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WPIAL Softball Playoff Recaps for Tuesday, May 15th
May 16, 2012
There were a total of 19 Preliminary round and First Round WPIAL softball playoff games played Tuesday after Monday was washed away by Mother Nature. Six of those games were heard here on the network as we began our exclusive coverage of the postseason leading all the way to the four finals at California University of Pennsylvania. A special thanks to Jason Tennant, Lee Mohn and Mike Azadian for their help on these recaps.WPIAL CLASS AAAA FIRST ROUND:

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MOTHER NATURE KO’s DAY ONE OF WPIAL BASEBALL & SOFTBALL PLAYOFFS
May 14, 2012
Steady rain on Sunday and more rain in the forecast for Monday throughout Western Pennsylvania forced the WPIAL to postpone opening day in both the WPIAL baseball and softball playoffs.ALL 21 of the First Round baseball games scheduled for Monday have been pushed back 24 hours to Tuesday with one doubleheader site change. In softball, there were 9 Preliminary Round or First Round games postponed on Monday. Seven of those games are now scheduled for Tuesday while two contests have been pushed back to Wednesday.Check below WPIAL baseball and softball playoff articles below for all of the latest changes.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Boys Volleyball Playoff Teams
Each Wednesday during the regular season, the MSA Sports Network ranks the top ten boys volleyball teams in each classification. With the regular season now behind us and the postseason straight ahead, we extend our rankings by three in both AAA and AA to include all 13 teams that will begin to serve for gold in the 2012 WPIAL Boys Volleyball Playoffs which get underway later this week>Final section record in parenthesis.WPIAL CLASS AAA - 13 Team with Three First Round Byes:1)    NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (11-1)2)    SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (11-1)3)    NORWIN KNIGHTS  (12-0)

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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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2012 WPIAL BASEBALL STANDINGS
Here are the FINAL WPIAL baseball standings for the 2012 season, plus the latest WPIAL PLAYOFF CLINCHINGS. The standings will be updated daily throughout the regular season. 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 while the top eight teams make the Pittsburgh City League postseason.# - Clinched Section Title    * - Clinched Playoff Berth x - Eliminated From Playoff ContentionWPIAL Class AAAA: (SET WITH 13 PLAYOFF TEAMS - 3 BYES)

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2012 WPIAL SOFTBALL STANDINGS
Here are the FINAL WPIAL softball standings for the 2012 season, including the FINAL WPIAL PLAYOFF CLINCHINGS. The standings will be updated daily through the regular season. You can follow the high school softball season with schedules, scores, weekly rankings every Tuesday and game broadcasts through the MSA Sports Hometown Softball Program here on the MSA Sports Network.The top three teams in each section qualify for the WPIAL playoffs.Teams in all caps are members of the MSA Sports Hometown Softball Program.The 2012 WPIAL Softball playoffs on the MSA Sports Network will be sponsored by Carlow University.

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2012 WPIAL BOYS VOLLEYBALL STANDINGS
Here are the FINAL standings for the 2012 WPIAL Boys Volleyball season, including the FINAL PLAYOFF CLINCHINGS. You can follow the WPIAL Boys Volleyball regular season with updated results, standings, and rankings every Wednesday, plus 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 RaceWPIAL Boys Volleyball Class AAA: (SET WITH 13 PLAYOFF TEAMS)Section 1: (Section Record)

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Sewickley Academy Wins 8th Straight WPIAL Boys Team Tennis AA Title While Shady Side Academy Wins AAA Gold
May 11, 2012
Eight is definitely Great for Sewickley Academy boys tennis. The Panthers Friday celebrated their 8th consecutive WPIAL Boys Team Tennis Class AA championship with a victory over the Hampton Talbots. Sewickley Academy continued an impressive district domination of a team sport with their 16th championship in the last 18 years. Meanwhile, Shady Side Academy squeeked by defending champion Mount Lebanon to win the AAA crown. The Indians title is the second in three years and fourth in school history. Here are ALL of the results from the week long 2012 WPIAL Boys Team Tennis Playoffs.2012 WPIAL CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH:

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Scholastic Notebook – 05/11/2012
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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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Baseball Playoff Rankings
May 10, 2012
Each Monday during the regular season, MSA Sports ranked the top ten WPIAL baseball teams in each of the four classifications. Now on the brink of the 2012 Baseball Playoffs, we rank ALL of the 54 teams that will battle for the four golden trophies in the finals, which are once again set for CONSOL Energy Field in Washington on Tuesday, May 29th and Wednesday, May 30th ONLY here on MSA Sports. The Network's exclusive coverage of the district postseason begins with the Playoff Pairings Show on Friday night at 7:00pm..Records through Wednesday, May 9th in parenthesis.WPIAL CLASS AAAA:  13 Teams - Three Byes1)    SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (15-3)2)    NORWIN KNIGHTS  (16-0)

