This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2017/02/19 - 11:42pm
For the third straight season, Allderdice and Obama Academy squared off for the City League boys’ championship. Both of the first two matchups went to Allderdice, giving the Dragons their latest two of three straight City League crowns. Sunday’s matchup was different, however, as for the first time in the three matchups, Allderdice came in the underdog, the No. 2 seed to Obama Academy’s No. 1 seed. The Eagles had defeated the Dragons in the second matchup between the teams during the regular season. The difference was two points in that game; in the previous regular season matchup it was five...
Article | Posted 2017/02/19 - 11:38pm
The seniors of Obama Academy's girls basketball team have become accustomed to winning championships, dating back to their time in middle school. They continued that trend on Sunday in the City League Championship at the Petersen Events Center, as the Eagles defeated Taylor Allderdice 64-53. In the process, Obama Academy captured its fourth-consecutive title. To score the triumph, Obama (16-8) used a strong second half, paced by senior Michaela Porter, the two-time reigning City League MVP. Porter, who is committed to the University of Cincinnati, netted a game-high 22 points, including 18...
Article | Posted 2017/02/19 - 7:17am
The district postseason began on Friday in Class 1-A and continued on Saturday in Class 3-A. Thus far the higher seeds are a perfect 14 for 14 on the boys side, leaving the top eight seeds to square off in the Quarterfinals in those two classes next week. Here are ALL the results through Saturday, plus the rest of the First Round schedule in the other four classes on Tuesday and Wednesday in the 2017 WPIAL Boys Basketball Playoffs. WPIAL CLASS 6-A First Round: #1 Pine-Richland Rams (21-1)  - BYE #8 Canon-McMillan Big Macs (17-5) vs #9 North Allegheny Tigers (14-8) AT North...
Article | Posted 2017/02/19 - 7:13am
While Friday was a perfect 10 in Class 5-A and Class 2-A, there were no surprises in Class 4-A and Class 1-A on Day Two of the girls district postseason. On Friday, both #10-seeds knocked off the #7-seeds to advance to Round Two in 5-A and 2-A. While those are far from major surprises, they are big in comparison to what happened Saturday in 4-A and 1-A. So while there has been no shock value yet, it does make for some super matchup come Round Two next week. Here are ALL of the opening round results through Saturday, plus the rest of the 6-A and 3-A First Round schedule on Tuesday and...
Article | Posted 2017/02/18 - 10:20pm
A new format was introduced for AA Wrestling in the WPIAL, which saw wrestlers battling it out for Section titles on Friday, and a WPIAL Championship on Saturday. While a few wrinkles still need to be ironed out, the overall mood was a success in its opening year. On the mat, many wrestlers become first time WPIAL Champions, as only two became repeat winners. Most notably of those was Gavin Teasdale of Jefferson Morgan, who remained undefeated in his career after wining his third WPIAL Championship. In the finals, Teasdale defeated Burrell's Dillan Jeffrey by major decision, 20-8. For his...
Article | Posted 2017/02/18 - 5:59pm
Day Two of the opening round of the district hoop postseason was similar to what we saw in Day One with hardly any surprises and the higher-seeds all winning and advancing. While this does nothing for the shock value of the boys and girls tournaments, it is making for what should be a must see Quarterfinals Weekend coming up. Here are ALL the recaps from the First Round of Boys 3-A, Girls 4-A and Girls 1-A games from Saturday afternoon in the WPIAL Basketball Playoffs. A special thanks to Bob Orkwis, James Dotson, Brian Mroziak, Andy Stanko, Mark Schaas, Rob Longo, Mike Azadian, Sean Meyers,...
Article | Posted 2017/02/17 - 11:49pm
Twelves girls and six boys district postseason games got the ball rolling on this expanded version of the Path to the Pete. 8 Girls Class 5-A, 4 Girls Class 2-A and 6 Boys Class 1-A opening round games tipped off the WPIAL Basketball Playoffs on Friday night. Once again this year, any night there is playoff hoops, we have postseason recaps. A special thanks to Kyle Dawson, Dennis Fischer, Bob Gregg, Cory Campano, Mike Azadian, Paul Paterra, Brian Mroziak, James Dotson, Bob Orkwis, Bob Barrickman, Kevin Zielmanski, Josh Rowntree and Nate Regotti for their help on these recaps. BOYS WPIAL CLASS...
