This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2015/02/20 - 11:38pm
The first day of the AA WPIAL individual championships did not feature many upsets on the day, as the top two seeds in every weight classes advanced to the semi-finals with the exception of one, Nick Candelore of Fort Cherry at 106, who lost 11-1 to Manny Dovshek of Bentworth. Section Two was dominant in advancing wrestlers into the semi-finals, as they claimed over 50% of the spots with 29 of 56 wrestlers still alive in the winners bracket. A total of five matches went into overtime in the quarterfinals on Friday. They were: At 126, Aaron Harris of McGuffey beat Josh Kuslock of Chartiers...
Article | Posted 2015/02/20 - 11:28pm
The North Allegheny Tigers picked up where they left off in their dominance over the last several years as the Lady Tigers commanded a huge lead after day one of the WPIAL AAA Swimming Championships.  The North Allegheny boys don’t have nearly the dominant lead but still have the advantage going into day two.  The Upper St. Clair boys team, however, seem to possibly have the more elite level swimmers on the boys side as they swept the two team events and, in doing so, set two WPIAL records in the process.  On the afternoon, there were several WPIAL records that fell. On the...
Article | Posted 2015/02/20 - 4:31pm
Friday was a great day for both the Shady Side Academy girls and the Quaker Valley boys as the Class AA WPIAL Swimming Championships got underway at Trees Pool at the University of Pittsburgh. Frigid temperatures forced a two-hour delay but, once the swimmers hit the water, the competition was intense. The Lady Indians got things started on the right note in the first event as they took team gold in the 200 Yard Medley Relay as swimmers Caroline Colville, Heather Grune, Ashley Azzarello and Jeanne Lauer swam to a time of 1:52.10. They appeared to be destined for silver before it was ruled...
Article | Posted 2015/02/20 - 4:10pm
Highlands and Bishop Canevin are in the WPIAL boys basketball quarterfinals. Who would’ve thought you’d read that sentence this year? Highlands and Bishop Canevin are two of the biggest turnaround stories in the league over the past few years. Highlands (13-11) will play Indiana in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals tonight. Two years ago, Highlands finished 1-21 under first-year coach Tyler Stoczynski. Highlands started to show signs of improvement last year, but still finished 9-13 and out of the playoffs. Then this year, the Rams started 0-6. With three sophomore starters, it was natural to...
Article | Posted 2015/02/19 - 1:28am
After four days, the First Round of the 2015 WPIAL Basketball Playoffs is in the books. While there were few surprises in the first three days, that changed big on Day Four when a handful of double-digit seeds were surprising winners are are on their way to Quarterfinals Weekend. Here are recaps from all the First Round games played on a frigid Wednesday. A special thanks to Chris Lackner, Dennis Fischer, Mark Uriah, Mark Schaas, Brian Mroziak, Steve Nagler, Terry Neary, Scott Majesky, T.J. DiStefano, Bob Barrickman, Bob Gregg, Josh Rowntree, Mike Sackley, Brandon Showers, Lee Mohn, Adam...
Article | Posted 2015/02/19 - 12:29am
Taylor Hockenberry of Mars set a new scoring record in capturing the WPIAL Class AA girls’ diving championship on Wednesday at Moon Area High School. Hockenberry, who finished second as a freshman last year, compiled a score of 506.05, eclipsing the previous mark of 505.45, set by Brittany Garza in 1998. {Left:  Taylor Hockenberry of Mars stand tall with the top finishers in WPIAL Girls AA Diving} The Mars sophomore took control of the event in the early going, as she held a 28 point lead through the first five dives, known as the preliminary rounds. In the semi-final rounds, which...
Article | Posted 2015/02/18 - 4:46pm
In the Boys WPIAL Diving championships at Moon High School Uniontown's Braden Carei a senior wins his first WPIAL title in his third attempt. He finished 9th in 2012, and 7th in 2014 before winning this year. {Left: Braden Carei stands tall amongst top finishers at WPIAL Boys Class AA Diving Finals} After the first round of five dives Carei led the completion by 16 points. After the semi final three dives his lead increased by 8 points to 24. Going into the final three dives he had to make sure not to falter as the rest of the field kept diving well. In fact the first three finishers would...
Article | Posted 2015/02/18 - 12:50am
After two days of no surprises, eye-brows were raised all over in Boys Class AAA as the lucky #13-seed rung true after the Highlands Golden Rams squeaked past the 4th-seed West Mifflin Titans. There were also a couple of scares for a pair of top-seeds. Here are recaps from the Boys AAA and A and Girls AAAA and AA First Round games played on Tuesday. A special thanks goes out to Gero Von Dahn, Lee Mohn, Matt Vandriak, Paul Paterra, Bob Gregg, Chris Lackner, Steve Nagler, Sean Meyers, Randy Gore, Mark Uriah, T.J. DiStefano, Lou Rood, Scott Briggs, Cory Campano, Mike Azadian, Brian Mroziak,...
