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Trinity’s Aley Zangari is one of the Shamrocks' better 3-point shooting options.

What to know about the Trinity Shamrocks:

Head coach: Larry Kostelac Jr. (35 years, 725-284)

Record: 26-3

How they got here: First round: beat HS of the Future 82-63; Second round: beat Holy Redeemer 57-47; Quarterfinals: beat New Hope-Solebury 43-36; Semifinals: beat Bishop McDevitt-Wyncote 63-56.

PIAA tournament history: 28th appearance, 59-25 record.

PIAA championship history: Sixth appearance: 2-3 record. 2004: L vs. Sto-Rox 62-53; 2003: W vs. Sto-Rox 66-49; 2001: W vs. Aliquippa 79-65; 1992: L vs. Carlynton 52-47; 1989: L vs. Monessen 73-67.

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6-2 jr. G Aley Zangari, 6.2 ppg

6-4 sr. F Patrick Walker, 12.0 ppg

6-3 fr. G Chance Westry, 15.1 ppg

6-0 sr. G Matt Long, 6.1 ppg

6-7 sr. C Kalen Veres, 7.3 ppg

News & notes: A year after giving perennial state power Neumann-Goretti a serious scare in the state semifinals, the Shamrocks surpassed that mark, beating a McDevitt squad that knocked off Goretti in the quarterfinals last week. ... Recruitment interest includes: Westry (Penn State offer), Veres (Penn College), Walker (Hobart, Hood, Central Connecticut) and Long (Wilkes, Albright, Catholic). ... Westry reaches new heights seemingly at every step of the playoffs, averaging 18 points and roughly five assists in seven postseason games. ... Veres remains the top rebounder (6.0 per game) but has struggled recently with foul trouble. ... With another win, the six-time defending District 3 champion Shamrocks join Chester (114), Kennedy Catholic (102), Aliquippa (83), Farrell (78), Williamsport (61) and Lower Merion (60) as the only programs with 60 wins in the PIAA tourney. ... Trinity has won 11 straight by an average of 12.2 points a game, but that’s heavily skewed by a 41-point romp of Annville-Cleona in the District 3 opener. It’s 9.3 if the blowout isn’t counted. ... Trinity’s last title came in 2003. The top grossing movie in the U.S. that year was “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” ($377 million). The top song in March 2003, was 50 Cent’s “In Da Club,” which stood for nine weeks on Billboard’s Hot 100.

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