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MSA Sports Countdown of Top 25 WPIAL Stories of 2013 - #25 to #1

It has become a tradition like no other...at least during the holidays here at MSA Sports. It's time to look back at another high school sports year with the top stories from around the WPIAL in 2013. Here is our entire countdown fr0m #25 through #1.

#25 - Playoff Drought Ends

In a year when the Pittsburgh Pirates ended a long Major League Baseball playoff drought, a long WPIAL football playoff drought also came to an end when in Week 9, the Avella Eagles clinched a WPIAL playoffs berth with a 55-14 thrashing of Bentworth to clinch fourth place in the Class A Tri-County South Conference.

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Wrestling

Here are the latest Top 10 rankings in WPIAL Team Wrestling. Every Thursday through January, MSA Sports ranks the top ten teams in both the WPIAL Class AAA and Class AA team wrestling. Don't miss Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle Show every Monday at 7:00pm AND weekly matches broadcast on Wednesday's and select weekends only here on the MSA Sports Network.

Section records in parenthesis.

WPIAL CLASS AAA:

1.    Franklin Regional Panthers  (2-0)
(Last Week #1)

2.    Latrobe Wildcats  (2-0)
(Last Week #3)

3.    Canon-McMillan Big Macs  (3-0)
(Last Week #2)

MSA Sports Top Ten - PIHL Hockey

Here are the latest MSA Sports Sports Frozen Fab Five rankings of PIHL hockey teams in each of the four classifications. Don't miss the PIHL Notebook every Monday on our website and the weekly PIHL Power Play Show every Wednesday night at 8:00pm here on the home of the best high school hockey coverage, the MSA Sports Network at www.MSAsports.net

PIHL CLASS AAA:

2013 WPIAL Team Champions on Parade

What better way to celebrate championships and the start of a new year then with a parade. It has been another great year in high school sports. All of us here at the MSA Sports Network and Management Science Associates thank our sponsors and fans for their support during 2013. As we get ready for another great scholastic year in 2014, we look back at all the WPIAL team champions on parade from this past year.

Football:

Class AAAA - Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings

Class AAA - West Allegheny Indians

Class AA - South Fayette Lions

Class A - Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Trojans

PIAA Class AA - South Fayette Lions

PIAA Class A - Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Trojans

MSA Sports Countdown of Top 25 WPIAL Stories of 2013

It has become a tradition like no other...at least during the holidays here at MSA Sports. It's time to look back at another high school sports year with the top stories from around the WPIAL in 2013. We conclude our countdown with the five stories that ended up #5 through #1.

#5 - Section 3 Superiority

Everybody knew that WPIAL Class AAAA Section 3 in boys basketball was special. But the strength of the four postseason representatives ended up being historic.

#1 seed New Castle, #2-seed North Allegheny, #3-seed Hampotn and #12-seed Seneca Valley all advanced through the First Round...then through the Quarterfinals before making the Class AAAA Semifinals a personal Section 3 in-house tournament.

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Boys Basketball

Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Boys Basketball rankings for the 2013-2014 season...including a NEW #1 team in Class AAA. Each Tuesday during the regular season, MSA Sports will release a new Top Ten boys hoops rankings plus daily updated standings with various daily broadcasts and the WPIAL Roundball Report on Wednesday nights at 6:00pm ALL here at MSAsports.net

WPIAL CLASS AAAA:

1.     New Castle Red Hurricane  (8-0)
(Last Week #1)

2.     Hampton Talbots  (10-0)
(Last Week #2)

3.     North Allegheny Tigers  (9-0)
(Last Week #3)

MSA Sports Countdown of Top 25 WPIAL Stories of 2013

It has become a tradition like no other...at least during the holidays here at MSA Sports. It's time to look back at another high school sports year with the top stories from around the WPIAL in 2013. We continue our countdown with the five stories that ended up #10 through #6.

#10 - Sto-Rox Cuts Spring Sports

School district budget cuts led to Sto-Rox High School dropping its baseball and softball programs in late June. While the district is looking for a co-op with another school district for both programs, returning baseball and softball players can either move to another district, attend a private school or just not play this upcoming spring.

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Girls Basketball

Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Girls Basketball rankings for the 2013-2014 season...including NEW #1 teams in both Class AAAA and Class AAA. Each Monday during the regular season, MSA Sports will release a new Top Ten girls hoops rankings plus daily updated standings with various daily broadcasts and the WPIAL Roundball Report on Wednesday nights at 6:00pm ALL here at MSAsports.net

WPIAL CLASS AAAA:

1.     North Allegheny Tigers  (8-1)
(Last Week #2)

2.     Mount Lebanon Blue Devils  (5-2)
(Last Week #1)

3.     Bethel Park Black Hawks  (8-0)
(Last Week #4)

PIHL Notebook

Welcome to the New Year’s week edition of “PIHL Notebook,” your weekly companion to “The PIHL Power Play” on the MSA Sports Network. There were no games played over the past week due to the Christmas break, so whatever shall we do with ourselves? How does a look at the playoff picture in each classification heading into the second half of the 2013-14 season sound? We knew you would think it was a good idea, but we won’t stop there! With a hat trick of network broadcasts scheduled to kick off 2014, preview goodness is also in store. So, let’s light the lamp on this edition of “PIHL Notebook.”

