Football

CTK ’14: WPIAL AAA Greater Allegheny Conference Preview
August 15, 2014
The teams in the Greater Allegheny Conference will have something new to worry about this season. They hope to avoid the bite of the Gators. One of the major changes in the WPIAL football landscape this year is Gateway dropping down to Class AAA. Since Gateway opened in the mid 1950s, the Gators had always played in the largest classification. But the school’s enrollment allowed the team to drop from Class AAAA to AAA this season.

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CTK ’14: WPIAL AAA Parkway Conference Preview
August 14, 2014
The Parkway Conference has dominated the WPIAL title picture since 2009. The last five champions have come from the conference and in three of the last five, two conference teams have played each other in the title game. The Parkway has been represented at Heinz Field every year since 2005. It has to start with the coaches, who have racked up 14 WPIAL titles at their current schools. Even the newcomer to the conference, has made two title game appearances. Add in a pair of coaches who won gold as players and you have a great collection of championship gold and some tough football games. Five playoff spots are guaranteed in the conference, a sixth is possible with the WPIAL wild card, that race for post season play will be exciting as always.

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CTK ’14: WPIAL AAAA Southeastern Conference Preview
August 13, 2014
While Upper St. Clair and Woodland hills battled for the top spot in the Quad-A Southeastern Conference in 2013, much the same as they did in 2012, one team that missed out on the WPIAL football playoffs in 2012 was back into the postseason in 2013 while a long time playoff team and co-champion in the conference in 2012 was a rare spectator come playoff time in 2013. Some things stayed the same in the conference made up of teams east of Pittsburgh as well as south of the city…like Upper St. Clair beating out Woodland Hills for the section crown in the regular season, only to see the Wolverines eliminate the Panthers for the second straight season in the district Semifinals.

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CTK ’14: WPIAL AAAA Foothills Conference Preview
August 12, 2014
The Gateway Gators have finished first or second in the Foothills Conference for six consecutive seasons. Don’t look for Gateway near the top of the conference this year. That’s because Gateway is no longer in the conference. The Gators dropped from Class AAAA to AAA for this season. The Foothills Conference, though, still has nine teams. Plum was moved from the Southeastern to the Foothills. McKeesport is the defending conference champion. The Tigers lost a number of key players, but still should be in the top of the conference. Many are pointing toward Penn-Trafford as the team to beat. Here is a look at the Foothills: ALTOONA MOUNTAIN LIONS

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CTK ’14: WPIAL AAAA Northern Eight Conference Preview
August 11, 2014
The WPIAL realigns football conferences every two years, but the league kept the Class AAAA Northern Eight Conference intact from the past two seasons. But really, the Northern Eight is the northern seven plus the big one from the city. The conference has seven teams from the northern suburbs, plus the team from the Oakland area of the city that wears the helmets with horns. Pittsburgh Central Catholic will once again be a major player in WPIAL Class AAAA after winning the title a year ago. The Vikings also won the conference title a year ago, but they might have a tougher challenge to finish first this season.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 08/11/2014
As Countdown to Kickoff 2014 continues each day online, it is another busy week of youth and professional diamond action this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have Frontier League pro baseball featuring the Washington Wild Things as they hit the road to Windy City and Evansville while the Pennsylvania Rebellion close out a home stand before hitting the road. Meanwhile, the 2014 PONY League World Series winds down with the Championship Game slated for Wednesday, plus check out the latest local, regional and national auto racing news every Monday with another edition of Rappin' on Racin' ALL here at MSAsports.net

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CTK ’14: WPIAL/City League Week One Scrimmages
August 10, 2014
FINALLY! High school football camps throughout Pennsylvania open for business on Monday. That means teams have less than a week of practice before they hit the field for the first of two scrimmages in preparation for the season lid-lifter on Friday, August 29th and Saturday, August 30th. Scrimmage number one takes place this Saturday, August 16th on fields around Southwestern Pennsylvania. Here is a rundown of all the first week scrimmages involving WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League high school football teams. WPIAL vs Pittsburgh City League: Perry Commodores AT North Allegheny Tigers at 9:00am Brashear Bulls AT Keystone Oaks Golden Eagles at 10:00am Carrick Raiders AT Shady Side Academy Indians at 10:00am

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CTK ’14: WPIAL Class AAAA Players to Watch
Countdown to Kickoff 2014 continues with a four-day look at some of the top high school football talent in the WPIAL for this upcoming season. As always, this list just scratches the surface. We ask for your help in building a complete rundown of candidates. You can nominate a top player by clicking on http://www.msasports.net/contact-us then clicking Submit Scores/Schedule Corrections/Updates and submitting the name. Here is a look at some of the players to watch this 2014 campaign in Class AAAA. OFFENSE: Quarterback: T.J. Holl – Seneca Valley Ben DiNucci - Pine-Richland Billy Kisner - Penn Hills Doug Altavilla - Baldwin

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CTK ’14: WPIAL Class AAA Players to Watch
August 9, 2014
Countdown to Kickoff 2014 continues with a four-day look at some of the top high school football talent in the WPIAL for this upcoming season. As always, this list just scratches the surface. We ask for your help in building a complete rundown of candidates. You can nominate a top player by clicking on http://www.msasports.net/contact-us then clicking Submit Scores/Schedule Corrections/Updates and submitting the name. Here is a look at some of the players to watch this 2014 campaign in Class AAA. OFFENSE: Quarterback: Andrew Koester - West Allegheny Nico Law – Ringgold Nick Grabowski - Hampton Running Back:

