This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2015/03/20 - 5:41pm
All the action is complete in Hershey as eight state champions were crowned. Here are recaps of all of the games not involving WPIAL teams:  Quad A Boys: Roman Catholic Cahillites 62 – Martin Luther King Cougars 45 Leading 30-29 at the break, Roman Catholic held Martin Luther King to just 4 points in the third quarter and a 4 of 34 shooting performance in the second half to claim their first ever PIAA Quad-A boys championship. This game was a rematch of the District 12 final, a two point win for Roman Catholic, the Catholic League champion. Rider recruit Gemil Holbrook led with 20...
Article | Posted 2015/03/20 - 3:21pm
Eight minutes and ten seconds was all it took to undo the reign of the Seton-LaSalle Rebels as PIAA Champions. The Rebels went without a field goal from the 4:30 mark of the opening quarter to 4:20 of the second as the Neumann-Goretti Saints pulled away to take a 20-point lead during that stretch and finish a 30-0 undefeated season with a 79-34 victory in the Class AA girls title game at Hershey’s Giant Center. {Left: The seven seniors from Seton-LaSalle girls team hold silver basketball trophy as runner-up after falling to Neumann-Goretti} The Saints were also undefeated entering last...
Article | Posted 2015/03/20 - 1:31am
Someone should really stop calling Indiana “Little.” In a massively tenacious defensive effort, the Indiana Little Indians (16-5-1) used a physical trap and special teams to grab a 5-2 win over Carrick (23-1-0) in the PIHL Division 2 Championship Game on Thursday night at Robert Morris University’s Island Sports Center. T.J. Petro’s shorthanded goal at 10:59 of the second period evened the game at 2-2 and swung momentum to the Little Indians, who scored the final four goals of the game, claiming their first Division 2 (previously the Open Classification) Championship in program history. “It...
Article | Posted 2015/03/17 - 12:24am
The Final Four teams from the PIHL's Class B and Class C went head-to-head Monday in the PIHL Division II Semifinals. in the end, Carrick remained undefeated while 2nd-seed Indiana is title game bound after both the Cougars and Little Indians were on the winning side of 4-2 results. Here are summaries from both games played at the Bladerunners in Warrendale on Monday. A special thanks to Adam Hoerner and Cory Campano for their help on these recaps. PIHL DIVISION II Semifinals: Carrick Cougars 4 - Meadville Bulldogs 2  Meadville head coach Jamie Plunkett has been there and back again...
Article | Posted 2015/03/16 - 11:04pm
In previous years, it was called the PIHL Open Class high school hockey playoffs. Now it is titled the PIHL Division II hockey postseason for teams from this years Class B and Class C. The first ever champion was crowned Thursday at the Robert Morris University Sports Complex on Neville Island. It was there that Indiana handed Carrick the Cougars first loss of the 2014-2015 season to secure the schools first ever high school hockey golden crown. Here are all of the results from the 2015 PIHL Division II Hockey Playoffs. Any results marked with (MSA) after it can be heard archived here...
Article | Posted 2015/03/16 - 6:29pm
Welcome to another edition of “PIHL Notebook,” your weekly companion to “The PIHL Power Play” on the MSA Sports Network. With the 2015 Penguins Cup champions crowned, there is still more to do. Since we honored the three “pure” classifications with semifinal preview capsules last week, it’s only fair we give the same treatment to the fine folks in Division II. Plus, we have a brief look at the PA Cup Finals being played this weekend in State College, though at present we only know two out of the three final matchups. So, let’s light the lamp on this special postseason edition of “PIHL...
Article | Posted 2015/03/15 - 3:26pm
It took four goals for Canon-McMillan, Erie Cathedral Prep and Mars to be crowned new champions in the PIHL. All three winning teams at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh scored four goals and skated away with Penguins Cup championships. All three will now represent the west in the three Pennsylvania Cup state championship games on Saturday, March 21st at Penn State. Here are ALL the final results from the 2015 PIHL Penguins Cup Playoffs. All games marked with (MSA) afterward can be heard archived here on the MSA Sports Network. 2015 PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: Canon-...
Article | Posted 2015/03/15 - 9:51am
After a loooong four months, the winter high school sports season is finally coming to a golden end this week on the MSA Sports Network. While the Penguins Cup winners have been decided and they will play for the PA Cup at Penn State on Saturday, the PIHL Division II high school hockey playoffs continue with Semifinals and Championship action, which is also the schedule for the PIAA Basketball Playoffs with the Final Four at neutral sites on Tuesday and the Championships at the GIANT Center in Hershey this weekend, plus we have...
