This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2017/01/09 - 7:17pm
In this brand new feature titled “Coach’s Corner”, I will be interviewing a different coach every week and asking them questions about their personal life and about coaching. Hopefully their answers will not only shed some light on how they coach their respective teams, but also allow readers to get to know the men behind the fields/courts. This week’s edition is with the boys basketball coach at Upper St. Clair, Danny Holzer. Coach Holzer is entering his 21st season as the Panthers head coach, and he has won two WPIAL titles in 1996 and 2005. Let’s take a look inside Coach Holzer’s corner...
Article | Posted 2017/01/09 - 4:37pm
There are plenty of showdowns as things warm up in the air and on the courts/ice/mats this week on the MSA Sports Network. We have section coverage of WPIAL, District 6 and District 9 boys and girls high school basketball along with WPIAL and District 6 scholastic wrestling and more PIHL high school hockey action, plus we have new episodes of The WPIAL Roundball Report, The PIHL Power Play Show and Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, January 9th: TALK SHOW - Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle at 7:00pm on MSAsports.net WPIAL Boys High School Basketball - Indiana...
Article | Posted 2017/01/08 - 9:38am
Here is a list of the champions crowned on Saturday at three county wide wrestling tournaments. The Tri-County Athletic Directors Association tournament at Albert Gallatin High School, the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Tournament at Franklin Regional High School and the Midwestern Athletic Conference Tournament at Hopewell High School. You can listen to archive broadcasts from the TRICADA two-day tourny anytime you want here at MSAsports.net TRI-COUNTY ATHLETIC DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT: Individual Finals: 106 pounds: Bryce Wilkes (Peters Township) over Macottie Denjen (...
Article | Posted 2017/01/07 - 9:33pm
Three champions were crowned at the 2017 WPIAL Competitive Spirit Championship on Saturday, as Bishop Canevin in Class A, Elizabeth Forward in AA, and Shaler in AAA took home gold. Hopewell and North Allegheny, both of which claimed first last year, finished as runners-up in AA and AAA, respectively, this year, while there was no runner up in A, as Bishop Canevin was the only squad to compete. In it's fifth year, the event continued to grow in prominence, as the spacious gymnasium at Hempfield Area High School was packed to the brim with spectators and nearly 30 teams. While the Crusaders,...
Article | Posted 2017/01/06 - 1:29pm
Look at the progression of the Laurel High School boys basketball program the past few years, and it is quite evident that the Spartans are now all Locked in. Ken Locke is in his fifth season as the Spartans’ coach. The program without much history has made giant strides the past few years. Now this year, the Spartans are doing things never seen before at the school. In the latest MSA Sports WPIAL rankings that came out at the beginning of the week, Laurel was No. 3 in Class 2A. But that was before Laurel knocked off No. 1 Sewickley Academy this past Tuesday. Laurel heads into Friday night’s...
Article | Posted 2017/01/04 - 6:00pm
Here are the latest MSA Sports Sports Frozen Fab Five rankings of PIHL high school hockey teams in each of the four classifications for the 2016-2017 high school hockey season...including a NEW #1 team in Class 3-A. Don't miss the latest rankings every Wednesday during the regular season, plus PIHL Notebook every Tuesday on our website and the weekly Chatham University PIHL Power Play Show every Wednesday night at 8:00pm. We also have audio and video game broadcasts and center stage interviews as well here on the home of the best PIHL high school hockey coverage, the MSA Sports...
Article | Posted 2017/01/04 - 5:42pm
It case you missed it, here is a look at our annual end of the year countdown of top stories or events from around the WPIAL. As we begin 2017, we look back at some of the top stories from around the WPIAL in calendar year 2016 with the entire countdown. #25 - CROSS-COUNTRY RUN ENDS For ten years, North Allegheny has sat on top of the WPIAL Class AAA Boys Cross-Country hill. The Tigers won teams crowns from 2006 to 2015, however that run of ten straight titles ended in November when Seneca Valley edged North Allegheny 55 to 62 as the Raiders won their very first WPIAL Boys Cross-Country...
