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PIHL Notebook

With just about one month remaining in the PIHL regular season, the action on the ice is really heating up. MSA Sports' comprehensive coverage has been in full force this month, with a bevy of audio and video broadcasts, as well as the weekly Chatham University PIHL Power Play Show, and of course, the PIHL Notebook. Here's a quick look at the latest happenings around the league.

Melting the Ice (the longest unbeaten streak in each classification)

WPIAL Alum Q&A - Evan Bonnaure

Playing a high-school sport with a parent as the head coach can be both beneficial and challenging for an athlete. Evan Bonnaure excelled for the basketball team that his father, Rich, coached at South Fayette, and now he's one of the top performers for La Roche's team, too. Bonnaure is this week's feature for the WPIAL Alum Q&A.

As a junior with the Lions, Bonnaure averaged in double figures in scoring, netting just more than 10 points per contest. Meanwhile, his team compiled a record of 16-7, including a 10-2 in section play. The Lions made the Class AAA playoffs, but fell by three points to Beaver Area in the first round.

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Girls Basketball

Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Girls Basketball rankings for the 2016-2017 season. Check out the weekly girls rankings every Monday, along with girls hoops talk during The WPIAL Roundball Report every Wednesday night at 6:00pm and girls basketball broadcasts throughout the regular season with exclusive coverage of every girls WPIAL playoff game in February sponsored by Carlow University all here on the MSA Sports Network.

WPIAL CLASS 6-A:

1.   PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (14-0)
(Last Week #1)

2.   NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (12-1)
(Last Week #2)

3.   PENN HILLS INDIANS  (10-2)
(Last Week #3)

WPIAL Coaches Corner - Ron Moncrief

In this new feature titled “Coach’s Corner”, I will be interviewing a different coach every week and asking them questions about their personal life and about coaching. Hopefully their answers will not only shed some light on how they coach their respective teams, but also allow readers to get to know the men behind the fields/courts.

This week features Vincentian Academy girls basketball coach Ronald Moncrief. Coach Moncrief has coached the Royals for 11 seasons, including this year. He has led them to 6 WPIAL titles in the last 7 years, and won back to back PIAA state crowns in 2014 and 2015. Let’s take a look inside Coach Moncrief’s corner:
 

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

We close out section play in district team wrestling while we hit the mid-way point of section play in district high school basketball this week on the MSA Sports Network. We have section coverage of WPIAL and District 6 boys and girls high school basketball along with WPIAL and District 6 scholastic wrestling and plenty more pucks with more audio and video coverage of PIHL high school hockey, plus we have The WPIAL Roundball Report, The PIHL Power Play Show, Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle and the monthly Carlow Sports Talk ALL here at MSAsports.net

Monday, January 16th:

TALK SHOW - Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle at 7:00pm on MSAsports.net

TALK SHOW - Carlow Sports Talk at 8:30pm on MSAsports.net

Scholastic Notebook

Over the next five days, WPIAL boys basketball has three of the top games of the entire season and all three are on MSA Sports.  While the teams make the matchups big, the players involved make the contests bigger than big.

The big games are Friday and Tuesday. They are:

Pine-Richland (No. 1 in the MSA 6A rankings) at North Hills (No. 3) Friday night at 7:30.

Chartiers Valley (No. 1 in 5A) at Mars (No. 3)  Friday night at 7:30.

Latrobe (No. 2 in 6A) at Penn Hills (No. 4) Tuesday night at 7:30.

MSA Sports Frozen Fab Five PIHL Rankings

Here are the latest MSA Sports Sports Frozen Fab Five rankings of PIHL high school hockey teams in each of the four classifications for the 2016-2017 high school hockey season...including a NEW #1 team in Class 2-A. Don't miss the latest rankings every Wednesday during the regular season, plus PIHL Notebook every Tuesday on our website and the weekly Chatham University PIHL Power Play Show every Wednesday night at 8:00pm. We also have audio and video game broadcasts and center stage interviews as well here on the home of the best PIHL high school hockey coverage, the MSA Sports Network.

PIHL CLASS 3-A:

1)   PITTSBURGH CENTRAL CATHOLIC VIKINGS  (10-3-0)
(Last Week #1)

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Boys Basketball

Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Boys Basketball rankings for the 2016-2017 season...including a NEW #1 team in Class 2-A. Check out the weekly boys rankings every Tuesday, along with boys hoops talk during The WPIAL Roundball Report every Wednesday night at 6:00pm and boys basketball broadcasts throughout the regular season with exclusive coverage of every boys WPIAL playoff game in February all here on the MSA Sports Network.

