This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2014/10/02 - 12:26pm
Welcome to Week 6 of the high school football season. We have reached the mid-way point in the season—a critical point where some teams make it or break it, step on the gas, or are comfortable setting the cruise control for the remainder of the season.  Chick’s Picks spent some time reflecting on her own first half performance, along with other recent halves of distinction—most notably the Steelers regular season opener against the Browns. The Steelers built a seemingly solid 27-3 lead over the Browns going into halftime.  Battling back, though, the Browns tied the game late in the...
Article | Posted 2014/10/02 - 12:18pm
Laurel Shymansky remembers that golden feeling. She joined forces with Lacey Cohen last fall to bring gold to Fox Chapel High School by winning the 2013 WPIAL Girls Class AAA doubles title. Now she is one win away from winning again, this time with partner Amanda Nord. Meanwhile in Class AA, it is a family feud in the finals as the Quaker Valley HS Bojalad sisters battle the Beaver HS Taylor sisters. The first three rounds of the 2014 district girls doubles tournaments are in the books. Here are the results along with the championship and consolation finals matches set for Thursday afternoon...
Article | Posted 2014/10/01 - 7:57pm
Here are the latest WPIAL girls volleyball standings for the 2014 season, including the latest playoff clinchings. Standings will be updated daily through the regular season, leading up to MSA Sports EXCLUSIVE coverage of the 2014 WPIAL Girls Volleyball Playoffs in October. Also, don't forget to click on the Girls Volleyball sports page for information on the 2014 MSA Sports Hometown Girls Volleyball Program and don't miss the Hometown Girls Volleyball Show every Monday night at 7:00pm here on MSA Sports. Only section record is shown. MSA Sports Hometown Girls Volleyball Program teams are...
Article | Posted 2014/10/01 - 3:58pm
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL boys soccer rankings for the week of September 29th. You can check out the new rankings every Wednesday through the regular season with weekly matches heard live and archived, including exclusive coverage of the 2014 WPIAL Boys Soccer Playoffs and the Pro Grass Girls Soccer Player of the Month in September, October and November ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL BOYS SOCCER CLASS AAA: 1)   UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (12-0-1) (Last Week #1) 2)   PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS  (11-1-0) (Last Week #2) 3)...
Article | Posted 2014/10/01 - 12:44pm
The tension is starting to mount here in the 2014 WPIAL football season. On the field, in the standings and, yes sometimes in the plush MSA Sports World Headquarters as some of the MSA gang have occasionally wandered too close to Mike Azadian’s “Friday Night Eats”. Mitch tends to respond to people taking his pizza the way the 2014 Clairton Bears have responded to not picking up their sixth straight WPIAL championship in 2013, angrily and emphatically. So as we get set to go Big Game Hunting here in week six I warn you Don’t poke the Bears, and don’t eat that last chocolate chip cookie, it’s...
Article | Posted 2014/10/01 - 12:34pm
The Chartiers-Houston girls’ volleyball team notched a critical victory for its playoff bid on Tuesday, as the host Lady Buccaneers captured a straight-sets win over Burgettstown. All three sets were tightly contested, as Chartiers-Houston triumphed 25-20, 25-22, 25-23 to improve its record to 6-2 in Class A Section 6 play. Meanwhile, the Lady Blue Devils fall to 3-5 in section play, and are currently outside the playoff picture. In the opening set, the Buccaneers controlled the play early, but the Blue Devils rebounded to take a 16-13 advantage. Senior libero Kassie Kesneck keyed the...
Article | Posted 2014/10/01 - 6:15am
The Blackhawk Cougars continued on the road towards a possible section title with a 3-1 victory over the Laurel Spartans in WPIAL Section 1-AA girls volleyball action last night in Chippewa Township. The win moves Blackhawk to 8-1 in section play, trailing only Hopewell in the standings at the start of play on Tuesday. Those two teams could meet for the section title on October 16th. Blackhawk took the first game by a 25-18 score, pulling away in the later stages with the help of senior Nikki Beatty with some key points to allow the Cougars to gain a 21-13 advantage which they would not...
Article | Posted 2014/10/01 - 12:45am
We interrupt Buctober to bring you another edition of WPIAL Plays of the Week. Boy, were there some great, close contests throughout week five. It’s amazing to think that we’ve passed the midway point and soon will hop on the Highway to Heinz. We appreciate your attention and, once you check out some of the top moments from Friday night, you may return to your scheduled Blackout (of PNC Park).   1. Highlands 28, Apollo-Ridge 27 In one of the wildest finishes of the 2014 WPIAL football season, Apollo-Ridge’s rally would fall just short, as Highlands would pull off an improbably late...

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