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Lincoln Park Finally Strikes Gold in Winning WPIAL Boys Class A

The Lincoln Park Leopards claimed their first WPIAL Boys Class A championships with a 74-57 victory over the Cornell Raiders at the A.J. Palumbo Center. Ryan Hosack scored 27 points to lead the Leopards, Devontae Watson added a triple double with 17 points, 15 rebounds and 10 blocked shots before fouling out with 3:01 remaining.

Cornell actually led 4-0, but Lincoln Park scored the next eleven points, grabbing a 17-10 lead after one quarter. Hosack helped the Leopards pull away in the second, he scored 16 points in the half, while Watson controlled the glass and swatted away several shots. Lincoln Park actually led 34-16, a three by Dustin Goins helped Cornell cut the lead to 34-23 at the break.

Seton-LaSalle Perfect in Winning Second Straight WPIAL Girls AA Crown

Seton-LaSalle discovered that #13 is a lucky number. The Rebels outlasted section rival Bishop Canevin 73-60 Friday afternoon to capture their second consecutive WPIAL girls Class AA championship and become the 13th girl’s school to win a district title with a perfect record as Seton-LaSalle picked up their 25th win in 25 games.

In the third meeting between these Section 5 teams, Bishop Canevin actually jumped out to a 7-3 first quarter lead before Natalie Piaggesi hit three field goals in an 8-0 run for the Rebels that put Seton-LaSalle up 11-7. The Crusaders tied the game at 11-11 before the Rebels scored 10 of the final 13 points in the quarter and claimed a 21-14 lead after one.
The second quarter was back and forth as the lead for Seton-LaSalle was never more than eleven points, but was never fewer than seven points as the Rebels led the Crusaders at the break 38-27.

North Allegheny Sweeps Boys and Girls Swimming Titles in Class AAA

The North Allegheny Tigers dominated the AAA WPIAL boys and girls swimming championships on day two held at Trees Pool at the University of Pittsburgh Friday afternoon..

2012 WPIAL Boys Basketball Championship Previews

For the WPIAL boys basketball championships this weekend, the theme might be: “Weren’t you just here?”

Three of the eight finalists at Duquesne University’s Palumbo Center were in the title games a year ago – Gateway in Class AAAA, Monessen in Class AA and Lincoln Park in Class A. Lincoln Park has actually been in the title game the past two seasons.

Here is a look at the title games.

CLASS AAAA
The game: Gateway (19-6) vs. Pittsburgh Central Catholic (15-10), Saturday at 9 p.m.


The statistics: Central Catholic senior guard Lincoln Davis averages 20.2 points a game while senior guard Tyler Scott leads Gateway at 16.5 points a game. … Central Catholic has held three playoff opponents below 50 points. Gateway has scored 60 or more in three playoff games.

2012 WPIAL Girls Basketball Championship Previews

Rematch is a popular word for the WPIAL girls basketball championships this weekend. Three of the four title games are between teams that already have played this year – South Park vs. Blackhawk, Seton-LaSalle vs. Bishop Canevin and North Catholic vs. Vincentian. Seton-LaSalle-Bishop Canevin and North Catholic-Vincentian are from the same sections.

The only game that is not a rematch is Oakland Catholic vs. Mount Lebanon.

All four championship games will be played at Duquesne University’s Palumbo Center. Here is a look at the four championship games:

WPIAL Class AAA Individual Wrestling Finals - Day One Highlights

The AAA WPIAL Championships kicked off from Norwin High School Thursday night. Four wrestlers were eliminated from the 20 man bracket to leave 8 wrestlers remaining in the quarterfinals and 8 wrestlers in the consolations.

Overall there weren’t many surprises on the first night of action at Norwin. From the top 6 seeds in each weight class, only 3 lost on Thursday. At 132 pounds, 6th seed Josh Gudenburr of Ringgold lost to Chris Olszewski of Hampton 12-3. At 138 pounds, 5th seed Erik Rayman of Norwin lost to Italo Merante of Peters Township 4-3. The biggest upset of all however came at 152 pounds, when 3rd seed John Kyriacopoulos of Upper St. Clair lost 8-3 to Joe Fiasco of Penn Trafford.

