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2012 WPIAL BASEBALL STANDINGS
May 13, 2012
Here are the FINAL WPIAL baseball standings for the 2012 season, plus the latest WPIAL PLAYOFF CLINCHINGS. The standings will be updated daily throughout the regular season. You can follow the district high school baseball season with schedules, scores, weekly rankings every Monday and game broadcasts every day through the postseason here on the MSA Sports Network.The top three teams in each section qualify for the WPIAL playoffs while the top eight teams make the Pittsburgh City League postseason.# - Clinched Section Title    * - Clinched Playoff Berth x - Eliminated From Playoff ContentionWPIAL Class AAAA: (SET WITH 13 PLAYOFF TEAMS - 3 BYES)

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2012 WPIAL SOFTBALL STANDINGS
Here are the FINAL WPIAL softball standings for the 2012 season, including the FINAL WPIAL PLAYOFF CLINCHINGS. The standings will be updated daily through the regular season. You can follow the high school softball season with schedules, scores, weekly rankings every Tuesday and game broadcasts through the MSA Sports Hometown Softball Program here on the MSA Sports Network.The top three teams in each section qualify for the WPIAL playoffs.Teams in all caps are members of the MSA Sports Hometown Softball Program.The 2012 WPIAL Softball playoffs on the MSA Sports Network will be sponsored by Carlow University.

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Scholastic Notebook – 05/11/2012
May 11, 2012
The way the WPIAL baseball playoffs are set up, a team that makes it to a championship game could use its No. 1 pitcher in three of four contests. That is extremely good news for Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson pitcher Greg Schneider hasn’t just been unbeatable this season. It has been almost impossible to score on him. Schneider had one of the most dominating regular seasons of any pitcher in recent WPIAL history. Schneider, a Thomas Jefferson senior and a Pitt recruit, led Thomas Jefferson to the Class AAA Section 3 title. His statistics were remarkable.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Baseball Playoff Rankings 2012
May 10, 2012
Each Monday during the regular season, MSA Sports ranked the top ten WPIAL baseball teams in each of the four classifications. Now on the brink of the 2012 Baseball Playoffs, we rank ALL of the 54 teams that will battle for the four golden trophies in the finals, which are once again set for CONSOL Energy Field in Washington on Tuesday, May 29th and Wednesday, May 30th ONLY here on MSA Sports. The Network's exclusive coverage of the district postseason begins with the Playoff Pairings Show on Friday night at 7:00pm..Records through Wednesday, May 9th in parenthesis.WPIAL CLASS AAAA:  13 Teams - Three Byes1)    SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (15-3)2)    NORWIN KNIGHTS  (16-0)

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Northern Lights
In the May edition of the Northern Lights, a new football coach at New Castle and a look ahead to the upcoming baseball playoffs will be on deck. ? COWART HIRED AT NEW CASTLE: 31 year old Joe Cowart, the starting quarterback and safety of the 1998 WPIAL championship team, was named the new head coach of the Red Hurricanes last month, but it wasn't without some controversy.  Accusations were made by school board president Allen Joseph of members of the high school administration, asking candidates to step aside to pave the way for another candidate, former New Castle star Bruce Clark, who went on to play at Penn State University and for the New Orleans Saints.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 05/07/2012
May 7, 2012
The regular season winds down in high school baseball and scholastic softball this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We feature plenty of WPIAL and District 6 baseball and softball including the WPIAL Baseball and Softball Playoff Pairings Shows along with WPIAL boys volleyball, boys and girls lacrosse, plus more women's pro football with the Pittsburgh Passion and news from the auto racing world with Rappin on Racin and pro baseball featuring the Class AA Altoona Curve ALL here at MSAsports.netMonday, May 7th:TALK SHOW - Rappin on Racin at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net

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Scholastic Notebook – 05/04/2012
May 4, 2012
Peters Township not in the WPIAL baseball playoffs? It will seem strange, but it could happen. And if Peters Township doesn’t make the postseason, you can almost be assured it will be a close call. Peters Township, one of the WPIAL’s top baseball programs, hasn’t missed the playoffs since 2002. But the Indians are in fourth place heading into today’s game against Mt. Lebanon. Peters Township is 6-4 in section and 7-10 overall. The top three teams make the playoffs, and Bethel Park (8-2), Upper St. Clair (8-3) and Mt. Lebanon (7-3) are all ahead of Peters Township. If Peters Township loses to Mount Lebanon Friday night on MSA, Peters Township is out of the playoffs.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Baseball – 05/01/2012
May 1, 2012
Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten baseball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications every Monday at www.MSAsports.net  Here are this weeks rankings, i

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 04/29/2012
April 29, 2012
As the mercury keeps rising and the calender changes from April to May, we have stretch run regular season softball and baseball action this week here on the MSA Sports Net

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Scholastic Notebook – 04/27/2012
April 27, 2012
It took four years for Serra Catholic pitcher Alain Girman to finally lose a game. Then it happened in consecutive days.

