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District 10, 9, 8, 6 & 5 Playoff Football Scores – Nov. 9
November 9, 2013
While the Highway to Heinz has two rounds in the books, there was plenty of other high school football postseason in Western Pennsylvania on Friday and Saturday. Here are ALL of the results from the playoffs in Districts 10, 9, 6 and 5 as we are two weeks from the start of the Road to Hershey and the PIAA Football Playoffs.DISTRICT 5/6/8/9 Class AAA Semifinals:Somerset Golden Eagles 28 - University Prep Wildcats 20Clearfield Bisons 42 - Johnstown Trojans 7DISTRICT 5/8 Class AA Semifinals:Chestnut Ridge Lions 55 - Westinghouse Bulldogs 20Bedford Bisons 41 - Everett Warriors 24----------------------------------------------------------------------------

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WPIAL Friday Night HighLights for Week Eleven
In a span of back-to-back postseason Friday nights, we have gone from the Sweet Sixteen in each classification, down to the Elite Eight and now at the halfway point...The Final Four. Some of the performances from the second Friday night in November were flashy and record-setting while others were work-man-like and rock solid. No matter how you look at it, these ten showings were winning performances...which on the Highway to Heinz...is all that matters as we head down the playoff road to next weeks WPIAL football Semifinals.Joe Repischak - Upper St. Clair

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WPIAL Football Quarterfinals Recaps 2013
It was a night of great competition throughout all four classifications with only a handful of blowouts as the District 7 field of 32 shrunk to 16 as the Final Four are now set for the Semifinals. But before we start looking ahead to next week, its time to recap the outstanding action from Quarterfinals Friday with archive broadcasts of each contest only here on The Network.Thanks to Rob Matzie, Adam Hoerner, Mike Krcil, Mark Schaas, Bob Gregg, Steve Nagler, John Smathers, T.J. DiStefano, Mark Uriah, Bob Orkwis Don Conde, Paul Paterra, Matt Vandriak, Josh Rowntree, Adam Gusky and Jason Colangelo for their help on these recaps.WPIAL CLASS AAAA Quarterfinals:

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Scholastic Notebook – 11/08/2013
November 8, 2013
There are 10,000 reasons to like Lenny Williams at quarterback. Williams is a senior at Sto-Rox and it has been well-documented that he is the all-time leading passer in WPIAL history in yards and touchdowns. But what has been lost in the passing numbers and records is the fact that Williams now has over 10,000 yards offense.No other WPIAL player is known to have 10,000 yards offense in a career.Williams has 7,799 yards passing and his rushing yardage puts him over 10,000. Williams passed for more than 2,000 and ran for more than 1,000 last year. So far this season, he has thrown for 2,050 yards and rushed for 347.

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WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League Football Scores for Friday, November 8th
We have come to the second off-ramp as we hit the halfway point on this years journey on the Highway to Heinz. 32 teams had made it to this point where 16 have moved on while 16 other came to the end of their trip and dreams of district gold. Also, two of three Pittsburgh City League teams saw their season come to an end as well.All WPIAL games can be heard archived ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network.WPIAL CLASS AAAA Quarterfinals:Upper St. Clair Panthers 41 - North Allegheny Tigers 23 (F)Woodland Hills Wolverines 28 - Seneca Valley Raiders 14 (F)Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings 27 - Gateway Gators 21 (F)Penn-Trafford Warriors 35 - McKeesport Tigers 20 (F) 

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Chicks Picks – Week 11 – 2013
November 7, 2013
Welcome to Week 11. It is not unusual for Chick’s Picks to be flooded with requests for guest appearances around the WPIAL—a small part of the price of fame that has come along with her celebrity prognosticating career.  A rather extraordinary request came in last week, however—one that Chick’s Picks could simply not refuse.The City of Pittsburgh reached out late last week seeking her availability to serve as a parade Grand Marshal—a role that Chick’s Picks had always aspired to be.  Looking back at other famous Grand Marshals throughout history—Paula Deen, Mr. Rogers, Pele, and even Mickey Mouse himself—Chick’s Picks knew at that moment that she had made it.