AAA WPIAL Champion Canon-McMillan leads the way with 10 wrestlers in the quarterfinals. Central Catholic and Hampton both have 8 wrestlers still alive in the winners bracket.

WPIAL Basketball Teams That Have Qualified for PIAA Basketball Playoffs

The 2012 WPIAL Boys and Girls Basketball Playoffs conclude this weekend with eight championship games at the A.J. Palumbo Center at Duquesne University. Starting next week, 46 district teams hop on the Highway to Happy Valley with the start of the PIAA Boys and Girls Basketball state playoffs. Here are the teams that have qualified for the 'second chance' at gold and their seeding for those classifications that have played their title game.

WPIAL BOYS AAAA PIAA QUALIFIERS - 5:

Gateway Gators

Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings

Butler Golden Tornado

Shaler Titans

(If Gateway wins -  Seneca Valley is in)
(If Pgh Central Catholic wins - Peters Township is in)

WPIAL BOYS AAA PIAA QUALIFIERS - 6:

#1 - New Castle Red Hurricane

Golden Freshmen Shine in Day One of WPIAL Class AA Swimming Championships

After Day One of the McDonald’s/WPIAL Boys and Girls Swimming Championships, the West Allegheny Indians hold a 33 point lead to try and claim a second straight Girls Class AA championship, while on the boys side, Indiana holds a sizable lead over Hampton for a second straight boys championship.

Individually on the girls side, junior Braelyn Tracy of Elizabeth Forward upset defending champion Kara Kaulius of West Allegheny for the 200 Freestyle title. Margaret Gruber of Mars claimed her second straight championship in the 100 Butterfly. A pair of freshman also claimed WPIAL gold, Maddie Bartrug of South Fayette in the 50 Freestyle and Bria Otwell of Freeport in the 200 IM.

Senior Bobby Francis of Quaker Valley, the 2011 breaststroke champion, claimed gold in the 200 IM on the boys side.

Here are the individual and team standings after the opening day:

Records Fall On Day One At WPIAL Class AAA Swimming Championships

The McDonald’s WPIAL Class AAA Swimming Championships kicked off Day 1 at Trees Pool on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Several WPIAL records were broken and North Allegheny staked a major claim towards taking both the boys and girls titles after the first day’s events.

North Allegheny set the first record of the day, in the very first event, setting a new mark in the Girls 200 Yard Medley Relay. The NA girls also set a record in the final event, the 200 Freestyle Relay. The NA boys also broke a record in the 200 Medley Relay.

Senior Andrew Rich of Peters Township set an individual record in the 100 Butterfly. Senior Matthew Buerger of North Allegheny bested his brother Zachery in the 200 IM by 51 hundreds of a second.

Here are the individual results and team standings from Day 1, the top 4 finishers qualify to the PIAA Championships next month at Bucknell University.

WPIAL Basketball Playoff Recaps for Wednesday, February 29th

February 29th. Leap Year. It happens once every four years. Semifinals Wednesday in the WPIAL Basketball Playoffs. It happens once a year. This edition saw the first top seed fall, two defending boys champs return to the finals and two more sets of girls top seeds advancing to title weekend, setting up four #1 vs #2 girls championship games. Here are the recaps from Semifinals Wednesday in Boys AAAA, Boys AA, Girls AAA and Girls A in the final stop on the Battle to the Bluff.

a special THANKS to Johnny Lee, Glenn Thompson, Ken Laird, Bob Barrickman, Jim Frederick, Matt Vandriak, Josh Rowntree and Bob Gregg for their help on these recaps.

