This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2015/05/26 - 10:40pm
Greensburg Central Catholic scored three times in the fifth inning to break open a tie game en route to a 6-4 victory against California, capturing the Class A Championship at Consol Energy Park. Tommy Pellis and Collin Liberatore led the way for the Centurions, who captured their first baseball title in school history. Pellis went 3-4 at the plate and scored three times, and also added a pair of sparking defensive plays at shortstop. Liberatore notched the victory for No. 2 GCC, as he threw a complete game, yielding four runs while striking out 12. Liberatore’s final strikeout came...
Article | Posted 2015/05/26 - 7:26pm
The cruel and quick ending to their championship dreams in 2014 was a driving force during the entire 2015 campaign for Neshannock. A year ago, the Lancers won their section, finished 18-1 in the regular season and were a clear cut top-seed in the Class AA playoff brackets. But Neshannock was stunned by Seton-LaSalle in their first postseason game and while bitter at first, the seeds for success this spring were planted. In fact, it turned into a golden crop for Mike Kirkwood and the Lancers this year after they blanked Quaker Valley Tuesday 4-0 at CONSOL Energy Field in Washington. The title...
Article | Posted 2015/05/26 - 6:17pm
Eight baseball teams and eight softball teams from the WPIAL have had the entire holiday weekend to wash away the disappointment of of shattered dreams and a loss in the district Semifinals. Now 12 of those 16 teams are in action Tuesday playing for third place in the district but more importantly, a berth in the 2015 PIAA Playoffs. A special thanks to Sean Meyers, Mike Azadian, Bob Gregg, Greg Kuntz and Lou Rood for their help on these recaps. BASEBALL: Class AA Consolation:  Steel Valley Ironmen 3 - Keystone Oaks Golden Eagles 2 Keystone Oaks entered the 2015 WPIAL AA Baseball...
Article | Posted 2015/05/26 - 5:59pm
As lacrosse continues to grow, it is still playing catch up to some of the hot bed areas around Pennsylvania. Sooner or later, a WPIAL boys or girls lacrosse team will win a state championship, but that day hasn't come yet. Here is a rundown of the matches for both the boys and girls 2015 PIAA Lacrosse State Playoffs. PIAA BOYS LACROSSE First Round: MOUNT LEBANON BLUE DEVILS vs Cumberland Valley Eagles AT Hempfield High School on Wednesday, May 27th at 5:30pm State College Little Lions vs NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS AT Penn State-Altoona on Wednesday, May 27th at 6:00pm Manheim Township Blue...
Article | Posted 2015/05/26 - 4:52pm
Last year, WPIAL champions North Allegheny in AAA and Ambridge in AA made it all the way to the state championship match, but both returned home with silver and the runner-up trophy. This year, Ambridge and five other WPIAL teams are set to battle in the two week 2015 PIAA Boys Volleyball State Playoffs. PIAA CLASS AAA First Round: FOX CHAPEL FOXES vs Central Dauphin Rams AT Norwin High School on Wednesday, May 27th at 5:30pm State College Little Lions vs BETHEL PARK BLACK HAWKS AT Altoona High School on Wednesday, May 27th at 5:00pm CARRICK RAIDERS vs SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS AT Allderdice High...
Article | Posted 2015/05/26 - 4:47pm
One school is celebrating a SIXTH district baseball title while another is enjoying its first after Day One of the WPIAL Baseball Championships. Neshannock shutout Quaker Valley to earn its sixth WPIAL baseball crown in Class AA while Greensburg Central Catholic wins its first tile after knocking off 2014 Class A champion California on Tuesday. Here are ALL the results through three of the Consolation and two of the Championship games, plus the slate for the AAAA and AAA championships and the AAAA consolation game on Wednesday in the 2015 WPIAL Baseball Playoffs. 2015 WPIAL CLASS...
