This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2015/03/11 - 3:21am
Another defending champion has bit the dust in the PIHL Penguins Cup high school hockey playoffs. It was not a good day for high-seeds as top-seed North Allegheny lost by seven and defending champion Peters Township was knocked out by the lowest seed still alive in #6 Butler. Here are recaps from the two Class AAA Semifinals in the Penguins Cup playoffs along with another Quarterfinals game in the PIHL Division II postseason. A special thanks to Sean Meyers, Sam Hall and Mike Azadian for their help on these recaps. PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS AAA Semifinals: Canon-McMillan Big Macs 7 - North...
Article | Posted 2015/03/09 - 11:03pm
The curtain rose on the second week of the high school hockey playoffs with the first of three straight nights of Penguins Cup Semifinals action from the RMU Sports Complex with Class AA claiming the spotlight on Monday. Plus a pair of Quarterfinals contest in the PIHL Division II Playoffs. Here are the recaps from all four contests. A special thanks goes out to Bob Orkwis, Josh Rowntree, Steve Nagler and Mike Azadian for their help on these recaps. PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS AA Semifinals: Erie Cathedral Prep Ramblers 8 - Bishop Canevin Crusaders 2  Bishop Canevin defeated Erie Cathedral...
Article | Posted 2015/03/09 - 1:51pm
Welcome to another edition of “PIHL Notebook,” your weekly companion to “The PIHL Power Play” on the MSA Sports Network. Over the next three days, we will find out which six teams will complete for the 2015 Penguins Cup championships. All six semifinal games will be heard on these airwaves, and we have you primed in the space below with our traditional team capsules. Team stats, playoff results, keys to victory – we have it call at your fingertips. So, let’s light the lamp on this special postseason edition of “PIHL Notebook.” CLASS A PENGUINS CUP SEMIFINALS: #1 Quaker Valley Quakers (20-1-1...
Article | Posted 2015/03/08 - 1:18pm
The state basketball playoffs head into rounds two and three while the high school hockey postseason heads into the giving up The Cup this week on the MSA Sports Network. We have Second Round and Quarterfinals action in the PIAA Basketball Playoffs along with Semifinals and Championship play from the PIHL Penguins Cup high school hockey playoffs. We also look forward to spring with a week full of college baseball from Florida featuring Geneva College, plus we have the season finale of Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle, the WPIAL...
Article | Posted 2015/03/08 - 7:09am
The WPIAL came into the finals of the PIAA Championships with the opportunity to win at least nine gold medals. After the night was done, the WPIAL swept through every weight class to have nine WPIAL wrestlers come home as state champions. {Left: Waynesburg's A.C. Headlee received the trophy as Outstanding Wrestler of the PIAA Class AAA tournament a week after winning the same award in the WPIAL Finals} The most impressive match of the night in AAA once again came at 132 pounds, where AC Headlee of Waynesburg and two time state champion Luke Pletcher of Latrobe would meet for a second week in...
Article | Posted 2015/03/07 - 11:07pm
It was a golden day for the WPIAL in the AA PIAA Championships, as nearly half of the state champions were from District 7. The WPIAL had eight wrestlers take the mats in seven weight classes in the hopes of becoming a state champion, and six of those eight wrestlers were victorious. {Left: Derry's George Phillippi, who won his second state title, received the trophy as Outstanding Wrestler of the PIAA Class AA tournament} Two WPIAL wrestlers remained undefeated on the season in winning a state title. Gavin Teasdale of Jefferson Morgan ended his freshman campaign with a 46-0 mark and a gold...
Article | Posted 2015/03/07 - 1:15am
The AA PIAA Championships started with a lot of excitement on Friday. That was because Jefferson Morgan freshman Gavin Teasdale, who was 43-0 coming into Friday, almost seen his perfect season flash before his eyes. Teasdale was leading Jaret Lane of Southern Columbia 8-3 in the second period. That is when Lane hit a headlock on Teasdale. Fortunately for Teasdale, it was late in the second period, where he only had to bridge off of his back for roughly 20 seconds. After two periods, it was 8-8. In the third period, Teasdale would give an escape and then pick up a takedown to take a 10-9 lead...
Article | Posted 2015/03/06 - 1:44pm
Chassidy Omogrosso is Blackhawk’s Energizer bunny. The senior guard on the Blackhawk girls basketball team seemingly never stops on the court. Her motor is stuck on overdrive. While Comcast has bundle deals for cable television, Blackhawk has a bundle full of energy in Omogrosso. Omogrosso’s “run” through the recent WPIAL tournament was one to behold. She was close to unstoppable in the Class AAA playoffs, leading the Cougars to a second consecutive WPIAL title last Saturday at Pitt’s Petersen Events Center. No one has records for what is the greatest playoff run – scoring wise – for WPIAL...
