This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2017/03/04 - 12:28am
The Moon Tigers and the Hampton Talbots met twice during the regular season in Class (5A) Section 2, with the Tigers winning both regular season conference games. The stakes for the third meeting were much higher, with the WPIAL Championship on the line at the Petersen Event Center, but the results were the same, as Moon defeated Hampton 69-62 to capture the school’s 4th title. Senior guard Mark Shehady scored the first 7 points for Hampton, but senior forward Jarrod Simmons answered with a big first quarter of his own, scoring 12 points 8 rebounds 2 assists and a block for the Tigers who led...
Article | Posted 2017/03/03 - 11:10pm
It was just another day, just another championship for the North Allegheny Tigers boys and girls swimmers. After building dominating day one leads neither team looked back and took the WPIAL Team Championships handily in day two. Our first event was the girls 100-yard freestyle though and Tiger favorite Lauren McGrath would be upset by new WPIAL record holder, freshman, Olivia Livingston of Gateway who finished with a time of 49.53. She bested the old record held by Oakland Catholic’s Leah Smith since 2013 by almost a full second. Thats when the Tigers’ would go on the prowl and...
Article | Posted 2017/03/03 - 11:04pm
The Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Trojanettes (23-2) defeated the Blackhawk Cougars in impressive fashion, 65-36 to claim the WPIAL Girls 4A Championship on Friday at the Petersen Events Center. The win is a record 17th for the Trojanettes and first since 2011.  Blackhawk is known as a team that lives and dies by the three-pointer, but in order for them to stand a chance in this game, they would have had to shoot near perfect from the outside. CWNC, using a distinct height advantage, displayed a complete team effort, sharing the basketball and playing as a team on both ends of...
Article | Posted 2017/03/03 - 8:43pm
Sewickley Academy coach Win Palmer admitted his team was a bit nervous in the 2016 WPIAL championship game and ended up losing to North Catholic. Turn the calendar ahead one year and the nerves seemed to disappear, as did that losing feeling at the Petersen Events Center as the Panthers defeated Our Lady of the Sacred Heart in the Class 2A title game 71-60. The championship is the fourth in school history and being able to carry on that legacy was not lost on the Panthers' players. "It's a great feeling," said Chris Groetsch, senior guard, adding that the seniors took some ribbing from the...
Article | Posted 2017/03/03 - 6:41pm
The top-seed Winchester Thurston Bears defeated the #2 Cornell Raiders 52-41 Friday afternoon to take home the first WPIAL girls basketball title in school history. The Bears dominated 1-A in the regular season, and capped a phenomenal year with a district crown thanks to the fourth quarter heroics of Gia Thorpe and Ayanna Townsend. Winchester Thurston jumped out to an early lead and forced #2 Cornell to play from behind for most of the afternoon, but a furious third quarter rally from the Raider’s Deja Quick the Bear’s lead was cut to just one point heading into the fourth quarter....
Article | Posted 2017/03/03 - 11:53am
For years, the WPIAL did not play consolation games in basketball to determine state playoff berths. Instead they used the 'Follow the Winner' format to determine which teams would qualify for the PIAA Basketball postseason. However in 2015 and in 2016, the WPIAL did play consolation games to determine which district teams would move on. But with the expansion to six classification, we are back to 'Follow the Winner'. Heading into the WPIAL Finals on Saturday evening, here are the teams that have qualified and their order they are seeded out of the district along with those teams still...
Article | Posted 2017/03/03 - 12:18am
Two teams with nearly identical overall records and two completely different styles of play were on full display Saturday night in the WPIAL Class 3-A boys championship game at Petersen Events Center. In a back and forth contest that saw Lincoln Park race up and down the court and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic stick to a slower more methodical game, the Trojans slowed down the potent Leopards offense and won back to back Class A championships with a 56-51 win in the 3-A title game. Feels a lot different; we did it without size" said senior Kenny Fukon, who plays alongside his from John, one...
