This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2014/10/26 - 9:48pm
Every Monday during the regular season, MSA Sports ranks the top ten teams in each classification, which makes for great debate. This week, we don't rank, we seed the 16 playoff teams in each classification, much like the WPIAL steering committee will do on Monday. Only rules are the top two teams in each conference plus two third place teams in AAAA and AAA hold a First Round home game...and teams from same conference do not play in Round One. In the past couple of years, the WPIAL has used some creative seeding for stronger teams that were not hosting opening round games, but it doesn't...
Article | Posted 2014/10/26 - 10:58am
We are all set to cut the ribbon and take a ride on the 2014 version of the Highway to Heinz starting this week here on the MSA Sports Network. After the WPIAL Football Playoff Pairings Show on Monday, we'll be set for First Round action on Friday with ALL 32 games ONLY here on The Network 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 the WPIAL Semifinals and Championship in boys and...
Article | Posted 2014/10/26 - 10:31am
Week 8 of the district college football slate saw an upset in the NEC, W & J continues to look for another PAC title and Geneva ended a long losing streak. Here are recaps of ALL the games, including two heard here on the Network: W & J 34 – Case Western Reserve 24 The 16th ranked Presidents remained unbeaten and on top of the PAC standings with the win at Cameron Stadium. Ryan Ruffing ran for 111 yards and scored four touchdowns in the win, three of those scores came in the second half, as the Presidents trailed 9-6 at the break. Ruffing opened the scoring on a 4 yard run, but the...
Article | Posted 2014/10/26 - 8:58am
Rivalry weekend came to an end Saturday, as did the 9-week District 7 regular season. Sure, teams that did not qualify could opt to play a 'Week 10' game to extend the season, but sadly, most schools pass on that opportunity to work on their game one final time in 2014. So it is that the curtain came down with two Class A rivalries on center stage, one in the AK Valley and and one in Beaver County. Here are the two players that shined brightest on a sunny afternoon. Nathan Block - South Side Beaver To turn around a program, you need plenty of building blocks. At South Side Beaver, it turns...
Article | Posted 2014/10/25 - 8:46pm
Three District 7 girls tennis teams turned the PIAA Class AAA Final Four into a WPIAL block party, and in the end Saturday in Hershey, the defending champion was golden again. The North Allegheny Tigers defeated the Mount Lebanon Blue Devils in the state Semifinals, then ousted the Shady Side Academy Indians in a WPIAL title match rematch to win a second consecutive PIAA Class AAA state crown. The championship marks the 8th consecutive year that a WPIAL team has brough home gold in the PIAA Class AAA playoffs. Meanwhile the drought continues in Class AA where District 10 champion...
Article | Posted 2014/10/25 - 6:17pm
Here are the FINAL WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League football standings through Week Nine of the 2014 high school football season...including the FINAL 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 2014/10/25 - 4:57pm
Here are the latest 2014-2015 standings for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League. You can follow the PIHL high school hockey season with weekly broadcasts, the PIHL Notebook every Monday and the PIHL Power Play Show starting December on Wednesday nights at 8:00pm right here on the MSA Sports Network. PIHL CLASS AAA TEAM W L T POINTS GF GA Bethel Park 4 0 0 8...
Article | Posted 2014/10/25 - 10:34am
Who needs two?  The final two games of the nine week WPIAL football regular season took place on a pleasant Saturday afternoon in Western Pennsylvania. It was a fitting way to conclude rivalry week as well al long time rivals in the AK Valley and in Beaver County met to do battle with both game here on the MSA Sports Network. Here are the final scores from both contests as we say so long regular season and prepare for the postseason. WPIAL CLASS A Eastern Conference: Springdale Dynamos 28 - Riverview Raiders 12  (MSA) WPIAL CLASS A Big 7 Conference: South Side Beaver Rams 28 -...
