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2012 WPIAL SOFTBALL STANDINGS

Here are the FINAL WPIAL softball standings for the 2012 season, including the FINAL WPIAL PLAYOFF CLINCHINGS. The standings will be updated daily through the regular season. You can follow the high school softball season with schedules, scores, weekly rankings every Tuesday and game broadcasts through the MSA Sports Hometown Softball Program here on the MSA Sports Network.

The top three teams in each section qualify for the WPIAL playoffs.

Teams in all caps are members of the MSA Sports Hometown Softball Program.

The 2012 WPIAL Softball playoffs on the MSA Sports Network will be sponsored by Carlow University.

2012 WPIAL BOYS VOLLEYBALL STANDINGS

Here are the FINAL standings for the 2012 WPIAL Boys Volleyball season, including the FINAL PLAYOFF CLINCHINGS. You can follow the WPIAL Boys Volleyball regular season with updated results, standings, and rankings every Wednesday, plus 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 13 PLAYOFF TEAMS)

Section 1: (Section Record)

Sewickley Academy Wins 8th Straight WPIAL Boys Team Tennis AA Title While Shady Side Academy Wins AAA Gold

Eight is definitely Great for Sewickley Academy boys tennis. The Panthers Friday celebrated their 8th consecutive WPIAL Boys Team Tennis Class AA championship with a victory over the Hampton Talbots. Sewickley Academy continued an impressive district domination of a team sport with their 16th championship in the last 18 years. Meanwhile, Shady Side Academy squeeked by defending champion Mount Lebanon to win the AAA crown. The Indians title is the second in three years and fourth in school history. Here are ALL of the results from the week long 2012 WPIAL Boys Team Tennis Playoffs.

2012 WPIAL CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:

Scholastic Notebook

The way the WPIAL baseball playoffs are set up, a team that makes it to a championship game could use its No. 1 pitcher in three of four contests. That is extremely good news for Thomas Jefferson.

Thomas Jefferson pitcher Greg Schneider hasn’t just been unbeatable this season. It has been almost impossible to score on him. Schneider had one of the most dominating regular seasons of any pitcher in recent WPIAL history.
Schneider, a Thomas Jefferson senior and a Pitt recruit, led Thomas Jefferson to the Class AAA Section 3 title. His statistics were remarkable.

Hempfield Sweeps AAA Team Track Gold As Wash High & Freeport Win in AA

Hempfield brought their brooms to the 2012 WPIAL Boys and Girls Team Track & Field Championships at Baldwin High School Thursday as the Spartans swept past the competition to win both the boys and girls Class AAA crowns. The win is the second straight for the Hempfield boys and fourth WPIAL team track title while the Spartans girls captured their second district championship in school history and first since 1984. In AA, Freeport captures its second consecutive WPIAL girls team track title and third in school history while the Washington boys win their third title in school history and first since 1997.

Northern Lights

In the May edition of the Northern Lights, a new football coach at New Castle and a look ahead to the upcoming baseball playoffs will be on deck.
 
COWART HIRED AT NEW CASTLE:
31 year old Joe Cowart, the starting quarterback and safety of the 1998 WPIAL championship team, was named the new head coach of the Red Hurricanes last month, but it wasn't without some controversy.  Accusations were made by school board president Allen Joseph of members of the high school administration, asking candidates to step aside to pave the way for another candidate, former New Castle star Bruce Clark, who went on to play at Penn State University and for the New Orleans Saints.

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Softball Playoff Rankings

Each Tuesday during the regular season, MSA Sports ranked the top ten WPIAL softball teams in each of the four classifications. Now on the brink of the 2012 Softball Playoffs, we rank ALL of the 62 teams that will battle for the four golden trophies in the finals, which are once again set for California University of Pennsylvania on Thursday, May 31st ONLY here on MSA Sports. The Network's exclusive coverage of the district postseason, which begins with the Playoff Pairings Show on Thursday night at 6:00pm, is sponsored once again this year by Carlow University.

Records through Tuesday, May 8th in parenthesis.

