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PIAA Track & Field - Day One Recap

Maddie Holmberg and Max Adams are both students at Hempfield High School. They went to the same elementary school and the same middle school. They belong to the same church.

On Friday, they ended up in the same place again. The top of the winners stand.

Holmberg and Adams gave Hempfield two state track and field champions as they both won gold medals today, the first day of the PIAA track and field championships at Shippensburg University. The final day of the championships is Saturday.

Shady Side Academy Beats 2013 Champ Mt. Lebanon To Win WPIAL D-I Boys Lacrosse Gold

Mt. Lebanon was the defending WPIAL Division I boys lacrosse champion and came into the tournament as the top seed. The Blue Devils had also won 3 prior Division I titles in 2009, 2011 and last year. None of that mattered on this night to Shady Side Academy mostly because of senior Dan Marous. The Indians leading scorer netted a third quarter hat trick to break open a 1-1 halftime tie and propel Shady Side Academy to a 7-3 win for its first WPIAL Boys Division I championship at Highmark Stadium at Station Square.

The Indians, who were making their 2nd title game appearance in 3 seasons, got on the board first when freshman Clayton Krol took a feed from Michael Concordia and beat Blue Devils goalie Matt Lee at 1:56 of the second quarter.

Quaker Valley Claims First Ever WPIAL Boys Lacrosse D-II Title

There was going to be a first time champ in WPIAL Division 2 boys lacrosse Friday and the Quaker Valley Quakers were the one. Quaker Valley defeated the Indiana Indiana 13-10 to earn the crown.

At the outset of the game it seemed to be the a tighter game than the score would indicate. Indiana jumped out to the 1st lead in the game 1-0 when junior attack David Zimmerman tickled the twine with a hard shot. Quaker Valley was able to answer later in the 1st with a goal from Jared Vescio. Vescio better known through the game for his face off ability winning a majority of face offs also had a pair of goals.

The next goal was scored by Mike Clark of Quaker and we went to the end if the 1st Quaker Valley a 2-1 lead.

MSA Sports Baseball Playoff Recap for Friday, May 23rd

Seven Final Four baseball games took place on Thursday as the winners celebrated a berth in the finals while the losers began to regroup and prepare to play for a berth in the state playoffs. That left one missing piece to the district championship puzzle and that played out Friday afternoon at West Mifflin High School. Here is the recap.

A special thanks to Dennis Fischer for his help on this recap.


Scholastic Notebook

The perfect championships don’t happen often in WPIAL softball.  But for the Deer Lakes Lancers, they’ve been in the perfect storm before.

Deer Lakes is 18-0 and will play Beaver (15-0) for the Class AA championship Thursday at California University of Pennsylvania. It is only the third time in 17 years that a softball title game will match two undefeated teams. But it’s the second year in a row for Deer Lakes.

In 2013, Deer Lakes and Riverside both took undefeated records into the title game before Riverside came away with a 5-1 victory.

The only other time in the past 17 years that two undefeated teams met in a final was 1998 when Carmichaels beat Sto-Rox for the Class AA crown.

Mount Lebanon Captures First WPIAL Girls Lacrosse D-I Title in 8 Years

The last loss that Mt. Lebanon suffered left a bad taste in their mouths. Shady Side Academy led the Blue Devils 9-7 in last year’s WPIAL Girls Division I Lacrosse semifinals when lightning forced the game to be called off with about ten minutes remaining. Mt. Lebanon took it personal. How personal? The Blue Devils adopted the motto “Let the storm rage on” even putting that mantra on t-shirts for the 2014 season.

The WPIAL storm is over for Mt. Lebanon as they improved to (20-0) after defeating Quaker Valley 9-7 at Highmark Stadium. Just like she did in the team’s semifinal win over Shady Side Academy, senior captain Alyssa Battaglia led the Blue Devils scoring 5 goals.

Titanic Performance Helps Shaler Repeat as WPIAL Girls Lacrosse D-II Champs

The Shaler Titans are now back-to-back Division II lacrosse champions after an 11-9 victory over the Chartiers Valley Colts, Thursday night at Highmark Stadium.

The No. 2 seeded Titans used a well-balanced offensive attack to jump out to a four goal lead at halftime, thanks in part to four free position goals from Shannon Lynch.

Despite falling behind with 1-0 and 2-1 deficits in the early portion of the opening half, Shaler would never trail again after tying the game at two.

Margo Mason and Hope Tornabene got things going early for CV but responded quickly to both goals and then out-scored the Colts 6-2 to finish the first half.

Eight is Great as North Allegheny Wins Another WPIAL AAA Boys Volleyball Title

For an unprecedented eighth year in a row, the North Allegheny Tigers are WPIAL champions in boys volleyball.

