This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2016/05/25 - 10:00pm
The last missing pieces to the WPIAL Baseball and Softball Championship Week puzzle were filled in on Wednesday as eight Final Four winners had their ticket punched and they are headed out to Cally...California University of Pennsylvania that is where next Thursday, those eight teams play for district gold. The Final Four losers do not pack in it yet though as they will settle for a spot in their classes consolation game to play for a berth in the PIAA Playoffs and continue their season into June. Here are the Softball Semifinals summaries. A special thanks to Mike Azadian, Mark Schaas, Lou...
Article | Posted 2016/05/25 - 8:38pm
Odds were pretty darned good if you were a top-seed or a #3-seed. Three #1's and three #3's are championship game bound and will be joined in the big spotlight at Cal U by a #7-seed and a true Cinderella of this postseason, the #12 Mount Pleasant Vikings in Class AAA after they knocked out Wednesday the only top-seed not to advance to the Finals, the Thomas Jefferson Jaguars. Here are ALL of the results through the Semifinals in the 2016 WPIAL Softball Playoffs, plus the championship game matchups set for Thursday, June 2nd at California University of Pennsylvania and here on MSA Sports...
Article | Posted 2016/05/25 - 12:36am
You've read it here before and will read it again. The unkindest loss of the all is the district Semifinals loss. So close and yet so far. Sure, losing in the championship game is rough, but realizing that goal and being part of the pageantry is a lifetime memory. And yes, losing at this stage doesn't mean season over as you get to play for a berth in the upcoming state playoffs where dreams can be still be realized from the third-seed out of the WPIAL. But don't sell that to the eight teams on the wrong end of the score today. They ain't buying it...at least until their next practice. Here...
Article | Posted 2016/05/24 - 11:52pm
13 was the lucky number for games played on Monday in Round Two of the district softball postseason, while three games were not so fortunate and had to be bumped back 24 hours to Tuesday. For the three teams that won and advanced in those games, the wait was worth it, but the turnaround is quick as they have 24 hours to prep for the Final Four. Here are the three summaries from the WPIAL Quarterfinals Softball games played at Hampton Township Park on Tuesday. A special thanks to Jake Holmes, Josh Rowntree and Kyle Dawson for their help on these recaps. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Quarterfinals: Latrobe...
Article | Posted 2016/05/24 - 11:28pm
The Final Four results are all final and the title games are set in this years district baseball postseason. As we look ahead to the title games, it's never a bad time for some playoff factoids: Three top-seeds and a pair of #2-seeds did what was expected and pick up victories in the first three rounds. Two defending champs are one win away from repeating and a #14-seed in Quad-A is bringing back memories from two years ago when #16-seed Seneca Valley won it all. Here are ALL of the results through the Semifinals in the 2016 WPIAL Baseball Playoffs, plus the championship game...
Article | Posted 2016/05/24 - 10:45pm
The beat goes on for four-time defending champion AmbrIdge in the Final Four as they swept their way back to the district title match for the eighth time in the last nine years. Joining the Bridgers in Baldwin for the Finals are three teams looking for their first ever boys volleyball championship. Here are ALL the results through the Semifinals of the 2016 WPIAL Boys Volleyball Playoffs, plus the championship matchups set for Friday on the MSA Sports Network. 2016 WPIAL BOYS VOLLEYBALL CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: #1 Penn-Trafford Warriors vs #3 Bethel Park Black Hawks AT Baldwin...
Article | Posted 2016/05/24 - 10:22pm
It will be #1 vs #2 in the Division II championship match but while #2 will be there playing for gold in the Division I finals, the top-seed will not. #1 Pine-Richland was ousted on Tuesday in a thrilling Final Four match that lifts #4 Chartiers Valley into the title match for the fifth time in school history but the first time in D-I. Here are ALL of the results through the Semifinals on Tuesday in 2016 WPIAL Girls Lacrosse Playoffs, plus the championship matches and times set for Thursday on MSA Sports. 2016 WPIAL GIRLS LACROSSE DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: #4 Chartiers...
Article | Posted 2016/05/24 - 9:33pm
Very few high school track and field or cross-country athletes earn the opportunity to continue their athletic career at the college level. Julie Kocjancic, a former standout at Mount Lebanon High School, now excels at both sports at Penn State University. The junior runner is the focus of this week's WPIAL Alum Q&A. On the cross country side at Mount Lebanon, Kocjancic and the Blue Devils finished third in the Class AAA team standings in 2010, earning a trip to the PIAA championships. In the following campaign, Mount Lebanon finished second, while Kocjancic, a junior, posted the 11th-...
