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WPIAL Alum Q&A - Austin Dedert

Over the past several years, the Plum boys basketball team has been one of the most consistent squads in Class Quad-A. The Mustangs have captured consecutive Section 2 Championships, including in 2013-14, when Plum finished 18-4. The Mustangs also allowed the fewest points per game in the classification that season.

One of the integral parts of the team was senior center Austin Dedert, who averaged more than 15 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks. Dedert, a three-year starter for Plum, now patrols the paint for St. Vincent College.

PIHL Notebook

Welcome to another edition of “PIHL Notebook,” your weekly companion to “The PIHL Power Play” on the MSA Sports Network. There are no updated hot streaks or games to recap this week, but fear not. First up, we conclude our two-part look at the midseason playoff picture with a focus on Class A and Division 2, including first-round match-ups. But that’s not all as we preview the first two MSA broadcasts of 2016, including one defending champion from Class AAA plus a meeting of high octane attacks in Class A. So, let’s light the lamp on this edition of “PIHL Notebook.”

PIHL MIDSEASON PLAYOFF PICTURE

Class A

(Top 5 teams from each conference qualify)

#1: West Allegheny (12-1-0)

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

The first full week of 2016 brings plenty of scholastic post-holiday treats your way as we cheer for the new year this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have huge portions of WPIAL, District 6 and District 9 boys and girls section basketball along with section and tournament wrestling action from the WPIAL and District 6. We also have side dishes of audio and video coverage of PIHL high school hockey and Carlow University men's and women's college basketball as well as the 2016 WPIAL Competitive Spirit Championships, plus Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle, the PIHL Power Play Show and the WPIAL Roundball Report ALL here at MSAsports.net

Monday, January 4th:

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

MSA Sports Top 25 WPIAL Stories From 2015 Countdown: #10 - #1

It has become a tradition like no other...at least during the holiday season here at MSA Sports. Here is a look back at another great high school sports year with the top stories from around the WPIAL in 2015. We conclude our countdown with #10 through #1.

#10 - GOLDEN TRIBE

MSA Sports Top 25 WPIAL Stories From 2015 Countdown: #25 - #11

It has become a tradition like no other...at least during the holiday season here at MSA Sports. Here is a look back at another great high school sports year with the top stories from around the WPIAL in 2015. We begin our countdown with #25 through #11.

#25 - ODD STREAK CONTINUES

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Boys Basketball

Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Boys Basketball rankings for the 2015-2016 season. 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 AAAA Boys Basketball Top Ten:

1.     LATROBE WILDCATS  (8-0)
(Last Week #1)

2.     NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (5-2)
(Last Week #2)

3.     CHARTIERS VALLEY COLTS  (7-2)
(Last Week #3)

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Girls Basketball

Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Girls Basketball rankings for the 2015-2016 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 AAAA Girls Basketball Top Ten:

1.     NORWIN KNIGHTS  (8-0)
(Last Week #1)

2.     NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (7-1)
(Last Week #2)

WPIAL Alum Q&A - Matt Skoff

More than six years ago, the Montour hockey team made an unlikely run to the PIHL Class AA Penguins Cup Championship Game. Undoubtedly, the play of goaltender Matt Skoff was the biggest reason for the Spartans reaching the title game.

Monday night, Skoff returned to his hometown, as a member of the Penn State hockey team. Skoff and the Nittany Lions will compete in the Three Rivers Classic at Consol Energy Center both Monday and Tuesday.

PIHL Notebook

Welcome to another edition of “PIHL Notebook,” your weekly companion to “The PIHL Power Play” on the MSA Sports Network. First up, “Melting the Ice” provides your weekly thermometer of streaking teams around the league. Meanwhile, this week’s “Scoreboard Watch” includes the end of long unbeaten streaks for Peters Township in Class AAA, Moon in Class AA, and West Allegheny in Class A. Finally, with no MSA broadcasts to preview, we begin a two-part look at the current mid-season playoff picture, including first-round match-ups, beginning with Class AAA and Class AA. So, let’s light the lamp on this edition of “PIHL Notebook.”

MELTING THE ICE (Records listed indicate current unbeaten streak):

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

We prepare to turn the page from 2015 to 2016 with plenty of holiday tournament basketball and wrestling this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have the last of the WPIAL and District 6 boys and girls high school basketball action for 2015 along with start of high school hoops for 2016 along with two day coverage of the 2015 PowerADE Wrestling Tournament, plus the PIHL Power Play Show and The WPIAL Roundball Report ALL here at MSAsports.net

Monday, December 28th:

WPIAL High School Boys Basketball - Latrobe vs Plum at 2:00pm on WCNS-AM 1480

WPIAL High School Boys Basketball - Knoch vs Avonworth at 6:00pm on WISR-AM 680

MSA SPORTS ELITE ELEVEN

The MSA Sports Elite 11 all-star team is quite offensive.

This year’s team has a handful of players who either put up record offensive numbers this season, or had statistics that put them in an elite class. Among those are quarterbacks Phil Jurkovec of Pine-Richland and Zach Chandler of Avonworth, Woodland Hills running back Miles Sanders, Aliquippa running back Kaezon Pugh and Armstrong running back Zane Dudek.

The team is picked by the MSA Sports staff and is made up of the top 11 players in the WPIAL, regardless of position. Eight of the players are seniors, two juniors and one sophomore. Three of the players were on WPIAL championship teams.

Here is a look at this years Elite 11.

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Wrestling

Here are the latest Top 10 rankings in WPIAL Team Wrestling. Every Thursday through January, MSA Sports ranks the top ten teams in both the WPIAL Class AAA and Class AA team wrestling. Don't miss Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle Show every Monday at 7:00pm AND weekly matches broadcast on Wednesday's and select weekends only here on the MSA Sports Network.

WPIAL CLASS AAA:

MSA Sports Frozen Fab Five Hockey 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 2015-2016 high school hockey season...including NEW #1 teams in Class AA and Class A. Don't miss the latest rankings every Wednesday during the regular season, plus PIHL Notebook every Monday on our website and the weekly PIHL Power Play Show every Wednesday night at 8:00pm with audio and video game broadcasts as well here on the home of the best PIHL high school hockey coverage, the MSA Sports Network.

PIHL CLASS AAA:

1)   PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS  (7-1-4)
(Last Week #1)

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Boys Basketball

Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Boys Basketball rankings for the 2015-2016 season...including a NEW #1 team in Class AAAA. 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 AAAA Boys Basketball Top Ten:

1.     LATROBE WILDCATS  (7-0)
(Last Week #2)

2.     NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (5-2)
(Last Week #1)

PIAA Plays of the Week - Championships

After nearly four months of incredible action, the high school football season in Pennsylvania finally came to an end over the weekend in Hershey. While Aliquippa came up short in the title game after a tremendous season, the Central Catholic Vikings brought gold back to the WPIAL, as they captured the Quad-A PIAA Championship against the Parkland Trojans. Here are the plays that helped catapult Central Catholic to its fourth PIAA title.

1. Central Catholic 21, Parkland 18

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