This Month's Articles

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....
Article | Posted 2014/10/02 - 4:27pm
With living legend Arnold Palmer in attendance Thursday afternoon at the Latrobe Country Club in the Boys AAA Golf Championships, it all came down to a one hole playoff as Anthony Cordaro, a sophomore from Fox Chapel defeated Indiana senior Kyle Grube with a par on hole number one to win the 2014 WPIAL crown. Cordaro's first shot was under the trees and he powered out and on to the green with his second shot. He then two putted for par for the victory. Grube had a perfect drive on the playoff hole but his second shot hit the green and rolled off. On in three, he two putted for a bogey. Both...
Article | Posted 2014/10/02 - 1:11pm
Week 5 of the local college football season has two huge games on tap. In the PSAC, a battle of unbeaten as Slippery Rock hosts Gannon, and in the PAC, two ranked teams square off as W & J hosts Thomas More for the easiest path to a conference title. Here are previews of ALL the games, the W & J can be heard here on the Network: Thomas More (3-1) at W & J (3-0)   7pm on WJPA 1450-AM and the MSA Sports Network Two nationally ranked teams will square off at Cameron Stadium with the inside path to a PAC conference title on the line. The Saints are ranked 24th, the...
Article | Posted 2014/10/02 - 12:26pm
Welcome to Week 6 of the high school football season. We have reached the mid-way point in the season—a critical point where some teams make it or break it, step on the gas, or are comfortable setting the cruise control for the remainder of the season.  Chick’s Picks spent some time reflecting on her own first half performance, along with other recent halves of distinction—most notably the Steelers regular season opener against the Browns. The Steelers built a seemingly solid 27-3 lead over the Browns going into halftime.  Battling back, though, the Browns tied the game late in the...
Article | Posted 2014/10/01 - 3:58pm
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL boys soccer rankings for the week of September 29th. You can check out the new rankings every Wednesday through the regular season with weekly matches heard live and archived, including exclusive coverage of the 2014 WPIAL Boys Soccer Playoffs and the Pro Grass Girls Soccer Player of the Month in September, October and November ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL BOYS SOCCER CLASS AAA: 1)   UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (12-0-1) (Last Week #1) 2)   PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS  (11-1-0) (Last Week #2) 3)...
Article | Posted 2014/10/01 - 12:44pm
The tension is starting to mount here in the 2014 WPIAL football season. On the field, in the standings and, yes sometimes in the plush MSA Sports World Headquarters as some of the MSA gang have occasionally wandered too close to Mike Azadian’s “Friday Night Eats”. Mitch tends to respond to people taking his pizza the way the 2014 Clairton Bears have responded to not picking up their sixth straight WPIAL championship in 2013, angrily and emphatically. So as we get set to go Big Game Hunting here in week six I warn you Don’t poke the Bears, and don’t eat that last chocolate chip cookie, it’s...
Article | Posted 2014/10/01 - 12:34pm
The Chartiers-Houston girls’ volleyball team notched a critical victory for its playoff bid on Tuesday, as the host Lady Buccaneers captured a straight-sets win over Burgettstown. All three sets were tightly contested, as Chartiers-Houston triumphed 25-20, 25-22, 25-23 to improve its record to 6-2 in Class A Section 6 play. Meanwhile, the Lady Blue Devils fall to 3-5 in section play, and are currently outside the playoff picture. In the opening set, the Buccaneers controlled the play early, but the Blue Devils rebounded to take a 16-13 advantage. Senior libero Kassie Kesneck keyed the...
Article | Posted 2014/10/01 - 6:15am
The Blackhawk Cougars continued on the road towards a possible section title with a 3-1 victory over the Laurel Spartans in WPIAL Section 1-AA girls volleyball action last night in Chippewa Township. The win moves Blackhawk to 8-1 in section play, trailing only Hopewell in the standings at the start of play on Tuesday. Those two teams could meet for the section title on October 16th. Blackhawk took the first game by a 25-18 score, pulling away in the later stages with the help of senior Nikki Beatty with some key points to allow the Cougars to gain a 21-13 advantage which they would not...
Article | Posted 2014/10/01 - 12:45am
We interrupt Buctober to bring you another edition of WPIAL Plays of the Week. Boy, were there some great, close contests throughout week five. It’s amazing to think that we’ve passed the midway point and soon will hop on the Highway to Heinz. We appreciate your attention and, once you check out some of the top moments from Friday night, you may return to your scheduled Blackout (of PNC Park).   1. Highlands 28, Apollo-Ridge 27 In one of the wildest finishes of the 2014 WPIAL football season, Apollo-Ridge’s rally would fall just short, as Highlands would pull off an improbably late...

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