CLASS AAAA FOOTHILLS CONFERENCE
A wet Saturday morning gave way to a gray and cool Saturday where a couple of big frays closed out the Week Three of the WPIAL football schedule, including a major showdown in Class AAAA where early season control of the Foothills Conference was at stake in the Mon Valley. Here is a rundown of ALL the final scores from District 7 on third third Saturday of 2014.
WPIAL CLASS AAAA Foothills Conference:
Penn-Trafford Warriors 28 - McKeesport Tigers 0 (MSA)
WPIAL CLASS AA Century Conference:
Quaker Valley Quakers 35 - South Allegheny Gladiators 7 (MSA)
WPIAL CLASS A Black Hills Conference:
Bishop Canevin Crusaders 14 - Northgate Flames 13 (MSA)
After a couple of humid and warm Friday nights to kick off the 2014 season, cool air prevailed in Week Three making it feel more like football weather. With concerns of water breaks and cramps behind them, many players relaxed and let their talents take over with some huge efforts on Friday night. We scratch the surface with some of the peak performances on the third Friday of the season.
Alex Minton & Levi Metheny - Bethel Park
For the first time this season, here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls volleyball rankings for the week ending September 12th. 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) SHALER TITANS (3-0)
(Last Week *)
2) NORWIN KNIGHTS (4-0)
(Last Week *)
3) SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS (4-0)
(Last Week *)
They haven’t exactly beaten world-class competition, but Norwin is still 2-0. After tonight, the Knights could be in a spot where they haven’t been in 15 years.
Norwin plays at Seneca Valley in a non-conference game. While Seneca Valley (0-2) is trying to find itself, Norwin is trying to go 3-0 for the first time in 15 years.
The last time Norwin was 3-0 was 1999, one of the greatest seasons in Norwin history. The Knights finished 8-4 and made it to the WPIAL semifinals before losing to Cecil Howard and McKeesport.
South Side (3-1) got off to a hot start en route to a 3-0 (25-9, 28-26, 25-19) victory over Northgate (1-2) on Thursday night in Hookstown.
The Rams were paced by Senior Outside Hitter Alexis Dhayer, who led all players with nine kills in the match, despite not playing for most of the second set.
But it was South Side's quick and streaky start that propelled the Rams the most, as they stormed to a 25-9 first set victory. In the opening set, South Side started on a 5-0 run, then were led by serving specialist Lena Pieto, who helped rattle off eight-straight points, giving the Rams a 13-2 lead. A 4-0 run moments later would help South Side run away with the first set.
The third Friday night of the 2014 WPIAL football season saw some cooler, player friendly weather conditions to Western Pennsylvania. We also hit the one-third mark of the season where 'early season' mistakes are no longer tolerated and are much more costly. Here is the rundown of all of the final results from the third Friday of the season. All games with (MSA) can be heard archived here on MSA Sports.
WPIAL CLASS AAAA Northern Eight Conference:
Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings 28 - North Allegheny Tigers 7 (MSA)
Pine-Richland Rams 49 - Fox Chapel Foxes 7 (MSA)
North Hills Indians 35 - Butler Golden Tornado 7 (MSA)
WPIAL CLASS AAAA Southeastern Conference:
Welcome to Week 3 of the high school football season. After a series of disappointing picks last weekend, Chick’s Picks decided that she needed seek out a bit of clarity before making this week’s predictions. So, she headed out with her beau, pooch, and trusty crystal ball in tow, off to a scenic overlook known for its tranquilizing nature.
Upon arrival at the overlook, the beau set off with the trusty crystal ball to find an optimal zen spot, while Chick’s Picks took a short stroll with the puppy – whose name, Ursa, happens to be Latin for bear. As they sauntered through the scenic landscapes, Chick’s Picks glanced in the beau’s general direction – alarmed by what she saw.
At Central Valley High School, the Central Valley Warriors girls volleyball team, in their first appearance on the MSA Sports Network, beat the Ambridge Bridgers 3-0. Scores of the three games were 25-15, 25-19, and 25-21.
Central Valley has a veteran team under Dennis Damp with 5 seniors and 3 juniors among the rotation. Coach Damp who has 5 WPIAL Boys titles to his credit, has rounded this years Warriors into a true team. Everyone contributes and they worked together in the victory over the Bridgers.
Week 2 of the district college football scene has some good games and some strange happenings this weekend and it's not even close to Halloween.
The PSAC begins it's first week of crossover play with East meeting West but after a May vote of the PSAC board, these games all count in the conference standings, so it is possible that a game in September could determine the representatives in the State Title Game in November.
In the PAC, there are four meetings between PAC members this weekend, but due to the conference now having 14 teams and playing an unbalanced schedule, these games do not count towards the conference title.
See I told you it goes by quickly, I am just about set for week one and here is week three! The weather man says it will feel a lot more like football this weekend. Before we go Big Game Hunting a shout out to the defenses! We here at BGH are lovers of the defensive side of the ball. Despite the fact that all the gang at the network refer to us as “offensive”, sometimes right to our faces, we appreciate the big stops in the big spots. We love the traditionally strong defensive teams at have not allowed a single point thus far into the 2014 season.
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL boys soccer rankings for the week of September 8th. You can check out the new rankings every Wednesday through the regular season with weekly matches heard live and archived, including exclusive coverage of the 2014 WPIAL Boys Soccer Playoffs and the Pro Grass Girls Soccer Player of the Month in September, October and November ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network.
WPIAL BOYS SOCCER CLASS AAA:
1) PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS (5-0-0)
(Last Week #1)
2) UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS (4-0-1)
(Last Week #2)
3) SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS (5-0-0)
(Last Week #4)
The Buccaneers of Chartiers-Houston took the victory in straight sets (25-11, 25-23, 25-23) over the Avella Eagles Tuesday night. Led by head coach Sean Cleary, the Lady Bucs were able to win all three games despite some sloppy play at times.
In the beginning, it was a one-sided match. Avella had some communication problems and Char-Houston took advantage. Lex Tatano provided the offense with her powerful serve taking the team on a 6 point and 8 point run. The Bucs took care of business, yet games two and three were a different story.
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls soccer rankings for the week of September 8th. You can check out the new rankings every Tuesday through the regular season with weekly matches heard live and archived, including exclusive coverage of the 2014 WPIAL Girls Soccer Playoffs and the Pro Grass Girls Soccer Player of the Month in September, October and November ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network.
WPIAL GIRLS SOCCER CLASS AAA:
1) SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS (4-0-0)
(Last Week #1)
2) PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS (6-0-0)
(Last Week #2)
3) UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS (3-0-2)
(Last Week #3)
1. Pine-Richland 28, North Allegheny 24 (OT)
Possibly the top-billed game of week two produced the top play of week two as well. After battling back and forth for 48 minutes, Northern Eight Conference powers Pine-Richland and North Allegheny went to overtime, tied 21-21. After the Tigers had to settle for a field goal, Pine-Richland would get their shot at the win. That’s when Rams Quarterback Ben DiNucci would take over.
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