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FINAL 2015-2016 WPIAL Wrestling Standings
January 31, 2016
Here are the FINAL WPIAL team wrestling standings for the 2015-2016 season including the playoff sectional clinchings. The top three teams from each sub-section qualifed for the Section Championship Tournament. The top team in each sub-section faced the runner-up in the opposing sub-section with the two winners then doing battle for the section championship while the two third place finishers face off to determine the fifth qualifier from that section that will move on to the WPIAL Team Wrestling Playoffs. Don't miss the Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle Show, every Monday night at 7:00pm along with live and archived weekly matches and EXCLUSIVE coverage of the WPIAL Team and Individual Wrestling Playoffs only here on the MSA Sports Network.

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2016 WPIAL TEAM WRESTLING PLAYOFFS
January 28, 2016
The 2016 WPIAL Team Wrestling Playoffs are now set with the 20 teams in Class AAA and 15 teams in Class AA now knowing they path they need to take to district gold in the one week postseason which starts on Monday, February 1st. In Class AAA, Franklin Regional is the two-time defending champion, but the Panthers will have to win from the 4th-seed and go through top-seed Belle Vernon to Three-peat. In Class AA, will one of the great WPIAL dynasties continue as top-seed Burrell tries to add to their record with a TENTH straight Class AA district crown? Here are the Preliminary Round matches in Class AAA set for Monday and the First Round matchups in both classes on Wednesday. WPIAL CLASS AAA Preliminary Round:

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Wrestling Playoff Teams – 01/28/2016
Here are the FINAL Top 10 rankings in WPIAL Team Wrestling for the 2015-2016 season. Instead of the normal Top 10 teams in both classifications, our end of the season edition ranks all of the teams that qualified for the upcoming district team wrestling playoffs. Don't miss our exclusive coverage of the 2016 WPIAL Team Wrestling Playoffs next week ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL CLASS AAA: 1.     Belle Vernon Leopards (11-1) 2.     Kiski Area Cavaliers (16-0) 3.     Canon-McMillan Big Macs (7-1) 4.     Franklin Regional Panthers (9-3) 5.     Latrobe Wildcats (7-1)

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2016 WPIAL Wrestling Team Sectional Results
January 27, 2016
A busy night of postseason mat action in the WPIAL is in the books with the Team Wrestling Sectionals. The top two teams in each sub-section have clinched a berth in the team playoffs and squared off for the section crown while the third place teams in each sub-section were fighting for a playoff berth. Here are ALL the results from the seven sections on Wednesday. CLASS AAA SECTION 1: At Latrobe High School: Franklin Regional Panthers 31 - Latrobe Wildcats 30  (MSA) Kiski Area Cavaliers 62 - Norwin Knights 6 Section Championship Match : Kiski Area Cavaliers 63 - Franklin Regional Panthers 15 Section Consolation Match  : Latrobe Wildcats 48 - Norwin Knights 25  (MSA)

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MSA Sports Frozen Fab Five Hockey Rankings – 01/27/2016
Here are the latest MSA Sports Sports Frozen Fab Five rankings of PIHL high school hockey teams in each of the four classifications for the 2015-2016 high school hockey season...including another NEW #1 team in Class AA. Don't miss the latest rankings every Wednesday during the regular season, plus PIHL Notebook every Monday on our website and the weekly PIHL Power Play Show every Wednesday night at 8:00pm with audio and video game broadcasts as well here on the home of the best PIHL high school hockey coverage, the MSA Sports Network. PIHL CLASS AAA: 1)   PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS  (10-2-4) (Last Week #1)

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Boys Basketball – 01/26/2016
January 26, 2016
Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Boys Basketball rankings for the 2015-2016 season. Check out the weekly boys rankings every Tuesday, along with boys hoops talk during The WPIAL Roundball Report every Wednesday night at 6:00pm and boys basketball broadcasts throughout the regular season with 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.     LATROBE WILDCATS  (17-0) (Last Week #1) 2.     PENN HILLS INDIANS  (14-4) (Last Week #3) 3.     CHARTIERS VALLEY COLTS  (13-3) (Last Week #5)

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Girls Basketball – 01/25/2016
January 25, 2016
Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Girls Basketball rankings for the 2015-2016 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 and girls basketball broadcasts throughout the regular season with 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.     NORWIN KNIGHTS  (17-0) (Last Week #1) 2.     PENN HILLS INDIANS  (16-2) (Last Week #2)

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WPIAL Alum Q&A – Seairra Barrett
Seairra Barrett was one of the top basketball players in the WPIAL in recent memory during her accomplished career at Central Valley. Similarly, Barrett was one of the region's top volleyball players, as well, for the Warriors. She was a four-year letterwinner and earned all-state honors in both sports. With a six-foot frame and uncanny jumping ability, Barrett has continued her playing career in both endeavors at California University of Pennsylvania.

