Pittsburgh, PA – July 23, 2013 – The 10th Anniversary of the MSA Sports Cup was celebrated in grand style by the winners in each of the four classifications in the recently completed 2012-2013 school year. The MSA Sports Network crowned the first repeat Class AAA champion, Mars, the first multi-classification champion, Greensburg Central Catholic (GCC won three Class AAA Cups, and now they have won in Class A), and for the 10th straight year North Allegheny, which won in Class AAAA with the most points ever earned in the competition.
The MSA Sports Cup determines the best high school sports program for the school year from the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) in each classification. Points are earned for the success of each team sport in the fall, winter and spring seasons. Only sports with at least 30% participation of WPIAL schools are included. Each school in the WPIAL was placed in one of four classifications based on enrollment numbers for both boys and girls.
The sports used in the competition during the school year are:
FALL: Football, Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, Boys Cross-Country, Girls Cross-Country, Boys Golf, Girls Tennis, Girls Volleyball
WINTER: Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Boys Swimming, Girls Swimming, Wrestling, Ice Hockey
SPRING: Baseball, Softball, Boys Track, Girls Track, Boys Tennis, Boys Volleyball
CLASS AAAA: There are 20 sports in which schools can earn points in the competition. For the first time in the history of the chase for the Cup, a school earned points in all of them.
North Allegheny scored a mind-blowing record 1,115 points this year, edging out runner-up Peters Township by 635 points. Mount Lebanon finished third, Canon-McMillan fourth and Hempfield fifth. The rest of the top ten were Upper St. Clair, Bethel Park, Latrobe, Gateway and Fox Chapel.
CLASS AAA: The first ten years of the MSA Sports Cup have shown that while there are a couple of dominating schools in the other three classifications, the chase for the
Class AAA Cup has been up for grabs with eight different schools earning the Cup in ten years. For the first time, however, a Triple-A school has captured the MSA Sports Cup for a second straight year.
Mars earned 520 points, giving them a 105-point cushion over runner-up South Fayette. Former winner South Park was third with Indiana fourth and another former champ, West Allegheny, fifth. Rounding out the Class AAA top ten were Ambridge, Hopewell, Hampton, Blackhawk and the only other two-time Triple-A Cup winner, Moon.
CLASS AA: For eight years, Quaker Valley played the role of bridesmaid as a close-but-no-cigar top-five finisher. But now, for the second straight year, Quaker Valley plays second fiddle to nobody after the Quakers earned a second consecutive MSA Sports Cup Class AA crown.
Quaker Valley earned 525 points, the second most of any WPIAL school behind North Allegheny, giving them a comfortable 195-point victory over runner-up and five-time champion Shady Side Academy. Beaver finished third, Riverside fourth and Burrell fifth, with Freeport, Seton-LaSalle, Burgettstown, Washington and Beaver Falls rounding out the Double-A top ten.
CLASS A: Only once in the ten-year history of the MSA Sports Cup has Sewickley Academy not won the Class A title. The Panthers won the first four years before Serra Catholic captured the 2007-2008 crown. Now another four-year run has ended, thanks to Greensburg Central Catholic.
GCC scored 405 points to win by the closest margin, 65 points, over runner-up Vincentian Academy. Sewickley Academy finished third, followed by Bishop Canevin, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Neshannock, Clairton, Serra Catholic, Chartiers-Houston and Aliquippa to round out the top ten.
For more details on the scoring system, visit http://www.msasports.net/sportscup.
ABOUT MSA SPORTS
Since its inception in 1998, the MSA Sports Network has continued to be a fast-growing streaming network focused on high school, college and semi-pro sports events played in Western Pennsylvania. These broadcasts include WPIAL District 7 games (playoffs, championships and for most sports, regular season games), the Washington Wild Things and college games. With a network that consists of more than 25 affiliated radio stations, MSA Sports is able to provide either live “over the air” coverage and/or Internet-streaming for over 2,500 live sports broadcasts each year. Add to this a content-rich website and archived broadcast content, and MSA Sports continues to be the source for
the most comprehensive coverage of local high schools’ sports in Western Pennsylvania, accessible from any place in the U.S. or abroad – Anytime, Anywhere, Always There! For more information, sports news and broadcast programs, please visit www.msasports.net
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