This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2014/10/06 - 2:35pm
Welcome to “PIHL Notebook” and our annual season preview. Over the next four Monday’s, we will provide thumbnail sketches of all 63 PIHL teams to make sure local high school hockey fans are ready when the puck drops…tonight! And, oh, by the way, we will have exclusive coverage, both audio AND video, of the opening night doubleheader from the RMU Island Sports Center on Neville Island. Seneca Valley will take on Canon-McMillan in Class AAA at 7:15, followed by Quaker Valley against Freeport at 9:15 in a rematch of last year’s dramatic Class A Semifinal. Under the new alignment discussed in...
Article | Posted 2014/10/06 - 2:29pm
Welcome to a special edition of “PIHL Notebook.” As documented earlier this fall, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League is under new leadership. A new board of governors was already in place last season, and now with a new commissioner in former North Allegheny head coach Jim Black, the powers that be are setting out to change things with an eye toward restoring some competitive balance across the league. Not since the formation of the Open Class has such a dramatic shift occurred. Sure, some notable programs have joined or left the league over the years. Some have moved up or down a...
Article | Posted 2014/10/05 - 11:55am
We will bend and STRETCH and reach for the postseason stars as we officially kick off the MSA Sports Stretch Run of the 2014 season this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We move into Week Seven of the 2014 season with 31 WPIAL football games on Friday and Saturday with Friday's action starting with the MSA Sports Pregame Show and concluding with the one and only WPIAL Scoreboard Show. We also have eight high school football games from District 6 and District 9 along with plenty of WPIAL girls volleyball, including three more...
Article | Posted 2014/10/05 - 9:22am
There was a definite chill in the air for the first Saturday of high school football in October here in the 2014 season as Friday showers gave way to a drop in the mercury on S-s-s-s-s-aturday. But the cooler than usual temperatures did not slow down these Fearless Foursome who helped direct their teams to victory to close the door on Week 6. Brayden Toy - Kittanning While it was a special homecoming at Burrell as the high school went all out to celebrate their 500th career football game, it was the visitors from Kittanning who really had the most fun playing with their fancy toy. Quarterback...
Article | Posted 2014/10/05 - 1:23am
The month of October brought cold and damp weather to this weekend’s district college football games. Two main games highlighted the schedule, an early season battle of Top 25 teams in the PAC and a pair of unbeaten in the PSAC-West. Here are recaps of ALL the games, including the Top 25 matchup on the Network. W & J 51 – Thomas More 28 Cameron Stadium in Washington saw a battle of nationally ranked teams, the fans there also saw the Presidents take a huge step towards another PAC title with a convincing win that will likely move them up the ranks in the AFCA Top 25 poll next week. Upper...
Article | Posted 2014/10/04 - 7:34pm
Here are the latest WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League football standings through Week Six of the 2014 high school football season...including the latest WPIAL playoff clinchings for the Highway to Heinz. This year we have added points for, point against and the updated WPIAL tiebreaker points for all 124 teams. Standings are updated after 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. (Top 5 teams from AAAA and AAA conferences qualify for playoffs plus a sixth place wild card team) (Top 4...
Article | Posted 2014/10/04 - 11:04am
Friday rain has brought much cooler temperatures for the first Saturday of high school football in October. The schedule was split cleanly with two Class A afternoon frays and a couple of Class AA evening tilts, including a historic night at Burrell High School for the 500th game in Bucs history. The common denominator was that all four games can be heard ARCHIVED right here on The Network!  Here are all of the final results, thus closing the curtain on Week 6. WPIAL CLASS AA Allegheny Conference: Kittanning Wildcats 43 - Burrell Buccaneers 7  (MSA) Shady Side Academy Indians 39 -...
Article | Posted 2014/10/04 - 10:18am
While forecasts for stormy weather fortunately were off, some of the performances on the first wet Friday of the 2014 campaign were spot on terrific. While one super star put his name on top of two district passing records, another made a big announcement on where his future splash plays will take place before going out and enjoying another big night. On a cloudy evening, the stars were shining bright as we check out the best of the best on the first Friday night of WPIAL football in October. Jordan Whitehead - Central Valley Central Valley senior Jordan Whitehead spent Friday afternoon...
Article | Posted 2014/10/03 - 11:09am
Maybe you’ve heard the quote “Down goes Frazier, Down goes Frazier.” It is a line from legendary sports announcer Howard Cosell, describing boxer Joe Frazier after he went down from a George Foreman punch in a famous 1973 bout. In WPIAL football this year, it is “Up goes Frazier, Up goes Frazier.” Things haven’t been this good in Perryopolis (where Frazier is located) since 10 years after that Frazier-Foreman fight. The Frazier Commodores are 5-0 and have a showdown tonight with Beth-Center for first place in the Tri-County South Conference. The winner likely will win the Tri-County South...
Article | Posted 2014/10/03 - 9:56am
Five weeks of gorgeous Friday nights became a distant memory with the first wet night of the season...but it could have been worse. Thunderstorms were predicted for Southwestern Pennsylvania on Friday, but they stayed north and most venues were rain-free until the very end. Speaking of the very end, here are ALL of the final results from the first Friday of October. Games with (MSA) following can be heard live and archived here on The Network. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Foothills Conference: Penn-Trafford Warriors 35 - Hempfield Spartans 21 (MSA) Altoona Mountain Lions 24 - Latrobe Wildcats 14 (MSA)...
Article | Posted 2014/10/03 - 9:51am
Here are the latest WPIAL girls volleyball standings for the 2014 season, including the latest playoff clinchings. 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...
Article | Posted 2014/10/03 - 9:49am
Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls volleyball rankings for the week ending October 3rd. 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  (8-0) (Last Week #1) 2)   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (9-0) (Last Week #2) 3)   HEMPFIELD SPARTANS  (9-0...
Article | Posted 2014/10/02 - 11:19pm
West Allegheny used a multitude of point streaks and limited errors to easily defeat non-section foe Central Valley, 3-0, Thursday night in Imperial. The Indians, who are 4-4 this season in AAA Section 5, won all three sets by scores of 25-5, 25-11 and 25-18 over the Warriors, who have a 7-1 record in AA Section 2. Junior Lauren Long and Sophomore Allison Koester paced the Indians with 12 kills each, tied for a match high. Long also added a match high four service aces. The first set was the easiest and most impressive for West Allegheny, as the Indians used scoring runs of 3-0, 5-0, 8-0 and...
Article | Posted 2014/10/02 - 11:07pm
The Freeport girls’ volleyball team remained perfect on the season, as the host Yellowjackets defeated section rival Knoch in straight sets on Thursday. Freeport, which improves to 8-0 in Class AA Section 4, captured the victory 25-9, 25-15, 25-14. With the setback, the Knock Knights fall to 7-2 in section play, with both losses coming at the hands of the Yellowjackets. Freeport immediately jumped out to a lead in the opening set, as the Yellowjackets used a 9-0 run behind the serving of Maddie Christy to gain the advantage. The Yellowjackets would not relinquish control, as they cruised...
Article | Posted 2014/10/02 - 6:15pm
Laurel Shymansky had a different doubles partner this year, but she once again has that golden feeling. She joined forces with Lacey Cohen in 2013 to bring gold to Fox Chapel High School, now she is a champion again as she and her partner Amanda Nord won the Class AAA doubles tennis title in three sets Thursday afternoon at Shady Side Academy. Meanwhile in Class AA, it was a family feud in the finals as the Quaker Valley High School Bojalad sisters defeated the Beaver High School Taylor sisters in straight sets. Here are ALL of the results from the 2014 WPIAL Girls Doubles Tennis Playoffs....

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