West Shamokin Girls Basketball to
Play in West Finals
Rural Valley: The West Shamokin High School girls basketball team is having a very strong postseason run. In fact, this is the furthest a team from the Armstrong School District has advanced since the late 1990's. The last team to make a run as far as this West Shamokin girls program was the Ford City girls basketball program lead by current district teacher Pam Hobaugh, who lost in the West Finals against Gerard.
This has been a very successful first year in District VI for West Shamokin. They have already won their section in the Heritage Conference, as well as winning the Heritage Conference title back in early February when they defeated Homer Center High School at the Kovalchik Convention and Athletic Complex in Indiana. They then moved into the district playoffs where they clinched their first Class AAA District VI Title, defeating Tyrone High School.
They entered the PIAA state playoffs for the first time in school history this season, entering as the top seed from District VI, winning their first ever state playoff game at their sister school, Armstrong High School, when they defeated the sixth seed from District VII, Charleroi. They followed that with huge wins over a perennial powerhouse (from the east side of the state and recent state champion), Delone Catholic and the second seed from District VII, Neshannock.
They now face their toughest challenge yet, when they meet the District VII top seeded Bishop Canevin. The game will take place tonight, March 21 at North Allegheny high school. A win would send them to Hershey, PA and the state finals. Tonight's winner will play the winner of York Catholic and Neumann-Goretti, the top seeds from their respective districts.