This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2017/03/14 - 10:31pm
Not one, but two high school hockey championship games were determined on Tuesday with both the Class 2-A and Division II Final Four taking place. While there were warning about the weather for today that never materialized, it was Plum and Latrobe in 2-A and Meadville and Carrick in D-II that unleashed a fury that propels them all to the PIHL Finals at the UPMC Mario Lemieux Sports Complex next week. Here are recaps from all four Semifinals hockey games. A special thanks to Rob Longo, Lou Rood, Sean Meyers and Matt Vandriak for their help on these recaps. PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS 2-A...
Article | Posted 2017/03/14 - 1:29pm
The eventful play-in and first round action has drawn to a conclusion, and now the focus is on the semifinals in all four classifications. Last night, Franklin Regional and Indiana scored dramatic victories to advance to the Class A Championship. Weather permitting, the Class AAA, Class AA and Division 2 title games will also be set after tonight and tomorrow. This week's PIHL Notebook takes a look at the six contests that will determine which teams advance to the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry next week. Class AAA No. 1 Pittsburgh Central Catholic vs No. 5 Seneca Valley at the RMU...
Article | Posted 2017/03/14 - 12:11am
The competitive nature of these 2017 PIHL high school hockey playoffs continued into Round Three on Monday as both Penguins Cup Class 1-A Semifinals games went down to the wire at the RMU Sports Complex on Neville Island. Defending champion needed a frantic comeback late in the third period to return to the title game while Indiana needed overtime to clinch their second title game trip in the last three years. Here are the recaps from both Class 1-A Semifinals that you can hear or watch archived here on MSA Sports. A special thanks to Kyle Dawson and Kevin Zielmanski for their help on these...
Article | Posted 2017/03/13 - 11:58pm
Just more than one week ago, the Chartiers Valley girls basketball team claimed the WPIAL Championship in the 5A classification. Four years prior, the Colts also made an appearance in the title game, but came up just short. Among the standouts on that team in 2012-13 was Mariah Wells, who just completed a successful career on the hardwood at Seton Hill University. She is this week's feature for the WPIAL Alum Q&A. Wells enjoyed multiple impressive campaigns at Chartiers Valley, as the Colts went 25-4 during her junior year in 2011-12. In the WPIAL Quad-A postseason, the Colts defeated...
Article | Posted 2017/03/13 - 11:23pm
The high school hockey playoffs move into the Final Four round while the state basketball postseason hits the Second Round and the Quarterfinals all this week on the MSA Sports Network. Our winter sports postseason coverage continues with PIAA basketball Second Round and Quarterfinals boys and girls basketball games and PIHL Penguins Cup Playoffs Semifinals action,  plus we have The WPIAL Roundball Report, The PIHL Power Play Show and final edition this season of Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, March 13th: TALK SHOW - Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle...
Article | Posted 2017/03/12 - 11:09pm
New Castle was a good 3-point shooting team in the regular season. But the Red Hurricanes’ marksmanship has even improved in the postseason, and is it any wonder New Castle hasn’t lost a playoff game? New Castle won the WPIAL Class 4A championship and romped past Sharon in the first round of the PIAA playoffs. New Castle has averaged nine made 3-pointers a game in four postseason games and coach Ralph Blundo’s team is shooting 43 percent behind the arc in playoff games. That is excellent for any team, let alone a high school team. New Castle made 11, 9 and 10 3-pointers in three WPIAL...
Article | Posted 2017/03/12 - 12:28am
The expectation coming in to the Giant Center in Hershey was for the world to see history. But the history the crowd seen was certainly unexpected. At 126, Spencer Lee of Franklin Regional was looking to become the 13th wrestler in PIAA history to win four state championships. In his way was undefeated South Central champion Austin DeSanto of Exeter Township. The two battled for much of the match with DeSanto scoring last, a takedown just as the buzzer sounded to defeat Lee and shock the world, 6-5. Lee, who was wrestling with a knee brace, gave word to the media after his match that he had...
Article | Posted 2017/03/11 - 7:01pm
While the WPIAL only brought home one gold medal on Saturday, it was one that took its wrestler one step closer to wrestling history. Gavin Teasdale of Jefferson Morgan won his third straight state championship by defeating Austin Clabaugh of Bermudian Springs by major decision, 13-5. It was a dominating performance for the Rockets junior, who finished the season 40-0 and is now 122-0 in his career. The other finalists in the WPIAL did not fare as well. At 132, Tyler Griffiths of Southmoreland came out strong against returning state champion Brian Courtney of Athens. Griffiths opened up a...
