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Chicks Picks - Week 12

Welcome to Week 12. We have reached the final stop on the Highway to Heinz.  Keeping with tradition, Chick’s Picks stopped by her favorite uptown pizza shop, as she does each football season at this time.  After placing her usual order for the college special, Chick’s Picks sat down to ponder her predictions over the delicious meal.

Something caught her eye from across the way.  Sure enough, it was The Fumbler—dining over the same meal, pondering his own picks.  Chick’s Picks confronted her rival prognosticator, demanding an explanation.

District College Football Preview for Saturday, November 16

Playoff berths are on the line this weekend for three Western Pennsylvania college football teams. In the PSAC, Slippery Rock can move onto the D-II playoffs with a win in the PSAC State Title Game. In the PAC, W & J advances to the D-III playoffs with a win over an old foe and Robert Morris can take a huge step towards the NEC title with a win.

In other action, the PSAC closes out play with East-West crossover games and the PAC has Rivalry Week, with Geneva and Westminster highlighting the schedule with the 118th meeting between the programs.

Here are previews of ALL the games, two of those big matchups can be heard here on the Network:

Big Game Hunting - The Football Fourpack for Week 12

Week 12 of the WPIAL 2013 football season arrives this Friday, and as a great man once said, “It’s déjà vu all over again”. We have the exact same final four teams alive in the smallest classification, a rematch of the championship game in AA, three of the final four from last year’s AAA tournament and a rematch in one of the AAAA semis from a year ago as well. Truthfully I could almost copy and paste last year’s Big Game Hunting for the semis right onto this page, but I only copy from the best, and since Don Rebel has not written anything yet regarding the 2013 semis. This will be a fresh edition of Big Game Hunting.

WPIAL Plays of the Week - Week Eleven

The Quarterfinals are in the books and now we hop back onto the Highway to Heinz for one last stop before reaching our destination. The Semifinals provide terrific matchups, but the Quarterfinals were not too shabby themselves. Let’s take a look back at Week Eleven, including a tribute to a non-WPIAL team that faced the toughest challenge of anyone.

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

We are midway through our journey on the Highway to Heinz as the high school football playoffs share center stage with high school and college winter sports this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We continue our exclusive coverage of the District 7 football playoffs with all 8 WPIAL Semifinals games starting Friday with the expanded MSA Sports Pregame Show and concluding with the one and only WPIAL High School Football Scoreboard Show. We also have Semifinals high school football playoff action in District 6 along with three college football games, men's and women's college basketball, women's college volleyball, plus This Week in the WPIAL with a preview of Semifinals Friday ALL here at

Monday, November 11th:

District College Football Recap for Saturday, November 9th

For the second time in three years, SRU will play for the PSAC title next week and a NCAA D-II playoff berth.

Also looking for playoff berths are W & J and Robert Morris. The Presidents can win the PAC with a win over rival Waynesburg next week while Robert Morris can claim the NEC title with victories at home next week to Sacred Heart and a road win in two weeks at Saint Francis.

In other action, the first night game under the lights in Greenville saw Thiel and Westminster play four quarters then four more overtimes to an exciting finish.

Here are recaps of ALL the games, including two heard right here on the Network:

District 10, 9, 8, 6 & 5 Playoff Football Scores

While the Highway to Heinz has two rounds in the books, there was plenty of other high school football postseason in Western Pennsylvania on Friday and Saturday. Here are ALL of the results from the playoffs in Districts 10, 9, 6 and 5 as we are two weeks from the start of the Road to Hershey and the PIAA Football Playoffs.

DISTRICT 5/6/8/9 Class AAA Semifinals:

Somerset Golden Eagles 28 - University Prep Wildcats 20

Clearfield Bisons 42 - Johnstown Trojans 7

DISTRICT 5/8 Class AA Semifinals:

Chestnut Ridge Lions 55 - Westinghouse Bulldogs 20

Bedford Bisons 41 - Everett Warriors 24


WPIAL Friday Night HighLights for Week Eleven

In a span of back-to-back postseason Friday nights, we have gone from the Sweet Sixteen in each classification, down to the Elite Eight and now at the halfway point...The Final Four. Some of the performances from the second Friday night in November were flashy and record-setting while others were work-man-like and rock solid. No matter how you look at it, these ten showings were winning performances...which on the Highway to all that matters as we head down the playoff road to next weeks WPIAL football Semifinals.

