This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2016/05/30 - 11:40pm
For 75 percent of the teams in the WPIAL baseball championships, foes are familiar. Three of the four championships match teams that have already played once this season. Greensburg Central Catholic vs. Serra, and Neshannock vs. Riverside are title games between teams from the same section. Plum played Norwin in a non-section game. The Class AAA championship – Blackhawk vs. Chartiers Valley – is the only game where teams have not played before. All of the championship games will be played Tuesday and Wednesday at Consol Energy Park, home of the Washington Wild Things and heard here on the MSA...
Article | Posted 2016/05/30 - 11:30pm
During the 2014 WPIAL baseball season, watching Brendan McKay was a must-see event. McKay, of Blackhawk High School, produced one of the best pitching streaks in high-school baseball history for the Cougars. Now at Louisville, the lefty hurler has continued his excellence on the mound, as well as at the plate, for the Cardinals. McKay is the focus of the final WPIAL Alum Q&A of the 2015-16 sports season. While McKay's senior campaign was historic, he made key contributions much earlier for the Cougars. McKay was a four-year letterwinner at Blackhawk, and he rose to prominence as a...
Article | Posted 2016/05/29 - 9:23am
A holiday weekend leads us right into Championship Week on the diamonds and the final WPIAL Finals of the 2015-2016 school year this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have Championship and Consolation action in both WPIAL Baseball and WPIAL Softball along with another full week of Washington Wild Things pro baseball, plus Rappin' on Racin' and the final edition of WPIAL Diamond Notes this spring on a special night ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, May 30th: TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on...
Article | Posted 2016/05/29 - 8:52am
It was a one-of-a-kind day for Dom Perretta. He pulled off an unassisted double and triple play. Perretta, a senior  made history at the PIAA individual track and field championships Saturday at Shippensburg University. His double play came when he won the Class AA 800- and 1,600-meter runs. His triple play was that he won both events for the third year in a row. The effort put Perretta into the record book. He became the first runner in PIAA history to win both the 800 and 1,600 three consecutive years – in any classification. But Perretta did more than win both events again. He set a...
Article | Posted 2016/05/29 - 7:19am
The four year run atop of the WPIAL Class AA came crashing to a half for Ambridge in the schools eighth title match in nine years. The Bridgers hopes of a fifth straight district crown were snuffed out by Beaver County Christian as the Eagles captured their first WPIAL boys volleyball crown, In Class AAA, another first time winner walked away with gold as the Penn-Trafford Warriors swept past the Bethel Park Black Hawks, who settled for silver for the second time in four years. Here are ALL the results from the 2016 WPIAL Boys Volleyball Playoffs. All results marked with (MSA) after...
Article | Posted 2016/05/29 - 7:15am
For one school, its one for the thumb when it comes to district girls lacrosse titles. For the other, its just one, as in first ever championship. Mount Lebanon won the Division I crown, the schools second championship in three years and fifth in school history. Meanwhile, Blackhawk stayed true to its top-seed as the Cougars captured first time in school history. Here are ALL of the results from the 2016 WPIAL Girls Lacrosse Playoffs. Results marked with (MSA) are matches that can be heard archived here on the MSA Sports Network. 2016 WPIAL GIRLS LACROSSE DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP...
Article | Posted 2016/05/29 - 7:13am
They say that revenge is a dish best served cold. For North Allegheny boys lacrosse, revenge is a dish best served Gold. After losing to Mount Lebanon in both the 2013 and last years Division I boys lacrosse district finals, North Allegheny edged the Blue Devils for the Tigers first ever district boys lacrosse title. In Division II, it was another defending champion falling to a first time champion as Mars knocked out Hampton for D-II gold. Here are ALL the results from the 2016 WPIAL Boys Lacrosse Playoffs. All results marked with (MSA) after them are matches that can be heard...
Article | Posted 2016/05/28 - 1:38am
The Penn-Trafford Warriors claimed their first volleyball title with a straight-sets win against Bethel Park in the Class AAA Championship at Baldwin High School. Propelled by their success in extra points, the Warriors prevailed 33-31, 25-20 and 27-25. In a matchup of two teams looking for their first championship, top-seeded Penn-Trafford captured the opening set in dramatic fashion. The squads frequently exchanged leads, but the No. 3 Black Hawks pulled ahead 24-22 and appeared poised to take the upper hand. Three consecutive points staked the Warriors to the lead, though, and the sides...
