This Month's Articles

Article | Posted 2014/10/21 - 8:26am
Each and every Monday during the regular season, the MSA Sports Network will rank the Top Ten WPIAL football teams in each of the four classifications. Every Friday and Saturday during the high school football season, we have the best coverage with over 30 broadcasts each weekend with updated scores and standings here on your exclusive home for the 2014 WPIAL Football Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL CLASS AAAA FOOTBALL TOP TEN: 1.    PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (8-0) (Last Week #4)  (Week Nine - host Peters Township) 2.    WOODLAND HILLS...
Article | Posted 2014/10/21 - 7:50am
This is the 21st year the WPIAL has hosted a postseason tournament and while the years have come and gone, the names of the champions for the most part have remained the same. In Class AA, Shady Side Academy has won the title three straight years and 13 of the 20 years. In the 17 years there has been a Class AAA champion crowned, defending champion North Allegheny has captured gold in 12 of them. Here is the rundown of the short, but sweet 2014 WPIAL Field Hockey Playoffs. WPIAL CLASS AAA Semifinals: #1 North Allegheny Tigers vs #4 Mount Lebanon Blue Devils AT North Allegheny High School on...
Article | Posted 2014/10/20 - 11:55pm
52 teams have now been sliced to 24 teams as the two week journey that will end up at Highmark Stadium in Station Square on the final day of October and the first day of November is underway in the district postseason with Round One in the books. Monday night saw plenty of surprises as ten double-digit seeds have moved on to the second round including half the remaining field in Class A. Here are ALL the results from the First Round on Monday along with the sites and times for the Quarterfinals on Thursday in the 2014 WPIAL Boys Soccer Playoffs. WPIAL CLASS AAA Quarterfinals: #1...
Article | Posted 2014/10/20 - 3:27pm
Two of the three defending district girls volleyball champions are on top of the pack heading into this years postseason tournaments. Both AA Freeport and A Bishop Canevin are #1-seeds while defending AAA champion North Allegheny is in the middle of the pack. Five Preliminary Round matches get the ball rolling on Tuesday with First Round action on Wednesday and Thursday. Here is the lineup for the 2014 WPIAL Girls Volleyball Playoffs with exclusive coverage of the postseason sponsored by Carlow University. WPIAL CLASS AAA First Round: #1 Shaler Titans vs #16 Canon-McMillan Big Macs AT Shaler...
Article | Posted 2014/10/20 - 1:25pm
Here are the latest 2014-2015 standings for the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League. You can follow the PIHL high school hockey season with weekly broadcasts, the PIHL Notebook every Monday and the PIHL Power Play Show starting December on Wednesday nights at 8:00pm right here on the MSA Sports Network. # - Clinched Section Championship * - Clinched PIHL Playoff Spot x - Eliminated From Postseason Chase TEAM - WINS - LOSSES - TIES - POINT TOTAL - GOALS FOR - GOALS AGAINST PIHL CLASS AAA TEAM W L T...
Article | Posted 2014/10/20 - 12:39pm
Welcome to another edition of “PIHL Notebook” as we continue our comprehensive preview of the 2014-15 high school hockey season. Today we take a look at the teams vying for the Class A championship. Class A has the most complex breakdown of the new alignment, split into two tiers with two conferences in each. Tier 1 is, fittingly, the more stacked of the two. Three of last year’s final four will compete in the Western Conference, including defending champion Quaker Valley, while McDowell and Montour join from the Open Division and Class AA respectively. The Eastern Conference includes Chiefs...
Article | Posted 2014/10/19 - 1:24pm
Purchasing a ticket to ride on the Highway to Heinz can be easy or can become very complicated. Some conferences like the Class AA Allegheny Conference are smooth sailing into Week Nine. Meanwhile, it's like the Highway to Hell trying to figure out the Class AAA Greater Allegheny Conference. Hey, if it was easy, everybody could do it. Thus with abacus in hand, here is the WPIAL Football Playoff Picture heading into the final week of the regular season. CLASS AAAA Foothills Conference: Penn-Trafford Warriors (7-0) have clinched Penn-Trafford has clinched at least a share of the conference...
