This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2017/03/07 - 12:24am
In this 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 highlights Monessen boys basketball coach Joe Salvino. Coach Salvino, a graduate of Monessen, is in his 33rd year coaching the Greyhounds. He has 622 wins and just won his 6th WPIAL title this season. He also has guided the Greyhounds to 2 PIAA crowns. In...
Article | Posted 2017/03/06 - 1:47am
It doesn’t take an analytics whiz to figure out that 3-point shooting has become a big part of high school basketball. But if one can deduce anything from the WPIAL championships over the past three days, it is this: While accuracy from 3-point range might be nice, the biggest factor in winning a championship is to hit the boards. Look at the statistics from the 12 boys and girls championships (six in each classification) Thursday through Saturday and rebounding was by far the biggest key and not shooting. Here is what the statistics showed: * There were two games where teams tied in total...
Article | Posted 2017/03/06 - 1:38am
We move from the district championships to the start of the state playoffs in basketball and the state championships in wrestling as well as the drop of the puck on the high school hockey postseason all this week on the MSA Sports Network. Our postseason coverage continues with PIAA First Round boys and girls basketball games, the PIAA 3-A and 2-A Individual Wrestling championships and First Round and Quarterfinals action of the PIHL Penguins Cup high school hockey playoffs,  plus we have The WPIAL Roundball Report, The PIHL Power Play Show and Inside the WPIAL...
Article | Posted 2017/03/05 - 12:14pm
While there were no repeat district winners in girls basketball, 2017 did mark the end of the second longest title run in WPIAL history as Vincentian Academy fell in the finals ending their five year championship winning streak. Three teams picked up first ever WPIAL girls basketball crowns with Chartiers Valley in 5-A, Chartiers-Houston in 2-A and Winchester Thurston in 1-A and while it was the schools second title, it was 45 years since their last girls golden basketball for North Allegheny in 6-A. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in 4-A captured a 17th WPIAL girls roundball title while...
Article | Posted 2017/03/05 - 11:57am
For the first time ever, SIX boys basketball teams have been crowned district champions. Two of them, Pine-Richland and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic were repeat winner from a year ago. Three teams, Pine-Richland in 6-A, New Castle in 4-A and Monessen in 1-A went the distance from top-seed to gold medal winner, while Moon in 5-A as a #2-seed, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in 3-A as a #3-seed and Sewickley Academy as a #3-seed won it all from the bottom of the bracket. Here are ALL the results from the 2017 WPIAL Boys Basketball Playoffs. You can go back and listen to EVERY district...
Article | Posted 2017/03/05 - 12:06am
For the second time in as many years, the Pine Richland Rams boys took gold in the WPIAL’s highest classification.  The Rams used a late 11-2 run in the 4th quarter to pull away from the Butler Golden Tornado and win the 6-A Championship, 72-61.  It was the third time in as many tries that Pine Richland defeated their Section 1 foe.  The Rams had to defeat North Hills a third time in the 6-A semifinals to even make it to the championship game. Butler started strong by outscoring the Rams, 15-11 in the first quarter.  The Golden Tornado went on an 8-0 run to take an early 8...
Article | Posted 2017/03/04 - 11:50pm
The top AAA wrestlers in the WPIAL showcased themselves well over the weekend in Canon McMillan, and no one was a better example of that then Spencer Lee of Franklin Regional. Lee became the 27th wrestler to win four WPIAL Championships, pinning Noah Levett of Kiski Area in 1:16 to win his fourth title.  In addition to the fall on Levett, Lee also pinned his other three opponents, all in the first period. In addition to Lee, Cam Coy of Penn Trafford wrestled a great tournament to become the 73rd wrestler to win three WPIAL Championships. Coy also collected three first period falls to...
Article | Posted 2017/03/04 - 10:45pm
As the final 90 seconds of the clocked ticked off of Saturday’s WPIAL girls 6A title game at the Petersen Events Center, North Allegheny’s Rachel Martindale worked her way to the free throw line after being found to extend the game. The sophomore, already with 17 points on the evening, sank both foul shots of a one-and-one opportunity to expand on the Tigers’ lead. And then she did it again. And one more time for good measure. Martindale went six-for-six at the foul line down the stretch in order for North Allegheny (24-1) to secure a 50-39 victory over Bethel Park (19-7), the first district...
