This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2016/08/26 - 9:01pm
The Midwestern Athletic Conference has had a rich history. In the 60’s and 70’s it was New Castle, showing why the Red Hurricanes are among Pennsylvania’s most historic programs. The late 80’s brought the addition of Aliquippa, setting up historic meetings with Riverside. Since the mid 90’s, the conference hadn’t changed much as the Quips, along with Beaver Falls, New Brighton and Beaver have been at the top of the standings. With the move to 6 classes, some new teams take up residence in the MAC. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, Neshannock, Riverside and South Side Beaver move up to AA, while...
Article | Posted 2016/08/26 - 4:38pm
For the first time ever, the high school football season opens up not in Week One, but in the newly created Week Zero. When the PIAA gave members schools across the 12 districts the choice between playing a second scrimmage and a Week Zero non-conference game, it was a split decision in the WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League, with half the schools staying old school with a second scrimmage on Friday and the other half going Primetime with actual games. Here is the First Friday night high school football district slate to 'officially' kickoff the new six classification era. Check back later for...
Article | Posted 2016/08/26 - 10:21am
The Three Rivers Conference was demolished after 1999, just two years before Three Rivers Stadium was demolished. But the Three Rivers Conference has come back to life. With six classifications in Pennsylvania football this year, new conferences were formed in the WPIAL. The eight teams in this Class 2A section decided to call themselves the Three Rivers Conference. The funny thing is, only one team (Carlynton) that is a member of the Three Rivers this season also was in the last Three Rivers Conference in 1999. Here is a look at the new Three Rivers Conference: AVONWORTH ANTELOPES The...
Article | Posted 2016/08/24 - 11:07pm
Each and every Monday during the regular season, the MSA Sports Network will rank the Top Ten football teams in each of the six classifications. With days to go before the 2015 WPIAL football season kicks off with Week Zero, we present our Preseason Top Ten teams...with the Top Ten in Class 4-A. Final 2015 record is in parenthesis. WPIAL CLASS 4-A PRE-SEASON WPIAL FOOTBALL TOP SEVEN: 1.    SOUTH FAYETTE LIONS  (12-1) (Week Zero - vs Central Valley on MSA) 2.    THOMAS JEFFERSON JAGUARS  (11-3) (Week Zero - scrimmage vs Baldwin) 3....
Article | Posted 2016/08/24 - 4:06pm
You could say the road to the top of the Interstate has gone through Washington in recent years. Washington won the Class 2A Interstate Conference three of the past four years. But a journey through the Interstate this year will not include a stop at Washington. Under the new classification system, Washington is longer in the Interstate. The Little Prexies are a Class 2A team. The departure of Washington isn’t the only change in the Interstate. Charleroi, Burgettstown and Brownsville also have dropped to Class 2A. Meanwhile, the Interstate adds Elizabeth Forward and Yough, which played in 3A...
Article | Posted 2016/08/23 - 5:52pm
Each and every Monday during the regular season, the MSA Sports Network will rank the Top Ten football teams in each of the six classifications. With days to go before the 2015 WPIAL football season kicks off with Week Zero, we present our Preseason Top Ten teams...with the Top Ten in Class 5-A. Final 2015 record is in parenthesis. WPIAL CLASS 5-A PRE-SEASON WPIAL FOOTBALL TOP SEVEN: 1.    WEST ALLEGHENY INDIANS  (8-3) (Week Zero - scrimmage vs Trinity) 2.    UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (5-5) (Week Zero - scrimmage vs Franklin Regional...
Article | Posted 2016/08/23 - 5:32pm
The Allegheny Conference in the new six classification format looks a lot like the old Allegheny Conference – with a little southern flavor to it. Six of the teams in the 2016 Allegheny are longtime members Apollo-Ridge, Burrell, Deer Lakes, Freeport, Shady Side Academy and Valley. Those who departed are Highlands, West Shamokin and Summit Academy. Highlands will play in 4A, Summit Academy in 1A while West Shamokin dropped out of the WPIAL. Giving the Allegheny a southern twist are Keystone Oaks and Seton-LaSalle. They are examples of two teams that were drastically affected by the six-class...
