Football

CTK 2012 – Complete WPIAL Saturday Football Schedule
August 11, 2012
There is little doubt that high school football is king on Friday nights in Western Pennsylvania. However it's not ALL about Friday nights. However now, there are only SEVEN WPIAL high schools that play a majority of their home games either under the sun on Saturday afternoons or under the lights on Saturday night. Here is a complete rundown of the Saturday schedule for high school football action in the WPIAL this season.WEEK 1: SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st:Aliquippa Quips AT Ambridge Bridgers at 8:00pmEast Allegheny Wildcats AT Summit Academy Knights at 12:30pmNeshannock Lancers AT Western Beaver Golden Beavers at 12:30pmSto-Rox Vikings AT Shenango Wildcats at 7:00pm

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CTK 2012 – New WPIAL Head Football Coaches
August 10, 2012
New Faces - New Places - New Hopes - New Dreams. Many are rookie head coaches while a couple of veteran coaches are starting over at new venues. Some schools have a new football coach for the first time in years while others continue to play roulette with their head coaching position. In all, it was a busy off season with a mind-numbing 27 coachings changes, the most in more than a decade and five more than last season. Here are the new football coaches that will be running the sidelines in the WPIAL this fall.CLASS AAAA:ALTOONA - John Franco replaces Tom PalfeyHEMPFIELD - Rich Bowen replaces Greg MeisnerKISKI AREA - Dave Heavner replaces Troy Wilson

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CTK 2012 – 2011 Pittsburgh City League Football Flashback
It was a year of hello's and a season of goodbye's in the Pittsburgh City League. 2011 marked the final year for both the Langley Mustangs and the Oliver Bears as both schools were closed following the 2011-2012 school year. However it was a fabulous first year for University Prep. Much like Central Valley in 2010, the Panthers celebrated their first season with a District 8 title after U Prep beat Allderdice in the City League football championship game.2011 PITTSBURGH CITY LEAGUE STANDINGS:# - Clinched at least a share of the conference title * - Clinched playoff spot x - Eliminated from playoff chase

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CTK 2012 – 2011 WPIAL Class A Football Flashback
August 9, 2012
The beat continued for the Big Bad Bears in Class A. It seemed every time Clairton took the field, another record would fall after another victory. The Bears once again were perfect in the regular season, then captured their fourth straight WPIAL crown with a sound victory over previiously undefeated Sto-Rox in the district finals at Heinz Field, then capped off a third consecutive PIAA state championship with a record setting 47th consecutive win.2011 WPIAL CLASS A STANDINGS:# - Clinched at least a share of the conference title * - Clinched playoff spot x - Eliminated from playoff chaseEastern Conference:

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Former Rochester Football Star Killed in Shooting
August 8, 2012
Tragic news out of Beaver County on the brink of a new football season. Three weeks from the start of the 2012 high school football campaign, one of the top WPIAL Class A football players from 2011 was killed in a New Brighton shooting.  18-year old DeAndre Moon of Rochester died early Wednesday morning from a single gun shot wound.Authorities have not made any arrests. Moon was apparently shot on a houseboat and was taken to Heritage Valley Beaver hospital by a friend where he later died from loss of blood.

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CTK 2012 – 2011 WPIAL Class AA Football Flashback
In a season in which two once proud programs, Washington and Ellwood City bounced back from recent struggles to make it into the WPIAL Quarterfinals, two of the districts richest traditions survived the postseason to do battle at Heinz Field. There was no Darrelle Revis or Terrelle Pryor, but there was plenty of great action to the end as Aliquippa came from behind late to pull out a memorable 14-7 victory over Jeannette.2011 WPIAL CLASS AA STANDINGS:# - Clinched at least a share of the conference title * - Clinched playoff spot x - Eliminated from playoff chaseMidwestern Conference:

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CTK 2012 – 2011 WPIAL Class AAA Football Flashback
August 7, 2012
It was another banner year for Parkway Conference. For the third straight year, the WPIAL Class AAA champion came from the 'toughest conference in the state." After losing in the finals to Central Valley in 2010, Montour won their first title in nearly 50 years by cruising past upstart Knoch. However you can't talk WPIAL Triple A football without mentioning the end to a scholastic Hall of Fame career for Hopewell running back Rushel Shell. Shell ended up not only breaking the all-time rushing record in the WPIAL, but set a new rushing mark in the PIAA as well along with countless other records in an amazing career. 2011 WPIAL CLASS AAA STANDINGS:

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MUZZY COLOSIMO OUT AT GREENSBURG CENTRAL CATHOLIC
August 6, 2012
One week before football training camps officially open around the WPIAL, a veteran coach has been replaced at a Class AA perennial power.  William 'Muzzy' Colosimo and Greensburg Central Catholic High School are parting ways after 17 years.It is not yet known if Colosimo was fired or if he resigned.Greensburg Central Catholic had a record of 143-46 under Colosimo with 15 winning seasons.Colosimo led the Centurions to their only football championship only three years ago when Greensburg Central Catholic beat Aliquippa in the 2009 Class AA championship game 33-7. The Centurions lost in the AA finals in 2005 to South Park and in 2006 to rival Jeannette.

