This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2015/05/23 - 1:20am
In 2006, Fox Chapel won the WPIAL Boys AAA Volleyball Championship. Since then, nobody not named "North Allegheny" has been able to accomplish that feat.  Until Friday night. No. 1 Fox Chapel used massive net play and tenacious serving to defeat No. 2 Seneca Valley 3-1 (25-13, 25-11, 20-25, 25-21) to claim their second WPIAL Boys AAA Volleyball Championship on Friday night at Baldwin High School. The win officially ends the run of North Allegheny, which had won eight consecutive titles and eleven of the last 12, with Fox Chapel in 2006 being the lone exception. The Tigers bowed out in...
Article | Posted 2015/05/23 - 12:55am
Hampton last participated in boys Division 2 Lacrosse in 2012. The Talbots last won a WPIAL title the same year. After a 2 year jump up to Division 1, Hampton returned to familiar ground and found a familiar result, defeating top seeded Canon-McMillan 15-12 at Highmark Stadium to capture its 4th Division 2 championship. The Talbot overcame an 8-6 halftime deficit outscoring the Big Macs 9-4 in the third and fourth quarters to improve to (14-6) on the season. Canon-McMillan got on the board first when senior attack Reese Ruscello picked up the rebound of his own shot and beat Hampton’s Chris...
Article | Posted 2015/05/23 - 12:31am
The Ambridge Area boys’ volleyball dynasty continued at Baldwin High School on Friday, as the Bridgers bested Obama Academy in four sets to capture their fourth-consecutive Class AA crown. The Bridgers have been a staple of success, now with seven titles in the past eight campaigns, while the Eagles were playing in their first season in the WPIAL. Despite the disparity in the history of the programs, all four sets were competitive, with Ambridge prevailing 25-19, 25-23, 24-26, 25-22. Obama Academy, the No. 4 seed, jumped out to an early lead in the first set, and held that advantage for...
Article | Posted 2015/05/22 - 11:41pm
Three athletes from the WPIAL won championships on the first day of the PIAA track and field championships Friday at Shippensburg University. Two have national reputations. One was certainly a surprise champion. The three winners were Connellsville sophomore Madison Wiltrout in the Class AAA javelin, Knoch sophomore Jordan Geist in the Class AAA discus and – get this – Trinity Christian junior Tyler Carter in the Class AA triple jump. Wiltrout winning was practically a given. She set a national high school record a few weeks ago. Geist winning was also a good possibility. Even though the shot...
Article | Posted 2015/05/22 - 11:32pm
Neshannock High School’s baseball team has made it to the WPIAL Class AA championship game. It’s another chapter in one of the most successful coaching stories in the WPIAL. You might not think of Mike Kirkwood as one of the elite coaches in the WPIAL. Maybe because Neshannock is on the edge of the WPIAL and doesn’t get a ton of publicity in the Pittsburgh area, the heart of the WPIAL. But consider this: Kirkwood has won four WPIAL championships. No other active coach has four WPIAL titles. And next Tuesday, Kirkwood will go after one for the thumb when Neshannock plays Quaker Valley for the...
Article | Posted 2015/05/22 - 12:33am
“It’s been a long ride for the senior class, we’ve been waiting 365 days for this,” said Quaker Valley senior attack Kayla Foster after scoring 3 goals and adding 3 assists in the Quakers 11-9 win over Mt. Lebanon at Highmark Stadium in Station Square. Not only did the victory give Quaker Valley its first ever WPIAL Division 1 Girls Lacrosse title, it also avenged last year’s final in which the Quakers lost to the Blue Devils 9-7. The title is the third overall championship for the Quakers, who captured the first two Division 2 titles in 2009 and 2010. It didn’t take Quaker Valley long to...
Article | Posted 2015/05/22 - 12:33am
Senior midfielder Shannon Lynch scored four goals and added an assist, leading Shaler (19-1) to a 10-5 triumph over Blackhawk (15-3) in the WPIAL Girls Division II lacrosse title game at Highmark Stadium Thursday evening. It was the third straight championship for the victorious Titans. Lynch scored an amazing 22 goals during her squad’s three game trek through the playoffs this season. In three championship final contests, Lynch notched a total of 16 goals. She also scored six goals each as a sophomore in 2013 and a junior in 2014. Blackhawk, a strong defensive team that gave up just over...
