Football

Big Game Hunting: The Football Fourpack for Week 1
September 1, 2011
Some hot days of summer remain but; nothing says fall like cracking open a Football Four-pack. The 2011 WPIAL football season is here, and gets started with a bang all-around southwestern Pennsylvania all Labor Day weekend long. It’s open season so come one, come all let’s go WPIAL Big Game Hunting for the first time in 2011.

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CTK 2011 – WPIAL A Tri-County South Conference Preview
This is a two-horse race. Ask just about any coach in the Tri-County South about what team will win this year’s championship and most will say Monessen and Beth-Center are far ahead of the pack.

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CTK 2011 – MSA Sports Top 10: WPIAL Preseason Class A
With kickoff of the 2011 WPIAL football season just days away, MSA Sports continues our 'Countdown to Kickoff 2011' with the WPIAL Preseason Top Ten rankings. The weekly rankings will be released each Monday during the regular season. Here is the Preseason Class A Top Ten.MSA SPORTS PRESEASON TOP TEN WPIAL CLASS A:

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CTK 2011 – WPIAL A Big 7 Conference Preview
August 30, 2011
The story of the Big Seven Conference has always been the same over the past several years...just how good is Rochester going to be? The Rams have been the standard-bearer, but are still smarting after two title game losses in the last two seasons.

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CTK 2011 – MSA Sports Top 10: WPIAL Preseason Class AA
With kickoff of the 2011 WPIAL football season less than a week away, MSA Sports continues our 'Countdown to Kickoff 2011' with the WPIAL Preseason Top Ten rankings. The weekly rankings will be released each Monday during the regular season. Here is the Preseason Class AA Top Ten.MSA SPORTS PRESEASON TOP TEN WPIAL CLASS AA:

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CTK 2011 – MSA Sports Top 10: WPIAL Preseason Class AAA
With kickoff of the 2011 WPIAL football season less than a week away, MSA Sports continues our 'Countdown to Kickoff 2011' with the WPIAL Preseason Top Ten rankings. The weekly rankings will be released each Monday during the regular season. Here is the Preseason Class AAA Top Ten.MSA SPORTS PRESEASON TOP TEN WPIAL CLASS AAA:

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 08/30/2011
IT's TIME! The 2011 high school football season kicks off as we say so long to August and hello to September this week on the MSA Sports Network.

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CTK 2011 – MSA Sports Top 10: WPIAL Preseason Class AAAA
August 28, 2011
With kickoff of the 2011 WPIAL football season less than a week away, MSA Sports continues our 'Countdown to Kickoff 2011' with the WPIAL Preseason Top Ten rankings. The weekly rankings will be released each Monday during the regular season. Here is the Preseason Class AAAA Top Ten.MSA SPORTS PRESEASON TOP TEN WPIAL CLASS AAAA:

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CTK 2011 – WPIAL A BLACK HILLS Conference Preview
In dedication to Clairton's school colors, maybe they should change the name of this Class A section to the Black AND Orange Hills Conference. The Bears have dominated the WPIAL and the state in recent years, but they have really done a number in the Black Hills since moving over from the Eastern Conference in 2008.

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CTK 2011 – WPIAL A EASTERN Conference Preview
This is a conference that has a lot of new faces - and a couple of old faces.Avonworth, Leechburg, Northgate and Wilkinsburg all have new coaches. Meanwhile, Springdale coach Chuck Wagner and Bishop Canevin coach Bob Jacoby have 84 years of head coaching experience between them.

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CTK 2011 – WPIAL AA ALLEGHENY Conference Preview
August 27, 2011
Either Ford City or Shady Side Academy has won or tied for the conference championship six years in a row. Don’t look for the trend to stop this season.Ford City and Shady Side Academy are pegged by many coaches as the teams to beat in the Allegheny Conference. A year ago, Ford City finished first and Shady Side Academy fourth.

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CTK 2011 – WPIAL AA MIDWESTERN Conference Preview
As much as the teams change in the MAC, some things remain the same...Aliquippa, Beaver Falls and Beaver are all favored in the conference going into 2011.But will there be another feel-good story from the Midwestern this season? In 2009, Ellwood City ended a looong losing streak, then qualified for the playoffs in 2010.

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CTK 2011 – WPIAL AA INTERSTATE Conference Preview
August 25, 2011
Greensburg Central Catholic has won or tied for the Interstate Conference title five times since joining in 2002. Jeannette has won or tied for the Interstate title three times since 2002.Don’t look for much to change this season.

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CTK 2011 – WPIAL AA CENTURY Conference Preview
The Century Conference has always been one of the most competitive conferences from top to bottom in the WPIAL. Just three years ago, the conference crowned tri-champions in Sto-Rox, Seton-LaSalle and Keystone Oaks. But since winning three of four WPIAL Class AA championships from 2002 through 2005, Century Conference teams had been in a four year title drought until last fall.

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CTK 2011 – WPIAL AAA KEYSTONE Conference Preview
August 24, 2011
Although the Keystone Conference was winless once again in the 2010 postseason, the conference was improved. The addition of Franklin Regional helped strengthen the conference, and Ringgold had one of its best teams in a while.

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CTK 2011 – WPIAL AAA GREATER ALLEGHNEY Conference Preview
Quietly, the Greater Allegheny Conference in Class AAA has become a primetime postseason player...at least in the First Round. A year ago, the four playoff teams (Mars, Knoch, Indiana and Highlands) in the GAC were a combined 3-1, giving the conference a 6-2 record in the opening round of the WPIAL playoffs the past two years.

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CTK 2011 – WPIAL/City League Week Two Scrimmages
One scrimmage is in the books and one more coming up this weekend as WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League football teams continue to prepare for the kickoff of the 2011 season. Scrimmage number two will take place for most teams this Friday, August 26th with two taking place on Thursday, August 25th and two more being played on Saturday, August 27th.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 08/24/2011
While Countdown to Kickoff heats up as we inch closer to the start of the high school football season, August starts winding down with its final full week, this week on the MSA Sports Network.

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Terrell Pryor Selected by Oakland in NFL Supplemental Draft
One of the most celebrated athletes in WPIAL history has a new home. Terrell Pryor, the former Jeannette Jayhawk and Ohio State Buckeye is now Oakland Raiders property after the he was selected in the third round of Monday's NFL Supplemental Draft.

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CTK 2011 – WPIAL AAA PARKWAY Conference Preview
August 20, 2011
There are many things you need to know about the Parkway Conference. The first is that making the playoffs will likely lead to a trip down the Highway to Heinz to the Class AAA Championship Game.

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