This Month's Articles

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...
Article | Posted 2016/02/08 - 11:13pm
Our final WPIAL Girls 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...
Article | Posted 2016/02/08 - 4:49pm
A year ago, Franklin Regional captured a second straight PIAA Class AAA title, becoming the second WPIAL school to win consecutive state championships this decade after Canon-McMillan won back-to-back crowns in 2012 and 2013. The district has had little luck in the AA classification, as only Burrell's state crown captured in 2008 is the only such title for a WPIAL AA school. The battle for gold in PIAA Team Wrestling began on Monday as Kiski Area advanced in AAA while Freedom and South Fayette saw their state title hopes dashed in the pigtail round. Here are the Preliminary Round results from...
Article | Posted 2016/02/08 - 1:31pm
The Franklin Regional wrestling program has been not only one of the best in the WPIAL, but in the entire nation over the past several seasons. While the Panthers have produced an array of Division I talent, Nico Megaludis stands atop the list of Franklin Regional grapplers. As a freshman competing in the 103-pound weight class in 2008, the Murrysville native posted a record of 37-1, and finished in third place in the state tournament. Megaludis moved up in weight class in each of his next three campaigns, and recorded an undefeated mark each time. As a sophomore, he went 46-0 in 112 pounds...
Article | Posted 2016/02/08 - 1:27pm
Welcome to another edition of “PIHL Notebook,” your weekly companion to “The PIHL Power Play” on the MSA Sports Network. First up, “Melting the Ice” provides your weekly thermometer of streaking teams around the league. Meanwhile, this week’s “Scoreboard Watch” includes an important win on the Class AA bubble along with a nail-biting no-contest at the top of Class B. Last but not least, we round things out with a preview of upcoming MSA broadcasts, with playoff ramifications abounding in each of the three main classifications. So, let’s light the lamp on this edition of “PIHL Notebook.”...
Article | Posted 2016/02/07 - 12:30pm
Even though the big game is in the books, this is still going to be a SUPER week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have the start of the 2016 WPIAL Basketball Playoffs with ALL of the boys and girls games only here on The Network. We also have the end of the high school basketball regular season in District 6 and District 9 as well as action from the 2016 PIAA Team Wrestling Playoffs, PIHL high school hockey and the regular season finale of Carlow University men's and women's college basketball, plus Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle, The PIHL Power Play Show, The WPIAL Roundball Report...
Article | Posted 2016/02/07 - 9:25am
The mat dynasty run has reached double digits. The Burrell Buccaneers continued their record run of WPIAL Class AA Team Wrestling championships with victories over South Fayette in the Semifinals and Freedom in the Finals Saturday at Chartiers-Houston High School to claim a tenth consecutive crown and 12th in school history. Meanwhile in the Class AAA Semifinals and Finals at Penn Hills High School, top-seed Belle Vernon swept past North Allegheny and Canon-McMillan for the schools first ever team wrestling title. Here are ALL of the results from the 2016 WPIAL Team Wrestling Playoffs...
Article | Posted 2016/02/07 - 9:21am
Here are the latest 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 2016/02/07 - 9:17am
Here are the latest 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 2016/02/07 - 9:13am
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 2016/02/06 - 10:29pm
After coming up short a year ago from being WPIAL Champions, Belle Vernon had no trouble taking care of business Saturday at Penn Hills. The day started with Belle Vernon defeating North Allegheny in the semi finals 54-12. In that match, the Leopards picked up six falls and three major decisions to cruise to a victory. Belle Vernon's opponent in the finals was Canon McMillan, who avenged a 15 point December defeat to knock off Kiski Area in the other semi final, 27-25. An upset at 182, where James Zeremenko pinned Tyler Worthing, gave Canon McMillan a 12 point swing from the December match...
Article | Posted 2016/02/06 - 6:40pm
Burrell (11-5) survived a nail-biter in the semifinals, but then rolled to a 48-17 victory in the championship match over Freedom to win the 2016 WPIAL Class AA team wrestling championship on Saturday afternoon at Chartiers-Houston High School. The Buccaneers have now won ten straight District 7 team championships and it was the twelfth title for the program overall. Burrell won the first six bouts against the Bulldogs to build an insurmountable 30-0 lead. The Bucs recorded five falls by Dylan Jeffrey (138 pounds), Corey Christie (145), Shaun Gates (160), Robert Scherer (220) and Dan McCarthy...
Article | Posted 2016/02/06 - 12:14am
With the exception of two games, section play in WPIAL basketball is in the books. While there is a make-up game on Saturday and one on Monday, the postseason field for both the boys and girls is now finalized. Once again starting next weekend, MSA Sports will have exclusive coverage of the WPIAL Basketball Playoffs as we broadcast EVERY boys and girls district postseason game leading up the the eight title games at the Petersen Events Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Check out the final list below. the 2016 WPAIL Basketball Pairings Show can be heard Tuesday...
Article | Posted 2016/02/03 - 2:23pm
Here are the seniors from the WPIAL or Pittsburgh City League who have signed to make their verbal commitments to Division I-A colleges. High school seniors could not sign a binding letter of intent until Wednesday, February 3rd. PITT Theran Coleman, Brashear (DB, 6-1, 180) Brandon Ford, Upper St. Clair (6-5, 310) Bricen Garner, Pittsburgh Central Catholic (WR-DB, 6-1, 160) Damar Hamlin, Pittsburgh Central Catholic (DB, 6-2, 189) Aaron Mathews, Clairton (WR-DB, 6-4, 192) Kaezon Pugh, Aliquippa (RB-LB, 6-1, 215) Rashad Wheeler, Pittsburgh Central Catholic (DL, 6-1, 282) PENN STATE...
Article | Posted 2016/02/03 - 2:09pm
Wednesday is National Letter of Intent Day where high school seniors make their verbal commitments official by signing on the dotted line to the school of their choice. What were the final college destinations for the members of the 2015 MSA Sports The Elite 11 football all-star team? Here is a look: PLAYER OF THE YEAR: KAEZON PUGH, ALIQUIPPA RB-LB, 6-2, 217, Sr. PITT ZACH CHANDLER, AVONWORTH QB, 6-4, 235, Sr. ALDERSON-BROADDUS   DAMAR HAMLIN, PITTSBURGH CENTRAL CATHOLIC WR-DB, 6-2, 189, Sr. PITT   HUNTER HAYES, SOUTH FAYETTE RB-DB, 6-1, 195, Sr. PENN   KHALEKE...

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