NEW CASTLE —
New Castle’s magical run toward a state title ended as the ’Canes dropped a 67-63 decision to Lower Merion in a PIAA semifinal matchup. It was New Castle’s first loss of the season.
The Red Hurricane finishes at 29-1. Lower Merion (29-3) will now play in the PIAA title game on Saturday.
New Castle battled hard against the tall and talented Aces, but the ’Canes battled foul trouble even harder.
Red Hurricane starters were in foul trouble all night long, as both Malik Hooker and Brandon Domenick fouled out. Antonio Rudolph and Anthony Richards finished with four fouls apiece.
Malik Hooker led the ’Canes with 19 points, while Navy recruit Shawn Anderson added 17.
Syracuse recruit B.J. Johnson led the Aces with 20 points. Yohanny Dalembert followed up with 15 points.
New Castle’s biggest margin was a 26-15 advantage in the second period, but a big run by Lower Merion boosted the Aces to a 29-28 lead at the half.
The Aces relied on the power of their front line, as the 6-7 Johnson and the 6-9 Dalembert scored in close throughout the night.
It was indeed a dream season for New Castle, as the ’Canes captured their second straight WPIAL title with an unbeaten record.
The Red Hurricane will say goodbye to senior starters Shawn Anderson, Antonio Rudolph and Brandon Domenick.
Look for complete coverage in Wednesday’s print edition of The News, and on The Bounce.
NEW CASTLE —
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Straw vote favors new band uniforms
The New Castle High School marching band will be getting new uniforms this year. At its public work session Monday, the board indicated it favors the band getting new uniforms.
Extending school hours could make up for snow days
The New Castle Area School District is considering extending this year’s remaining school days by 20 minutes. That is a possibility being considered to make up required instructional time lost by snow days the district had to take this year.
Larry Kelly: Different script, same ending to movie for 'Canes
“You were built for this moment.” Those were the words of New Castle High basketball coach Ralph Blundo as his team was ready to take the floor against Hampton for the WPIAL Class AAAA title at the A.J. Palumbo Center on the campus of Duquesne University on Saturday night.
Clutch coach: Intense practices, focus on film and lessons learned from local legends all help Blundo mold ’Canes into a history-making program
It all starts at the top. Like any quality organization, a foundation of success is built through strong leadership. That’s evident with the New Castle High boys basketball program.
New Castle Schools: Leave with pay was superintendent’s call
When a New Castle school district employee is placed on administrative leave, it typically is the superintendent’s decision. District solicitor Charles Sapienza said in an email last week that the district has no policy governing when and why an employee is placed on administrative leave or whether he or she should be paid during that leave.
Grade-schoolers to compete in archery
Students from three local elementary schools will compete in a student archery tournament hosted by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.
- Kindergarten registrations
Allegations result in principal on leave
New Castle Junior High School principal Robert Razzano is on administrative leave with pay. Meanwhile, New Castle police said they are investigating a reported incident at the junior high involving an employee.
WPIAL Playoffs: If you’re heading to ‘Canes game Saturday — better read this
If you plan on spending the day at the Ambridge field house tomorrow, be prepared to buy an additional ticket. Ambridge athletic officials notified New Castle High athletic director Sam Flora yesterday that they will not be stamping any fans who come into the gym tomorrow.
Larry Kelly: An inside look at ‘The Hurricane Way’
With New Castle’s 85-66 victory over Latrobe High on Saturday at North Allegheny High, the Red Hurricane have now won 74 WPIAL games in a row. As you might expect, the ’Canes are the favorite to win their third consecutive WPIAL championship.
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