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This Week on the MSA Sports Network

There is more gold to be won in those scholastic spring sports hills leading up to the holiday weekend this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have Semifinals and Championships of the WPIAL Boys and Girls Lacrosse and Boys Volleyball playoffs along with WPIAL and District 6 Quarterfinals and Semifinals action in both high school baseball and high school softball, plus The WPIAL Baseball Show and the weekly edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net

Monday, May 18th:

TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net

WPIAL High School Baseball Playoffs: Class AAAA Quarterfinals - Plum vs Shaler at 2:00pm on MSAsports.net

USC Settles for Silver in 2015 PIAA Boys Team Tennis State Playoffs

After a golden run through the district playoffs, Upper St. Clair will have to settle for silver in their state playoff journey. After beating South Hills rival Mount Lebanon Saturday morning in the state Semifinals, the Panthers could not add PIAA gold to their WPIAL championship as they lost to Lower Merion 3-2 in the finals Saturday afternoon at the Hershey Racquet Club. Meanwhile, WPIAL Class AA  champion Sewickley Academy saw its state title dreams end with a loss in the Semifinals to eventual champion Moravian Academy. Here are ALL the results from the 2015 PIAA Boys Team Tennis Playoffs.

2015 PIAA BOYS TEAM TENNIS CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:

Lower Merion Aces 3 - UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS 2

Scholastic Notebook

The name is Aaron, as in Hank.

The hitting this baseball season has been Hank Aaron-esque.

California senior Aaron Previsky had a regular season for the ages. A year ago, Norwin’s J.J. Matijevic became the first known player to win the WPIAL triple crown (first in batting average, home runs and RBIs). Previsky didn’t do that, but his regular season also was terrific.

Previsky finished with a .545 batting average, which was good for 13th in the WPIAL. But he was second in home runs with six and third in runs scored with 35.

2015 WPIAL Individual Track & Field Finals RESULTS

In Class AAA, the top four finishers automatically qualify for the PIAA championships May 22-23 in Shippensburg. In Class AA, the top five qualify. Others who finish in the top eight places must meet qualifying standards to make the PIAA meet. The qualifying standards are in parentheses next to each event.

*-denotes WPIAL Record

BOYS CLASS AAA

100 meters (11.10) – 1. Todd Sekowski, West Mifflin, 10.91. 2. Kianta Britton, Kiski Area, 10.93. 3. Arthur Thompkins, Woodland Hills, 10.99. 4. Collin Darby, Penn Trafford, 11.10. 5. Keith Leckenby, Upper St. Clair, 11.23. 6. Chiante Pryor, Bethel Park, 11.25. 7. Nathan Kibbie, Butler, 11.28. 8. Mark Febinger, Deer Lakes, 11.66.

2015 WPIAL Individual Track & Field Finals HIGHLIGHTS

On a day when the sun shined brightly at Baldwin Stadium, there were a number of shining performances from boy athletes at the WPIAL track and field individual championships.

A total of eight championship meet records were broken Thursday. Maybe the nice weather had something to do with the good times in running events and other record performances in a few field events.

Beaver Falls junior Dom Perretta was more like Dominating Peretta as he blew away the competition and set two Class AA records. He broke his own record in the 800-meter run with a time of 1 minute, 51.50 seconds. He also set a record in the 1,600 at 4:26.55.

Perretta was the only athlete – boy or girl – who set two records.

WPIAL Baseball/Softball Playoff Recaps for Wednesday 5/13

The opening round for both the District 7 baseball and softball postseason took a chilly turn Wednesday. Days after the mercury was knocking on the door of 90 degrees, temps barely got into the 50's, giving the diamond action a late March, early April feel. That didn't prevent some teams from taking care of business while earning a spot in the district Quarterfinals next week in baseball AAAA and AA along with softball AAA and AA. Here are recaps from the games heard live and archived Wednesday here on the MSA Sports Network.

A special thanks to Greg Kuntz, Lee Mohn, Jason Tennant, Steve Nagler, Lou Rood, Mike Azadian, Sean Meyers, Rob Longo, Josh Rowntree, Bobby Fox and Bob Gregg for their help on these recaps.

WPIAL Baseball/Softball/Volleyball Playoff Recaps for Tuesday 5/12

The curtain went up on the opening round on both the District 7 baseball, softball and boys volleyball postseason on a breezy Tuesday. There was your typical round one mix of thrillers and blow outs as the Quarterfinals were set in baseball AAA and A along with softball AAAA and A and volleyball AAA. Here are recaps from the games heard live and archived Tuesday here on the MSA Sports Network.