Article | Posted 2017/03/11 - 12:33am
The WPIAL entered the state championships in AA with two wrestlers being undefeated. After wrestling Friday those wrestlers remained unbeaten and will wrestle for a state championship. Gavin Teasdale of Jefferson Morgan is the first. He will look for his 40th win of the season and third state championship after beating Kollin Myers of Springdale by technical fall, 20-5 in 3:51. Teasdale will wrestle Austin Clabaugh of Bermudian Springs in the final. The other undefeated wrestler for the WPIAL is Dominic Fundy of Beth Center, who is also looking for his 40th win of the season in the...
Article | Posted 2017/03/10 - 11:34pm
Day two of AAA wrestling in Hershey was strong for the WPIAL, with 34 of 56 wrestlers guaranteed to come home with a medal. Of the 34 wrestlers, 17 remain alive in the semi-finals with an opportunity to become a state champion. Leading the way is Spencer Lee of Franklin Regional, who is on a quest to become the 13th wrestler in PIAA history to win four state championships. Lee won by technical fall in the quarterfinals 15-0 in 2:45 over Gunnar Fuss of Harry S. Truman. Cameron Coy of Penn Trafford also continued his dominance, winning by fall in 1:11 over Owen Watkins of General McLane, to...
Article | Posted 2017/03/10 - 1:40am
The biggest postseason night of the 2017 PIHL Playoffs took place Thursday with eleven Quarterfinals contests including all four 3-A games, three games in 2-A and 1-A and one final Quarterfinals game in Division II. The tight competitive hockey that has been the theme of this postseason continued with five visiting teams picking up wins and advancing to the Final Four. Here are recaps from those games that set the state for the Semifinals on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. A special thanks to Matt Vandriak, Sean Meyers, Ed Troup, Sean Saputo, Kevin Zielmanski, Don Rebel, Josh Rowntree, Mike...
Article | Posted 2017/03/10 - 12:58am
The WPIAL put together a strong showing on day one in AAA, with half of its wrestlers (28 of 56) advancing into the quarterfinals. Of the 28 wrestlers who dropped into the consolations, only 6 were eliminated from the tournament. Wrestlers from the WPIAL were able to pull a couple upsets, but also had champions from a week ago get upset as well. The wrestlers to pull the upsets were Dominic Means of Pittsburgh Central Catholic at 138, who beat South Central Champion Clayton Ulrey of Lower Dauphin 8-6. At 152, Brock Godzin of Belle Vernon defeated South East Champion Chase Stephens of...
Article | Posted 2017/03/09 - 5:41pm
The WPIAL brought 34 wrestlers in to Hershey, with a mixed bag of results. 11 wrestlers remain in contention for a state championship after day one, with 12 wrestlers alive in the consolations, and 11 WPIAL wrestlers being eliminated. Leading the way is Gavin Teasdale of Jefferson Morgan, who is looking for his third state championship. He won by technical fall 27-11 in 5:30 over Nicholas Vonelli of Notre Dame GP to advance. Also moving on in the same weight was John Rocco Kazalas of Quaker Valley, who won 8-7 over Gage Bayless of Reynolds. Other WPIAL wrestlers to move into the...
Article | Posted 2017/03/09 - 2:25am
The excitement of a competitive First Round of the PIHL Penguins Cup Playoffs has already carried over into Round Two. There were two Second Round high school hockey playoff games on Wednesday and both ended with identical 5-4 scores with one decided in the closing minutes and the other ending in a third overtime. Here are summaries from both Quarterfinals games. A special thanks to Sean Meyers and Don Rebel for their help on these recaps.  PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS 2-A Quarterfinals: Quaker Valley Quakers 5 - Hampton Talbots 4  Austin Wetzel netted the winning goal for Quaker...
Article | Posted 2017/03/08 - 1:31am
The First Round of the PIHL Class 1-A Penguins Cup Playoffs came to a memorable finish on Tuesday with a upset and a historic comeback. The four opening round contests closed the door on the opening round and set the stage for the high school hockey Quarterfinals on Thursday. Plus a Division II Quarterfinals results has 3/4 of the Semifinals set for next weekend. Here are the recaps from the five PIHL postseason contests played on Tuesday. A special thanks to Sean Meyers, Sean Saputo and Don Rebel for their help on these recaps. PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS 1-A First Round: Westmont-Hilltop...

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