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The fall sports postseason continues for high school football while the winter high school and college sports season begins in the first full week of November this week on the MSA Sports Network.

2011 PIAA Girls Soccer Playoffs

Twelve WPIAL girls soccer teams entered the state playoffs which started Tuesday, and nine are moving on to Round Two this weekend. Only Penn-Trafford, Elizabeth Forward and Avonworth saw their golden state dreams come to an end, while three district teams remain in the hunt for a title in the 2011 PIAA Girls Soccer Playoffs.

2011 PIAA Boys Soccer Playoffs

Six of the eight WPIAL boys soccer teams playing in the state playoffs won their opening round contest and are moving on to the second round, including district champions Upper St. Clair in AAA and Hampton in AA. However one of two district teams to fall on Tuesday along with Peters Township was WPIAL Class A champion Seton-LaSalle.

2011 WPIAL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS

32 have exited the Highway to Heinz while 32 others are rambling on toward the round two exit. There were very few surprises in the First Round as only four double-digit seeds were victorious. #10 Hopewell in Class AAA, #13 Ellwood City in AA and a pair of #11-seeds - South Fayette in AA and Fort Cherry in A were able to keep their long-shot title hopes alive through the opening weekend.

District College Football Recap

Upsets and history this week in the district college football slate. Slippery Rock is headed to the PSAC State Title Game but lost in Erie and PAC champion Thomas More saw their long regular season streak come to an end.

History was made as two local schools try for win number 500. Here are recaps of all the games, including two heard right here on the Network:

WPIAL Girls Volleyball Championship Recaps

The three 2011 WPIAL Girls Volleyball Championships Saturday at Franklin Regional High School ranged from good, to better, to outstanding as Elderton, Hopewell and Seneca Valley captured district gold. Here are the recaps from all three matches heard here on the MSA Sports Network. 

USC Claims Boys WPIAL AAA Soccer Title After Beating Rival PT

The Upper Saint Clair Panthers collected their sixth WPIAL soccer championship Saturday at Baldwin High School, the title leaves them one short of the record, seven WPIAL soccer titles held by, the team they beat in the Championship game, the Peters Township Indians.

Late Goal Allows Seton-LaSalle To Repeat As WPIAL Boys A Champs

Seton-LaSalle was the top-seed and defending champion. They were supposed to be there. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart was the 11th-seed with few outside of the program expecting them to still be playing into November. But it wasn't until the 78th minute that OLSH's glass slipper was shattered.

USC Dethrones Peters Twp As WPIAL Class AAA Girls Soccer Queens

The rivalry between the Upper St. Clair Panthers and the Peters Township Indians spilled over from football into both the Girls and Boys AAA Soccer Championships.  Baldwin High School was the venue for both title matches, and the ladies were up first. 

Hampton Wins Second Straight WPIAL Boys AA Soccer Championship

It was a repeat performance for Hampton, and for the 2nd straight season, the Talbots are the WPIAL Boys Class-AA champions.  Hampton scored 3 first half goals and used a stifling defense to hold the 14th seeded Leopards at bay for their 20th consecutive win.

Quaker Valley Boys Run to PIAA Class AA Boys Cross-Country Team Title

There were no medals won by individual runners from the WPIAL in the 2011 PIAA Cross-Country Championships on Saturday in Hershey, but Quaker Valley was able to bring home team gold. The Quakers won the Boys Class AA Team Title in easy fashion over runner-up North East.

Mars Edges South Park For Second Straight WPIAL Girls AA Soccer Title

In a game fitting of a #1 vs. #2 match-up, the Mars Planets defeated the South Park Eagles 2-1 to win WPIAL gold for the second consecutive year and for the third time in the last 11 years. 

These two teams came into the championship game without a loss and had boasted 33 shutouts between them so goals were going to be at a premium. 

Greensburg Central Catholic is Perfect Champion in Winning WPIAL Girls A Soccer Title

This title tilt marked the third time this season that these two Section 4 (A) rivals had met on the soccer pitch. The Centurions had captured the first two contests both by 1-0 scores.

Golden Weekend in Hershey for WPIAL Doubles and Singles Tennis Girls

Hershey is known world wide as Chocolate Town, USA. However on Saturday to five WPIAL girls tennis players, Hershey became the Golden City. District 7 players swept the doubles titles and also won gold in the Class AAA singles tournament in the 2011 PIAA Girls Doubles and Singles Tennis Championships.

Friday Night HighLights

The spotlight always shines brighter in the WPIAL Playoffs. The pressure and the expectations mount in this lose and go home format. Thus when players get it done in Primetime, they earn another chance to shine on an even bigger stage the following week as the postseason field continues to shrink.

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