This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2014/10/22 - 1:59pm
The 2014 regular season comes to a close Friday with so much still on the line for so many teams. Conference titles, playoff seedings and playoff spots up for grabs galore on…”The Network”! A moment first, to shout out, “Congratulations”, to the teams and kids who fought so valiantly but find themselves on the outside of the playoff picture. Your fight WAS worth it, you will be better for the rest of your days because of what you put into football, I promise you that. Your memories will be of the great moments, no matter how small, and the great relationships you created simply by showing up...
Article | Posted 2014/10/22 - 12:54am
  Only one more week remains in the 2014 WPIAL football regular season. But before we get there, let’s look back one last time at a thrilling eighth week that featured big games, bigger wins and tons of playoff clinchings. All in all, it was a great appetizer to the entrée that will be week nine. So let’s dive into the top plays of week eight:   1. Pine-Richland 48, Pittsburgh Central Catholic 28 A massive win for the underdog, as Pine-Richland knocked off the Vikings in front of a capacity crowd at Highmark Stadium. While the final score looked blowout-ish, this was a tight game...
Article | Posted 2014/10/21 - 9:49pm
A pair of WPIAL golfers won state crowns in the two day PIAA Individual Golf Championships Tuesday at the Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center in York. A pair of sophomores, Sewickley Academy's Jason Li and Greensburg Central Catholic's Olivia Zambruno held on to win Class AA state titles after leading or being tied for first after Day One on Monday. Li, who finished tied for ninth in the WPIAL Class AA championships last month, shot a par-72 on Monday and a one over-73 on Tuesday to beat Roland Massimino of New Hope Solebury by four strokes. Evan Long of Laurel finished tied for...
Article | Posted 2014/10/21 - 8:26am
Each and every Monday during the regular season, the MSA Sports Network will rank the Top Ten WPIAL football teams in each of the four classifications. Every Friday and Saturday during the high school football season, we have the best coverage with over 30 broadcasts each weekend with updated scores and standings here on your exclusive home for the 2014 WPIAL Football Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL CLASS AAAA FOOTBALL TOP TEN: 1.    PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (8-0) (Last Week #4)  (Week Nine - host Peters Township) 2.    WOODLAND HILLS...
Article | Posted 2014/10/20 - 12:39pm
Welcome to another edition of “PIHL Notebook” as we continue our comprehensive preview of the 2014-15 high school hockey season. Today we take a look at the teams vying for the Class A championship. Class A has the most complex breakdown of the new alignment, split into two tiers with two conferences in each. Tier 1 is, fittingly, the more stacked of the two. Three of last year’s final four will compete in the Western Conference, including defending champion Quaker Valley, while McDowell and Montour join from the Open Division and Class AA respectively. The Eastern Conference includes Chiefs...
Article | Posted 2014/10/19 - 1:24pm
Purchasing a ticket to ride on the Highway to Heinz can be easy or can become very complicated. Some conferences like the Class AA Allegheny Conference are smooth sailing into Week Nine. Meanwhile, it's like the Highway to Hell trying to figure out the Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference. Hey, if it was easy, everybody could do it. Thus with abacus in hand, here is the WPIAL Football Playoff Picture heading into the final week of the regular season. CLASS AAAA Foothills Conference: Penn-Trafford Warriors (7-0) have clinched Penn-Trafford has clinched at least a share of the conference...
Article | Posted 2014/10/19 - 11:56am
While the 'Stretch Run' concludes in high school football, we continue the district playoffs and championships of several other fall high school sports this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We wrap up the regular season with Week Nine and 29 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 WPIAL girls volleyball and girls...
Article | Posted 2014/10/19 - 11:16am
Week 7 of the district college football season saw two PSAC West foes travel to Ann Arbor for a meeting in the Big House, a battle for first place in the Coal Bowl, and two more first place match ups in the PAC and NEC.  Here are recaps of ALL the games, including two heard here on the Network:  Mercyhurst 45 – Slippery Rock 23 In the Big House Battle at Michigan Stadium, the Lakers scored 28 points in the second half and held the Rock off the board to claim the win before over 15 thousand fans. Slippery Rock took the lead 86 seconds into the game on a Jared Buck 52 yard pass to...
