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Hometown Softball Program Salute - CHARTIERS-HOUSTON BUCCANEERS

Chartiers-Houston had another successful campaign last season in their first year of AA competition, finishing 19-2 and making it to the WPIAL Semifinals.  However, with over half of last year's starters are not in the lineup this season as a young Buccaneers team looks to improve and learn quickly as they compete for a playoff spot in a competitive Class AA Section 2.

Hometown Softball Program Salute - ELIZABETH FORWARD WARRIORS

Although the Elizabeth Forward softball team is returning five starters, four of which are seniors, they are rebuilding in the circle with sophomore pitcher, Sarah Turek and her battery mate of freshman catcher Jessica Cartia. The Lady Warriors feel they will compete for the Class AAA Section 4 championship and look for another run at a WPIAL Championship in 2014.



Returning EF starters are:

Seniors - McKenna Kern moving from first base to second base

Jen Keefer returning to center field

Courtney Hrabosky returning to right field

Ashley Baker moving from third base to left field

And returning Junior shortstop - Caitlyn Arico. 

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Baseball

Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten baseball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications every Monday at www.MSAsports.net  Here are this weeks rankings, including a NEW #1 team in Class AAAA. Log on every day for updated standings and game broadcasts on your exclusive home for the 2014 WPIAL Baseball Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net

WPIAL Class AAAA:

1)    PENN-TRAFFORD WARRIORS  (5-0)
(Last Week #7)

2)    HEMPFIELD SPARTANS  (5-0)
(Last Week #10)

3)    PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (5-1)
(Last Week #2)

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

With the hope for a much drier week, we have plenty of diamond action scheduled in this first full week of April this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have section play in WPIAL baseball, WPIAL softball, WPIAL boys volleyball and WPIAL boys lacrosse along with college baseball and women's lacrosse featuring Slippery Rock University, plus we have exclusive coverage of the 2014 WPIAL Boys Singles Tennis Finals and another edition of The WPIAL Baseball Show ALL here at MSAsports.net

Monday, April 7th:

WPIAL High School Baseball - Fox Chapel vs North Allegheny at 4:00pm on the North Allegheny Sports Network at MSAsports.net

Scholastic Notebook

It has been proven the Blackhawk baseball team is close to unbeatable when Brendan McKay pitches. That is the main reason the Cougars are the MSA Sports No. 1-ranked WPIAL Class AAA team.

But the No. 1 question with Blackhawk remains what kind of team are the Cougars when McKay doesn’t pitch?

It’s a natural question, especially after last season. McKay, one of the most successful pitchers in the WPIAL the past few decades, was 7-0 last year to lift his career record to 22-1. McKay was phenomenal, allowing only three runs and one earned run in 53 innings pitched. But the rest of the season, Blackhawk was 3-7.

MSA Sports Top Ten - Boys Volleyball

Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten boys volleyball teams in the WPIAL in both classifications every Wednesday at www.MSAsports.net. Log on every day for updated standings and match broadcasts here on your exclusive home for the 2014 WPIAL Boys Volleyball Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net

Each teams section record is in parenthesis.

 

WPIAL CLASS AAA:

1)   NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (2-0)

2)   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (2-0)

3)   FOX CHAPEL FOXES  (2-1)

4)   BETHEL PARK BLACK HAWKS  (2-0)

5)   NORWIN KNIGHTS  (2-0)

6)   PENN-TRAFFORD WARRIORS  (3-0)

Hometown Softball Broadcast Recap For Baldwin on 4/1/14

On a gorgeous, breezy day in the South Hills, the Brashear Bulls faced the Baldwin Highlanders on a dry, sunny softball field. Both teams are very young and are in a tight Section 4 AAAA division. However, consistent pitching and excellent offense made it look like an easy win for Baldwin.

PIHL Notebook - 2013-2014 MSA All-Icers

Welcome to another edition of “PIHL Notebook,” your weekly companion to “The PIHL Power Play” on the MSA Sports Network. With the Penguins and Pennsylvania Cup champions crowned, there is just one more order of business we must attend to. It’s time once again to unveil the annual “All Icers Team” as voted on by the MSA Sports Network staff. So, let’s light the lamp on the final 2013-14 edition of “PIHL Notebook.”