Article | Posted 2017/03/04 - 7:22pm
Ever since losing to Oakland Catholic in a non-section game back on January 21st, Chartiers Valley has had one word on their mind. Redemption. Six weeks and 11 straight victories later, and the Lady Colts have completed that redemption. A stifling defense that limited Oakland Catholic to ten second-half points, coupled with clutch shooting from beyond the arc and at the free throw line, allowed Chartiers Valley to pull away late with a 52-36 victory in the WPIAL 5A Championship Game. Since that 44-31 defeat in Oakland, it has been a brand new mindset for Chartiers Valley. Everything for the...
Article | Posted 2017/03/04 - 5:41pm
New Castle and Quaker Valley battled for 4A supremacy all season long, splitting their two matchups in Section 2 play in the regular campaign. With the WPIAL 4A Championship on the line at the Petersen Events Center on Saturday, the Red Hurricane used a dominant second half to prevail, 73-58. With the victory, New Castle claimed its 11th boys WPIAL title, and fourth since 2012. The top-seeded Red Hurricane held a three-point edge at the intermission, but outscored the No. 2 Quakers 20-11 in the third frame to extend their lead to double digits. The Hurricanes fended off a fourth-quarter...
Article | Posted 2017/03/04 - 3:27pm
For the second time in three years, Bishop Canevin claimed girls basketball championship gold at the Peterson Event Center, this time with a blow out win over #3 seed Neshannock in the Class-3A title game. The top seeded Crusaders scored the first 9 points of the game, before the Lancers finally got their first basket of the game with 3:51 left in the opening quarter.  Shamyjha Price scored 10 points for Bishop Canevin in the 1st quarter, and Sarah Green knocked down two three-pointers to pace the Crusaders to a 21-7 lead after the eight minutes. In the 2nd quarter it was much of...
Article | Posted 2017/03/04 - 12:28am
The Moon Tigers and the Hampton Talbots met twice during the regular season in Class (5A) Section 2, with the Tigers winning both regular season conference games. The stakes for the third meeting were much higher, with the WPIAL Championship on the line at the Petersen Event Center, but the results were the same, as Moon defeated Hampton 69-62 to capture the school’s 4th title. Senior guard Mark Shehady scored the first 7 points for Hampton, but senior forward Jarrod Simmons answered with a big first quarter of his own, scoring 12 points 8 rebounds 2 assists and a block for the Tigers who led...
Article | Posted 2017/03/03 - 11:10pm
It was just another day, just another championship for the North Allegheny Tigers boys and girls swimmers. After building dominating day one leads neither team looked back and took the WPIAL Team Championships handily in day two. Our first event was the girls 100-yard freestyle though and Tiger favorite Lauren McGrath would be upset by new WPIAL record holder, freshman, Olivia Livingston of Gateway who finished with a time of 49.53. She bested the old record held by Oakland Catholic’s Leah Smith since 2013 by almost a full second. Thats when the Tigers’ would go on the prowl and...
Article | Posted 2017/03/03 - 11:04pm
The Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Trojanettes (23-2) defeated the Blackhawk Cougars in impressive fashion, 65-36 to claim the WPIAL Girls 4A Championship on Friday at the Petersen Events Center. The win is a record 17th for the Trojanettes and first since 2011.  Blackhawk is known as a team that lives and dies by the three-pointer, but in order for them to stand a chance in this game, they would have had to shoot near perfect from the outside. CWNC, using a distinct height advantage, displayed a complete team effort, sharing the basketball and playing as a team on both ends of...
Article | Posted 2017/03/03 - 8:43pm
Sewickley Academy coach Win Palmer admitted his team was a bit nervous in the 2016 WPIAL championship game and ended up losing to North Catholic. Turn the calendar ahead one year and the nerves seemed to disappear, as did that losing feeling at the Petersen Events Center as the Panthers defeated Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in the Class 2A title game 71-60. The championship is the fourth in school history and being able to carry on that legacy was not lost on the Panthers' players. "It's a great feeling," said Chris Groetsch, senior guard, adding that the seniors took some ribbing from the...

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