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WPIAL Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships – Day One Recap
February 22, 2014
Burrell came into the AA individual WPIAL Championships with the most representatives in the tournament with a wrestler in all 14 weight classes and through the first day, the Buccaneers have not disappointed. Burrell advanced all 14 wrestlers into the second day with a leading 8 wrestlers advancing to the semi-finals. Making the semi-finals for the Buccaneers were John Andrejcik (132), Damon Greenwald (138), Corey Falleroni (145), Steven Edwards (152), Derrick Beattie (160), Nick Pattock (170), Robert Scherer (195), and Allan Beattie (285).

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WPIAL Quarterfinals Friday Spotlight Game: Vincentian 88 – Clairton 51
February 21, 2014
In a rematch of last year’s WPIAL Class A Championship Game, the result was the same but in a much more dominant fashion, as No. 2 Vincentian (22-2) continued on their path to repeat as the Class A Champions, taking down No. 10 Clairton 88-51. The Royals forced 20 turnovers in the first half, 38 in all for the game to pull away for the victory at West Allegheny High School. Vincentian Academy started cold from the floor, missing their first five shots and were just 5 of 19 in the opening quarter from the field. But the full court defensive pressure was there, as Clairton (10-7) turned the ball over 13 times in the opening frame and could only muster four field goals on 13 attempts.

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WPIAL Basketball Playoffs – Friday 2/21 Recaps
While the top four seeds in Boys Class A have made it to the Final Four, and the top three seeds plus the fifth-seed are Semifinals bound in Boys AAA and Girls AA. But Girls AAAA is not following chalk as a couple of party crashers from Section 1, #12 Hempfield and #7 Penn-Trafford are moving on to next week. Here are ALL of the recaps from the 16 games making up Quarterfinals Friday in the WPIAL Basketball Playoffs. A special thanks to Steve Nagler, Pete Blais, Brandon Showers, Mark Schaas, Bob Barrickman, Randy Gore, Sam Hall, Brian Mroziak, Bob Orkwis, Paul Paterra, Don Seeds and Bob Gregg for their help on these recaps.  WPIAL CLASS AAA Quarterfinals:

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S. Fayette’s Zombeck and Mohawk’s Stelter Repeat as WPIAL AA Diving Champs
At South Park High School in the WPIAL Boys AA Diving Championships, Senior Stephen Zombeck wins his second WPIAL championship in a row. He outdistanced 2nd place finisher Micah Ringer (last years silver medalist) by 51.15 points. Last year he beat Ringer in a close contest by 10.6 points. Zombeck In the process, smashed his score of last year of 353.25. He posted a 423.55 besting last years mark by 70.30 points. Ringer beat his score by 30 points from last year taking the silver 2 straight years.  In 2012 as Sophomores Zombeck finished 2nd, Ringer 5th.

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Scholastic Notebook – 02/21/2014
If the WPIAL basketball quarterfinals are a party for eight, Class AAAA Section 1 has done and unusual thing and made reservations for two. It’s like Section 1 has finally stood up and said “what about us?” Hempfield and Kiski Area are Section 1 teams that have made it to the quarterfinals. It might not seem like much, but seeing two from Section 1 eating at the quarterfinal table doesn’t happen often. Since 2000, this is only the fourth time that two teams from Section 1 have made the quarterfinals and the first time since 2010. In 2007, Albert Gallatin and Norwin made the quarterfinals. Norwin and Franklin Regional made it in 2008. Kiski Area and Latrobe made it in 2010.

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Blackhawk Cougars Hockey Game recap for 2/19/14
At the Beaver County Ice Arena in PIHL Open class competition, the Blackhawk Cougars with a chance to play for a home playoff game lost in a tough battle with McDowell 5-3. A win by the Trojans sends the Cougars on the road Sunday February 23rd at Mercyhurst College at a time to be determined in the first round of the Northeast section playoffs.With the loss Blackhawk is the number 5 seed, McDowell the number 4.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – PIHL Hockey – 02/20/2014
February 20, 2014
Here are the latest MSA Sports Sports Frozen Fab Five rankings of PIHL hockey teams in each of the four classifications...including a NEW #1 team in Class AAA Don't miss 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 high school hockey coverage, the MSA Sports Network at www.MSAsports.net PIHL CLASS AAA: 1)   BETHEL PARK BLACK HAWKS  (15-3-0) (Last Week #2) 2)   PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS  (16-3-0) (Last Week #1) 3)   PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (10-7-0) (Last Week #3)