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Northern Lights
In the May edition of the Northern Lights, a new football coach at New Castle and a look ahead to the upcoming baseball playoffs will be on deck. ? COWART HIRED AT NEW CASTLE: 31 year old Joe Cowart, the starting quarterback and safety of the 1998 WPIAL championship team, was named the new head coach of the Red Hurricanes last month, but it wasn't without some controversy.  Accusations were made by school board president Allen Joseph of members of the high school administration, asking candidates to step aside to pave the way for another candidate, former New Castle star Bruce Clark, who went on to play at Penn State University and for the New Orleans Saints.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Softball Playoff Rankings 2014
May 9, 2012
Each Tuesday during the regular season, MSA Sports ranked the top ten WPIAL softball teams in each of the four classifications. Now on the brink of the 2012 Softball Playoffs, we rank ALL of the 62 teams that will battle for the four golden trophies in the finals, which are once again set for California University of Pennsylvania on Thursday, May 31st ONLY here on MSA Sports. The Network's exclusive coverage of the district postseason, which begins with the Playoff Pairings Show on Thursday night at 6:00pm, is sponsored once again this year by Carlow University.Records through Tuesday, May 8th in parenthesis.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Boys Volleyball – 05/09/2012
For the final time in the 2012 regular season, MSA Sports ranks the top ten boys volleyball teams in the WPIAL in both classifications at www.MSAsports.net, including a NEW #1 team in Class AAA. Log on every day for updated standings and match broadcasts on your exclusive home for the 2012 WPIAL Boys Volleyball Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.netSection record in parenthesis.WPIAL CLASS AAA TOP TEN:1)   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (10-1) (Last Week #2)2)   NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (10-1) (Last Week #1)3)   NORWIN KNIGHTS  (11-0) (Last Week #3)

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 05/07/2012
May 7, 2012
The regular season winds down in high school baseball and scholastic softball this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We feature plenty of WPIAL and District 6 baseball and softball including the WPIAL Baseball and Softball Playoff Pairings Shows along with WPIAL boys volleyball, boys and girls lacrosse, plus more women's pro football with the Pittsburgh Passion and news from the auto racing world with Rappin on Racin and pro baseball featuring the Class AA Altoona Curve ALL here at MSAsports.netMonday, May 7th:TALK SHOW - Rappin on Racin at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net

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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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SSA & SA Academy Duos Win 2012 WPIAL Boys Doubles Tennis Titles
It's not often that an 8th seed wins any tournament, but it rarely happens on the tennis court where the top-seeds often prevail. The Shady Side Academy tandem of Alok Nimgaonkar and Chris Grubbs broke the mold Friday when they swept past Ben Short and Dylan McCullough of Fox Chapel to win the 2012 WPIAL Class AAA Boys Doubles Tennis titles. Alok's brother Vivek was on the district doubles winning team a year ago. However in Class AA, the top seed did prevail to win the championship as the duo of William Kleeman and Patrick Dellinger of Sewickley Academy won the Class AA Finals in straight sets over Tim Hoban and Alex Kietz of Winchester Thurston. Kleeman won the WPIAL Class AA boys doubles title a year ago with then Panthers teammate Daniel Martchek.

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Scholastic Notebook – 05/04/2012
May 4, 2012
Peters Township not in the WPIAL baseball playoffs? It will seem strange, but it could happen. And if Peters Township doesn’t make the postseason, you can almost be assured it will be a close call. Peters Township, one of the WPIAL’s top baseball programs, hasn’t missed the playoffs since 2002. But the Indians are in fourth place heading into today’s game against Mt. Lebanon. Peters Township is 6-4 in section and 7-10 overall. The top three teams make the playoffs, and Bethel Park (8-2), Upper St. Clair (8-3) and Mt. Lebanon (7-3) are all ahead of Peters Township. If Peters Township loses to Mount Lebanon Friday night on MSA, Peters Township is out of the playoffs.

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Hometown Softball Program Game Recap – South Side Beaver
It was a beautiful day for softball in Hookstown PA. Home of the South Side Beaver Rams. In a Hometown Sports broadcast the Rams clinched a share of the section title with a 9-0 win over their rival the Western Beaver Golden Beavers. South Side finishes the regular season with  an overall record of 16-3. In single A section 5 they finished with an 11-1 record and a share of the title with Shenango. They split the season series and have identical 11-1 records.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Boys Volleyball – 05/03/2012
May 3, 2012
Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten boys volleyball teams in the WPIAL in both classifications every Wednesday at www.MSAsports.net  Log on every day for updated standings and match broadcasts on your exclusive home for the 2012 WPIAL Boys Volleyball Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.netSection record in parenthesis.WPIAL CLASS AAA TOP TEN:1)   NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (10-0) (Last Week #1)2)   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (8-1) (Last Week #2)3)   NORWIN KNIGHTS  (9-0) (Last Week #3)4)   BETHEL PARK BLACK HAWKS  (7-1) (Last Week #6)

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