Football

This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 09/03/2012
September 3, 2012
DAILY high school sporting events start coming your way as we settle into September this week here on the MSA Sports Network. Between Thursday and Saturday, we will have FORTY-ONE WPIAL and District 6 high school football games with Fridays action starting with the MSA Sports Pregame Show and concluding with the one and only MSA Sports/WPIAL High School Football Scoreboard Show. We also have college football and the debut of women's college field hockey, plus our inaugural 2012 broadcasts of WPIAL boys and girls soccer as well as WPIAL girls volleyball and all the news from the auto racing world with Rappin on Racin is here at MSAsports.net  Monday, September 3rd:

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District College Football Recap for Saturday, September 2nd
September 2, 2012
With storms throughout the Western Pennsylvania area, the district College Football season kicked off with a bang with several great games. Here are the recaps of those games:Washington & Jefferson 23 - Methodist 6 On a 95 degree day in Fayetteville, North Carolina, the Presidents survived the heat, humidity and an outage that left the stadium without power for the entire second half for the victory to open the season.

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WPIAL Saturday’s Scholastic Starz – Week One
What better way to conclude opening weekend of the 2012 high school football season than for the WPIAL to put on a massive light show spectacular on Saturday night.  Wait, what's that? It wasn't District 7 officials, rather Mother Nature that took center stage? Mmmm. Oh well, the Saturday list shrunk from five to four games because of the storms that rolled through Saturday night, but those four standouts were able to shine bright, even on a cloud-filled day.Kyle Whipple & Kevin Faulk - East Allegheny

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2012 WPIAL/Pittsburgh City League Football Standings
September 1, 2012
Here are the latest WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League football standings through Thursday of Week Two of the 2012 high school football season. Standings are updated after each game on Thursday, 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. # - Clinched at least a share of the conference title * - Clinched playoff spot x - Eliminated from playoff chaseWPIAL CLASS AAAA:Northern Eight Conference:

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WPIAL Friday Night HighLights – Week One 2012
It's a new season so an introduction may be needed. every Saturday during the high school football season, we look back at some of the top performances from the previous night...thus the HighLights aspect of this column. Just having the lights back on Friday nights is a highlight for many, but these players (when hydrated) were shining bright in the first primetime contest of the 2012 campaign.Mack Leftwich - North Allegheny

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WPIAL and City League Football Scores for Saturday, 9/1
The lights were shining bright on Friday night as the curtain rose on a brand new high school football season with the added feature of conference games up and down all four classifications. That left only five WPIAL and one Pittsburgh City League games for Saturday. Here are the results from five of the six D-7 & D-8 games as the non-conference tilt between Aliquippa and Ambridge was postponed until Monday after a stormy night.WPIAL CLASS AA Allegheny Conference:East Allegheny Wildcats 29 - Summit Academy Knights 12 WPIAL CLASS A Big 7 Conference:Neshannock Lancers 55 - Western Beaver Golden Beavers 8Sto-Rox Vikings 38 - Shenango Wildcats 20 

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WPIAL and City League Football Scores from Friday 8/31
August 31, 2012
The 'first time' in many things in life is special...or at least memorable. we saw a little of both on the First Friday of the new WPIAL and City League football season. The biggest thing is that ALL but a handful of District 7 teams were playing conference games on this season opener. As Bud Selig likes to say, 'these games count'. Here is a rundown of all the final results from Friday.WPIAL CLASS AAAA Northern Eight Conference:Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings  35   Shaler Titans   0   (F)Butler Golden Tornado     9   Seneca Valley Vikings     24    (F)

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Chicks Picks – Week One – 2012
August 30, 2012
Welcome to Week 1 of the high school football season. The offseason passed by rather quickly for Chick’s Picks.  Shortly after last season’s championship games, she began training to run her first 5K.  This, after rehabbing from ankle surgery, Chick’s Picks thought would be a lofty goal to set for herself.That chilly March morning arrived, and accomplish that goal she did.  It certainly was not pretty, but nonetheless, Chick’s Picks crossed the finish line.  Now nearing her fifth 5K this weekend, she approaches each race with the same mentality—crossing the finish line is the most important part.

