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West Allegheny Beats Hampton to Win WPIAL 3-A Volleyball Title

The West Allegheny Indians continue their perfect season as they beat Hampton in 4 sets to win the Class 3A WPIAL Championship on Saturday. West A came into the match with a perfect record and although they dropped the first set, they were able to regroup and win the next three in impressive fashion.

Norwin Repeats With Win Over Canon-Mac for Girls 4-A Crown

For the second straight year, the Norwin Knights are WPIAL champions.

In 2015, it was in Class AAA. One year and a realignment later and the Knights now are Class 4A champs.

The top-seeded Knights dominated the No. 2 seed Big Macs in a game played at Highmark Stadium.

Norwin (20-0-1) started the scoring at the 27:50 mark of the first half when Emily Harrigan, a Rutgers recruit, got behind the defense off a feed from Alyssa Victor and beat Canon McMillan goalkeeper Megan Virgin.

Norwin's Santilli & Fox Chapel's Nord/James Win State Tennis Titles

Three WPIAL tennis players were able to win Class 3-A state titles Saturday at the 2016 PIAA Girls Singles and Doubles Tennis Championships at the Hershey Racquet Club. While district players were shut out of the medal chanse in Class 2-A, Maria Santili of Norwin won  the PIAA 3-A singles title while Amanda Nord and Charlotte James of Fox Chapel cruised to the PIAA 3-A double championship.

Norwin's Santili a junior won 6-4 6-4 over Eliza Askarova from George Washington. Up until the finals, Santili had only lost 9 total games in 6 sets and reached the finals rather easily. She was tested Saturday in a close match but brought home a PIAA state singles title.

Waynesburg's Baumgarner and Winchester Boys Win PIAA X-Country Gold

One individual and one team ran to cross-country state gold Saturday afternoon in Hershey. Winchester Thurston won the PIAA Class 1-A boys championship while Ben Baumgarner of Waynesburg won the PIAA Class 2-A individual boys championship race. Here are the results of the district runners that finished in the Top 25 of each boys and girls race along with the top five overall team finish form the 2016 PIAA Cross-Country Championships.

PIAA BOYS CROSS-COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

CLASS 3A

Team —
1. Council Rock North, 76;
2. Carlisle, 118;
3. Downingtown West, 158;
4. Seneca Valley, 202;
5. LaSalle College, 204.

Freeport Repeats in 2-A by Knocking Off Top-Seed Beaver

The Freeport mindset heading into Saturday's championship match was “refuse to lose”. The Yellowjackets had that mentality on display throughout the contest, as they staged an unbelievable comeback to claim the first set, and ultimately defeated Beaver Area 3-1 in the Class 2A Championship at Baldwin High School. Freeport, the No. 2 seed, defeated top-seeded Beaver 26-24, 18-25, 25-19, 25-20. As a result, Freeport claimed back-to-back titles for the first time in program history, and also notched its fourth title since 2010.

Quaker Valley Edges Shady Side Academy for WPIAL Boys 2-A Gold

A pair of first-half goals by senior Owen Harkins were enough to crown Quaker Valley WPIAL boys 2A soccer champions in 2016.  The Quaker Valley Quakers captured the eighth WPIAL boys soccer championship in school history with a 2-1 victory over fifth-seeded Shady Side Academy at Highmark Stadium.

Shady Side knocked off the top seed in class 2-A, South Park, in a 1-0 double overtime thriller, and kept QV from finding the back of the net for the first 24 minutes of play. The best opportunity for either team came when Quakers earned a penalty kick after a foul inside the box. However, Doran Kozel made a diving save on the attempt by Bando Grant to keep the match scoreless.

Greensburg C.C. Dethrones Bishop Canevin in 1-A Girls Volleyball

The Greensburg Central Catholic Centurions claimed their third WPIAL Championship in five years with a commanding 25-14, 25-10 and 25-8 victory over the defending champion Bishop Canevin Crusaders in the Class 1-A Girls Volleyball Championship at Baldwin High School.

Greensburg Central Catholic won the title in 2012 and 2014 and fell to the Crusaders in the semifinals last year. The Centurions used their senior leaders to grab the gold medal. 6-2 middle hitter Mikayla Bisignani and 5-8 right side hitter Taylor Obusek, both dominated the match from the service line to lead GCC to the gold.