Article | Posted 2015/05/21 - 11:33pm
The Final Four. The winners reach a major goal and earn a spot in a WPIAL championship game. The losers have to deal with a dream dashed and yet still prepare for a consolation game and a berth in the upcoming state playoffs. Here are summaries from all seven softball Semifinals contest played on Thursday. A special thanks to Sean Meyers, Lee Mohn, Mike Azadian, Rob Longo and Lou Rood for their help on these recaps. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Semifinals: Hempfield Spartans 9 - Shaler Titans 1  In a matchup that pitted the top-seeded team against the defending Class Quad-A champions, No. 1...
Article | Posted 2015/05/21 - 1:33am
The Final Four. The winners reach a major goal and earn a spot in a WPIAL championship game. The losers have to deal with a dream dashed and yet still prepare for a consolation game and a berth in the upcoming state playoffs. Here are summaries from all eight baseball and the one softball Semifinals contest played on Wednesday. A special thanks to Don Rebel, Jason Tennant, Sean Meyers, Steve Nagler, Lee Mohn, Lou Rood, Scott Majesky, Mike Azadian and Josh Rowntree for their help on these recaps. BASEBALL: WPIAL CLASS AAAA Semifinals: Norwin Knights 3 - Bethel Park Black Hawks 0 How do you...
Article | Posted 2015/05/20 - 3:25am
What a difference 24 hours makes. Late Monday, severe storms swept through Western Pennsylvania, postponing several baseball, softball and lacrosse postseason contests. But under sunny skies, it was time for teams to shine en route to the Final Four on the diamond and the title matches in lacrosse. Here are recaps from those games heard Tuesday here on the MSA Sports Network. A special thanks to Don Rebel, Steve Nagler, Greg Kuntz, Sean Meyers, Bob Gregg, Scott Majesky, Jason Tennant, Rick Smith, Bob Orkwis, Jess Levo and Lee Mohn for their help on these recaps. BASEBALL: WPIAL CLASS AAAA...
Article | Posted 2015/05/19 - 12:58am
The forecast was promising, but there was hope that most of the WPIAL spring sports playoff schedule could get squeezed in before expected storms hit. Oh well. While most of the early action did get played, that was not the case for most of the baseball and softball scheduled games. Heck, even half of the lacrosse matches were postponed and pushed back until Tuesday. Here are some of the recaps from the action that did take place on a stormy Monday. A special thanks to Don Rebel, Jason Tennant, Bob Orkwis, Rob Longo and Josh Rowntree for their help on these recaps. BASEBALL: WPIAL CLASS AAAA...
Article | Posted 2015/05/17 - 5:22pm
There is more gold to be won in those scholastic spring sports hills leading up to the holiday weekend this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have Semifinals and Championships of the WPIAL Boys and Girls Lacrosse and Boys Volleyball playoffs along with WPIAL and District 6 Quarterfinals and Semifinals action in both high school baseball and high school softball, plus The WPIAL Baseball Show and the weekly edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, May 18th: TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net WPIAL High School Baseball...
Article | Posted 2015/05/15 - 7:22pm
After a golden run through the district playoffs, Upper St. Clair will have to settle for silver in their state playoff journey. After beating South Hills rival Mount Lebanon Saturday morning in the state Semifinals, the Panthers could not add PIAA gold to their WPIAL championship as they lost to Lower Merion 3-2 in the finals Saturday afternoon at the Hershey Racquet Club. Meanwhile, WPIAL Class AA  champion Sewickley Academy saw its state title dreams end with a loss in the Semifinals to eventual champion Moravian Academy. Here are ALL the results from the 2015 PIAA Boys Team Tennis...
Article | Posted 2015/05/15 - 6:32pm
The name is Aaron, as in Hank. The hitting this baseball season has been Hank Aaron-esque. California senior Aaron Previsky had a regular season for the ages. A year ago, Norwin’s J.J. Matijevic became the first known player to win the WPIAL triple crown (first in batting average, home runs and RBIs). Previsky didn’t do that, but his regular season also was terrific. Previsky finished with a .545 batting average, which was good for 13th in the WPIAL. But he was second in home runs with six and third in runs scored with 35. But his amazing statistic was RBIs. Previsky had 48 RBIs in only 18...
Article | Posted 2015/05/15 - 6:24pm
The brackets held serve in Class A as the top two seeds California and Greensburg Central Catholic are championship game bound. The other three classifications...not so much. Sure, there are no #16-seeds in the Finals like last year, but only one top seed and one defending champ has made it through the first three rounds with plenty of new faces ready to battle for district gold. Here are ALL the results through the Semifinals, plus the dates and times for the championship and consolation games in the 2015 WPIAL Baseball Playoffs. 2015 WPIAL CLASS AAAA BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME...

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