WPIAL CLASS 6-A:

1.   PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (10-0)
(Last Week #1)

2.   LATROBE WILDCATS  (9-1)
(Last Week #2)

3.   NORTH HILLS INDIANS  (9-1)
(Last Week #5)

PIHL Notebook

This edition of the PIHL Notebook is jam packed, as each and every game seemingly takes on more importance with the playoffs on the horizon. It will be a particularly busy month of hockey coverage for the MSA Sports Network, as January features a bevy of audio and video broadcasts of marquee matchups. Here is all the noteworthy news around the PIHL for this week.

Melting the Ice (the longest unbeaten streak in each classification)

WPIAL Alum Q&A - Tristan Buxton

Although Tristan Buxton was a talented grappler at Trinity High School, he perhaps did not establish himself as one of the elite competitors in the district. Now wrestling at the college level at Waynesburg, Buxton has developed into one of the best on the mat. As a result, he's in the spotlight for this week's installment of the WPIAL Alum Q&A.

Buxton was a three-time letterwinner for the Hillers, beginning as a sophomore in 2011-12. He competed in the 113-pound weight class in sectionals, but did not place.

The following season, Buxton dropped to 106, and compiled an overall mark of 27-10. In the Class AAA Section 4 tournament, he finished third. That allowed him to advance to the Southwest Regional, in which he went 1-2.

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Girls Basketball

Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Girls Basketball rankings for the 2016-2017 season...including a NEW #1 team in Class 6-A. Check out the weekly girls rankings every Monday, along with girls hoops talk during The WPIAL Roundball Report every Wednesday night at 6:00pm and girls basketball broadcasts throughout the regular season with exclusive coverage of every girls WPIAL playoff game in February sponsored by Carlow University all here on the MSA Sports Network.

WPIAL CLASS 6-A:

1.   PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (11-0)
(Last Week #2)

2.   NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (10-1)
(Last Week #1)

WPIAL Coaches Corner - Danny Holzer

In this brand new feature titled “Coach’s Corner”, I will be interviewing a different coach every week and asking them questions about their personal life and about coaching. Hopefully their answers will not only shed some light on how they coach their respective teams, but also allow readers to get to know the men behind the fields/courts.

This week’s edition is with the boys basketball coach at Upper St. Clair, Danny Holzer. Coach Holzer is entering his 21st season as the Panthers head coach, and he has won two WPIAL titles in 1996 and 2005. Let’s take a look inside Coach Holzer’s corner:
 

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

There are plenty of showdowns as things warm up in the air and on the courts/ice/mats this week on the MSA Sports Network. We have section coverage of WPIAL, District 6 and District 9 boys and girls high school basketball along with WPIAL and District 6 scholastic wrestling and more PIHL high school hockey action, plus we have new episodes of The WPIAL Roundball Report, The PIHL Power Play Show and Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle ALL here at MSAsports.net

Monday, January 9th:

TALK SHOW - Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle at 7:00pm on MSAsports.net

WPIAL Boys High School Basketball - Indiana vs Hampton at 7:30pm on the Hampton Talbots Sports Network at MSAsports.net

Saturday County Wrestling Tournament Winners

Here is a list of the champions crowned on Saturday at three county wide wrestling tournaments. The Tri-County Athletic Directors Association tournament at Albert Gallatin High School, the Westmoreland County Coaches Association Tournament at Franklin Regional High School and the Midwestern Athletic Conference Tournament at Hopewell High School.

You can listen to archive broadcasts from the TRICADA two-day tourny anytime you want here at MSAsports.net

TRI-COUNTY ATHLETIC DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT:

Individual Finals:

106 pounds: Bryce Wilkes (Peters Township) over Macottie Denjen (Waynesburg), 0:48

113 pounds: Manny Dovshek (Bentworth) over Colin Dunn (South Fayette), 4-2

2017 WPIAL Competitive Spirit Championship Results

Three champions were crowned at the 2017 WPIAL Competitive Spirit Championship on Saturday, as Bishop Canevin in Class A, Elizabeth Forward in AA, and Shaler in AAA took home gold. Hopewell and North Allegheny, both of which claimed first last year, finished as runners-up in AA and AAA, respectively, this year, while there was no runner up in A, as Bishop Canevin was the only squad to compete. In it's fifth year, the event continued to grow in prominence, as the spacious gymnasium at Hempfield Area High School was packed to the brim with spectators and nearly 30 teams.

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