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PIHL Notebook – 01/25/2016
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 overtime action in Class AA and Class A. Last but not least, we round things out with a preview of upcoming MSA broadcasts, including a battle of Class A powers and a clash between two teams trying to grab the last playoff spot in Class C. So, let’s light the lamp on this edition of “PIHL Notebook.” MELTING THE ICE (Records listed indicate current unbeaten streak):

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 01/25/2016
We wrap up the month of January with the start of postseason scholastic mat action, the start of the 'Stretch Run' of the regular season in high school basketball and the stars shining bright in high school hockey this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have over 50 WPIAL boys and girls section basketball games along with scholastic hardwood boys and girls action from both District 6 and District 9. It is another busy week of pucks with six PIHL high school hockey games including al four all-star games, we hit the playoff mats with the WPIAL Team Sectionals and Carlow University men's and women's college basketball, plus Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle, the PIHL Power Play Show and the WPIAL Roundball Report ALL here at MSAsports.net

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Scholastic Notebook – 01/22/2016
January 22, 2016
There seems to be some question as to how good the top teams really are in WPIAL Class AA Section 4 basketball. Brownsville is 13-4, Charleroi 12-3 and Waynesburg 7-7. History makes you wonder about the strength of the teams. Among the three, there are a total of three WPIAL titles and only one in the past 50-plus years. Brownsville won a championship in 2001 while Charleroi won titles in 1940 and 1958. On top of that, no one from the section has done much in the playoffs in recent history. But while many may question the strength of the teams in the section, there is no question that Section 4 is where the scorers reside.

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New Leader Takes Over PIHL
The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League will be undergoing a transition in leadership for the second time in less than two years, as Jim Black resigned from his position as League Commissioner last week. Black, a longtime coach of Beaver, North Hills, Pine-Richland and, most recently, North Allegheny varsity hockey associations, leaves the League he took over in the summer of 2014. Associate Commissioner Dave Fryer has been named the interim League Commissioner for the remainder of the 2015-2016 season. “I did this with a heavy heart because I enjoyed working with the PIHL and its members,” Black said in his resignation letter. “It was truly a dream job having been involved in Hockey in the Western PA community for such a long time.”

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Wrestling – 01/21/2016
January 21, 2016
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.

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MSA Sports Frozen Fab Five Hockey Rankings – 01/20/2016
January 20, 2016
Here are the latest MSA Sports Sports Frozen Fab Five rankings of PIHL high school hockey teams in each of the four classifications for the 2015-2016 high school hockey season...including a NEW #1 team in Class AA. Don't miss the latest rankings every Wednesday during the regular season, plus PIHL Notebook every Monday on our website and the weekly PIHL Power Play Show every Wednesday night at 8:00pm with audio and video game broadcasts as well here on the home of the best PIHL high school hockey coverage, the MSA Sports Network. PIHL CLASS AAA: 1)   PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS  (10-1-4) (Last Week #1)

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Boys Basketball – 01/19/2016
January 19, 2016
Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Boys Basketball rankings for the 2015-2016 season. Check out the weekly boys rankings every Tuesday, along with boys hoops talk during The WPIAL Roundball Report every Wednesday night at 6:00pm and boys basketball broadcasts throughout the regular season with 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.     LATROBE WILDCATS  (15-0) (Last Week #1) 2.     PITTSBURGH CENTRAL CATHOLIC VIKINGS  (10-3) (Last Week #2)

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Girls Basketball – 01/18/2016
January 18, 2016
Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Girls Basketball rankings for the 2015-2016 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 and girls basketball broadcasts throughout the regular season with 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.     NORWIN KNIGHTS  (15-0) (Last Week #1) 2.     PENN HILLS INDIANS  (14-2) (Last Week #2)

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WPIAL Alum Q&A – Zack Zavatsky
Greater Latrobe's wrestling team has been one of the top programs in the WPIAL for quite some time. While the Wildcats have had some great grapplers over the years, perhaps no one left a bigger mark than Zack Zavatsky. Zavatsky, a 2014 graduate, compiled an incredible career mark of 166-18 in high school. After posting 41 wins in each of his freshman and sophomore seasons, the 182-pounder went 42-2 as a junior, and finished third in the Class AAA PIAA Championship. His senior campaign, though, was historic, as Zavatsky compiled an undefeated season, going 42-0 and winning the state title by defeating Mount Lebanon's Kellan Stout.

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PIHL Notebook – 01/18/2016
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 one team ending a surprisingly long losing streak in Class AAA while a battle of top teams in Division 2 had its own unexpected result. Last but not least, we round things out with a preview of upcoming MSA broadcasts. This may well be our busiest non-playoff week of the year with eight games on the slate to break down. So, let’s light the lamp on this edition of “PIHL Notebook.” MELTING THE ICE (Records listed indicate current unbeaten streak):

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Scholastic Notebook – 01/17/2016
January 17, 2016
Maybe just call this a saga of Penn-manship. Jim Rocco resigned in the spring as the boys basketball coach at Penn Hills High School in order to become coach at Penn-Trafford. He is enjoying success at his new job. Dan DeRose took over for Rocco at Penn Hills. DeRose came to Penn Hills from South Park, and DeRose is enjoying success at his new job. So it’s two new coaches at two schools with Penn as the first name. This really is a Jim Dan-dy story. At Penn-Trafford, the Warriors are 10-4 under Rocco, who won two WPIAL titles and one PIAA championship in his 19 years at Penn Hills. Penn-Trafford is tied for second place in Class AAAA Section 1.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 01/17/2016
We end into the second half of January with three weeks left in the high school basketball regular season, one week left in wrestling section action and just over a month left in the high school hockey regular season with plenty of action in all three this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have over 50 WPIAL boys and girls section basketball games along with scholastic hardwood boys and girls action from both District 6 and District 9. It is a very busy week of pucks with eight PIHL high school hockey games and we hit the mats for both WPIAL and District 6 wrestling coverage. Add in Carlow University men's and women's college basketball, plus Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle, the PIHL Power Play Show and the WPIAL Roundball Report ALL here at MSAsports.net

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