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Joe Hamilton Resigns As Blackhawk Football Coach
January 20, 2015
In today’s world, only a few high school football coaches last more than ten years, let alone 39 years at the same school. That was the legacy of Joe Hamilton and the Blackhawk Cougars, but it came to an end Tuesday when Hamilton submitted his resignation. In the almost four decades at Blackhawk, Hamilton’s teams won 295 games, four WPIAL championships including three straight in 1991-92-93, played for the WPIAL title nine times and made three trips to the PIAA championship games.

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PIHL Notebook – 01/19/2015
January 19, 2015
Welcome to another edition of “PIHL Notebook,” your weekly companion to “The PIHL Power Play” on the MSA Sports Network. First up, “Melting the Ice” provides your weekly thermometer of streaking teams around the league. Meanwhile, this week’s “Scoreboard Watch” includes some offense-heavy overtime battles in Class AAA and Class A. Last but not least, we round things out with a preview four-pack of upcoming MSA broadcasts, including a key matchup for Hometown Broadcast member school Blackhawk in Class B. So, let’s light the lamp on this edition of “PIHL Notebook.” MELTING THE ICE (Records listed indicate current unbeaten streak): Class AAA: Peters Township (6-0-1); Butler (5-0-2); Mount Lebanon (3-0-0); North Allegheny (3-0-0)

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Girls Basketball – 01/19/2015
Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Girls Basketball rankings for the 2014-2015 season. Check out the weekly girls rankings every Monday, along with girls hoops talk during The WPIAL Roundball Report every Wednesday night at 6:00pm, with girls basketball broadcasts throughout the regular season and exclusive coverage of every girls WPIAL playoff game in February sponsored by Carlow University all here on the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Girls Basketball Top Ten: 1.     PENN-TRAFFORD WARRIORS  (14-1) (Last Week #1) 2.     NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (12-2) (Last Week #3)

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 01/18/2015
January 18, 2015
While the weather fluctuates from bad to worse, the winter high school sports season heats up as we hit mid-season form this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We bring the hoops home with plenty of WPIAL, District 6 and District 9 boys and girls high school basketball action along with WPIAL scholastic wrestling, PIHL high school hockey and some men's and women's college basketball, plus we have Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle, the PIHL Power Play Show and The WPIAL Roundball Report ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, January 19th: TALK SHOW - Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle at 7:00pm on MSAsports.net

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Scholastic Notebook – 01/16/2015
January 16, 2015
The Mars boys basketball team doesn’t have one senior in the starting lineup. That might lead you to believe the Planets are maybe a year away from making their mark on WPIAL basketball. But this Mars team has figured, why wait? Mars takes a 14-1 record into Friday night’s home game against Burrell. Mars is fresh off a 21-point victory Tuesday over a Hampton team that was previously undefeated and the MSA Sports No. 1 WPIAL Class AAA team.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Wrestling – 01/15/2015
January 15, 2015
Here are the latest Top 10 rankings in WPIAL Team Wrestling. Every Thursday through January, MSA Sports ranks the top ten teams in both the WPIAL Class AAA and Class AA team wrestling. Don't miss Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle Show every Monday at 7:00pm AND weekly matches broadcast on Wednesday's and select weekends only here on the MSA Sports Network. Section records in parenthesis. WPIAL CLASS AAA: 1.    Franklin Regional Panthers  (5-0) (Last Week #1) 2.    Latrobe Wildcats  (4-0) (Last Week #2) 3.    Belle Vernon Leopards  (5-0) (Last Week #3)

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MSA Sports Frozen Fab Five – PIHL Hockey – 01/14/2015
January 14, 2015
Here are the latest MSA Sports Sports Frozen Fab Five rankings of PIHL hockey teams in each of the five classifications for the 2014-2015 high school hockey season...including a NEW #1 team in Class B. Don't miss the latest PIHL rankings every Wednesday during the regular season, plus it's the PIHL Notebook every Monday on our website and the weekly PIHL Power Play Show every Wednesday night at 8:00pm here on the home of the best audio and video high school hockey coverage, the MSA Sports Network at www.MSAsports.net PIHL CLASS AAA: 1)   PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS  (12-1-1) (Last Week #1) 2)   BUTLER GOLDEN TORNADO  (9-3-3) (Last Week #2)

