Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - Updated: 10:51 am
Four local Catholic high school basketball teams took home titles at the 2019 Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League Basketball Championships. The Our Lady of the Sacred Heart boys and girls teams, as well as the Nazareth Prep boys and North Catholic girls were victorious at the Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood.
On Feb. 28, the OLSH girls defeated Brentwood, 50-48, to claim the Class 2A title. The win was head coach Don Eberle’s 300th career coaching victory.
That same evening, the Nazareth Prep boys knocked off Vincentian Academy, 69-62, for the Class 1A title. Senior Tre Harvey led the way with 31 points in the first athletic championship in school history.
On Feb. 29, the OLSH boys beat Serra Catholic, 65-46, winning the Class 2A title. The school became just the third program in WPIAL history to win league titles in boys and girls basketball, as well as football, in a single season.
Finally, the North Catholic girls defeated Central Valley, 75-57, for the Class 4A title — the 19th in North Catholic history.
Teams will now turn their attention to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association playoffs, which begin March 8. Area Catholic boys teams that have qualified for the postseason include North Catholic and Seton LaSalle in 3A, OLSH and Serra Catholic in 2A and Nazareth Prep and Vincentian Academy in 1A.
Area Catholic girls teams that have qualified for the postseason include Oakland Catholic in 5A; North Catholic in 4A; OLSH, Bishop Canevin and Serra Catholic in 2A; and Quigley Catholic and Vincentian Academy in 1A.