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2013 MSA Sports Hometown Volleyball Program Member - The Avonworth Antelopes

This is my 13th year as head coach. Hope it’s not unlucky, but we already have two girls who had season ending injuries from basketball. We hope to compete for the section championship and go deeper into the playoffs than last season.  But, we have a very solid and very big team this season and we think that we can compete with anyone.

The returning starters for my team are:

Katie Pendrak - 6’1” returning senior middle hitter

Olivia London - 5’10” returning senior strong side hitter

Abby Turnbull – 5’4” returning senior defensive specialist

Ericka Thomas – 5’5” returning senior defensive specialist

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

There is more WPIAL gold as we head to the course twice as September slides into October this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have a busy sixth week of the high school football season with FORTY-TWO WPIAL, District 6 and District 9 football games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Friday night kicking off with the expanded MSA Sports Pregame Show and concluding with the one and only WPIAL High School Football Scoreboard Show.

District College Football Recap for Saturday, September 28th

It was an exciting day of college football around Western Pennsylvania with a pair of double overtime games, a huge offensive performance by the Rock and IUP takes the Coal Bowl for the first time from Cal.

Here are recaps of ALL the games:

Slippery Rock 58 – Mercyhurst 34
The Rock racked up 609 yards of offense in the win. Transfer Teddy Blakeman ran for three scores and caught a td pass, he also threw for a touchdown. WR John Schademan had a school record 229 yards receiving on 11 catches, he has gone over 100 yards in all four games this season.

WPIAL Saturday's Scholastic Starz for Week Five

It would have been another lonely, one WPIAL game on Saturday in Week Five if not for three school's who celebrated their Homecoming Weekend with afternoon high school football games. While most Saturday action focuses on Class A, the smallest classification played out on Friday, leaving one Quad-A and three Double-A games to soak up the sunshine and churn out the top performers on the final play date of September.

Billy Urso - Fox Chapel

WPIAL Football Scores for Saturday, September 28th

'Tis the season as we say so long to September football and get ready for October football. Its time for the annual school ritual of Homecoming Weekend. Most schools still play their Homecoming football game on Friday night as part of a weekend of festivities, but a handful of schools go throwback and play their special games on Saturday afternoon. Shaler, Shady Side Academy and Burgettstown were three of those schools that helped make this a rather busy fifth Saturday on the high school football schedule. Here are all the results, with all four WPIAL games archived here on the MSA Sports Network.

WPIAL CLASS AAAA Northern Eight Conference:

Fox Chapel Foxes 34 - Shaler Titans 14  (MSA)
 

WPIAL Friday Night HighLights for Week Five

It was a clean sweep for the month of September weather wise as for the fourth straight Friday and the fifth overall, the weather was outstanding for high school football around Western Pennsylvania. The weather wasn't the only thing shining bright as we hit the midway point if the regular season as these players  (and teams) were marvelous in victorious outputs in preparation of October football.

Luigi Lista-Brinza - Pittsburgh Central Catholic

2013 WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League Football Standings

Here are the latest WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League football standings through Week Five of the 2013 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

WPIAL CLASS AAAA:
(2 out of 16 Teams Have Clinched Playoff Spots)

Northern Eight Conference:

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Girls Volleyball

Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls volleyball rankings for the week ending September 27th...including a NEW #1 team in Class A. You can check out the new rankings every Friday through the regular season with daily updated girls volleyball standings and weekly matches as well all here on the home for the Hometown Volleyball Program, the MSA Sports Network.

Section record in parenthesis.

WPIAL CLASS AAA:

1)   NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (6-0)
(Last Week #1)

2)   SHALER TITANS  (5-0)
(Last Week #5)

3)   PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (5-1)
(Last Week #4)

4)   OAKLAND CATHOLIC EAGLES  (6-1)
(Last Week #2)

Scholastic Notebook

It doesn’t matter if there is security or a police presence at Ringgold football games. The key for fourth-year coach Matt Humbert is he always has had the Law on his side.

Humbert has enjoyed success in his four years as Ringgold’s coach, and one of the keys is there has been a Law under center. Quad Law played quarterback for the Rams in Humbert’s first two years when the Rams were a combined 17-4. Now, Law’s younger, Nico, is the Rams’ QB.

They are turning Ringgold into a Law school.