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Boys Volleyball

For the final time in the 2012 regular season, MSA Sports ranks the top ten boys volleyball teams in the WPIAL in both classifications at www.MSAsports.netincluding a NEW #1 team in Class AAA. Log on every day for updated standings and match broadcasts on your exclusive home for the 2012 WPIAL Boys Volleyball Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net

Section record in parenthesis.

WPIAL CLASS AAA TOP TEN:

1)   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (10-1)
(Last Week #2)

2)   NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (10-1)
(Last Week #1)

3)   NORWIN KNIGHTS  (11-0)
(Last Week #3)

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

The regular season winds down in high school baseball and scholastic softball this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We feature plenty of WPIAL and District 6 baseball and softball including the WPIAL Baseball and Softball Playoff Pairings Shows along with WPIAL boys volleyball, boys and girls lacrosse, plus more women's pro football with the Pittsburgh Passion and news from the auto racing world with Rappin on Racin and pro baseball featuring the Class AA Altoona Curve ALL here at MSAsports.net

Monday, May 7th:

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

39th Annual Baldwin Invitational Track & Field Results

It’s the right arm that brings Bill Stanley notoriety. But at the Baldwin Invitational, it was footwork that helped bring Stanley into the spotlight.

Stanley, a senior at South Park High School, had one of the most unforgettable performances ever in a field event at the 39th annual Baldwin Invitational Friday. The event is one of the largest meets in the eastern part of the country and attracted more than 2,000 competitors from all over Western Pennsylvania.

Stanley was the talk of the meet after throwing the javelin 234 feet, 9 inches to set a Baldwin Invitational record and also enhance his reputation as one of the best javelin throwers in the country. But about the feet …

SSA & SA Academy Duos Win 2012 WPIAL Boys Doubles Tennis Titles

It's not often that an 8th seed wins any tournament, but it rarely happens on the tennis court where the top-seeds often prevail. The Shady Side Academy tandem of Alok Nimgaonkar and Chris Grubbs broke the mold Friday when they swept past Ben Short and Dylan McCullough of Fox Chapel to win the 2012 WPIAL Class AAA Boys Doubles Tennis titles. Alok's brother Vivek was on the district doubles winning team a year ago. However in Class AA, the top seed did prevail to win the championship as the duo of William Kleeman and Patrick Dellinger of Sewickley Academy won the Class AA Finals in straight sets over Tim Hoban and Alex Kietz of Winchester Thurston. Kleeman won the WPIAL Class AA boys doubles title a year ago with then Panthers teammate Daniel Martchek.

Scholastic Notebook

Peters Township not in the WPIAL baseball playoffs? It will seem strange, but it could happen.

And if Peters Township doesn’t make the postseason, you can almost be assured it will be a close call.

Peters Township, one of the WPIAL’s top baseball programs, hasn’t missed the playoffs since 2002. But the Indians are in fourth place heading into today’s game against Mt. Lebanon. Peters Township is 6-4 in section and 7-10 overall. The top three teams make the playoffs, and Bethel Park (8-2), Upper St. Clair (8-3) and Mt. Lebanon (7-3) are all ahead of Peters Township.

If Peters Township loses to Mount Lebanon Friday night on MSA, Peters Township is out of the playoffs.

Hometown Softball Program Game Recap - South Side Beaver

It was a beautiful day for softball in Hookstown PA. Home of the South Side Beaver Rams. In a Hometown Sports broadcast the Rams clinched a share of the section title with a 9-0 win over their rival the Western Beaver Golden Beavers. South Side finishes the regular season with  an overall record of 16-3. In single A section 5 they finished with an 11-1 record and a share of the title with Shenango. They split the season series and have identical 11-1 records.

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL 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 on your exclusive home for the 2012 WPIAL Boys Volleyball Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net

Section record in parenthesis.

WPIAL CLASS AAA TOP TEN:

1)   NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (10-0)
(Last Week #1)

2)   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (8-1)
(Last Week #2)

3)   NORWIN KNIGHTS  (9-0)
(Last Week #3)

4)   BETHEL PARK BLACK HAWKS  (7-1)
(Last Week #6)

2012 WPIAL TEAM TRACK & FIELD FINALS NOW SET

The final fields of four are set for the 2012 WPIAL Boys and Girls Class AAA and Class AA Team Track & Field Championships.

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