This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2015/05/29 - 6:07pm
This time of year, you see your fare share of shutouts as some of the top pitchers around the state do their thing. However District 7 teams are trying to avoid being blanked again in 2015 as they were in 2014. No WPIAL team even made it to Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on the campus of Penn State University last year, something 12 district teams hope to change in these 2015 PIAA Baseball Playoffs, which begin with First Round action on Monday, June 1st. PIAA CLASS AAAA First Round: PITTSBURGH CENTRAL CATHOLIC VIKINGS vs SHALER TITANS AT West Mifflin High School on Monday, June 1st at 4:00pm...
Article | Posted 2015/05/29 - 5:12pm
This time of year, you see your fare share of shutouts as some of the top pitchers around the state do their thing. However District 7 teams are trying to avoid being blanked again in 2015 as they were in 2014. No WPIAL team even made it to Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park on the campus of Penn State University last year, something 12 district teams hope to change in these 2015 PIAA Softball Playoffs, which begin with First Round action on Monday, June 1st. PIAA CLASS AAAA First Round: HEMPFIELD SPARTANS vs SHALER TITANS AT Fox Chapel High School on Monday, June 1st at 5:00pm on...
Article | Posted 2015/05/29 - 4:46pm
Spring is the time for things to bloom, right? This spring has been a time for a group of young WPIAL athletes to sprout. One of the storylines for spring sports in the WPIAL has been the young blood that has flowed through the league and made an impact. In case you didn’t notice, it has been a spring where an unusually a number of sophomores or freshmen did some terrific things in a few different sports. Let’s examine: * Connellsville sophomore Madison Wiltrout made the biggest impact, setting a national high school record in the javelin. Also, she set a number of invitational and...
Article | Posted 2015/05/28 - 11:18pm
A tip of the cap to the WPIAL Softball Steering Committee. Three of the four title game matchups were #1 vs #2-seeds with the fourth being a #1 vs #3. And after the dust settled at Lilley Field. three of the four champions crowned were top-seeds who went the distance. While Jefferson-Morgan celebrated a first time championship, its was the second softball title in school history for Deer lakes and Belle Vernon and a third golden crown for Hempfield. Here are ALL the results from the 2015 WPIAL Softball Playoffs. All results marked with (MSA) after the score can be heard archived...
Article | Posted 2015/05/28 - 9:56pm
Morgan Ryan is not going to let a scorekeeper’s decision keep her up at night. Though polishing her gold medal just might. Ryan, a sophomore pitcher for No. 1 ranked Hempfield (18-2), allowed just one, controversial hit in a complete game, 3-0 shutout of No. 2 North Allegheny (21-2) for the WPIAL AAAA Softball Championship on Thursday night at California University of Pennsylvania’s Lilley Field. With the win, the Spartans claim their third WPIAL Softball Championship and first since 2009. The impressive title run comes a year after Hempfield failed to qualify for the postseason. North...
Article | Posted 2015/05/28 - 9:04pm
The Belle Vernon Leopards had one out in the bottom of the seventh of the Class AAA championship game with no runners on base and trailed 4-1. Five batters later the Leopards had a 5-4 victory after a two-run single by Emily Frederick capped a four-run rally to give Belle Vernon (20-2) its 17th straight win and its first WPIAL championship since 2007.  "This is so unreal," Frederick said after the game seemingly trying to grasp what just transpired at California University of Pennsylvania's Lilley Field . Belle Vernon actually didn't have a hit through the first five innings as Yough...
Article | Posted 2015/05/28 - 8:59pm
Maria Taliani belted three home runs, and Deer Lakes used a six-run explosion in the fourth inning to capture the Class AA softball title, defeating Mohawk 13-5 at Lilley Field at California University of Pennsylvania. The victory marks the second championship for the Lancers, who captured the crown in 2012, and finished in second place in each of the past two seasons. Top-seeded Deer Lakes (21-1) collected 13 hits, and Taliani and Katie Gozzard combined for 11 RBIs in the Lancers’ offensive onslaught. Both players homered in the crucial fourth inning, as the Lancers turned a 4-3...
Article | Posted 2015/05/28 - 3:32pm
Maddie Ludrosky struck out a dozen batters and Morgan Simkovic doubled home the go-ahead run as Jefferson-Morgan topped Chartiers-Houston, 3-2, Thursday, winning the school's first WPIAL softball championship.  The Rockets have won 11 straight games since losing to the Bucs April 1st.  Chartiers-Houston had won seven in a row since Ludrosky no-hit the Bucs April 24th. Jefferson-Morgan (15-2) struggled in the field early on, committing three errors that allowed the Bucs to take a 2-0 lead.  Kassie Kesneck opened CH second, stroking a deep line drive to center, ending up at...