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Boys Basketball – 01/13/2015
January 13, 2015
Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Boys Basketball rankings for the 2014-2015 season. Check out the weekly boys rankings every Monday, along with boys hoops talk during The WPIAL Roundball Report every Wednesday night at 6:00pm and boys basketball broadcasts throughout the regular season and exclusive coverage of every boys WPIAL playoff game in February all here on the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Boys Basketball Top Ten: 1.     NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (13-0) (Last Week #1) 2.     HEMPFIELD SPARTANS  (12-1) (Last Week #2) 3.     CHARTIERS VALLEY COLTS  (9-2) (Last Week #3)

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Girls Basketball – 01/12/2015
January 12, 2015
Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Girls Basketball rankings for the 2014-2015 season. Check out the weekly girls rankings every Monday, along with girls hoops talk during The WPIAL Roundball Report every Wednesday night at 6:00pm, with girls basketball broadcasts throughout the regular season and exclusive coverage of every girls WPIAL playoff game in February sponsored by Carlow University all here on the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Girls Basketball Top Ten: 1.     PENN-TRAFFORD WARRIORS  (12-1) (Last Week #1) 2.     NORWIN KNIGHTS  (11-1) (Last Week #2)

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PIHL Notebook – 01/12/2015
Welcome to another edition of “PIHL Notebook,” your weekly companion to “The PIHL Power Play” on the MSA Sports Network. First up, “Melting the Ice” provides your weekly thermometer of streaking teams around the league. Meanwhile, this week’s “Scoreboard Watch” includes the final winless team in the league erasing the goose egg, an overtime thriller in Class A and a surprising result among top seeds in Class B. Last but not least, we round things out with a preview six-pack of upcoming MSA broadcasts, including a trio of Class AAA battles. So, let’s light the lamp on this edition of “PIHL Notebook.” MELTING THE ICE (Records listed indicate current unbeaten streak): Class AAA: Peters Township (6-0-1); Butler (4-0-2); Pine-Richland (4-0-1)

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 1/11/2015
January 11, 2015
While the weather fluctuates from bad to worse, the winter high school sports season heats up as we hit mid-season form this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We bring the hoops home with plenty of WPIAL, District 6 and District 9 boys and girls high school basketball action along with WPIAL scholastic wrestling, PIHL high school hockey and some men's and women's college basketball, plus we have Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle, the PIHL Power Play Show and The WPIAL Roundball Report ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, January 12th: TALK SHOW - Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle at 7:00pm on MSAsports.net

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2015 WPIAL Competitive Spirit Championship Recap
January 10, 2015
The Chartiers-Houston and Highlands cheerleading squads successfully defended their championships, while Shaler Area also captured gold at the 2015 Competitive Spirit Championship at Hempfield Area High School on Saturday. {Left: Members of the Chartiers-Houston cheerleaders pose after winning a second straight WPIAL Competitive Cheer championship on Saturday} The Lady Bucs, competing in Class A, edged Laurel to repeat as WPIAL champions. Similarly, the Lady Golden Rams successfully defended their title in Class AA, while Hopewell came in second. In Class AAA, the Lady Titans edged Butler for the gold, in the process knocking off defending champion Pine-Richland.

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Scholastic Notebook – 01/09/2015
January 9, 2015
New Castle High School’s Malik Hooker apparently isn’t the only one who wears the athletic “genes” in the family. Hooker was one of the best two-sport athletes in the state the past two years, standing out in football and basketball. He now is a freshman football player at Ohio State, but is being redshirted this year. Two of Hooker’s younger brothers are now playing on the New Castle basketball. One of them is the team’s leading scorer in his first year as a starter. Marquel Hooker, a 5-foot-10 junior, is averaging 16.4 points a game. He never saw regular varsity time before this season.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Wrestling – 01/08/2015
January 8, 2015
Here are the latest Top 10 rankings in WPIAL Team Wrestling. Every Thursday through January, MSA Sports ranks the top ten teams in both the WPIAL Class AAA and Class AA team wrestling. Don't miss Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle Show every Monday at 7:00pm AND weekly matches broadcast on Wednesday's and select weekends only here on the MSA Sports Network. Section records in parenthesis. WPIAL CLASS AAA: 1.    Franklin Regional Panthers  (4-0) (Last Week #1) 2.    Latrobe Wildcats  (3-0) (Last Week #2) 3.    Belle Vernon Leopards  (4-0) (Last Week #5)