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CTK ’14: WPIAL Class AA Players to Watch
August 8, 2014
Countdown to Kickoff 2014 continues with a four-day look at some of the top high school football talent in the WPIAL for this upcoming season. As always, this list just scratches the surface. We ask for your help in building a complete rundown of candidates. You can nominate a top player by clicking on http://www.msasports.net/contact-us then clicking Submit Scores/Schedule Corrections/Updates and submitting the name. Here is a look at some of the players to watch this 2014 campaign in Class AA. OFFENSE: Quarterback: Brett Brumbaugh - South Fayette Dane Jackson - Quaker Valley Braydon Toy - Kittanning Brayden Thimons - Highlands

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CTK ’14: WPIAL Class A Players to Watch
August 7, 2014
Countdown to Kickoff 2014 continues with a four-day look at some of the top high school football talent in the WPIAL for this upcoming season. As always, this list just scratches the surface. We ask for your help in building a complete rundown of candidates. You can nominate a top player by clicking on http://www.msasports.net/contact-us then clicking Submit Scores/Schedule Corrections/Updates and submitting the name. Here is a look at some of the players to watch this 2014 campaign in Class A. OFFENSE: Quarterback: Adam Sharlow – Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic Connor McWilliams - Brentwood Running Back:

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CTK ’14: WPIAL 2013 Single-A Football Flashback
August 6, 2014
The big, bad Bears historic five year run came to an end in 2013, leaving the door open for a new team to wear the Class A crown. While many thought it was Sto-Rox and record setting quarterback Lenny Williams turn to claim gold, it was first time champion Cardinal Wuerl North Catholc that emerged as the kings of the Single-A gridiron. 2013 WPIAL Single-A Headlines:

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CTK ’14: WPIAL 2013 Triple-A Football Flashback
August 5, 2014
In a way, 2013 in Class AAA of the WPIAL was a lot like 2012. Franklin Regional and Mars battled for supremacy in the Greater Allegheny Conference, Thomas Jefferson beat West Mifflin in Week 9 to claim the Big Nine Conference and the Parkway Conference was a meat grinder again, however this time, eventual repeat champion West Allegheny would wear the Parkway crown by themselves instead of sharing it with two others. 2013 WPIAL Triple-A Headlines:

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 08/05/2014
As Countdown to Kickoff 2014 continues each day online, it is a busy week of youth and professional diamond action this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have Frontier League pro baseball featuring the Washington Wild Things as they hit the road for three games before returning to CONSOL Energy Field this weekend while the Pennsylvania Rebellion close out a road trip before they also come home to Washington over the weekend.

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CTK ’14: WPIAL 2013 Quad-A Football Flashback
For a fourth straight season, a team from the Northern Eight Conference won the WPIAL Quad-A football championship. However for the first time in four years, it was not the North Allegheny Tigers. Pittsburgh Central Catholic captured district gold for the fourth time and first time since 2007. 2013 WPIAL Quad-A Headlines: *  The most successful title run in Class AAAA history came to an end as the North Allegheny Tigers run of three straight district championships as the Tigers finished third in the Northern eight Conference before falling in the WPIAL Quarterfinals to Upper St. Clair 41-23.

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CTK ’14: 7:00pm Kickoffs in WPIAL
August 4, 2014
There are 124 schools in the WPIAL that field a high school football team and 120 of them play a majority of their home games on a Friday night. The kick off times of those Friday games however has almost become a big school, small school split. 19 of the 25 Quad-A schools start their games at the 'traditional' time of 7:30pm while in Triple-A, it is nearly halved with 12 schools kicking off at 7:30pm and 15 teams starting 30 minutes earlier. But in Double-A, 34 of the 37 (Beaver, South Allegheny and South Park the exceptions) and 28 of the 31 in Single-A kick off at the top of the hour at 7:00pm.

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CTK ’14: High School Football Rule Changes
July 31, 2014
To play the game, you have to know the rules and the MSA Sports Network will help all of the fans of high school football out with the new changes for 2014 and beyond. This year will see probably the most major change to the game in years with two new rules adapted to bring the high school game in line with the higher levels of football. Here goes and don't worry, there is NO quiz. All rule changes are made by the National Federation of High School Sports and enforced by the PIAA. Targeting added to the rule book: The rules committee brought this rule to the high school game, knowing the controversy it brought to the college game in 2013.

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CTK ’14: New WPIAL Football Alignment
July 30, 2014
Two years ago, there were major changes in the WPIAL football conference alignment. The biggest change came in Class AAAA and Class AAA where both classifications shrunk from the standard four conferences to three conferences and the wild card came into play. This time around, there were hardly any changes to the top two classifications while the biggest moves were made as expected in Class A.                          

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COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF 2014
July 28, 2014
The countdown to the start of the 2014 high school football season is underway. High School football training camps throughout Western Pennsylvania open up on Monday, August 11th as teams prepare for a new season starting Friday, August 29th and Saturday, August 30th. As has been the case in the fifteen previous years here at MSA Sports, the ONLY place to turn for original DAILY updates that help prepare fans for all the excitement of the 2014 high school football season in the WPIAL is 'Countdown to Kickoff 2014' ONLY here at www.msasports.net ALL UPDATED: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 07/28/2014
We prepare to wrap up a comfortable July and welcome in what will likely be an unbearable August with plenty of diamond action for both the guys and the gals this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have Frontier League pro baseball featuring the Washington Wild Things as they return to CONSOL Energy Field after a long road trip while the Pennsylvania Rebellion conclude their long home series against Chicago before hitting the road this weekend in Akron.

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