This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2016/09/20 - 10:50pm
Behind an early run and tremendous serving, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic defeated Bishop Canevin 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 28-26) in a non-section tilt on Monday night at Bishop Canevin High School. The Trojanettes racked up 15 aces in the match, as five different players had at least three service winners.Sarah Parey set the tempo for CWNC with four first set aces and two of her team-high six kills in the match. Parey was responsible for the early separation between the two squads, as the Trojanettes started the match on a 10-0 run behind Parey's serves. That, combined with a young Crusaders squad...
Article | Posted 2016/09/20 - 6:24pm
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls soccer rankings in all four classifications for the week of September 19th. You can check out the new rankings every Tuesday through the regular season with weekly matches heard live and archived, including Hometown Soccer broadcasts each week. You can also listen to exclusive coverage of the 2016 WPIAL Soccer Playoffs in October and check out the Pro Grass Girls Soccer Player of the Month in September, October and November ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL GIRLS SOCCER CLASS 4-A: 1)    CANON-McMILLAN...
Article | Posted 2016/09/20 - 11:09am
The third official week of the WPIAL slate perhaps did not feature the same level of drama as the previous week, but the action was still fast and furious. Many of these outcomes in conference play will have major playoff implications as the season progresses. This installment features a prolific rusher capping off a historic performance, a QB using his legs to guide his team to an upset win, a lengthy kickoff return that set the tone for the second half, and a pair of MSA Sports preseason honorees connecting on a decisive score. Here are the WPIAL plays of the week.   1. Mapletown 39,...
Article | Posted 2016/09/19 - 8:53pm
The countdown to district links championship action began Monday with sectionals to help determine the individual fields for both the Class 3-A and Class 2-A finals. The top qualifiers from each section earn a spot in the Boys Class AA Finals on Thursday, September 29th, the Boys Class AAA Finals on Tuesday, October 4th and the Girls Class 3-A and Class 2-A Finals on Wednesday, October 5th: BOYS: CLASS 3-A SECTION 3: 1. Jack Kremer Pine Richland 11 71 2. Dave Mrazik NA 12 73 3. Kyle Dewey NA 12 73 4. Tanner Gregorczyk Shaler 11 73 5. Nic Leone  Butler 12 75 6. Paul...
Article | Posted 2016/09/19 - 4:16pm
Each and every Monday during the regular season, the MSA Sports Network will rank the Top Ten seven in 6-A and top ten football teams in each of the other five classifications. Here are the rankings following Week Three of the 2016 high school football season. WPIAL CLASS 6-A WPIAL FOOTBALL TOP SEVEN: 1.    PITTSBURGH CENTRAL CATHOLIC VIKINGS  (3-1) (Last Week #1.....Week Four - at #4 Seneca Valley) 2.    PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (3-1) (Last Week #2.....Week Four - host Bethel Park) 3.    NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (2-2...
Article | Posted 2016/09/19 - 3:11pm
At Central Catholic High School, Ryan Sproule may be best remembered for his contributions to the Vikings in capturing the 2015 WPIAL baseball championship, the first in team history. It was on the pitch, though, that Sproule continued his athletic career Washington University in St. Louis. Just a sophomore in college, Sproule already is one of the top performers on his team. As such, he's featured on this week's installment of WPIAL Alum Q&A. At Central Catholic, Sproule was a three-sport athlete, including basketball, but he truly excelled at soccer and baseball. In soccer,...
Article | Posted 2016/09/18 - 10:16pm
We officially welcome the 2016 Autumn season with another busy week of fall high school sports here on the MSA Sports Network. The high school football season moves to Week Four and The Network has 29 WPIAL football weekend contests starting with the MSA Sports pregame Show Friday at 6pm and concluding with the WPIAL Scoreboard Show at 9:30pm. We also have seven District 6 and District 9 high school football games, WPIAL girls soccer and WPIAL girls volleyball, college soccer and volleyball featuring Carlow University, plus the...
