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WPIAL Friday Night HighLights for 10/31

You remember some of the homemade costumes from back in the day, don't you? While all the neighborhood kids had fancy costumes, you had a while cloth diaper on your head with a while coat and were supposed to be a doctor. Or you had a big box on your torso and a little one on your head and each box was covered with aluminum foil and you were a robot. Or grab the bed sheet, cut out some eyes and a ghost was born. Those Halloween costumes pail to what these young men wore on Friday night as they collected a pillow case full of tasty big plays dressed up in various super hero costumes in leading their teammates past all of the tricks and on to the treat of playing in the WPIAL Quarterfinals.

Ben DiNucci - Pine-Richland

WPIAL Football Playoff First Round Recaps

'Taking care of business, every day. Taking car of business, every way.' With apologies to Bachman-Turner Overdrive, that might have been the theme for the top seeds Friday night as 22 of the 24 Top Six seeds produced victories of various degree and advanced as expected past the First Round and on to the district football Quarterfinals. Here are recaps from the opening night of the 2014 version of the Highway to Heinz.

Peters Township Whips Upper St. Clair 5-1 to Repeat as Boys Soccer AAA Champs

Peters Township turned the same trick they did last season and treated their fans to a ninth WPIAL championship in soccer Friday night at Highmark Stadium.The Indians playing in a constant cold. light rain built a 3-0 against their conference rival Upper Saint Clair and eventually won going away 5-1.

The Indians entered the game as the three seed against the top-seeded Panthers. USC, just as they had done last year entering the championship tilt had beaten Peters Township twice during the regular season.

Peters though, just as they did last year though proved winning the last game trumps winning the first two.

Seneca Valley Blanks Canon-McMillan to Win 2nd Straight WPIAL AAA Girls Soccer Crown

Seneca Valley won their second straight and fourth overall WPIAL girls soccer championship with a 1-0 victory over the Canon-McMillan Big Macs at Highmark Stadium Friday night.

The top-seeded Raiders got everything they wanted from the upstart 10th seed as the two teams battled to a scoreless tie at the end of the first forty minutes. In fact Canon-Mac seemed to gain a lot of confidence and had the better of play for the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half.

The Big Macs though despite generating several opportunities and three corner kicks in the opening minutes of the second half could not sneak one behind Seneca Valley net keeper Jessica Neil.

WPIAL Week 10 Friday Football Scores

Was Round One of the 2014 WPIAL Football Playoffs a Trick or a Treat for your favorite football team? That was the question after opening round fell on Halloween night this year. WPIAL Executive Director Tim O'Malley braved the wet and chilly conditions and head out with his big giant scissors to cut the ribbon to officially open the Highway to Heinz. Chyeck out ALL of the results from the First Round on Friday.

You can listen to ALL 32 postseason games archived on MSAsports.net

WPIAL CLASS AAAA First Round:

Pine-Richland Rams 63 - Connellsville Falcons 6  (MSA)

Altoona Mountain Lions 27 - Bethel Park Black Hawks 17  (MSA)

Plum Mustangs 17 - Penn Hills Indians 6  (MSA)

Scholastic Notebook

The Southmoreland football team failed to make the WPIAL football postseason again. The Scotties haven’t been to the playoffs since 1979, the longest current drought in the WPIAL.

But there are some other playoff droughts that are notable as the WPIAL playoffs get under way Friday with 32 games around the area.

Three teams in the postseason have never won a WPIAL playoff game. Never, ever, ever. They are Laurel Highlands, Mapletown and Altoona.

Altoona is a little deceiving. The school re-joined the WPIAL for football only a few years ago. But the school played in the WPIAL a long time ago. Altoona has played in only two previous WPIAL playoff games. The last was in 2012. The first was in 1969 when Altoona lost to Gateway in the WPIAL final.

WPIAL Girls Volleyball Semifinals Thursday Recaps

Coming into the Final Four, two of the three top-seeds were still alive as were all three defending champs. One champ and one #1-seed were eliminated all in the same match as Freeport was knocked off, guaranteeing a new champion would be crowned in Class AA. Here are recaps from all six Semifinals matches Thursday in the 2014 WPIAL Girls Volleyball Playoffs.

A special thanks to Cory Campano, Randy Gore, Mike Azadian, Bob Orkwis, Sean Meyers and Brandon Showers for their help on these recaps.

