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2015 Positive Athlete Awards
May 19, 2015
2015 Positive Athlete Awards On Wednesday, May 13th,  27 Western PA High School students were recognized at the John Heinz History Center by Hines Ward as “Positive Athletes” .  These athletes were nominated by coaches, teachers, administrators, parents, and friends for their ability to meet the following criteria in their day-to day lives as athletes, students and members of their communities.

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USC Settles for Silver in 2015 PIAA Boys Team Tennis State Playoffs
May 15, 2015
After a golden run through the district playoffs, Upper St. Clair will have to settle for silver in their state playoff journey. After beating South Hills rival Mount Lebanon Saturday morning in the state Semifinals, the Panthers could not add PIAA gold to their WPIAL championship as they lost to Lower Merion 3-2 in the finals Saturday afternoon at the Hershey Racquet Club. Meanwhile, WPIAL Class AA  champion Sewickley Academy saw its state title dreams end with a loss in the Semifinals to eventual champion Moravian Academy. Here are ALL the results from the 2015 PIAA Boys Team Tennis Playoffs. 2015 PIAA BOYS TEAM TENNIS CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Lower Merion Aces 3 - UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS 2

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Scholastic Notebook – 05/08/2015
May 8, 2015
You know the saying. April showers bring May flowers and Seneca Valley blooms. OK, so the last few words aren’t part of the saying. But in WPIAL baseball lately, it fits. If Reggie Jackson used to be Mr. October, then Seneca Valley coach Eric Semega is Mr. May. Seneca Valley has made it to the WPIAL Class AAAA title game four years in a row. The Raiders are believed to be the first team in almost 100 years to make the championship four consecutive seasons. Allegheny High School won six consecutive titles from 1917-22. The WPIAL baseball playoffs start next week, and a natural question is will be a drive for five for Seneca Valley?

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USC & Sewickley Academy Are 2015 WPIAL Boys Team Tennis Champs
May 7, 2015
it's an even dozen when describing the on-going dominance of the Sewickley Academy boys tennis team. The Panthers swept past Winchester Thurston Thursday afternoon to capture a 12th straight WPIAL Class AA championship. The title is the 19th boys team tennis crown in 21 years for Sewickley Academy.

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Scholastic Notebook – 05/01/2015
May 1, 2015
Apparently, Bo knows softball. Bo Teets is in his sixth year as the girls softball coach at Monessen High School and is conducting one of the biggest turnaround stories in the WPIAL in any sport. Earlier this week, Monessen qualified for the WPIAL Class A playoffs. It is a monumental feat for the Greyhounds when you consider this will be the first time they will be in the postseason. It’s also quite impressive when you consider how far the Greyhounds have come under Teets. Teets was hired as Monessen’s coach before the 2010 season. He took over a program that was, in a word, horrible. The Greyhounds were 9-88 in six years before Teets.

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Mars & Sewickley Duo’s Win WPIAL Boys Tennis Doubles Titles
April 22, 2015
Last year, Ryan Gex of Sewickley Academy teamed with Luke Vith to win the WPIAL Class AA doubles championship. This year, he made winning gold a family thing. Ryan teamed with brother Don Gex to win the 2015 title in an all Sewickley Academy championship match with a straight set win over Panthers teammates Wyatte Geller and Neil Rana Wednesday afternoon. In Class AAA, the fourth-seed team of Josh Raymundo and Aaron Gruber completed their unexpected gold rush with a tough three set triumph over Jared Isaacs and Richard Hoffman of North Allegheny. Here are ALL of the results from the 2015 WPIAL Boys Tennis Doubles Championships. WPIAL CLASS AAA BOYS TENNIS DOUBLES CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:

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Latrobe’s Chad Kissell & Carlynton’s Luke Phillps Win WPIAL Tennis Titles
April 8, 2015
The first WPIAL championships of the spring sports season were captured Wednesday with a pair of top-seeds going the distance to win district boys singles tennis crowns. Latrobe senior Chad Kissell added to his families golden case by winning the AAA title while Carlynton sophomore Luke Phillips won straight set gold in AA. Here are ALL of the results from the 2015 WPIAL Boys Singles Tennis Championships. 2015 WPIAL Boys Singles Tennis Class AAA Championship Match: Chad Kissell (Latrobe) over Chris Gladden (Canon-McMillan) 6-2, 6-2  (MSA)

