This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2014/08/27 - 11:11pm
We’re back! MSA is delighted to begin their 16th season of high school sports and I am very happy to continue in my second decade with the network and, can you believe it my 6th year already of writing BGH. Where does the time go? Not a question we care to try and answer here in Big Game Hunting but, where should you go with your smart phone or radio dial in week one of the 2014 WPIAL football season? That we can definitely help with. So forget the time and let’s go Big Game Hunting! AAAA Non-Conference: Bethel Park Black Hawks (0-0)(0-0) at #3 Central Catholic Vikings (0-0)(0-0) Friday...
Article | Posted 2014/08/27 - 6:26pm
Each and every Monday during the regular season, the MSA Sports Network will rank the Top Ten football teams in each classification. With days to go before the 2014 WPIAL football season kicks off, we present our Pre-season Top Ten teams. This article, we present the Top Ten in Class A. Final 2013 record is in parenthesis. WPIAL CLASS AAAA PRE-SEASON WPIAL FOOTBALL TOP TEN: 1.    CARDINAL WUERL NORTH CATHOLIC TROJANS  (16-0) (Week One - at Northgate on MSA) 2.    CLAIRTON BEARS  (10-2) (Week One - at Mohawk) 3.   ...
Article | Posted 2014/08/26 - 11:06pm
Dual-threat quarterbacks seem to be all the rage in football these days – and it shows on the Elite 11 team. The Elite 11 is made up of the top 11 players in the WPIAL, regardless of position. It is picked by the MSA Sports staff. This year’s team includes three quarterbacks who are dual-threats. In other words, they are excellent runners as well as passers. The dual-threat QBs are Seneca Valley’s T.J. Holl, Quaker Valley’s Dane Jackson and Ringgold’s Nico Law. But the Elite 11 is not without a traditional dropback QB. South Fayette’s Brett Brumbaugh might end up the most prolific passer in...
Article | Posted 2014/08/26 - 6:32pm
Each and every Monday during the regular season, the MSA Sports Network will rank the Top Ten football teams in each classification. With days to go before the 2014 WPIAL football season kicks off, we present our Pre-season Top Ten teams. This article, we present the Top Ten in Class AA. Final 2013 record is in parenthesis. WPIAL CLASS AAAA PRE-SEASON WPIAL FOOTBALL TOP TEN: 1.    SOUTH FAYETTE LIONS  (16-0) (Week One - host East Allegheny on MSA) 2.    ALIQUIPPA QUIPS  (12-1) (Week One - at Mohawk) 3.    SETON-...
Article | Posted 2014/08/26 - 6:09pm
The Pittsburgh City League once again is a six pack. This is the third consecutive year that the City League will have only six teams. The closing of some schools has shrunk the league drastically in the past few years. Oliver and Langley closed after the 2011-12 school year. Only 10  years ago, the City League had nine teams. The City League almost dropped to five teams this season. Westinghouse had asked the WPIAL to join its league, but the WPIAL turned down Westinghouse’s request. Here is an preview of the six teams in the City League: ALLDERDICE DRAGONS: Allderdice has lost in the...
Article | Posted 2014/08/25 - 10:06am
Each and every Monday during the regular season, the MSA Sports Network will rank the Top Ten football teams in each classification. With days to go before the 2014 WPIAL football season kicks off, we present our Pre-season Top Ten teams. This article, we present the Top Ten in Class AAA. Final 2013 record is in parenthesis. WPIAL CLASS AAAA PRE-SEASON WPIAL FOOTBALL TOP TEN: 1.    WEST ALLEGHENY INDIANS  (13-1) (Week One - at #8 New Castle on MSA) 2.    CENTRAL VALLEY WARRIORS  (11-2) (Week One - at #10 Montour on MSA) 3. ...
Article | Posted 2014/08/24 - 8:09pm
In the new-look Eastern Conference, four teams return while there are five news kids on the block. But with the pedigree of most of the newcomers, you can see why they are considered the Fearsome Foursome. Here is the resume for the five new entrants into the Eastern Conference. Ten WPIAL football championships in the last eight years, two perennial powers in Class AA moving down to Class A and a team that set a district and state record 66-game winning streak along with the team that eventually broke that historic run. This could mean a tough 2014 campaign for Eastern traditionalists...
