What to Watch for in WPIAL Sports Jan. 14, 2023: Tournament Action on the Hardwood


Saturday, January 14, 2023 | 00:25 hours

Mid-January seems like the perfect time to get away and hit the road.

That’s exactly what five county basketball teams are doing this weekend.

The undefeated Blackhawk (11-0) girls team heads north to the Big Apple to face Nazareth Regional (5-5) of Brooklyn on Saturday at the Rose Classic Super Jam in Brooklyn.

Four other teams are headed east for the Martin Luther King Jr. event. Hoops for Hope in Chambersburg.

The Imani Christian (5-5) boys play Theodore Roosevelt of Washington DC (15-0) at 4 p.m., followed by the Aliquippa (6-2) boys against New Town (MD) (7-2) at 6 p.m. Also in Chambersburg, the North Allegheny girls (7-3) will face Imhotep Charter (6-5) at 4:30 p.m., and the Woodland Hills girls (5-7) take on Dallastown (5-4) at 7:30 p.m.

More tournament hoops

There are three other tournaments/events this weekend involving WPIAL teams closer to home.

Woodland Hills will host the MLK Weekend Showcase. Schedule of Saturday’s boys hoops games:

• Northgate (8-4) vs. Westinghouse (0-7) at 1 p.m

• Host Woodland Hills (8-4) will face Burrell (6-6) at 3 p.m.

• Kiski Area (5-8) plays Linsly School (W.Va.) (6-6) at 5 p.m.

In the Ron Galbreath Classic at Westminster College, seven WPIAL boys and one district girls team are in action on Saturday. Boys schedule:

• Blackhawk (7-4) vs. Franklin (7-4) at 1:30 p.m

• Armstrong (9-3) vs. Neshannock (8-3) at 3 p.m

• Mars (8-2) vs. New Castle (10-1) at 6:30 p.m

• Central Catholic (5-5) vs. Lincoln Park (11-0) at 8 p.m

In girls action, Mohawk (8-6) takes on West Middlesex (5-6) at noon.

Finally, it’s day two of the California High School MVI Shootout Classic with the following schedule of girls basketball games on Saturday:

• South Allegheny (5-7) at California (6-5) at 2 p.m

• Serra Catholic (7-1) vs. Belle Vernon (7-6) at 3:30 p.m

• Clairton (5-3) vs. Monessen (5-4) at 6 p.m

• Thomas Jefferson (6-7) vs. Charleroi (8-3) at 7:30 p.m

(All entries above are up to Thursday.)

Saturday checkmate tournaments

There are several wrestling tournaments on Saturday.

It’s day two of the Burgettstown Invitational featuring 25 WPIAL teams, including Burgettstown, Avonworth, Beaver, Bentworth, Carlynton, Central Valley, Chartiers-Houston, Elizabeth Forward, Greensburg Salem, Hampton, Highlands, Hopewell, Jefferson-Morgan, Keystone Oaks, Mars , Mt. Lebanon, North Hills, Penn Hills, Ringgold, Shaler, South Side, Southmoreland, Upper St. Clair, Washington and West Greene.

Also on Saturday, Indiana (Pa.) will host the Mid-Winter Mayhem with seven District 7 teams including Franklin Regional, Kiski Area, Laurel, North Allegheny, Penn-Trafford, Thomas Jefferson and West Allegheny.

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