WPIAL CLASS AAAA Semifinals:

2012 WPIAL BOYS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS - FINALS NOW SET

It took until the final game of the Semifinals, but finally a top-seed has fallen. Shaler becomes the only #1 seed in all eight tournaments to not make it to the Palumbo Center. Meanwhile, AAAA defending champion Gateway and 2011 AA winner Monessen remain alive and are one victory away from a golden repeat. Here are ALL of the final results through the Semifinals round, plus the four Championship Game matchups AND TIMES are set for this weekend in the 2012 WPIAL Boys Basketball Playoffs.

Once again, MSA Sports will broadcast every WPIAL boys basketball playoff game sponsored in part by McDonalds.

2012 WPIAL BOYS CLASS AAAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:

2012 WPIAL GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS - FOUR FINALS FEATURE #1 vs #2

All this talk about upsets and bracket busters and after all of the smoke cleared in three plus rounds of girls basketball, the storyline is simple...#1 vs #2. The top two seeds in each of the four girls basketball tournaments have wrapped up Semifinals victories and are on their way to the bluff this weekend at Duquesne University to play for district gold. Only Seton-LaSalle in AA and North Catholic in A are alive looking for a repeat title performance here in 2012. Here are ALL of the final scores through the Semifinals round, PLUS the four Championship Game matchups AND TIMES in the 2012 WPIAL Girls Basketball Playoffs.

Once again, MSA Sports will broadcast every WPIAL girls basketball playoff game sponsored in part by McDonalds and Carlow University.

2012 WPIAL GIRLS CLASS AAAA CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:

MSA Sports Top Seven - PIHL High School Hockey

Each Wednesday during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top seven teams in all four classifications/divisions in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League...including NEW #1 teams in Class AAA, Class AA and the Open Class. Don't miss “The PIHL Power Play Show” every Wednesday at 8:00pm and the "PIHL High School Hockey Notebook" every Monday during the season only here on the MSA Sports Network.

PIHL CLASS AAA:

1)  PENN-TRAFFORD WARRIORS  (18-2-1)
(Last Week #3)

2)  NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (16-4-1)
(Last Week #4)

3)  CANON-McMILLAN BIG MACS  (17-3-0)
(Last Week #2)

4)  BETHEL PARK BLACK HAWKS  (12-7-1)
(Last Week #6)

5)  MOUNT LEBANON BLUE DEVILS  (15-5-1)
(Last Week #5)

6)  PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS  (12-5-3)
(Last Week #1)

WPIAL Basketball Playoff Recaps for Tuesday, February 28th

All four top-seeds are title game bound in Girls AAAA, Girls AA, Boys AAA and Boys A. Oakland Catholic, Seton-LaSalle, New Castle and Lincoln Park all advanced with double digit victories. However only one of the three defending champs in those classifications survived Semifinals Tuesday. Here are ALL the recaps from the eight Semifinals games in the four tournaments listed above.

A special THANKS goes out to Mark Schaas, Bob Barrickman, Dennis Fischer, Jim Frederick, Jake Miller, Don Rebel, Dan Zangrilli, Bob Orkwis and Greg Kuntz for their help on these recaps.

WPIAL BOYS CLASS AAA Semifinals:

2012 PIHL Open Class High School Hockey Playoffs

While PIHL Class AAA, Class AA and Class A teams are in the final two weeks of the long regular season, the Open Class teams have already dropped the puck on their postseason tournaments. The Nailers Cup is down to the Final Three while the championship game is set in the battle for the Chiefs Cup after the top two seeds were eliminated in the Semifinals. Here are all of the results thus far, plus the final Semifinals game schedule in the Nailers Cup playoffs and the Chiefs Cup Championship Game schedule in the PIHL Open Class Postseason.

2012 PIHL OPEN CLASS CHIEFS CUP CHAMPIONSHIP:

#4 Greensburg-Salem Golden Lions (17-5-0) vs #3 Indiana Little Indians (17-5-0) AT Center Ice in Delmont on Tuesday, March 6th at 7:00pm on MSAsports.net

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