This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2015/02/09 - 10:11am
Welcome to another edition of “PIHL Notebook,” your weekly companion to “The PIHL Power Play” on the MSA Sports Network. First up, “Melting the Ice” provides your weekly thermometer of streaking teams around the league. Meanwhile, this week’s “Scoreboard Watch” includes some statement victories for teams on the rise in Class AA and Class A. Last but not least, we round things out with a preview of upcoming MSA broadcasts, including the rekindling of another classic South Hills rivalry in Class AAA. So, let’s light the lamp on this edition of “PIHL Notebook.” MELTING THE ICE (Records listed...
Article | Posted 2015/02/09 - 1:11am
Here are our final rankings for the 2014-2015 WPIAL boys basketball season. As in the past at the end of the regular season, we rank all of the playoff teams, not just the top ten. We also don't rank, we seed them like the WPIAL does. It is not a true ranking since the steering committee tries to avoid Preliminary and First Round matchups of teams in the same section, so sometimes lower teams are shuffled about to avoid section rivals meeting early on in the brackets.  Here is our version of the February Frenzy and the Seeding Shuffle for all 73 of the WPIAL boys basketball playoff field...
Article | Posted 2015/02/09 - 1:00am
Here are our final rankings for the 2014-2015 WPIAL girls basketball season. as in the past at the end of the regular season, we rank all of the playoff teams, not just the top ten. we also don't rank, we seed them like the WPIAL does. It is not a true ranking since the steering committee tries to avoid Preliminary and First Round matchups of teams in the same section, so sometimes lower teams are shuffled about to avoid section rivals meeting early on in the brackets.  Here is our version of the February Frenzy and the Seeding Shuffle for all 74 of the WPIAL girls basketball playoff...
Article | Posted 2015/02/08 - 11:13am
Tick, tick tick.  While the regular season winds down in neighboring districts, the postseason is about to begin in District 7 this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We begin our exclusive coverage with the Playoff Pairings Show and continue with every boys and girls playoff hoops game. We also have plenty of boys and girls high school hoops from District 6 and District 9 along with men's and women's college basketball and PIHL high school hockey, plus we have Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle, Carlow Sports Talk, the PIHL Power Play Show...
Article | Posted 2015/02/07 - 11:03pm
Last weekend at the WPIAL Championships, Franklin Regional had to win both of their matches by winning the last bout. At the PIAA Championships in Hershey, it wasn’t the last bout of the night, but it still took a pair of tight wins for the Panthers to repeat as PIAA Champs. After defeating Spring Ford 49-18 and Council Rock South 45-13, Franklin Regional, ranked #2 in the state, would take on the #1 ranked team in Bethlehem Catholic in the semi-finals. After jumping out to a 9-4 lead, Franklin Regional would get upset at 152 pounds. Senior Josh Maruca would drop a 3-2 decision to Michael...
Article | Posted 2015/02/07 - 1:02pm
For only the second time in history, a WPIAL team has repeated as team state wrestling champions. Following in the footsteps of the 2012 and the 2013 Canon-McMillan teams, Franklin Regional followed up their 2014 state title with another PIAA Class AAA crown with a slim victory over District 3 champion Cumberland Valley. The Panthers are only the sixth team from District 7 to win a PIAA team wrestling championship in the 17 years of the event. North Allegheny picked up four wins over two days to advance to the Class AAA Consolation Finals where they fell big to Bethlehem Catholic. In...
Article | Posted 2015/02/06 - 1:04pm
Penn State football coach James Franklin lost out on the top player in the WPIAL class of 2015 when Central Valley’s Jordan Whitehead signed with Pitt. Other than Whitehead, Penn State had plenty of success in the WPIAL. At least more than the Nittany Lions have had in recent history. Penn State signed four players from the WPIAL this season. That might not seem like a lot, but it is more than the past four classes combined. In fact, only twice in the past 10 years has Penn State landed four or more players from the WPIAL. In 2010, Penn State signed five WPIAL players and four in 2007. Two of...
