Sunday, March 10, 2013
The Gators overcome a fourth-quarter St. Alphonsus lead to earn another diocesan title.
Clinging to a one-possession lead with less than two minutes to play, St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin School forward Michaela Cavataio changed the basketball game with one hard fall to floor. And like all good falls, she took someone down with her. St. Alphonsus School's dominant 6-foot center Samantha Breen came barreling to the hoop late in Sunday's Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh varsity girls championship game at Oakland Catholic High School looking for a game-high 18 points and trying to narrow St. Gabriel's lead to just one point. But Michaela—already with four fouls on the day—stood in Samantha's way, and apparently, stood the right way, for when the whistle sounded and the ball sailed wide of the hoop, the foul was against…
Sunday, March 11, 2012
That's four in a row for the Gators from Whitehall.
Believe it or not, things do change from year to year at St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin School. Students graduate, teachers leave, administrators retire. But some things remain as constant as sunrise and taxes, like the St. Gabriel varsity girls basketball team, which hasn't given up its Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh crown in four years—not even for Lent. St. Gabe's, of Whitehall Borough, outlasted St. Thomas More School, 44-39 in overtime, on Sunday afternoon in the Pittsburgh Diocese's championship game at neutral-site Oakland Catholic High School, giving the Gators their fourth title in four seasons. Not that they didn't have to work for it. St. Thomas More, of Bethel Park, made sure of that. The Tigers used every centimeter…
Saturday, March 3, 2012
The Lady Lancers' postseason run ends in Bethel Park.
Sometimes, it is the size of the dog in the fight. Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic School's varsity girls basketball team played like a squad that wasn't ready to say goodbye to its four eighth-graders on Friday night, but St. Thomas More School used the inside scoring and stifling defense of 6-foot-2-inch center Becca Turney to end Saint Elizabeth's season anyway. Becca finished with 17 points, and the Lancers, of Baldwin Borough, fell, 41-31, at St. Thomas More in the second round of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh's 2012 Class A playoffs. Rebounds and blocked shots numbers weren't available, but Becca may have recorded double figures in all three categories, as Saint E's was sent away from the paint nearly every time…
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
A first for the Lancers since 1983.
"The last 28 seasons of varsity girls basketball at Saint Elizabeth Elementary School have seen some very good teams come and go," said Rob Fitzgerald, the head coach of the Lady Lancers, "but none have produced section titles—until now." Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Parish, located off of Route 51 in Baldwin Borough, is the newest varsity girls basketball champion of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh's South 2A Section thanks to its 37-30 win over Scott Township's Our Lady of Grace Parish on Feb. 12. Saint E's finished the 2011-12 regular season with a 9-1 section record, just ahead of Our Lady of Grace's 8-2. The Lancers beat the Tigers in style on Feb. 12, jumping out to a 9-0 start in front of a big crowd at the Saint E's …
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Cardinal Bevilacqua, who was bishop of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese from 1983-87, died in his sleep on Tuesday night.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The Associated Press is reporting that Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua died in his sleep on Tuesday night at the age of 88. The retired head of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was an uncharged central figure in a child sex-abuse case that involves the alleged shuffling of predator priests to unwitting parishes, the AP reports. Bevilacqua died days after lawyers battled over his competence to testify at an upcoming trial at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary—in the Philadelphia suburb of Wynnewood—after battling dementia and an undisclosed form of cancer, an archdiocese spokeswoman told the AP. Bevilacqua had been the spiritual leader of the 1.5 million-member Archdiocese of Philadelphia from 1988 until his retirement in 2003. The Pittsburgh Post-…