The first division match has been already planned for Monday, only 4 days into the 2017 WPIAL basketball season.
When Upper St. Clair hosts Canon-McMillan in girls basketball, Division 2-6A will wrap up district section play.
Last season, these two clubs were at opposing extremities of the 6A spectrum.
The Panthers ended 15-3, were Section 2 co-champions, and advanced to the WPIAL championship game before falling to North Allegheny.
With a 1-13 overall record, the Big Macs finished last in Section 2. They had lost their previous 12 games.
USC won both matches by a cumulative score of 44 points.
Upper St. Clair is ranked No. 2 in Class 6A in the Trib HSSN preseason rankings and is 2-0 after winning the Moon tip-off tournament against Shaler and Pine-Richland.
Canon-McMillan defeated to Beaver in the opening game, but then beat North Hills in the South Fayette suggestion game to stop a lengthy losing run.
Monday’s nonsection boys basketball program is modest, but one contest sticks out because of the two bench bosses.
The guys in charge of Washington and Belle Vernon have a combined coaching experience of about 80 years and more than 1,300 victories.
Ron Faust began teaching the Little Prexies in 1981 and retired in 2010. He rejoined in 2014 and has served as the head coach at Wash High ever since.
Joey Salvino was a Monessen trainer from 1984 until 2018. He is in his fourth season as the Leopards’ head coach.
Salvino has more than 680 victories, six district crowns, and two PIAA championships, whereas Faust has two WPIAL championships and is close in on 640.
Belle Vernon is 2-0 in the Mon Valley Invitational Classic, with victories against McKeesport and Thomas Jefferson. This is Washington’s first game of the season.
In a WPIAL nonsection game Monday, a current girls basketball dynasty will face off against one of the great programs from former years.
Rochester will travel to Blackhawk in a Class A versus. Class 4A matchup. The Rams are the current Class A queens on the court. They have won three straight district championships and are expected to be favorites again this season, anchored by Kent State prospect Corynne Hauser.
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