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WPIAL Individual Wrestling Class AA Sectional Results

The WPIAL held its individual wrestling sectionals in Class AA Saturday at three different sites to set the field for the classification championships next weekend. The top five wrestlers in each weight class in each of the three AA sections qualify for the 2012 WPIAL Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships on Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th right here on the MSA Sports Network.

Section 1-AA at Burgettstown High School:

WPIAL Basketball Playoff Recaps for Saturday, February 18th

There were a good deal of blowouts, several nail-biters and a handful of eyebrow-raisers were the story of Day Two as Boys Class AAAA, Boys Class AA, Girls Class AAA and Girls Class A got a chance to tip off their respective postseason tournaments. Here are ALL of the recaps from the 15 boys and 11 girls basketball games played on Saturday afternoon of the Battle to the Bluff.

Special THANKS to Mark Schaas, Paul Paterra, Don Rebel, Bob Barrickman, Josh Rowntree, Sam Hall, Justin McKim, Dan Zangrilli, Bob Gregg, Melissa Carle, T.J. DiStefano, Lee Mohn, Mike Krcil, Matt Vandriak, Johnny Lee and Jason Tennant for their help on these recaps.

WPIAL BOYS CLASS AAAA Preliminary Round:

WPIAL Basketball Playoff Recaps for Friday, February 17th

The 2012 WPIAL basketball playoff began with First Round action in Boys Class A and Girls Class AAAA, along with Preliminary Round play in Boys AAA and Girls AA. Here are ALL of the recaps from the 14 girls and 15 boys basketball games played on opening night of the Battle to the Bluff.

Special THANKS to Paul Paterra, Mark Uriah, Bob Barrickman, Scott Briggs, Randy Gore, Bob Gregg, Sam Hall, Jason Tennant, Justin McKim, T.J. DiStefano, Brian Mroziak, Bobby Fox, Mark Schaas, Johnny Lee, Greg Kuntz, Melissa Carle, Bob Orkwis, Terry Neary, Don Rebel, Matt Vandriak, Lee Mohn and Dan Zangrilli for their help on these recaps.

WPIAL BOYS CLASS AAA Preliminary Round:

2012 WPIAL Boys Basketball Playoff Preview

The ball goes up on Friday night for the start of the 2012 WPIAL Boys Basketball Playoffs as Gateway, Montour, Monessen and Vincentian Academy prepare to defend their hardwood titles. Here is a preview of the girls version of the 'Battle to the Bluff'.

2012 WPIAL Girls Basketball Playoff Preview

The ball goes up on Friday night for the start of the 2012 WPIAL Girls Basketball Playoffs as Shaler, Blackhawk, Seton-LaSalle and North Catholic prepare to defend their hardwood titles. Here is a preview of the girls version of the 'Battle to the Bluff'.

Scholastic Notebook

The coaching wheels are turning – not only in football, but already in basketball. There were some noteworthy coaching changes in both sports this week. 

Hempfield's Nicole Metz on Target, Wins 2012 WPIAL Rifle Title

The girls ruled the day at the 2012 WPIAL Individual Rifle Championship Thursday afternoon at the Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Sportsmens Club in Canonsburg. When the 'smoke' cleared, girls claimed the top ten spots, led by Hempfield's Nicole Metz.

Metz, the runner-up a year ago, finished with a final total of 200-18x, one of five shooters to register the same score. Metz won the gold because she had six center shots while the other four had five center shots.

Girls claiming the top ten spots was a first in WPIAL Individual Rifle history. The other nine were:

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 and Class AA. 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)  PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS  (12-3-3)
(Last Week #5)

2)  CANON-McMILLAN BIG MACS  (16-2-0)
(Last Week #1)

3)  PENN-TRAFFORD WARRIORS  (16-2-0)
(Last Week #2)

4)  NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (15-4-1)
(Last Week #3)

5)  MOUNT LEBANON BLUE DEVILS  (14-4-1)
(Last Week #4)

6)  BETHEL PARK BLACK HAWKS  (10-7-1)
(Last Week #6)

Woodland Hills Shoots For Gold, Wins 2012 Team Rifle Title

For the first time in 14 years, Woodland Hills High School is celebrating a WPIAL Team Rifle Championship.  Tuesday afternoon at the Dormont-Mt. Lebanon Sportsmen's Club in Canonsburg, the Wolverines edged second pace Hempfield to claim the schools third rifle title and first since 1998.  Woody High's first championship was in 1992.

Brendan Boyle, Colin Letson, Chuck Pantalone and Quinn Rouse all shot a 100-9x to lead the way for Woodland Hills, while Miranda Johnston and Mario Scaramouche shot a 100-8x.

The Wolverines ' score of 800-65x was four better than runner-up Hempfield, which shot an 800-61x. Avella finished third  with a score of 799-58x. The defending champion Trinity Hillers finished in fourth place.

2012 WPIAL GIRLS BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS

Through two rounds of the girls version of the Battle to the Bluff, the three of the four defending champions (Blackhawk, Seton-LaSalle and North Catholic) and all four #1 and #2 seeds are still alive. Double-digit seeds Upper St. Clair, Steel Valley, Keystone Oaks and Riverview have decided to crash the Semi's party,  while AAAA Section 4 and AA Section 5 have been dominant. Here are ALL of the final scores from the Preliminary Round, First Round and the Quarterfinals, PLUS the sites and times for Semifinals on Tuesday and Wednesday 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.

WPIAL CLASS AAAA Semifinals:

PIHL High School Hockey Notebook

Welcome to another edition of “PIHL Notebook,” your weekly companion to “The PIHL Power Play” on the MSA Sports Network. Check out which teams are hot right now in “Melting the Ice” and track recent game action in “Scoreboard Watch.” Plus, we preview upcoming MSA broadcasts and quote guests from the show in “They Said It.”

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

Because we think YOU are special, our Valentines Day gift to you is plenty of regular season and postseason high school and college basketball, wrestling and hockey action all week long here on the MSA Sports Network.

Ineligible Player Leads to Forfeits, Which Leads to Playoff Vacancy

MSA Sports has learned that the WPIAL girls basketball playing field has shrunk by one team before the brackets have even been announced. District officials say the use of an ineligible player has forced the Wilkinsburg Tigers girls basketball team to forfeit two section victories, costing them their playoff spot.

Moon is Golden in 2012 WPIAL Girls Gymnastics Championships

For only the second time in school history and the first time since 2008, the Moon Tigers are queens of WPIAL Girls Gymnastics after they captured the team title in their own gym Saturday afternoon. The win for Moon ends the title run for another group of Tigers as North Allegheny's string of three consecutive championshi

Canon-McMillan Golden in Claiming PIAA Team Wrestling AAA Title

It wasn’t easy, but Canon-McMillan (24-0) won the 2012 PIAA Class AAA team wrestling championship with a 35-20 victory over McDowell (18-2) this afternoon at the GIANT Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania. In a dual meet that featured four lead changes, the Trojans made things very interesting. After winning six of the first nine bouts contested, McDowell built a slim four point lead.

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