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WPIAL Basketball Playoffs – Wednesday 2/19 Recaps
February 19, 2014
Four days and 64 high school basketball postseason games later, the First Round of the 2014 WPIAL Basketball Playoffs has come to an end. While the surprises were kept to a minimum, there were enough eye-brow raisers to make things interesting heading into the Second Round this weekend. Here are recaps from opening round action in the Boys AAAA, Boys AA, Girls AAA and Girls A District 7 playoffs on Wednesday night. A special thanks to Dennis Fischer, Jason Tennant, Paul Paterra, Steve Nagler, Pete Blais, Mark Schaas, Sean Meyers, Matt Vandriak, Josh Rowntree, Don Rebel, Lou Rood, Bob Barrickman, Brian Mroziak, Randy Gore, Mike Sackley, Bob Gregg, John Smathers and Mark Uriah for their help on these recaps. WPIAL CLASS AAAA First Round:

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WPIAL Basketball Playoffs – Tuesday 2/18 Recaps
Tuesday featured 20 First round games in Boys AAA, Girls AAAA and Girls AA. Of the 20 games played, only three lower-seeds were able to punch their ticket for the Quarterfinals as double-digit seeds Hempfield girls, Montour boys and Blackhawk boys attempt to bust the brackets. Here are the recaps from opening round action on Tuesday. A special thanks to Bob Orkwis, Mark Uriah, Sean Meyers, Lou Rood, Terry Neary, Adam Hoerner, Mike Sackley, Mark Schaas, Steve Nagler, Sam Hall, Steve Nagler, T.J. DiStefano, Bob Gregg, Mike Azadian, Brian Mroziak, Paul Paterra, Don Rebel, John Smathers and Adam Gusky for their help on these recaps. WPIAL CLASS AAA First Round:

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NEW WPIAL BASKETBALL ALIGNMENT
February 18, 2014
Chartiers Valley and Lincoln Park boys are moving up, New Castle boys and Hampton boys are moving down and Pittsburgh Central Catholic boys are moving north...again. The WPIAL Board of Control on Tuesday approved the new alignment for bot the boys and girls in high school basketball.

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2014 Pittsburgh City League Basketball Playoffs
2013 was the Year of the Bulldogs in District 8 high school hoops after Westinghouse swept bot the boys and girls basketball championships. 2014 could be either the Year of the Eagles OR the Year of the Dragons as both Pittsburgh Obama Academy and Allderdice have made it to the boys and girls City League title game. Here are all the results through the Semifinals in the 2014 Pittsburgh City League Boys and Girls Basketball Playoffs. 2014 PITTSBURGH CITY LEAGUE BOYS BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: #1 Pittsburgh Obama Academy Eagles (22-0) vs #3 Allderdice Dragons (18-5) AT To Be Determined on Saturday, February 22nd at 12:00pm CITY LEAGUE BOYS Semifinals:

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PIHL Notebook – 02/17/2014
February 17, 2014
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 a healthy dose of section play highlighted by three network broadcasts. Last but not least, we round things out with a preview of a key section battle in the Open Class. So, let’s light the lamp on this edition of “PIHL Notebook.” MELTING THE ICE (Records listed indicate current unbeaten streak): Class AAA: Canon-McMillan (3-0-0) Class AA: Erie Cathedral Prep (8-0-0); Bishop Canevin (7-0-0); Plum (5-0-0) Class A: Quaker Valley (12-0-0); Freeport (11-0-0)

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 02/17/2014
We are without regret to again inform all of the parents, players and fans of THE Network that we continue our exclusive coverage of the district postseason this week ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network. We will broadcast every WPIAL Basketball Playoff boys and girls First round and Quarterfinals game, along with coverage of the District 6 boys and girls basketball postseason.

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Blackhawk Cougars Hockey Game recap for 2/13/14
February 16, 2014
The Blackhawk Cougars sitting in 4th place and an outside shot at the third seed in the Open Class PIHL playoffs simply laid an egg in a 7-0 nothing loss to the Harbor Creek Huskies. The Huskies have the first seed wrapped up for the playoffs which start Sunday February 23rd. It was all Huskies all night as they came on strong right from the first face off. They had played the night before so it came as somewhat of a surprise. Goals by Zach Morris and Nick Rocco in the first period gave them a 2-0 lead after the first 17:00 minute period. they out shot the Cougars 17-3  as well.