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2015 WPIAL Boys Singles Tennis Championship Finals Set
April 7, 2015
The first WPIAL championships of the spring sports season will be captured Wednesday with the 2015 WPIAL Boys Singles Tennis Championships getting the ball rolling on the boys tennis postseason schedule. Chad Kissell of Latrobe will battle Chris Gladden from Canon-McMillan in AAA while Luke Phillips takes on Sam Sauter of Sewickley Academy for AA gold indoors at The Club in Monroeville on MSA Sports Wednesday afternoon. 2015 WPIAL Boys Singles Tennis Class AAA Championship Match: Chad Kissell (Latrobe) vs Chris Gladden (Canon-McMillan) AT The Club in Monroeville on Wednesday, April 8th at 1:30pm on MSAsports.net WPIAL CLASS AAA Consolation:

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 04/05/2015
April 5, 2015
We go hopping back to our normal busy schedule with a post-Easter blossom of spring high school sports action this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have WPIAL section play from the diamonds in both baseball and softball along with the debut of the 2015 Hometown Softball Broadcasts, while we also have District 7 section coverage in boys volleyball and girls lacrosse, plus The WPIAL Baseball Show and the first gold of the spring is handed out with the 2015 WPIAL Boys Singles Tennis Championships ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, April 6th: TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net WPIAL High School Baseball - Carmichaels vs McGuffey at 4:00pm on the McGuffey Highlanders Sports Network at MSAsports.net

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Scholastic Notebook – 04/03/2015
April 3, 2015
Look at the list of WPIAL tennis champions over the past decade and you’ll see the name Kissell at various places on the girls side. But Chad Kissell is on the cusp of proving that this championship stuff is not just a girl thing in the Kissell family. Kissell is a senior at Latrobe High School and is the No. 1 seed for the WPIAL Class AAA boys tournament Tuesday and Wednesday. The tournament starts Tuesday at North Allegheny and lasts through the semifinals. The championship matches in Class AAA and AA will be Wednesday at Norwin.

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MSA Sports Countdown – Top 25 WPIAL Stories From 2014 – 01/07/2015
January 7, 2015
It has become a tradition like no other...at least during the holidays here at MSA Sports. Here is a look back at another great high school sports year with the top stories from around the WPIAL in 2014. We conclude our countdown with all 25 stories from #25 through #1. #25 - Game, Set, Match and Gold The unique streak continued in 2014 for Sewickley Academy. 2009 was the last time a Panthers duo did not win gold the WPIAL boys doubles tennis tournament. back in April, the Sewickley Academy tandem of Ryan Gex and Luke Vith won gold in Class AA.

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MSA Sports Countdown – Top 25 WPIAL Stories From 2014 – 01/01/2015
January 1, 2015
It has become a tradition like no other...at least during the holidays here at MSA Sports. It's time to look back at another high school sports year with the top stories from around the WPIAL in 2014. We conclude our countdown with the five stories that ended up #5 through #1. {Left:  Brianna Schwartz of Shaler crosses the finish line to win the WPIAL Girls Class AAA cross-county championship, her third straight title} #5 - Sister Power In 2013, the Kluska sisters made news when older sister Alyvia forfeited her WPIAL Class AA Consolation match to Michaela, thus earning the then freshman a spot in the PIAA girls individual singles tennis playoffs.

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MSA Sports Countdown – Top 25 WPIAL Stories From 2014 – 12/28/2014
December 28, 2014
It has become a tradition like no other...at least during the holidays here at MSA Sports. It's time to look back at another high school sports year with the top stories from around the WPIAL in 2014. We begin our countdown with the five stories that ended up #25 through #21. {Left: Central Valley Warriors football team celebrates at Heinz Field after edging West Allegheny in the 2014 AAA football title game} #25 - Game, Set, Match and Gold The unique streak continued in 2014 for Sewickley Academy. 2009 was the last time a Panthers duo did not win gold the WPIAL boys doubles tennis tournament. back in April, the Sewickley Academy tandem of Ryan Gex and Luke Vith won gold in Class AA.

