This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2014/11/16 - 11:54am
The journey on the Highway to Heinz comes to an end with full day coverage from the Big House on the North Shore this week here on the MSA Sports Network. This years WPIAL Football Playoffs come to an end with all four Championship Games from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh along with the 2014 District Class A Championship Game from Altoona. We also have some winter sports with plenty of PIHL high school hockey contests including two more video-stream games along with men's and women's college basketball, plus...
Article | Posted 2014/11/16 - 10:52am
Regular season play wraps up in the PAC with a big upset and the PSAC State Title Game comes down to the wire. Here are recaps of ALL the games, including two heard here on the Network. Waynesburg 31 – W & J 28 in overtime The 11th ranked Presidents scored in the final minute to force overtime but it was the Yellow Jackets who knock off their hated rivals in the PAC Backyard Brawl and remove W & J from the ranks of the unbeaten. Scott Lewis kicked a 34 yard field goal for the win after Kyle Richey blocked Blake Davis’ attempt for W & J. The Yellow Jackets scored five plays into...
Article | Posted 2014/11/15 - 9:19pm
Another golden soccer ball is headed to the Peters Township High School trophy case after the Indians won the PIAA Class AAA state title Saturday 2-1 at Hersheypark Stadium. The state title is the fourth for Peters Township, which also won in 1988, 1989 and 2007. Meanwhile, there was no back-to-back PIAA crowns for Sewickley Academy. The Panthers, who settled for silver in the district playoffs earlier this month, return home from Hershey with more silver after being blanked by District 11 champion Moravian Academy Friday night 4-0. Here are ALL of the results from the 2014 PIAA Boys...
Article | Posted 2014/11/15 - 7:11pm
So close, and yet so silver for Canon-McMillan. Sabrina Bryan's goal just 32 second into the match would not hold up as Central Bucks West scored with under six minutes left in regulation to force overtime, then tallied the game winner off a free kick as the Bucks prevailed in OT 2-1 Saturday at Hersheypark Stadium. It is the second runner-up trophy for the Big Macs, who lost to Seneca Valley in the district finals. The weekend got off to a rough start Friday when WPIAL Class A champion Greensburg Central Catholic was shutout by District 3 Camp Hill Trinity 3-0. Here are ALL of the...
Article | Posted 2014/11/15 - 6:09pm
2014 has turned out to be a golden year in girls volleyball for Greensburg Central Catholic. On the first of the month, GCC slipped past postseason rival Bishop Canevin to capture their second WPIAL championship in the last three years, then on Saturday in Johnstown, the Centurions won another five-game thriller by edging District 11 champion Marian Catholic. It was a rare state title for a WPIAL team, ending a seven year drought since the West Allegheny Indians won the Class AA crown in 2006. Farrell in 2002 was the last Class A team from the WPIAL to win PIAA girls volleyball gold....
Article | Posted 2014/11/15 - 6:05pm
Over the last two years, Penn Manor, Crestwood and Villa Maria Academy have reached the state title match only to settle for silver. Now one of them has an outright state title, one has a co-championship and the other has more silver. In the end, Penn Manor and Palmyra are AAA co-champs while Villa Maria Academy is the AA title winner. Here are ALL of the final results from the 2014 PIAA Girls Field Hockey Playoffs. 2014 PIAA CLASS AAA FIELD HOCKEY CHAMPIONSHIP: Penn Manor Comets 1 - Palmyra Cougars 1 PIAA CLASS AAA Semifinals: Penn Manor Comets 2 - Central Bucks South Titans 0...
Article | Posted 2014/11/15 - 4:39pm
Including this below article and for the days ahead, there will be a lot of talk about the eight teams that will square off for a WPIAL football championship at Heinz Field to cap off the 2014 District 7 Playoffs. But eight teams that enjoyed OUTSTANDING seasons came up one victory short of taking the full ride on the Highway to Heinz all the way to the North Shore. Five of those eight teams did not lose until Friday night while the other three tasted defeat for only the second time this season. So while we will pay kudos to those players that helped their teams to victories on Final Four...
Article | Posted 2014/11/15 - 12:32am
Ten WPIAL football teams came into Final Four Friday with a perfect 11-0 mark. Half of them are moving on to the finals while the other five suffer with a final mark of 11-1. That's the tough part of losing and seeing your season end one victory away from Heinz Field. Here are recaps from all eight WPIAL Semifinals games that you can hear archived on The Network. A special thanks to Brandon Showers, Josh Rowntree, Cory Campano, Bob Orkwis, Rob Matzie, Pete Blais, Mark Schaas and Sean Meyers for their help on these recaps. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Semifinals: Pine-Richland Rams 42 - ...