Article | Posted 2017/02/17 - 5:04pm
For the second consecutive season, the West Greene boys and girls teams are both headed to the WPIAL playoffs. History says that is downright shocking. The Pioneers are making noise on the hardwood that has never been heard before from the tiny school in Greene County. This is the first time in school history that both teams have made the playoffs two years in a row. Heck, the boys team had been to the postseason only four times before – 2016, 1992, 1991 and 1989. The girls team actually won a section championship this year and heads to the playoffs with an 18-4 record. The West Greene boys...
Article | Posted 2017/02/17 - 11:52am
Here are the latest 2016-2017 standings for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League...plus the latest PIHL and Penguins Cup Playoff clinchings. You can follow the PIHL high school hockey regular season with weekly audio and video broadcasts, plus the PIHL Notebook every Tuesday and the PIHL Power Play Show on Wednesday nights at 8:00pm ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network. The top eight teams in Class 3-A qualify for the Penguins Cup Playoffs. The top five teams in each Class 2-A conference qualify for the Penguins Cup Playoffs. The top seven teams in each Class 1-A conference qualify...
Article | Posted 2017/02/16 - 12:33pm
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 2016-2017 high school hockey season...including a NEW #1 team in Class 3-A. Don't miss the latest rankings every Wednesday during the regular season, plus PIHL Notebook every Tuesday on our website and the weekly Chatham University PIHL Power Play Show every Wednesday night at 8:00pm. We also have audio and video game broadcasts and center stage interviews as well here on the home of the best PIHL high school hockey coverage, the MSA Sports...
Article | Posted 2017/02/14 - 12:47pm
As the regular season draws to a conclusion, some teams have already finished their schedules, while other squads have just a few contests remaining. With the Penguins Cup and D2 playoffs on the horizon, here's a glance at the latest news and notes from around the PIHL. Melting the Ice (the longest unbeaten streak in each classification) AAA: Central Catholic (9-0-0) – With Erie Cathedral Prep's 10-game unbeaten stretch snapped last night in a defeat to North Allegheny, the Vikings now boast by far the longest streak in the classification. The Vikings have already clinched the top spot in...
Article | Posted 2017/02/13 - 11:36pm
Here are the FINAL WPIAL boys basketball standings for the 2016-2017 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. Click on the team name for the schedule and results for that team. Top FOUR teams in ALL sections qualify for the WPIAL...
Article | Posted 2017/02/13 - 11:30pm
Here are the FINAL WPIAL girls basketball standings for the 2016-2017 regular season...including the FINAL 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 girls hoops broadcasts only here on the MSA Sports Network. Click on the team name for the schedule and results for that team. Top FOUR teams in ALL sections qualify for the...
Article | Posted 2017/02/13 - 4:03pm
While injuries are an unfortunate reality in sports, an athlete suffering two severe injuries is extremely rare, and often devastating. Lauren Wolosik has not been deterred, however, by two season-ending injuries in a three-year span. In the midst of a stellar basketball season at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Wolosik, a former champion at North Catholic, is this week's feature. Wolosik enjoyed incredible success during her time at North Catholic. She and the Trojanettes appeared in three straight WPIAL championship games, beginning in her freshman year in 2009-10. The following...
Article | Posted 2017/02/12 - 6:09pm
Every week during the regular season, we put together the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Boys Basketball rankings. With the regular season behind us and 80 teams preparing for the district postseason, we now present our Boys Basketball Playoff seedings. This is our two cents in the process of building the basketball brackets in which the district uses the 1 vs 16, 2 vs 15, 3 vs 14, 4 vs 13, 5 vs 12, 6 vs 11, 7 vs 10 and 8 vs 9 format using the rule of thumb of avoiding teams from the same section playing in Round One. Keep in mind they are NOT a straight ranking because you have to fiddle to avoid...

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