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This Week on the MSA Sports Network

The 'Stretch Run' of the 2013 high school football regular season concludes this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have a busy final week of the high school football regular season with FORTY ONE WPIAL, District 6, District 9 and District 10 football games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Friday night kicking off with the expanded MSA Sports Pregame Show and concluding with the one and only WPIAL High School Football Scoreboard Show.

WPIAL Saturday's Scholastic Starz for Week Eight

Only three games were on the docket on the third Saturday of October, but all had some sort of playoff implication...one team trying to clinch a spot, one team trying to control its own destiny and a playoff bound team trying to improve seeding. Here are the three players that shined in those games despite the gray, chilly and damp conditions.

Jesse Zelonka - Apollo-Ridge

WPIAL Football Scores for Saturday, October 19th

The second to the last Saturday of high school football in the 2013 regular season focused on Class A with three games on the docket. While the schedule was light, the playoff ramifications were there in two of the games as Western Beaver looked to clinch a postseason berth in the Big 7 Conference and Brentwood hoped to stay in control of their own destiny as they are now one win away from clinching in the Black Hills Conference. Here are the Saturday WPIAL football final scores in Week Eight.

WPIAL CLASS A Eastern Conference:

Apollo-Ridge Vikings 41 - Riverview Raiders 16

WPIAL CLASS A Big 7 Conference:

Western Beaver Golden Beavers 28 - Shenango Wildcats 14  (MSA)

WPIAL Friday Night HighLights for Week Eight

There was a playoff feel to Week 8 Friday night. Yeah, the weather had a lot to do with it on a crisp, clear evening, however the quality of play and the excitement of the action seemed to be ratchet up a notch or two. In a season drenched with blowouts, there were a lot of tight games that prove the postseason is just around the corner. Here are the players that shined the most on the field while an eclipse was going on over the field.

T.J. Holl - Seneca Valley

2013 WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League Football Standings & Playoff Clinchings

Here are the latest WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League football standings through Week Eight of the 2013 high school football season...plus the latest WPIAL football playoff clinchings. Standings are updated after each game on Thursday, Friday and Saturday's scholastic gridiron action each week. Standings can be also seen on each teams football webpage here on the MSA Sports Network.

# - Clinched at least a share of the conference title
* - Clinched playoff spot
x - Eliminated from playoff chase
% - Not eligible for WPIAL playoffs

WPIAL CLASS AAAA:
(14 out of 16 Teams Have Clinched Playoff Spots)

Northern Eight Conference:

Scholastic Notebook

These are the days of spread offenses and pass-happy teams in WPIAL football. It’s not often you see a team average over 300 yards a game on the ground.

But in the next two weeks, two of the top games in the WPIAL will match teams that average more than 300 yards a game rushing. It is definitely unusual. And if you think running the football is not important any more, consider that all four of the teams involved in those games enter Week 8 with perfect records.

Aliquippa plays at Beaver Falls in a big WPIAL Class AA Midwestern game tonight, matching two teams that average more than 300 yards a game rushing. It will be the same next week when Thomas Jefferson plays at West Mifflin a WPIAL Class AAA Big Nine Conference game.

WPIAL and City League Football Scores for Friday, October 18th

Stretch Run football continues as we have hit Week Eight of the 2013 WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League season. Usually this time of year, very little attention is paid to the few non-conference games each week. But even though they have nothing to do with their conference record that will determine their playoff fate, there are three non-conference games on Friday that are tasty nuggets as six playoff bound teams could be playing for overall seeding instead of conference standing. Here is the schedule for the third Friday in October. Check out m.scores.msasports.net on your cell phone for updated scores throughout the night.

All games kick off at 7:30pm unless otherwise indicated. Games marked with (MSA) can be heard live and archived here on the MSA Sports Network.

North Allegheny and Greensburg CC Win WPIAL Girls Team Tennis Crowns

North Allegheny has won a lot of WPIAL gold in its rich, athletic history. now for the first time, they can add a girls tennis crown to the trophy case. The Tigers captured their first ever district girls tennis title with a victory over Shady Side Academy Friday afternoon. Meanwhile, Greensburg Central Catholic is celebrating its first girls team tennis championship in 14 years. The Centurions edged Sewickley Academy 3-2 in the finals Thursday to win the schools third Class AA district title and first since 1999. Here are ALL of the results from the 2013 WPIAL Girls Team Tennis Playoffs.

2013 WPIAL GIRLS TEAM TENNIS CLASS AAA CHAMPIONSHIP:

North Allegheny Tigers 4 - Shady Side Academy Indians 1

2013 WPIAL Girls Volleyball Standings

Here are the latest WPIAL girls volleyball standings for the 2013 season, including the FINAL WPIAL playoff clinchings. Standings will be updated daily through the regular season, leading up to MSA Sports EXCLUSIVE coverage of the 2013 WPIAL Girls Volleyball Playoffs in October. Also, don't forget to click on the Girls Volleyball sports page for information on the 2013 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 and bolded.

PIAA Boys and Girls Western Regional Golf Qualifiers

The PIAA state golf qualifiers were held Wednesday at the Tom's Run Golf Course in Blairsville as WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League boys and girls golfers battled players from District 6 and District 10 in an effort to qualify for the state championships. 16 Class AAA and AA boys golfers will be headed to York while 14 girls golfers qualified for the two day event next week.

PIAA BOYS CLASS AAA:
(Top 12 Golfers Advance to State Finals)

District College Football Preview for Saturday, October 19th

Fall is now in the air and conference battles heat up this week on the local college football scene. The Steel City Showdown takes place Saturday night in the NEC. In the PSAC, Slippery Rock moves into the top 25 and looks to stay close to the top spot.

In the PAC, three teams are tied for first, with two more a half game back, making for some exciting matchups in Week 7.

Here are previews of ALL the games, including one taking place on Thursday night and three that can be heard right here on the Network:

Chicks Picks - Week Eight

Welcome to Week 8. Chick’s Picks, like most other Pittsburghers, was honored to witness the success of the Pirates this season.  Since she was just a baby prognosticator during the last Pirates postseason appearance, Chick’s Picks cherished every moment this time around, down to the final pitch.  When the season came to an end, Chick’s Picks made it her mission to find a way to give back to the city of Pittsburgh, just as the Pirates had done.

MSA Sports Big Game Hunting - Week Eight

We go eclectic here in the penultimate week of the 2013 WPIAL regular season. A pair of teams battling it out for one of the quickly dwindling spots in AAAA, a pair of teams trying to stave off elimination in AAA, a huge rivalry with a division championship on the line in AA, and a non-conference tilt with heavy, high-seeding implications on the line in A. Something for everyone depending on your pleasure. It is a veritable smorgasbord of high school football. Hey that could be the new slogan for the MSA Sports network! “MSA is a veritable smorgasbord of high school sports”. Get me Don Rebel on the phone, stat!

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Girls Soccer Playoff Teams

Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports ranked the top ten girls teams in all three classifications. Now that we are on the brink of the postseason, will rank ALL of the playoff bound teams as they prepare to shoot for district gold starting Saturday, October 19th.

WPIAL Class AAA:

MSA Sports Top Ten - WPIAL Boys Soccer Playoff Teams

Each week during the regular season, MSA Sports ranked the top ten boys teams in all three classifications. Now that we are on the brink of the postseason, will rank ALL of the playoff bound teams as they prepare to shoot for district gold starting Monday, October 21st.

WPIAL Class AAA:

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