Article | Posted 2015/03/05 - 11:50pm
The WPIAL opened the AAA PIAA Championships by showing why they are the strongest region in the state. They opened the Preliminary round by having their fourth place qualifiers go 9-5, while their third place qualifiers went 8-1. That momentum carried into the quarterfinals, with 30 of the 56 WPIAL wrestlers remaining in the winners bracket. AAA WPIAL wrestlers in the quarterfinals include: *-Devin Brown of Franklin Regional (113) *-Gage Curry of North Hills (113) *-Zach Hartman of Belle Vernon (120) *-Spencer Lee of Franklin Regional (120) *-Joe Blumer of Kiski Area (126) *-Ethan...
Article | Posted 2015/03/05 - 11:43pm
The classification formerly known as the Open Class took the spotlight at the frigid Airport Ice Arena in Moon on Thursday. After the focus on the first three days was First Round and Quarterfinals action in the PIHL Playoffs, Thursday opened up play in the Division II Postseason with a pair of First Round matchups. Here are the recaps of those two contests. A special thanks to Mike Azadian and Lou Rood for their help on these recaps. PIHL DIVISION II First Round: Carrick Cougars 8 - Wheeling Central Catholic Maroon Knights 1 At the Airport Ice Arena in a PIHL Division 2 first round playoff...
Article | Posted 2015/03/05 - 12:35am
The third day of the high school hockey playoffs wrapped up the first two rounds in Class AAA, Class AA and Class A and helped set the Final Four in each of those classifications. While the top four teams in Class A won going away to move on, Armstrong became the second #6-seed to advance to next weeks Semifinals. Here are recaps from the five Quarterfinals games played on Wednesday around the PIHL. A special thanks to Mark Schaas, Josh Rowntree, Adam Hoerner, Mike Azadian and Bob Orkwis for their help on these recaps. PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS AA Quarterfinals: Armstrong River Hawks 3 - Moon...
Article | Posted 2015/03/04 - 12:28am
After there were no surprises on the opening day of the high school hockey postseason, the first two eye-brow raisers of the cup chase took place Tuesday. After reaching the PIHL finals and then going on to win a national championship a year ago, #3 Bethel Park was ousted on its home ice by #6 Butler in a Class AAA Quarterfinals contest. The #5 Bishop Canevin pulled off a third period comeback with a gola in overtime to knock out #4 Hampton in Class AA. Here are summaries from the six PIHL Penguins Cup hockey games played on Day Two. A special thanks to Gero Von Dahn, Mike Azadian, Don Rebel...
Article | Posted 2015/03/03 - 12:56am
The curtain rose on the 2015 PIHL Penguins Cup Playoffs on Monday, and while there were some one-sided openers, there were several down to the wire thrillers that made you realize the regular season was history and the chase for the cup was now on. Here are summaries from the seven games that got the puck rolling on the 2015 PIHL Penguins Cup Playoffs. A special thanks to Don Rebel, Sean Meyers, Randy Gore, Brandon Showers, Lou Rood and Matt Vandriak for their help on these recaps. PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS AAA Quarterfinals: North Allegheny Tigers 7 - Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings 0...
Article | Posted 2015/03/02 - 2:24pm
Welcome to another edition of “PIHL Notebook,” your weekly companion to “The PIHL Power Play” on the MSA Sports Network. This week we break the regular format, and with good reason with the 2015 Penguins Cup and PIHL Division II Playoffs beginning tonight. Where, when and against whom is your favorite team playing? Which players should you keep an eye on in each game? Fear not, we have your questions answered below in encapsulated form. So, let’s light the lamp on this special playoff preview edition of “PIHL Notebook.” Class AAA Penguins Cup Playoffs QUARTERFINALS: 3/2/15 – #1 North...
Article | Posted 2015/03/01 - 6:40pm
With the district playoffs behind us, it's on to the state playoffs in both basketball and wrestling this week is here on the MSA Sports Network. We have First Round play in the PIAA Basketball Playoffs...First Round and Quarterfinals games from the PIHL Penguins Cup high school hockey playoffs...Postseason mat action from Hershey with the 2015 PIAA Class AAA and Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships, plus we have Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle, the WPIAL Roundball Report and the PIHL Power Play Show on a special night ALL here at MSAsports...

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