Joe Repischak - Upper St. Clair

WPIAL Football Quarterfinals Recaps

It was a night of great competition throughout all four classifications with only a handful of blowouts as the District 7 field of 32 shrunk to 16 as the Final Four are now set for the Semifinals. But before we start looking ahead to next week, its time to recap the outstanding action from Quarterfinals Friday with archive broadcasts of each contest only here on The Network.

Thanks to Rob Matzie, Adam Hoerner, Mike Krcil, Mark Schaas, Bob Gregg, Steve Nagler, John Smathers, T.J. DiStefano, Mark Uriah, Bob Orkwis Don Conde, Paul Paterra, Matt Vandriak, Josh Rowntree, Adam Gusky and Jason Colangelo for their help on these recaps.

WPIAL CLASS AAAA Quarterfinals:

Scholastic Notebook

There are 10,000 reasons to like Lenny Williams at quarterback. Williams is a senior at Sto-Rox and it has been well-documented that he is the all-time leading passer in WPIAL history in yards and touchdowns. But what has been lost in the passing numbers and records is the fact that Williams now has over 10,000 yards offense.

No other WPIAL player is known to have 10,000 yards offense in a career.

Williams has 7,799 yards passing and his rushing yardage puts him over 10,000. Williams passed for more than 2,000 and ran for more than 1,000 last year. So far this season, he has thrown for 2,050 yards and rushed for 347.

WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League Football Scores for Friday, November 8th

We have come to the second off-ramp as we hit the halfway point on this years journey on the Highway to Heinz. 32 teams had made it to this point where 16 have moved on while 16 other came to the end of their trip and dreams of district gold. Also, two of three Pittsburgh City League teams saw their season come to an end as well.

All WPIAL games can be heard archived ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network.

WPIAL CLASS AAAA Quarterfinals:

Upper St. Clair Panthers 41 - North Allegheny Tigers 23 (F)

Woodland Hills Wolverines 28 - Seneca Valley Raiders 14 (F)

Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings 27 - Gateway Gators 21 (F)

Penn-Trafford Warriors 35 - McKeesport Tigers 20 (F)


Blackhawk Cougars Hockey Game Recap for 11/5/13

At the Beaver County Ice Arena on Tuesday November  5th in a special Hometown Broadcast the Beaver Bobcats score 3 goals within :37 seconds late in the third period to defeat the Blackhawk Cougars by an 8-6 score.

Blackhawk down four  players due to injury or sickness skated only 11 players plus a goalie in this battle of neighboring school districts. The Bobcats used 14 skaters and a goalie and this would prove to be an advantage late in the game. Both teams entered the game with 0-2 records and were looking for their first win.

Chicks Picks - Week 11

Welcome to Week 11. It is not unusual for Chick’s Picks to be flooded with requests for guest appearances around the WPIAL—a small part of the price of fame that has come along with her celebrity prognosticating career.  A rather extraordinary request came in last week, however—one that Chick’s Picks could simply not refuse.

The City of Pittsburgh reached out late last week seeking her availability to serve as a parade Grand Marshal—a role that Chick’s Picks had always aspired to be.  Looking back at other famous Grand Marshals throughout history—Paula Deen, Mr. Rogers, Pele, and even Mickey Mouse himself—Chick’s Picks knew at that moment that she had made it.

District College Football Preview for Saturday, November 9th

It's all on the line in the PSAC West as Slippery Rock looks to extend Seton Hill's losing streak and claim a spot in the PSAC State Title Game next weekend.

W & J and Geneva square off in Washington, the Presidents need to win to control their own destiny in the PAC. Duquesne hits the road, looking to stay on top of the NEC.

Here are previews of ALL the games, including a pair that can be heard in on the Network:

Slippery Rock (8-1) at Seton Hill (0-9)   12:30 on WLER 97.7-FM and
Slippery Rock can clinch a spot in the PSAC State Title Game next week with a win, the Rock is on top of the Western Division at 5-1.

Big Game Hunting - The Football Fourpack for Week 11

Quarterfinals! They are all big now, makes my job a little more difficult but, don’t cry for me Argentina! I will keep my promise to bring you what I think will be the biggest game in each of the classifications. Exit number two on the Highway to Heinz is approaching. There were not a huge amount of upsets in the first round but certainly a couple and some games that were a lot closer than most thought they would be. That is just another of the reasons WPIAL playoff football is such a blast. Now you have to be extra careful about choosing where you will go, you don’t want to miss a great game. Take your smart phone so you can track the scores and listen to whatever turns into THE game of the week on the MSA Sports Network.

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