Article | Posted 2016/05/28 - 12:57am
The North Allegheny Tigers won their first ever boys lacrosse championship Friday night defeating Mount Lebanon 9-7 at Highmark Stadium in Pittsburgh.   Mount Lebanon defeated the Tigers last year 9-8 in double overtime in last years finals and also won 18-5 early in the year.   This night would be different.   Mount Lebanon would control the first four minutes of the match and were finally rewarded with a goal from Brian Ward.   The Tigers would call timeout and from then on things went North Allegheny's way.  The Tigers would score three goals in 51 seconds and one...
Article | Posted 2016/05/28 - 12:03am
The narrative was all too familiar before the championship of boys’ volleyball in Class AA. For the fifth straight season and for the eighth time in nine years, the Bridgers of Ambridge were in the house competing for a championship. They had won seven titles in the previous eight seasons, going 7-7 in their opportunities. But all good stories in sports come to an end eventually, and when the final volley was complete at Baldwin High School on Friday night, a new champion was crowned. A champion, in the Eagles of Beaver County Christian, whose name probably isn’t all too familiar for...
Article | Posted 2016/05/27 - 11:52pm
The Mars Fighting Planets, in just their fourth year or existence, captured the WPIAL Division 2 Boys Lacrosse by defeating defending champion Hampton 15-10 at Highmark Stadium in Station Square. It didn't take Mars long to jump on top as Andrew Moyer converted a feed from Joe Horvat just :32 into the match to give Mars a 1-0 lead. The Talbots answered as sophomore Ross Anderson BG beat Mars goalie Pat Morrow from 12-yards out off a assist from Luke Molingowski to tie the game at 1. Moyer netted his second of the game from 18-yards as a two-man advantage was ending to put Mars back in the...
Article | Posted 2016/05/27 - 8:53pm
Is it really a 12-pound shot put in Jordan Geist’s hands? The way it sails on his throws, you’d swear it was a softball. Geist, a junior at Knoch High School, is the No. 1 high school shot putter in the country this spring and Friday he added some distance to his reputation as the best shot putter in Pennsylvania history. Geist set another meet record when he threw 74 feet, 3 ½ inches at the PIAA track and field championships at Shippensburg University. He broke the 11-year-old Class AAA record of 70-0 set by Central Dauphin’s Ryan Whiting, who made the U.S. Olympic team in 2012. Not only was...
Article | Posted 2016/05/27 - 12:34am
Senior attack Anna Albers scored 4 goals and added 4 assists and fellow senior Sophia Klaber added 4 goals of her own to lead the Mt. Lebanon to a 14-9 win over Chartiers Valley at Highmark Stadium, giving the Blue Devils their second championship in the past three years. The WPIAL Girls Division 1 title is the fifth title overall for Mt. Lebanon. Klaber and sophomore Cora Broadhurst scored the first two goals of the game and the Blue Devils never trailed against their Section 1 rival Chartiers Valley. Senior midfielder Maria Stamerra got the Colts on the board at the 7:09 mark of the first...
Article | Posted 2016/05/27 - 12:24am
Blackhawk built a substantial lead in the first half, and held off a second-half charge, defeating Mars 7-5 to claim the school's first Division II Lacrosse Championship at Highmark Stadium. The top-seeded Cougars won the rubber match against the Fighting Planets, as the team's split their two regular-season tilts. On Thursday evening, Blackhawk wasted little time taking the lead, as Gianna Piocquidio entered the zone with speed and unleashed a shot past Mars goalkeeper Charla Tate less than three minutes into the match. Bria Braddock added to the Cougars' advantage less than 10 minutes into...
Article | Posted 2016/05/25 - 10:00pm
The last missing pieces to the WPIAL Baseball and Softball Championship Week puzzle were filled in on Wednesday as eight Final Four winners had their ticket punched and they are headed out to Cally...California University of Pennsylvania that is where next Thursday, those eight teams play for district gold. The Final Four losers do not pack in it yet though as they will settle for a spot in their classes consolation game to play for a berth in the PIAA Playoffs and continue their season into June. Here are the Softball Semifinals summaries. A special thanks to Mike Azadian, Mark Schaas, Lou...

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