This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2016/09/25 - 10:40pm
We close out the month of September and welcome in what will be a busy October with our first WPIAL championship of the new school year this week here on the MSA Sports Network. The high school football season hits the midway point of the regular season with Week Five and The Network has 31 WPIAL football weekend contests starting with the MSA Sports pregame Show Friday at 6pm and concluding with the WPIAL Scoreboard Show Friday at 9:30pm. We also have seven District 6 and District 9 high school football games, WPIAL boys and...
Article | Posted 2016/09/25 - 10:34am
Here are the latest WPIAL football standings through Saturday of Week Four of the 2016 high school football season. Once again this year, we have added points for and points against as well as the updated WPIAL tiebreaker points for all 122 WPIAL teams. Standings are updated after Friday and Saturday's scholastic gridiron action each week. Click on each team to see all of their results along with their remaining schedule for the 2016 season. (Top 4 teams from both conferences in 6-A, 5-A and 4-A qualify for the playoffs) (Top 2 teams from the three conferences in 3-A along with two third...
Article | Posted 2016/09/25 - 10:06am
Here are the latest WPIAL girls soccer standings in each of the four classifications for the 2016 season. Standings will be updated daily through the regular season, leading up to MSA Sports EXCLUSIVE coverage of the 2016 WPIAL Girls Soccer Playoffs. Weekly Top Ten WPIAL girls soccer rankings come out every Tuesday on MSasports.net Click on each team to see all of their results along with their remaining schedule for the 2016 season. (Top FOUR teams from each section qualify for playoffs) # = Clinched Section Title * = Clinched Playoff Berth x = Eliminated From Playoff Chase...
Article | Posted 2016/09/25 - 9:15am
Here are the latest WPIAL boys soccer standings in each of the four classifications for the 2016 season. Standings will be updated daily through the regular season, leading up to MSA Sports EXCLUSIVE coverage of the 2016 WPIAL Boys Soccer Playoffs. Weekly Top Ten WPIAL boys soccer rankings come out every Wednesday on MSasports.net Click on each team to see all of their results along with their remaining schedule for the 2016 season. (Top FOUR teams from each section qualify for playoffs) # = Clinched Section Title * = Clinched Playoff Berth x = Eliminated From Playoff Chase...
Article | Posted 2016/09/25 - 9:11am
Here are the latest WPIAL girls volleyball standings for the 2016 season. Standings will be updated daily through the regular season, leading up to MSA Sports EXCLUSIVE coverage of the 2016 WPIAL Girls Volleyball Playoffs in October. Also, don't forget to click on the Hometown Broadcast Program tab under High Schools for information on this falls MSA Sports Hometown Girls Volleyball Program and tune in for the Hometown Girls Volleyball Show on Monday nights at 7:00pm here on MSA Sports. Only section record is shown.  Click on the team to see their section results and remaining section...
Article | Posted 2016/09/25 - 8:56am
Both of the Saturday afternoon football games in the WPIAL in Week Four matched teams with postseason expectations trying to stay near the top of their respective conferences taking on teams that were trying to snap losing skids that already have put their playoff hopes in jeopardy. In the end, the two favorites were victorious thanks to a couple large performances on the ground. Jayvaun Shears - McKeesport The orchestra leader this season of the famed McKeesport flex-bone offense had it rough early on. Quarterback Jayvaun Shears had little running room and was forced into some decisions that...
Article | Posted 2016/09/24 - 10:17am
Last week was the lightest Saturday football schedule in the WPIAL for the 2016 season. This week, we doubled our total for the second lightest scholastic slate in the district this year. It would have been another one-and-done this week if not for a Homecoming game special in Class 5-A. So Week Four has now concluded with a pair of WPIAL afternoon football games that were heard here on The Network. WPAIL CLASS 5-A Big East Conference: McKeesport Tigers 52 - Plum Mustangs 24  (MSA) WPIAL CLASS 1-A Eastern Conference: Bishop Canevin Crusaders 35 - Riverview Raiders 0  (MSA)
Article | Posted 2016/09/24 - 10:10am
When it comes to arithmetic, I am at about the same level as Jethro Bodine from the famed Beverly Hillbillies. It's all about 'Gozintas'. If you are left scratching your head at the first sentence, let me explain. three Gozinta six two times. Four Gozinta 24 six times. And so on and so forth. Last night around the WPIAL, high school football teams were putting up numbers as if they were playing Techmo Bowl (pre Madden for you youngsters) instead of actual football on actual playing fields. The first Autumn Friday of the season saw scoreboards lighting up like it was a Christmas tree on the...
