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Welcome to another edition of “PIHL Notebook,” your weekly companion to “The PIHL Power Play” on the MSA Sports Network. After yeoman’s work by Josh Rowntree and Mike Azadian recapping the semis and previewing the 2014 Penguins Cup Finals on “The PIHL Power Play” show last Thursday night, how best to supplement that? For only the third time in this column’s history (but second in a row, so this may become tradition) Adam Hoerner returns from sick leave along with Josh to “choose sides” in Monday night’s championship match-ups, telling you why each of the six teams skating at Consol Energy Center have a chance to win gold. So, let’s light the lamp on this special postseason edition of “PIHL Notebook.”

CLASS A PENGUINS CUP FINAL:

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

Welcome to our own version of March Madness and the winter sports Championship Week all this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have coverage of the Semifinals and the State Championships from Hershey as we conclude our coverage of the 2014 PIAA State Basketball Playoffs along with the three Championship games from CONSOL Energy Center of the 2014 PIHL Penguins Cup high school hockey playoffs and the debut of college basketball featuring Slippery Rock University, plus the final edition of the PIHL Power Play Show and the next to last WPIAL Roundball Report ALL here at MSAsports.net

Monday, March 17th:

Scholastic Notebook

Seton-LaSalle boys basketball coach Mark Walsh is known as “Knobby.” He has two brothers, Kevin and Danny, who also are known as “Knobby.” The boys’ father, Ed, also is known as “Knobby.”

It is a crazy name game. But at Seton-LaSalle, just call Mark Walsh one thing.

“Winner.”

Walsh has made Seton-LaSalle basketball relevant again. Well, more than relevant. He has guided the Rebels to one of the best seasons in school history. Seton-LaSalle won a WPIAL title for only the second time since joining the league in the mid 1970s. Also, Seton-LaSalle has a 27-1 record. That is the most wins since the school joined the WPIAL.

PIHL Penguins Cup Recaps - Wednesday, March 12th

There was little separation all season between South Hills rivals Bethel Park and Peters Township. so it comes as no surprise that the two decorated programs will collide for a 2014 high school hockey crown as both were impressive Wednesday night registering convincing victories. here are recaps from both of the PIHL Penguins Cup Class AAA Semifinals played Wednesday night and setting up Championship Monday at the CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS AAA SEMIFINALS:

Bethel Park Black Hawks 4 - Pine-Richland Rams 0

PIHL Penguins Cup Recaps - Tuesday, March 11th

Monday saw thrills and chills with a couple of PIHL Penguins Cup Class A Semifinals instant classics. Tuesday presented plenty of fireworks in the Penguins Cup Class AA Semifinals, but they all seemed to be shot from one side and the top two seeds put up dominant performances. Here are recaps from both the Bishop Canevin and Erie Cathedral Prep Semifinals victory from Tuesday night.

PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS AA SEMIFINALS:

Erie Cathedral Prep Ramblers 9 - Armstrong River Hawks 5

2014 PIHL PENGUINS CUP PLAYOFFS Update

All three high school hockey title games are now set as Final Four week concluded with two AAA Semifinals doubleheader on Wednesday. Bethel Park broke a scoreless tie with a four-goal third period explosion while Peters Township jumped out early and cruised, setting up a Battle of South Hills rivals for AAA gold between the Black Hawks and the Indians at CONSOL Energy Center. Here are ALL of the results from the Semifinals, plus the three championship games schedule in the 2014 PIHL Penguins Cup Playoffs for the Penguins Cup titles at CONSOL Energy Center on Monday and here on the MSA Sports Network.

PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS AAA Semifinals:

Bethel Park Black Hawks 4 - Pine-Richland Rams 0  (MSA)

PIHL Penguins Cup Recaps - Monday, March 10th

A couple of dandies got the puck rolling on the PIHL's Semifinals Week as the top four seeds in Class A took to the Robert Morris University Island Sports Complex center stage Monday night. Defending champ Quaker Valley was on the ropes, but could not be knocked out by Freeport while upstart Thomas Jefferson will continue their memorable season after eliminating Mars. Here are complete recaps from both Class A Semifinals games Monday, which can be heard archived here on MSA Sports at the link below.

http://www.msasports.net/guide/2014-03-10

PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS A SEMIFINALS:

Thomas Jefferson Jaguars 4 - Mars Fighting Planets 2

PIHL Notebook

Welcome to another edition of “PIHL Notebook,” your weekly companion to “The PIHL Power Play” on the MSA Sports Network. Over the next three days, we will find out which six teams will complete for the 2014 Penguins Cup championships. All six semifinal games will be heard on these airwaves, and we have you primed in the space below with our traditional team capsules. Team stats, playoff results, keys to victory – we have it call at your fingertips. So, let’s light the lamp on this special postseason edition of “PIHL Notebook.”