Article | Posted 2014/10/19 - 11:16am
Week 7 of the district college football season saw two PSAC West foes travel to Ann Arbor for a meeting in the Big House, a battle for first place in the Coal Bowl, and two more first place match ups in the PAC and NEC.  Here are recaps of ALL the games, including two heard here on the Network:  Mercyhurst 45 – Slippery Rock 23 In the Big House Battle at Michigan Stadium, the Lakers scored 28 points in the second half and held the Rock off the board to claim the win before over 15 thousand fans. Slippery Rock took the lead 86 seconds into the game on a Jared Buck 52 yard pass to...
Article | Posted 2014/10/19 - 9:17am
There were six WPIAL teams in action on the Eighth Saturday of the 2014 high school football season and only one of them will be enjoying a ride on the Highway to Heinz in two weeks. While it has been a season to shine for defending Class A champion Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, the days other two road warriors, Mohawk and Riverview also had reason to be beaming on an overcast, chilly day. Here are the standouts from Saturday. Cayne Yakubic - Mohawk Mohawk will be home for the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season, but there is hope for the future thanks to the 'Pinball Wizard'....
Article | Posted 2014/10/18 - 8:31pm
Here are the latest WPIAL and the FINAL Pittsburgh City League football standings through Week Eight 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...
Article | Posted 2014/10/18 - 8:25pm
48 teams has been sliced to 24 after the opening round on opening day in the district girl soccer postseason. The two week journey that will end up at Highmark Stadium in Station Square on the final day of October and the first day of November started with a couple of eye-brow raisers, including the #3-seed in the Class AAA tournament being knocked out. Here are ALL of the results from the Preliminary Round and First Round matches on Saturday, plus the sites and times for the Quarterfinals on Wednesday in the 2014 WPIAL Girls Soccer Playoffs. WPIAL CLASS AAA Quarterfinals: #1 Seneca...
Article | Posted 2014/10/18 - 7:15pm
Neshannock High School has never gotten much attention for football, and not just because the small Lawrence County school is on the outer edges of the WPIAL. Neshannock hasn’t gotten much attention because the football team had been one of the least successful in WPIAL history – until lately. What is going on the past few seasons at Neshannock is really one of the biggest turnaround stories in the WPIAL in a long time. And this year, the story might have a perfect ending. Neshannock is 8-0 after a 49-14 victory against Chartiers-Houston Friday night. A victory in the final regular-season...
Article | Posted 2014/10/18 - 9:51am
While most of the football games on the Week Eight Friday night schedule had some sort of playoff implication tied into it, that was not the case for the three games on the Saturday slate. Instead of the 'P' word being playoffs, the word for four of the six teams in action is pride.  Only defending district and state Class A champion Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic played Saturday with any guarantees of playing meaningful football come Week Ten. Here are the three results as the road teams swept on the eighth Saturday of the WPIAL football season. WPIAL CLASS AA Midwestern Athletic...
Article | Posted 2014/10/18 - 9:35am
Some coaches will tell you that a win is a win is a win. But if you look closely at some of the victories on the eighth Friday of the WPIAL football season, you would see that is not true. Some triumphs kept undefeated seasons alive, some kept conference championships alive, some were key playoff positioning wins while others just kept playoff hopes alive while others were accomplished with a group of young men just playing for school pride. No matter how you label it, these players performed at the top of their games Friday while enjoying the sweet taste of victory after. Ben DiNucci - Pine-...
Article | Posted 2014/10/17 - 1:43am
While next week is Rivalry Week as we conclude the regular season, this is the week of focus. You know what coaches and players say all the time…“one game at a time”…”we can’t look past our next opponent”…”our biggest game is the next game”. They are tired clichés, but usually the teams that adhere to them avoid upsets and will still be playing in two weeks. Here are ALL the finals as the Stretch Run continues on the Eighth Friday of the season.  Games with (MSA) following can be heard archived here on The Network. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Foothills Conference:...

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