This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2016/05/24 - 2:09am
While a full slate of Second Round games were scheduled for Monday in the district softball postseason, heavy rains on Sunday forced six site changed. Then an unforecast pop up storm wiped away three games until Tuesday. But the action from the games that were played was tight as we get deeper into the 2016 WPIAL Softball Playoffs. Here are summaries from the diamond on Quarterfinals Monday. A special thanks to Don Rebel, Bob Orkwis, Mark Uriah, James Dotson, Bob Gregg, Sean Meyers, Greg Kuntz and Kyle Dawson for their help on these recaps. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Quarterfinals: Hempfield Spartans...
Article | Posted 2016/05/24 - 1:31am
While all four top-seeds in each class are Final Four bound, only one defending champion is still alive headed in Round Three. 2015 champion Deer Lakes was ousted in Class AA, meaning there will be a new winner crowned in at least Class AAA, Class AA and Class A. Here are ALL of the results through 13 of the 16 Quarterfinals games in the 2016 WPIAL Softball Playoffs, plus the schedule for the other three Second Round games on Tuesday and five of the eight matchups set for the Semifinals on Wednesday. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Quarterfinals: Hempfield Spartans 11 - Penn-Trafford Warriors 3...
Article | Posted 2016/05/24 - 12:44am
While Mount Lebanon in Division I and Hampton in Division II won their schools fourth district boys lacrosse championship in 2015, to add a fifth title, they are both going to have to do so from the #2-seed> Both teams are now one win away from the 'one for the thumb' after Semifinals victories on Monday. Here are ALL the results through the Semifinals, plus the championship matchups in the 2016 WPIAL Boys Lacrosse Playoffs on Friday at Highmark Stadium and here on MSA Sports. 2016 WPIAL DIVISION I BOYS LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: #5 North Allegheny Tigers (11-8) vs #2 Mount...
Article | Posted 2016/05/22 - 4:59pm
Plum’s Alex Kirilloff has a good chance to be selected in the first round of the June 9 Major League Baseball draft. Teams love his bat and also like the way he plays the outfield. At Plum, they also love the way he pitches. Kirilloff has a bright future as an outfielder, but at the present, he is one dominating pitcher. He is certainly one of the best hurlers in the WPIAL. When Plum defeated Peters Township, 2-0, in the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals Thursday, Kirilloff led the way with his hitting – and pitching. He had a double and triple at the plate. But he also pitched six innings ,...
Article | Posted 2016/05/19 - 11:10pm
The broken records have become a broken record. Another meet, another record for Jordan Geist. A junior at Knoch High School, Geist won two more gold medals at the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday and broke a record that had been around for 44 years. Geist won the Class AAA shot put with a throw of 72 feet, 7 inches. Although it was a little short of the best mark in Geist’s career, he broke the championship meet record set in 1972 by Baldwin’s Ron Semkiw. Geist is the top shot putter in the country this year and one of the best of all time. But Geist alson won the discus...
Article | Posted 2016/05/19 - 11:05pm
It was Summer time in May. Sewickley Academy senior Summer Thorpe won both hurdles events at the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday at Baldwin High School. Thorpe is a Notre Dame recruit who won the 100 hurdles in 14.58 seconds and the 300 in 43.86. Her 300 time set a new Class AA championship record. Thorpe had never won a WPIAL title before this year. Thorpe was one of five girls who won two WPIAL titles in individual events, but another big story in the meet was the Robinson sisters. Hunter and Hayden Robinson attend Avonworth but compete under the name of Avonworth/...
Article | Posted 2016/05/19 - 10:05pm
Half way through the district baseball postseason, what have we learned. We know that the East is beast in Quad-A with three eastern schools into the Final Four. We know that despite labeled as a #10-seed, defending champion Knoch is alive and well while top-seed laurel Highlands is the first #1 to fall in Triple-A. We know Section 5 was pretty darn good with three teams moving on to the Double-A Semifinals. And we know that private school rock in Single-A with only Union left to carry the banner of the public schools. Here are ALL of the results through the Quarterfinals in the 2016...
Article | Posted 2016/05/19 - 9:35pm
It appears that making the district boys volleyball Final Four is as easy as 1 - 2 - 3...5. The top three seeds in each classification along with both #5-seeds are now one win away from playing for a championship. Here are ALL the results through the Quarterfinals of the 2016 WPIAL Boys Volleyball Playoffs, plus the sites and times for the Semifinals on Tuesday. WPIAL CLASS AAA Semifinals: #1 Penn-Trafford Warriors vs #5 Seneca Valley Raiders AT Baldwin High School on Tuesday, May 24th at 7:30pm on MSAsports.net #2 North Allegheny Tigers vs #3 Bethel Park Black Hawks AT Baldwin...