WPIAL CLASS AAA Semifinals:

Chicks Picks - Week Ten

Welcome to Week 10 of the high school football season.  Chick’s Picks attended the wedding of a dear friend last weekend.  The lavish affair featured dinner entertainment by a celebrity musician.  Awestruck by his performance, Chick’s Picks was determined to find an opportunity in this intimate setting to personally applaud the star.

As guests began to mingle after dinner, Chick’s Picks spotted the celebrity packing up his equipment and headed his way.  Before she could get out a formal introduction, though, the celebrity interrupted, “Wow, is that really you Chick’s Picks?  You’re my idol!  No one can prognosticate quite like you!”

Big Game Hunting - The Football Fourpack for Week 10

We live for the Highway to Heinz at Big Game Hunting. A short week of preparation for a do or die game puts coaches, players and yes, broadcasters to the test. But the accepting the challenge is enough!

District College Football Preview for Saturday, November 1

Week 9 of the district college football slate was to see a battle for first place in the PSAC West with #25 California hosting Gannon on Saturday afternoon. But school officials announced Thursday afternoon that the Vulcans would forfeit the game to the Golden Knights after five players were arrested and charged after a violent incident outside of a local bar early Thursday morning.

Interim President Geraldine Jones, in a release to the media, announced that she had asked that the game be cancelled. The five players have been suspended from the school and the PSAC informed Cal that they would forfeit the game.

WPIAL Plays of the Week - Week Nine

Rivalry week was the final stop before we hopped on the Highway to Heinz. And boy, it did not disappoint. Big defensive plays, a massively important kick and one special play for a Valley Junior top the best plays of Week Nine. Before you load up the car for what will, for your team, hopefully be a lengthy ride, make sure you look back at the final stop of the regular season with the Plays of the Week:

A Tigers Tale: North Allegheny and Ellis Win WPIAL Field Hockey Gold

The Class AA top-seeded Ellis School Tigers won their first WPIAL crown since 2010 with a 1-0 victory over the defending Class AA champion Shady Side Academy Indians at Newman Stadium at North Allegheny High School on Tuesday night.

Ellis School claimed its fifth overall title thanks in large part to the play of senior midfielder Mackenzie Haney who scored the only goal of the night with 4:25 remaining in the first half.  Haney was a force offensively in the opening half, and turned her attention toward protecting the lead in the second half as the Tigers rarely permitted the Indians a good look inside the circle. 

WPIAL Girls Volleyball Quarterfinals Tuesday Recaps

The Second Round of the district girls volleyball playoffs saw a defending champion stay alive by ousting the top-seed in Class AAA, a surprise run by a double-digit seed continued into Round Three and two powers in Class A move closer to yet another championship showdown. Here are recaps from all twelve Quarterfinals matches from Tuesday, all of which were heard here on the MSA Sports Network.

A special thanks to Brandon Showers, Mike Azadian, Bob Orkwis, Sean Meyers, Mark Schaas, Cory Campano, Chris Lackner, Lou Rood, Buddy McKay, Lee Mohn and Greg Kuntz for their help on these recaps.

WPIAL CLASS AAA Quarterfinals:

WPIAL Soccer Semifinals Monday Recaps

In the end, the WPIAL soccer steering committee did a pretty good job as the top seeds have progressed nicely through the district postseason. In fact, five of the six top-seeds will be playing for gold this weekend along with a pair of #2's, two #3's and a #5. The lone exceptions are the surprise runs of the #10 Canon-McMillan Big Macs in girls AAA and the #11 Freedom Bulldogs in girls A.  Here are recaps from all twelve boys and girls WPIAL Soccer Semifinals matches on Monday as heard here on MSA Sports.

All six title matches this weekend will also be heard here on MSA Sports.

A special thanks to Mike Azadian, Brandon Showers, Adam Hoerner, Rob Longo, Mike Sackley, Cory Campano, Lou Rood, Greg Kuntz and Mark Schaas for their help on these recaps!

PIHL Notebook - 2014-2015 Class B & C Preview

Welcome to another installment of “PIHL Notebook” as we wrap up our season preview four-pack with a look inside what used to be the Open Class. Instead, it will now be known as Varsity Division II, divided into Class B and Class C. It bears mentioning, as touched upon in our feature on the new alignment on October 6, only co-op teams are allowed in Division II.

Class B is the cream of the crop, at least on paper. Defending Nailers Cup champion Harbor Creek headlines things, joined by four semifinalists from the 2014 Open Class Playoffs. Also in the mix is a Penn-Trafford squad down from Class AAA, a brand new “B Team” from Upper St. Clair, and a blast from the past in Meadville.

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