This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2016/09/27 - 1:49pm
As the 2016 football regular season nears the halfway point, several teams have already positioned themselves in a great spot for the playoffs. Other teams, meanwhile, have begun to play with desperation as they cling to postseason aspirations. To that point, this week's top plays feature a perennial powerhouse that used a comeback to secure a much-needed win, a controversial finish to a thriller in 6A, a historic shootout among two top teams in 3A, and the decisive score in a defensive struggle. Without further adieu, here are the plays that stood above the rest. 1. Franklin Regional 24,...
Article | Posted 2016/09/27 - 9:43am
Here are the latest WPIAL girls soccer standings in each of the four classifications for the 2016 season. Standings will be updated daily through the regular season, leading up to MSA Sports EXCLUSIVE coverage of the 2016 WPIAL Girls Soccer Playoffs. Weekly Top Ten WPIAL girls soccer rankings come out every Tuesday on MSasports.net Click on each team to see all of their results along with their remaining schedule for the 2016 season. (Top FOUR teams from each section qualify for playoffs) # = Clinched Section Title * = Clinched Playoff Berth x = Eliminated From Playoff Chase...
Article | Posted 2016/09/26 - 11:55pm
While Norwin's girls basketball team has garnered headlines recently for winning back-to-back WPIAL championships, the Knights' girls volleyball program has been very accomplished in recent seasons, as well. Just a few years ago, Norwin's Catherine Ferragonio established herself as one of the top players in the district, and helped guide the Knights to a section crown and playoff success. Now, Ferragonio is showing her abilities at Clarion University. She's profiled in this week's installment of the WPIAL Alum Q&A. Ferragonio was a three-year letterwinner playing under her mother, Mary...
Article | Posted 2016/09/26 - 4:00pm
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 Four of the 2016 high school football season. WPIAL CLASS 6-A WPIAL FOOTBALL TOP SEVEN: 1.    PITTSBURGH CENTRAL CATHOLIC VIKINGS  (4-1) (Last Week #1.....Week Five - host #2 Pine-Richland on MSA) 2.    PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (4-1) (Last Week #2.....Week Five - at #1 Pittsburgh Central Catholic on MSA) 3.   ...
Article | Posted 2016/09/26 - 11:26am
Here are the latest WPIAL football standings through Week Four 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 place wild...
Article | Posted 2016/09/25 - 10:40pm
We close out the month of September and welcome in what will be a busy October with our first WPIAL championship of the new school year this week here on the MSA Sports Network. The high school football season hits the midway point of the regular season with Week Five and The Network has 31 WPIAL football weekend contests starting with the MSA Sports pregame Show Friday at 6pm and concluding with the WPIAL Scoreboard Show Friday at 9:30pm. We also have seven District 6 and District 9 high school football games, WPIAL boys and...
Article | Posted 2016/09/25 - 9:15am
Here are the latest WPIAL boys soccer standings in each of the four classifications for the 2016 season. Standings will be updated daily through the regular season, leading up to MSA Sports EXCLUSIVE coverage of the 2016 WPIAL Boys Soccer Playoffs. Weekly Top Ten WPIAL boys soccer rankings come out every Wednesday on MSasports.net Click on each team to see all of their results along with their remaining schedule for the 2016 season. (Top FOUR teams from each section qualify for playoffs) # = Clinched Section Title * = Clinched Playoff Berth x = Eliminated From Playoff Chase...
Article | Posted 2016/09/25 - 9:11am
Here are the latest WPIAL girls volleyball standings for the 2016 season. Standings will be updated daily through the regular season, leading up to MSA Sports EXCLUSIVE coverage of the 2016 WPIAL Girls Volleyball Playoffs in October. Also, don't forget to click on the Hometown Broadcast Program tab under High Schools for information on this falls MSA Sports Hometown Girls Volleyball Program and tune in for the Hometown Girls Volleyball Show on Monday nights at 7:00pm here on MSA Sports. Only section record is shown.  Click on the team to see their section results and remaining section...