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Scholastic Notebook – 04/24/2012
April 24, 2012
The Ellwood City baseball team fell from the ranks of the unbeatens last week when it dropped a 1-0 decision to Riverside. But Ellwood City still might be having the most impressive season of any team in the WPIAL – at least in terms of statistics. Ellwood City is now 12-1 on the season. In 12 of those 13 games, Ellwood City has given up two runs or fewer. Five of the wins have come by shutouts. Christian Kerns has been the main stopper for Ellwood City this season. He had been 13-0 over the past two seasons until taking the loss against Riverside. Anthony Carusone also has been stellar on the mound. Ellwood City and Riverside are now tied for the Section 5 lead. Maybe Ellwood City is smarting a little after going 15-5 last season, but missing the WPIAL playoffs. The Undefeateds:

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Baseball – 04/23/2012
April 23, 2012
Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten baseball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications every Monday at www.MSAsports.net  Here are this weeks rankings, including NEW #1 teams in Class AAAA and Class AAA. Log on every day for updated standings and game broadcasts on your exclusive home for the 2012 WPIAL Baseball Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.netWPIAL CLASS AAAA:1)   NORWIN KNIGHTS  (10-0) (Last Week #2)2)   BETHEL PARK BLACK HAWKS  (11-1) (Last Week #3)3)   SHALER TITANS  (10-2) (Last Week #4)4)   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (9-2) (Last Week #1)5)   HEMPFIELD SPARTANS  (10-2) (Last Week #5)6)   UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (10-2) (Last Week #6)

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 04/23/2012
While Mother Nature tries to send one more (hopefully) winter blast our way, we look forward to plenty of red hot spring sports action on the high school, college and professional level this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We feature plenty of WPIAL and District 6 baseball and softball including seven games from the MSA Sports Hometown Softball Program. We also have WPIAL boys volleyball and girls lacrosse action, college baseball featuring Slippery Rock University and Geneva College and women's college lacrosse, plus we have news from the auto racing world with Rappin on Racin and pro baseball featuring the Class AA Altoona Curve ALL here at MSAsports.netMonday, April 23rd:TALK SHOW - Rappin on Racin at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net  Tuesday, April 24th:

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Baseball – 04/16/2012
April 16, 2012
Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten baseball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications every Monday at www.MSAsports.net  Here are this weeks rankings, including a NEW #1 team in Class AA. Log on every day for updated standings and game broadcasts on your exclusive home for the 2012 WPIAL Baseball Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.netWPIAL CLASS AAAA:1)   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (7-1) (Last Week #1)2)   NORWIN KNIGHTS  (7-0) (Last Week #2)3)   BETHEL PARK BLACK HAWKS  (8-1) (Last Week #4)4)   SHALER TITANS  (7-2) (Last Week #6)5)   HEMPFIELD SPARTANS  (7-2) (Last Week #7)6)   UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (7-2) (Last Week #5)7)   BUTLER GOLDEN TORNADO  (6-2) (Last Week #3)

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 04/16/2012
While it is a taxing time for some, it will be a golden time for others as the first WPIAL spring sports champions will be crowned this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We feature the 2012 WPIAL Boys Singles Tennis Championships along with a steady dose of WPIAL and District 6 baseball and softball along college baseball featuring Slippery Rock University and WPIAL boys volleyball, plus we have news from the auto racing world with Rappin on Racin and pro baseball featuring the Class AA Altoona Curve ALL here at MSAsports.netMonday, April 16th:TALK SHOW - Rappin on Racin at 6:00pm on MSAsports.netWPIAL High School Baseball - Norwin vs Laurel Highlands at 4:15pm on WMBS-AM 590WPIAL High School Baseball - Shaler vs Seneca Valley at 4:00pm on MSAsports.net

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Scholastic Notebook – 04/14/2012
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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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Baseball – 04/09/2012
April 9, 2012
Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten baseball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications every Monday at www.MSAsports.net  Log on every day for updated standings and game broadcasts on your exclusive home for the 2012 WPIAL Baseball Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.netWPIAL CLASS AAAA:1)   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (5-1) (Last Week #1)2)   NORWIN KNIGHTS  (5-0) (Last Week #3)3)   BUTLER GOLDEN TORNADO  (6-0) (Last Week #5)4)   BETHEL PARK BLACK HAWKS  (5-1) (Last Week #2)5)   UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (6-1) (Last Week #9)6)   SHALER TITANS  (4-2) (Last Week #4)7)   HEMPFIELD SPARTANS  (4-2) (Last Week Unranked)8)   PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (4-2) (Last Week #7)

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 04/09/2012
Spring continues to bloom with a mixture of cold and mild temperatures in the air, and red hot action on the diamonds and courts all this week here on the MSA Sports Network. After the Easter break, we have plenty of diamond action with WPIAL and District 6 baseball and softball along with WPIAL boys volleyball, WPIAL boys and girls lacrosse and college baseball featuring Slippery Rock University, plus we have news from the auto racing world with Rappin on Racin and pro baseball featuring the Class AA Altoona Curve ALL here at MSAsports.netMonday, April 9th:TALK SHOW - Rappin on Racin at 6:00pm on MSAsports.netWPIAL High School Baseball - McGuffey vs Waynesburg at 3:00pm on the Greene County Sports Network at MSAsports.netWPIAL High School Baseball - North Hills vs Hampton at 3:45pm on the Hampton Talbots Sports Network at MSAsports.net

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Scholastic Notebook – 04/08/2012
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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