Article | Posted 2015/05/28 - 12:10am
2015 turned out to be the year of the First Time champions as three of the four district winners had never won a baseball crown before. Pittbsurgh Central Catholic in AAAA. Knoch in AAA and Greensburg Central Catholic in A all made school history by winning inaugural WPIAL baseball gold. The lone exception was powerhouse Neshannock, who became only the third school to win six WPIAL baseball championships by claiming AA gold. Here are ALL the results from the 2015 WPIAL Baseball Playoffs. All results marked with (MSA) after the score can be heard archived at any time at MSAsports....
Article | Posted 2015/05/27 - 10:51pm
The WPIAL Baseball Championships had a first-timers flair to them already. All that the Knoch Knights did was join the party. No. 2 Knoch (19-2) only recorded three hits, but plated five runners in a 5-1 win over No. 5 West Allegheny (16-6) in the WPIAL AAA Baseball Championship on Wednesday night at CONSOL Energy Park in Washington, Pa. The win for Knoch is their first in the program's 25-year history and is the first major WPIAL team Championship since Knoch’s football team won the 1978 title. The Knights joined first-time Champions Greensburg Central Catholic (Class A) and Pittsburgh...
Article | Posted 2015/05/27 - 10:12pm
For the first time in school history, Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings has won a WPIAL baseball championship. The Vikings defeated the Norwin Knights, 2-0, on Wednesday night at CONSOL Energy Park in Washington, PA. The Vikings (12-7) had not been to the championship game since 1979. It took 36 years and great pitching, timely hitting and solid defense to add a baseball trophy to the storied sports program at Central Catholic. Jack Tumulty went the distance on the mound for the Vikings, allowing no runs on six hits, while striking out six batters and walking only one. Early on, both teams...
Article | Posted 2015/05/27 - 5:33pm
Four Class AAAA and Class AAA baseball teams from the WPIAL have had the entire holiday weekend to wash away the disappointment of of shattered dreams and a loss in the district Semifinals. Those four returned back to the diamond Wednesday playing for third place in the district but more importantly, a berth in the 2015 PIAA Playoffs. A special thanks to Greg Kuntz and Scott Majesky for their help on these recaps. BASEBALL: Class AAAA Consolation:  Shaler Titans 6 - Bethel Park Black Hawks 3 In the WPIAL Quad A Consolation Game two low seeds with surprising runs for each were trying to...
Article | Posted 2015/05/26 - 10:40pm
Greensburg Central Catholic scored three times in the fifth inning to break open a tie game en route to a 6-4 victory against California, capturing the Class A Championship at Consol Energy Park. Tommy Pellis and Collin Liberatore led the way for the Centurions, who captured their first baseball title in school history. Pellis went 3-4 at the plate and scored three times, and also added a pair of sparking defensive plays at shortstop. Liberatore notched the victory for No. 2 GCC, as he threw a complete game, yielding four runs while striking out 12. Liberatore’s final strikeout came...
Article | Posted 2015/05/26 - 7:26pm
The cruel and quick ending to their championship dreams in 2014 was a driving force during the entire 2015 campaign for Neshannock. A year ago, the Lancers won their section, finished 18-1 in the regular season and were a clear cut top-seed in the Class AA playoff brackets. But Neshannock was stunned by Seton-LaSalle in their first postseason game and while bitter at first, the seeds for success this spring were planted. In fact, it turned into a golden crop for Mike Kirkwood and the Lancers this year after they blanked Quaker Valley Tuesday 4-0 at CONSOL Energy Field in Washington. The title...
Article | Posted 2015/05/26 - 6:17pm
Eight baseball teams and eight softball teams from the WPIAL have had the entire holiday weekend to wash away the disappointment of of shattered dreams and a loss in the district Semifinals. Now 12 of those 16 teams are in action Tuesday playing for third place in the district but more importantly, a berth in the 2015 PIAA Playoffs. A special thanks to Sean Meyers, Mike Azadian, Bob Gregg, Greg Kuntz and Lou Rood for their help on these recaps. BASEBALL: Class AA Consolation:  Steel Valley Ironmen 3 - Keystone Oaks Golden Eagles 2 Keystone Oaks entered the 2015 WPIAL AA Baseball...

 

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