Bert Kendall

Eleanor Bailey/The Almanac

Eleanor Bailey/The Almanac

Peters Township girls basketball coach Bert Kendall and the Indians are one win away from a perfect regular season.

The Peters Township girls basketball team already has a section championship secured, but when the Indians take to the court Monday at home against West Allegheny in a nonsection game, they will still have much at stake.

The Indians have a 21-0 overall record and are vying with North Allegheny and Norwin for the top seed in the WPIAL Class 6A playoffs. A win over West Allegheny in the regular-season finale would make Peters Township the only undefeated team in 6A.

That begs the question, has any girls basketball team from Washington or Greene counties finished the regular season undefeated?

The Washington girls won the WPIAL Class 3A title in 1992, but the Prexies started the playoffs with a 23-1 record that season. The Immaculate Conception team that was the WPIAL Class A champion in 1986 was 20-2 during the regular season. The Chartiers-Houston teams that went to the WPIAL Class 2A finals each of the last two seasons had at least two losses. West Greene’s WPIAL runner-up in Class A last year lost twice during the regular season.

So the Indians could be playing for a piece of local basketball history Monday night.

  • For five decades, Washington resident Bill DiFabio worked as a tireless radio reporter. DiFabio’s job enabled him to cover 30 Super Bowls.

These days, DiFabio still works in the radio business but he has a few other jobs. One of those involves working security for events at Heinz Field.

DiFabio was recently chosen for the NFL’s security crew at the Super Bowl in Atlanta. In a twist, instead of covering the Super Bowl he was watching the reporters who cover the big game.

Sometimes life does go full circle.

DiFabio said he worked at six different venues at the Super Bowl, including the AFC hotel after the New England Patriots’ win over the Los Angeles Rams. He also spent a day working with homeland security.

  • For the past dozen years, the Presidents’ Athletic Conference basketball tournaments have been rather predictable events. The Thomas More women won the postseason tournament each of the past 12 years, and either Thomas More or Saint Vincent has been the winner in each of the last six men’s tournaments.

Thomas More is no longer in the PAC, which has put some suspense back into PAC basketball, especially on the women’s side. Of the nine women’s teams in the PAC, six went into play Wednesday night owning a win over a team that was positioned higher in the standings. And the Saint Vincent men, who began Wednesday night in first place by 3½ games, lost to last-place Bethany.

It’s no longer the Predictable Athletic Conference. If a team can get hot for only one week, during this year’s tournament, then it could go from longshot to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Rematch looms

The most anticipated small college basketball game in the area this month won’t be played in the PAC. It will be a PSAC West Division women’s game Feb. 23 between California and Indiana at the Convocation Center.

Indiana was undefeated and the No.1-ranked team in NCAA Division II until Cal upset the Crimson Hawks 61-56 on Jan. 23. The rematch will likely decide the division title.

It will be interesting to see what size crowd that game draws. That it will be played at 1 p.m. on a Saturday instead of 5:30 p.m. on a Wednesday should help draw a few more people. The drawback is that it will go head-to-head with some local WPIAL playoff games.

• The Washington-Greene Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame recently hosted a unique fundraising event, a sports trivia night, at the Red Fox Winery and Lounge in Hickory.

All indications are that it was a successful and enjoyable night for everybody involved. About 180 people turned out for the event and 19 of the 20 tables were sold. The organization is hoping to hold another trivia night next year.

• The Steelers, who are expected to deal wide receiver Antonio Brown by mid-March, probably wish the NFL’s trade market was like that of professional basketball.

The NBA’s New York Knicks traded Kristaps Porzingis to the Dallas Mavericks last week. Porzingis is the Knicks’ most talented player and hasn’t played a game all season because of a torn knee ligament. He was considered a rising star at the time of the injury last year.

The Knicks were able to get two first-round draft picks from Dallas. There were four other players involved in the trade, but it was basically a trade of two first-round draft picks in exchange for an injured star player.

If the Steelers can get offered two first-round picks for Brown, how fast do you think general manager Kevin Colbert would say “deal”? A trade of an NFL player in exchange for two first-round draft picks has happened only nine times in the last 32 years.

• Brown could learn much from the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby about responsibility and how act when you’re given millions of dollars and a sports-crazy city’s attention at a young age.

Sports editor Chris Dugan can be reached at dugan@observer-reporter.com.

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