This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2016/02/13 - 12:54am
The hopes of a state championship coming back to Southwestern Pennsylvania ended Friday as three WPIAL teams lost in the state Quarterfinals while another bit the dust in the Semifinals. Burrell lost in the Class AA Quarterfinals, then were eliminated when they fell again in the Round Two Consolations. While WPIAL AAA champion Belle Vernon did win in the Quarters, both Canon-McMillan and Kiski Area lost in the Second Round. The Leopards then lost in the Semifinals. BVA, Canon-Mac and Kiski are still alive headed into Saturday as they hope to finish third with a sweep of the consolation...
Article | Posted 2016/02/13 - 12:53am
All three WPIAL Class AAA teams remain alive at the PIAA Team Wrestling Championships, but only one will bring home the hardware from Hershey's GIANT Center. Belle Vernon lost Friday evening in the semifinals in a much anticipated showdown with the state's top-ranked team. As a result, the Leopards drop to the consolation bracket and await the winner of a match between the WPIAL's other two representatives, Canon-McMillan (12-3) and Kiski Area (22-2), who will square off on Saturday morning in a third round consolation match at 9:00am . This marks the third time the two squads will meet this...
Article | Posted 2016/02/12 - 11:09pm
The first night of the 2016 WPIAL Basketball Playoffs featured Preliminary Round hoop games from Boys AAA and Girls AA along with First Round action from Boys A and Girls AAAA. Here are recaps from all 18 district playoff games to begin the trip on the Path to the Pete. A special thanks to Josh Rowntree, Cory Campano, Randy Gore, Steve Nagler,  Andy Stanko, James Dotson, Mark Schaas, Gary Frankhouser, Steve Superick, Brian Mroziak, Bob Orkwis, Paul Paterra, Bob Barrickman, Melissa Carle, Kyle Dawson, Bob Gregg and Kevin Zielmanski for their help with these recaps. WPIAL BOYS CLASS AAA...
Article | Posted 2016/02/12 - 10:51pm
The curtain went up on the boys journey on the Path to the Pete Friday with Triple-A Preliminary Round and Single-A First round games taking center stage. While the First Round is now set in Class AAA with the four pigtail results, seeds 3, 4, 5 and 6 advanced to Round Two in Class A with convincing victories. Here are all of the final scores from Friday, plus the schedule for Saturday in AAAA and AA in the 2016 WPIAL Boys Basketball Playoffs. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Preliminary Round: Franklin Regional Panthers vs Mount Lebanon Blue Devils AT North Allegheny High School on Saturday,...
Article | Posted 2016/02/12 - 10:41pm
The Path to the Pete and the district girls basketball playoffs began Friday with four Quad-A First Round games and five Preliminary Round contests in Double-A. Defending AAAA champ Norwin cruised to Round Two while Round One is now set for Tuesday in AA. Here are all the finals from Friday, plus the schedule of games in AAA and A on Saturday in the 2016 WPIAL Girls Basketball Playoffs. WPIAL CLASS AAAA First Round: Norwin Knights 66 - Gateway Gators 33  (MSA) Mount Lebanon Blue Devils 54 - North Hills Indians 45  (MSA) Peters Township Indians vs Hempfield Spartans AT Charleroi High...
Article | Posted 2016/02/12 - 3:20pm
There are 74 boys teams that begin the Path to the Pete in the hopes of raising one of the four championships at the Petersen Events Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh on February 26th or 27th. Here are some factoids to help you get ready for the 2016 WPIAL Boys Basketball Playoffs. CLASS AAAA TOP SEED: Latrobe (20-1). The Wildcats have a chance to win a WPIAL championship for the first time since 1985 when brothers Neal and Keith Fenton were standout guards. This team has a threesome of standout guards – Austin Butler, Sean Graytok and Jake Biss. Butler and Graytok were the...
Article | Posted 2016/02/12 - 3:19pm
There are 73 girls teams that begin the Path to the Pete in the hopes of raising one of the four championships at the Petersen Events Center on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh on February 26th or 27th. Here are some factoids to help you get ready for the 2016 WPIAL Girls Basketball Playoffs. CLASS AAAA TOP SEED: Norwin (21-0). The Knights are the defending champions and an overwhelming choice as the top seed. They are led by Alayna Gribble, a Pitt recruit who just might be the No. 1 player in the WPIAL this year. Norwin has been impressive offensively, but their defense is...