After going only 4-6 last season, Ringgold is 3-1 this year heading into a big game tonight at West Mifflin. Nico Law has been a driving force, turning out to be one of the best-dual threat quarterbacks in the WPIAL.

WPIAL/City League Football Scores for Friday, September 27th

We hit the midway point of the 2013 WPIAL football regular season on the fifth Friday of the campaign. This also marked the final Friday in September, although it felt more like the first Friday of the ninth month with temps in the 70's around kick off time. Here are ALL of the final scores from Friday night.

WPIAL CLASS AAAA Southeastern Conference:

Bethel Park Black Hawks 24 - Peters Township 0 (F)

Woodland Hills Wolverines 49 -  Mount Lebanon Blue Devils 10 (F)

Upper St. Clair Panthers 44 - AT Baldwin Highlanders 0 (F)

Canon-McMillan Big Macs 17 - Plum Mustangs 7 (F)

WPIAL CLASS AAAA Northern Eight Conference:

Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings 42 - Seneca Valley Raiders 0 (F)

WPIAL Girls Volleyball Standings

Here are the latest WPIAL girls volleyball standings for the 2013 season. Standings will be updated daily through the regular season, leading up to MSA Sports EXCLUSIVE coverage of the 2013 WPIAL Girls Volleyball Playoffs in October. Also, don't forget to click on the Girls Volleyball sports page for information on the 2013 MSA Sports Hometown Girls Volleyball Program and don't miss the Hometown Girls Volleyball Show every Monday night at 7:00pm here on MSA Sports.

Only section record is shown.

MSA Sports Hometown Girls Volleyball Program teams are capitalized and bolded.

(Top 3 teams from each section qualify for playoffs)
# = Clinched Section Title
* = Clinched Playoff Berth
x = Eliminated From Playoff Chase

Hometown Volleyball Match Recap: FREEPORT YELLOWJACKETS 3 - Seton-LaSalle Rebels 0

The number one team in the MSA Sports Class AA Volleyball rankings showed up to impress in their first appearance as a hometown volleyball team on the MSA Sports Network. Freeport (7-0) jumped out to an early lead leaning on Senior Alexis Schrecengost for her power at the net and Sophomore Zoe Pawlak at the net and service line. Whether it was Pawlak's jump serve or a combination her and Schrecengost at the net in game one Seton-La Salle (5-1) had no answer. Freeport was able to set up their offense and win game one with a score of 25-19.

Hometown Volleyball Match Recap: SOUTH SIDE BEAVER RAMS 3 - Central Valley Warriors 1

In what head coach Jason Benkowski called their best match of the year, the Class A South Side Beaver Rams soundly defeated Class AA Central Valley 3-1 at home on Tuesday night.

Having won three of their last four matches, the Rams controlled things from the service line from the onset of this match. Alexis Dhayer and Cheyenne Seik served in dominant fashion to give South Side Beaver a decisive 25-19 victory in the first game of the match.

The Rams continued to be the better of the two teams when it came to both serving and passing in game two as well. Sarah Androlia and Amanda Fraser had stretches of serving brilliance, allowing the Rams to rush out to an early lead and, eventually, a 25-18 victory in game two.

Chicks Picks - Week Five

Welcome to Week 5. Throughout her travels, Chick’s Picks sees many fascinating sights.  It is not every day, though, that she runs into a giant rubber duckie—especially here in Pittsburgh.  In case you have missed the news, The Rubber Duck Project is making its way to our fine city this weekend.

Chick’s Picks decided to do a bit of research on the project.  The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust described it best, “The friendly, floating, four-story-high Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them.”  Chick’s Picks pondered the statement for a moment, then quickly realized just how much she and the rubber duckie had in common.

District College Football Preview for Saturday, September 28th

Week 5 of the College Football season and conference play is heating up with a Top 25 meeting in the PSAC. Waynesburg puts their unbeaten record on the line with a trip to Kentucky to meet Thomas More and Geneva travels to the city to meet CMU.

Here are previews of ALL the games including three heard right here on the Network, recaps will be posted Sunday

Mercyhurst (1-2) at Slippery Rock (2-1)   6pm on 97.7 FM and MSASports.net
Mercyhurst leads the series 3-2, the road team has never won in the series.
The Lakers fell 20-13 at Clarion last week in the division opener. It was the first time that the Lakers had dropped the PSAC West opener.

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