Sorry I can’t make it to State College today for the 2011 PIAA Baseball and Softball Championships. It’s a medical matter, getting better all of the time.

In the meantime, you can click the links below for text updates for baseball and an audio stream for softball provided by PIAA.



In addition, PCN is providing live over-the-air coverage of each baseball championship and pay-per-view live video streaming over the Internet for baseball and softball. Here’s the link for the pay-per-view coverage (at $6.99 a pop): PAY-PER-VIEW

Here is the baseball championship schedule from Medlar Field at Lubrano Park at Penn State:
CLASS AAA: Northern York 6, Tunkhannock 3 (Northern York wins school’s first PIAA championship in a team sport)
CLASS A: Serra Catholic 4, Reading Central Catholic 0 (Serra wins handily after state championship losses in 2009 and 2010)
CLASS AA: Ellwood City Riverside 5, Salisbury Twp. 2 (Riverside becomes sixth school to win 3 PIAA baseball titles)
CLASS AAAA: Conestoga 6, Spring-Ford 3, 10 inn. (Conestoga wins first PIAA baseball title, reverse 22-11 District 1-AAAA loss)

Here is the softball championship schedule from Nittany Lion Softball Park at Penn State:
CLASS AA: Philipsburg-Osceola 1, Brandywine Heights 0 (P-O wins second title in five years)
CLASS AAAA: Hatboro-Horsham 4, Pennsbury 3 (HH scores 3 in the 6th to claim its 2nd PIAA softball title)
CLASS A: Minersville 6, Clarion 1 (Minersville wins 8th PIAA softball title, most in PIAA history)
CLASS AAA: Valley 3, Manheim Central 1 (Valley wins first PIAA softball championship)

In the meantime, here are a few game notes:

CLASS AAA: Northern York vs. Tunkhannock … First appearance in the PIAA Baseball Championship for either school … The game was moved from its scheduled 1 p.m. start time to 10:30 a.m. because of Tunkhannock’s graduation ceremony Friday evening … The first four batters in Northern’s lineup – New York Mets draftee Joe Tuschak, Cody McLaughlin, Jon Mayer and Dylan Tamecki – all have batting averages above .400 … Lefty Vince Apicella of Northern has 121 Ks … Tunkhannock SS Mike Papi is batting .556, just ahead of power-hitting Mike Healey (10 HR, a whopping 50 RBI in just 21 games)

CLASS A: Reading Central Catholic vs. Serra Catholic … Serra is the first school to reach the PIAA baseball finals three straight years. The Eagles lost to Christopher Dock 4-3 in a stunning 7th-inning rally last year and Camp Hill 7-3 in 2009 … The Eagles will start pitcher Alain Girman, who is 23-0 in his high school career. Girman started last year’s championship game and pitched well before yielding to his brother, Oliver … Reading Central Catholic has an unbelievable storyline. Today’s game is the last athletic event in the school’s history; Central Catholic and Reading Holy Name are merging next school year to form Berks Catholic High School … The Cardinals might be the first school to reach the PIAA finals with a losing record at 11-13. They were 2-12 in their first 14 games this season. In fact, the school nearly dropped baseball in 2008 because of lack of participation

CLASS AA: Salisbury Twp. vs. Ellwood City Riverside … Salisbury Twp. is making its first state championship appearance; Riverside is making its third state finals appearance in the last seven years, having won PIAA Class AA titles in 2005 (over Halifax 8-0 with the first no-hitter in PIAA championship game history and 2006 (over Montoursville 7-4) … Salisbury’s Zach Harper will make the start on 3 days rest; he’s 2-0 in the PIAA playoffs. … Riverside can join five other schools – Camp Hill, Chambersburg, Christopher Dock Mennonite, Mount Union and Oley Valley – as three-time PIAA baseball champions with a win. No school has won more than three PIAA baseball championships; the PIAA baseball playoffs did not begin until 1977.

CLASS AAAA: Spring-Ford vs. Conestoga … You can call this a District 1-AAAA rematch if you like, but if it ends up being anything like Spring-Ford’s 22-11 win in the 1-AAAA championship back on June 2, it will be a stunner (and a record-breaker, given the PIAA championship game record for runs in a game is 22; that would be Mount Union’s 14-8 win over Wyomissing in the 1993 AA title game) … This is the second straight year for an all-District 1 Class AAAA final. Last year, Henderson defeated Owen J. Roberts 7-0 in the Class AAAA championship game at Altoona. … Spring-Ford is likely to start senior pitcher Mike Oczypok, who has a 14-0 record and a 0.87 ERA … Spring-Ford is making its second championship game appearance in four years, losing 10-2 to Canon-McMillan in in the 2008 Class AAAA championship game … Conestoga is making its first state championship appearance.

