This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2014/08/11 - 4:27pm
The WPIAL realigns football conferences every two years, but the league kept the Class AAAA Northern Eight Conference intact from the past two seasons. But really, the Northern Eight is the northern seven plus the big one from the city. The conference has seven teams from the northern suburbs, plus the team from the Oakland area of the city that wears the helmets with horns. Pittsburgh Central Catholic will once again be a major player in WPIAL Class AAAA after winning the title a year ago. The Vikings also won the conference title a year ago, but they might have a tougher challenge to finish...
Article | Posted 2014/08/11 - 2:27pm
As Countdown to Kickoff 2014 continues each day online, it is another busy week of youth and professional diamond action this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have Frontier League pro baseball featuring the Washington Wild Things as they hit the road to Windy City and Evansville while the Pennsylvania Rebellion close out a home stand before hitting the road. Meanwhile, the 2014 PONY League World Series winds down with the Championship Game slated for Wednesday, plus check out the latest local, regional and national auto racing news every...
Article | Posted 2014/08/10 - 11:00pm
FINALLY! High school football camps throughout Pennsylvania open for business on Monday. That means teams have less than a week of practice before they hit the field for the first of two scrimmages in preparation for the season lid-lifter on Friday, August 29th and Saturday, August 30th. Scrimmage number one takes place this Saturday, August 16th on fields around Southwestern Pennsylvania. Here is a rundown of all the first week scrimmages involving WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League high school football teams. WPIAL vs Pittsburgh City League: Perry Commodores AT North Allegheny Tigers...
Article | Posted 2014/08/10 - 7:12am
Countdown to Kickoff 2014 continues with a four-day look at some of the top high school football talent in the WPIAL for this upcoming season. As always, this list just scratches the surface. We ask for your help in building a complete rundown of candidates. You can nominate a top player by clicking on http://www.msasports.net/contact-us then clicking Submit Scores/Schedule Corrections/Updates and submitting the name. Here is a look at some of the players to watch this 2014 campaign in Class AAAA. OFFENSE: Quarterback: T.J. Holl – Seneca Valley Ben DiNucci - Pine-Richland Billy Kisner - Penn...
Article | Posted 2014/08/09 - 6:08pm
Then there were four. There is little doubt that high school football is king on Friday nights in Western Pennsylvania. Saturday high school football in District 7 is becoming a dying breed with only four schools left that play a majority of their home games under the sun on Saturday afternoons. Here is a complete rundown of the Saturday schedule for high school football action in the WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League this 2014 football season. WEEK 1: SATURDAY, AUGUST 30th: Class AA Midwestern Conference: Ellwood City Wolverines AT Summit Academy Knights at 12:30pm Class AA...
Article | Posted 2014/08/09 - 5:36pm
Once again this August, every game of the 2014 edition of the PONY League Baseball World Series was heard here on the MSA Sports Network, including Hilo, Hawaii's championship victory over Chinese Taipei. Here are ALL the recaps from Lew Hays Field in Washington, Pennsylvania through the Finals. WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13th: CHAMPIONSHIP GAME:  Hilo, Hawaii 5 - Chinese Taipei 2 Joey Jarneski homered, drove in three runs and pitched a complete game, leading Hilo, HI to the PONY League World Series championship, beating Chinese Taipei, 5-3, in the final. Jarneski won two games on the road to...
Article | Posted 2014/08/09 - 10:02am
Countdown to Kickoff 2014 continues with a four-day look at some of the top high school football talent in the WPIAL for this upcoming season. As always, this list just scratches the surface. We ask for your help in building a complete rundown of candidates. You can nominate a top player by clicking on http://www.msasports.net/contact-us then clicking Submit Scores/Schedule Corrections/Updates and submitting the name. Here is a look at some of the players to watch this 2014 campaign in Class AAA. OFFENSE: Quarterback: Andrew Koester - West Allegheny Nico Law – Ringgold Nick Grabowski -...
Article | Posted 2014/08/08 - 5:24pm
Countdown to Kickoff 2014 continues with a four-day look at some of the top high school football talent in the WPIAL for this upcoming season. As always, this list just scratches the surface. We ask for your help in building a complete rundown of candidates. You can nominate a top player by clicking on http://www.msasports.net/contact-us then clicking Submit Scores/Schedule Corrections/Updates and submitting the name. Here is a look at some of the players to watch this 2014 campaign in Class AA. OFFENSE: Quarterback: Brett Brumbaugh - South Fayette Dane Jackson - Quaker Valley Braydon Toy -...
