This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2014/11/22 - 10:08pm
As the local college football season winds down, it’s time for playoff action in both D-II and D-III with two local teams in action. The ECAC held their annual bowl games with two more local teams involved and the NEC winds down conference play with a pair of local games. Here are recaps from ALL the games, including one heard on the Network: NCAA Division III Playoffs First Round: W & J 41 – Wittenburg 25 The #19 ranked Presidents used defense to go on the road and knock off the #12 ranked and NCAC champion Tigers. W & J forced 9 turnovers, including 8 interceptions in the win and...
Article | Posted 2014/11/22 - 7:07pm
Here are the latest 2014-2015 standings for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League. You can follow the PIHL high school hockey season with weekly audio and video broadcasts as well as ranking, plus starting in December, the PIHL Notebook every Monday and the PIHL Power Play Show every Wednesday night at 8:00pm right here on the MSA Sports Network. PIHL CLASS AAA TEAM W L T POINTS GF GA Peters Township 7...
Article | Posted 2014/11/22 - 6:37pm
While all eyes around Southwestern Pennsylvania were on Heinz Field on Friday, the WPIAL football championships were part of the opening round of the state football postseason. Here is a rundown of ALL the final scores this weekend from either district playoffs or between district winners in the First Round of the 2014 PIAA Football Playoffs. PIAA CLASS AAAA First Round: PINE-RICHLAND RAMS 21 - PITTSBURGH CENTRAL CATHOLIC VIKINGS 13  (MSA) State College Little Lions 27 - Erie McDowell Trojans 6 West Lawn Wilson Bulldogs 9 - Central Dauphin East Panthers 6 Central Dauphin...
Article | Posted 2014/11/22 - 12:37am
In what was an instant classic -- but what would anyone expect from two Parkway Conference teams -- the Central Valley Warriors scored in the final minute to defeat the West Allegheny Indians 35-28 to claim their second WPIAL Class AAA championship in the school’s five year history. The win also continues the dream of a perfect season for the Warriors, now 13-0. (Picture left: CV Warriors from left Kurt Reinstadtler, B.J. Powell, John George & Dante Lucci celebrate gold in locker room)  BJ Powell caught his second touchdown from John George on a fade route with 19 seconds remaining...
Article | Posted 2014/11/21 - 9:58pm
The South Fayette Lions successfully defended their WPIAL title, as they knocked off Aliquippa 31-22 in the Class AA Championship at Heinz Field on Friday. (Picture left:  Lions celebrate another score in another victory over the Quips) In a rematch from last year’s title game, the Lions again bested the Quips, as South Fayette senior quarterback Brett Brumbaugh threw for 352 yards and three touchdowns. With the triumph, South Fayette captures its third WPIAL Championship in five seasons, while Aliquippa falls for the fourth time in its record seventh-consecutive finals appearance...
Article | Posted 2014/11/21 - 8:49pm
The last time the Pine-Richland Rams tasted WPIAL Championship gold was 2003 when it was still a Class AAA team.  The mass exodus of the Allegheny population from the Pittsburgh city limits worked to the school's advantage, warranting the WPIAL to raise the Rams' status to Quad-A competition beginning in 2010.  Since that time, the program had experienced quite a few growing pains as they assimilated themselves to the competition...until now! Pine-Richland beat defending champion Pittsburgh Central Catholic Friday 21-13 at Heinz Field.  (Picture above: Usually he's throwing...
Article | Posted 2014/11/21 - 4:49pm
After a one year hiatus, the WPIAL Class A championship is coming back to Clairton. The Bears improved to 13-0 and won their sixth district title in the last seven years with a convincing 46-14 triumph over the Avonworth Antelopes Friday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Picture left: Ryan Williams launces one of his five touchdown passes) The first quarter of the WPIAL Class A finals started as a back-and-forth battle of heavyweights throwing haymakers. On the second play of their second possession, Lamont Wade scored on a 54-yard run. The standard two-point conversion attempt by the Bears was...
