Drew Cox

New Castle's Drew Cox dribbles away from a defender during the WPIAL Class 4A championship game on Saturday against Quaker Valley.

Drew Cox

Drew Cox

Another season and another WPIAL championship for New Castle’s boys basketball team.

The Red Hurricane captured its 13th district crown this season and its third in a row against Quaker Valley. New Castle edged out the Quakers for the Section 2-4A as well. Senior Drew Cox earned all-section honors. Quaker Valley’s Danny Conlan and Ryan Stowers, Ambridge’s Aaron Hilzendeger and Blackhawk’s Sammy Fusetti joined him on the first team.

Cox was part of a balanced New Castle attack that had to replace all its starters from last season. He averaged 12.1 points per game and added 15 3-pointers.

The ’Canes captured the Section 2 title at 10-2. They beat Ringgold (64-52) and Highlands (68-62) to reach the WPIAL championship for the third year in a row. They rallied past Quaker Valley, 60-54, for the program’s 13th WPIAL title, which tied Farrell’s all-time mark.

New Castle beat Titusville (72-61) and Grove City (74-67) in the PIAA tournament before it dropped a 59-48 decision to Hickory and finished with a 23-5 record under head coach Ralph Blundo.

In nine years under Blundo, New Castle has gone 225-32 and reached the WPIAL semifinals every season and claimed six championships. Overall, he is 251-34 (88.1 winning percentage), which includes a 26-2 mark in one season at George Junior Republic.

SECTION 2-4A

FIRST TEAM

Drew Cox (New Castle), Sr.; Danny Conlan (Quaker Valley), Sr.; Ryan Stowers (Quaker Valley), Sr.; Aaron Hilzendeger (Ambridge), Sr.; Sammy Fusetti (Blackhawk), Sr.

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