Article | Posted 2014/10/25 - 9:56am
Rivalry week brought the curtain down on the Friday edition of the 2014 WPIAL football regular season as teams scrambled for playoff spots or playoff positioning. Another great evening weather wise brought forth another batch of sweet performances from players throughout all four classifications. For some, it was a final tune-up to Primetime and the district postseason. For others, it was one final time to shine before the uniforms and pads are turned in sometime next week.  Here are the players who Rocked Out on Pink Out night around Southwestern Pennsylvania. T.J. Holl - Seneca Valley...
Article | Posted 2014/10/24 - 10:49pm
The 64 playoff football teams and their positions out of their respective conferences are now set. Only one Class A question remains as we head into the final day of the 2014 campaign. Now it is up to the WPIAL football steering committee to seed the 16 teams in each classification. Here are ALL of the final WPIAL playoff teams and their position through the final Friday of the regular season. CLASS AAAA Foothills Conference: Penn-Trafford Warriors (8-0) have clinched CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP McKeesport Tigers (7-1) have clinched Second Place Altoona Mountain Lions (6-2) have...
Article | Posted 2014/10/24 - 2:07pm
Has there ever been a WPIAL football regular season that was so perfect as this one? Probably not. Fourteen teams go into the final night of the regular season with undefeated records. Two of them play (West Allegheny at Central Valley). That means there could be 13 teams that finish the regular season with perfect records. That would be the most in the WPIAL in a long time. Possibly ever. Checking records going back 37 years, there has never been a WPIAL season with 13 undefeated and untied teams (there used to no overtime in WPIAL football). It seems this perfection thing has become much...
Article | Posted 2014/10/24 - 10:52am
53 teams had clinched their ticket to ride on the golden highway starting next week, which left 11 spots up for grabs along with several conference titles, home field advantage in round one spots and increased seeding opportunities on the final Friday of the regular season. Some may call it Rivalry Week…we just refer to it as Decision Friday. With a tint of Pink Out magic in the air, here is a rundown of the results for the ninth and final Friday of the District 7 regular season. Games with (MSA) following can be heard live and archived here on The Network. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Foothills...
Article | Posted 2014/10/24 - 12:07am
On the boys’ side, North Allegheny once again shined, as the Tigers cruised to a team victory, led by individual winner Matt McGoey, who edged teammate Hunter Wharrey for the top spot. (Photo: NA duo Matt McGoey right and Hunter Wharrey left, finished 1-2 in boys AAA race) NA finished with 47 points, considerably ahead of Canon-McMillan and Mount Lebanon. In Class AA, Zach Skolnekovich of Quaker Valley claimed the title, improving upon his third-place finish from 2013. Four teams in the classification qualified for the PIAA Championship, led by Knoch, which won with 104 points. South...
Article | Posted 2014/10/23 - 11:52pm
Brianna Schwartz of Shaler captured a three-peat at the WPIAL Cross-Country Championships on Thursday, as she once again proved unbeatable at Cooper’s Lake Campground in Butler. (Left: Uniontown's Jade Bellotti gets ready to cross finish line first in Girls AA race) Schwartz, a senior, secured the first-place finish in Class AAA in the 3.1-mile trek with an impressive time of 17:25, besting North Allegheny’s Madeleine Davison, the second-place finisher, by more than 40 seconds. In the team rankings, Seneca Valley took first with 87 points, with Mount Lebanon and North Allegheny rounding...
Article | Posted 2014/10/23 - 4:12pm
Welcome to Week 9 of the high school football season. Every so often, Chick’s Picks has a run in with an internet heckler, one who enjoys stirring up some healthy banter over predictions that are not necessarily agreed upon.  This occurred last week on Twitter, regarding one particular big-game pick. The loyal reader’s taunting began shortly after Chick’s Picks was posted on Thursday, calling out the prognosticator for what was deemed a terrible prediction.  Chick’s Picks monitored the situation closely throughout the day, noticing that the same reader also called out other local...

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