Article | Posted 2014/11/20 - 8:33pm
Here are the initial MSA Sports Sports Frozen Fab Five rankings of PIHL hockey teams in each of the five classifications for the 2014-2015 high school hockey season...including a NEW #1 team in Class AAA. Don't miss the latest PIHL rankings every Wednesday during the regular season, plus starting in December, it's 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 audio and video high school hockey coverage, the MSA Sports Network at www.MSAsports.net PIHL CLASS AAA: 1)   NORTH...
Article | Posted 2014/11/20 - 2:01pm
Welcome to Week 13 of the high school football season.  As Chick’s Picks began research for Championship Friday, she quickly realized all of the familiar faces that will be at Heinz Field again this year—Central Catholic, Central Valley, West Allegheny, South Fayette, Aliquippa, and Clairton.  Similarly, Chick’s Picks took a moment to reflect on the many familiar faces at the MSA Sports Network that she has had the pleasure of knowing over the years. Despite coming from many different walks of life, many different backgrounds, and many different full-time careers, Team MSA comes...
Article | Posted 2014/11/20 - 1:04pm
The NEC winds up regular season action with the annual Steel Bowl, but the focus shifts to playoff action in both Division II and III with two tournament games and a pair of ECAC bowl games.  Here are previews of ALL the games, including one on the Network:  NCAA DIVISION III PLAYOFFS/FIRST ROUND W & J(9-1) at Wittenberg(9-1)        Noon on WJPA 1450-AM and the MSA Sports Network It’s the 24th trip and third straight to the NCAA playoffs for the Presidents. The Presidents fell to Waynesburg 31-28 last week in overtime, ending dreams of an...
Article | Posted 2014/11/19 - 4:37pm
Championship Friday on a work day for WPIAL football fans, it will be interesting to see what that does to attendance at Heinz Field. The MSA Sports gang will be there in full force and will have you covered from every angle with updates, interviews, videos, pictures, and game stories. Everything you need to enjoy Championship Friday completely will be at www.msasports.net. The larger classifications feature rematches from this regular season. AA features a rematch of last year’s championship game and in single A the Bears are back after a year away. Let’s go Big Game Hunting. AAAA : #1 Pine...
Article | Posted 2014/11/18 - 8:28pm
For all practical purposes, the Highway to Heinz is over. Up next is the WPIAL Football Championships at Heinz Field. The Steelers are scoring points at a blistering rate over their last three games at the big ketchup bottle. If the WPIAL Semifinals are indication, we could be in for a track meet on Friday. The Semis saw a rare challenge for the Bears of Clairton, a rare knockoff of the defending Class A State Champions and much, much more. So before we bundle up and make our way to the North Shore, let’s take one last look at the top plays from the WPIAL Football Semifinals: 1. Clairton 48,...
Article | Posted 2014/11/18 - 12:44pm
So the ride on the Highway to Heinz is complete as eight teams have been the journey successfully, setting up Championship Friday on the North Shore. So it's time to take inventory. The field of finalists consists of: 3 defending champions, 3 top-seeds, a pair of #2-seeds and #3-seeds, 2 rematches from title games last year, 5 teams that played at the big house in the finals a year ago with two other teams that haven't reached the title game in since 2012 and 2003, and the new kids on the block in Avonworth, making it's first championship game appearance since Dwight D. Eisenhower was...
Article | Posted 2014/11/16 - 11:54am
The journey on the Highway to Heinz comes to an end with full day coverage from the Big House on the North Shore this week here on the MSA Sports Network. This years WPIAL Football Playoffs come to an end with all four Championship Games from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh along with the 2014 District Class A Championship Game from Altoona. We also have some winter sports with plenty of PIHL high school hockey contests including two more video-stream games along with men's and women's college basketball, plus...
Article | Posted 2014/11/16 - 10:52am
Regular season play wraps up in the PAC with a big upset and the PSAC State Title Game comes down to the wire. Here are recaps of ALL the games, including two heard here on the Network. Waynesburg 31 – W & J 28 in overtime The 11th ranked Presidents scored in the final minute to force overtime but it was the Yellow Jackets who knock off their hated rivals in the PAC Backyard Brawl and remove W & J from the ranks of the unbeaten. Scott Lewis kicked a 34 yard field goal for the win after Kyle Richey blocked Blake Davis’ attempt for W & J. The Yellow Jackets scored five plays into...

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