Article | Posted 2014/08/07 - 10:50pm
Countdown to Kickoff 2014 continues with a four-day look at some of the top high school football talent in the WPIAL for this upcoming season. As always, this list just scratches the surface. We ask for your help in building a complete rundown of candidates. You can nominate a top player by clicking on http://www.msasports.net/contact-us then clicking Submit Scores/Schedule Corrections/Updates and submitting the name. Here is a look at some of the players to watch this 2014 campaign in Class A. OFFENSE: Quarterback: Adam Sharlow – Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Connor McWilliams...
Article | Posted 2014/08/06 - 6:39pm
The big, bad Bears historic five year run came to an end in 2013, leaving the door open for a new team to wear the Class A crown. While many thought it was Sto-Rox and record setting quarterback Lenny Williams turn to claim gold, it was first time champion Cardinal Wuerl North Catholc that emerged as the kings of the Single-A gridiron. 2013 WPIAL Single-A Headlines: *  What a run, but the run of championships and records for Clairton was done in 2013. First came the WPIAL and PIAA 66-game winning streak, which ended in Week 4 on September 20th at home to Monessen 42-24. The Bears...
Article | Posted 2014/08/06 - 5:13pm
Aliquippa continued their 'annual' march to Heinz Field last fall, but in the end, it was South Fayette that was perfect. The Lions beat the Quips for the second time in four years for the WPIAL Class AA crown, then three weeks later, completed a 16-0 season by adding PIAA gold to their treasure chest. 2013 WPIAL Double-A Headlines: *  South Fayette won their first WPIAL football championship in 1964, then had to wait nearly a half century before winning their second district title in 2010. The wait for number three only lasted four years as Joe Rossi's Lions won the Century Conference,...
Article | Posted 2014/08/05 - 10:11am
In a way, 2013 in Class AAA of the WPIAL was a lot like 2012. Franklin Regional and Mars battled for supremacy in the Greater Allegheny Conference, Thomas Jefferson beat West Mifflin in Week 9 to claim the Big Nine Conference and the Parkway Conference was a meat grinder again, however this time, eventual repeat champion West Allegheny would wear the Parkway crown by themselves instead of sharing it with two others. 2013 WPIAL Triple-A Headlines: *  Not only did West Allegheny repeat as district champions as the Indians claimed gold for the third time in the last five years, but head...
Article | Posted 2014/08/05 - 9:37am
As Countdown to Kickoff 2014 continues each day online, it is a busy week of youth and professional diamond action this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have Frontier League pro baseball featuring the Washington Wild Things as they hit the road for three games before returning to CONSOL Energy Field this weekend while the Pennsylvania Rebellion close out a road trip before they also come home to Washington over the weekend. Speaking of Washington, Pennsylvania, it will once again host the 2014 PONY League World Series starting this week with...
Article | Posted 2014/08/05 - 12:14am
For a fourth straight season, a team from the Northern Eight Conference won the WPIAL Quad-A football championship. However for the first time in four years, it was not the North Allegheny Tigers. Pittsburgh Central Catholic captured district gold for the fourth time and first time since 2007. 2013 WPIAL Quad-A Headlines: *  The most successful title run in Class AAAA history came to an end as the North Allegheny Tigers run of three straight district championships as the Tigers finished third in the Northern eight Conference before falling in the WPIAL Quarterfinals to Upper St. Clair 41...
Article | Posted 2014/08/04 - 9:51am
There are 124 schools in the WPIAL that field a high school football team and 120 of them play a majority of their home games on a Friday night. The kick off times of those Friday games however has almost become a big school, small school split. 19 of the 25 Quad-A schools start their games at the 'traditional' time of 7:30pm while in Triple-A, it is nearly halved with 12 schools kicking off at 7:30pm and 15 teams starting 30 minutes earlier. But in Double-A, 34 of the 37 (Beaver, South Allegheny and South Park the exceptions) and 28 of the 31 in Single-A kick off at the top of the hour...

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