Article | Posted 2016/09/25 - 8:56am
Both of the Saturday afternoon football games in the WPIAL in Week Four matched teams with postseason expectations trying to stay near the top of their respective conferences taking on teams that were trying to snap losing skids that already have put their playoff hopes in jeopardy. In the end, the two favorites were victorious thanks to a couple large performances on the ground. Jayvaun Shears - McKeesport The orchestra leader this season of the famed McKeesport flex-bone offense had it rough early on. Quarterback Jayvaun Shears had little running room and was forced into some decisions that...
Article | Posted 2016/09/24 - 10:17am
Last week was the lightest Saturday football schedule in the WPIAL for the 2016 season. This week, we doubled our total for the second lightest scholastic slate in the district this year. It would have been another one-and-done this week if not for a Homecoming game special in Class 5-A. So Week Four has now concluded with a pair of WPIAL afternoon football games that were heard here on The Network. WPAIL CLASS 5-A Big East Conference: McKeesport Tigers 52 - Plum Mustangs 24  (MSA) WPIAL CLASS 1-A Eastern Conference: Bishop Canevin Crusaders 35 - Riverview Raiders 0  (MSA)
Article | Posted 2016/09/24 - 10:10am
When it comes to arithmetic, I am at about the same level as Jethro Bodine from the famed Beverly Hillbillies. It's all about 'Gozintas'. If you are left scratching your head at the first sentence, let me explain. three Gozinta six two times. Four Gozinta 24 six times. And so on and so forth. Last night around the WPIAL, high school football teams were putting up numbers as if they were playing Techmo Bowl (pre Madden for you youngsters) instead of actual football on actual playing fields. The first Autumn Friday of the season saw scoreboards lighting up like it was a Christmas tree on the...
Article | Posted 2016/09/23 - 1:12am
One week after the busiest Friday of the WPIAL football regular season, we followed up with the second busiest high school gridiron slate of the 2016 campaign. With one-third of the season in the books, we are starting to get a feel for who is in the playoff chase for good and who is prepping that spoilers cap for an October debut. Week Four also marked the first Friday of Autumn. Let the Fall fun begin!! Here are all of the final results. CLASS 6-A Northern Seven Conference: Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings  42  -  Seneca Valley Raiders  14  (F) North...
Article | Posted 2016/09/23 - 12:32am
At Mapletown, Rush rushes. A lot. Dylan Rush is a junior running back at Mapletown who has enjoyed a big season so far. He is the second-leading rusher in the WPIAL with 1,027 yards. The only running back who is ahead of him is Armstrong’s Zane Dudek, who has 1,201. Rush stands only 5 feet 9 and weighs 180 pounds. You have to wonder how strong Rush’s back is, because he is carrying the Mapletown team on it. Rush’s number of carries isn’t on the high side. It’s on the ridiculous side. In four games, Rush has carried the ball 147 times. That’s 36.8 times a game. The rest of Mapletown’s team has...
Article | Posted 2016/09/22 - 10:32am
Welcome to Week 4 of the high school football season.  Chick’s Picks spends many days on the road, particularly early in the season.  Her surging popularity demands her presence at various high schools throughout the WPIAL.  This past Friday, though, Chick’s Picks thought that she should probably make some time to visit with The Boss at MSA Sports World Headquarters. At the end of a long day at her 9-5, Chick’s Picks and her trusty crystal ball hit the road.  Chick’s Picks suffered through more than enough Liberty Bridge closure-related Parkway traffic, but kept telling...
Article | Posted 2016/09/22 - 10:20am
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls volleyball rankings in all four classifications for the week of September 19th...including another NEW #1 team in Class 4-A. You can check out the new rankings every Thursday through the regular season with weekly matches heard live and archived, including Hometown Volleyball broadcasts each week. You can also listen to exclusive coverage of the 2016 WPIAL Volleyball Playoffs in October ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network. Section records listed. WPIAL GIRLS VOLLEYBALL CLASS 4-A: 1)    UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (5-0...

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