Article | Posted 2014/11/14 - 1:15pm
The unkindest cut indeed. Lets examine losing the playoffs, which admittedly is never a good thing. Losing next week in the Finals is rough, but you have memories you can share with your kids and grandkids about playing in the Big House on the North Shore. Losing in the First Round stinks...losing in the Quarterfinals really stinks...but losing in the Semifinals when you are so close to reaching the goal of playing for gold and not getting that chance on the grandest stage REALLY, well, this is a family oriented website so we'll just agree it's bad. Eight teams will have that sick feeling...
Article | Posted 2014/11/14 - 1:15pm
It has been well-documented how Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci has turned out to be one of the most prolific passers in the history of the WPIAL. But DiNucci also has benefitted from a terrific one-two receiving punch. It looks like you could call seniors D’ondre Gastion and Mike Merhaut are a receiving duo for the ages. There are no records available for best receiving one-two punches, but you can bet you will be hard-pressed to find many duos from the same team who have been as productive as Gastion and Merhaut. How many teams have had two receivers with 100 or more career catches?...
Article | Posted 2014/11/13 - 9:29pm
While the WPIAL Football Playoffs hit Final Four Friday, other neighboring districts in Western Pennsylvania continued their gridiron postseason this weekend. All of these district football playoffs eventually funnel into the 2014 PIAA Football Playoffs and the Road to Hershey next weekend. Here are ALL the results from Friday and Saturday in the District 5, District 6, District 9 and District 10 playoffs. DISTRICT 6/8/9/10 CLASS AAAA Semifinals: Erie McDowell Trojans 35 - Brashear Bulls 6 State College Little Lions 29 - DuBois Beavers 7 DISTRICT 5/6/9/10 CLASS AAA Championship Game: Somerset...
Article | Posted 2014/11/13 - 4:47pm
The PSAC State Title Game comes to Slippery Rock, Rivarly Week takes place in the PAC and the NEC continues finish up conference play. Here are previews of ALL the games, incluidng two that can be heard in on the Network.  Westminster(3-6) at Geneva(3-6)   1pm on WBVP 1230-AM/WMBA 1460-AM and the MSA Sports Network It’s the rivalry known simply as “The Game” and has been played 117 times. The Titans lead the series 64-44-8. The Titans are 3-4 in the PAC, coming off a 41-7 victory over Grove City. QB Paul Columbo accounted for five touchdowns in the victory. The freshman threw...
Article | Posted 2014/11/13 - 3:48pm
We’ve reached the midway point of the 2014 WPIAL Football Playoffs and has the Highway To Heinz ever been better? Seeds 1, 2, 3 and 5 make up every final four in each classification as we head into the Semifinals. But before we get there, let’s take a look back at a remarkable Quarterfinal Round with the Plays of the Week: 1. Ringgold 21, Hampton 20 (OT) The only WPIAL Quarterfinal game to reach overtime was certainly a thriller. Most thought that the 4-5 matchup in AAA would be a good one and, boy, did it live up to the hype. After reaching overtime tied 14-14, Ringgold would score on the...
Article | Posted 2014/11/13 - 3:10pm
Welcome to Week 12 of the high school football season. It has been a long journey down the Highway to Heinz this season.  Approaching the last exit on the distinguished roadway, Chick’s Picks thought it would be an appropriate time for the entire MSA Sports crew to stop for a bite to eat. Leading the way, Chick’s Picks chose her favorite downtown restaurant.  As the crew gathered in the lobby, the host approached—and was astonished when he saw who was in the party. “Why, Ms. Picks, it is an honor to host you and your friends in our establishment,” he said as he led the crew to their...
Article | Posted 2014/11/12 - 2:53pm
The Final off ramp on the Highway to Heinz is here and the WPIAL Football playoff Steering Committee is celebrating one of their finest moments ever. Each classification features seeds 1,2,3 and 5 still standing as we get set for semi-final Friday. The semi-finals feature the top three passers in the WPIAL and the top two rushers for the year are still alive as well. All the games are fantastic and so we at Big Game Hunting must make "Sophie's Choice" in each classification. We do not have any problem with that. You can send your complaints to drebel@MSASports.net. AAAA: #2 Penn-Trafford...

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