The Tigers used a furious rally in game one to build momentum and propel them to a 3-0 victory over Norwin for the Class AAA crown. Set scores for Thursday night’s match at Baldwin were 25-23, 25-11 and 25-21.

Norwin jumped out quickly in the first set, scoring the game’s opening four points and building a seven-point advantage. With the score at 16-9, however, North Allegheny began chipping away at the Knights’ lead. By late in the set, the Tigers had stormed all the way back to tie the score at 22. Then, with the score knotted at 23, a block by senior David Haus and a Norwin miscue gave North Allegheny the come-from-behind victory.

Ambridge Three-Peats as WPIAL Boys Volleyball Double-A Champs

For the third consecutive year, the Ambridge Area boys’ volleyball team claimed the Class AA championship, defeating Derry Area in straight sets 29-27, 26-24, 25-20. The top-seeded Bridgers used a pair of dramatic comebacks to capture the first two sets, and pulled away at the end of the third set to secure the three-peat at Baldwin High School.

MSA Sports Baseball & Softball Playoff Recaps for Thursday, May 22nd

The threat of storms postponed eleven baseball and softball third round games on Wednesday, making for a very busy Thursday on the postseason diamonds. Five baseball and eight softball contests to determine the participants in Championship Week helped make for some one-sided and thrilling performances on Semifinals Thursday around the WPIAL.

A special thanks to Don Rebel, Sam Hall, Mark Schaas, Jason Tennant, Bob Gregg, Greg Kuntz, Josh Rowntree and Bob Barrickman for their help with these recaps.



MSA Sports Softball Playoff Recaps for Tuesday, May 20th

For some, it was a turn around of less than 24 hours between the First Round and the Quarterfinals of the WPIAL Softball Playoffs. Rain last week forced a cinch in the belt and a much tighter schedule than usual. But Tuesday's winners wont complain because they are Final Four bound and will actually have a days rest before the Semifinals on Thursday.

A special thanks to Jason Tennant, Chris Lackner, Greg Kuntz, Bob Gregg and Josh Rowntree for their help on these recaps.

WPIAL CLASS AAA Quarterfinals:

MSA Sports Baseball & Softball Playoff Recaps for Monday, May 19th

After being pushed back from the postseason spotlight last week because of Mother Nature, it was a busy day of both First Round and Quarterfinals contests in the WPIAL softball playoffs. Plus a leftover Class AAA baseball Quarterfinals game and a pair of Class A Semifinals contests made for plenty of diamond doings on Monday. Here are summaries of all the action, most of which was heard here on The Network.

A special thanks to Don Rebel, Josh Rowntree, Bobby Fox, Randy Gore, Dennis Fischer, Bob Gregg, Lou Rood, Pete Blais, Sean Meyers, Mike Azadian, Jason Tennant, Greg Kuntz and Adam Gusky for their help on these recaps.


WPIAL CLASS AAA Quarterfinals:

Scholastic Notebook

Seneca Valley has been the surprise team of the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs. The Raiders are the No. 16 seed, but find themselves in the semifinals.

One more win and Seneca Valley will make history, but not because of their seeding.

Seneca Valley plays Pine-Richland in a semifinal game Wednesday at a site and time to be determined. A win will put Seneca Valley into the championship game for the fourth year in a row.

It has been at least 50 years since a team made it to a title game four consecutive years. In fact, it is likely that no team has ever made it to a championship four years in a row.

So far in the playoffs, Seneca Valley has knocked off No. 1 seed Hempfield, 10-5, and also No. 9 seed Shaler, 3-0.

Smith Does it All

Blackhawk's McKay Continues Scoreless Innings Streak

It was a pitcher's duel for five innings at Pullman Park, but in the end Brendan McKay came out on top again as Blackhawk defeated Indiana 4-0 to advance to the Class AAA WPIAL baseball semifinals. The senior moved into third place in the National Federation of High Schools record book, pitching 65 consecutive innings without allowing a run, dating back to last season.The national record is 80 innings by Joey Porter in Mississippi in 1973. 

MSA Sports Baseball Playoff Recaps for Saturday, May 17th

The surprises continued on Quarterfinals Saturday in AAAA, AAA and AA as the baseball brackets continue to be busted. The #1 seed in Class AA, Neshannock was ousted as was the #2-seed in Class AAA in Chartiers Valley. Here are recaps from all twelve second round baseball games as the twists and turns to CONSOL Energy Field continue.

A special thanks to Sean Meyers, Brandon Showers, Bob Gregg, Pete Blais, Josh Rowntree, Mike Azadian and Mark Schaas for their help on these recaps.

WPIAL CLASS AAAA Quarterfinals:

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