Golf

Fox Chapel’s Gregor Meyer Wins WPIAL Boys 3-A Golf Title
October 4, 2016
Gregor Meyer did not play in the WPIAL Individual Golf Championships at the Triple-A level last year. He was the 11th worst qualifier by score for a qualifying round to head to hollowed Oakmont Country Club for the Boy’s 3A Individual Golf Championship, Tuesday, Oct. 4. When all was said and done, the sophomore out of Fox Chapel High School shot the only under par score of the day, a 70 on the par-71 course, good for a -1 and a WPIAL crown.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 10/03/2016
October 3, 2016
We open up a busy October with a bang with high school football, soccer, volleyball, field hockey, golf and even hockey this week here on the MSA Sports Network. The high school football season kicks off the second half of the regular season with Week Six and The Network has 31 WPIAL football weekend contests starting with the MSA Sports pregame Show Friday at 6pm and concluding with the WPIAL Scoreboard Show Friday at 9:30pm.

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Scholastic Notebook – 09/30/2016
September 30, 2016
Fort Cherry is in a drive for five. If the Rangers complete the drive, it will be the first time in 18 years. The Fort Cherrry football team is 4-0. The Rangers have been somewhat of a surprise this year after going 2-7 and 3-6 the past two seasons. Fort Cherry is likely to go to 5-0 because the Rangers play Friday night against West Greene, which is 1-4. This is the fourth time in nine seasons that Fort Cherry has started the season 4-0. The others were in 2008, 2009 and 2013. But every year, Fort Cherry lost its fifth game to Clairton. The last time Fort Cherry started 5-0 was 1998. That year, the Rangers finished the regular season with a 9-0 record before losing in the first round of the playoffs to Clairton.

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Riverside Freshman Skyler Fox Wins 2016 WPIAL 2-A Golf Title
September 29, 2016
Despite his youth, Riverside's Skyler Fox showed no signs of freshman nerves, as he made par on the 18th hole to secure the 2016 WPIAL Boys Class 2A Individual Championship. Fox, who also had the best qualifying round last week, shot a two-over 72 to claim gold at Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley. Holding a one stroke lead entering the tee box on the par-4 final hole, Fox hit his drive to the right of the fairway, into the rough. He produced a spectacular second shot that found the green, though, which allowed him two opportunities with the putter. Although his first attempt on a downhill lie traveled past the cup, Fox sank a short uphill putt to conclude his incredible round. He shot a 36 on both the front and back nine.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 09/25/2016
September 25, 2016
We close out the month of September and welcome in what will be a busy October with our first WPIAL championship of the new school year this week here on the MSA Sports Network. The high school football season hits the midway point of the regular season with Week Five and The Network has 31 WPIAL football weekend contests starting with the MSA Sports pregame Show Friday at 6pm and concluding with the WPIAL Scoreboard Show Friday at 9:30pm.

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Scholastic Notebook – 09/23/2016
September 23, 2016
At Mapletown, Rush rushes. A lot. Dylan Rush is a junior running back at Mapletown who has enjoyed a big season so far. He is the second-leading rusher in the WPIAL with 1,027 yards. The only running back who is ahead of him is Armstrong’s Zane Dudek, who has 1,201. Rush stands only 5 feet 9 and weighs 180 pounds. You have to wonder how strong Rush’s back is, because he is carrying the Mapletown team on it. Rush’s number of carries isn’t on the high side. It’s on the ridiculous side. In four games, Rush has carried the ball 147 times. That’s 36.8 times a game. The rest of Mapletown’s team has 31 carries. On top of that, Mapletown has thrown 22 passes – and Rush has attempted seven of them.