Shady Side Academy Upsets Rival GCC for Girls Soccer Gold

Eliza Cochran's goal in the 28th minute proved to be all that No. 3 Shady Side Academy (16-3) needed, scoring a 1-0 upset of No. 1 Greensburg Central Catholic (19-2), at Highmark Stadium in the WPIAL Girls 1A Championship Game on Saturday afternoon.

Cochran, a Georgetown recruit, scored on a free kick from 30 yards out, bending a ball by Centurions goaltender Bella Skatell, finding the upper left corner of the net.

MSA Sports Friday Night HighLights for Week Ten

Last weekend, all of the ciphering and dissecting of the district tiebreakers determined the 64 teams that would qualify for this years postseason. Then on Monday, the powers that be in the district put together the brackets that mapped the course of the playoff over the next three to four weeks. Finally on Friday, the games kicked off and a few hours later, the playoff field was sliced in half to 32 still alive for one of six golden footballs. Here are the players that came up large in Primetime in leading their teams to either the Semifinals or the Quarterfinals next Friday. 

Max Devinney - Pine-Richland

WPIAL Football Friday Playoff Summaries

Four classifications opened up the Highway to Heinz with Quarterfinals contests while two other classifications kicked off the new Road to RMU with First Round contests. No matter which path was taken, there were some 'eyebrow raisers' on opening night of the 2016 WPIAL Football Playoffs. Here are recaps the the 31 high school football postseason contests heard here on the MSA Sports Network on a clear and comfortable first Friday in November.

Sewickley Beats CWNC in Overtime for WPIAL 1-A Boys Crown

For the sixth time in program history, the Sewickley Academy Panthers took home the WPIAL Championship after tonight’s 1-0 overtime victory against the Trojans of Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in the 1A Boy’s Soccer Championship Game.

In a game that was very defensive, it saw just four total shot opportunities in the first half, three by the Trojans and one by the Panthers. Two of those three shots by the Trojans were on net.

The second half saw more of the same, until around 15 minutes left when the Panthers pushed on the accelerator, however, they just couldn’t get a shot past the Trojans and the game would remain tied after regulation, 0-0.

A Golden Moon in WPIAL Girls 3-A Soccer

The Moon Tigers won their second WPIAL girls soccer championship Friday night with a hard-fought 1-0 over crosstown rival and section foe Montour. The Tigers beat the Spartans for the third time this season, Montour was undefeated in 2016 were it not for the Moon Tigers.

It was a dramatically physical contest but never chippy at Highmark Stadium at Station Square, bodies were flying from the start and afterwards Emma Thomas. the second leading scorer on the season for the Tigers said she expected nothing less. "They are our rivals and this being WPIALs we had to play more intensely and they played more intensely as well, so I gotta give respect to them."

WPIAL Football Playoffs Friday Scores

In a season filled with major changes, one of the biggest was in full view starting Friday night. No long is there one clear path to the district championship game. Now the journey splits into two freshly paved routes. The teams in Class 6-A, Class 5-A, Class 4-A and Class 3-A hopped on the traditional Highway to Heinz in what will be a shorter journey, only taking three weeks instead of four. However teams in Class 2-A and Class 1-A will still take a four week trip, but it is be on the newly constructed Road to RMU. Here are ALL 31 final scores from the opening night of the 2016 WPIAL Football Playoffs.

All games were broadcast on the MSA Sports Network. Check out the archives.

WPIAL CLASS 6-A Quarterfinals:

Scholastic Notebook

When Ron Sciarro became Riverside’s coach this year, he changed the playing style of the Panthers. They went from a pass-happy team to one that throws only 13 times a game.

But there has been one other drastic change for Riverside. It deals with the number in the wins column.

After going 3-6 last year, Riverside is 7-2 this season and headed to the WPIAL Class AA playoffs. They don’t throw nearly as often, but the Panthers win much more often.

North Allegheny Wins WPIAL Boys 4-A Soccer Crown in OT

The North Allegheny Tigers won their first WPIAL championship since 1999 with a 2-1 overtime triumph over the Seneca Valley Raiders at Highmark Stadium on Thursday night.

Senior Sean Atwater, who scored his first goal of the season in overtime to beat Pine-Richland in the semifinals on Saturday, again connected for the game-winning marker to sink the Raiders in an exciting title tilt. The championship is North Allegheny’s eighth in program history.

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