WPIAL 6A Boys Basketball Championship Preview
6A WPIAL CHAMPIONSHIP
#3 Central Catholic (15-9) vs. #1 New Castle (22-2) – 7 pm – TribLive HSSN, Lawrence County Sports Network & KDKA
Central Catholic is looking for their second WPIAL Championship in school history with the first coming in 2008. They beat Baldwin (80-75, OT) and Upper St. Clair (65-41) to get to the WPIAL Championship game. They are in the championship game after falling in the WPIAL semifinals a year ago. Central Catholic is led by Dante DePante (16 ppg).
Central Catholic Projected Starters
#1 Randy Wilkerson – Sr – Honorable mention all-section
#5 Peyton Wehner – Jr
#11 Dante DePante – Sr – First-team all-section
#24 Cole Sullivan – Jr – Second-team all-section
#30 Debaba Tshibwe – Sr – First-team all-section
Head Coach – Brian Urso
New Castle is in search of their 15th WPIAL Championship with the last coming in 2021. New Castle fell to Laurel Highlands in the 5A Championship game a year ago. Head Coach Ralph Blundo has led New Castle to seven titles in his 13 years. They defeated Norwin (59-47) and Mt. Lebanon (55-50) to get back to the WPIAL Championship game. New Castle is led by Isaiah Boice (17 ppg) and Jonathan Anderson (17 ppg).
New Castle Projected Starters
#2 Da’Juan Young – Sr – Second-team all-section
#5 Isaiah Boice – Sr – First-team all-section
#11 Ralphie Blundo – So – Honorable mention all-section
#12 Jonathan Anderson – Sr – First-team all-section
#25 Nick Wallace – Sr – Honorable mention all-section
Head Coach – Ralph Blundo – Section 1-6A Coach of the Year
These teams saw each other twice in the regular season. Central Catholic took the first game on January 10, 56-45. New Castle got revenge on February 3, taking that game 67-53. New Castle’s Isaiah Boice did not play in the January 10 matchup.