Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Importance of Section Titles Varies by Team

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Importance of Section Titles Varies by Team

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A banner on the wall of the Chartiers-Houston gym lists boys basketball with one section championship in 1995. They will have to add 2017 onto the banner.

And this one's for real.

It is a historical season for Chartiers-Houston as the Buccaneers truly have won the first section championship in school history.

In 1995, some WPIAL sections were "dual-class sections" and included teams from two different classifications. Chartiers-Houston was a Class 1A team that played in a section with some 2A teams. Chartiers-Houston finished third in the section behind Burgettstown and Bentworth, but was the top finisher among three 1A teams. Hence, the pseudo "section crown."

This section title really is a section title.

"For the community, I don't know if it's a big deal or not, but it is a big deal with our basketball program," Chartiers-Houston coach Eugene Briggs said. "It's the type of thing that I carefully talk to the kids about. You want to tell them without demeaning the past. But I tell them, 'Guys, look back 60 years and this has never happened.' It really is something."

Briggs has engineered quite the turnaround at Chartiers-Houston. In his seven years, the Buccaneers have made the WPIAL playoffs five times and also won two playoff games. Before Briggs came, Chartiers-Houston had been to the playoffs only nine times in school history and never won a playoff game.

The six-classification system new to Pennsylvania high school basketball this season has definitely helped some teams, including Chartiers-Houston.

The Buccaneers play in Class 2A and in a section where they are more competitive than past years.

No matter what, the tag of "section champ" certainly sounds nice for Chartiers-Houston, a team that is led by two players who average more than 20 points a game (A.J. Myers and Cameron Hanley). …

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