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Mount Lebanon Captures First WPIAL Girls Lacrosse D-I Title in 8 Years
May 23, 2014
The last loss that Mt. Lebanon suffered left a bad taste in their mouths. Shady Side Academy led the Blue Devils 9-7 in last year’s WPIAL Girls Division I Lacrosse semifinals when lightning forced the game to be called off with about ten minutes remaining. Mt. Lebanon took it personal. How personal? The Blue Devils adopted the motto “Let the storm rage on” even putting that mantra on t-shirts for the 2014 season. The WPIAL storm is over for Mt. Lebanon as they improved to (20-0) after defeating Quaker Valley 9-7 at Highmark Stadium. Just like she did in the team’s semifinal win over Shady Side Academy, senior captain Alyssa Battaglia led the Blue Devils scoring 5 goals.

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Titanic Performance Helps Shaler Repeat as WPIAL Girls Lacrosse D-II Champs
The Shaler Titans are now back-to-back Division II lacrosse champions after an 11-9 victory over the Chartiers Valley Colts, Thursday night at Highmark Stadium. The No. 2 seeded Titans used a well-balanced offensive attack to jump out to a four goal lead at halftime, thanks in part to four free position goals from Shannon Lynch. Despite falling behind with 1-0 and 2-1 deficits in the early portion of the opening half, Shaler would never trail again after tying the game at two. Margo Mason and Hope Tornabene got things going early for CV but responded quickly to both goals and then out-scored the Colts 6-2 to finish the first half.

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Eight is Great as North Allegheny Wins Another WPIAL AAA Boys Volleyball Title
For an unprecedented eighth year in a row, the North Allegheny Tigers are WPIAL champions in boys volleyball. The Tigers used a furious rally in game one to build momentum and propel them to a 3-0 victory over Norwin for the Class AAA crown. Set scores for Thursday night’s match at Baldwin were 25-23, 25-11 and 25-21. Norwin jumped out quickly in the first set, scoring the game’s opening four points and building a seven-point advantage. With the score at 16-9, however, North Allegheny began chipping away at the Knights’ lead. By late in the set, the Tigers had stormed all the way back to tie the score at 22. Then, with the score knotted at 23, a block by senior David Haus and a Norwin miscue gave North Allegheny the come-from-behind victory.

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Ambridge Three-Peats as WPIAL Boys Volleyball Double-A Champs
For the third consecutive year, the Ambridge Area boys’ volleyball team claimed the Class AA championship, defeating Derry Area in straight sets 29-27, 26-24, 25-20. The top-seeded Bridgers used a pair of dramatic comebacks to capture the first two sets, and pulled away at the end of the third set to secure the three-peat at Baldwin High School.

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MSA Sports Baseball & Softball Playoff Recaps for Thursday, May 22nd
The threat of storms postponed eleven baseball and softball third round games on Wednesday, making for a very busy Thursday on the postseason diamonds. Five baseball and eight softball contests to determine the participants in Championship Week helped make for some one-sided and thrilling performances on Semifinals Thursday around the WPIAL. A special thanks to Don Rebel, Sam Hall, Mark Schaas, Jason Tennant, Bob Gregg, Greg Kuntz, Josh Rowntree and Bob Barrickman for their help with these recaps. BASEBALL: WPIAL CLASS AAAA Semifinals:

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MSA Sports Softball Playoff Recaps for Tuesday, May 20th
May 21, 2014
For some, it was a turn around of less than 24 hours between the First Round and the Quarterfinals of the WPIAL Softball Playoffs. Rain last week forced a cinch in the belt and a much tighter schedule than usual. But Tuesday's winners wont complain because they are Final Four bound and will actually have a days rest before the Semifinals on Thursday. A special thanks to Jason Tennant, Chris Lackner, Greg Kuntz, Bob Gregg and Josh Rowntree for their help on these recaps. WPIAL CLASS AAA Quarterfinals:

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MSA Sports Baseball & Softball Playoff Recaps for Monday, May 19th
May 20, 2014
After being pushed back from the postseason spotlight last week because of Mother Nature, it was a busy day of both First Round and Quarterfinals contests in the WPIAL softball playoffs. Plus a leftover Class AAA baseball Quarterfinals game and a pair of Class A Semifinals contests made for plenty of diamond doings on Monday. Here are summaries of all the action, most of which was heard here on The Network. A special thanks to Don Rebel, Josh Rowntree, Bobby Fox, Randy Gore, Dennis Fischer, Bob Gregg, Lou Rood, Pete Blais, Sean Meyers, Mike Azadian, Jason Tennant, Greg Kuntz and Adam Gusky for their help on these recaps. BASEBALL: WPIAL CLASS AAA Quarterfinals:

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Scholastic Notebook – 05/19/2014
May 19, 2014
Seneca Valley has been the surprise team of the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs. The Raiders are the No. 16 seed, but find themselves in the semifinals. One more win and Seneca Valley will make history, but not because of their seeding. Seneca Valley plays Pine-Richland in a semifinal game Wednesday at a site and time to be determined. A win will put Seneca Valley into the championship game for the fourth year in a row. It has been at least 50 years since a team made it to a title game four consecutive years. In fact, it is likely that no team has ever made it to a championship four years in a row. So far in the playoffs, Seneca Valley has knocked off No. 1 seed Hempfield, 10-5, and also No. 9 seed Shaler, 3-0. Smith Does it All

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Blackhawk’s McKay Continues Scoreless Innings Streak
May 18, 2014
It was a pitcher's duel for five innings at Pullman Park, but in the end Brendan McKay came out on top again as Blackhawk defeated Indiana 4-0 to advance to the Class AAA WPIAL baseball semifinals. The senior moved into third place in the National Federation of High Schools record book, pitching 65 consecutive innings without allowing a run, dating back to last season.The national record is 80 innings by Joey Porter in Mississippi in 1973. 

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MSA Sports Baseball Playoff Recaps for Saturday, May 17th
May 17, 2014
The surprises continued on Quarterfinals Saturday in AAAA, AAA and AA as the baseball brackets continue to be busted. The #1 seed in Class AA, Neshannock was ousted as was the #2-seed in Class AAA in Chartiers Valley. Here are recaps from all twelve second round baseball games as the twists and turns to CONSOL Energy Field continue. A special thanks to Sean Meyers, Brandon Showers, Bob Gregg, Pete Blais, Josh Rowntree, Mike Azadian and Mark Schaas for their help on these recaps. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Quarterfinals:

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MSA Sports Baseball Playoff Recaps for Friday, May 16th
We are coming to end of the first week of the district baseball postseason, but the biggest splash thus far came on one of the final games from the First Round. A #16-seed stunned a #1-seed in the Class Quad-A opening round knocking out the first top seed, while AAAA-4, AA-1 and AA-5 were all a perfect 3-0 on Saturday. Here are recaps from the Class AAAA and Class AA First Round games from Friday. A special thanks to Josh Rowntree, Mark Schaas, Lee Mohn, Sean Meyers, Jess Levo, Mike Azadian, Bob Gregg, Don Rebel, Pete Blais and Sam Hall for their help on these recaps. WPIAL CLASS AAAA First Round:

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2014 WPIAL Individual Track & Field Results Thus Far
May 16, 2014
Mother Nature made it a two day event at Cibik Stadium at Baldwin High School which started Thursday and ended Saturday. Here are ALL of the results from the 2014 WPIAL Boys and Girls Class AAA and Class AA Individual Trck & Field Championships. Here are eight medalists in each event from Saturday’s WPIAL championship meet at Baldwin. The top five finishers in Class AA and the top four in Class AAA automatically qualify for the PIAA meet next Friday and Saturday in Shippensburg University. Others who finish in the top eight must meet qualifying standards to make the PIAA meet. The qualifying standards are in parentheses next to each event. *BOYS CLASS AAA*

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MSA Sports Baseball Playoff Recaps for Wednesday, May 14th
May 15, 2014
While the forecast was shaky, it turned out to be a wonderful day in Western Pa with only five games on the schedule. It took three days, but the Class AAA First Round came to an end and because of the suspended West Mifflin vs South Fayette contest fro Tuesday night, all of the Triple-A Quarterfinals were bumped back to Saturday. So it was Class A claiming the spotlight as the surprise results continued in Round Two, leaving top-seed California to battle in the Semifinals along with the #10, #11 and #13 seeds in the postseason. A special thanks to Sean Meyers, Bob Gregg, Bobby Fox and Don Rebel for their help on these recaps. WPIAL CLASS AAA First Round:

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MSA Sports Baseball & Softball Playoff Recaps for Tuesday, May 13th
May 14, 2014
After a Monday of rain delays, lightning delays, suspended game and postponements, the sun was shining bright...at least during the afternoon hours as two classifications in baseball and two classes in softball nearly put round one in the books. Here are recaps from the WPIAL Baseball Class AAA and Class A First Round games as well as the WPIAL Softball Class AAAA and Class AA Round One contests. A special thanks to Brian Mroziak, Josh Rowntree, Mark Schaas, Don Rebel, Jason Tennant, Randy Gore, Bob Gregg, Steve Nagler, Greg Kuntz, Lee Mohn and Mike Azadian for their help on these recaps. WPIAL CLASS AAA First Round:

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NA & Beaver Boys Along With Hempfield & SF Girls Win WPIAL Team Track Titles
May 13, 2014
Three teams were able to repeat their golden success from a year ago while one school tasted a team track title for the very first time. Hempfield captured a third straight girls Class AAA crown while both the North Allegheny boys in Class AAA and the South Fayette Lions in girls Class AA won for the second consecutive year. Meanwhile, it was a first time championship captured by the Beaver Bobcats in boys Class AA on Monday at Baldwin High School. Here are ALL of the results from the 2014 WPIAL Boys and Girls Team Track & Field Championships. The 2014 WPIAL Boys and Girls Class AAA and Class AA Individual Track and Field  Finals are set for Thursday, May 15th at Baldwin High School and here on the MSA Sports Network..

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MSA Sports Baseball Playoff Recaps for Monday, May 12th
May 12, 2014
Rain was the big winner on opening day of the 2014 WPIAL Baseball Playoffs. With 15 games scheduled, only five games made to it the books while two others were suspended and eight were postponed until Tuesday. Here are recaps from those five games that opened up the district diamond postseason. Thanks to Don Rebel, Dennis Fischer, Bob Orkwis and Jason Tennant for their help on these recaps. WPIAL CLASS AAA FIRST ROUND:

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 05/11/2014
May 11, 2014
Let the games begin! The 2014 WPIAL spring sports playoffs kick into full gear this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have EXCLUSIVE coverage of the 2014 WPIAL Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse and Boys Volleyball postseasons with First Round and/or Quarterfinals action along with the 2014 WPIAL Boys and Girls Individual Track & Field Championships, plus we another edition of Rappin on Racin and The WPIAL Baseball Show...playoff edition ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, May 12th: TALK SHOW - Rappin on Racin at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net

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FINAL 2014 WPIAL Boys Volleyball Standings
Here are the FINAL standings for the 2014 WPIAL Boys Volleyball season, including the final WPIAL boys volleyball PLAYOFF clinchings. You can follow the WPIAL Boys Volleyball regular season with updated results, standings, and rankings every Wednesday, plus regular season and postseason broadcasts only here on the MSA Sports Network. Top four teams in each section make the playoffs. If there is a tie for fourth place, head-to-head will be the tiebreaker. If there is a split in the head-to-head, both tied teams make the playoffs. # - Clinched Section Title    * - Clinched Playoff Berth x - Eliminated From Playoff Race

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FINAL 2014 WPIAL Baseball Standings
Here are the FINAL WPIAL baseball standings for the 2014 season. The standings will be updated daily throughout the regular season...including the final WPIAL PLAYOFF clinchings. 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. # - Clinched Section Title    * - Clinched Playoff Berth x - Eliminated From Playoff Contention WPIAL Class AAAA: (SET WITH 16 PLAYOFF TEAMS)

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FINAL 2014 WPIAL Softball Standings
Here are the FINAL WPIAL softball standings...including the final WPIAL PLAYOFF clinchings. The standings will be updated daily through the 2014 regular season. You can follow the high school softball season with schedules, scores, weekly rankings every Tuesday and game broadcasts, including another year of the MSA Sports Hometown Softball Program here on the MSA Sports Network. The top three teams in each section qualify for the WPIAL playoffs. The 2014 WPIAL Softball Playoffs ONLY on the MSA Sports Network will be sponsored by Carlow University. Teams in capital letters are part of the MSA Sports Hometown Softball Program.

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