Article | Posted 2017/03/02 - 11:52pm
As the clock hit 0:00, the Monessen Greyhounds won their second WPIAL championship in three years and seventh in program history with a 74 to 59 victory over Imani Christian. The Greyhounds started off strong in the first quarter dropping 17 points to the Saints 10. Imani Christian struggled controlling the ball as they had 8 turnovers in the first period of play and 19 in the half. Part-way through the 1st quarter, tempers rose and technical fouls were dealt. Imani Christian senior, and West Virginia University football commit, Kenny Robinson took a seat on the bench after reaching three...
Article | Posted 2017/03/02 - 9:58pm
The No. 1 seed Chartiers-Houston (23-2) Buccaneers kicked off the WPIAL Championship games with a 47-35 win over  the No. 2 seed Vincentian Academy Royals (20-5). This was the 8th consecutive trip to a title game for Vincentian, and after winning their last five tries, the Royals fell short Thursday. For Chartiers-Houston, it was their first time playing for the WPIAL Championship. Their inexperience never showed though. In the first quarter, Chartiers-Houston came out firing and started on a 7-0 run. Vincentian Head Coach Ron Moncrief was forced to call a timeout to try and calm...
Article | Posted 2017/03/02 - 8:04pm
The weekend concludes with five championship games on Saturday. Two bitter section rivals will battle in each of the boys games, while the girls games will have a first time participant and some lower seeds taking the floor in hopes of winning gold. Below are previews of all the games, listed in order, Catch all the action on the NETWORK, with game broadcasts, Center Stage videos, articles photos and so much more. 2017 WPIAL CLASS 3-A GIRLS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: #1 Bishop Canevin Crusaders (18-5) vs #3 Neshannock Lancers (23-1) AT The Petersen Events Center at the University of...
Article | Posted 2017/03/02 - 3:22pm
The North Allegheny machine just keeps rolling on as both the boys and girls marched out to a solid day-1 lead over their competition in Day One of the WPIAL Swimming championships. After the Tigers girls got upset in the opening event, the 200 yd. Medley Relay by the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils, NA's Lauren McGrath took gold in the 200 yd. Freestyle to take a lead they wouldn't relinquish the rest of the day. North Allegheny's Anna Verardi, Kristine Mihm, Ann Juneau and Lauren McGrath also teamed up to win the final event of the morning, the 200 yard Freestyle Relay. There were two WPIAL records...
Article | Posted 2017/03/02 - 1:04am
As the calendar changed from the February Frenzy to the madness of March, three days of Final Four action in the WPIAL basketball postseason also came to an end. Section supremecy was the theme on the boys side as a pair of Section 1 teams are title game bound in Class 6-A while two teams from Section 2 are headed to clash at The Pete in Class 4-A. For the girls, the lone district team with a perfect record is unbeaten no more and two lower seeds advance to play for gold in Class 5-A. Here are recaps from the eight Semifinals games on Wednesday from Boys 6-A, Boys 4-A, Girls 5-A and Girls 3-A...
Article | Posted 2017/03/01 - 3:03pm
An early start as Day 2 of heaven for WPIAL Basketball fans with 4 more games at the Pete. Friday features three first-timers to the title game plus some experienced veterans. All 4 games can be heard on the NETWORK, plus game stories, Center Stage interviews and much more.  Here are the game previews in order of their starting time.  2017 WPIAL CLASS 1-A GIRLS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: #1 Winchester Thurston Bears (20-1) vs #2 Cornell Raiders (20-4) AT The Petersen Events Center at the University of Pittsburgh on Friday, March 3rd at 3:00pm on MSAsports.net Both teams will...
Article | Posted 2017/03/01 - 1:07am
It’s the conclusion to the Path to the Pete as over a 3 day stretch, players and fans will make the trip up Cardiac Hill to the home of the Pitt Panthers and the WPIAL Championships. MSA Sports Network will offer up broadcasts of ALL 12 title games, plus stories, photos, Center Stage video interviews and much more. Kicking of our coverage, here are game previews of Thursday’s action in order by game time. 2017 WPIAL CLASS 2-A GIRLS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: #1 Chartiers-Houston Buccaneers (22-2) vs #2 Vincentian Academy Royals (20-4) AT The Petersen Events Center at the University of...

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