Penn State

Final PIAA basketball thoughts

-- There’s nothing in high school basketball like the Chester show.

The Clippers play at a furious offensive and defensive pace. Their cheerleaders make timeouts entertaining. And their fans are, well, charismatic.

Don’t be surprised if the Clippers return to Penn State next year. Three starters, including star Rondae Jefferson, were juniors.

-- Beaver Falls’ Sheldon Jeter is a mature teenager.

Jeter shot 10-of-32 in an overtime loss to Imhotep Charter yet he stood outside the Tigers’ locker room and answered every question.  Whatever college lands Jeter – and Penn State is in the hunt – is getting a gem.

-- Can we stop the private vs. public school debate?

State championships are about celebrating the state’s best athletes and teams. In all four boys’ games, we had the best possible matchups based on the brackets.

Why would anybody want it any differently?

-- This weekend’s foul shooting was atrocious.

The four winning teams shot below 47 percent from the line. The low percentages didn’t hurt Chester or Constitution. But awful foul shooting nearly prevented Neumann-Goretti and Imhotep Charter from defending titles.