Article | Posted 2015/02/17 - 10:03am
Here are the latest 2014-2015 standings for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League. You can follow the PIHL high school hockey season with weekly audio and video broadcasts as well as ranking, plus the PIHL Notebook every Monday and the PIHL Power Play Show every Wednesday night at 8:00pm right here on the MSA Sports Network. * = Clinched a Penguins Cup Playoff Spot x = Eliminated from Penguins Cup Playoff Chase PIHL CLASS AAA (6 of 8 Playoff Teams Have Clinched) TEAM W L T POINTS...
Article | Posted 2015/02/16 - 10:34pm
It was a perfect day for Chartiers Valley’s Maria Lohman, who set a personal best mark with 603.50 points in winning her fourth WPIAL championship in the WPIAL Girls Class AAA Diving Championship at North Allegheny High School. Lohman bested Mallory Charles of Pine-Richland by over 130 points to claim the gold and another trip to Bucknell University for the PIAA championship next month. Lohman is the defending PIAA champion and looks to win for a third time on the state level. With a 43 diver field in the preliminary round, she said she listened to her music and just concentrated on every...
Article | Posted 2015/02/16 - 8:02pm
What a difference a year makes. Last year at North Allegheny High School, Joey Ference had a failed dive on his next to last attempt which cost him the silver medal. The Penn-Trafford junior made sure there would be no such drama at this year’s meet, leading throughout and finishing in first place with a score of 589.40. Ference did capture the bronze last year with a score of 403.20 and he finished 11th as a freshman two years ago. North Allegheny senior Andrew Doerfler was strong again and captured his second consecutive silver medal finishing 86.35 points behind Ference with a score of 503...
Article | Posted 2015/02/16 - 12:09pm
Welcome to another edition of “PIHL Notebook,” your weekly companion to “The PIHL Power Play” on the MSA Sports Network. First up, “Melting the Ice” provides your weekly thermometer of streaking teams around the league. This is a rare off-week for MSA broadcasts with the WPIAL basketball playoffs tipping off, but this week’s “Scoreboard Watch” still offers plenty of intrigue, including four overtime battles, three of which carried playoff implications. So, let’s light the lamp on this edition of “PIHL Notebook.” MELTING THE ICE (Records listed indicate current unbeaten streak): Class AAA:...
Article | Posted 2015/02/16 - 12:06pm
So it's postseason scholastic basketball you want?  There is no where else to go for all the hardwood action this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We close out the First Round and look ahead to the Quarterfinals this weekend in both boys and girls WPIAL, District 6 and District 9 playoff basketball. We also have plenty of gold to hand out with the WPIAL Diving, WPIAL Swimming and WPIAL Class AA and District 6 Class AAA Individual Wrestling Championships along with WPIAL Class AAA-4 Wrestling Sectionals, plus we have men's and women's...
Article | Posted 2015/02/14 - 10:34pm
The field for the 2015 WPIAL Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships is now set following the results from all three Double-A sections. The top five wrestlers from each section qualify for the district championships next weekend. Section 1-AA at Ellwood City High School: Championships 106 Nick Candelore, Ft. Cherry fall PJ Smith, Burgettstown, 2:57 113 Tyler Alberts, Ellwood City dec. Andrew John, South Fayette, 3-0  120 Austin McDermitt, Burgettstown tech. fall Jasper Wolfe, South Fayette, 20-5, 2:18  126 Josh Kuslock, Chartiers-Houston fall Joe Demor, South Side Beaver...
Article | Posted 2015/02/14 - 9:36pm
Just like Day One, Day Two offered little in surprises with a #10 seed (Upper St. Clair boys) and a pair of #9 seeds (Bethel Park boys and Imani Christian girls) moving on to Round Two. Here are recaps from Preliminary Round and First Round action in Boys AAAA, Boys AA, Girls AAA and Girls A on a snowy Saturday. A special thanks to Mike Azadian, Josh Rowntree, T.J. DiStefano, Mark Schaas, Sam Hall, Mike Sackley, Brandon Showers, Rob Longo, Randy Gore, Bobby Fox, Aaron Anderson, Bob Barrickman and Bob Gregg for their help on these recaps. WPIAL CLASS AAAA First Round: North Allegheny Tigers 76...

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