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Post-Gazette -- SPORTS

Updated: 2018-02-23T23:30:24




North Hills stages varsity basketball games at the district’s middle school. But who would’ve thought a middle-school game would’ve broken out at North Hills Friday night in the WPIAL quarterfinals?



Mt. Lebanon lost three of its final five regular-season games, each one a close affair that the Blue Devils could not pull out.

Basketball box scores for Friday, February 23, 2018





I have one serious concern about the ransom the Penguins finally paid Friday night after climbing over a mountain of NHL red tape to get Ottawa center Derick Brassard in a trade. I have no problem giving up Ryan Reaves. Management will tell you Reaves served his role as a deterrent to other teams taking liberties against the Penguins stars, but he hardly played. At the risk of sounding like Neal Huntington, I don’t like giving up a No. 1 draft pick and young goaltender Filip Gustavsson, perhaps the most coveted prospect in the Penguins system. But that’s hardly my main worry. I really hate taking Ian Cole out of the team room. That aspect of the deal significantly weakens the defense and potentially alters the chemistry in a hurtful way. That troubles me.



RALEIGH, N.C. — While most of Friday was spent focused on who the Penguins were adding to their third line, their game against the Hurricanes showed that the players currently there are pretty darn good, too.



Jackson Blaufeld made six 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 20 points to lead Allderdice to a 60-53 triumph against Erie McDowell in a PIAA Class 6A sub-regional semifinal game at Fort LeBoeuf High School in Waterford, Pa.



Had this occurred in late November, nobody would’ve batted an eyelash.



Perhaps if someone messes with his players, general manager Jim Rutherford will walk out onto the ice and take care of business himself.



So Jim Rutherford, Friday evening’s hiccup aside, did a thing. Derick Brassard is a Penguin, Ian Cole is a Senator, Ryan Reaves is a Golden Knight, some smaller assets changed hands and a substantial amount of semi-laundered cap space is trapped in the troposphere between Pittsburgh, Ottawa and Las Vegas.

Bethel Park downs Latrobe, 70-50, in girls 6A quarterfinal


Behind 19 points from junior guard Maria Cerro and 17 points from freshman guard Olivia Westphal, Bethel Park beat Latrobe, 70-50, in the WPIAL Class 6A quarterfinals Friday at Gateway.



A report Friday from Yahoo! Sports, citing documents obtained in discovery during a federal investigation into college basketball, has ensnared several of the sport’s most-heralded programs — Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky and Michigan State, among others — and some of its top players over the past few years, a number of whom are still active.

North Catholic diver Kyle Maziarz makes the most of first WPIAL championship outing


Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic diver Kyle Maziarz did not compete in the WPIAL championships his freshman season because he wasn’t even on the team.



PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Michael Saunders was at LECOM Park on Friday morning. He had been a Pirate for less than 48 hours. Shortly after the Pirates’ game concluded Friday, Saunders was a Kansas City Royal.



On the mound: Starter Tyler Eppler pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three. Because he had built up the necessary volume of pitches to work two innings, the Pirates selected him to open Grapefruit League play.



SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — It will take getting used to.



After Duquesne lost to St. Bonaventure for a second time Wednesday, falling to 15-13 overall, coach Keith Dambrot summed up the bulk of Duquesne’s problems in one sentence.



Har­ness rac­ing was back on track Fri­day at The Mead­ows af­ter a month of in­ac­tivity due to the out­break of a neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­ease that is con­ta­gious to horses.



RALEIGH, N.C. — Jim Rutherford has never shied away from making big, occasionally difficult trades to help his team get better.



The closing ceremonies at the Olympics never deliver much fulfillment to sports fans who much prefer the innate drama of competition to the hit-and-miss packaging of pageantry, but this disconnect might have a potential solution.



RALEIGH, N.C. — Unsurprisingly, given his style of play, Patric Hornqvist is not a player who does well when he has to watch from the press box.