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WPIAL Alum Q&A - Frannie Crouse

Very few high-school athletes are able to capture a WPIAL Championship. Even fewer are fortunate enough to win a PIAA Championship. Winning an NCAA National Championship, though, is incredibly rare. Frannie Crouse, a soccer standout former at Greensburg Central Catholic and currently at Penn State University, has accomplished all three feats. As a result, she is the first student-athlete profiled for the 2016-17 edition of the WPIAL Alum Q&A.

Crouse had a legendary career with the Centurions, as she set records and established herself as one of the best performers in recent memory. To that point, she held the all-time state record for goals when she graduated. She also was named an All-State performer as both a junior and a senior.

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Football

Each and every Monday during the regular season, the MSA Sports Network will rank the Top Ten seven in 6-A and top ten football teams in each of the other five classifications...including a NEW #1 team in Class 3-A. Here are the rankings following Week One of the 2016 high school football season.

WPIAL CLASS 6-A WPIAL FOOTBALL TOP SEVEN:

1.    PITTSBURGH CENTRAL CATHOLIC VIKINGS  (1-1)
(Last Week #1.....Week Two - host #3 North Allegheny on MSA)

2.    PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (1-1)
(Last Week #2.....Week Two - host #4 Seneca Valley on MSA)

3.    NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (1-1)
(Last Week #3.....Week Two - at #1 Pittsburgh Central Catholic on MSA)

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

The new high school sports season kicks into full gear this first full week of September here on the MSA Sports Network. The high school football season moves to Week Two 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 at 9:30pm. We also have seven District 6 and District 9 high school football games to go with the debut of WPIAL boys soccer and WPIAL girls volleyball, plus another great edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net

Monday, September 5th:

MSA Sports Saturdays Scholastic Starz for Week One

The bright sunshine was shining down on Class 1-A in the WPIAL on a wonderful afternoon for high school football and conclusion of Week One. A pair of Eastern Conference frays and a Big 7 Conference tilt made up the schedule, setting the stage for three quarterbacks to do damage with both their arms and their legs.

Jeddy Young - Western Beaver

2016 WPIAL Football Standings

Here are the latest WPIAL football standings through Week One 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.

(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 place wild cards qualify for the playoffs)
(Top 5 teams from the three conference in 2-A and 1-A  along with one sixth place wild card qualify for the playoffs)

# = Clinched Section Title
* = Clinched Playoff Berth
x = Eliminated From Playoff Chase

WPIAL Football Scores for Sat 9/3

63 games on Friday night got the ball rolling on Week One and for most teams, the start of conference play. Six more teams waited an extra day, but were ready to kickoff the 2016 conference schedule. All three games were afternoon frays from Class 1-A and all three were heard only here on The Network, including the district debut for Imani Christian. Here are the three final results.

WPIAL CLASS 1-A Eastern Conference:

Riverview Raiders 28 - Leechburg Blue Devils 7  (MSA)

Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions 23 - Imani Christian Saints 20  (MSA)

WPIAL CLASS 1-A Big 7 Conference:

Western Beaver Golden Beavers 30 - Summit Academy Knights 22  (MSA)

MSA Sports Friday Night HighLights for Week One

Week Zero produced plenty of memorable moments last weekend, but the problem was only half of the WPIAL teams were able to enjoy that sweet opening night feeling. Well, all 122 teams were suited up for action for Week One, with 63 of the 66 district games taking place on a wonderful weather wise Friday night. These players took full advantage of the conditions as they thrived in victories that for most, put them atop their section standings with conference opener triumphs.

Phil Jurkovec - Pine-Richland

WPIAL and City League Football Scores for 9/2

You could refer to the first ever Week Zero as a fancy dress rehearsal as half of the WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League teams played a traditional second scrimmage while the other half played actual non-conference games. Whatever the case was last week, the fun began Friday as most teams officially kick off the 2016 season with conference openers. Here are ALL of the final results from Friday in Week One.

WPIAL 6-A Northern Seven Conference:

Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings 48 - Shaler Titans  7 (F)

Penn Hills Indians 37 - Butler Golden Tornado  6 (F)

WPIAL 6-A Southeastern Conference:

Hempfield Spartans 35 - Canon-McMillan Big Macs 12  (F)

Chicks Picks for Week One

Welcome to Week 1 of the high school football season. It has been a busy summer for Chick’s Picks.  As she finally settled in to focus on the season upon us, she realized that quite a few things had changed – MSA Sports World Headquarters relocated, AND the WPIAL changed to six classifications.