Article | Posted 2014/08/24 - 9:51am
The time is now! As Countdown to Kickoff 2014 concludes, it is time to kickoff a new high school sports year with the start of another high school football season this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We kick off the 2014 season with 32 WPIAL football games on Friday and Saturday with Friday's action starting with the MSA Sports Pregame Show and concluding with the one and only WPIAL Scoreboard Show. We also have eight high school football games from District 6 and District 9 along with stretch run Frontier League baseball as the Washington Wild...
Article | Posted 2014/08/24 - 9:23am
Each and every Monday during the regular season, the MSA Sports Network will rank the Top Ten football teams in each classification. With days to go before the 2014 WPIAL football season kicks off, we present our Pre-season Top Ten teams. This article, we present the Top Ten in Class AAAA. Final 2013 record is in parenthesis. WPIAL CLASS AAAA PRE-SEASON WPIAL FOOTBALL TOP TEN: 1.    WOODLAND HILLS WOLVERINES  (10-3) (Week One - at Peters Township on MSA) 2.    SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (9-2) (Week One - host #8 North Allegheny on MSA)...
Article | Posted 2014/08/23 - 10:56pm
Respect. The Tri-County South Conference doesn’t have much of it from the rest of WPIAL Class A, and the only way to earn it is to “show up” in the postseason. The much-maligned Tri-County South is 0-12 in playoff games the past three years. Since the 2007 season, the only Tri-County South teams to win a playoff game are Monessen and Beth-Center. But Monessen is no longer in the conference. The last Tri-County South team to win a playoff game other than Beth-Center or Monessen was Jefferson-Morgan in 2006. Will things change this year? Well, Beth-Center looks to be the cream of the crop again...
Article | Posted 2014/08/22 - 2:49pm
Prior to 2005, the Big Seven Conference was the standard for Class A football in Western Pennsylvania. A conference member had claimed 16 WPIAL championships, but that came to an end with the rise to power of the Clairton Bears, who won six titles in seven years and ran off an amazing winning streak to put them among the nation’s best. The conference was dominated by the Rochester Rams, who won seven WPIAL titles during that stretch. The Sto-Rox Vikings moved in and took two straight trips to Heinz Field but could not come home with gold, falling to Clairton in 2012 and Cardinal Wurhl North...
Article | Posted 2014/08/22 - 11:02am
Look at the makeup of the Black Hills Conference and the name doesn’t seem to fit any more. With the WPIAL’s realignment for this year, the Black Hills changed drastically. A name like the old Ohio Valley Conference might have been more appropriate. But some of the coaches in this conference let it be known that they still wanted to be called the Black Hills. So, Black Hills it is By any name, this conference figures to be highly competitive. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, the defending WPIAL and PIAA champ, is everyone’s team to beat. But after that, there could be quite a battle for the...
Article | Posted 2014/08/21 - 6:32pm
When has the Allegheny Conference been able to say this: There are two Pitt recruits in the conference and one West Virginia recruit. As strange as it sounds, it is true. The Allegheny has two Pitt recruits in Kittanning receiver-tight end-linebacker Nick Bowers and Apollo-Ridge receiver-defensive back Tre Tipton, who are both seniors. The West Virginia recruit is Freeport linebacker Logan Thimons, who is a junior. All three made verbal commitments to their schools. They are certainly three of the players to watch in a conference that takes on a different look this season. Two teams from last...
Article | Posted 2014/08/21 - 3:31pm
If there is one word to describe the objective of Jim Black, it would be “competition.” Black, a fixture in Western Pennsylvania hockey, has been hired as the new Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League, replacing Ed Sam, who held the position since 1999. An eight-year Coach of North Allegheny, Black won PIHL Penguins Cup Championships in 2007 and 2013. In both seasons, the Tigers won the Pennsylvania Cup as well. Additionally, Black won a PIHL Penguins Cup and Pennsylvania Cup in 2006 at Pine-Richland. Black will focus on making the PIHL a more competitive, transparent...
Article | Posted 2014/08/19 - 6:29pm
2013 was another great season in the Midwestern Athletic Conference as Aliquippa made their sixth straight trip to Heinz Field. Overall, the Quips have won three titles in that time and fifteen overall. Beaver and Beaver Falls also had outstanding seasons, again making the trip on the Highway to Heinz. Also qualifying for the first time since 2003 were the New Brighton Lions. 2014 should prove to be a good season as well. The MAC gets some new members as Laurel rejoins the conference and the Summit Academy moves in from the Allegheny. Here is a preview of all the teams and the predicted order...

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