This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2014/10/13 - 4:22pm
Welcome to another edition of “PIHL Notebook” as we continue our full team-by-team preview. Last week we took you inside every team in Class AAA. This week it’s time for Class AA to take center stage. Just like Class AAA, there are no divisions. Unlike AAA, there are two conferences. The West appears to be the more stacked of the two, with defending champion Bishop Canevin, last year’s runner-up Erie Cathedral Prep and 2014 Open Cup winner Baldwin headlining things. In the East, last year’s semifinalists, Armstrong and Hampton, will look to reload and take the final step to Consol Energy...
Article | Posted 2014/10/13 - 3:36pm
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.    PITTSBURGH CENTRAL CATHOLIC VIKINGS  (7-0) (Last Week #2)  (Week Eight - host #4 Pine-Richland on MSA) 2.  ...
Article | Posted 2014/10/12 - 10:37pm
The abacus is fresh and ready to go as we move closer toward the end of the WPIAL football regular season and the opening of the 2014 Highway to Heinz. Some of the 64 postseason berths have been filled but there is plenty more to be decided over the final two weeks of the Stretch Run. In order to help in the on-going battle of fact or fiction, here is the latest WPIAL Football Playoff Picture. CLASS AAAA Foothills Conference: Penn-Trafford Warriors (6-0) have clinched Penn-Trafford can clinch the conference championship with one more victory 10/17:  PLUM 10/24:  NORWIN McKeesport...
Article | Posted 2014/10/12 - 10:26pm
While the 'Stretch Run' continues in high school football, we begin the district boys and girls soccer playoffs while preparing for the WPIAL girls volleyball playoffs this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We move into Week Eight of the 2014 season with 27 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 nine high school football games from District 6 and District 9 along with WPIAL girls...
Article | Posted 2014/10/12 - 1:58pm
One of the busiest high school football Saturday's in the WPIAL took place on the seventh Saturday thanks to Homecoming festivities at Ambridge, Shady Side Academy, Beaver and Burgettown high schools. Plus normal Saturday action at Summit Academy, Riverview and Western Beaver gave us plenty to choose from when 'Stretching' for the starz of the day. Patrick Minenok - New Castle It has been a long season for both New Castle and Ambridge as the two were a combined 2-10 overall coming in, but a Saturday victory would keep the winner in control of their own destiny in the Class AAA Parkway...
Article | Posted 2014/10/12 - 9:45am
Week 6 of the local college football season kick off Northeast Conference play, the PSAC West race for the top spot is a mess with three teams tied atop the leaderboard and W & J continues to roll towards a meeting with Bethany for first place in the PAC next week.  Here are recaps of ALL the games, including two heard here on the Network:  W & J 55 – Grove City 14 The #20 ranked Presidents led 35-0 at the half and cruised to a 5-0 record with the road win at Robert E. Thorn Field. Ryan Ruffing staked W & J to that big lead, scoring four straight touchdowns in the first...
Article | Posted 2014/10/11 - 7:00pm
Here are the latest WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League football standings through Week Seven 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) (Top 4...
Article | Posted 2014/10/11 - 11:34am
Homecoming. A time for students to get all fancied up and trip the light fantastic with their posse at the school dance. Homecoming. A time for alumni return to their high school and reminisce with old friends and share tales of greatness during their Glory Days of their youth. Homecoming. A time to beef up the normally quiet Saturday football slate. Four Homecoming Games add to a very busy Saturday slate of 7 games in Week 7, four of which were heard right here on MSA Sports. Here are ALL of the results. Games marked with (MSA) after them can be heard archived here on the MSA Sports Network...
Article | Posted 2014/10/11 - 11:22am
While the high school football playoffs are Primetime, that would make the three-week Stretch Run that wraps up the regular season the...Twilight?  Whatever you want to call it, there seems each game has more on the line, thus to get to the big stage, you have to come up big in the 'dress rehearsals'. Here are those players that nailed it in Week 7 in the hopes they can do the same come Week 10. Ben DiNucci - Pine-Richland The WPIAL's leading passer in this 2014 season did not fall into a 'trap' in Week Seven. Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci enjoyed the biggest night through the...
Article | Posted 2014/10/10 - 3:00pm
It is the final week of the regular season in WPIAL soccer as boys and girls teams battle for section crowns, playoff seeding and postseason berths. Through Thursday, October 9th, here are the WPIAL boys and girls soccer teams that have punched their ticket for the district playoffs. the WPIAL Soccer Playoff Pairings Show is Wednesday, October 15th at 6:00pm here on MSAsports.net, the home for exclusive coverage for the WPIAL Soccer Playoffs. WPIAL BOYS SOCCER Class AAA: Penn-Trafford Warriors Norwin Knights Hempfield Spartans (Connellsville is still alive) Seneca Valley Raiders North...
Article | Posted 2014/10/10 - 12:48pm
If Braydon Toy isn’t the smallest quarterback in the WPIAL, he ranks down there with the tiny guys. But you will find big statistics in this little Toy. Toy is only 5 feet 6 inches tall, but has been gigantic for the Kittanning Wildcats. He became the starter only last season and has started 16 games. But he went over 4,000 yards offense last week. Toy now has 4,116 yards. This season, he has completed 64 of 106 passes for 1,198 yards and also rushed for 473 yards on 60 carries. He has helped Kittanning to a 4-2 record. A year ago, Toy helped Kittanning to its first undefeated regular season...
Article | Posted 2014/10/10 - 12:28am
“Bend and Stretch, reach for the stars. There goes Moon and here comes Mars.” OK, so maybe I took some liberties with that children’s song just a bit, but the point was that it’s Week 7 and it’s time for the MSA Sports ‘Stretch Run’. The Stretch Run is the final three weeks of the regular season that will help decide conference champions, home field advantage, playoff positioning and postseason berths. Some games are obvious big contests, while others have key elements to them, if not for both teams, than at least one team. Nearly every game in the district has meaning and those with the most...
Article | Posted 2014/10/10 - 12:22am
Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls volleyball rankings for the week ending October 10th. You can check out the new rankings every Friday through the regular season with daily updated girls volleyball standings and weekly matches as well all here on the home for the Hometown Volleyball Program, the MSA Sports Network. Section record in parenthesis. WPIAL CLASS AAA: 1)   SHALER TITANS  (10-0) (Last Week #1) 2)   NORWIN KNIGHTS  (10-1) (Last Week #4) 3)   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (9-1...
Article | Posted 2014/10/10 - 12:17am
The West Allegheny Indians (6-4) kept their playoff hopes alive Thursday by beating the McKeesport Tigers (0-9), winning in sweep set fashion, 25-5, 25-5 and 25-11.  The Indians are preparing for playoff action and they looked the part in this contest.  With scoring runs of 7, 11, 12 and a string of 4-0 runs throughout the first two sets.  Thus, staging the final match clinching set to win the WPIAL AAA Section 5 clash.  Juniors Lauryn Long and Alyssa Placha were great on both sides of the court for the Indians.  Junior Long couldn’t be stopped with her ...
Article | Posted 2014/10/10 - 12:14am
Carlynton (7-3) got a massive fight from underdog Brentwood (3-7), but prevailed 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-15) in a WPIAL Class A Section 2 volleyball showdown on Thursday night at Brentwood High School. With the win the Cougars clinched a WPIAL playoff birth and eliminated Vincentian Academy from a possible postseason appearance. Brentwood was hurt early by a number of unforced errors. The Spartans committed 15 unforced errors in the opening set, but were still able to grab a 13-12 lead thanks to five kills from Sophomore Hannah Livingston. But the Cougars answered with a 7-0 run and were able...

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