Article | Posted 2016/05/24 - 2:09am
While a full slate of Second Round games were scheduled for Monday in the district softball postseason, heavy rains on Sunday forced six site changed. Then an unforecast pop up storm wiped away three games until Tuesday. But the action from the games that were played was tight as we get deeper into the 2016 WPIAL Softball Playoffs. Here are summaries from the diamond on Quarterfinals Monday. A special thanks to Don Rebel, Bob Orkwis, Mark Uriah, James Dotson, Bob Gregg, Sean Meyers, Greg Kuntz, Kyle Dawson and Jason Tennant for their help on these recaps. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Quarterfinals:...
Article | Posted 2016/05/24 - 12:44am
While Mount Lebanon in Division I and Hampton in Division II won their schools fourth district boys lacrosse championship in 2015, to add a fifth title, they are both going to have to do so from the #2-seed> Both teams are now one win away from the 'one for the thumb' after Semifinals victories on Monday. Here are ALL the results through the Semifinals, plus the championship matchups in the 2016 WPIAL Boys Lacrosse Playoffs on Friday at Highmark Stadium and here on MSA Sports. 2016 WPIAL DIVISION I BOYS LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: #5 North Allegheny Tigers (11-8) vs #2 Mount...
Article | Posted 2016/05/22 - 4:59pm
Plum’s Alex Kirilloff has a good chance to be selected in the first round of the June 9 Major League Baseball draft. Teams love his bat and also like the way he plays the outfield. At Plum, they also love the way he pitches. Kirilloff has a bright future as an outfielder, but at the present, he is one dominating pitcher. He is certainly one of the best hurlers in the WPIAL. When Plum defeated Peters Township, 2-0, in the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals Thursday, Kirilloff led the way with his hitting – and pitching. He had a double and triple at the plate. But he also pitched six innings ,...
Article | Posted 2016/05/19 - 11:10pm
The broken records have become a broken record. Another meet, another record for Jordan Geist. A junior at Knoch High School, Geist won two more gold medals at the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday and broke a record that had been around for 44 years. Geist won the Class AAA shot put with a throw of 72 feet, 7 inches. Although it was a little short of the best mark in Geist’s career, he broke the championship meet record set in 1972 by Baldwin’s Ron Semkiw. Geist is the top shot putter in the country this year and one of the best of all time. But Geist alson won the discus...
Article | Posted 2016/05/19 - 11:05pm
It was Summer time in May. Sewickley Academy senior Summer Thorpe won both hurdles events at the WPIAL track and field championships Thursday at Baldwin High School. Thorpe is a Notre Dame recruit who won the 100 hurdles in 14.58 seconds and the 300 in 43.86. Her 300 time set a new Class AA championship record. Thorpe had never won a WPIAL title before this year. Thorpe was one of five girls who won two WPIAL titles in individual events, but another big story in the meet was the Robinson sisters. Hunter and Hayden Robinson attend Avonworth but compete under the name of Avonworth/...
Article | Posted 2016/05/19 - 9:32pm
Some soggy fields on a chilly, dreary Wednesday gave way to a sunny Thursday as the WPIAL pushed back eleven games to make for a busy day with all sixteen Second Round contests taking place around Southwestern Pennsylvania. When all was said and done, the Final Four field was set for the final four classification district postseason with the expansion to six classes taking place next spring. Here are all the recap from Quarterfinals Thursday. A special thanks to Don Rebel, Kyle Dawson, Bob Orkwis, Sean Meyers, Brandon Showers, James Dotson, Josh Rowntree, Bob Gregg, Jake Holmes, Brian Mroziak...
Article | Posted 2016/05/19 - 1:54am
On Monday, the district softball postseason opened with opening round action in Quad-A and Single-A. On a chilly, gray day in Western Pa, it was time for all of the Class AAA and Class AA playoff participants to hit the diamond. Well, almost all of them. Four games were pushed back to Thursday, leaving six Triple-A and five Double-A games to thin the field and set up Round Two next week. A special thanks to Sean Meyers, Mike Azadian, Jason Tennant, Paul Paterra, Mark Schaas, Lou Rood, Jake Holmes, Bob Gregg and Don Rebel for their help on these recaps. WPIAL CLASS AAA First Round: Knoch...

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