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WPIAL Boys and Girls Individual Golf Sectional Results
September 19, 2016
The countdown to district links championship action began Monday with sectionals to help determine the individual fields for both the Class 3-A and Class 2-A finals. The top qualifiers from each section earn a spot in the Boys Class AA Finals on Thursday, September 29th, the Boys Class AAA Finals on Tuesday, October 4th and the Girls Class 3-A and Class 2-A Finals on Wednesday, October 5th: BOYS: CLASS 3-A SECTION 3:

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MSA SPORTS CUP RESULTS – Sewickley Kings of Single-A Again
July 12, 2016
Sewickley Academy is once again on top of the Class A standings in the chase for the MSA Sports Cup after leapfrogging defending champ Greensburg Central Catholic. In fact, the Panthers and Centurions have been tagging in for titles the last five years with GCC winning in 2012-2013 and 2014-2015 and SA claiming the Cup in 201--2011, 2013-2014 and now in 2015-2016.  The championship for Sewickley Academy is the schools 9th in 13 years of the competition and was aided greatly by district and state championships in boys golf and boys tennis along with WPIAL crowns in boys cross-country and boys soccer.

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MSA SPORTS CUP RESULTS – A New Champ Wins Double-A
July 9, 2016
For only the fifth time in the thirteen years of the MSA Sports Cup Class AA chase, the torch has been passed to a new champion. Greensburg Central Catholic won the first three years, followed by a five year run by Shady Side Academy and three of the last four years the AA Cup has gone to Quaker Valley with a one year run at the top by Seton-LaSalle two years ago. Now the AA crown is coming to Beaver County thanks to Beaver High School. After a couple of close calls in recent years, the Bobcats were lifted to the top spot in part because of district championships won in each season...girls tennis in the fall, ice hockey in the winter and a second straight WPIAL title in girls track & field in the spring.

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MSA SPORTS CUP RESULTS – SF Three-peats in Triple-A
July 7, 2016
In the first ten years of the MSA Sports Cup, while there were a couple of dominating schools in the other three classifications, the chase for the Class AAA Cup had been up for grabs with eight different schools earning The Cup. However in the last three years of the season long competition, Triple-A has become the pride of the Lions. After finishing as the runner-up in 2012-2013, South Fayette has staked its claim on top in Class AAA as the Lions are the first school in this classification to win a third consecutive MSA Sports Cup.

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MSA SPORTS CUP RESULTS – NA Remains Perfect in Quad-A
July 6, 2016
Another school year is in the books and another MSA Sports Cup in Class AAAA is headed to North Allegheny High School. NA captured the schools 13th Cup in 13 years since the MSA Sports Network started this school year long competition to determine the top sports programs in each classification. There are 20 sports in which schools can earn points in the competition and the Tigers earned points in 18 of them. While it was not the highest point total or largest margin of victory, North Allegheny still cruised to their final Quad-A Sports Cup as they will move up to 6-A starting this fall. The second place school finished 430 points behind NA.

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WPIAL Hall of Fame Class of 2016
April 13, 2016
A current NBA player, a former Parade All-American girls basketball player, two dominant teams and four highly successful coaches highlight the WPIAL Hall of Fame class of 2016. This is the 10th class for the WPIAL Hall of Fame, and selections were announced Wednesday at a news conference at the Heinz History Center. Inductees will be honored at a banquet at the Green Tree Doubletree June 10. A Hall of Fame committee selects inductees in five categories: athlete, coach, team, contest official and contributor. The WPIAL also inducts a Heritage Award winner and a Courage Award winner. Here is the 2016 class: ATHLETES

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WPIAL Girls Sports Realignment
February 16, 2016
We all knew it was coming. A major change to the WPIAL high school sports landscape based on the PIAA's decision to increase from four to six classifications in basketball and softball, plus the increase in other sports such as soccer, volleyball and lacrosse. The WPIAL Board of Control approved the various steering committee's re-alignment suggestions starting with the 2016-2017 school year. This alignment also will be for the 2017-2018 school year. For interactive listing, CLICK HERE. GIRLS BASKETBALL Class 6A

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WPIAL Boys Sports Realignment
We all knew it was coming. A major change to the WPIAL high school sports landscape based on the PIAA's decision to increase from four to six classifications in football, basketball and baseball, plus the increase in other sports such as soccer and lacrosse. The WPIAL Board of Control approved the various steering committee's re-alignment suggestions starting with the 2016-2017 school year. This alignment also will be for the 2017-2018 school year. *For an interactive listing, CLICK HERE FOOTBALL Class 6A

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Scholastic Notebook – 10/30/2015
October 30, 2015
If you want to see variety, check out Paris this fall. But we’re not talking the city of Paris. We’re talking the junior do-it-all player for the Seton-LaSalle football team named Paris Ford. He is a Ford that is souped up with versatility. He is undoubtedly one of the most versatile – and best – players in the WPIAL. Ford is listed as a receiver and defensive back. He is a stud at both positions. But he also runs the football and returns kicks and punts. How versatile is he? Well, Seton-LaSalle has moved the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Ford to linebacker because that’s where they could use him the most.

