CLASS AAAA FOOTHILLS CONFERENCE
An annual homecoming game and three standard home afternoon contests made up the Week Four edition of the Saturday WPIAL football schedule. For the second straight week, there was a rare Class AAAA Saturday contest as Shaler could not end their long losing streak as they hosted Butler in their annual Saturday homecoming game. Plus there were home games for Saturday afternoon regulars Summit Academy, Western Beaver and Wilkinsburg. Here are the finals from all four contests which you can listen to archived here on the MSA Sports Network.
WPIAL CLASS AAAA Northern Eight Conference:
Butler Golden Tornado 42 - Shaler Titans 7 (MSA)
WPIAL CLASS AA Midwestern Athletic Conference:
Neither players or coaches can complain about the weather in the first four weeks of this season as Mother Nature has cooperated very nicely. And the turned toward huge offensive numbers continued around fields in Southwestern Pennsylvania on the fourth Friday of the WPIAL football season. Thus it makes our job that much tougher with so many young men who deserve post-game kudos, only a few can receive our top ten tip of the cap.
Ben DiNucci - Pine-Richland
At the rate he is passing, Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci has a good chance to become the 17th player in WPIAL history to throw for 5,000 career yards.
While that is an impressive feat, Pine-Richland does thro the ball often. So DiNucci will naturally pile up yardage. What might be more impressive about DiNucci is his accuracy.
DiNucci is a 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior who you probably wouldn’t want to play in darts. Sure, in Pine-Richland’s spread offense, DiNucci throws a number of short passes. But he still throws downfield and his accuracy is uncanny.
Believe it or not, one-third of the high school football regular season was in the books leading up to Week 4. It’s not too early to envision the outcome of key games and what they might mean down the MSA Sports Stretch Run. So on what was another gorgeous night for football, here are ALL of the results from the WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League football schedule on Friday night.
WPIAL CLASS AAAA Foothills Conference:
Connellsville Falcons 34 - Hempfield Spartans 26
McKeesport Tigers 34 - Latrobe Wildcats 6
Penn-Trafford Warriors 42 - Altoona Mountain Lions 21
Plum Mustangs 23 - Norwin Knights 14
WPIAL CLASS AAAA Southeastern Conference:
Here are the latest WPIAL girls volleyball standings for the 2014 season. Standings will be updated daily through the regular season, leading up to MSA Sports EXCLUSIVE coverage of the 2014 WPIAL Girls Volleyball Playoffs in October. Also, don't forget to click on the Girls Volleyball sports page for information on the 2014 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.
(Top 3 teams from each section qualify for playoffs)
# = Clinched Section Title
* = Clinched Playoff Berth
x = Eliminated From Playoff Chase
Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls volleyball rankings for the week ending September 19th. 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 (5-0)
(Last Week #1)
2) SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS (5-0)
(Last Week #3)
3) OAKLAND CATHOLIC EAGLES (5-0)
(Last Week #6)
4) HEMPFIELD SPARTANS (3-0)
(Last Week #10)
At Central Valley High School in Hometown Volleyball action the Central Valley Warriors defeat the Quaker Valley Quakers in 3 games. Scores were 25-16, 25-16, 25-23. The Warriors take over second place in section 2 AA with a 4-1 record. Quaker Valley falls to 3-2 and holds third place.
In Game 1, the Quakers played solid defense and kept it close early, but at 7-7 the Warriors took off. They would end the game with a 18-8 run. They dominated on the front court on defense in the middle, and offense on the left and right side. Eryn Yuran, Belen Brown, Kaleah Jones, and Christina Kent took turns taking control of the game. QV couldn't get past the wall they set up in the middle, and couldn't withstand the depth CV threw at them winning 25-16.
A pair of juniors were crowned first time champions Thursday afternoon at Shady Side Academy in two totally different championship matches. Here are recaps from both the Class AAA and Class AA WPIAL Girls Singles Tennis Championships.
(Pictured is Shady Side Academy junior Ananya Dua after winning the 2014 WPIAL Girls Singles Tennis AAA title)
The first district championships of the 2014-2015 school year were decided Thursday with a pair of first time title winner crowned at the Shady Side Academy tennis courts Thursday afternoon. The battle of sisters never really materialized in the Class AA finals as junior Alyvia Kluska and sophomore Michaela Kluska played four games, then shook hands and announced that Alyvia would win the title via default. Last year, the two sisters were scheduled to meet in the consolation match and older sister Alyvia forfeited so younger sister Michaela could qualify for the states. Both sisters qualify for the PIAA singles playoffs next month. In Class AAA, top-seed junior Ananya Dua won on her home court by beating Charlotte Madson in straight sets to win the championship.
Week 3 of the district college football slate starts conference play in the Presidents Athletic Conference. Crossover play continues in the PSAC while the NEC takes another week of non-conference action.
Here are previews of ALL the games, including two heard here on the Network.
Carnegie Mellon (0-1) at W & J (2-0) 1:30pm on WJPA 1450-AM and the MSA Sports Network
The Tartans were blanked 30-0 by Case Western Reserve in Cleveland on opening night and the PAC opener. The CMU defense allowed 498 yards while the offense only managed 188 yards.
In a pivotal early season matchup between two teams struggling to find consistency, the Vincentian Academy Royals staged a huge rally in defeating the Brentwood Spartans on their home court by a score of 3-2.
While Vincentian Academy started strong in the first two games of the match by grabbing early leads, the Spartans would eventually battle back and win both by scores of 25-23 and 25-22. Brentwood was paced early on by the attacking of their outside hitters, Kaitlyn McNamara, Hannah Livingston and Alexis Wagner and by getting some excellent blocks for key points by middle Allison Mrkonja. Mrkonja would finish with a total of five blocks in the match.
Welcome to Week 4 of the high school football season. Throughout the first two weeks of the season, Chick’s Picks had seen remarkable scores posted by Clairton—70-0 over California and 86-0 over Wilkinsburg. Despite heavy criticism from the peanut gallery that the Bears were running up the score, opposing coaches did not seem to share that opinion. So, Chick’s Picks decided to head out to Westmoreland County last Friday night to bear witness as Clairton took on Greensburg Central Catholic.
Week three of WPIAL football saw, quite possibly, the game of the year. So it's no surprise that the top game also featured the top play. Beyond that, we had a game-winning touchdown pass, a game-clinching interception and a pick-six that went coast to coast. Week four is just around the corner, so don't waste any time listening to the Plays of the Week!
1. Apollo-Ridge 44, Kittanning 41 (OT)
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