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WPIAL & City League Football Scores for Friday, October 11th

Welcome to the 2013 MSA Sports 'Stretch Run', the final three weeks of the 2013 high school football season that will help determine conference champions, home field advantage in the opening round of the postseason and playoff berths themselves. Here are all of the final scores from the second Friday in October.

WPIAL CLASS AAAA Southeastern Conference:

Upper St. Clair Panthers 28 - Bethel Park Black Hawks 13 (F)

Peters Township Indians 39 - Mount Lebanon Blue Devils 35 (F)

Woodland Hills Wolverines 34 - Canon-McMillan Big Macs 0 (F)

Penn Hills Indians 33 - Plum Mustangs 10 (F)

WPIAL CLASS AAAA Northern Eight Conference:

Scholastic Notebook

The Beaver football team changed its offense this year, going to a spread offense with much more passing.

You could say the new offense has been a Rowse-ing success.

Alex Rowse is Beaver’s quarterback and is doing things unheard of by Beaver quarterbacks. After six weeks of the season, Rowse leads the entire WPIAL in passing yardage with 1,581 yards. To put that in perspective, consider that last year’s quarterbacks – Rowse and Austin Ross - had less than 1,000 yards passing combined.

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Girls Volleyball

Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls volleyball rankings for the week ending October 11th...including another NEW #1 team in Class AA. 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  (10-0)
(Last Week #1)

2)   SHALER TITANS  (10-0)
(Last Week #2)

3)   PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (9-1)
(Last Week #3)

4)   OAKLAND CATHOLIC EAGLES  (9-1)
(Last Week #4)

Upper St. Clair and Sewickley Academy Win WPIAL Boys team Golf Crowns

You could say Upper St. Clair winning the district boys team golf title was very odd. that's because for the 7th time in the last 8 years ending with an odd number, the Panthers are Class AAA champs. in Class AA, Sewickley Academy made it a clean sweep for schools named Panthers as they claimed district gold for the first time since they won three consecutive championships from 2006 through 2008. Here are all of the results from the 2013 WPIAL Boys Team Golf Class AAA and Class AA Playoffs.

2013 WPIAL BOYS GOLF CLASS AAA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS:
At Cedarbrook Golf Club in Belle Vernon:

Upper St. Clair Panthers - 381

Fox Chapel Foxes - 411

Penn-Trafford & Central Valley Capture WPIAL Girls Team Golf Gold

The song remains the same when it comes to the girls team golf landscape in District 7. For the second year in a row and the second time in school history, Penn-Trafford captured the WPIAL Class AAA with a four stroke victory over runner-up North Allegheny and the rest of the seven team field. Meanwhile, Central Valley continued its dominance in Class AA with a second straight crown earned with a convincing 82-stroke victory over runner-up Sewickley Academy and the other two finalists. Here are ALL of the results from the 2013 WPIAL Girls Team Golf Championships held Thursday at the Cedarbrook Golf Club in Belle Vernon.

WPIAL CLASS AAA GIRLS TEAM GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP:

AT Cedarbrook Golf Club in Belle Vernon:

Chicks Picks - Week Seven

Welcome to Week 7. The 2013 edition of the Stretch Run is here…that time of year when the regular season is winding down, but postseason implications are heating up.  Since this is a critical time of year, we at the MSA Sports Network always get together for a team-building workout to ensure our physical and mental clarity for the remainder of the season.

This year, we decided to go with our old faithful—yoga—which had proven results for Team MSA time and time again.  The Boss talked up the event all week, hinting to his team that this year’s session would offer some added flair.  He certainly did not disappoint.

District College Football Preview for Saturday, October 11

Even if it doesn't feel like it, the second week of October brings huge matchups this week on the local college football scene.

Slippery Rock looks to challenge for the PSAC West title but defending champion and #7 IUP is in the way, a battle at the Rock takes place Saturday afternoon.

One week after handing Geneva it's worst loss in years, Thomas More will look to stake a huge claim towards another PAC title in Washington County. W & J looks to bounce back after their first loss to Bethany in 30 years.

After two September byes, Duquesne will finally open Northeast Conference play at Rooney Field.

Here are previews of ALL the games, including two that can be heard here on the Network.

MSA Sports Big Game Hunting - Week Seven

What a neat year it has already been. The Pirates reached the playoffs and it appears so will the Avella Eagles and the West Shamokin Wolves! All three are tremendous stories this fall. The stretch run is here and all of those teams control their own destinies. That is all their fans have been hoping and praying for. Some teams don’t control their own fate. Some need help, and some need a lot of help. The time has come for scoreboard watching and more importantly listening to the MSA Sports Scoreboard show every Friday night with Don Rebel. But you should have been doing that all along. Let’s go Big Game Hunting.

