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Scholastic Notebook – 01/02/2015
January 2, 2015
As WPIAL basketball heads into the new year, two of the best teams – record-wise – are the Southmoreland boys and the Jefferson-Morgan girls. Say what? Yes, it is unheard of the past few decades for the Southmoreland boys and Jefferson-Morgan girls to be doing so well in the same season. Winning isn’t associated much with the two teams. But get this: There is only one loss between them. The Southmoreland boys are 10-1 and the Jefferson-Morgan girls are 10-0.

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MSA Sports Countdown – Top 25 WPIAL Stories From 2014 – 01/01/2015
January 1, 2015
It has become a tradition like no other...at least during the holidays here at MSA Sports. It's time to look back at another high school sports year with the top stories from around the WPIAL in 2014. We conclude our countdown with the five stories that ended up #5 through #1. {Left:  Brianna Schwartz of Shaler crosses the finish line to win the WPIAL Girls Class AAA cross-county championship, her third straight title} #5 - Sister Power In 2013, the Kluska sisters made news when older sister Alyvia forfeited her WPIAL Class AA Consolation match to Michaela, thus earning the then freshman a spot in the PIAA girls individual singles tennis playoffs.

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MSA Sports Countdown – Top 25 WPIAL Stories From 2014 – #10-#6
December 31, 2014
It has become a tradition like no other...at least during the holidays here at MSA Sports. It's time to look back at another high school sports year with the top stories from around the WPIAL in 2014. We continue our countdown with the five stories that ended up #10 through #6. {Left:  After winning a third PIAA individual wrestling title, Kittanning's Jason Nolf accepts the Outstanding AA Wrestler trophy} #10 - The Storm Ends It was going to happen at some time this season that the New Castle Red Hurricanes boys basketball team would taste defeat. New Castle had an amazing run over the last three years, claiming consecutive WPIAL championships and finishing the run with a 31-0 season and a state title in March.

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MSA Sports Countdown – Top 25 WPIAL Stories From 2014 – #15-#11
December 30, 2014
It has become a tradition like no other...at least during the holidays here at MSA Sports. It's time to look back at another high school sports year with the top stories from around the WPIAL in 2014. We continue our countdown with the five stories that ended up #15 through #11. {Left:  Burrell celebrates an 8th consecutive WPIAL Double-A team wrestling championship after edging South Fayette in early February} #15 - Rebels With a Cause Seton-LaSalle High School colors are green and gold. This past basketball season, there was heavy emphasis on the GOLD. The Rebels were one last second shot away from making history by having both the boys and girls hoop teams sweep both district and state championships.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Boys Basketball – 12/30/2014
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 A. 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.     HEMPFIELD SPARTANS  (9-0) (Last Week #2) 2.     NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (9-0) (Last Week #3)

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MSA Sports Countdown – Top 25 WPIAL Stories From 2014 – 12/29/2014
December 29, 2014
It has become a tradition like no other...at least during the holidays here at MSA Sports. It's time to look back at another high school sports year with the top stories from around the WPIAL in 2014. We continue our countdown with the five stories that ended up #20 through #16. {Left:  Members of the Sabers girls volleyball team are paraded around Ford City after winning the schools first ever WPIAL girls volleyball championship in the schools final year.} #20 - NA Tigers:  Kings of the Pool

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Girls Basketball – 12/29/2014
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  (7-1) (Last Week #1) 2.     MOUNT LEBANON BLUE DEVILS  (6-0) (Last Week #2)

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PIHL Notebook – 12/29/2014
Welcome to another edition of “PIHL Notebook,” your weekly companion to “The PIHL Power Play” on the MSA Sports Network. There are no games to preview this week with everyone on holiday break, but “Melting the Ice” still provides your weekly thermometer of streaking teams around the league. Meanwhile, this week’s “Scoreboard Watch” includes the continuation of some unbeaten streaks in Class AAA and Class A while one Class B squad final got the goose egg out of its win column. 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 (5-0-1); Butler (3-0-2); Pine-Richland (3-0-1)