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CTK 2012 – MSA Sports Preseason Top Ten: WPIAL Class A
August 29, 2012
Each and every Monday during the regular season starting on Labor Day (9/3), the MSA Sports Network will rank the top ten football teams in each classification. With days to go before the 2012 WPIAL football season kicks off, we present our Preseason Top Ten teams. This article, we present the Top Ten in Class A.Final 2011 record is in parenthesis.WPIAL CLASS A PRESEASON WPIAL FOOTBALL TOP TEN:1.    CLAIRTON BEARS  (16-0)2.    STO-ROX VIKINGS  (12-1)3.    ROCHESTER RAMS  (10-2)4.    BRENTWOOD SPARTANS  (9-2)

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Big Game Hunting for Week One 2012
The hot, hot summer of 2012 is winding down and that is great for fans of high school football. If you’ve been keeping up to date with the MSA Sports Countdown to Kick-off articles, you should be in mid-season form and ready to roll for week one of the 2012 WPIAL football campaign, if you haven’t, shame on you. But hey we forgive you and everybody gets a clean slate heading into week one, it’s all about hope and a fresh start….and re-alignment, so re-align your priorities next season and make sure you follow the countdown series. Meanwhile re-alignment means the big games in week one are even bigger so jump right in as we go Big Game Hunting! Class AAAA Non-Conference:

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Frazier & Beth-Center Each 1-0 After Geibel Forfeits First Two Football Games
Beth-Center has joined Frazier with 1-0 records even though the 2012 football season hasn't even started. Three days before the high school football throughout the state kicks off, the Commodores have been awarded a forfeit victory over Geibel for Week 1 and the Bulldogs have a forfeit win over the Gators for Week 2 after preseason injuries hit an already small Gators roster hard.Geibel has had it's share of hard time over the last decade and a half, including the WPIAL's longest losing streak until West Shamokin broke that record last year.

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CTK 2012 – MSA Sports Preseason Top Ten: WPIAL Class AA
August 28, 2012
Each and every Monday during the regular season starting on Labor Day (9/3), the MSA Sports Network will rank the top ten football teams in each classification. With days to go before the 2012 WPIAL football season kicks off, we present our Preseason Top Ten teams. This article, we present the Top Ten in Class AA.Final 2011 record is in parenthesis.WPIAL CLASS AA PRESEASON WPIAL FOOTBALL TOP TEN:1.    ALIQUIPPA QUIPS  (14-1)2.    JEANNETTE JAYHAWKS  (12-1)3.    SOUTH FAYETTE LIONS  (7-4)4.    BEAVER BOBCATS  (7-3)

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CTK 2012 – MSA Sports Preseason Top Ten: WPIAL Class AAA
August 27, 2012
Each and every Monday during the regular season starting on Labor Day (9/3), the MSA Sports Network will rank the top ten football teams in each classification. With days to go before the 2012 WPIAL football season kicks off, we present our Preseason Top Ten teams. This article, we present the Top Ten in Class AAA.Final 2011 record is in parenthesis.WPIAL CLASS AAA PRESEASON WPIAL FOOTBALL TOP TEN:1.    CENTRAL VALLEY WARRIORS  (11-1) 2.    THOMAS JEFFERSON JAGUARS  (7-4)3.    MONTOUR SPARTANS  (12-3)4.    FRANKLIN REGIONAL PANTHERS  (11-1)

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CTK 2012 – Pittsburgh City League Preview
To make the playoffs in the Pittsburgh City League, teams must finish in the top four spots. With the size of the City League now, only two teams will NOT make the playoffs. With school closures in the past few years, this is the smallest the City League has ever been. Langley and Oliver closed after the 2011-12 school year. That leaves the City League with only six teams. The league joins the WPIAL in some sports this year, but City League officials wanted to remain intact for football. University Prep won the City League title in its first year of existence last year. Here is a look at the City League:  