CLASS AAA – 2014 PENGUINS CUP PLAYOFFS (Top 12 teams qualify):

MSA Sports Countdown of Top 25 WPIAL Stories of 2013

It has become a tradition like no other...at least during the holidays here at MSA Sports. It's time to look back at another high school sports year with the top stories from around the WPIAL in 2013. We continue our countdown with the five stories that ended up #15 through #11.

#15 - Perfect Champions

It was a rare Perfect Saturday at Heinz Field on November 23rd as all four WPIAL football champions crowned did so with no losses. Pittsburgh Central Catholic, West Allegheny, South Fayette and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic were all 13-0 as they were presented with the golden football on a snowy day on the North Shore, but both the Lions and Trojans were not satisfied with just a district title, they wanted to stake their claim to state gold as well.

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

We say 'So Long' to 2013 and say 'Hello' in typical grand style to 2014...with the best coverage of high school sports this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have WPIAL, District 6 and District 9 boys and girls section high school basketball along with scholastic mat action and the return of high school hockey, plus Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle, the PIHL Power Play Show and the debut of the Roundball Report ALL here at MSAsports.net

Monday, December 30th:

TALK SHOW - Inside the WPIAL Wrestling Circle powered by Synerfac at 7:00pm on MSAsports.net

WPIAL Boys High School Basketball - Thomas Jefferson vs Elizabeth Forward at 4:30pm on MSAsports.net

Tuesday, December 31st:

MSA Sports Countdown of Top 25 WPIAL Stories of 2013

It has become a tradition like no other...at least during the holidays here at MSA Sports. It's time to look back at another high school sports year with the top stories from around the WPIAL in 2013. We continue our countdown with the five stories that ended up #20 through #16.

#20 - Virgin Playoff Teams

There are teams that haven't played in the WPIAL football playoffs in 'X' amount of years, then there are schools that have never played in a WPIAL football game...ever. Until this 2013 season that is.

Summit Academy is a small court-adjudicated facility in rural Butler County that started in 1998. The Knights roster not only changes drastically from year to year, but also could change from week-to-week.

POWERade Wrestling Classic Championship Results

Here are the results from the 2013 POWERade Wrestling Classic held Friday and Saturday at Canon-McMillan High School. You can hear the archive broadcast from both days anytime you want on the MSA Sports December broadcast page.

106 Lbs:
1004: Devin Brown, Franklin Regional MAJOR Connor Sheehan, Solanco   12-3

113 Lbs:
1008: Spencer Lee, Franklin Regional MAJOR Ethan McCoy, Greater Latrobe   14-4

120 Lbs:
1012: Luke Pletcher, Greater Latrobe DEC Ethan Lizak, Parkland   3-2

126 Lbs:
1016: Dalton Macri, Canon-McMillan DEC Ryan Millhof, Collins Hill - GA   8-6

132 Lbs:
1020: Tyler Smith, Franklin Regional DEC Sam Krivus, Hempfield   7-0

MSA Sports Countdown of Top 25 WPIAL Stories of 2013

It has become a tradition like no other...at least during the holidays here at MSA Sports. It's time to look back at another high school sports year with the top stories from around the WPIAL in 2013. We begin our countdown with the five stories that ended up #25 through #21.

#25 - Playoff Drought Ends

In a year when the Pittsburgh Pirates ended a long Major League Baseball playoff drought, a long WPIAL football playoff drought also came to an end when in Week 9, the Avella Eagles clinched a WPIAL playoffs berth with a 55-14 thrashing of Bentworth to clinch fourth place in the Class A Tri-County South Conference.

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Boys Basketball

Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL Boys Basketball rankings for the 2013-2014 season...including a NEW #1 team in Class AA. Each Tuesday during the regular season, MSA Sports will release a new Top Ten boys hoops rankings plus daily updated standings with various daily broadcasts and the WPIAL Roundball Report on Wednesday nights at 6:00pm ALL here at MSAsports.net

WPIAL CLASS AAAA:

1.     New Castle Red Hurricane  (6-0)
(Last Week #1)

2.     Hampton Talbots  (8-0)
(Last Week #2)

3.     North Allegheny Tigers  (6-0)
(Last Week #4)

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