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WPIAL Baseball - 2015 Season Review

With such a mild winter coming to an end and warmer than normal temperatures in the area for most of March, coaches, players and fans are ready to hit the diamond for the start of a new baseball season. However before we look ahead, we take time to look back at the 2015 season. A pair of district teams struck gold twice last year as Knoch in Class AAA and Neshannock in Class AA pitched their way to district and state championships. Joining Knoch as first time WPIAL baseball champions in 2015 were Pittsburgh Central Catholic in Class AAAA and Greensburg Central Catholic in Class A.

2015 WPIAL BASEBALL STANDINGS:

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

WPIAL Softball - 2015 Season Review

With such a mild winter coming to an end and warmer than normal temperatures in the area for most of March, coaches, players and fans are ready to hit the diamond for the start of a new softball season. However before we look ahead, we take time to look back at the 2015 season. While no district softball teams won state gold, Hempfield, Belle Vernon, Deer Lakes and Jefferson-Morgan are set to defend their 2015 WPIAL softball championships.

2015 WPIAL SOFTBALL STANDINGS:

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

WPIAL Class AAAA:

WPIAL Alum Q&A - Carly Forse

Last month, the Bishop Canevin girls' basketball team captured its second WPIAL crown with a decisive victory against Greensburg Central Catholic. The previous title came back in 2013, when Carly Forse helped guide the Crusaders to gold. Forse, who has carried her success on the hardwood over to Point Park University, is the focus of this week's WPIAL Alum Q&A.

2016 PIAA BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS Results

last year was a banner year for District 12 as the Philadelphia are schools swept all our PIAA boys basketball championships. This year, the West earned a split with District 12. While Roman Catholic and Neumann-Goretti repeated on the state stage, Kennedy Catholic from District 10 in Class A and Aliquippa from District 7 in Class AA also earned state gold. The Quips finished a perfect 30-0 as they became only the 13th WPIAL boys hoops team to go undefeated and only the 33rd team overall in 97 years of state basketball postseason play. Here are ALL of the final results from the Road to Hershey and the 2016 PIAA Boys Basketball Playoffs.

All scores followed with (MSA) are games that can be heard archived on the MSA Sports Network.

2016 PIAA GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS Results

Over the last three years, WPIAL girls basketball teams have brought home two state titles in each of the seasons to close out the 2013, 2014 and 2015 campaigns. This year, only one district team qualified for the state finals in Hershey and the gold rush continued as WPIAL Class A runner-up Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic was the last Class A team left standing in the PIAA postseason increasing the run of WPIAL girls teams with at least one state crown to eight straight years. Here are ALL of the final scores from the Road to Hershey and the 2016 PIAA Girls Basketball Playoffs.

All results followed by (MSA) are games that can be heard archived on the MSA Sports Network.

Roman Catholic Rolls the 'Dice to Repeat in PIAA Boys AAAA

After the first 10 minutes of Saturday’s PIAA boys Class AAAA Championship, newcomers Taylor Allderdice held a sizeable lead, opening the game on a 10-0 run on District 12 powerhouse Roman Catholic. In fact, it took the Cahillites nearly five and a half minutes to score a point from the foul line. That foul line just so happened to be the way Roman Catholic thrived Saturday, downing the District 8 champion Dragons 73-62 to repeat as state champions.

LaSalle Routs Cathedral Prep as Flyers Cup Champs Sweep PA Cup

It took the LaSalle Explorers less than a minute to show how explosive they could be offensively. In fact, it took just 38 seconds for LaSalle to score in the Class AAA Pennsylvania Cup Championship, and LaSalle took command in the second period as the Explorers defeated Erie Cathedral Prep 7-1. With the triumph, LaSalle claims its fourth state title, and first since 2012. In the process, the Explorers completed the sweep for Flyers Cup winners, who bested in Penguins Cup representatives in all three games.

Joseph Mancuso struck in the game’s first minute, as he slide a shot from the far circle inside the far post, past Cathedral Prep’s sophomore goaltender Jacob Kucharski.

Central Bucks South Beats Bishop Canevin for AA PA Cup

Through the first period of play in the Class AA Pennsylvania Cup Championship, the Bishop Canevin Crusaders battled back and forth with Central Bucks South. The second period, however, was complete dominance by the Titans, who scored five unanswered goals to prevail 7-3 at the Pegula Ice Arena at Penn State University to win their second state title in the past three years.

