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2012 MSA SPORTS DIAMOND STUDS BASEBALL ALL-STARS
June 16, 2012
Two players who led Blackhawk to a WPIAL championship, two players taken in the Major League Baseball draft, and a pitcher who was close to untouchable lead the 2012 MSA Sports Diamond Studs all-star team.The team is made up of the top 10 players in the WPIAL and is selected by the MSA Sports staff.  The two Blackhawk players are Brenday McKay and Matt Emge.The two drafted players are Neshannock’s John Sansone and Valley’s Zarley Zalewski.The stud pitcher who rarely gave up a run was Thomas Jefferson’s Greg Schneider.Here is a look at the MSA Sports Diamond Studs team.

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2012 MSA SPORTS DIAMOND DOLLS SOFTBALL ALL-STARS
June 15, 2012
Since the pitching rubber for girls softball was moved back a few feet last season, pitchers don’t dominate to the same extent in this sport. But pitchers still dominate this year’s MSA Sports Diamond Dolls all-star team. The team is made up of the top 10 players in the WPIAL, regardless of position. It is picked by the MSA Sports staff. This year’s all-star team is made up of eight pitchers. Two of the eight pitchers won WPIAL championships. Here is a look at this 2012 Diamond Dolls. MSA SPORTS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: KAITLYN KUTCHMAN Montour  P  Sr.

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PIAA Baseball Class A, Class AAAA and Class AAA Finals Recaps
The PIAA baseball championships took place Friday at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on the campus of Penn State University. Here are recaps from the Class A, Class AAAA and Class AAA state baseball finals.PIAA CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP: Bishop McCort Crimson Crushers 14 - Montgomery Red Raiders 2

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Neshannock Wins First Ever PIAA Class AA Softball Gold
It took a wild pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning to propel the Neshannock Lancers to their first PIAA softball championship with a 4-3 victory over the Warrior Run Defenders at Beard Field on Friday afternoon.

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Riverside Goes Back To Back AGAIN In Winning Class AA State Title
Defense ruled as the Riverside Panthers became the first team to win back to back PIAA baseball championships twice as the Panthers claimed a 5-4 decision over the Pine Grove Cardinals at Penn State University's Medlar Field at Lubrano Park on Friday. Riverside used four web gem quality plays to get the win.The Panthers rallied from an early 3-0 deficit and used sharp fielding to also become the leader with four state baseball gold medals. The first web gem came in the top of the fifth with two outs and runners at the corners for the Cardinals. Jordan Shiffer hit a liner to right, junior Ian Sutherland was fooled on the ball initially, it didn't look pretty, but Sutherland made the catch to end the inning.

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PIAA Softball Class A, Class AAAA and Class AAA Finals Recaps
The PIAA softball championships are took place Friday at Nittany Lion Softball Park on the campus of Penn State University. Here are recaps from the Class A, Class AAAA and Class AAA state softball finals.PIAA CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP: Fannett-Metal Tigers 1 - Southern Columbia Tigers 0

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PIAA Class AA Softball Title Game Preview
June 14, 2012
Just like baseball, it is slim pickings for the WPIAL in PIAA championship play. Only one team is taking the trip to Penn State, the Neshannock Lancers will make their first venture ever for championship gold. Here is a preview of that game, all the action can be heard right here on the MSA Sports Network.Neshannock Lancers (23-1) vs. Warrior Run Defenders (24-2)  Friday at 3PM on the MSA Sports Network A match up of first timers in the state championship game, neither team has played for a PIAA title.Neshannock Head Coach:  Tracy Kimmel

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PIAA Baseball Semifinals Recaps for Monday
June 12, 2012
Two weeks ago, Blackhawk was celebrating a WPIAL Class AAA championship while Riverside was trying to oversome a stinging loss to arch-rival Ellwood City in the WPIAL Class AA title game. One Semifinals Monday in the state baseball playoffs, it was the Panthers celebrating a return trip to the PIAA finals while the Cougars are left to wrap up a memorable season one game shy of the finals. here are recaps from both games.PIAA CLASS AAA SEMIFINALS:

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PIAA Softball Semifinals Recaps for Monday
June 11, 2012
It was a rough day for WPIAL softball champions on Monday, fortunately for Neshannock fans, the Lancers did not win a district title this spring. Canon-McMillan, Montour and Chartiers-Houston all lost, however Neshannock will carry the WPIAL banner to Penn State as the Lancers play for a Class AA state softball title on Friday. Here are recaps from all four Western Finals in the PIAA Softball Playoffs on Monday afternoon.A special thanks to Mark Uriah, Josh Rowntree, Mike Azadian and Bob Gregg for their help on these recaps.PIAA CLASS AAAA SEMIFINALS:

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 01/11/2012
As the state high school baseball and softball postseason winds down, so does the 2011-2012 high school sports season this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have coverage of the Semifinals and select Championship Games from both the PIAA baseball and softball state playoffs along with pro baseball featuring the Class AA Eastern League's Altoona Curve and the Frontier League's Washington Wild Things, plus all of the news from the auto racing world with Rappin on Racin ALL here at MSAsports.netMonday, June 11th:TALK SHOW - Rappin on Racin at 6:00pm on MSAsports.netPIAA High School Baseball Playoffs: Class AAA Semifinals - West York vs Blackhawk at 3:00pm on MSAsports.net

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Scholastic Notebook – 06/11/2012
Blackhawk coach Bob Amalia must decide whether or not to bring back standout pitcher Brendan McKay on only three days rest for the PIAA semifinals Monday. But Blackhawk’s opponent also has an ace who pitched a complete-game Thursday. Blackhawk (22-2) will meet West York (21-4) in a Class AAA Semifinal 3 p.m. Monday at Hollidaysburg. West York features Kaden Hepler, who will be pitching Division I college baseball next year at Winthrop. Hepler has been superb this season with a 12-0 record. He has a 0.54 ERA and has struck out 116 in 78 1/3 innings. He has allowed only 46 hits.