Article | Posted 2015/02/04 - 10:59pm
Here are the latest MSA Sports Sports Frozen Fab Five rankings of PIHL hockey teams in each of the five classifications for the 2014-2015 high school hockey season. Don't miss the latest PIHL rankings every Wednesday during the regular season, plus it's the PIHL Notebook every Monday on our website and the weekly PIHL Power Play Show every Wednesday night at 8:00pm here on the home of the best audio and video high school hockey coverage, the MSA Sports Network at www.MSAsports.net PIHL CLASS AAA: 1)   NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (14-2-3) (Last Week #1) 2)  ...
Article | Posted 2015/02/04 - 4:34pm
Wednesday was National Letter of Intent Day where high school seniors make their verbal commitments official by signing on the dotted line to the school of their choice. What were the final college destinations for the members of the 2014 MSA Sports The Elite 11 football all-star team? Here is a look: CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR - BRETT BRUMBAUGH, SOUTH FAYETTE QB, 6-4, 195, SR. DUQUESNE CO-PLAYER OF THE YEAR - BEN DiNUCCI, PINE-RICHLAND QB, 6-2, 195, SR. PITT JORDAN WHITEHEAD, CENTRAL VALLEY RB-DB, 6-0, 185, SR. PITT JOHNNY PETRISHEN, PITTSBURGH CENTRAL CATHOLIC RB-WR-DB, 6-2, 195, SR....
Article | Posted 2015/02/04 - 4:20pm
Here are the seniors from the WPIAL or Pittsburgh City League who have signed to make their verbal commitments to Division I-A colleges. High school seniors could not sign a binding letter of intent until Wednesday, February 4th. PITT Ben DiNucci, Pine-Richland (QB, 6-3, 192) Dane Jackson, Quaker Valley (QB-DB, 6-1, 180) Alex Paulina, Canon-McMillan (OL-DL, 6-3, 280) Tony Pilato, Hempfield (OT-DL, 6-7, 290) Tre Tipton, Apollo-Ridge (WR-DL, 6-1, 175) Jordan Whitehead, Central Valley (RB-DB, 6-0, 195) PENN STATE Nick Bowers, Kittanning (WR-TE-LB, 6-4, 250) Kevin Givens, Altoona (FB-LB,...
Article | Posted 2015/02/03 - 5:49pm
Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Boys Basketball rankings for the 2014-2015 season. Check out the weekly boys rankings every Monday, along with boys hoops talk during The WPIAL Roundball Report every Wednesday night at 6:00pm and boys basketball broadcasts throughout the regular season and exclusive coverage of every boys WPIAL playoff game in February all here on the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Boys Basketball Top Ten: 1.     HEMPFIELD SPARTANS  (18-1) (Last Week #1) 2.     CHARTIERS VALLEY COLTS  (16-2...
Article | Posted 2015/02/02 - 5:34pm
Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Girls Basketball rankings for the 2014-2015 season. Check out the weekly girls rankings every Monday, along with girls hoops talk during The WPIAL Roundball Report every Wednesday night at 6:00pm, with girls basketball broadcasts throughout the regular season and exclusive coverage of every girls WPIAL playoff game in February sponsored by Carlow University all here on the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Girls Basketball Top Ten: 1.     PENN-TRAFFORD WARRIORS  (19-1) (Last Week #1) 2.  ...
Article | Posted 2015/02/02 - 3:29pm
Welcome to another edition of “PIHL Notebook,” your weekly companion to “The PIHL Power Play” on the MSA Sports Network. First up, “Melting the Ice” provides your weekly thermometer of streaking teams around the league. Meanwhile, this week’s “Scoreboard Watch” includes some playoff bracket shuffling in Class AAA and a scare for the top seed in Class AA. Last but not least, we round things out with a preview a five-pack of upcoming MSA broadcasts, including marquee matchups in Class AAA and Class A. So, let’s light the lamp on this edition of “PIHL Notebook.” MELTING THE ICE (Records listed...
Article | Posted 2015/02/01 - 11:39pm
While the sands in the hour glass are running out on the high school basketball regular season, we have plenty of winter sports action as we turn the page to February this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have plenty of 'Stretch Run' boy and girls high school hoops from the WPIAL, District 6 and District 9 along with men's and women's college basketball, PIHL high school hockey and the 2015 PIAA Team Wrestling Playoffs, plus we have Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle, Carlow Sports Talk, the PIHL Power Play Show and The WPIAL Roundball...

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