This Month's Articles

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 2016 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...
Article | Posted 2016/08/17 - 9:35pm
A conference in the WPIAL’s largest classification that is made up of southern suburban teams … and doesn’t include Upper St. Clair? That might seem strange, but that is how things shake down this year under the new six classification system that the PIAA put in place. The Class 6A Southeastern Conference has seven teams, including Mt. Lebanon and Bethel Park. But not Upper St. Clair. Under the new system, determined by school enrollments, Upper St. Clair will play Class 5A. The rivalry games between Upper St. Clair and Mt. Lebanon, and Upper St. Clair and Bethel Park, are no more. The new 6A...
Article | Posted 2016/08/17 - 12:04am
When the WPIAL made conferences for the new 6A classification, a big questions was where to put Pittsburgh Central Catholic? Competitive balance apparently wasn’t an issue for the WPIAL. The WPIAL bosses put Central Catholic in the Northern Seven Conference – and essentially made the Northern Seven much stronger than the other 6A Conference (Southeastern). Central Catholic has played in the northern suburban conference before, but the WPIAL also put Penn Hills – an east suburban school – into the Northern Seven. There were many who thought Central Catholic would be placed in the Southeastern...
Article | Posted 2016/08/16 - 11:49pm
Pittsburgh Central Catholic is ranked in the top 20 in some national preseason polls. To MSA Sports, the Vikings have three players who rank among the top 11 in the WPIAL. Three Central Catholic players have been selected to the MSA Sports Elite 11 preseason team. The squad is made up of the top 11 players in the WPIAL and is picked by the MSA Sports staff. The three Central Catholic players named to the Elite 11 are lineman C.J. Thorpe, lineman Kurt Hinish and linebacker David Adams. All three seniors already are commited to Division I colleges. Thorpe will attend Penn State while Adams and...
Article | Posted 2016/08/16 - 12:23am
FINALLY! High school football camps throughout Pennsylvania opened for business on Monday. That means district teams have five days of practice before they hit the field for either the first of two scrimmages or perhaps their only scrimmage in preparation for the season. All Pennsylvania high school football teams have the option to either play the normal two scrimmages or play one scrimmage this week then play a non-conference season opener in Week Zero on August 26th and 27th. Scrimmage number one takes place this Saturday, August 20th on fields around Southwestern Pennsylvania. Here is a...
Article | Posted 2016/08/15 - 10:59pm
New Faces - New Places - New Hopes - New Dreams. While there were two fewer coaching changes this off-season then before the 2015 campaign, there were a couple of big names that hung up the whistle after last fall. Legendary McKeesport coach George Smith retired for a second time while record setting coach Tom Nola exited at Gateway. There are a lot of rookie head coaches getting their first crack, and some coaches who are just changing hats and addresses. Whatever the case, there are 17 coaching changes coming into this 2016 season. Here are the new football coaches that will be running...
Article | Posted 2016/08/15 - 8:09am
High school football camps are now open around the WPIAL in preparation for the 2016 season as Countdown to Kickoff 2016 and Frontier League baseball continue 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. The Network is also the only place to turn for audio and video coverage of the Washington Wild Things, as they visit Traverse City for three games before returning home to CONSOL Energy Park to face Schaumburg this weekend, plus we have...

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