon Jeter. "You only get rings for winning the state, not the WPIAL."

This was actually the second year that Aliquippa brought a 29-0 record into the final game. Last year, the Quips lost to Conwell-Egan in the title game. Aliquippa coach Nick Lackovich has said last year's team might have been better.

"Absolutely," Lackovich said when asked if last year's team was better. …

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