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WPIAL Softball Recaps From Wednesday, May 18th

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:

WPIAL Baseball Recaps From Tuesday, May 17th

Day Two of the WPIAL baseball Playoffs saw the conclusion of the First Round with a pair of Quad-A, eight Double-A and seven Single-A contests. The underdogs enjoyed the day as six lower seeds pulled off victories to advance, including a pair of #14-seeds. Here are recaps from the 17 high school baseball playoff games that put a wrap on Round One.

A special thanks to Don Rebel, Steve Nagler, Jason Tennant, Jake Holmes, Kyle Dawson, Chris Lackner, James Dotson, Sean Meyers, Mark Schaas, Bob Gregg, Ed Troup, Greg Kuntz for their help on these recaps.

WPIAL CLASS AAAA First Round:

WPIAL Baseball Recaps From Monday, May 16th

In the final year of the four classification playoff format, the two biggest classes were the first to take the stage as the curtain went up in the 2016 district baseball postseason. While Class AAA went as expected with all the higher seeds winning with the exception of defending champion Knoch as a #10-seed, two double-digit seeds, #12 Franklin Regional and #14 Norwin pulled off surprised and are now Quarterfinals bound. Here are the recaps from the Quad-A and Triple-A opening day contests in the WPIAL Baseball Playoffs.

A special thanks to Steve Nagler, Lee Mohn, Mike Azadian, James Dotson, Josh Rowntree, Don Rebel, Mark Schaas, Jake Holmes and Dan Wallace for their help on these recaps,

WPIAL CLASS AAAA Preliminary Round:

WPIAL Softball Recaps From Monday, May 16th

Opening day of the 2016 WPIAL Softball Playoffs featured opening round games in both Class AAAA and Class A with a Class AA Preliminary Round contest thrown in for good measure. Here are recaps of the five Quad-A, one Double-A and seven Single-A games that lifted the lid on this seasons postseason softball play.

A special thanks to Dennis Fischer, Jason Tennant, Sean Meyers, Bob Gregg, Sam McCollum, Greg Kuntz, Lou Rood, Randy Gore and Don Rebel for their help on these recaps.

WPIAL CLASS AAAA First Round:

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

Let the postseason begin! While other are wrapping up their gear for the summer, The Network prepares for exclusive coverage of the district baseball, softball, lacrosse and volleyball playoffs this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have First Round and Quarterfinals action in WPIAL Baseball, First Round play in WPIAL Softball and Quarterfinals matches in WPIAL boys and girls lacrosse along with the first full week of the Washington Wild Things 2016 campaign, plus Rappin' on Racin' and another edition of WPIAL Diamond Notes on a special night ALL here at MSAsports.net

Monday, May 16th:

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Lacrosse Playoff Teams

Each week during the 2016 regular season, MSA Sports ranked the top ten boys and girls lacrosse teams in the WPIAL in both divisions at www.MSAsports.net  On the brink of the district playoffs, this week we rank all of the boys and girls playoff teams here on your exclusive home for the 2016 WPIAL Boys and Girls Lacrosse Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network.

BOYS DIVISION I:

1. Mount Lebanon Blue Devils (12-6)
    (Last Week #2)

2. Shady Side Academy Indians (8-6)
    (Last Week #1)

3. Pine-Richland Rams (13-4)
    (Last Week #4)

4. North Allegheny Tigers (10-8)
    (Last Week #3)

FINAL 2016 WPIAL Baseball Standings

Here are the FINAL WPIAL baseball standings for the 2016 season...including the FINAL WPIAL playoff clinchings. The standings will be updated daily through the regular season. You can follow the high school baseball season with schedules, scores, weekly rankings every Monday and near daily game broadcasts here on the MSA Sports Network.

The 2016 WPIAL Baseball Playoffs can be heard ONLY on the MSA Sports Network.

The top three teams in each section qualify for the WPIAL playoffs.
# - Clinched Section Title
* - Clinched Playoff Berth
x - Eliminated From Playoff Contention

{SET WITH 17 QUAD-A PLAYOFF TEAMS}

FINAL 2016 WPIAL Softball Standings

Here are the FINAL WPIAL softball standings for the 2016 season...including all the FINAL WPIAL softball playoff clinchings. The standings will be updated daily through the regular season. You can follow the high school softball season with schedules, scores, weekly rankings every Tuesday and game broadcasts, including another year of the MSA Sports Hometown Softball Program here on the MSA Sports Network.

The 2016 WPIAL Softball Playoffs ONLY on the MSA Sports Network will be sponsored by Carlow University.

Teams in capital letters are part of the MSA Sports Hometown Softball Program.

