This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2015/06/27 - 1:12pm
Riley Stapleton comes from a family of athletes. Growing up, he and his three brothers used to play every sport imaginable and even invent their own events. “My oldest brother [Kevin] used to come up with competitions like who can race around the block the fastest or who can touch the highest spot on the wall,” said Stapleton. But never mind the brothers. If you could put all of the athletes in the WPIAL on a wall, Stapleton would be at the highest spot. Stapleton, who graduated from Indiana High School earlier this month, is the MSA Sports Male Athlete of the Year. All athletes in the WPIAL...
Article | Posted 2015/06/27 - 1:06pm
Madison Wiltrout’s right arm always seemed to have some magic in it. It is what enabled her to play years of baseball with the boys. She was a center fielder and pitcher before giving up the sport after eighth grade. Then in the spring of her ninth-grade year, Wiltrout picked up a javelin and started throwing it with the right arm. Different sport. Different object to throw - and a magic act that had never been seen before in the history of U.S. high school track and field. WIltrout was a state champion in the javelin at the end of her freshman year. Before her sophomore year was finished...
Article | Posted 2015/06/23 - 12:35pm
The first full week of the Summer of '15 brings plenty of pro baseball and pro softball action coming your way this week here on the MSA Sports Network. The diamonds are red hot with  pro baseball with the Washington Wild Things and pro fast pitch softball with the Pennsylvania Rebellion along with another high school football all-star game, plus find out the latest news and info from the race tracks during the weekly edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, June 22nd: TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net Tuesday, June 23rd: No...
Article | Posted 2015/06/19 - 1:53pm
The MSA Sports Diamond Studs all-star team is well-armed. The team is made up of the top 10 players in the WPIAL, regardless of position. More than past years, the 2015 team is extremely heavy on pitchers. Some might play other positions also, but eight of the 10 players on this year’s team made big impacts as pitchers. This year’s team has six seniors, three juniors and a sophomore. It also includes six players who have either signed or made verbal commitments to Division I colleges. Two of those six are non-seniors, including a sophomore who has already committed to a national powerhouse...
Article | Posted 2015/06/19 - 1:45pm
Take a glance at the players on the MSA Diamond Dolls team this year and it’s obvious that youth is served. The Diamond Dolls is MSA’s girls softball all-star team. It is made up of the top 10 players in the WPIAL, regardless of position. This year’s team includes six non-seniors. The player of the year is a freshman and the team also has a sophomore and four juniors. Four of the players on the team won WPIAL titles. Here is a look at the Diamond Dolls all-star team as well as the Player of the Year. PLAYER OF THE YEAR: BAILEY PARSHALL, BELLE VERNON Pitcher Fresh. Yes, a ninth-grader has won...
Article | Posted 2015/06/14 - 9:34am
Knoch began the season with a very small postseason resume. In fact in school history, the Knights had only won ONE playoff game. That all changed here in 2015 as Knoch finished a perfect 8-0 in the playoffs and captured not only a first ever WPIAL championship, but now they've added a PIAA state crown as well after a victory over Abington Heights in the Class AAA title game. Shortly thereafter at Penn State, Neshannock overwhelmed Neumann-Goretti to win a second PIAA title and the first state championship in eleven years as Frank Fraschetti picked up his 5th postseason victory and 4th...
Article | Posted 2015/06/14 - 9:30am
The drought has now hit two years for the WPIAL in state softball. After having no teams qualify for the PIAA championship a year ago, both Trinity and Deer Lakes made the trek Friday to Penn State, only to come up empty on gold as the Hillers and Lancers settled for silver. Trinity was blanked by Bethlehem Catholic in the AAA finals while Deer Lakes lost a shootout to Holy Redeemer in the AA title game. Here are ALL the results from the 2015 PIAA Softball Playoffs. All games marked with (MSA) after the result can be heard archived here on the MSA Sports Network. 2015 PIAA CLASS AAAA...
Article | Posted 2015/06/14 - 9:24am
While the high school sports season is over, tell your Dandy Dad that there is plenty of pro baseball and pro softball coming his way this week here on the MSA Sports Network. Instead of another boring tie, point Dad to www.msasports.net for plenty of pro baseball with the Washington Wild Things and pro fast pitch softball with the Pennsylvania Rebellion along with another high school football all-star game, plus he can find out the latest news and info from the race tracks during the weekly edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, June 15th: TALK SHOW - Rappin...
