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Hometown Softball Recap for Baldwin Highlanders – 04/18/2015
April 18, 2015
It was the perfect night for a softball game. Clear, calm and cool -- Arguably the demeanor of the junior pitcher for Baldwin, Jaimie Schleicher. Although Peters Township did score a run in the 7th inning, the late rally wasn't enough as the Highlanders defeated the Indians 2-1 at Baldwin High School. Schleicher started the game perfect through 3 and two-thirds innings with 5 strikeouts. She also helped offensively in the bottom of the 3rd, hitting an RBI-single, allowing freshman Taylor Dadig to score after she singled and stole a base.

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Scholastic Notebook – 04/17/2015
April 17, 2015
Life in Section 1 of WPIAL Class AAAA baseball is full of close calls. The WPIAL season is a little less than a month old and it’s remarkable how many close games there are in Section 1. Heading into Friday’s action, there have been 12 games played in the section. Two-thirds were decided by two runs or less and five had been decided by one run. The close games certainly reflect the balance of the section. But they also reflect the strength of the section. This should tell you the strength of Section 1: It includes four teams – Moon, North Allegheny, Pine-Richland and Seneca Valley – that have made 17 WPIAL championship appearances in either Class AAAA or AAA over the past 11 years. The other members of the section are North Hills and Butler.

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Lamenza Named to Lead Blackhawk Football Program
The Blackhawk Cougars have settled on the coach that will follow Joe Hamilton. Current Mohawk head coach Joe Lamenza, was tabbed to lead the Cougars on Thursday night. Lamenza was 7-29 in four years at Mohawk, he has also served as the head coach at West Mifflin and Slippery Rock and was an assistant at Ellwood City, Riverside and Beaver, along with Robert Morris University. The new coach knows something about competition, Mohawk has played in the Midwestern Conference under Lamenza, he goes now to the Parkway Conference, where Blackhawk has struggled the past few seasons. The Cougars have not won a playoff game since 2008, a winning record since 2011 and missed the playoffs in both 2013 and 2014.

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Hometown Softball Recap for Baldwin Highlanders – 04/16/2015
April 16, 2015
Rachel Hankin and Rachel Albert hit back-to-back solo home runs in the 6th inning, lifting Bethel Park (5-3, 4-1) to a 2-1 win over Baldwin (5-1, 4-1) on Wednesday night at Baldwin High School. The blasts were the lone blemishes for Highlanders' pitcher and Pitt-Greensburg recruit Jamie Schleicher, who allowed just four hits and struck out eleven batters in the complete game loss. Schleicher would retire the first eight Bethel Park batters, give up a single to Hankin in the 4th inning and then retire eight more batters in a row, before Hankin, the nine-hitter in the Blackhawks' lineup, would launch a ball over the right field wall. Moments later, Bethel Park's leadoff hitter, Albert, would follow up with a shot of her own over the center field fence.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Softball – 04/15/2015
April 15, 2015
Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten softball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications every Tuesday at www.MSAsports.net  Here are this weeks rankings. Log on every day for updated standings and game broadcasts on your exclusive home for the 2015 WPIAL Softball Playoffs sponsored by Carlow University, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net WPIAL CLASS AAAA TOP TEN: 1.     CANON-McMILLAN BIG MACS  (7-0) (Last Week #1) 2.     HEMPFIELD SPARTANS  (6-0) (Last Week #3) 3.     NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (5-0) (Last Week #4)

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Baseball – 04/13/2015
April 13, 2015
Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten baseball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications every Monday at www.MSAsports.net  Here are this weeks rankings...including another NEW #1 team in Class AAAA. Log on every day for updated standings and game broadcasts on your exclusive home for the 2015 WPIAL Baseball Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net WPIAL CLASS AAAA TOP TEN: 1.     BETHEL PARK BLACK HAWKS  (3-1) (Last Week #2) 2.     MOON TIGERS  (5-1) (Last Week #1) 3.     MOUNT LEBANON BLUE DEVILS  (5-1) (Last Week #3)