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MSA Sports Countdown – Top 25 WPIAL Stories From 2014 – 12/28/2014
December 28, 2014
It has become a tradition like no other...at least during the holidays here at MSA Sports. It's time to look back at another high school sports year with the top stories from around the WPIAL in 2014. We begin our countdown with the five stories that ended up #25 through #21. {Left: Central Valley Warriors football team celebrates at Heinz Field after edging West Allegheny in the 2014 AAA football title game} #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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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 12/28/2014
While it is a short week for many, we still have plenty of hardwood and mat action as we say so long to 2014 and welcome in 2015 with the high school sports goods during this holiday week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have plenty of WPIAL and District 9 boys and girls high school basketball along with WPIAL wrestling, including the 2014 PowerADE Tournament, plus we have a special night for both the PIHL Power Play Show and The WPIAL Roundball Report ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, December 29th:

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Wrestling – 12/27/2014
December 27, 2014
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  (2-0) (Last Week #1) 2.    Latrobe Wildcats  (1-0) (Last Week #2) 3.    Canon-McMillan Big Macs  (2-0) (Last Week #3)

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MSA Sports Frozen Fab Five – PIHL Hockey – 12/24/2014
December 24, 2014
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. 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 #3)

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Boys Basketball – 12/23/2014
December 23, 2014
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.     CHARTIERS VALLEY COLTS  (7-1) (Last Week #1) 2.     HEMPFIELD SPARTANS  (6-0) (Last Week #2) 3.     NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (7-0) (Last Week #3)

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Girls Basketball – 12/22/2014
December 22, 2014
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  (5-1) (Last Week #1) 2.     MOUNT LEBANON BLUE DEVILS  (5-0) (Last Week #4)

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PIHL Notebook – 12/22/2014
Welcome to the Christmas week 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 an impressive upset in Class AAA plus offensive fireworks in Class AA and Class A. Last but not least, we round things out with a preview of the lone MSA broadcast this week in what should be a tight Class A showdown. 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 (5-0-1); Butler (3-0-2); Pine-Richland (2-0-1) Class AA: Shaler (10-0-0): Shaler (5-0-0)

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 12/21/2014
December 21, 2014
While it is a short week for many, we will delivery the high school sports goods like nobody else can...except the big guy of course during this holiday week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have plenty of WPIAL, District 6 and District 9 boys and girls high school basketball along with PIHL high school hockey gift wrapped under the tree, plus we have Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle and a special night for both the PIHL Power Play Show and The WPIAL Roundball Report as last minute stocking stuffers ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, December 22nd: TALK SHOW - Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle at 7:00pm on MSAsports.net

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Scholastic Notebook – 12/19/2014
December 19, 2014
When are two Bucs worth nearly 20 apiece? When you watch Sydney Bordonaro and Natalie Myers play basketball. Bordonaro and Myers are standouts on the Burrell Bucs girls basketball team. They could end up being a one-two scoring punch for the ages. Bordonaro is a 5-foot-7 senior guard while Myers is a 5-11 sophomore forward. After Thursday night’s games, Bordonaro was averaging exactly 20 points a game. Myers was averaging 18.6. They had helped Burrell to a 7-0 record. Over the past 31 seasons, there have only been four duos in the WPIAL who have averaged 20 points or more for the regular season. There is a chance Bordonaro and Myers will become the fifth.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Wrestling – 12/18/2014
December 18, 2014
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  (2-0) (Last Week #1) 2.    Latrobe Wildcats  (1-0) (Last Week #2) 3.    Canon-McMillan Big Macs  (2-0) (Last Week #3)

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2015 PIHL Penguins Cup Playoff Format Released
December 17, 2014
The new regime of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League has released the playoff format for the 2015 Penguins Cup Playoffs with a new look...brackets. In the past, the PIHL has re-seeded after each playoff round, however this March, they will go with a bracket playoff format that give lower seed teams a better chance to advance. MSA Sports will audio and video stream each and every postseason game in the 2015 PIHL Penguins Cup Playoffs. PIHL CLASS AAA Playoff Format: Top eight teams in overall standings qualify using this format in the Quarterfinals: #8 AT #1 #5 AT #4 #7 AT #2 #6 AT #3 PIHL CLASS AA Playoff Format:

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MSA Sports Frozen Fab Five – PIHL Hockey – 12/17/2014
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. 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 #2) 2)   BETHEL PARK BLACK HAWKS  (7-3-1) (Last Week #3)

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