HS highlight reel: WPIAL again rules Lincoln Park guard ineligible until Jan. 21
After a second WPIAL hearing, Lincoln Park junior Nick Aloi remains ineligible to play basketball until Jan. 21.
School administrators and Aloi’s family presented additional testimony Monday in an attempt to overturn an April decision by the WPIAL Board of Directors. Instead, the board voted unanimously to uphold its earlier decision, executive director Tim O’Malley said.
Aloi transferred last January from Ellwood City, a move the WPIAL decided was motivated at least partially by athletics. For a second time, Lincoln Park will appeal to the PIAA, athletic director Mike Bariski said, who anticipated a Dec. 11 hearing.
Much of the new testimony involved Aloi’s grandfather, Frank Aloi Sr., who retired in June as Ellwood City’s superintendent.
Ellwood City administrators said he was critical of former basketball coach Anthony Ovial. But Aloi’s family disagreed and insisted he didn’t influence his grandson’s transfer.
Stats of the day
Yards per carry in three playoff games for Aliquippa RB Kaezon Pugh, who has run for 679 yards and 12 TDs
Yards South Fayette QB Brett Brumbaugh needs to tie the state record for career passing (10,948).
FC coach withdraws name
Ford City football coach John Bartolovic has withdrawn his name from consideration for the same position at Armstrong High School, which begins play in fall 2015. Bartolovic spent 19 seasons at Ford City and led the team to three WPIAL semifinal appearances after previously coaching at Shannock Valley.
— Matt Grubba