Article | Posted 2017/01/03 - 3:43pm
Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Boys Basketball rankings for the 2016-2017 season...including a NEW #1 team in Class 5-A. Check out the weekly boys rankings every Tuesday, along with boys hoops talk during The WPIAL Roundball Report every Wednesday night at 6:00pm and boys basketball broadcasts throughout the regular season with exclusive coverage of every boys WPIAL playoff game in February all here on the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL CLASS 6-A: 1.   PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (7-0) (Last Week #1) 2.   LATROBE WILDCATS  (7-1) (Last Week #2...
Article | Posted 2017/01/03 - 1:42pm
With the holidays now in the rear-view mirror, PIHL action is back in full force this week. However, because there were no contests last week and just a smattering of action on Monday night, there will be a slight change to the format of the PIHL Notebook this week. Instead of looking at the hottest teams in each classification, we'll take a glance at the players who are the front runners for the Most Valuable Player in each class thus far. Melting the Ice (MVPs of each classification this season) AAA: Dawson Richard (North Allegheny) – The Tigers forward has been well-known around the PIHL...
Article | Posted 2017/01/02 - 10:37pm
To call Brenna Wise one of the best female athletes of this generation in the WPIAL would not be hyperbole. In her four years at Vincentian Academy, Wise propelled the Royals to four WPIAL championships on the hardwood, and two state titles. She was also a two-time PIAA player of the year recipient. Wise's performance has carried over to the college ranks with the Pitt Panthers, as she's one of the best players not only on her team, but in the conference. Wise started and led the team in scoring as a freshman in 2011-12 for the Royals, and was already the second tallest player on the roster....
Article | Posted 2017/01/02 - 6:16pm
Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Girls Basketball rankings for the 2016-2017 season. Check out the weekly girls rankings every Monday, along with girls hoops talk during The WPIAL Roundball Report every Wednesday night at 6:00pm and girls basketball broadcasts throughout the regular season with exclusive coverage of every girls WPIAL playoff game in February sponsored by Carlow University all here on the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL CLASS 6-A: 1.   NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (9-0) (Last Week #1) 2.   PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (9-0) (Last Week #4...
Article | Posted 2017/01/02 - 4:02pm
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  We turn the calendar from 2016 to 2017 and hit the ground running with plenty of high school basketball, hockey, wrestling and cheerleading as well this week on the MSA Sports Network. We have section coverage of WPIAL, District 6 and District 9 boys and girls high school basketball along with WPIAL and District 6 scholastic wrestling and more PIHL high school hockey action. we also have Carlow University men's and women's basketball along with video coverage of the 2017 WPIAL Competitive Spirit Championships, plus we have new episodes of The WPIAL Roundball Report,...
Article | Posted 2017/01/01 - 11:35pm
It has become a tradition like no other...at least during the holiday season here at the MSA Sports Network. As we close out 2016 and another great high school sports year, we look back at some of the top stories from around the WPIAL in calendar year 2016. We conclude our countdown with #5 through #1. #5 - YOUNG AND OLD FINAL FAIRWELLS WPIAL fans lost a couple of house hold names in 2016...one icon who's legendary career helped put his sport on the map while the other young athlete who's courageous battle against cancer inspired us all. The great Arnold Palmer passed away in September at the...
Article | Posted 2017/01/01 - 3:16pm
It has become a tradition like no other...at least during the holiday season here at the MSA Sports Network. As we close out 2016 and another great high school sports year, we look back at some of the top stories from around the WPIAL in calendar year 2016. We continue our countdown with #10 through #6. #10 - BLACK & ORANGE IS STILL GOLDEN It was another championship winning season for Clairton and the end of an era for one of the top Bears in program history. Lamont Wade was not only one of the best players in the WPIAL, he was rated by scouting services as one of the top defensive backs...

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