Article | Posted 2016/08/22 - 11:23pm
Each and every Monday during the regular season, the MSA Sports Network will rank the Top Ten football teams in each of the six classifications. The lone exception will be 6-A. With only 14 teams in the class, we will rank the Top Seven teams each week. With days to go before the 2015 WPIAL football season kicks off with Week Zero, we present our Preseason Top Ten teams...with the Top Seven in Class 6-A. Final 2015 record is in parenthesis. WPIAL CLASS 6-A PRE-SEASON WPIAL FOOTBALL TOP SEVEN: 1.    PITTSBURGH CENTRAL CATHOLIC VIKINGS  (15-1) (Week Zero - vs...
Article | Posted 2016/08/22 - 11:08pm
With schools either electing to move up or just taking the jump in class, what could be a new super conference in Class AAA was formed. The Parkway may be no more but the Beaver Valley Conference might rival the Parkway in toughness. With only 3 AAA conferences and just 8 teams making the playoffs, it means that there will be at least 1, if not 2 or more teams that deserve to make the playoffs, now will not qualify for the post-season. Here is a preview of each team and the predicted order of finish. ALIQUIPPA QUIPS The Quips are the current AA champs and PIAA runner up after a 15-1 season....
Article | Posted 2016/08/22 - 6:03pm
WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League schools had a choice to make this week. Under PIAA rules, teams could either play the traditional second scrimmage or schedule an exhibition game. It was a split decision. of the 128 WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League high school football teams, 64 decided to go with the scrimmage while 64 decided that one scrimmage was enough and it was time to start the season early...thus Week Zero is upon us. We will have all the Friday (8/26) and Saturday (8/27) game schedules later this week. However here, we run down the second scrimmage schedule for those schools...
Article | Posted 2016/08/22 - 2:33pm
Countdown to Kickoff 2016 and Frontier League baseball continue to share the spotlight this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We continue to prepare you every day for the upcoming high school football season with CTK '16 and will lift the curtain in a new high school football season with action from the very first Week Zero. The Network is also the only place to turn for audio and video coverage of the Washington Wild Things, as they host both the Traverse City beach Bums and the Joliet Slammers in the final games at CONSOL...
Article | Posted 2016/08/21 - 11:52pm
While realignment created some radically different conferences for the upcoming football season, the 4-A Big Nine bears a tremendous resemblance to the former AAA Big 10 Conference. Eight of those teams made the transition to the Big Nine, while only Yough and Elizabeth Forward moved elsewhere. In their place, Greensburg Salem, formerly of the AAA Greater Allegheny Conference, has joined the section. Thus, many of the rivalries are already in place in the section, and teams and coaches will have a high level of familiarity. A notable difference for this season, though, is that only four teams...
Article | Posted 2016/08/21 - 11:30pm
With the coming of six classifications, some conferences were merged into others. Gone is the Parkway Conference, one of the toughest in the nation. Also gone is the Greater Allegheny, known for some REALLY long bus trips over a 5 county area. Now we have the Northwest Nine, a combination of the two above mentioned with a little Century Conference thrown in. Let’s preview the new conference, which is sure to be exciting for fans over the next 2 years. AMBRIDGE BRIDGERS The Bridgers finished 5-5 last season and made the playoffs for the first time since 2005 out of the Parkway Conference....
Article | Posted 2016/08/19 - 9:25am
The 5A Big East Conference bares a strong resemblance for the former Quad-A Foothills Conference, as Connellsville, Greater Latrobe, Kiski Area, McKeesport, Penn-Trafford and Plum all remain intact. The other three spots, though, are comprised of teams previously in the AAA Greater Allegheny Conference, Franklin Regional, Gateway and Armstrong. Six of the nine squads qualified for the postseason last year, with Penn-Trafford reaching Heinz Field for the Quad-A title game and McKeesport also ranking among Quad-A's best. If the Warriors and Tigers take even a slight step back this year, though...
Article | Posted 2016/08/18 - 2:55pm
One of the best aspects of the football realignment is the potential to build new and exciting rivalries. The Allegheny Nine Conference certainly provides some captivating possibilities, as former Quad-A Powerhouses Woodland Hills and Upper St. Clair are now joined by an elite team from AAA, West Allegheny. Six of the nine teams qualified for the postseason in 2015, with North Hills, Hampton and Chartiers Valley joining the aforementioned three. Meanwhile, two teams that finished at the bottom of their respective Quad-A conferences, Baldwin and Fox Chapel, join former AAA squad Moon to round...

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