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Western Beaver Truly Golden In WPIAL Class A Baseball
May 29, 2013
In an improbable finish to the Class A Baseball championship game, Western Beaver pitcher Nick Miller picked off Santino Platt off second base to end the game and give the Golden Beavers a 3-2 come from behind victory over the OLSH Chargers to claim their second WPIAL championship. Western Beaver scored two runs in the sixth inning to take the lead entering the final frame.The win for Western Beaver give the Golden Beavers their second WPIAL title, they claimed the gold in 2000. Miller picked up the win, going to 7-1 on the season.

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WPIAL Softball Consolation Recaps
Eight teams had to wait an extra 24 hours to see if their season would continue after the WPIAL postponed all four softball consolation games from Tuesday afternoon to Wednesday afternoon. For Hempfield, West Allegheny, Chartiers-Houston and Burgettstown, it was worth the wait as they picked up victories and now move on to the PIAA state softball playoffs while Peters Township, West Mifflin, Beaver and Frazier see their successful 2013 campaign come to an end.

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WPIAL Class AAAA and Class A Baseball Consolation Recaps
History was made Wednesday evening at Ross Memorial Field as the WPIAL held its very first Class AAAA baseball consolation game. With the demise of the Pittsburgh City League in baseball, the PIAA added a third team from District 7 Class AAAA. Here are recaps from both the Quad-A and the Single-A consolation games played on Wednesday at the Washington & Jefferson College Sports Complex.

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2013 WPIAL Softball Championships Preview
Never before has a district postseason tournament played out the same way the 2013 WPIAL Softball Playoffs have. in the end, the top-seed in all four classifications have made it through three round to the championships where they will face all four #3-seeds in each class. Here is a look at all four #1 vs. #3 matchups to decide the 2013 WPIAL golden girls on Thursday at Lilley Field at California University of Pennsylvania.WPIAL CLASS AAAA:The game: Canon-McMillan (20-1) vs. North Allegheny (17-4), 7 p.m. Thursday at California University.The pitchers: Canon-McMillan’s Alayna Astuto (20-0) vs. North Allegheny’s Sami Beining (10-2).

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 05/29/2013
There will be plenty of diamond gold dished out in both the District 7 and District 6 as the baseball and softball playoffs come to an end this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have all four WPIAL Baseball Championship Games, all four WPIAL Softball Championship Games, all eight WPIAL baseball and softball consolation contests and a pair of District 6 Baseball Championship Games and two D-6 Softball Championship Games, plus more Frontier League pro baseball with the Washington Wild Things and plenty of news from the world of auto racing with Rappin on Racin ALL here ONLY at MSAsports.netMonday, May 27th: HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY FROM ALL OF US HERE AT THE MSA SPORTS NETWORK

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WPIAL Class AAA and Class AA Baseball Consolation Recaps
With a PIAA state playoff berth at stake, both the Class AAA and Class AA WPIAL consolation baseball games were thrillers all the way down to the final at bat. A walk-off sacrifice fly and a walk-off triple helped keep the 2013 baseball season alive for both Shady Side Academy in AA and Keystone Oaks in AAA.

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Beaver Claims Class AA Baseball Gold With Victory Over Quaker Valley
For the second time in six years, the Beaver Bobcats are the toast of Class AA, winning WPIAL gold in a dominating performance against previously unbeaten Quaker Valley in a 7-1 win Tuesday at CONSOL Energy Field.. 

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South Park Remains Perfect In Extra Inning AAA Title Game Win
May 28, 2013
In a game full of missed opportunities, the South Park Eagles came thru when it counted the most, claiming a 4-3 nine inning victory over the Hopewell Vikings to become only the fifth team in WPIAL baseball history to win a district championship as an unbeaten team. Adam Thompson, who was hit for in the eighth inning, reentered the game to draw a bases loaded walk to push the Eagles to the win.The game was the first extra inning title game since Franklin Regional beat Mount Lebanon 9-8 in 2001 to win the Class AAA title in eight innings. It's the first WPIAL baseball title for South Park, the Eagles last made the title game in 2002.

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2013 WPIAL Baseball Championships Preview
May 27, 2013
The upcoming 2013 WPIAL baseball championships are as easy as 1, 2, 3. One defending champ looking for a third straight title...Two undefeated teams trying to stay perfect in securing district gold...Three top seeds heading into a game that many expected them to be a part of. Here is a look at the Class AA and Class AAA finals on Tuesday and the Class A and Class AAAA championship games on Wednesday at CONSOL Energy Park in Washington and only here on the MSA Sports Network.

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Scholastic Notebook – 05/24/2013
May 24, 2013

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Peters Township Edges SSA to Repeat as WPIAL D-I Girls Lacrosse Champs
Been there, done that for Peters Township, as for the second straight season and the fifth time in ten years, the Indians captured the WPIAL Girls Division I lacrosse championship with a 16-14 victory.This match at Martorelli Stadium in the North Hills between Division I – Section 1 rivals Peters Township and Shady Side Academy was the third game on the season between the pair of Indians.