FINAL 2016 WPIAL Boys Volleyball Standings

Here are the FINAL standings for the 2016 WPIAL Boys Volleyball season...including the FINAL WPIAL playoff clinchings. You can follow the WPIAL Boys Volleyball regular season with updated results and standings along with weekly rankings every Wednesday, plus regular season and postseason broadcasts only here on the MSA Sports Network.

Top four teams in each section make the playoffs. If there is a tie for fourth place, head-to-head will be the tiebreaker. If there is a split in the head-to-head, both tied teams make the playoffs.

# - Clinched Section Title    * - Clinched Playoff Berth
x - Eliminated From Playoff Race

Only section records are shown.

{SET WITH 12 TRIPLE-A PLAYOFF TEAMS}

Fox Chapel & Sewickley Academy Win 2016 WPIAL Boys Team Tennis Titles

Thirteen proved to be lucky for Sewickley Academy...or maybe it's just another notch in their dynasty belt. The Panthers cruised to a 13th straight WPIAL Class AA Boys Team Tennis championship with a sweep of Indiana. The 21st boys tennis crown overall ties the Panthers with the Norwin girls volleyball team from 1974 to 1985 for the second longest consecutive district title run only behind the Bethel Park boys swim team that won 20 straight from 1981 through 2000.

In Class AAA, while Sewickley Academy is used to boys tennis gold, Fox Chapel is celebrating its first ever boys team tennis championship. The Foxes edged the North Allegheny Tigers to claim the schools first boys tennis title.

Scholastic Notebook

Plum High School’s nickname is Mustangs. But when it comes to athletes, Plum has a thoroughbred in Ashley Amato.

The MSA Sports staff doesn’t name a female athlete of the year until late June. But you would think Amato will get serious consideration.

There are three-season rooms in houses, but Plum houses a three-sport standout in Amato. And in the spring, she shines brightest. So far this track and field season, Amato has the best 200-meter time in WPIAL Class AAA at 25.3 seconds. She has the third-best 100 hurdles time of 14.69 and is tied for the third-best 100 time at 12.2.  She is has the third-best AAA long jump at 18-2 ¾.

At the Baldwin Invitational last Friday, Amato won the long jump, was second in the 100 hurdles and sixth in the 200.

WPIAL Girls Lacrosse Playoff Preview

The brackets have been announced for the 2016 WPIAL Girls Lacrosse Playoffs which are set to begin on Wednesday and Thursday and conclude with the championships at Highmark Stadium at Station Square in Pittsburgh on Thursday, May 26th. Here is a rundown of all eight Division-I and eight Division-II postseason qualifiers.

Division 1

#1 Pine-Richland Rams (17-1) (11-1) – 1st Place Division 1 – Section 2

Head Coach: Brittany Pikur (1st Year)

Key Players: Soph. MF Marina Miller (Penn State), Sr. MF Maura Flaherty, Jr. MF Caitlyn Byerly, Soph. D Megan Lieberman (Liberty), Sr. MF Maddie Kurlandski

WPIAL Boys Lacrosse Playoff Preview

The brackets have been announced for the 2016 WPIAL Boys Lacrosse Playoffs which are set to begin on Wednesday and Thursday and conclude with the championships at Highmark Stadium at Station Square in Pittsburgh on Friday, May 27th. Here is a rundown of all eight Division-I and nine Division-II postseason qualifiers.

Division 1

#1 Shady Side Academy Indians (8-6) (5-1) – 1st Place Division 1 – Section 2

Head Coach: Dan Usaj (1st Year)

Key Players: Sr. GK Blake Goodman (Richmond), Sr. D Peyton Lane (Amherst), Sr. ATT Max Jaffe (Ohio Wesleyan), Jr. MF Clayton Krol (High Point), Sr. MF Robby Woodings (Army)

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Baseball Playoff Teams

Each week during the 2016 regular season, MSA Sports ranked the top ten baseball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications. Now that the district postseason field is set, we rank ALL of the 60 playoff bound teams. HOWEVER, it is not a true ranking from #1 to whatever. Like the steering committee does, we seed the teams to avoid the teams from the same section playing each other in the First Round. You fill in the top four, then the next four, then you start plugging teams in. Not an exact science, but it makes the guess work fun. 

Don't forget to listen to the 2016 WPIAL Baseball Pairing Show Friday night at 8:00pm on your home for EXCLUSIVE coverage of the 2016 WPIAL Baseball Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Softball Playoff Teams

Each week during the 2016 regular season, MSA Sports ranked the top ten softball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications. Now that the district postseason field is (nearly) set, we rank ALL of the 60 playoff bound teams. HOWEVER, it is not a true ranking from #1 to whatever. Like the steering committee does, we seed the teams to avoid the teams from the same section playing each other in the First Round. You fill in the top four, then the next four, then you start plugging teams in. Not an exact science, but it makes the guess work fun. 

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