This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2014/11/21 - 4:49pm
After a one year hiatus, the WPIAL Class A championship is coming back to Clairton. The Bears improved to 13-0 and won their sixth district title in the last seven years with a convincing 46-14 triumph over the Avonworth Antelopes Friday at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Ryan Williams launces one of his five touchdown passes) The first quarter of the WPIAL Class A finals started as a back-and-forth battle of heavyweights throwing haymakers. On the second play of their second possession, Lamont Wade scored on a 54-yard run. The standard two-point conversion attempt by the Bears was no good on an...
Article | Posted 2014/11/20 - 10:05pm
While all eyes around Southwestern Pennsylvania will be on Heinz Field on Friday, the WPIAL football championships are part of the opening round of the state football postseason. Here is a rundown of games from either district playoffs or between district winners this weekend in the First Round of the 2014 PIAA Football Playoffs. PIAA CLASS AAAA First Round: PINE-RICHLAND RAMS (12-0) vs PITTSBURGH CENTRAL CATHOLIC VIKINGS (11-1) AT Heinz Field in Pittsburgh on Friday, November 21st at 2:00pm on MSAsports.net State College Little Lions (5-6) vs Erie McDowell Trojans (8-4) AT Clarion University...
Article | Posted 2014/11/20 - 8:36pm
Here are the latest 2014-2015 standings for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League. You can follow the PIHL high school hockey season with weekly audio and video broadcasts as well as ranking, plus starting in December, the PIHL Notebook every Monday and the PIHL Power Play Show every Wednesday night at 8:00pm right here on the MSA Sports Network. PIHL CLASS AAA TEAM W L T POINTS GF GA North Allegheny 7...
Article | Posted 2014/11/20 - 8:33pm
Here are the initial MSA Sports Sports Frozen Fab Five rankings of PIHL hockey teams in each of the five classifications for the 2014-2015 high school hockey season...including a NEW #1 team in Class AAA. Don't miss the latest PIHL rankings every Wednesday during the regular season, plus starting in December, it's the PIHL Notebook every Monday on our website and the weekly PIHL Power Play Show every Wednesday night at 8:00pm here on the home of the best audio and video high school hockey coverage, the MSA Sports Network at www.MSAsports.net PIHL CLASS AAA: 1)   NORTH...
Article | Posted 2014/11/20 - 2:01pm
Welcome to Week 13 of the high school football season.  As Chick’s Picks began research for Championship Friday, she quickly realized all of the familiar faces that will be at Heinz Field again this year—Central Catholic, Central Valley, West Allegheny, South Fayette, Aliquippa, and Clairton.  Similarly, Chick’s Picks took a moment to reflect on the many familiar faces at the MSA Sports Network that she has had the pleasure of knowing over the years. Despite coming from many different walks of life, many different backgrounds, and many different full-time careers, Team MSA comes...
Article | Posted 2014/11/20 - 1:04pm
The NEC winds up regular season action with the annual Steel Bowl, but the focus shifts to playoff action in both Division II and III with two tournament games and a pair of ECAC bowl games.  Here are previews of ALL the games, including one on the Network:  NCAA DIVISION III PLAYOFFS/FIRST ROUND W & J(9-1) at Wittenberg(9-1)        Noon on WJPA 1450-AM and the MSA Sports Network It’s the 24th trip and third straight to the NCAA playoffs for the Presidents. The Presidents fell to Waynesburg 31-28 last week in overtime, ending dreams of an...
Article | Posted 2014/11/19 - 4:37pm
Championship Friday on a work day for WPIAL football fans, it will be interesting to see what that does to attendance at Heinz Field. The MSA Sports gang will be there in full force and will have you covered from every angle with updates, interviews, videos, pictures, and game stories. Everything you need to enjoy Championship Friday completely will be at www.msasports.net. The larger classifications feature rematches from this regular season. AA features a rematch of last year’s championship game and in single A the Bears are back after a year away. Let’s go Big Game Hunting. AAAA : #1 Pine...
Article | Posted 2014/11/18 - 8:28pm
For all practical purposes, the Highway to Heinz is over. Up next is the WPIAL Football Championships at Heinz Field. The Steelers are scoring points at a blistering rate over their last three games at the big ketchup bottle. If the WPIAL Semifinals are indication, we could be in for a track meet on Friday. The Semis saw a rare challenge for the Bears of Clairton, a rare knockoff of the defending Class A State Champions and much, much more. So before we bundle up and make our way to the North Shore, let’s take one last look at the top plays from the WPIAL Football Semifinals: 1. Clairton 48,...
Article | Posted 2014/11/18 - 12:44pm
So the ride on the Highway to Heinz is complete as eight teams have been the journey successfully, setting up Championship Friday on the North Shore. So it's time to take inventory. The field of finalists consists of: 3 defending champions, 3 top-seeds, a pair of #2-seeds and #3-seeds, 2 rematches from title games last year, 5 teams that played at the big house in the finals a year ago with two other teams that haven't reached the title game in since 2012 and 2003, and the new kids on the block in Avonworth, making it's first championship game appearance since Dwight D. Eisenhower was...
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...

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