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Neumann-Goretti Beats Montour Again for Three-Peat in PIAA Boys AAA

The Montour Spartans jumped out to a ten point first quarter lead but the Neumann-Goretti Saints rallied to take the lead late in the second quarter and survived some poor free throw shooting down the stretch to claim their third consecutive PIAA Class AAA Boys Championship with a 48-45 victory Friday night at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Montour had a chance to tie the game with two seconds to play, but Kevin Scuilli's three point attempt from the left corner was deflected by La'Quan Coaxum, ending the dreams of the Spartans. The Saints could have pulled away but went 5 of 15 in the fourth quarter from the line, a 14 of 30 performance for the game.

Oakland Catholic Falls to Archbishop Carroll in PIAA Girls AAAA Finals

The Archbishop Carroll Patriots picked up their second PIAA Girls Quad-A title with a 56-37 victory over Oakland Catholic on Friday night at the Bryce Jordan Center. The Patriots won the 2009 title and fell to Mount Lebanon in last year's title game.

The Patriots were led by Sarah Curran with 16 points and 7 rebounds, Rachel Pearson added 14 points with 7 rebounds and Meghan Creighton with 10 points and 7 boards.

Archbishop Carroll took the lead midway thru the first quarter as Creighton hit a three to stake the Patriots to a 14-9 lead. Oakland Catholic turned the ball over five times in the first and went without a basket over the final 3:07.

The second quarter started the same way as the first for the Eagles, only one point and no field goals thru the first four minutes. Pearson hit a three with 2:27 left in the half forced Oakland Catholic coach Shannon Boyle to take a timeout with a 22-10 Patriots lead.

Lincoln Park Comes Up Short Again in State Class A Boys Title Bid

The Philadelphia Constitution Generals made their first trip to Penn State a good one as they defeated the WPIAL champion Lincoln Park Leopards 68-49 in the Class A Boys title tilt. Seniors Savon Goodman and Daiquan Walker dominated the show for the District 12 champions, scoring 27 and 22 points respectively.The win was the fourteenth straight for the Generals.

Lincoln Park fell for the second straight year in the title game, falling to another D-12 school, Math, Civics and Science 70-55. The Leopards saw a ten game winning streak come to an end.

Constitution jumped out to a 7-2 lead, highlighted by a Savon Goodman slam. The Generals extended that lead to 22-11 after one, but went cold in the second, coming up empty on five out of six possessions near the end of the half. Lincoln Park cut the lead to six twice, but missed multiple chances to reduce the deficit.

PIAA Has A New Leader

The PIAA Board of Control announced this morning that Dr. Robert Lombardi will replace Bradley Cashman as executive director of the PIAA, at the end of Cashman's term.

Cashman announced his retirement last year and the board narrowed the search down to two candidates, who were interviewed this morning. 

Lombardi has been with the PIAA since 1988 and oversees several championship events. He is also responsible for the PIAA officials convention, held in August and works with the PIAA's registered sports officials. 


2012 PIAA Basketball Championship Games Preview

The Path to Penn State has ended, eight championship tilts are on tap for this weekend at the Bryce Jordan Center. A rematch highlights the first day's action, with four games each day. The MSA Sports Network will have complete coverage, with broadcasts indicated, plus recaps from both days action.

Here are previews of all eight games, starting with Friday's action:

Girls Class AA Championship Game:
Seton LaSalle Rebels (29-0) vs. York Catholic Crusaders (29-3) Noon Friday on the MSA Sports Network

CLICK HERE for Game Link

2012 WPIAL Baseball Review and Preview

The first pitch will be fired Friday to open up the 2012 WPIAL baseball season. Seneca Valley, Elizabeth Forward, Riverside and Neshannock are ready to defend their district crowns while Riverside and Serra Catholic prepare to defend their PIAA state titles. 


Here are the final WPIAL baseball standings for the 2011 regular season.


Section 1: (Section Record) (Overall Record)
#-Seneca Valley Raiders : (9-3) (12-3)
*-Pine-Richland Rams : (8-4) (13-5)
*-Butler Golden Tornado : (8-4) (12-4)
*-Shaler Titans : (8-4) (12-7)
x-North Allegheny Tigers : (7-5) (14-5)
x-North Hills Indians : (2-10) (6-10)
x-Fox Chapel Foxes : (0-12) (3-17)

PIAA Basketball Semifinals Wednesday Recaps

The 2012 WPIAL Class A girls champs and the lone district team remaining in Class AAA were eliminated on Wednesday, two WPIAL teams got their ticket punched to Happy Valley. Beaver Falls boys and North Catholic girls will join Montour, Lincoln Park, Oakland Catholic and Seton-LaSalle at Penn State University this weekend participating in the state championship games. Here are recaps from the games involving D-7 teams on Semifinals Wednesday in the PIAA Basketball Playoffs.