Article | Posted 2016/09/18 - 10:18am
Here are the latest WPIAL football standings through Saturday of Week Three of the 2016 high school football season. Once again this year, we have added points for and points against as well as the updated WPIAL tiebreaker points for all 122 WPIAL teams. Standings are updated after Friday and Saturday's scholastic gridiron action each week. Click on each team to see all of their results along with their remaining schedule for the 2016 season. (Top 4 teams from both conferences in 6-A, 5-A and 4-A qualify for the playoffs) (Top 2 teams from the three conferences in 3-A along with two third...
Article | Posted 2016/09/17 - 10:25pm
It's sort of like digging out your telescope from the deep, dark crevices of your upstairs closet, dusting it off, setting it up and then...nothing but clouds. But wait, off in the distance is that one shining star. That was the case Saturday of Week Three with only one high school football game on the WPIAL gridiron slate. here is out brief salute to our Saturday Scholastic Standout. Tyler Bradley - Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Going into Week Two of this 2016 high school football season, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart had lost twelve straight games dating back to the 2014 season. Now heading...
Article | Posted 2016/09/17 - 10:00am
The band Three Dog Night once sang "One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do," from their hit song simply titled One. That summed up the Saturday high school football schedule for the WPIAL in Week Three. With 60 contests played in the district Friday, that left only a Class 1-A Big 7 Conference tilt as the only game in town. You can hear the archived broadcast here on The Network. Here is the final result. WPIAL CLASS 1-A Big 7 Conference: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Chargers 49 - Western Beaver Golden Beavers 6  (MSA)
Article | Posted 2016/09/17 - 9:54am
Every Friday night, there are hard decisions to make to whittle down many of the great performances from around the WPIAL into our Top Ten HighLights package. But this Friday night was probably the toughest since it was the busiest night game wise of the entire 2016 season. Of the possible 61 WPIAL football games, 60 were played on 9/16, thus the difficult becomes even more so. Here's what we came up with on a pleasant evening weather wise for the Week Three HighLights. Jordan Crawford - Pine-Richland Committing to Notre Dame even before your junior year says a lot about...wait, we are...
Article | Posted 2016/09/16 - 5:32pm
Fewer than 20 runners in WPIAL history have rushed for 5,000 yards in their career. But no one on the 5,000-yard list runs the football quite like Clairton’s Lamont Wade. He averages a first down every time he touches the ball. Wade went over 5,000 yards last week against Springdale. He now has 5,062 yards on 460 attempts. Before you go to your calculator, that’s 11.0 yards a carry. That’s phenomenal when you consider that is the highest yards-per-carry average of anyone who has gained 5,000 yards. The next best is Beth-Center’s Anthony Welsh, who finished his career a year ago with a 10.4...
Article | Posted 2016/09/16 - 5:31pm
In what has been a trying start to the 2016 campaign, the Moon Lady Tigers have been staying positive. That patience and positivity showed again for coach Sarah Durham's squad on Thursday night, even in dropping a 4A-Section 2 matchup to Mt. Lebanon in straight sets (25-20, 25-17, 25-13). They battled back and forth with the Lady Blue Devils, but could not muster enough firepower to grab their first section victory. The scrappy defense of Moon wrecked havoc on the visiting Lady Blue Devils. Moon continually mustered long volleys from the great defensive digs of senior liberal Raquel Richards...
Article | Posted 2016/09/15 - 9:47pm
With the advent of Week Zero here in the 2016 high school football season, there will be ten weeks of regular season football before we open up the Highway to Heinz and the WPIAL Playoffs. In those ten weeks, none were a busier Friday night than the one here in Week 3. All but two district teams were in action, making for a busy WPIAL football slate with 60 gridiron contests. Here is a rundown of the final scores from all of those games, including those 26 games that can be heard archived here on The Network.  WPIAL CLASS 6-A Northern Seven Conference: Pine-Richland Rams 52 - Penn Hills...
Article | Posted 2016/09/15 - 11:12am
Welcome to Week 3 of the high school football season. Chick’s Picks heard a rumor recently that The Fumbler was running for office.  Office of what, she was not quite sure, since WPIAL prognosticating and politics seem to be a far cry from one another.  Nonetheless, Chick’s Picks wanted to offer her support to her fellow prognosticator. With the upcoming presidential debates right around the corner, Chick’s Picks decided to challenge The Fumbler to a debate of their own, thinking this would give her rival an opportunity to get a practice round in before his campaign heated up....

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