Article | Posted 2016/02/11 - 10:51pm
WPIAL qualifiers Belle Vernon, Canon McMillan and Kiski Area all won opening round matches at the PIAA Class AAA Team Wrestling Championships on Thursday evening at the GIANT Center in Hershey. The trio now advances to the:quarterfinal round scheduled to start at 2:00 pm on Friday. District 7 champion Belle Vernon (16-1) easily defeated Exeter Township, the third place squad from District 3, 57-17. The Leopards recorded an impressive eight falls by Jacob Dunlop (106 pounds), Logan Seliga (113), Tyler Seliga (126), Brock Godzin (138), Jarod Verkleeren (145), Mitchell Hartman (160), Austin Bell...
Article | Posted 2016/02/11 - 2:25pm
The sharp shooters at Woodland Hills High School have earned another gold bulls-eye for the Wolverines. Woodland Hills scored a final total of 800-59x to edge out Hempfield and win a third straight WPIAL Team Rifle championship Wednesday at the Dormont/Mount Lebanon Sportsman's Club in Canonsburg. The Wolverines beat out the Spartans in a close finish after Hempfield ended with a total 800-57x. Butler finished third in the team finals with a score of 799-65x, followed by Waynesburg (799-50x), Mount Lebanon (797-58x) and McGuffey (795-57x). The WPIAL Team title is the third crown in a rwo for...
Article | Posted 2016/02/10 - 3:55pm
While WPIAL admiinistrators, coaches, players and fans will have to wait until Monday, February 15th for the new WPIAL Six Classification alignments to be announced, the structure of the sections and the playoff format were released on Wednesday. WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley said after investigating what course the WPIAL should take after the PIAA expanded classifications in several sports last fall, the district will follow suit and follow the classes set forth by the state expansion. One of the hot topics since the expansion has been what will the WPIAL do with it's football...
Article | Posted 2016/02/10 - 12:50pm
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 2015-2016 high school hockey season. Don't miss the latest rankings every Wednesday during the regular season, plus PIHL Notebook every Monday on our website and the weekly PIHL Power Play Show every Wednesday night at 8:00pm with audio and video game broadcasts as well here on the home of the best PIHL high school hockey coverage, the MSA Sports Network. PIHL CLASS AAA: 1)   NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (12-4-1) (Last Week #1) 2)...
Article | Posted 2016/02/09 - 4:26pm
Here are the FINAL WPIAL boys basketball standings for the 2015-2016 regular season...including the FINAL WPIAL playoff clinchings. The standings will be updated daily throughout the rest of the regular season here on the MSA Sports Network. Don't forget weekly WPIAL boys hoops rankings are released each Tuesday along with boys basketball talk every Wednesday during the WPIAL Roundball Report at 6:00pm and live and archived broadcasts only here on the MSA Sports Network. Top FOUR teams in ALL sections qualify for the WPIAL playoffs: # - Clinched Section Title Outright & - Clinched Share...
Article | Posted 2016/02/09 - 4:08pm
Here are the FINAL WPIAL girls basketball standings for the 2015-2016 regular season...including the FINAL WPIAL playoff clinchings. The standings will be updated daily throughout the rest of the regular season here on the MSA Sports Network. Don't forget weekly WPIAL girls hoops rankings are released each Monday along with girls basketball talk every Wednesday during the WPIAL Roundball Report at 6:00pm and live and archived broadcasts only here on the MSA Sports Network. Top FOUR teams in ALL sections qualify for the WPIAL playoffs: # - Clinched Section Title Outright & - Clinched...
Article | Posted 2016/02/09 - 10:37am
Here are the latest 2015-2016 standings for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League...including the latest PIHL playoff clinchings. You can follow the PIHL high school hockey regular season with weekly audio and video broadcasts, plus the PIHL Notebook every Monday and the PIHL Power Play Show on Wednesday nights at 8:00pm starting in December ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network. The top eight teams in Class AAA qualify for the Penguins Cup Playoffs. The top five teams in each Class AA conference qualify for the Penguins Cup Playoffs. The top five teams in each Class A conference...
Article | Posted 2016/02/08 - 11:40pm
Our final WPIAL Boys Basketball Top 10 rankings of the season is not really a true rankings, just like the WPIAL Steering Committee doesn't truly rank the teams when putting the brackets together. Sure, the top eights teams are according to perceived rankings, but then a lot of what follows the rest of the way is more fill in the blanks to avoid teams from the same section meeting in Round One. Throw in Preliminary Round games like we'll see in Class AAA and Class AA, and then you really have to dance around to avoid Preliminary and First Round games against teams from the same section. The...

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