Article | Posted 2015/05/26 - 4:44pm
For a couple it was made to look easy, while for two other, it turned into a battle royal. Either way, all four top-seeds advanced on Final Four Thursday with a couple of runaways and a couple of nail-biters. Now Hempfield, Belle Vernon, Deer Lakes and Chartiers-Houston are all on their way to California University of Pennsylvania where on Thursday, they will play for district gold. Here are ALL the results through all four Consolation Games on Tuesday, plus the times for the four title games at Cal U on Thursday in the 2015 WPIAL Softball Playoffs. 2015 WPIAL CLASS AAAA SOFTBALL...
Article | Posted 2015/05/26 - 12:13am
Fox Chapel was the last team to win a Class AAA district boys volleyball title before North Allegheny went on a eight year run and the Foxes reclaimed their spot on top after the Tigers run ended in the Quarterfinals. Meanwhile, the run continues for Ambridge and the Bridgers claimed a fourth straight Class AA crown and the schools seventh championship in the last eight years. Here are ALL the results from the 2015 WPIAL Boys Volleyball Playoffs. 2015 WPIAL BOYS VOLLEYBALL CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Fox Chapel Foxes 3 - Seneca Valley Raiders 1  (MSA) WPIAL CLASS AAA...
Article | Posted 2015/05/26 - 12:03am
The odd championship run continued for Mount Lebanon in D-I while it was back to the top after a couploe of year abscence in D-II for Hampton. The Blue Devils won a thriller over North Allegheny in double overtime to give the school their fourth boys lacrosse crown and keep the odd year streak going of titles in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. Meanwhile, after dominating Division II in winning three of the first four district championships, the Talbots are back on top after knocking off top-seed Canon-McMillan. Here are ALL the results from the 2015 WPIAL Boys Lacrosse Playoffs. 2015 WPIAL...
Article | Posted 2015/05/25 - 11:54pm
The two winners of the girls lacrosse finals are now three time district champions. The Shaler Titans captured a third consecutive Division II crown while last years runner-up in Division I, the Quaker Valley Quakers won their first D-I title after winning back-to-back D-II championships in 2009 and 2010. Here are ALL of the results from the 2015 WPIAL Girls Lacrosse Playoffs. 2015 WPIAL GIRLS LACROSSE DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Quaker Valley Quakers 11 - Mount Lebanon Blue Devils 9  (MSA) WPIAL Division I Consolation: Shady Side Academy Indians 15 - Chartiers Valley...
Article | Posted 2015/05/25 - 10:58pm
After broadcasting the WPIAL Boys Volleyball and Boys & Girls Lacrosse championships last week, we'll have end to end coverage of the battles for WPIAL diamond gold in both baseball and softball making this another memorable week this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have WPIAL Baseball and Softball Championship action from CONSOL Energy Field and California University of Pennsylvania, along with all eight consolation games from both sports and District 9 baseball and softball postseason play. We also have pro baseball with the Washington Wild Things and pro softball with the 2015...
Article | Posted 2015/05/23 - 10:45pm
A baseball field sits next to the track at Shippensburg University, and Beaver Falls’ Dom Perretta turned a double play at the PIAA track and field championships Saturday. Perretta won two events – the Class AA 800 and 1,600 – on the final day of the two-day competition. He was one of only two WPIAL athletes to win two events. Knoch’s Jordan Geist won the Class AAA boys shot put Saturday, one day after he won a gold medal in the discus. For Perretta, it was the second year in a row he won both the 800 and 1,600. Perretta is only a junior, which means he could finish his career with a half...
Article | Posted 2015/05/23 - 2:14am
The Mount Lebanon Blue Devils scored with just six seconds left in double overtime to win the boys lacrosse championship 9-8 on Friday night.  Mount Lebanon captured their fourth title in the last seven years.  This was a rematch from last years semi final win when they defeated North Allegheny 10-9 also in double overtime. North Allegheny would strike first thee minutes in getting a goal form the right side of the net form Gavin Hagen.  Mount Lebanon would answer just ten seconds later when Dan lee scored to tie the game at one apiece.  Brian Ward would open the second...
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...

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