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 04/13/2015
The clouds have parted after a week of washouts and the diamond action gets back into a mid-season groove this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have WPIAL section play from the diamonds in both baseball and softball along with several more Hometown Softball Broadcasts, while we also have WPIAL section coverage in boys volleyball and boys lacrosse, plus The WPIAL Baseball Show and the weekly edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, April 13th: TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net WPIAL High School Baseball - Hempfield vs Penn-Trafford at 4:00pm on MSAsports.net

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Scholastic Notebook – 04/10/2015
April 10, 2015
Beaver Falls High School is trying to make sure the school’s 1975 baseball team won’t be forgotten. At a baseball game in two weeks, the ’75 team that won a WPIAL title will be honored before a Beaver Falls game. No one is quite ready to call this year’s Beaver Falls team championship caliber, but the Tigers are doing a pretty good job of grabbing some attention for themselves. It’s still extremely early in the WPIAL baseball season, but Beaver Falls is 3-0. That might not sound like much, but considering the past few years, it is a gigantic step forward for Beaver Falls.

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WPIAL Hall of Fame Class of 2015
April 9, 2015
Four athletes who would later go on to professional careers, several multi-sport athletes, four coaches who won nearly 40 WPIAL championships between them, an old-school baseball player whose son continued his Major League Baseball legacy and a team that won nine WPIAL and PIAA playoff games en route to a state basketball title by an average margin of victory of 25.8. Those are some of the headliners of the WPIAL Hall of Fame class of 2015. The WPIAL held a news conference Thursday morning to announce its ninth annual class. You can watch the video stream archived here on MSA Sports. All inductees will be honored at a banquet June 12 at the Doubletree Hotel in Greentree.

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Latrobe’s Chad Kissell & Carlynton’s Luke Phillps Win WPIAL Tennis Titles
April 8, 2015
The first WPIAL championships of the spring sports season were captured Wednesday with a pair of top-seeds going the distance to win district boys singles tennis crowns. Latrobe senior Chad Kissell added to his families golden case by winning the AAA title while Carlynton sophomore Luke Phillips won straight set gold in AA. Here are ALL of the results from the 2015 WPIAL Boys Singles Tennis Championships. 2015 WPIAL Boys Singles Tennis Class AAA Championship Match: Chad Kissell (Latrobe) over Chris Gladden (Canon-McMillan) 6-2, 6-2  (MSA)

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Softball – 04/08/2015
Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten softball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications every Tuesday at www.MSAsports.net  Here are this weeks rankings...including a NEW #1 in Class Quad-A. Log on every day for updated standings and game broadcasts on your exclusive home for the 2015 WPIAL Softball Playoffs sponsored by Carlow University, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net WPIAL CLASS AAAA TOP TEN: 1.     CANON-McMILLAN BIG MACS  (5-0) (Last Week #2) 2.     SHALER TITANS  (3-1) (Last Week #1) 3.     HEMPFIELD SPARTANS  (4-0) (Last Week #3)

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2015 WPIAL Boys Singles Tennis Championship Finals Set
April 7, 2015
The first WPIAL championships of the spring sports season will be captured Wednesday with the 2015 WPIAL Boys Singles Tennis Championships getting the ball rolling on the boys tennis postseason schedule. Chad Kissell of Latrobe will battle Chris Gladden from Canon-McMillan in AAA while Luke Phillips takes on Sam Sauter of Sewickley Academy for AA gold indoors at The Club in Monroeville on MSA Sports Wednesday afternoon. 2015 WPIAL Boys Singles Tennis Class AAA Championship Match: Chad Kissell (Latrobe) vs Chris Gladden (Canon-McMillan) AT The Club in Monroeville on Wednesday, April 8th at 1:30pm on MSAsports.net WPIAL CLASS AAA Consolation:

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Hometown Softball Recap for West Mifflin Titans – 04/07/2015
A 3-0 first inning deficit was too much for the West Mifflin Titans to overcome as the Titans fell at home to the Belle Vernon Leopards 8-1 on Tuesday afternoon. The loss puts West Mifflin two games back of a playoff spot in the Section 3-AAA race. Belle Vernon scored an unearned run on a Nicole Ashcroft infield single, after an error on pitcher Amber Cook’s throw to second. After two outs, Lacey Washowich tripled over the head of right fielder Riley Carr for the three run advantage after a half inning. West Mifflin had a chance to score with two outs in the bottom of the inning but Tiana Sekowski struck out to end the inning.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Baseball – 04/06/2015
April 6, 2015
Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top ten baseball teams in the WPIAL in all four classifications every Monday at www.MSAsports.net  Here are this weeks rankings. Log on every day for updated standings and game broadcasts on your exclusive home for the 2015 WPIAL Baseball Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network at MSAsports.net WPIAL CLASS AAAA TOP TEN: 1.     MOON TIGERS  (1-0) (Last Week #1) 2.     BETHEL PARK BLACK HAWKS  (3-1) (Last Week #3) 3.     MOUNT LEBANON BLUE DEVILS  (5-1) (Last Week #6) 4.     SHALER TITANS  (4-1) (Last Week #7)

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 04/05/2015
April 5, 2015
We go hopping back to our normal busy schedule with a post-Easter blossom of spring high school sports action this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have WPIAL section play from the diamonds in both baseball and softball along with the debut of the 2015 Hometown Softball Broadcasts, while we also have District 7 section coverage in boys volleyball and girls lacrosse, plus The WPIAL Baseball Show and the first gold of the spring is handed out with the 2015 WPIAL Boys Singles Tennis Championships ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, April 6th: TALK SHOW - Rappin' on Racin' at 6:00pm on MSAsports.net WPIAL High School Baseball - Carmichaels vs McGuffey at 4:00pm on the McGuffey Highlanders Sports Network at MSAsports.net

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Scholastic Notebook – 04/03/2015
April 3, 2015
Look at the list of WPIAL tennis champions over the past decade and you’ll see the name Kissell at various places on the girls side. But Chad Kissell is on the cusp of proving that this championship stuff is not just a girl thing in the Kissell family. Kissell is a senior at Latrobe High School and is the No. 1 seed for the WPIAL Class AAA boys tournament Tuesday and Wednesday. The tournament starts Tuesday at North Allegheny and lasts through the semifinals. The championship matches in Class AAA and AA will be Wednesday at Norwin.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 03/31/2015
March 31, 2015
As March sails off with the chilly wind, we welcome in April with various spring high school sports this holiday week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have the start of secton play in WPIAL baseball along with more section softball action from around the WPIAL, plus we have WPIAL girls lacrosse and the debut of The WPIAL Baseball Show ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, March 30th: WPIAL High School Softball - McGuffey vs Waynesburg at 4:00pm on Greene Sports Network 3 at MSAsports.net AND on the McGuffey Highlanders Sports Network at MSAsports.net

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Scholastic Notebook – 03/28/2015
March 28, 2015
The best distance runner in WPIAL history might not compete in track this season because of an illness and injuries. That leaves the door open for someone. Madeleine Davison has her foot in the door. Davison is a junior at North Allegheny. While Shaler’s Brianna Schwartz was running her way to records last year, Davison was often close behind, sometimes just a second or two away. Now, Davison could gain a reputation as one of the best distance runners in the WPIAL in recent history.

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2015 WPIAL BASEBALL PREVIEW
March 27, 2015
With a new season upon us and WPIAL section play about to begin for most teams next week (weather permitting), MSA Sports takes a look at some of the district baseball players and the teams to watch for this 2015 campaign. Obviously, there are a lot of good players who did not crack the below list, but we will be hearing about them and their diamond successes as the campaign rolls on from the chill of March through the heat of late May. Four teams enter the season looking for back-to-back WPIAL baseball titles as Seneca Valley, West Allegheny, Steel Valley and California look to repeat.

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2015 WPIAL SOFTBALL PREVIEW
March 26, 2015
With a new season upon us and WPIAL section play underway for the select few that have been able to play on their soaked fields, MSA Sports takes a look at some of the softball players and the teams to watch for this 2015 campaign. Obviously, there are a lot of good players who did not crack the below list, but we will be hearing about them and their diamond successes as the campaign rolls on from the chill of March through the heat of late May. Four teams enter the season looking for back-to-back WPIAL softball titles as Shaler, Thomas Jefferson and Beaver (now in AAA) look to repeat while Neshannock shoots for a third straight district title having moved up from Class A to Class AA.

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