2013-14 MSA SPORTS NETWORK “ALL ICERS” – FIRST TEAM:

Christian Siak – Bethel Park

Regular Season: 17 GP, 29 G, 13 A, 5 PP, 1 SH, 2 GW, 2.47 PTS/GM

Penguins Cup Playoffs: 3 GP, 4 G, 2 A, 3 PP, 2 GW, 2.00 PTS/GM

Hometown Softball Program Salute - BALDWIN HIGHLANDERS

With one more year of experience, the young Baldwin Softball team looks to turn up in 2014. Lead by senior captain Melissa Paterni, Baldwin will compete and look for another run at the WPIAL championship.

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

As the mercury rises, we say so long to March and welcome in April this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have the debut of WPIAL baseball along with WPIAL softball, WPIAL boys volleyball, WPIAL boys and girls lacrosse and college baseball featuring Slippery Rock University, plus we have the debut of the WPIAL Baseball Show ALL here at MSAsports.net

Monday, March 31st:

WPIAL High School Baseball - Riverside vs Beaver at 4:00pm on MSAsports.net

WPIAL High School Baseball - Seton-LaSalle vs South Side Beaver at 4:00pm on MSAsports.net

WPIAL High School Baseball - West Mifflin vs Belle Vernon at 5:00pm on MSAsports.net

Bethel Park Black Hawks Win High School Hockey National Championship

After losing to Peters Township in the PIHL Penguins Cup championship game nearly two weeks ago, the Bethel Park Black Hawks regrouped in a major way and now they have a NATIONAL title to show for it. Bethel Park became the first Western Pennsylvania team to win the USA Hockey national Championship when they edged Providence, Illinois 2-1 Sunday in Omaha, Nebraska.

Both Bethel Park and state champion Peters Township were a part of the 32-team national tournament. While the Indians were eliminated in pool play, the Black Hawks won their pool to advance to the Quarterfinals.  There they beat Sioux Falls, South Dakota 3-0 on Saturday morning, then knocked off Des Moines, Iowa 3-1 in the National Semifinals Saturday night.

Hometown Softball Broadcast Recap For South Side Beaver on 3/28/14

On a blustery day in Hookstown, the first Hometown Softball game of the 2014 season was played between the South Side Rams, and the Shenago Wildcats. Despite pre game rain, a damp field and gusting winds the visiting Wildcats win in come from behind fashion 5-3.

These two teams are rivals in section 4 single A, and are expected to fight for the league title. As expected it was a battle decided by good pitching, solid defense, and timely hitting. Unfortunately for the Rams it was Shenango who did all three to perfection to pull out the victory.

Scholastic Notebook

Baseball and softball teams were able to start playing games last week. But it’s never too early to look ahead – and there are two teams that have a chance to make history come late May.

In baseball, Seneca Valley has been to the WPIAL Class AAAA championship game three years in a row, winning twice and losing last year. The Raiders could become the first WPIAL team in at least 70 years to make a championship game four years in a row.

A check of WPIAL final game scores that go back to 1954, shows that no team has played in a championship game four consecutive years. Some teams have made it three years in a row. North Allegheny made it four of five years from 1990-94. Shaler made it four of five years from 1980-84.

2014 WPIAL BASEBALL PREVIEW

With a new season upon us and WPIAL section play scheduled to start for some on Monday, March 31st, MSA Sports takes a look at some of the baseball players and the teams to watch for this 2014 campaign. The season again starts with a chill in the air, but who will be left standing when the district playoffs conclude in the heat of the final week in May. Four teams enter the season looking for back-to-back WPIAL baseball titles as North Allegheny, South Park, Beaver and Western Beaver start hitting for more gold.

MSA Sports will have weekly rankings every Monday during the regular season, plus broadcasts and updated standings daily leading up to our exclusive coverage of the WPIAL Baseball Playoffs only here on the MSA Sports Network.

2014 WPIAL SOFTBALL PREVIEW

With a new season upon us and WPIAL section play scheduled to start for some on Monday, March 24th, MSA Sports takes a look at some of the softball players and the teams to watch for this 2014 campaign. Will anybody knock Canon-McMillan off their district and state perch in Quad A? Will Greensburg-Salem, Riverside and Neshannock be able to repeat as WPIAL champs this spring after winning district gold a year ago? Those are some of the questions that will be answered over the next six weeks.

MSA Sports will have weekly rankings every Tuesday during the regular season, plus broadcasts and updated standings daily leading up to our exclusive coverage of the WPIAL Softball Playoffs only here on the MSA Sports Network.

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