Thanks to Bob Barrickman, Ryan Lucas and Jason Lucia for their help with these recaps.

PIAA BOYS CLASS AA SEMIFINALS: Beaver Falls Tigers 55 - Quaker Valley Quakers 45

PIHL Penguins Cup Semifinals Wednesday Recaps

The PIHL Penguins Cup Semifinals concluded Wednesday night with Class AAA taking center stage. South Hills rivals Bethel Park and Peters Township both rose to the occasion and eliminated the top two seeds at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Complex. Here are recaps from both games.

Bethel Park Black Hawks 3 - Penn-Trafford Warriors 2
By Mark Schaas

2012 WPIAL Softball Review and Preview

The first pitch will be fired Friday to open up the 2012 WPIAL softball season. Latrobe, Yough, Burrell and Chartiers-Houston are ready to defend their district crowns and Valley prepares to defend their PIAA state title. This also marks the second season of the MSA Sports Hometown Softball program. Stay tuned for more information. 


Here are the final WPIAL softball standings for the 2011 regular season.

PIAA Basketball Semifinals Tuesday Recaps

It was a banner night for the WPIAL. Now four district teams are one win away from plenty of gold and a state championship banner. Montour in AAA boys and Lincoln Park in A boys were winners and earn a repeat trip to the PIAA Finals for a second straight year. Oakland Catholic in AAAA girls and Seton-LaSalle in AA girls were also winners and will play Friday in Happy Valley for state gold. Here are recaps from the west on Semifinals Tuesday in the PIAA Basketball Playoffs.

Thanks to Dennis Fischer, Jim Frederick and Don Rebel for their help with these recaps.

PIAA BOYS CLASS AAA SEMIFINALS: Montour Spartans 45 - Hampton Talbots 29

PIHL Penguins Cup Semifinals Tuesday Recaps

The PIHL Penguins Cup Semifinals continued Tuesday night with Class AA taking center stage. Both Erie Cathedral Prep and West Allegheny fell behind early before coming back to win at the Robert Morris University Island Sports Complex. Here are recaps from both games.

Erie Cathedral Prep Ramblers 6 - Chartiers Valley Colts 4
By Josh Rowntree

They say the 15th Anniversary the "crystal" anniversary.

But on Saturday, the Erie Cathedral Prep hockey team will be looking for gold as they will play for their third Penguins Cup Championship, with the last coming 15 years ago.

Jimmy Bufalino and Mitch Cambell each netted hat tricks and #4 Prep knocked off #2 Chartiers Valley 6-4 in a wild semifinal matchup at the RMU Island Sports Center.

WPIAL Softball Realignment for 2013 and 2014 Seasons

The WPIAL Board of Control has approved the new realignment for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. Here is a breakdown of each section in all four classifications for the next two years of District 7 softball.

Connellsville Falcons
Franklin Regional Panthers
Hempfield Spartans
Kiski Area Cavaliers
Latrobe Wildcats
Norwin Knights
Penn-Trafford Warriors

Allderdice Dragons
Gateway Gators
McKeesport Tigers
Oakland Catholic Eagles
Penn Hills Indians
Plum Mustangs
Woodland Hills Wolverines

CLASS AAAA Section 3:
Butler Golden Tornado
Fox Chapel Foxes
North Allegheny Tigers
North Hills Indians
Pine-Richland Rams
Seneca Valley Raiders
Shaler Titans

WPIAL Baseball Realignment for 2013 and 2014 Seasons

WPIAL baseball will have a bit of a symmetrical look to it for the next two years after the district Board of Control approved the new realignment for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. There will be more sections in each class with fewer teams in each section in all four classifications. Here is a breakdown of each section.

Butler Golden Tornado
Fox Chapel Foxes
New Castle Red Hurricane
North Allegheny Tigers
North Hills Indians
Seneca Valley Raiders

Albert Gallatin Colonials
Connellsville Falcons
Hempfield Spartans
Kiski Area Cavaliers
Latrobe Wildcats
Norwin Knights
Penn-Trafford Warriors

PIHL Penguins Cup Semifinals Monday Recaps

The PIHL Penguins Cup Semifinals began Monday night with Class A taking center stage. Mars needed double overtime to advance while Quaker Valley cruises to victory at the Island Sports Complex. Here are recaps from both games.

Quaker Valley Quakers 7 - Kittanning Wildcats 1
By Lee Mohn

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. This week, we have another special playoff edition in store, this time continuing the annual tradition with our complete Penguins Cup Semifinal preview capsules on all 12 teams vying for the right to compete on Consol Energy Center ice this Saturday.


#1 Quaker Valley Quakers (18-1-1) vs. #4 Kittanning Wildcats (14-5-1) at Island Sports Center on Neville Island on Monday, March 19th at 6:00pm on

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