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Big Game Hunting – The Football Fourpack for Week 11
November 6, 2013
Quarterfinals! They are all big now, makes my job a little more difficult but, don’t cry for me Argentina! I will keep my promise to bring you what I think will be the biggest game in each of the classifications. Exit number two on the Highway to Heinz is approaching. There were not a huge amount of upsets in the first round but certainly a couple and some games that were a lot closer than most thought they would be. That is just another of the reasons WPIAL playoff football is such a blast. Now you have to be extra careful about choosing where you will go, you don’t want to miss a great game. Take your smart phone so you can track the scores and listen to whatever turns into THE game of the week on the MSA Sports Network.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 11/04/2013
November 4, 2013
With the WPIAL soccer and volleyball playoffs behind us, we focus on the ride on the Highway to Heinz as well as open up a new chapter of winter high school and college sports this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We continue our exclusive coverage of the District 7 football playoffs with all 16 WPIAL Quarterfinals games starting Friday with the expanded MSA Sports Pregame Show and concluding with the one and only WPIAL High School Football Scoreboard Show.

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WPIAL Friday Night HighLights for Week Ten
November 2, 2013
To the victors go the spoils. Or in the case of the WPIAL football playoffs...to the victors goes a spot on Quarterfinals Friday. Round One is on the books on this years ride on the Highway to Heinz as 32 teams prevailed and live to fight another day for the gold at the end of the rainbow which splashes down at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh in three weeks. Sometimes the first postseason win is a walk in park or a fight to the bitter end. Whether is one one extreme or the other, or somewhere in the middle, here are the players that got their primetime jaunt off on the right foot in the First Round of the district playoffs.Luigi Lista-Brinza, Riley Redman and J.J. Cosentino - Pittsburgh Central Catholic

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WPIAL Football First Round Recaps 2013
The four week journey on the Highway to Heinz is underway as the orange barrels have been replaced with spread offenses and suffocating defenses. All 32 First Round games in the 2013 WPIAL Football Playoffs are in the books from Friday night. Here are ALL of the game recaps from those postseason contests that were heard here on the MSA Sports Network. 

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Scholastic Notebook – 11/01/2013
November 1, 2013
Moon’s running game went from Colaianni to Cole, and now everything is cool with the Tigers on the ground.Moon is in the WPIAL football playoffs this season for the first time since 2006, and one of the main reasons for the turnaround is Cole Blake, a senior running back who is the fifth-leading rusher in the WPIAL heading into the playoffs.Blake has made a name for himself, rushing for 1,457 yards. He set a school record with 342 yards in one game. But Blake’s story is interesting in that he only got a chance to be the featured back this year because of an injury. Suffice to say, Blake has run with that chance.

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WPIAL Football Scores for Friday, November 1st
The winds of change are in the air (and i do mean winds). On Friday, we say goodbye to October and hello to November while at the same time, we say so long to the WPIAL Football regular season and usher in the 2013 District 7 Postseason. All 32 First Round games on the Highway to Heinz will kick off at 7:30pm tonight and all can be heard live and archived here on the MSA Sports Network. Stay caught up with the scores on your mobile phone at m.scores.msasports.net or click here on your laptop or desktop http://www.msasports.net/scoresWPIAL CLASS AAAA First Round:Upper St. Clair Panthers 44 - Kiski Area Cavaliers 13 (F)North Allegheny Tigers 28 - Bethel Park 0 (F)Woodland Hills Wolverines 35 - Pine-Richland Rams 14 (F)

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Chicks Picks – Week Ten – 2013
October 31, 2013
Welcome to Week 10. As yet another high school football season begins to wind down, Chick’s Picks spent some time with Team MSA Sports simply reflecting on her tenure at the network.  She shared her stories with the team, from her first day as an intern many moons ago, to her first venture in prognosticating.One of the network’s newer members, who shall remain nameless, seemed preoccupied during the team’s storytelling session.  Unable to make sense of this reaction, Chick’s Picks said, “Young man, are we boring you with this MSA Sports history lesson?”  He responded, “Chick’s Picks, it’s just that I was only two years old when you started working here.  So, please forgive my disinterest.”

