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The final stop to get aboard the Highway to Heinz was this past weekend as rivals clashed and helmets bashed.


The matchups have been set and the countdown begins for the ceremonial ribbon to be cut for the opening of the Highway to Heinz. The WPIAL Playoffs kick off with 32 opening round games coming up Friday, November 4th as we whittle 64 hopeful teams down to four golden champions.

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Football Playoff Rankings

The only brackets that matter are those that come out Monday evening to officially kick off the 2011 ride of thrills on the Highway to Heinz. But until then, we can have some fun speculating. These really aren't true 1 to 16 rankings. We rank the top eight teams with home field advantage, then match them up with possible opening round opponents. 1 vs 16, 2 vs.

This Week on the MSA Sports Network

The fall sports postseason concludes for scholastic soccer and volleyball and kicks off for high school football as October turns to November this week on the MSA Sports Network.

Saturdays Scholastic Starz

The final day of the 2011 regular season and the final Saturday of high school football...well, until the WPIAL championships that is. For coaches and fans, the conditions were rather frightful, but for all of those teen-age kids, the snow and the mud was very delightful.

District College Football Recap

Champions were crowned in the PSAC West and PAC on Saturday, a near upset of a top ten team in Meadville and Saint Francis picks up their first NEC win and Seton Hill ends a long losing streak.

And speaking of losing streaks, Lock Haven sets the PSAC record for futility. Here are recaps of the games, including three heard here on the Network:

Friday Night HighLights

While we wake up to a white out (What the…?), it was a knock out delivered by these football players from the final Friday of the regular season. Whether their team was chasing down a conference championship or trying to wrap up a playoff spot, these players below came up large. As the regular season curtain slowly closes, we say ENCORE to these following performers from Week Nine.

Week 9 WPIAL/Pittsburgh City League Saturday Football Scores

That’s all there is and there is no more. That is what WPIAL Executive Director Tim O’Malley told the audience as he closed the curtain on the 2011 high school football regular season Saturday night.

Highway to Heinz - WPIAL Football Playoff Picture

All 64 district high school football playoff berths have been determined, and only one conference is still up in the air going into the final day of the regular season on Saturday. The brackets are unveiled Monday night in all four classification as the Highway to Heinz opens up for First Round action next weekend.

2011 WPIAL/City League Football Standings

Here are the latest WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League football standings through Week Nine of the 2011 high school football season.

Scholastic Notebook

If you had to pick the most famous Beaver Falls football player ever, it would undoubtedly be Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath. But Beaver Falls is becoming the place known for running backs.

Running backs who run for 4,000 yards.

WPIAL Boys Soccer and Girls Volleyball Recaps

While the WPIAL girls volleyball playoffs were rounding out round one, the boys on the pitch were into Quarterfinals action on a rainy and chilly Thursday evening. Here are recaps from those matches heard here on the MSA Sports Network.

Thanks to Dan Zangrilli, Greg Kuntz, Adam Hoerner, Mike Azadian, Josh Rowntree and Randy Gore for their help on these recaps.

North Hills Malone Sisters Finish 1-2 in Girls AAA X-Country Finals

No major surprises at the WPIAL Boys and Girls Cross Country Championships, just lots of wind, rain and mud. The competitors battled challenging conditions and a 3.1 mile course that had very few blades of grass remaining at the end of a long day at Cooper’s Lake.

Peters Twp and Sewickley Academy Win PIAA Girls Team Tennis Crowns

Three of the four finalists in the 2011 PIAA Girls Team Tennis Championships were from District 7 as 2011 WPIAL champions Peters Township in AAA and Sewickley Academy in AA became 2011 PIAA Girls Team Tennis champions Saturday in Hershey.

Chicks Picks

Welcome to Week 9 of the high school football season. Friends of Chick’s Picks held the first annual Pumpkin Carve-nival this week to get in the Halloween spirit.  The Pumpkin Carve-nival, as it had been dubbed, was not your average pumpkin-carving party.  Prizes and pride were on the line, and Chick’s Picks was determined to take home gold in every category.

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