Article | Posted 2016/09/23 - 1:12am
One week after the busiest Friday of the WPIAL football regular season, we followed up with the second busiest high school gridiron slate of the 2016 campaign. With one-third of the season in the books, we are starting to get a feel for who is in the playoff chase for good and who is prepping that spoilers cap for an October debut. Week Four also marked the first Friday of Autumn. Let the Fall fun begin!! Here are all of the final results. CLASS 6-A Northern Seven Conference: Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings  42  -  Seneca Valley Raiders  14  (F) North...
Article | Posted 2016/09/23 - 12:32am
At Mapletown, Rush rushes. A lot. Dylan Rush is a junior running back at Mapletown who has enjoyed a big season so far. He is the second-leading rusher in the WPIAL with 1,027 yards. The only running back who is ahead of him is Armstrong’s Zane Dudek, who has 1,201. Rush stands only 5 feet 9 and weighs 180 pounds. You have to wonder how strong Rush’s back is, because he is carrying the Mapletown team on it. Rush’s number of carries isn’t on the high side. It’s on the ridiculous side. In four games, Rush has carried the ball 147 times. That’s 36.8 times a game. The rest of Mapletown’s team has...
Article | Posted 2016/09/22 - 10:32am
Welcome to Week 4 of the high school football season.  Chick’s Picks spends many days on the road, particularly early in the season.  Her surging popularity demands her presence at various high schools throughout the WPIAL.  This past Friday, though, Chick’s Picks thought that she should probably make some time to visit with The Boss at MSA Sports World Headquarters. At the end of a long day at her 9-5, Chick’s Picks and her trusty crystal ball hit the road.  Chick’s Picks suffered through more than enough Liberty Bridge closure-related Parkway traffic, but kept telling...
Article | Posted 2016/09/22 - 10:20am
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls volleyball rankings in all four classifications for the week of September 19th...including another NEW #1 team in Class 4-A. You can check out the new rankings every Thursday through the regular season with weekly matches heard live and archived, including Hometown Volleyball broadcasts each week. You can also listen to exclusive coverage of the 2016 WPIAL Volleyball Playoffs in October ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network. Section records listed. WPIAL GIRLS VOLLEYBALL CLASS 4-A: 1)    UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (5-0...
Article | Posted 2016/09/21 - 4:48pm
Welcome to week four of the WPIAL football season. Upon the conclusion of this week's games we will have played exactly as many weeks of regular-season football as will remain. Yes, half way already. Football is like a really good chili-cheeseburger, before you realize it, and have time to really savor it, you’re almost done with it. I double checked that information with in-house MSA Sports Network Chili Cheeseburger Expert Robert “Bobby O” Orkwis before I just threw it out there and he did confirm. Week four and we start to see some separation, finding out who are the contenders and who are...
Article | Posted 2016/09/21 - 4:41pm
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL boys soccer rankings in all four classifications for the week of September 19th. You can check out the new rankings every Wednesday through the regular season with weekly matches heard live and archived, including Hometown Soccer broadcasts each week. You can also listen to exclusive coverage of the 2016 WPIAL Soccer Playoffs in October and check out the Pro Grass Boys Soccer Player of the Month in September, October and November ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL BOYS SOCCER CLASS 4-A: 1)    PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS  (...
Article | Posted 2016/09/20 - 11:48pm
The Lady Rams of South Side started off strong in their big Class 2A Section 2 matchup, but lost to visiting Quaker Valley 3-1 (15-25, 25-17, 25-19, 28-26). Everything was clicking early for coach Jason Benkowski's squad in the first game, as South Side quickly jumped to an 8-0 lead. The Lady Rams used some crisp passing and capitalized on Quaker Valley miscues in that opening frame to get the early advantage. The tides quickly changed in the second game, as the good ball movement that led to a game one victory for South Side vanished. Unforced hitting errors plagued the Lady Rams, and...

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