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MSA Sports Frozen Fab Five – PIHL Hockey – 01/07/2015
January 7, 2015
Here are the latest MSA Sports Sports Frozen Fab Five rankings of PIHL hockey teams in each of the five classifications for the 2014-2015 high school hockey season...including a NEW #1 team in Class B. Don't miss the latest PIHL rankings every Wednesday during the regular season, plus it's the PIHL Notebook every Monday on our website and the weekly PIHL Power Play Show every Wednesday night at 8:00pm here on the home of the best audio and video high school hockey coverage, the MSA Sports Network at www.MSAsports.net PIHL CLASS AAA: 1)   PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS  (11-1-1) (Last Week #1) 2)   BUTLER GOLDEN TORNADO  (7-3-3) (Last Week #2)

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MSA Sports Countdown – Top 25 WPIAL Stories From 2014 – 01/07/2015
It has become a tradition like no other...at least during the holidays here at MSA Sports. Here is a look back at another great high school sports year with the top stories from around the WPIAL in 2014. We conclude our countdown with all 25 stories from #25 through #1. #25 - Game, Set, Match and Gold The unique streak continued in 2014 for Sewickley Academy. 2009 was the last time a Panthers duo did not win gold the WPIAL boys doubles tennis tournament. back in April, the Sewickley Academy tandem of Ryan Gex and Luke Vith won gold in Class AA.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Boys Basketball – 01/06/2015
January 6, 2015
Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Boys Basketball rankings for the 2014-2015 season...including NEW #1 teams in both Class AAAA and Class AA. Check out the weekly boys rankings every Monday, along with boys hoops talk during The WPIAL Roundball Report every Wednesday night at 6:00pm and boys basketball broadcasts throughout the regular season and exclusive coverage of every boys WPIAL playoff game in February all here on the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Boys Basketball Top Ten: 1.     NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (10-0) (Last Week #2) 2.     HEMPFIELD SPARTANS  (11-1) (Last Week #1)

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Girls Basketball – 01/05/2015
January 5, 2015
Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Girls Basketball rankings for the 2014-2015 season. Check out the weekly girls rankings every Monday, along with girls hoops talk during The WPIAL Roundball Report every Wednesday night at 6:00pm, with girls basketball broadcasts throughout the regular season and exclusive coverage of every girls WPIAL playoff game in February sponsored by Carlow University all here on the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Girls Basketball Top Ten: 1.     PENN-TRAFFORD WARRIORS  (9-1) (Last Week #1) 2.     NORWIN KNIGHTS  (9-1) (Last Week #3)

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PIHL Notebook – 01/05/2015
Welcome to the first 2015 edition of “PIHL Notebook,” your weekly companion to “The PIHL Power Play” on the MSA Sports Network. With no unbeaten streaks to update and no games to recap since last week’s column, what’s a writer to do? As longtime readers know, this is always a great time to look at the midseason snapshot of the Penguins Cup playoff brackets, especially since we had the privilege of unveiling the new format on our show two weeks back. We won’t stop there, though, with a five-pack of network broadcasts to preview, including a battle of South Hills powers in Class AAA and a first-place versus second-place contest in Class A. So, let’s light the lamp on this edition of “PIHL Notebook.” 2015 PENGUINS CUP PLAYOFFS MIDSEASON PICTURE

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 01/04/2015
January 4, 2015
The first full week of 2015 has all of the big high school winter sports you could ask for with a touch of college hoops as well this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We shake off the post-holiday blues with plenty of red-hot WPIAL, District 6 and District 9 boys and girls high school basketball action along with WPIAL scholastic wrestling, PIHL high school hockey and some men's and women's college basketball, plus we have Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle, the PIHL Power Play Show and The WPIAL Roundball Report along with the 2015 WPIAL Competitive Spirit Championship ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, January 5th:

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