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 08/27/2012
The curtain is about to be lifted in GRAND style on the high school football season as we conclude our Countdown to Kickoff 2012 schedule this week here on the MSA Sports Network. How about nearly FORTY WPIAL and District 6 football games on Friday and Saturday to get the high school season started, beginning with the expanded MSA Sports Pregame Show and concluding with the one and only MSA Sports/WPIAL High School Football Scoreboard Show, the debut of college football and men's college soccer for 2012, plus the pro baseball season winds down with Eastern League baseball featuring the Altoona Curve and Frontier League baseball featuring the Washington Wild Things as well as news from the auto racing world with Rappin on Racin is here at MSAsports.net  

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CTK 2012 – MSA Sports Preseason Top Ten: WPIAL Class AAAA
August 26, 2012
Each and every Monday during the regular season starting on Labor Day (9/3), the MSA Sports Network will rank the top ten football teams in each classification. With days to go before the 2012 WPIAL football season kicks off, we present our Preseason Top Ten teams. This article, we present the Top Ten in Class AAAA.Final 2011 record is in parenthesis.WPIAL CLASS AAAA PRESEASON WPIAL FOOTBALL TOP TEN:1.    NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (15-1)  2.    GATEWAY GATORS  (9-3)3.    UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (11-2)4.    WOODLAND HILLS WOLVERINES  (6-4)

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CTK 2012 – WPIAL A Tri-County South Conference Preview
Like most of the other conferences around the WPIAL, the Tri-County South underwent a few changes with the new district realignment for the next two football seasons. it is still a nine-team conference with seven teams returning, but the two changes are significant.Gone are two playoff teams from a year ago, the Monessen Greyhounds and the California Trojans. in 2011, the two combined to go 12-4 in conference and finish in a tie for second place. Entering into the TCS world are the Avella Eagles and the Bentworth Bearcats, the bottom two teams in the Black Hills Conference a year ago who were a combined 1-17 overall in 2011.

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CTK 2012 – WPIAL A Eastern Conference Preview
One of the winningest coaches in WPIAL history is out, and a team with the longest losing streak in WPIAL history is in. Such is the saga of the Eastern Conference this year. Gone from the Eastern Conference is Chuck Wagner, the former Springdale coach who retired after last season. Wagner was a head coach in the WPIAL for 47 seasons and his 270 wins is fourth on the all-time WPIAL list. New to the Eastern Conference this year is West Shamokin, which dropped down from Class AA. The Wolves have a 44-game losing streak, longest in WPIAL history. Overall, there are nine teams in the Eastern Conference. Besides West Shamokin, Apollo-Ridge also is new to the conference, dropping down from Class AA.

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CTK 2012 – WPIAL A Big 7 Conference Preview
August 24, 2012
The Class A Big Seven Conference may have underwent the biggest changes of all the conferences in the WPIAL. Gone are the Cornell Raiders with that school dropping football. Entering in the conference are the OLSH Chargers, who challenged for the playoffs in only their second year of football, along with the Laurel Spartans, who went to the Class A Semifinals in 2009. The conference underwent a huge change on the head coaching front as three of the eight schools will have new bosses entering the season. A conference member has played for the WPIAL title the last four seasons, but all four times, has fallen to Clairton in the title game. Will the Big Seven winner put an end to the reign of the Bears, we shall see:

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CTK 2012 – WPIAL AA Allegheny Conference
August 23, 2012
Freeport and Shady Side Academy tied for the conference championship two of the past three seasons. This year could be more of the same. Many are pegging Freeport and Shady Side Academy as the teams to beat this year. Both teams are experienced and have some talented players. But Burrell and Ford City can’t be overlooked. The Allegheny Conference changed a little this season. Apollo-Ridge and West Shamokin both dropped out of the conference and moved down to the Class A Eastern Conference. That should help West Shamokin, which hasn’t won a game since the 2007 season.

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