CLASS A PENGUINS CUP SEMIFINALS:

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

We winter sports season continues to wind down with the spotlight on both the state basketball playoffs and the high school hockey postseason this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have coverage of the Second Round and Quarterfinals in the 2014 PIAA State Basketball Playoffs along with Semifinals and Championship action from the 2014 PIHL Penguins Cup high school hockey playoffs and women's college lacrosse, plus the final edition of Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle for the season, the PIHL Power Play Show on a special night and The WPIAL Roundball Report ALL here at MSAsports.net

Monday, March 10th:

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

Eight WPIAL AAA Wrestlers Win State Gold

After a strong showing on Thursday and Friday, the WPIAL continued their dominant trend in AAA on Saturday, advancing 19 wrestlers into the finals. Out of those 19, the WPIAL brought home 8 PIAA Champions out of a possible 14 weight classes including winning a title in the first 7 bouts.

Franklin Regional’s Devin Brown and Spencer Lee took the first two at 106 and 113, with both of them controlling their opponents to lead them to titles. Luke Pletcher of Latrobe had to sweat it out to win at 120. After exchanging escapes with Scott Parker of Pennridge, the match went in to overtime. In the overtime bout, Pletcher got a shot on the ankles of Parker and kept his toes in bounds to win the match 3-1.

Three WPIAL AA Wrestlers Win State Gold

The WPIAL came into Saturday’s action in AA with four wrestlers in the finals looking for gold. By the end of the afternoon, the WPIAL went three for four in Hershey.

PIAA Individual Wrestling - Day Two Recap

Coming into the season the WPIAL had a pair of returning state champions in AA, George Phillippi of Derry and Jason Nolf of Kittanning. One of those wrestlers is one win away from repeating. The other did not have the same type of luck.

Scholastic Notebook

Another postseason tournament starts this weekend for the New Castle boys basketball team and the Red Hurricanes. While New Castle has achieved a number of historical feats the past few seasons, the start of the PIAA playoffs means New Castle will take another shot at joining a most special group.

But to become a member, New Castle will have to look just perfect.

For the third year in a row, New Castle will take a perfect record into the PIAA tournament after winning a WPIAL title with an undefeated record.

PIAA Individual Wrestling - Day One Recap

The WPIAL could not have opened the tournament much better in AAA at Hershey on Thursday, with a whopping 31 of 42 wrestlers advancing in the winners bracket and another six wrestlers winning in the consolations to give the WPIAL 37 of 42 wrestlers still alive after day one. The wrestlers advancing into the quarterfinals were:

• 106 – Devin Brown, Franklin Regional
• 113 – Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional
• 113 – Luke Landefeld, North Allegheny
• 120 – Luke Pletcher, Latrobe
• 126 – Sam Krivus, Hempfield
• 126 – Dalton Macri, Canon McMillan
• 126 – A.C. Headlee, Waynesburg
• 132 – Tyler Smith, Franklin Regional
• 132 – Cameron Coy, Penn Trafford
• 132 – Ty Buckiso, Peters Township

PIHL Penguins Cup Recaps - Thursday, March 6th

Four hectic days of high school hockey postseason play came to an end, as did the Quarterfinals Round on Thursday evening. The final three contests of the week were Round of Eight contests in Class AAA, where a new champion will be crowned after the 2013 champs fell in their playoff debut. here are the summaries from the three PIHL Penguins Cup Class AAA Quarterfinals played on Thursday.

Thanks to Josh Rowntree, Randy Gore and Matt Vandriak for their help on these recaps.

PIHL PENGUINS CUP CLASS AAA Quarterfinals:

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