When Chick’s Picks informed her trusty crystal ball that it needed to be up and running in the new world headquarters for Week Zero, her key prognosticating tool went into overload mode.  Chick’s Picks rushed the crystal ball to the shop for maintenance, but, as it turned out, a major overhaul was required.  The prognosticator, along with her crystal ball, had to watch Week Zero from the sidelines.

Big Game Hunting for Week One

Big Game Hunting gets bigger! Nothing wrong with that, right? 2016 and our weekly four-pack gets rounded out to an actual 6-pack. While I am not a fan yet of six classifications; I am willing to give it a try and I am a huge fan of six-packs. When someone shows up at your door and they have a six-pack, they are automatically your friend. Well in 2016 I will be showing up at your door with a six-pack every week, so that will make us friends. That’s a good thing and so is more football talk, and so is researching and writing about 150% of the games for the same amount of money right? Er…. Without further ado, let’s for the first time in 2016, go Big Game Hunting!

CTK '16: MSA Sports Preseason Top Ten - 1-A

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. With days to go before the 2016 WPIAL football season kicks off for all with Week One, we present our Preseason Top Ten teams...with the Top Ten in Class 1-A.

Final 2015 record is in parenthesis.

WPIAL CLASS 1-A PRE-SEASON WPIAL FOOTBALL TOP TEN:

1.    CLAIRTON BEARS  (13-1)
(Week One - host #4 Bishop Canevin on MSA)

2.    JEANNETTE JAYHAWKS  (11-2)
(Week One - at Chartiers-Houston)

CTK '16: Pittsburgh City League Preview

The hottest topic in high school football in the WPIAL and around the state this season has been the six classifications. The addition of two classes has moved many teams to new classifications in the WPIAL. Everyone has to get used to how many A’s are next to teams.

The same goes with the City League.

City League teams have different classifications now also. Although all six are in one league, they can go to the postseason in different classifications.

The largest school in the City is Allderdice and it is a Class 6A team. Brashear is in 5A. Carrick and University Prep are both Class 4A while Perry is 3A. Obama and Westinghouse are 2A. So, there are six teams in five different classes.

Here is a look at the City teams:

CTK '16: MSA Sports Preseason Top Ten - 2-A

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. With days to go before the 2016 WPIAL football season kicks off for all with Week One, we present our Preseason Top Ten teams...with the Top Ten in Class 2-A.

Final 2015 record is in parenthesis.

WPIAL CLASS 2-A PRE-SEASON WPIAL FOOTBALL TOP TEN:

1.    STEEL VALLEY IRONMEN  (10-2)
(Week One - at Riverside)

2.    WASHINGTON LITTLE PREXIES  (10-1)
(Week One - at Charleroi on MSA)

CTK '16: 1-A Big 7 Conference Preview

Many things have changed in the WPIAL football world but one thing that hasn’t is the Big Seven Conference. All but one of the current teams has been a conference member at some point and the addition of Northgate will only add to the offensive firepower that teams have shown over the years.

With the change of classifications also comes a change in the playoff format. The top 5 teams will make the post-season along with a wild card. Should a Big Seven team be successful on the playoff road, Heinz Field will not be at the off ramp. The AA and A championship games will be played at Robert Morris’ Joe Walton Stadium, which also serves as the home of the OLSH Chargers.

Below is a preview of every team and the predicted order of finish for the season ahead.

CTK '16: MSA Sports Preseason Top Ten - 3-A

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. With days to go before the 2016 WPIAL football season kicks off for all with Week One, we present our Preseason Top Ten teams...with the Top Ten in Class 3-A.

Final 2015 record is in parenthesis.

WPIAL CLASS 3-A PRE-SEASON WPIAL FOOTBALL TOP TEN:

1.    BEAVER FALLS TIGERS  (9-2)
(Week One - vs #2 Aliquippa on MSA)

2.    ALIQUIPPA QUIPS  (15-1)
(Week One - at #1 Beaver Falls on MSA)

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