The Dribbler: 'Deuce' makes 'em count

January 20, 2012 12:00 am
  • Lawrence "Deuce" Skurcenski, of North Braddock, is a local legend among high school sports followers. He has been keeping statistics and doing some stringer reporting on high school sports for almost five decades.
    Lawrence "Deuce" Skurcenski, of North Braddock, is a local legend among high school sports followers. He has been keeping statistics and doing some stringer reporting on high school sports for almost five decades.
  • Lawrence "Deuce" Skurcenski
    Lawrence "Deuce" Skurcenski
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Ten thousand? The Dribbler thought it was more like 10 million.

Lawrence "Deuce" Skurcenski, district basketball fanatic, claims he saw his 10,000th game when the Woodland Hills and West Mifflin boys teams tussled Friday night. Deuce, 69, has been keeping statistics of high school varsity and junior varsity and college contests -- for himself -- since 1955. That's an average of about 175 a season.

"Mike White, appropriately, called him a 'character' in his notebook last week," the PG prognosticator said, referring to the PG scholastic sports guru. "Deuce is The Man. He didn't see Hank South's length-of-the-court hoop at the Pitt Field House, which I saw, for South Hills Catholic in the '60s. But he's seen a heck of a lot and is great for high school sports.

"Only two things to say: 'Way to go, Mr. Skurcenski' and 'Awwww Yeahhhhhhh!!!'"

The Dribbler, a character as well, has seen thousands of frays too, and predicted the outcome of many. He has been so-so this season, with an 8-4 mark this week and a 31-9 record overall.

Here are his views on top games ahead, including a passel of outstanding ones tonight:

Top boys games

Gateway at Woodland Hills, today, 7:30 p.m. -- These are more than Section 2 rivals -- they are Class AAAA juggernauts. Woodland Hills won the first matchup at Gateway just before Christmas. The Gators, white hot recently, will reciprocate. Winner: Gateway.

North Allegheny at Shaler, today, 7:30 p.m. -- This likewise is a rematch. And, as with the previous selection, The Dribbler believes a split is on the horizon. Winner: Shaler.

Quaker Valley at Beaver Falls, today, 7:30 p.m. -- The high-scoring Tigers won the first meeting by 32 in Leetsdale. Get out the brooms. Winner: Beaver Falls.

Mt. Lebanon at Chartiers Valley, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. -- The Colts won the first one by two, their closest contest. Mt. Lebanon, since then, has been rolling. The Blue Devils will prevail against their Section 4-AAAA rival. Winner: Mt. Lebanon.

Other top boys games

(Home team in all CAPS) Today, 7:30 p.m.: Hempfield over PENN-TRAFFORD; CENTRAL VALLEY over Blackhawk; Summit Academy over RIVERSIDE; OUR LADY OF THE SACRED HEART over Cornell; NORTH CATHOLIC over Vincentian; SERRA CATHOLIC over Clairton; today, 6 p.m.: Monessen over SETON-LASALLE

Top girls game

New Castle at Blackhawk, Thursday, 8 p.m. -- How about this for imagery? The Red Hurricane, which won the first meeting by 13, will blow past the Cougars in a matchup of classy Class AAA squads. Winner: New Castle.

Other top girls games

(Home team in all CAPS): Monday, 7:30 p.m.: NORTH ALLEGHENY over Pine-Richland; Tuesday, 6 p.m.: FRANKLIN REGIONAL over Woodland Hills; Thursday, 7:30 p.m.: HEMPFIELD over Kiski Area; MT. LEBANON over Baldwin; Bethel Park over PETERS TOWNSHIP; Chartiers Valley over MONTOUR.


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