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2013 Big Game Hunting – The Football Fourpack for Week 10
October 30, 2013
I’m on the Highway to Heinz, the Highway to Heinz, with apologies to AC/DC there will in fact be stop signs. In fact 32 teams will get off this Friday night after the shortest trip imaginable on the Highway to Heinz. But for those naysayers who claim there are too many teams in the playoffs, I dare you to ask any member of those 32 teams if they would give back the memory of making the playoffs even after getting dumped in round one, the answer is no, they would not. In fact, they would do it all again even knowing the heartbreak was coming right at them. That’s why the playoffs in the WPIAL are perfect just the way they are. Now let’s stop bickering about it and go Big Game Hunting!

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Football Playoff Rankings – 10/27/2013
October 27, 2013
The WPIAL will unveil the playoff brackets Monday night for the upcoming journey that we call the Highway to Heinz. The committee does not rank the teams 1 through 16, they seed them. First they figure out the top 4, then the rest of the top 8 that will be home for the opening round adhering to some basic rules including...you can't play a team in your own conference in Round One and you can't be seeded beneath a team that you finished ahead of in your own conference. You start plugging in the rest of the puzzle until the picture is complete. Here is a completed picture of a football bracket as drawn by the artists here at the MSA Sports Network.CLASS AAAA:#1 Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings  (9-0)

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 10/27/2013
While others use smoke and mirrors to trick you, we have a week full of various postseason treats this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We open up the Highway to Heinz with exclusive coverage of all 32 First Round WPIAL football playoff games all starting Friday with the expanded MSA Sports Pregame Show and concluding with the one and only WPIAL High School Football Scoreboard Show. We also have high school football regular season finale's from District 6 and District 9 with a pair of college football games, the WPIAL girls volleyball Quarterfinals, Semifinals and Championships, the WPIAL boys and girls soccer Semifinals and Championships, plus This Week in the WPIAL  and the WPIAL Football Playoff Pairings Show ALL here at MSAsports.net

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WPIAL Saturday’s Scholastic Starz for Week Nine
The curtain has come down on the 2013 WPIAL football regular season. A final Huzzah to all of the great players and their highlight performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout the past nine weeks. Here is the final encore from the top six stand outs in District 7 on the final day of this years campaign.Elijah Hardy and Nathaniel Cofer - Summit Academy

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WPIAL Football Scores for Saturday, October 26th
October 26, 2013
The 2013 WPIAL football regular season has come to an end on Saturday after results from five contests. Actually, there were only four games after Geibel Catholic forfeited for the second straight week and third time this season due to a lack of healthy players. The forfeit gives Jefferson-Morgan a victory to close out the campaign. Here are ALL the results from the five Saturday games, three of which were heard here on the MSA Sports Network.WPIAL CLASS AA Allegheny Conference:Summit Academy Knights 38 - Freeport Yellowjackets 20  (MSA) WPIAL CLASS A Eastern Conference:Springdale Dynamos 28 - Riverview Raiders 0  (MSA)WPIAL CLASS A Tri-County South Conference:

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WPIAL Friday Night HighLights for Week Nine
Friday night in Week Nine. One last chance for ALL of the teams around the WPIAL to shine. Some will move on to the Highway to Heinz in the hopes of making this a lucky 13th season in the 21st century. Others who will not move on just wanted to close out the campaign on a high note. Here are the players who sang like soprano's Friday night with large performances that had the crowd calling for an encore. Trevor Morrow - Upper St. Clair

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FINAL WPIAL Football Playoff Picture
The 64 teams and their positions out of their respective conferences are now set. Now it is up to the WPIAL football steering committee to seed the 16 teams in each classification. Here are ALL of the final playoff teams and their position through the nine week regular season.CLASS AAAA Foothills Conference:McKeesport Tigers (8-0) have clinched CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPPenn-Trafford Warriors (6-2) have clinched Second Place (Take second based on head-to-head tiebreaker with Gateway)Gateway Gators (6-2) have clinched Third Place

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