Article | Posted 2015/03/15 - 12:47am
Mars turned in an out-of-this-world performance in dethroning the three-time defending champion Quaker Valley 4-2 to capture the Class A Penguins Cup Championship at Consol Energy Center. {Left: Mars didn't miss much Saturday, but this third period shot goes sailing wide of the Quaker Valley cage} With the triumph, the No. 3 seed Fighting Planets (20-4-1) notched their fourth Penguins Cup, and first since 2011, when Mars enjoyed a three-peat of its own. Fighting Planets forward Paul Maust recorded a hat trick, and also added an assist as he factored in on all of his team’s goals. Beau...
Article | Posted 2015/03/14 - 10:40pm
Sometimes the most unlikely heroes are found in championship games and the Class AAA PIHL Championship game was no exception. Austin Czartorski scored two goals in ten seconds to help the Canon-McMillan Big Macs to their second championship with a 4-0 victory over the Butler Golden Tornados at Consol Energy Center. {Left: Austin Czartorki's two goals 10 second apart late in second was a huge key to Big Macs second Penguins Cup in five years} Czartorski’s tallies came late in the second period with Canon-McMillan holding a 1-0 lead. The flurry came after Austin Tonkovitch missed on a great...
Article | Posted 2015/03/14 - 7:16pm
A lot has happened in 17 years. 1997 was the second year of the second term for President Clinton, the movie Titanic won 11 Oscars, a gallon of gas was $1.22 and the price of a movie ticket was $4.59. 1997 was also the last time Erie Cathedral Prep won a Penguins Cup high school hockey championship, until Saturday. {Left: Erie Cathedral Prep goalie Jacob Kucharski keeps the puck out despite heavy traffic in front in leading Ramblers to 2015 Penguins Cup Class AA crown} The Ramblers got clutch goaltending from Jacob Kucharski and a pair of goals from Trevor Faulkner to beat the Armstrong...
Article | Posted 2015/03/13 - 12:51pm
This is the time of year in basketball where coaches often look to their seniors or experienced players for leadership and to make key plays in playoff games. But for a few teams in the WPIAL, “fresh” faces can be seen on the court. The New Castle and Mars boys, and also the Chartiers-Houston girls have made it to the PIAA quarterfinals and freshmen have fueled their runs. * For New Castle, 6-foot freshman forward Marcus Hooker is averaging 10 points and seven rebounds a game for a team that will play Archbishop Carroll tonight in the Class AAA elite eight. Hooker is the younger brother of...
Article | Posted 2015/03/12 - 2:03am
A fantastic three days of Final Four high school hockey at the Robert Morris University Sports Complex on Neville Island came to an end Wednesday with a pair of overtime thrillers. While the two favorites prevailed, it was anything but easy in clinching another trip to the PIHL Penguins Cup Finals for both Quaker Valley and Mars. Here are recaps from those two games as well as the fourth and final Division II Quarterfinals playoff game, A special thanks to Bob Orkwis, Josh Rowntree and Sean Meyers for their help on these recaps. {Above: Connor Quinn scores overtime game winner to lift Quaker...
Article | Posted 2015/03/11 - 3:21am
Another defending champion has bit the dust in the PIHL Penguins Cup high school hockey playoffs. It was not a good day for high-seeds as top-seed North Allegheny lost by seven and defending champion Peters Township was knocked out by the lowest seed still alive in #6 Butler. Here are recaps from the two Class AAA Semifinals in the Penguins Cup playoffs along with another Quarterfinals game in the PIHL Division II postseason. A special thanks to Sean Meyers, Sam Hall and Mike Azadian for their help on these recaps. PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS AAA Semifinals: Canon-McMillan Big Macs 7 - North...
Article | Posted 2015/03/09 - 11:03pm
The curtain rose on the second week of the high school hockey playoffs with the first of three straight nights of Penguins Cup Semifinals action from the RMU Sports Complex with Class AA claiming the spotlight on Monday. Plus a pair of Quarterfinals contest in the PIHL Division II Playoffs. Here are the recaps from all four contests. A special thanks goes out to Bob Orkwis, Josh Rowntree, Steve Nagler and Mike Azadian for their help on these recaps. PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS AA Semifinals: Erie Cathedral Prep Ramblers 8 - Bishop Canevin Crusaders 2  Bishop Canevin defeated Erie Cathedral...

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