A special thanks to Sam Hall, Jason Tennant, Brian Mroziak, Paul Paterra, Mike Azadian, Steve Nagler, Bobby Fox, Sean Meyers, Greg Kuntz, Bob Orkwis, Randy Gore, Dave Floyd and Don Rebel for their help on these recaps.

WPIAL BASEBALL CLASS AAA First Round:

WPIAL Softball Playoff Recaps for Monday 5/11

The curtain went up on the 2015 WPIAL Softball Playoffs Monday with a pair of Preliminary Round games at California University of Pennsylvania with the 16th-seed in both the Class AAA and Class AA playoff brackets up for grabs. Check out the first day of recaps from the softball and baseball district playoffs.

A special thanks to Don Rebel and Bobby Fox for their help of these recaps.

WPIAL CLASS AAA Preliminary Round:

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

It's the final week of the regular season in WPIAL baseball, softball, lacrosse and boys volleyball this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have the final tune-up before WPIAL postseason play from the diamonds in both baseball and softball and the fields and courts of lacrosse and volleyball, plus The WPIAL Baseball Show, the weekly edition of Rappin' on Racin' and the WPIAL Softball and Baseball Playoff Pairings Shows ALL here at MSAsports.net

Monday, May 11th:

TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net

WPIAL High School Softball Playoffs: Class AA Preliminary Round - South Allegheny vs Waynesburg at 2:00pm on Greene Sports Network at MSAsports.net

FINAL 2015 WPIAL Baseball Standings

Here are the FINAL WPIAL baseball standings for the 2015 season. The standings will be updated daily throughout the regular season...including the FINAL WPIAL playoff picture. You can follow the District 7 high school baseball season with schedules, scores, weekly rankings every Monday and game broadcasts every day through the postseason only here 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

WPIAL Class AAAA:
(SET WITH 15 PLAYOFF TEAMS)

FINAL 2015 WPIAL Softball Standings

Here are the FINAL WPIAL softball standings during this 2015 season...including the FINAL WPIAL playoff picture. The standings will be updated daily through the 2015 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 2015 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 2015 WPIAL Boys Volleyball Standings

Here are the FINAL standings for the 2015 WPIAL Boys Volleyball season...including the final WPIAL playoff picture. You can follow the WPIAL Boys Volleyball regular season with updated results and standings, 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

WPIAL Boys Volleyball Class AAA:
(SET WITH 12 PLAYOFF TEAMS)

Scholastic Notebook

You know the saying. April showers bring May flowers and Seneca Valley blooms.

OK, so the last few words aren’t part of the saying. But in WPIAL baseball lately, it fits. If Reggie Jackson used to be Mr. October, then Seneca Valley coach Eric Semega is Mr. May.

Seneca Valley has made it to the WPIAL Class AAAA title game four years in a row. The Raiders are believed to be the first team in almost 100 years to make the championship four consecutive seasons. Allegheny High School won six consecutive titles from 1917-22.

The WPIAL baseball playoffs start next week, and a natural question is will be a drive for five for Seneca Valley?

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Baseball Playoff Teams

Every Monday during the regular season, MSA Sports ranks the Top 10 WPIAL baseball teams in each classification. For our final rankings this spring though, we will slot all 61 district baseball postseason bound squads with 16 in AAA, and 15 each in AAAA, AA and A. As is the case in all of our playoff rankings, its more of a seeding than true ranking as we follow the WPIAL rules in an effort to avoid teams from the same section playing each other.

There will be ONE First Round bye in Quad-A, Double-A and in Single-A and a full, clean bracket of 16 in Triple-A.

To figure out our First Round projected matchups, use the bracket formula of 1 vs 16, 2 vs 15, 3 vs 14, 4 vs 12, 5 vs 12, 6 vs 11, 7 vs 10 and 8 vs 9.

USC & Sewickley Academy Are 2015 WPIAL Boys Team Tennis Champs

it's an even dozen when describing the on-going dominance of the Sewickley Academy boys tennis team. The Panthers swept past Winchester Thurston Thursday afternoon to capture a 12th straight WPIAL Class AA championship. The title is the 19th boys team tennis crown in 21 years for Sewickley Academy.

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