Shenango High boys basketball coach Bill McNees is on the verge of a milestone.
McNees is one victory from his 300th career triumph. Should he get it this week, he may go to Disney World.
The Wildcats are competing in the KSA Disney Tournament this week and will open the tournament at 3:15 p.m. tomorrow against Western Hills (Ky.) in the Gray Bracket.
"I don't think I've won any games, the kids win games," said McNees, who has a career record of 299-263. "I think I'm 0-0, but I might have lost some games.
"I have not shot a ball in about 25 years and I have not made a pass in about 25 years and I have not defended anybody or got one stinkin' rebound. I personally don't think I won any games. I have been fortunate enough to be a bystander or a spectator while these guys won games. But guess what, the players I have had from my first year on down are responsible for all those wins. The only thing I did was make sure they got here on time."
Shenango (7-2) is coming off an impressive 72-65 win over Farrell on Friday in a WPIAL Section 2-AA matchup. In that game, senior guard and Duquesne recruit Steve McNees scored a school-record 55 points to put the Wildcats alone in first place in the section at 3-0. He is also the coach's son.
Being part of the milestone is important to Steve.
"It means a lot to me," Steve said. "He has done a lot for me and will continue to do a lot for me.
"I feel like we owe it to him. He is the best coach around in my book."
Steve has scored 274 points this year for a county-best 30.4 scoring average. In addition, he has scored 1,699 career points and ranks ninth in the county all-time. He's trying to become just the sixth player in the county to surpass the 2,000-point plateau.
New Castle (5-4) will meet Perry Traditional Academy (7-2) in the Dresch-McCluskey at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Farrell High School. It's a rematch of the championship of the New Castle Tipoff Tournament, won by the Commodores, 63-61. The host Steelers will tangle with Sharon in the nightcap. Three of the four teams are the same from the New Castle tournament, with Farrell taking Baldwin's place from the season-opening tourney.
"We know they are very athletic and very good," Red Hurricane coach John Sarandrea said of Perry Traditional Academy. "Our guys are anxious to play them but it's going to be a real battle.
"It's tough because it's a rematch but it's good because it will help us; they are a good team. I think it's a good set of teams in the tournament and hopefully we can get it done."
New Castle won the tournament last year with a six-point win over Farrell.
In other holiday tournaments tomorrow, Ellwood City Lincoln (2-8) will battle Carlynton (4-5) in the Quigley Christmas Tournament at 6:30; Section 2-AA rivals will collide in the Union Booster Tournament when Mohawk (5-3) squares off against Laurel (5-4) at 7:30 p.m.
In girls action, New Castle (8-0) will do battle with Baldwin (2-7) at 6 p.m. today in the Ambridge Christmas Tournament. The Lady 'Canes have looked impressive to this point, with their closest game coming against a strong Youngstown Ursuline squad on the road (48-38).
Elsewhere in girls tournament play tomorrow, Neshannock (4-4) will meet Quaker Valley (0-6) in the nightcap of the Neshannock Christmas Tournament at 7:30 p.m.; Shenango (3-4) will tangle with Ellwood City (1-8) in the second game of the Shenango Holiday Tournament at 7:30 p.m.; and Section 2-AA participants Mohawk (1-7) and Laurel (2-6) will meet in the Union Booster Tournament at 6 p.m.