AAAA Southeastern Conference:

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Boys Soccer

Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL boys soccer rankings for the week of October 7th. 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 2013 WPIAL Boys Soccer Playoffs here on the MSA Sports Network.

WPIAL CLASS AAA:

1)   UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (13-0-1)
(Last Week #1)

2)   PITTSBURGH CENTRAL CATHOLIC VIKINGS  (13-1-1)
(Last Week #2)

3)   FOX CHAPEL FOXES  (12-1-0)
(Last Week #3)

4)   PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS  (11-2-1)
(Last Week #5)

5)   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (12-1-1)
(Last Week #7)

Hometown Volleyball Match Recap: Beaver Bobcats 3 - BLACKHAWK COUGARS 1

In Hometown Volleyball action between the Blackhawk Cougars and the Beaver Bobcats at Blackhawk high school, Beaver wins the match 3-1. Game scores were, 25-18, 19-25, 25-22, 25-14.

Both teams came into this pivotal section 1 AA match tied with identical 7-1 records and tied for first place with section rival Hopewell. All three teams have clinched a playoff berth, but we're tied as Beaver had a win over Blackhawk, and Hopewell over Beaver, and Blackhawk over Hopewell. This match tonite went a long way to determine the section champion and playoff position.The Cougars play Hopewell next week, while Beaver will take on the Vikings this Thursday night.

Hometown Volleyball Match Recap: CHARTIERS-HOUSTON BUCCANEERS 3- Avella Eagles 0

The Chartiers-Houston Buccaneers (3-7 in section play) hosted the Avella Eagles (2-8) in a late season section matchup on a cool Tuesday night in October. The Bucs came out with a solid 3-0 victory to add another win to their section resume.

The first game stayed close the entire time with each team trading barbs back and forth for a quite a while. At one point in the game, both teams were tied 11-11. This proved to be an important part in this game and each one after. All 3 games saw this 11-11 similarity and that was the point where the Bucs took over. Sophomore right side hitter and co-captain Kylee Levers led the way with a team high 6 kills in game one. She also added an ace in service to catapult the Bucs to an early 1-0 lead.

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Girls Soccer

Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls soccer rankings for the week of October 7th. 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 2013 WPIAL Girls Soccer Playoffs here on the MSA Sports Network.

WPIAL CLASS AAA:

1)   BETHEL PARK BLACK HAWKS  (11-1-1)
(Last Week #1)

2)   NORWIN KNIGHTS  (12-1-2)
(Last Week #4)

3)   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (14-2-0)
(Last Week #6)

4)   NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (13-1-1)
(Last Week #2)

5)   FOX CHAPEL FOXES  (13-1-1)
(Last Week #3)

WPIAL Plays of the Week - Week Six

With nine WPIAL games decided by four points or less this week, there was definitely no shortage of big plays. Next week, we move to the "Stretch Run" of the 2013 season. But first, let's reminisce on a fantastic sixth week of high school football.  

#1 Bethel Park 21, Penn Hills 19 

So often does a missed extra point come back to haunt a team. Penn Hills found that out the hard way on Friday night. After a Marshall Thompson miss on a PAT and a blocked field goal, Penn Hills would find themselves down 21-19 following a Ja’Mar Gee touchdown reception with 10 seconds left. But the Blackhawks’ defense would come up big on the two-point conversion, coming away with a massive AAAA Southeasten Conference victory.

Hometown Volleyball Match Recap: SOUTH SIDE BEAVER RAMS 3 - Beaver County Christian Eagles 1

The South Side Beaver Rams had little trouble with the Beaver County Christian Eagles Monday night in Hookstown coming away with a solid, if not inspiring 3-1 on their home floor, in a non-section match.

The Rams rolled in game one behind the setting of senior Samantha Gibson and the kills of Cheyenne Seik and sophomore Toni Yacoviello rattling off nine straight at one point to build the lead to 20-8 before finishing 25-18.

The Eagles responded in game two with a pretty convincing 25-12 win behind some great play from Emily Havrankek, Mia Padgett, and Dalashay Whitehead, never allowing South Side to string together more than two points in a row in the game.

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Football

Each and every Monday during the regular season, the MSA Sports Network will rank the Top Ten football teams in each classification. Here are the latest WPIAL football rankings following Week SIX.

WPIAL CLASS AAAA TOP TEN:

1.   PITTSBURGH CENTRAL CATHOLIC VIKINGS  (6-0)
(Last Week #1) (This Week: host #8 North Allegheny on MSA)

2.   UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (6-0)
(Last Week #2) (This Week: host Bethel Park on MSA)

3.   GATEWAY GATORS  (6-0)
(Last Week #3) (This Week: at Norwin)

4.   McKEESPORT TIGERS  (6-0)
(Last Week #4) (This Week: at Connellsville on MSA)

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