CLASS AA: Brandywine Heights vs. Philipsburg-Osceola … P-O and Brandywine met in the 2007 PIAA Class AA championship game with P-O winning 11-6, the highest-scoring game in PIAA softball championship history … P-O is making is second straight appearance in the finals, losing 3-1 in 11 innings to Nanticoke in 2010, and its third appearance in the last five years … Likewise, Brandywine is making its third appearance in five years, having lost to Bald Eagle Area 2-0 in 2009 as well as P-O in 2007 … P-O and Brandywine Heights also made one other Class AA championship game appearance each, Brandywine in 2005 (losing to Bald Eagle Area 6-0), P-O in 2000 (losing to Valley View 1-0)

CLASS AAAA: Hatboro-Horsham vs. Pennsbury … Like baseball, another all District 1-AAAA final. Hatboro-Horsham squandered a 5-0 lead in the 1-AAAA title game only to win 8-5 in eight innings on three unearned runs … Hatboro-Horsham starts six sophomores … Pennsbury has won five PIAA softball titles – second all-time in state history behind Minersville’s seven – the last coming in 2007 with a 3-2 win over Greater Latrobe … Hatboro-Horsham won its lone PIAA softball championship the following year with a 3-0 over poor Greater Latrobe … This is Hatboro-Horsham’s third appearance (lost to Shaler 3-0 in 2006) and Pennsbury’s seventh; the Falcons are 5-1 in championship games, losing to State College, 2-0, in its initial appearance in 1978

CLASS A: Minersville vs. Clarion … Minersville has been the undisputed champion of PIAA softball champions with a record seven, including the first two Class AA titles in 1979 and 1980 … In fact, the Battlin’ Miners have the distinction of winning the first Class AA and Class A PIAA titles; Minersville won the initial Class A championship in 1999 over Chartiers-Houston, 6-0 … This is Minersville’s record 9th PIAA championship game appearance … Clarion is the lone remaining unbeaten baseball or softball team in the state. The Bobcats are making their first PIAA championship game appearance … Clarion coach Dan Shofestall is 94-37 in his seventh season, but has done an amazing reclamation project. Clarion had won just three games in the previous two seasons when he took over in 2005.

CLASS AAA: Manheim Central vs. Valley … This is the first PIAA championship game appearance for both schools … Manheim Central has just two senior starters, Alexa Campbell and Samantha Ginder, both of whom skipped Manheim Central’s Senior Week in Florida to play in the state championships … Manheim Central has had five one-run victory in 9 postseason games … Valley was the WPIAL Class AA champion a year ago, but was moved up to AAA this year. It won again despite entering the WPIAL tournament with just 11 wins in a season devastated by rainouts.


Here are the updates for the second PIAA Boys Lacrosse Championship beginning at 2 p.m. today from Hersheypark Stadium.

It’s a rematch of last year’s PIAA final between defending champion La Salle College High School (20-2) and last year’s runner-up Conestoga (21-2).

The most frequent updates will appear at the top of the screen.

La Salle …. 3-0-0-3 — 6
Conestoga .. 3-4-2-1 — 10
C: Jason Klunder 2G, Ryan Lord 1G 1A, Billy Flatley 2A, Tyler Brooke 2A
L: Christian Cardinal 2G, Patrick resch 1G 2A, Kevin Forster 2A

It’s over …. Conestoga 10, La Salle College 6 … Pioneers get their revenge against la Salle for last year’s title loss ..

‘Stoga freezing the ball for the last minute …

And matt Smith of Conestoga puts it away with a fairly uncontested goal at 1:42 … Conestoga 10, La Salle 6

Conestoga with possession … game back on ..

La Salle calls a timeout with 1:57 to play, one TO remaining for La Salle

Hold on .. La Salle cuts it to 9-6 with 2:16 left on a nick Cruice score from Patrick Resch ..

La Salle hanging in there … Cardinal again from Forster at 2:45 … Conestoga 9, la Salle 5

3:59 to play .. La Salle needs a miracle

5:00 remaining in game

La Salle pressuring, but ‘Stoga keeper Pete Zonino has been great …

La Salle went 30:05 without scoring before the Cardinal goal …

La Salle stays alive … Christian Cardinal scores from Kevin Forster at 8:39 … Conestoga 9, La Salle 4

Start of the fourth period: Conestoga leads La Salle 9-3

Two straight shutout quarters for Conestoga defense … Keep Pete Zonino has been outstanding …

End of the third period: Conestoga 9, La Salle College HS 3

Conestoga picks up a loose ball and goes coast-to-coast, Jeff Chu getting his fourth goal at 1;31 mark on an assist from Ryan Lord … Conestoga 9, La Salle 3

Conestoga keep Pete Zonino with another good save on La Salle’s Patrick Resch ..