Article | Posted 2015/06/13 - 11:10am
Bethanne Brandstetter and Angelys Cotto had RBI singles leading Bethlehem Catholic to a 2-0 win over Trinity Friday in the PIAA Class AAA Softball Championship.  The title is the first for the Golden Hawks (19-7) in the third trip to the finals.  Winning pitcher Elyse Cuttic held the Hillers (20-6) to five hits in the game, none with less than two outs.  Trinity was making a first-ever appearance in the championship game. The teams were scoreless through three innings though each got a first-inning runner to third with two outs.  In the Becahi fourth, catcher Courtney...
Article | Posted 2015/06/12 - 7:50pm
Frank Fraschetti pitched a complete game, three-hit shutout, leading Neshannock (20-5) to a 9-0 PIAA AA Championship victory over Neumann-Goretti (20-5) on Friday evening at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in State College. The win gives Neshannock their second baseball state championship in school history and first since 2004. The victory also caps a golden spring for Neshannock, which also won the WPIAL AA Championship in May, a game in which Fraschetti also pitched a complete game shutout in a 4-0 win over Quaker Valley. The Lancers pounded out eleven hits, but their first three runs were...
Article | Posted 2015/06/12 - 5:40pm
Coming into 2015, the Knoch High School postseason resume was nearly empty with only one baseball playoff victory in the history of the program. That all changed big time this spring as the Knights capped off a perfect 8-0 postseason with a 7-5 victory Friday over Abington Heights in the PIAA Class AAA title game at Penn State University. The win gave the Knights the first state championship in school history in any sport. The victory culminated what has been a storybook season for Knoch who can now boast a double fist full of gold as they won both the WPIAL and PIAA Championships this year....
Article | Posted 2015/06/12 - 3:19pm
Holy Redeemer scored 5 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a lead they would never relinquish as the Royals defeated Deer Lakes 10-5 to capture their first ever Class AA State championship at Beard Field on the campus of Penn State University. Deer Lakes took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when senior Tiffany Edwards singled home Shae Robson who had reached on an error. The Royals answered in the bottom of the inning when senior Kaya Swanek doubled home Morgan Bienkowski and Jen Ringsdorf to give Holy Redeemer a 2-1. Swanek narrowly missed a 3-run homerun down the leftfield...
Article | Posted 2015/06/12 - 12:29pm
There may not be many WPIAL high school seniors or alums selected in the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft, but there was one taken on Day One of the three day event. As expected, a former Mount Lebanon standout went in the first round. Here are the four alums and one current player taken in this years three day draft, the 50th anniversary of the MLB event. *  IAN HAPP - 1st Round: 9th Overall Pick by Chicago Cubs Mount Lebanon High School and University of Cincinnati OF, Junior, Switch Hitter, Throws Right, 6'0, 225, 21-years old An unheralded recruit from Mount Lebanon High School,...
Article | Posted 2015/06/10 - 8:23pm
After being postponed twice over the previous 48 hours, Knoch baseball and Hempfield softball were finally able to hit the field, both playing at Mount Aloysius College with mixed results. WPIAL AAA baseball champion Knoch used an offensive explosion for the first time this postseason to advance to their first state title game while WPIAL AAAA softball champion had very little offense as their dreams of state gold came to an end. Here are recaps from the final two PIAA Semifinals contests played on Wednesday afternoon in Cambria County. A special thanks to Josh Rowntree and Don Rebel for...
Article | Posted 2015/06/09 - 11:56pm
Already delayed 24 hours by rain, the forecast was not all that promising for Tuesday. However Mother nature cooperated and all but three PIAA Semifinals games were played, including three contests involving WPIAL teams. Two district softball teams were winners and are headed to Penn State to play for state gold while a district baseball team saw their season end in heartbreak fashion. Here are the three recaps from Tuesday. A special thanks to Don Rebel, Bob Orkwis, Bob Gregg and Lou Rood for their help on these recaps. BASEBALL: Class AAAA Semifinals: North Penn Knights 3 - Shaler Titans 1...

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