Track and Field

Scholastic Notebook
April 14, 2012
Tis’ the season for basketball all-star games. The top senior players – boys and girls -  in the WPIAL and City League will be playing in two all-star events the next two Saturdays. The Roundball Classic will be played next Saturday at Geneva College’s Metheny Fieldhouse. This has become the top all-star games in the area. The event includes two boys games and two girls games. The girls games are at 2 and 4, and the boys games at 6 and 8. A few of the top players in the girls games are Oakland Catholic’s Bobbi Baker, Mount Lebanon’s Kelly Johnson and Fort Cherry’s Beka Bellhy, Bethel Park’s Justine Carroll and North Allegheny’s Alexis Aiken. The boys games feature, among others, Highlands’ Micah Mason, Beaver Falls’ Sheldon Jeter, Butler’s Nate Snodgrass, Plum’s Nolan Cressler and Lincoln Park’s Devontae Watson.

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WPIAL Hall of Fame Class of 2012
April 13, 2012
Neil Walker is known for his baseball talent. The current Pirates second baseman had an unforgettable baseball career at Pine-Richland High School and was a first-round draft pick. But it is what Walker also did in other sports that helped earn him a spot in the WPIAL Hall of Fame. The WPIAL Hall of Fame class for 2012 was announced Thursday at a news conference, and Walker was one of the selections. Walker was in Los Angeles with the Pirates, but his father was at the news conference at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District. Walker had a terrific baseball career at Pine-Richland, starting four seasons and batting .504 for his career. He hit .657 as a senior with 13 home runs, 42 RBIs and a 1.403 slugging percentage for a WPIAL championship team.

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Scholastic Notebook
April 8, 2012
It is most certainly one of the oddest sports combinations you will see in the WPIAL. You’ll be scratching your head trying to figure out how many times you have seen a championships golfer who also is one of the best shot putters and discus throwers in the district. As odd as it sounds, Katerina Luttner is living out the combination at Fox Chapel High School. She won the WPIAL girls golf championship in 2010 and was the runner-up in 2011. She also has been a medalist at the PIAA level and has a golf scholarship to the University of Mississippi. But in the spring, she throws the discus and shot put for Fox Chapel. This spring, Luttner is the No. 1 discus thrower in the entire WPIAL with a mark of 111 feet, 8 inches. She also has the fourth-best shot put at 34-10.

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2011 WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League Team Champions on Parade
January 1, 2012
What better way to celebrate championships and the start of a new year then with a parade. It has been another great year in high school sports. All of us here at the MSA Sports Network and Management Science Associates thank our sponsors and fans for their support during 2011.

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Scholastic Notebook
December 23, 2011
The New Castle boys basketball team is once again a major factor on the WPIAL basketball landscape. A former New Castle player is the one who has led the Red Hurricanes’ return to glory.

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Scholastic Notebook
December 2, 2011
If you look back at what made this a WPIAL championship season for the Montour football team, there were a number of factors. Having talented offensive players might be the primary reason.But another big reason might have been a change in personnel late in the season.

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Scholastic Notebook
October 21, 2011
At the start of the season, Montour seemed to be the No. 1 WPIAL Class AAA team in just about every media poll.But with two weeks left in the regular season, will the real Montour please stand up?

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2010-2011 WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League Champions on Parade
July 5, 2011
What better way to celebrate championships and our nations birthday then with a parade. It has been another great high school sports season. All of us here at the MSA Sports Network and Management Science Associates thank our sponsors and fans for their support during the 2010-2011 school year.

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2011 PIAA Boys and Girls Track and Field Day Two Update
May 28, 2011
Sprinters Trenton Coles of Clairton and Iman Wilkerson of Penn Hills turned a double play at the PIAA track and field championships Saturday at Shippensburg University. Coles, a junior, and Wilkerson, a senior, were the only double winners from the WPIAL on the final day of the two-day meet at Shippensburg University. Both won the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

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2011 PIAA Boys and Girls Track and Field Day One Update
May 27, 2011
For WPIAL athletes, there were no golden moments on the first day of the state track and field championships Friday at Shippensburg University. There were a handful of "almosts."

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WPIAL Boys and Girls Class AAA Individual Track & Field Results
May 19, 2011
A talented Penn Hills senior added to her legacy Thursday while a Hempfield senior finally records WPIAL gold in a pair of field events after first earning success at the state level.

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WPIAL Boys and Girls Class AA Individual Track & Field Results
The WPIAL Class AA Track and Field Championships were highlighted by the dominance of some familiar names as well as a new sensation.

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Hempfield and Riverside Take Titles in 2011 WPIAL Boys Track & Field Team Championships
May 13, 2011
After a year as runner-up, Riverside is back on top of the WPIAL Class AA Boys Team Track & Field hill. The Panthers beat out Washington, South Fayette and Freedom Thursday afternoon at West Mifflin High School to win a fourth WPIAL championship in the last five years. Meanwhile, Hempfield edged North Allegheny, Mount Lebanon and Baldwin to win the Class AAA title.

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Butler and Freeport are Golden in 2011 WPIAL Girls Track & Field Team Championships
The Butler girls track and field team are the golden girls...again! The Golden Tornado captured back-to-back WPIAL Girls Class AAA Team Track and Field crown by beating Hempfield, Norwin and Butler Thursday afternoon at West Mifflin High School. In the Class AA finals, Freeport took home the gold by beating out Mount Pleasant, Freedom and South Fayette.

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Schoalstic Notebook
May 7, 2011
India McCoy is bar hopping like few girls have in the history of the WPIAL. McCoy is only a sophomore at Ambridge, but she already has established herself as one of the best high jumpers in league history. On Friday night at the Baldwin Invitational, McCoy tied a meet record by clearing 5 feet 8 inches.

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Scholastic Notebook
April 25, 2011
The decision might come as a surprise to some because college interest was starting to pick up in Mason, who led the WPIAL in scoring last season at 33.3 points and scored 64 in one game. Butler University coach Brad Stevens came to watch Mason work out at Highlands last week and requested grade transcripts on Mason. No scholarship offer was made.

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Scholastic Notebook
April 16, 2011
Come late May, dont be surprised if the Elizabeth Forward baseball players turn into Champs champs. The Elizabeth Forward baseball program continues to rise under seventh-year coach Frank Champ. After a breakout season in 2010, the Warriors have been the most dominant Class AAA team so far in 2011.

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Scholastic Notebook
April 8, 2011
It was in the mid 1970s and young Riverside High School baseball coach Dan Oliastro drafted a letter of resignation. There are 500 reasons why Riverside is glad Oliastro never handed in that letter to the school board. On Thursday, Oliastro won his 500th career game as Riversides coach when the Panthers defeated Beaver Falls, 4-0, in a WPIAL Class AA Section 5 game.

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