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2012 WPIAL Baseball All-Star Game Recaps
The top senior baseball players in the WPIAL were on display Sunday afternoon at the Burkett Complex in Robinson Township in the 2012 WPIAL Baseball Coaches Association All-Star games. The doubleheader event pitted Class AAAA stars vs. Class AAA stars and the top players from Class AA against the best from Class A. One game was a nail-biter was the other was a rout. Here are recaps from both games.CLASS AAAA 16 - CLASS AAA 3 By Mike AzadianIn the WPIAL baseball coaches association AAAA versus AAA all star game held at Burkett Field in Robinson Twp, the AAAA squad put a hitting and pitching lesson on in winning 16-3.

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Conestoga Boys & Garnet Valley Girls Repeat as PIAA Lacrosse Champs
June 10, 2012
The song remains the same in state high school lacrosse as a pair of District 1 teams were able to help keep the balance of power in lacrosse on the side of Eastern Pennsylvania. The Conestoga Pioneers captured a third consecutive PIAA Boys Lacrosse title while the Garnet Valley Jaguars won gold in back-to-back years by winning the PIAA Girls Lacrosse championship on Saturday in Hershey. Here are ALL of the final results from the 2012 PIAA Boys and Girls Lacrosse Playoffs.2012 PIAA BOYS LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:Conestoga Pioneers 10 - LaSalle College Explorers 7PIAA BOYS Semifinals:

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PIAA Baseball Quarterfinals Recaps for Thursday, June 7th
June 8, 2012
District 7 had eight baseball teams put up a 'W' in round one. With a couple of head-to-head matchups, there was a chance to have as many as six teams play in next weeks PIAA Semifinals. Instead, only two remain alive for state gold. Here are recaps from all six games on a tough day for D-7.A special thanks to Mark Schaas for his help on these recaps.PIAA CLASS AAAA Quarterfinals:

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PIAA Softball Quarterfinals Recaps for Thursday and Friday
It was a mixed bag for the six WPIAL softball teams on Thursday in the PIAA Quarterfinals. Three teams were victorious, including two district champions, one saw their season come to an end, one was in the lead when the game was suspended and another didn't even see a first pitch. Here are recaps from the PIAA Quarterfinals on Thursday involving those six WPIAL teams.Thanks to Brandon Showers and Bob Gregg for their help on these recaps.PIAA CLASS AAAA Quarterfinals:

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WPIAL Players and Alum Selected in 2012 MLB Draft
June 6, 2012
After a quiet first day, six current WPIAL seniors and alums were selected in Day Two of the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, three of which were picked by the 'hometown' Pittsburgh Pirates. Here is a rundown of area high school players who have the chance to turn pro after being selected Wednesday afternoon.*  JORDAN STERANKA (6'01" 205-lbs  DOB: 11/14/89) - Former Mount Lebanon Blue Devils and current third baseman from Penn State University selected in 21st Round with the 646th overall pick by the PITTSBURGH PIRATES

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PIAA Softball First Round Recaps for Tuesday, June 5th
It was a rough day Monday for PIAA baseball and softball opening round contests as Mother Nature wiped out most of the action with games delayed until Tuesday. However, the west had a clean slate on Monday...with the exception of two softball games played at Penn State University. Rain suspended one game and postponed the other, forcing two for Tuesday in Happy Valley. Here is a recap of both of those First Round contests.Thanks to Todd Brown for his help on these recaps.PIAA CLASS AA First Round:

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PIAA Softball First Round Recaps for Monday, June 4th
June 4, 2012
Hatboro-Horsham, Philipsburg-Osceola and Minersville were joined in the state softball winners circle last year by one WPIAL team, the Valley Vikings in Class AAA. Valley did not qualify for the postseason this year, but the 2012 WPIAL champs are all off an running in the 2012 version of the state softball tournament. Here are recaps from the First Round of the 2012 PIAA Softball Playoffs from Monday, June 4th.Thanks to Bob Gregg, Josh Rowntree and Jason Tennant for their help on these recaps.PIAA CLASS AAAA First Round:

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PIAA Baseball First Round Recaps for Monday, June 4th
A year ago, two WPIAL teams; Riverside in AA and Serra Catholic in A joined Conestoga and Northern York and PIAA baseball champions. Serra did not qualify for the state postseason this spring, leaving Riverside as the lone D-7 school looking to repeat in the PIAA. That dream for the Panthers remains alive after Round One, Here are recaps from the First Round on Monday, June 4th in the 2012 PIAA Baseball Playoffs.Thanks to Steve Nagler, Mark Schaas and Hugh Mulvey for their help on these recaps.PIAA CLASS AAAA First Round:

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 06/04/2012
With the district high school baseball and softball postseason behind us, the focus switches to the diamond state playoffs starting this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have coverage of the First Round and the Quarterfinals from both the PIAA baseball and softball state playoffs along with pro baseball featuring the Class AA Eastern League's Altoona Curve and the Frontier League's Washington Wild Things, women's pro football featuring the Pittsburgh Passion and mens semi-pro football featuring the Tri-State Steel Storm, plus all of the news from the auto racing world with Rappin on Racin ALL here at MSAsports.netMonday, June 4th:

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