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Shaler Squeeks Past Chartiers Valley for First WPIAL D-II Girls Lacrosse Crown
It may have taken longer than expected for Shaler to capture the WPIAL Girls Division II Lacrosse Championship, but the wait was well worth it for the Titans. The championship match was twice delayed by lightning and Shaler let leads of 7-1 and 12-6 slip away before rallying to defeat the Colts at Martorelli Stadium in the North Hills.Trailing 1-0, Shaler scored 7 unanswered goals to take the lead at 10:58 of the first half. During the seven goal run, the first lighting delay came after Chartiers Valley called a timeout trailing 5-1. The delay lasted about 55 minutes.

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Mount Lebanon’s Odd Streak Continues With Another WPIAL Boys Lacrosse Title

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Seton-LaSalle Wins First WPIAL D-II Boys Lacrosse Crown

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North Allegheny Survives Scare to Win 7th WPIAL AAA Boys Volleyball Title in a Row
In the WPIAL Boys AAA Volleyball Championship match the North Allegheny Tigers defeat the  Bethel Park Black Hawks by a 3-2 match score to win their 7th title in a row and their 10th in the last 11 years and 16th overall title.The Tigers took game one 25-17 and made it look easy. At 13-10 they went on a 12-4 run to win. Tommy Keisling the SR OH led the way with his power game.In game two it was close and tied 9-9 before Bethel Park would take control. NA fell apart mid game  as the Blackhawks went on an 8-3 run to go up 21-15. Camden Hay the SR OH came up big to lead the way and his kill gave BP a 5 point lead at 23-18 on their way to a 25-21 game two win to tie the match at 1-1.

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Ambridge Sweeps Derry to Repeat as WPIAL AA Champs
In the WPIAL Class AA Boys Volleyball Championships Thursday at Baldwin High School, the Ambridge Bridgers defended their title with a 3-0 sweep of the Derry Trojans. It's their fifth WPIAL AA title in the last six years.In game one Both teams played well early and the game was tied 5-5 before Ambridge took control. Too many unforced errors did in the Trojans as the Bridgers went on a 9-1 run to lead 14-6 on their way to a 25-17 game one victory.In game two, the Trojans kept it closer and the game was tied at 9-9. For Derry, Matt Vasinko and Josh Wannamaker were the Trojans stars. But Ambridge would go on a 12-3 run to go up 21-12 lead. Derry would go on a late run but come up short and the Bridgers would go up 2-0 in the match.

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WPIAL Softball Playoff Recaps for Wed, May 22nd and Thur, May 23rd
May 23, 2013
While six of the district softball semi's beat Mother Nature on Wednesday, the two other contests that didn't make were in another battle of beat the rain on Thursday. In the end, the Final Four contests over two days produced dominating performances by teams and individuals, an unreal comeback, a see-saw shootout, a marathon game and perfection. Here are recaps from the eight WPIAL Softball Semifinals games played on both Wednesday and Thursday.A special thanks goes out to Jason Tennant, Mike Azadian, Bob Gregg, Steve Nagler and Don Rebel for their help on these recaps.WPIAL CLASS AAAA Semifinals:

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WPIAL Baseball Playoff Recaps for Tuesday, May 21st
May 21, 2013
Does good pitching beat good hitting? It certainly did on a warm and sunny Tuesday. There were eight WPIAL baseball games. Five ended in shutouts and the combined score of the losers in the other three games was three…one run each. Here is a look back at the day of the pitcher in District 7 with recaps from all eight Final Four contests.A special thanks goes out to Mark Schaas, Josh Rowntree, Lee Mohn, Steve Nagler, Don Rebel and Mike Azadian for their help on these recaps.WPIAL CLASS AAAA Semifinals:

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North Allegheny and Ambridge AGAIN Rule the WPIAL Boys Volleyball World
In the movie 'Groundhog Day', Bill Murray kept waking up to February 2nd, no matter what happened on the previous day. That is how district boys volleyball teams must feel. They keep waking up and North Allegheny and Ambridge are wearing the gold. It was a titanic struggle, but North Allegheny captured its seventh Class AAA title in a row with a thrilling five game victory over Bethel Park. Meanwhile, Ambridge swept past Derry to win its second straight crown and the Bridgers fifth championship in the last six years. In the consolation matches Thursday, both Norwin and OLSH secured PIAA playoff berths with wins at Baldwin High School. Here are ALL the results from the 2013 WPIAL Boys Volleyball Playoffs.

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Peters Township and Shaler Win 2013 WPIAL Girls Lacrosse Crowns
A couple of thrillers at drenched Martorelli Stadium in the North Hills produced gold for one decorated program and one first time champion. Peters Township won the Battle of the Indians with Shady Side Academy to capture the schools second straight and fifth WPIAL Division I title in the last seven years while Shaler is celebrating a first ever WPIAL girls lacrosse Division II crown as the Titans edged the Chartiers Valley Colts. Here are ALL of the results from the 2013 WPIAL Girls Lacrosse Playoffs.Games marked with (MSA) after the result can be heard archived here on the MSA Sports Network.2013 WPIAL DIVISION I CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:

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