Monday, May 5, 2008

WPIAL softball and baseball clinchings

Baseball and softball playoff teams are set; pairings come out Thursday for softball and Friday for baseball. Here's who's in (section champions marked with an asterisk):
AAAA (13 teams)
Trinity shares the Section 4 title with Mt. Lebanon. The other teams are Peters Township, Latrobe*, Connellsville, Hempfield, Kiski*, McKeesport, Gateway, Seneca Valley, North Hills, Shaler, North Allegheny (the last four all finished 8-4 in Section 3).
AAA (15)
Waynesburg*, Elizabeth Forward* (share with Waynesburg), Belle Vernon, Ellwood City*, New Castle, Ambridge, Yough, Franklin Regional*, Greensburg Salem, Keystone Oaks*, Montour* (split with KO), Chartiers Valley, Knoch*, Kittanning and Indiana.
AA (18)
Wash High*, Beth-Center, Burgettstown, Sto-Rox*, New Brighton, Center, Valley*, Burrell, Deer Lakes, Mt. Pleasant*, Greensburg CC* (share with MP), Ford City, Riverside*, Mohawk, Laurel, South Allegheny*, South Park and Brentwood.
A (15)
Bentworth beats Fort Cherry on the final day, resulting in a section championship share between FC and Chartiers-Houston (Rangers fans, before you get upset: coaches I've talked to seem split on whether head-to-head comes into play in deciding section championships; some say it matters, some say head-to-head matters just for deciding playoff berths. If anyone knows for sure either way, do tell. At the least, you still have bragging rights at beating them twice.) Case in point: the Bearcats are now in the playoffs, having tied Avella at 9-6 but beating the Eagles two out of three games this season. Carmichaels*, West Greene, Mapletown, Vincentian*, Bishop Canevin, Avonworth, Neshannock*, Union, Western Beaver are in. Leechburg, Mount Alvernia and Serra share the Section 4 title.

AAAA (13)
Canon-McMillan*, Peters Township, Bethel Park, Seneca Valley*, Butler, Shaler, North Allegheny Latrobe, Hempfield, Franklin Regional, Central Catholic, Plum, Gateway.
AAA (13)
Hampton, Blackhawk, New Castle, Mars, Laurel Highlands, Greensburg Salem, Derry, West Allegheny*, Moon, Chartiers Valley, West Mifflin*, Trinity, Steel Valley. Thomas Jefferson can still get in by beating Trinity Thursday.
AA (19)
Beaver*, Center, New Brighton, Charleroi*, Wash High*, Brownsville, Burrell*, Ford City, Valley, Greensburg CC*, Shady Side, Riverview, Southmoreland, Riverside, Neshannock*, Mohawk, Seton-La Salle*, Canevin, South Fayette.
A (12)
Carmichaels*, Jefferson-Morgan, Geibel, Chartiers-Houston*, Avella, Cornell, Rochester*, Monaca, Union, Serra*, Springdale*, Vincentian.

Also, the Canon-McMillan boys track team competes against North Allegheny, Baldwin and Butler in the WPIAL team track championship Thursday (May 8) at West Mifflin at 2 p.m.

One last thing: Kovak showed quite a few moves on the dance floor Saturday. Apparently he's really into disco.


Anonymous said...

norwin already lost to cm in track:)... it is butler in the finals, but they are going to lose too so it doesnt really matter.

Anonymous said...

For the O-R to call itself a local paper serving the Washington and Green counties, the O-R has sure fallen a sleep on the baseball story of the year, baseball section 3 champs, Big Macs. If I didn’t know any better I would think that all the other teams is section 3 are the uncontested champs instead of fighting for there play off lives. To bad you are missing the real story of the High School baseball season.

kevin_jacobsen said...

Egg on my face. For some reason my eyes saw just the bold names in the WPIAL bracket even though I was looking at the first round.. shame on me.

As for the Big Macs, I'm going to see them tomorrow to work on a story for that.

Anonymous said...

So proud of those CM boys! Way to go! You really were the best kept secret but glad the secret is out. Good luck with the upcoming games - looking forward to seeing a few.

DeltaAir said...

Great news re: Big Macs. Those young men deserve a lot of credit for their strength this year. Those seniors should be proud of themselves and their team. Too bad not more of those games were broadcast, especially if you travel a lot. Last Friday's game gave us a hero in the making, so I hope he gets some press too!

Anonymous said...

You quoted last Friday's game (which was against Baldwin) as giving us a hero in the making. Considering the score was 13-0, almost anyone on the roster could have been considered a hero in the making. Perhaps you meant another game?

Anonymous said...

Perhaps I did ... sorry about that.

Brian said...

I fly Delta quite often. The soda they serve is flat sometimes though which annoys me.

Here's to the playoffs though...