Article | Posted 2014/10/19 - 9:17am
There were six WPIAL teams in action on the Eighth Saturday of the 2014 high school football season and only one of them will be enjoying a ride on the Highway to Heinz in two weeks. While it has been a season to shine for defending Class A champion Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, the days other two road warriors, Mohawk and Riverview also had reason to be beaming on an overcast, chilly day. Here are the standouts from Saturday. Cayne Yakubic - Mohawk Mohawk will be home for the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season, but there is hope for the future thanks to the 'Pinball Wizard'....
Article | Posted 2014/10/18 - 8:31pm
Here are the latest WPIAL and the FINAL Pittsburgh City League football standings through Week Eight of the 2014 high school football season...including the latest WPIAL playoff clinchings for the Highway to Heinz. This year we have added points for, point against and the updated WPIAL tiebreaker points for all 124 teams. Standings are updated after Friday and Saturday's scholastic gridiron action each week. Standings can be also seen on each teams football webpage here on the MSA Sports Network. (Top 5 teams from AAAA and AAA conferences qualify for playoffs plus a sixth place wild card team...
Article | Posted 2014/10/18 - 7:15pm
Neshannock High School has never gotten much attention for football, and not just because the small Lawrence County school is on the outer edges of the WPIAL. Neshannock hasn’t gotten much attention because the football team had been one of the least successful in WPIAL history – until lately. What is going on the past few seasons at Neshannock is really one of the biggest turnaround stories in the WPIAL in a long time. And this year, the story might have a perfect ending. Neshannock is 8-0 after a 49-14 victory against Chartiers-Houston Friday night. A victory in the final regular-season...
Article | Posted 2014/10/18 - 9:51am
While most of the football games on the Week Eight Friday night schedule had some sort of playoff implication tied into it, that was not the case for the three games on the Saturday slate. Instead of the 'P' word being playoffs, the word for four of the six teams in action is pride.  Only defending district and state Class A champion Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic played Saturday with any guarantees of playing meaningful football come Week Ten. Here are the three results as the road teams swept on the eighth Saturday of the WPIAL football season. WPIAL CLASS AA Midwestern Athletic...
Article | Posted 2014/10/18 - 9:35am
Some coaches will tell you that a win is a win is a win. But if you look closely at some of the victories on the eighth Friday of the WPIAL football season, you would see that is not true. Some triumphs kept undefeated seasons alive, some kept conference championships alive, some were key playoff positioning wins while others just kept playoff hopes alive while others were accomplished with a group of young men just playing for school pride. No matter how you label it, these players performed at the top of their games Friday while enjoying the sweet taste of victory after. Ben DiNucci - Pine-...
Article | Posted 2014/10/17 - 1:43am
While next week is Rivalry Week as we conclude the regular season, this is the week of focus. You know what coaches and players say all the time…“one game at a time”…”we can’t look past our next opponent”…”our biggest game is the next game”. They are tired clichés, but usually the teams that adhere to them avoid upsets and will still be playing in two weeks. Here are ALL the finals as the Stretch Run continues on the Eighth Friday of the season.  Games with (MSA) following can be heard archived here on The Network. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Foothills Conference:...
Article | Posted 2014/10/17 - 1:37am
Here is the FINAL edition of the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls volleyball rankings for the 2014 regular season. However this time, we will rank ALL of the district playoff teams in each classification instead of just the top ten teams. Monday, we will have the 2014 WPIAL Girls Volleyball Playoff Pairings Show on Monday at 6:00pm as we begin our exclusive two week coverage of the district playoffs ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network. Final section record in parenthesis. WPIAL CLASS AAA:  (16 Teams - No Bye's, No Preliminary Round Matches) 1)  ...

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