Penalty on Conestoga’s Billy Flatley … one minute at 6:25

Great save by La salle keep john Lawlor on a doorstep slap ..

Wow! Ryan Buttenbaum scoops up the ball off the draw and runs straight in for the goal in just 8 seconds … Conestoga 8-3

Impressed with the way Conestoga grabbed the momentum in the second period. The Pioneers won all but one draw, attacked well and got two nice saves from Zonino. Tough to shut out la Salle for a period.

Teams back to wrm up for the second half, but it won’t take much warming up: Temps are in the mid-80s and there’s a ton of sun.


La Salle’s Nick Cruice gets a literal last-second shot, but Conestoga’s Pete Zonino stops with his body …

La Salle’s Kevin Forster right on top of Coenstoga keep Pete Zonino, but Z makes a great save, his second …

La Salle calls timeout … new goalie for La Salle

Wow. Jeff Chu scores his third in front after great feed from Billy Flatley, his second assist. Tim of goal: 4:28 … Conestoga with four straight goal in the second … Conestoga 7, La Salle 3

Conestoga on fire. Jason Klunder scores his sceond goal of the period at 5:42

The timeout works … Ryan Lord scores in tyight from Tyler Brooke at 6:35 … Conestoga 5, La Salle 3

Conestoga calls timeout at the 6:53 mark of the second … ‘Stoga leads 4-3

Good run by Conestoga, but La Salle keep John Ryan Lawlor nmakes an excellent save on a point-blank shot by Chu …

Conestoga strikes first in the 2nd, Jason Klunder strong from the top of the circle … unassisted at 9:33 … Conestoga 3, La Salle College 2

Starting 2nd period … very good game to this point .. La Salle did a great job of grasping control of the pace after falling behind 2-0 ..

End of first … La Salle College 3, Conestoga 3

And Conestoga ties it … Bill Flatley makes a sharp low pass to Chu, who scores his second goal with 50 seconds left in teh first period … Tied 3-3

La Salle rolling now … Resch fires one in off pass from Dan Losier at 2:44 … La Salle 3, Conestoga 2

La Salle ties it at 2-2 at the 3;12 mark … Coleman bounces it in after nice feed from Patrick resch … Game tied 2-2 ..

La Salle responds … Jack Bogorowski wrists one past Conestoga keep Pete Zonio at 7:18 … Conestoga 2-1

Conestoga explodes for two quick scores. Pete Bowers scores at 10:35 on an assist from Matt Smith, then 34 seconds later its Jeff Chu unasisted. … Conestoga 2-0

Ready to play

Getting ready to begin following the pre-game on PCN.

Conestoga will be wearing its dark maroon uniforms; La Salle will wear all white. Could be a factor in the heat at Hersheypark Arena?


OK, I admit it: I miscalculated some of the time it would take to keep the site fully updated during the district and state playoff season. I haven’t written a thing in two weeks and haven’t kept The Ticker updated. Lesson learned.

So, in an attempt to get back to basics, here are some of stories from local newspapers regarding Tuesday’s PIAA girls’ spring soccer and PIAA lacrosse semifinals. I promise I’ll do my own work for the state finals.

PLEASE NOTE: The time of the PIAA Class AA soccer championship game between Trinity and Donegal is now 1 p.m. instead of 5 p.m. Donegal has graduation Friday evening.



Hershey 2, Council Rock South 1
Harrisburg Patriot-News
Bucks County Courier Times

Cumberland Valley 4, Dallastown 0
Harrisburg Patriot-News
Carlisle Sentinel
York Daily Record
York Dispatch

Trinity 1, Saucon Valley 0
Harrisburg Patriot-News
Carlisle Sentinel

Donegal 1, Allentown Central Catholic 0
Allentown Morning Call
Lancaster Newspapers

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Conestoga 13, Manheim Twp. 4
Philadelphia Inquirer
Lancaster Newspapers

La Salle College 15, Seneca Valley 3
Philadelphia Inquirer
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review



Radnor 23, Unionville 14
Delaware County Times
Philadelphia Inquirer

Springfield-Delco 14, Manheim Twp. 4
Delaware County Times
Lancaster Newspapers
Philadelphia Inquirer

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