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Sewickley Boys & North Allegheny Girls Win PIAA Team Golf Gold
A day after heavy rains forced the postponement of the PIAA Team Golf Championships on Wednesday, the Sewickley Academy boys and North Allegheny girls turned the wait into a golden experience. The Panthers in Boys AA and the Tigers in Girls AAA won PIAA Team Golf titles on Thursday afternoon at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York. After finishing second a year ago, Sewickley Academy claimed its first ever PIAA boys golf crown by shooting a combined 333, ten strokes better than runner-up New Hope-Solebury. North Allegheny girls were even more impressive by posting a score of 353 which was 23 strokes better than runner-up Mount St. Joseph.

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Olivia Zambruno of Greensburg CC Repeats as PIAA Girls Golf Champ
October 28, 2015
Junior Olivia Zambruno has become the golden girl on the links. Three weeks after repeating as WPIAL Girls Class AA champion, she was able to repeat as PIAA Class AA champion Tuesday at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York. Her two day total was 153, ten strokes better than runner-up Amber Hess of Keystone. She was the only WPIAL golfer to win gold, but a pair of Boys Class AA golfer finished in the Top 3 as 2014 WPIAL winner Chris Tanabe of Quaker Valley finished second with a 150, four strokes behind champion Nate Mennon of Wyomissing while 2015 WPIAL champion Jason Li finished third with a 151. WPIAL Girls AAA champion Marissa Balish finished in third place with a 154.

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WPIAL Alum Q&A – Matt Barto
October 26, 2015
Over the past several weeks, the WPIAL Alum Q&A has focused on athletes who excel in a variety of fall sports, including football, soccer, girls’ volleyball and tennis. For this week’s edition, golf comes to the forefront, with the spotlight on former Leechburg High School champion Matt Barto. In addition to capturing the section championship in all four years at Leechburg, Barto captured the Class AA Individual Championship in both his junior and senior years with the Blue Devils. In 2012, Barto shot a one-over 73 at Youghiogheny Country Club to capture the title, and the following year, he won in a playoff after shooting a round of 75 at Sewickley Heights Golf Club.

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PIAA Western Regional Golf Results
October 20, 2015
A combined 34 golfers from the WPIAL were successful Monday in qualifying for the upcoming state championships during the PIAA Western Regional Championships Monday at Tom's Run Golf Course in Chestnut Ridge. 9 boys Triple-A, 12 boys Double-A, 6 girls Triple-A and 6 girls Double-A golfers now advance to the two day PIAA Golf Championships next week at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York on October 26th and 27th. WPIAL golfers advancing were: BOYS CLASS AAA: Connor Schmidt (Peters Township) - 70 Alec Stopperich (Peters Township) - 74 Palmer Jackson (Franklin Regional) - 75 Tanner Johnson (Peters Township) - 75 Noah Firmstone (Moon) - 78 Jimmy Meyers (Pittsburgh Central Catholic) - 78

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Scholastic Notebook – 10/16/2015
October 16, 2015
Aliquippa is the only school in the WPIAL to have four running backs rush for more than 4,000 yards in their careers. There will likely be one for the thumb by the end of the season. Aliquippa senior running back Kaezon Pugh went over 3,000 yards two weeks ago and now has 3,210. Barring injury, Pugh should get 4,000 this season. He has three regular-season games left and Aliquippa should play at least two playoff games. The Quips are undefeated and played in the WPIAL Class AA championship seven years in a row. What’s impressive about Pugh is his yards-per-carry average. It’s almost 10 for his career. Pugh has 3,210 yards on 324 carries (9.9 average).

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