WPIAL 6A Boys Basketball Championship Preview

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#3 Central Catholic (15-9) vs. #1 New Castle (22-2) – 7 pm – TribLive HSSN, Lawrence County Sports Network & KDKA

Central Catholic

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

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

Season Series
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.