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NA’s Li & Lee and SSA’s Dua Win PIAA Tennis Titles
November 2, 2014
It was a busy Saturday at the Hershey Racquet Club for WPIAL tennis players as as seven doubles pairs or singles players scored a medal of either gold, silver or bronze at the 2014 PIAA Doubles and Singles Girls Tennis Championships Saturday afternoon. In the Class AAA Singles, three of the four Semifinalists were from the WPIAL and all three earned medals. Junior Ananya Dua of Shady Side Academy won the state championship when she beat North Allegheny's Anna Lin the the PIAA finals 6-1, 6-1. Charlotte Madson of Upper St. Clair, who lost to Li in the Semifinals, beat Meredith Lee of Owen J. Roberts in the Consolation match.

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North Allegheny Repeats as Girls Team Tennis State Champions
October 25, 2014
Three District 7 girls tennis teams turned the PIAA Class AAA Final Four into a WPIAL block party, and in the end Saturday in Hershey, the defending champion was golden again. The North Allegheny Tigers defeated the Mount Lebanon Blue Devils in the state Semifinals, then ousted the Shady Side Academy Indians in a WPIAL title match rematch to win a second consecutive PIAA Class AAA state crown. The championship marks the 8th consecutive year that a WPIAL team has brough home gold in the PIAA Class AAA playoffs. Meanwhile the drought continues in Class AA where District 10 champion Mercyhurst Prep was the winner. Both Sewickley Academy and Indiana lost in the state Quarterfinals on Friday leaving the WPIAL with only one Class AA state winner this century.

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Scholastic Notebook – 10/24/2014
October 24, 2014
Has there ever been a WPIAL football regular season that was so perfect as this one? Probably not. Fourteen teams go into the final night of the regular season with undefeated records. Two of them play (West Allegheny at Central Valley). That means there could be 13 teams that finish the regular season with perfect records. That would be the most in the WPIAL in a long time. Possibly ever. Checking records going back 37 years, there has never been a WPIAL season with 13 undefeated and untied teams (there used to no overtime in WPIAL football).

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North Allegheny & Sewickley Academy Win WPIAL Team Tennis Gold
October 16, 2014
Two programs with recent success walked away from Bethel Park High School on Thursday with district gold. North Allegheny repeated as Class AAA champs by knocking off Shady Side Academy, while Sewickley Academy claimed a fourth WPIAL Class AA championship in the last seven years with a victory over cinderella Indiana. Here are ALL of the results from 2014 WPIAL Girls Team Tennis Playoffs. WPIAL CLASS AAA GIRLS TEAM TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: North Allegheny Tigers 4 - Shady Side Academy Indians 1 WPIAL CLASS AAA Consolation: Mount Lebanon Blue Devils 5 - Peters Township Indians 0 WPIAL CLASS AAA Semifinals:

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2014 WPIAL Girls Doubles Tennis Championship Results
October 2, 2014
Laurel Shymansky had a different doubles partner this year, but she once again has that golden feeling. She joined forces with Lacey Cohen in 2013 to bring gold to Fox Chapel High School, now she is a champion again as she and her partner Amanda Nord won the Class AAA doubles tennis title in three sets Thursday afternoon at Shady Side Academy. Meanwhile in Class AA, it was a family feud in the finals as the Quaker Valley High School Bojalad sisters defeated the Beaver High School Taylor sisters in straight sets. Here are ALL of the results from the 2014 WPIAL Girls Doubles Tennis Playoffs. Top three duo's in both classes qualify for the PIAA state tournament October 31st and November 1st.

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Scholastic Notebook – 09/26/2014
September 26, 2014
Whether it’s the football end zone or a soccer net, both places are treated like a crime zone by the fall sports teams at Pittsburgh Central Catholic. They might as well put yellow tape around the end zone or net because the Central Catholic teams take a “keep out” attitude towards them. It is unusual for two fall sports teams to have such a successful zero tolerance policy. The Central Catholic football team is 4-0 and has allowed only seven points in four games. The Vikings have three shutouts and are the No. 1 defensive team in the WPIAL. The Central Catholic boys soccer team has played 11 games and has allowed only one goal. The Vikings are 11-0 and have outscored opponents, 56-1.

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SSA’s Dua and GCC’s Kluska Win First WPIAL Gold in 2014-2015
September 18, 2014
A pair of juniors were crowned first time champions Thursday afternoon at Shady Side Academy in two totally different championship matches. Here are recaps from both the Class AAA and Class AA WPIAL Girls Singles Tennis Championships. (Pictured is Shady Side Academy junior Ananya Dua after winning the 2014 WPIAL Girls Singles Tennis AAA title)  

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