Track and Field

Scholastic Notebook – 05/25/2012
May 25, 2012
Seven of the eight teams in the WPIAL baseball finals are quite familiar with this championship stuff. They all have won at least one title in the past nine seasons. As championship traditions go, the eighth team in the finals is like the odd man out. Belle Vernon has never won a WPIAL championship, and  the WPIAL has been staging championships since 1914. Belle Vernon will try to win its first title when it plays Blackhawk in the Class AAA championship Tuesday night at Consol Energy Field in Washington.

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Scholastic Notebook – 05/19/2012
May 19, 2012
Aliquippa High School doesn’t have a track where athletes can practice. But the Quips always seem to have kids in the fast lane. On Thursday night at Baldwin, Aliquippa’s 400-meter relay won the WPIAL Class AA championship in grand fashion, setting a meet record and a school record with a time of 42.87 seconds. The team consisted of Hassan Thompson, Shaquere McBride, Dravon Henry and Kaylan Kenney. While this team’s run was impressive, having a group of top sprinters is nothing new for Aliquippa, despite the school not having a track. It was the seventh time in nine years that Aliquippa won the 400 relay title.

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2012 WPIAL Individual Track and Field Highlights and Results
May 17, 2012
The Washington Little Prexies were the story at the 2012 WPIAL AA and AAA individual track and field championships Thursday at Baldwin High School. Dustin Fuller of Washington wanted to pull the “Michael Phelps” in events and he succeeded by taking four gold medals.  To recent knowledge that was the first time it was ever done at this meet.  It seemed every time a medal was handed out at the podium, a Wash High athlete was nearby. 

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 05/13/2012
May 13, 2012
Spring playoff fever (along with a little precipitation) is in the air as we wind down the high school sports year this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have EXCLUSIVE coverage of the 2012 WPIAL baseball and WPIAL softball playoffs along with District 6 regular season and playoff baseball and the start of the WPIAL boys volleyball, plus news from the auto racing world with Rappin on Racin and pro baseball featuring the Class AA Altoona Curve and the 2012 debut of Washington Wild Things baseball ALL here at MSAsports.netMonday, May 14th:TALK SHOW - Rappin on Racin at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net

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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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Hempfield Sweeps AAA Team Track Gold As Wash High & Freeport Win in AA
Hempfield brought their brooms to the 2012 WPIAL Boys and Girls Team Track & Field Championships at Baldwin High School Thursday as the Spartans swept past the competition to win both the boys and girls Class AAA crowns. The win is the second straight for the Hempfield boys and fourth WPIAL team track title while the Spartans girls captured their second district championship in school history and first since 1984. In AA, Freeport captures its second consecutive WPIAL girls team track title and third in school history while the Washington boys win their third title in school history and first since 1997.

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39th Annual Baldwin Invitational Track & Field Results
May 5, 2012
It’s the right arm that brings Bill Stanley notoriety. But at the Baldwin Invitational, it was footwork that helped bring Stanley into the spotlight. Stanley, a senior at South Park High School, had one of the most unforgettable performances ever in a field event at the 39th annual Baldwin Invitational Friday. The event is one of the largest meets in the eastern part of the country and attracted more than 2,000 competitors from all over Western Pennsylvania. Stanley was the talk of the meet after throwing the javelin 234 feet, 9 inches to set a Baldwin Invitational record and also enhance his reputation as one of the best javelin throwers in the country. But about the feet …

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2012 WPIAL TEAM TRACK & FIELD FINALS NOW SET
May 3, 2012
The final fields of four are set for the 2012 WPIAL Boys and Girls Class AAA and Class AA Team Track & Field Championships.

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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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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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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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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 – 12/23/2011
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 – 12/02/2011
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 – 10/21/2011
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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