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PIHL High School Hockey Notebook - Class AAA Preview

Welcome to the first ever installment of “PIHL Notebook” (formerly dubbed “PIHL News & Notes”) and our annual season preview. Over the next four Monday’s, we will provide thumbnail sketches of all 63 PIHL teams to make sure local high school hockey fans are ready when the puck drops on October 29.

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

The Stretch Run of the 2012 WPIAL football regular season begins with Week Seven this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have FORTY WPIAL and District 6 high school football games between Friday and Saturday with Fridays action starting with the MSA Sports Pregame Show and concluding with the one and only MSA Sports/WPIAL High School Football Scoreboard Show, plus we have college football, WPIAL girls volleyball, WPIAL soccer and WPIAL girl's and women's college field hockey along with the MSA Sports Hometown Girls Volleyball Show and This Week in the WPIAL ALL here at

Monday, October 8th:

TALK SHOW - MSA Sports Hometown Girls Volleyball Show at 7:00pm on

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Girls Volleyball

Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls volleyball rankings for the week ending October 6th...including a NEW #1 team in Class AAA. You can check out the new rankings every Friday through the regular season with daily updated girls volleyball standings here on the MSA Sports Network.

Section record in parenthesis.


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WPIAL Week Six Saturday's Scholastic Starz

The sun was shining bright Saturday afternoon, even though the mercury did not reach the 70's as has been the case the last week or so. For that matter, most temps didn't even make it into the 60's, but nonetheless, each of the five WPIAL football games played had a player heat up the gridiron with a winning effort on the first Saturday in October.

Luke Brumbaugh - Seton-LaSalle

District College Football Recap for Saturday, October 6th

The weather turned cold on the opening weekend of October and wind conditions affected several games thruout the area. Several teams pulled out big wins as Cal and Mercyhurst stay on top of the PSAC West.

Unfortunately the focus was on Crestview, Kentucky as the W & J Presidents took the field after one of their team was killed on Thursday.

Here are recaps of all the games, with three heard here on the Network:

IUP 33 - Slippery Rock 16
On Homecoming Day at George P. Miller Stadium, the Crimson Hawks pounded out 388 yards rushing and led 27-9 at the half to cruise to the win and remain in the chase for a division title. IUP ground out 29 first downs and held the football for over 41 minutes in the win.

WPIAL Week Six Friday Night HighLights

We have reached the summit and are now on the downward slide toward the 'Stretch Run" and then eventually dropping us off on the "Highway to Heinz". The second half of the regular season began with ideal like weather conditions...perfect for the elite to 'do their thing'. Here are the players who took advantage of the comfortbale stage to make life very uncomfortable for their opponents on the first Friday of high school football in October.

North Allegheny Tigers Defense

WPIAL Week Six Saturday Football Scores

The winds of change have swept down upon Southwestern Pennsylvania for the first Saturday of high school football in October. Week Six began on Thursday and Friday with very pleasant weather that felt like early September football. Less than 24 hours later, and the feeling is more like November football. Nonetheless, ten WPIAL football teams were ready to meet and put closure to the sixth weekend of high school football in the WPIAL. Here are ALL five final results.

WPIAL CLASS AA Allegheny Conference:

Deer Lakes Lancers 18 - Summit Academy Knights 14  (MSA)

WPIAL CLASS AA Century Conference:

Seton-LaSalle Rebels 49 - Burgettstown Blue Devils 7

2012 WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League Standings

Here are the latest WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League football standings through Week Six of the 2012 high school football season. Standings are updated after each game on Thursday, Friday and Saturday's scholastic gridiron action each week. Standings can be also seen on each teams football webpage here on the MSA Sports Network.

# - Clinched at least a share of the conference title
* - Clinched playoff spot
x - Eliminated from playoff chase
% - Not eligible for WPIAL playoffs

(5 of 16 Playoff Teams Have Clinched)

Northern Eight Conference:

Peters & Sewickley Duo's Win 2012 WPIAL Girls Doubles Tennis Gold Again

Sarah Komer of Peters Township and Sewickley Academy have done it again. A year after Komer won the AAA crown with Stephanie Smith, she has now captured gold with a new teammate in Abby Cummings. The two beat the top-seed duo of Nicole Cyterski and Megan Watson of Oakland Catholic Friday afternoon at North Allegheny High School in the Class AAA title match. Speaking of repeat golden performances, two different Sewickley Academy Panthers won the AA championship as top-seed Amy Cheng and Jappman Monga outlasted Chelsea Carter and Sara Kaminsky of South Park. Here are all the results from the 2012 WPIAL Girls Doubles tennis Playoffs.


Scholastic Notebook

One and four. When those three words are uttered about a football team after five weeks, it usually indicates bad things. But for Blackhawk and Chartiers-Houston records are indeed deceiving.

Blackhawk and Chartiers-Houston are two teams that are usually much more than respectable. You could say both have fallen on hard times this season as both are 1-4. But are there many 1-4 teams as good as Blackhawk and Char-Houston?

Blackhawk and Char-Houston are the hard-luck stories of the WPIAL this season. A few points here and there, take away a turnover here and there, and their seasons could be vastly different. Want proof? Three of Blackhawk’s losses are by a total of five points. Char-Houston’s four losses are by a total of 17 points.

WPIAL and City League Week Six Friday Football Scores

The second half of the 2012 high school football regular season has kicked into full gear. Here is the full rundown of scores from both WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League football games on the first Friday in October.

WPIAL CLASS AAAA Northern Eight Conference:

Pine-Richland Rams  8  Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings   28  (F)

Fox Chapel Foxes   7   North Hills Indians  31 (F)

Shaler Titans   0  Seneca Valley Raiders  49  (F)

WPIAL CLASS AAAA Foothills Conference:

Latrobe Wildcats  2   McKeesport Tigers  34  (F)

District College Football Preview for Saturday, October 6th

We start this edition of College Preview with heavy hearts with word of the death of W & J running back Tim McNerney early Thursday morning. All of us at the MSA Sports Network send our thoughts and prayers to the McNerney family and the W & J community in their time of loss.

Here are previews of all the games:

Slippery Rock(2-3) at IUP(4-1)  2pm on WISR 680-AM and the MSA Sports Network
The Rock is 1-1 in divisional play, the Crimson Hawks are also 1-1.

Chicks Picks - Week Six

Police Investigating Death of W & J Football Player Thursday

Police in Washington are investigating the death of a Washington & Jefferson College football player early Thursday morning.

21-year Tim McNerney was taken to the Washington Hospital emergency room, where he was pronounced dead at 4:42 am. McNerney was found at the corner of College and Maiden Streets.

Washington Police Chief Robert Lemonds said police are treating the death as suspicious, more information will be released after an autopsy was performed. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the death is being treated as a homicide.

Pgh Central Catholic's Brent Rodgers Bags WPIAL Boys AAA Golf Title

On a perfect day for scoring the WPIAL Boys Golf AAA finalists did just that at Fox Chapel Golf Club in the championship tournament. 14 players shot 77 or better on the par 70 course off Fox Chapel road, led by WPIAL champion Brent Rodgers. Rodgers, a junior from Pittsburgh Central Catholic carded an even par 70 to take home the gold medal.

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