Matt Stoll propelled CB South, as he netted four goals, including three in the decisive middle frame. Additionally, the Titans outshot Bishop Canevin 43-17 in a rematch of the 2014 Pennsylvania Cup Championship.

Second Time Is a Perfect Charm for Aliquippa In Hershey

They say that Hershey is the sweetest place on Earth. But for Aliquippa that wasn’t the case after last year’s loss to Conwell-Egan in the Class AA PIAA Boys Basketball Championship Game. The Quips finished 29-1 but took it one step further this year. Aliquippa completed a perfect 30-0 mark with a 68-49 victory over Mastery Charter North at Herhsey's Giant Center on Saturday afternoon.

Sheldon Jeter and Jassir Jordan each scored 22 points as Aliquippa pulled away in the third quarter, claiming the fifth state crown in school history and the first since 1997.

Franklin Regional Blanked by 3-Time Champ Bayard Rustin in PA Cup A Finals

Bayard Rustin came into the PA Cup Class A Championship game as the defending 2-time titlists while Franklin Regional was making its first appearance in the championship after winning the Penguins Cup title for the first time. The experience advantage for the Golden Knights eventually wore down the Panthers as Bayard Rustin shut out Franklin Regional 6-0, capturing its 3rd straight PA Cup Title.

Eight is Great as Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Wins Girls PIAA A Finals

Coaches always say rebounding is a key to winning basketball games. Never was it so evident on Saturday afternoon as Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic used a 50-28 edge on the glass to claim a 56-33 victory over Lourdes Regional in the PIAA Class A girls state final at the Giant Center in Hershey.

The victory gives Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic their 8th PIAA crown and first in Class A. Sam Breen saved her best performance for last this year, as the 6-1 junior scored 27 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out 9 assists to lead her team to the title.

Neuman-Goretti Wins Third Straight State Title With Rout of Mars

Following all the pomp and circumstance after Friday’s PIAA boys Class AAA Championship game between District 12 powerhouse Neumann-Goretti and Mars, it seemed as if Mars came away with a state championship trophy.

That was, of course because of the standing ovation a senior-laden Fighting Planets team received from their sizeable section of supporters in the Giant Center. However, the scoreboard told a completely different story, as Neumann-Goretti picked up another state championship, the sixth in seven years, by a score of 99-66.

Scholastic Notebook

Two boys teams from the WPIAL (Mars and Aliquippa) and one girls team (Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic) have made it to Hershey for the state championships. Here is information and some factoids for the three games. All games are at the Giant Center in Hershey.

CLASS AAA BOYS

The game: Mars (23-6) vs. Neumann-Goretti (26-4) of Phildelphia, 8 p.m. Friday.

Coaches: Mars Rob Carmody and Neumann-Goretti’s Carl Arrigale.

Leading scorers: Mars: Robby Carmody (20) and John Castello (18). Neuman-Goretti: Quade Green (18.4), Zane Martin (18.3) and Dhamir Cosby-Roundtree (14.5).

2016 PIAA Basketball Championship Recaps

While the MSA Sports Network had broadcast coverage of four of the eight games this weekend from Hershey, we also have summaries of the other four state championship games. Here are recaps of the PIAA Boys A, Girls AAAA, Girls AAA and Girls AA title games from the GIANT Center in Hershey.

CLASS AAA GIRLS PIAA CHAMPIONSHIP

Archbishop Wood Vikings 46 - Villa Maria Victors 29

In a sloppy game, the District 12 champions Vikings handled the Victors their first loss of the season. Drexel recruit Bailey Breenburg led all scorers with 14 points and cleaned the glass with 13 rebounds.

SRU's John Papa Named Atlantic Region Women's Track & Field Coach of the Year

Slippery Rock University head track and field coach John Papa was named Tuesday as the Atlantic Region Women's Coach of the Year by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The honor marks the 16th Regional Coach of the Year recognition in Papa's 29-year career at Slippery Rock. He has also been named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Coach of the Year 19 times over that stretch.

Papa earned the top honor in voting by his peers among all coaches in the PSAC, the Mountain East Conference and the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

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