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WPIAL Class AA Individual Wrestling Sectional Results 2014
February 15, 2014
The field for the 2014 WPIAL Class AA Individual Wrestling Championships is now set following the results from all three Double-A sections. The top five wrestlers from each section qualify for the district championships next weekend.

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Pittsburgh City League Wrestling Results
While the WPIAL wrestling focus was on the Individual Class AA Sectionals in preparation of the Double-A championships next weekend, the Pittsburgh City League Wrestling Championships took place Saturday at Carrick High School. Here are the results. Team Standings  1.  Allderdice Dragons - 176 2.  Carrick Raiders - 164 3.  Perry Commodores - 130 4.  Brashear Bulls - 94.5 5.  Pittsburgh Obama Academy Eagles - 65 6.  Westinghouse Bulldogs - 10 Outstanding Senior Wrestler – Dorian Devaughn-Long, Allderdice Outstanding Wrestler – Mike Johnson, Carrick Coach of the Year – Chris Edmonds, Perry

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WPIAL Basketball Playoffs – Saturday 2/15 Recaps
The focus of Day Two of the 2014 WPIAL basketball Playoffs switched to Class AAAA Boys First Round, Class AA Boys Preliminary Round, Class AAA Girls Preliminary Round and Class A Girls First Round. Outside of Latrobe throwing a scare into two-time defending boys champions New Castle, all went pretty much as expected Saturday afternoon. Here are ALL of the recaps from the 12 boys and 10 girls postseason contests. A special thanks to Zach Zeigler, Dow Carnahan, Josh Rowntree, Dennis Fischer, Jordan Thompson, Steve Nagler, Lou Rood, T.J. DiStefano, Brandon Showers, Bob Orkwis, Sean Meyers, Mark Schaas, Sam Hall, Greg Kuntz, Chris Lackner, Bob Gregg and Mike Sackley for their help on these recaps. WPIAL CLASS AAAA First Round:

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WPIAL Basketball Playoffs – Friday 2/14 Recaps
February 14, 2014
The curtain rose on the 2014 WPIAL Basketball Playoffs Friday night with First Round action in Boys Class A and Girls Class AAAA along with Preliminary Round play in Boys Class AAA and Girls Class AA. Here are recaps from most of the games played on opening night of the Battle to the Bluff. A special thanks to Bob Gregg, Mark Uriah, Mike Azadian, Mark Schaas, Jason Colangelo, Bob Orkwis, T.J. DiStefano, Terry Neary, Steve Nagler, Sam Hall, Sean Meyers, Jason Tennant, Randy Gore, Don Rebel, Lanfer Simpson, Josh Rowntree, Bob Barrickman, Lou Rood and Brian Mroziak for their help on these recaps. WPIAL CLASS AAA Preliminary Round:

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2014 WPIAL Boys Basketball Playoff Preview
There are plenty of teams looking for gold, but after two weeks of on-court battles, only four will come away with district gold. Here is a preview of the 2014 WPIAL Boys Basketball Playoffs which tip off this weekend and conclude at Duquesne University's A.J. Palumbo Center on Friday, February 28th and Saturday, March 1st. CLASS AAAA: Top four seeds: New Castle first, Hampton second, North Allegheny third, Plum fourth.

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2014 WPIAL Girls Basketball Playoff Preview
February 13, 2014
There are plenty of teams looking for gold, but after two weeks of on-court battles, only four will come away with district gold. Here is a preview of the 2014 WPIAL Girls Basketball Playoffs which tip off this weekend and conclude at Duquesne University's A.J. Palumbo Center on Friday, February 28th and Saturday, March 1st. CLASS AAAA: Top four seeds: North Allegheny is first, Mt. Lebanon second, Fox Chapel third and Bethel Park fourth. Leading scorers: Monica Burns, Hempfield, 20.1; Maria Palarino, Penn-Trafford, 18.1; Alayna Gribble, Norwin, 17.6; Krista Pietropola, Plum, 17.3; Erin Mathias, Fox Chapel, 16.4; Christine Ehland, Mt. Lebanon, 15.5; Rachel Mazzie, Upper St. Clair, 15.2.

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