Article | Posted 2016/05/19 - 9:32pm
Some soggy fields on a chilly, dreary Wednesday gave way to a sunny Thursday as the WPIAL pushed back eleven games to make for a busy day with all sixteen Second Round contests taking place around Southwestern Pennsylvania. When all was said and done, the Final Four field was set for the final four classification district postseason with the expansion to six classes taking place next spring. Here are all the recap from Quarterfinals Thursday. A special thanks to Don Rebel, Kyle Dawson, Bob Orkwis, Sean Meyers, Brandon Showers, James Dotson, Josh Rowntree, Bob Gregg, Jake Holmes, Brian Mroziak...
Article | Posted 2016/05/19 - 9:28pm
While the top four seeds have cruised on to the Final Four in the Division I district girls lacrosse postseason, only the top two seeds have advanced to the Semifinals field where they will be joined by a #5 and a #6 in Division II. Also in D-II, we know now that there will be a new winner crowned after defending champion Shaler was bounced on Thursday, thus ending the Titans three year district run on top of the D-II mountain. Here are ALL of the results through the Quarterfinals in 2016 WPIAL Girls Lacrosse Playoffs, plus the sites and times for the Semifinals matches set for Tuesday...
Article | Posted 2016/05/19 - 1:54am
On Monday, the district softball postseason opened with opening round action in Quad-A and Single-A. On a chilly, gray day in Western Pa, it was time for all of the Class AAA and Class AA playoff participants to hit the diamond. Well, almost all of them. Four games were pushed back to Thursday, leaving six Triple-A and five Double-A games to thin the field and set up Round Two next week. A special thanks to Sean Meyers, Mike Azadian, Jason Tennant, Paul Paterra, Mark Schaas, Lou Rood, Jake Holmes, Bob Gregg and Don Rebel for their help on these recaps. WPIAL CLASS AAA First Round: Knoch...
Article | Posted 2016/05/18 - 12:51am
Day Two of the WPIAL baseball Playoffs saw the conclusion of the First Round with a pair of Quad-A, eight Double-A and seven Single-A contests. The underdogs enjoyed the day as six lower seeds pulled off victories to advance, including a pair of #14-seeds. Here are recaps from the 17 high school baseball playoff games that put a wrap on Round One. A special thanks to Don Rebel, Steve Nagler, Jason Tennant, Jake Holmes, Kyle Dawson, Chris Lackner, James Dotson, Sean Meyers, Mark Schaas, Bob Gregg, Ed Troup, Greg Kuntz for their help on these recaps. WPIAL CLASS AAAA First Round: Plum Mustangs...
Article | Posted 2016/05/16 - 11:59pm
In the final year of the four classification playoff format, the two biggest classes were the first to take the stage as the curtain went up in the 2016 district baseball postseason. While Class AAA went as expected with all the higher seeds winning with the exception of defending champion Knoch as a #10-seed, two double-digit seeds, #12 Franklin Regional and #14 Norwin pulled off surprised and are now Quarterfinals bound. Here are the recaps from the Quad-A and Triple-A opening day contests in the WPIAL Baseball Playoffs. A special thanks to Steve Nagler, Lee Mohn, Mike Azadian, James Dotson...
Article | Posted 2016/05/16 - 11:28pm
Opening day of the 2016 WPIAL Softball Playoffs featured opening round games in both Class AAAA and Class A with a Class AA Preliminary Round contest thrown in for good measure. Here are recaps of the five Quad-A, one Double-A and seven Single-A games that lifted the lid on this seasons postseason softball play. A special thanks to Dennis Fischer, Jason Tennant, Sean Meyers, Bob Gregg, Sam McCollum, Greg Kuntz, Lou Rood, Randy Gore and Don Rebel for their help on these recaps. WPIAL CLASS AAAA First Round: Penn-Trafford Warriors 6 - North Hills Indians 5  Penn Trafford rallied for 6...
Article | Posted 2016/05/16 - 9:56am
Let the postseason begin! While other are wrapping up their gear for the summer, The Network prepares for exclusive coverage of the district baseball, softball, lacrosse and volleyball playoffs this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have First Round and Quarterfinals action in WPIAL Baseball, First Round play in WPIAL Softball and Quarterfinals matches in WPIAL boys and girls lacrosse along with the first full week of the Washington Wild Things 2016 campaign, plus Rappin' on Racin' and another edition of WPIAL Diamond...

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