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CTK 2012 – 2011 WPIAL Class AAAA Football Flashback
They weren't ranked number one at the start of the season, but for a second straight season, North Allegheny proved that #1 at the end was all that mattered. after going undefeated through the regular season, the Tigers made it back to Heinz Field where they held on to beat Upper St. Clair in a Quad Classic. The magical run for North Allegheny came to an end however in the PIAA playoffs as the defending champions were edged in the state Semifinals, ending their winning streak at 21 in a row. 2011 WPIAL CLASS AAAA STANDINGS:# - Clinched at least a share of the conference title * - Clinched playoff spot x - Eliminated from playoff chaseNorthern Seven Conference:

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CTK 2012 – New High School Football Rules
August 3, 2012
As part of the Countdown to Kickoff, here are the new rule changes for the 2012 high school football season. Rule changes involve the definition of a catch, blocking restrictions on free (onside) kicks and the removal of a helmet during a down. The first major change defines what makes a catch. Prior to this season, officials could rule that a player in the air would have come down in the field of play, but was prevented by an opponent from doing so in completing a catch. The new rule any guess work out of the play, a player must come down with a foot or body part inbounds while maintaining possession, regardless of an opponent's action.

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CTK 2012 – 7:00pm Kickoffs in WPIAL
August 2, 2012
There are 125 schools in the WPIAL that field a high school football team. While a majority still begin at 7:30pm, the 'early risers' continue to grow and are nearly half. Now 52 of them will kickoff their home games at 7:00pm. Here is a list of schools that will get the thirty minute head start on Friday and Saturday nights.CLASS AAAA Foothills:Altoona Mountain LionsMcKeesport TigersCLASS AAAA Northern Eight:Fox Chapel FoxesNorth Hills IndiansCLASS AAAA Southeastern:Plum MustangsWoodland Hills Wolverines-----------------------------------------------------------CLASS AAA Northeastern:

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CTK 2012 – New Conference Alignment in WPIAL Football
Major changes have taken place to the look of the WPIAL football conference alignment for the next two years. The biggest change comes in Class AAAA and Class AAA where both classifications have shrunk from the standard four conferences to three conferences. Both Class AA and Class A will remain with four conferences.                        

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COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF 2012
July 31, 2012
The countdown to the start of the 2012 high school football season is underway. High School football training camps throughout Western Pennsylvania open up on Monday, August 13th as teams prepare for a new season starting Friday, August 31st and Saturday, September 1st. As has been the case in the thirteen 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 2012 high school football season in the WPIAL is 'Countdown to Kickoff' here at www.msasports.netCOMPLETELY UPDATED: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------  

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 07/30/2012
July 30, 2012
With great anticipation, we are ready to begin Countdown to Kickoff 2012 as July melts into August this week on the MSA Sports Network. We begin our coverage of the 2012 high school football season with a special edition of This Week in the WPIAL followed by the MSA Sports/Kennywood Park Preseason All-Star Team Presentation Show from Kennywood Park. We also have coverage of Class AA Eastern League baseball with the Altoona Curve hitting the road for series in Trenton and New Britain along with Frontier League play featuring the Washington Wild Things at River City before returning home to CONSOL Energy Park to face Lake Erie, plus all of the news from the auto racing world with Rappin on Racin is here at MSAsports.netMonday, July 30th:

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WPIAL Hires, Resignations and Commitments
July 18, 2012
Even though the school doors are locked and the student-athletes are preparing for a new school year, there has been plenty of news in the first couple weeks of July with athletic directors and coaches on the move as well as players making D-I verbal agreements.Butschle Steps Down at Sto-RoxThe 2011 WPIAL Class A runner-up is looking for a new coach just one month before training camp officially opens up. Ron Butschle's second stint as head coach at Sto-Rox has ended when he resigned due to personal reasons.Butschle, who led the Vikings to an undefeated regular season last fall and a berth in the district title game, hopes to coach again some day, but a family situation has forced him to step away at least for the 2012 season.

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Gateway Football Coach Terry Smith Keeps Job…For Now
July 12, 2012
Terry Smith is still the head football coach at Gateway High School, although his position as head coach and athletic director is up in the air after the 2012 season. On Wednesday night in front of a packed house at the high school auditorium, the Gateway school board voted 8-1 to prevent the athletic director of the school district to have a supplemental contract as the high school football coach. However, it would not go into effect until December 31st of this year.Last month, the school board approved a new 65 million dollar budget with plenty of cuts, including cutting the athletic directors position to part time.

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2011-2012 WPIAL and PITTSBURGH CITY LEAGUE CHAMPIONS on PARADE
July 6, 2012
What better way to celebrate America's Birthday and the end of another school year than with a parade. It has been another great high school sports year. All of us here at the MSA Sports Network and Management Science Associates thank our sponsors and fans for their support during the 2011-2012 school year. As we get ready for another great scholastic campaign in 2012-2013, we look back at all the WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League team champions on parade from this past school year.Football:Class AAAA - North Allegheny TigersClass AAA - Montour SpartansClass AA - Aliquippa QuipsClass A - Clairton BearsCity League - University Prep PanthersPIAA Class A - Clairton Bears

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2012 MSA SPORTS MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR – LUKE HAGY of MOUNT LEBANON
June 29, 2012
Whether he carried one, shot one, dribbled one, hit one or caught one, Luke Hagy’s high school career was a ball. In these days of teenagers specializing in one sport, Hagy was highly unusual. He had a ball year round. He was a three-sport athlete at Mount Lebanon High School, which is in the largest classification (Class AAAA) in the WPIAL. You don’t see many high schoolers playing three sports at a large school. But it wasn’t just playing three sports that made Hagy unusual. It was how much talent he had in the three sports – and how long he played the three.

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This Week on MSA Sports Network – 06/26/2012
June 26, 2012
The action heats up on the pro baseball diamond as we officially bid farewell to June and welcome in July this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have coverage of Class AA Eastern League baseball with the Altoona Curve hitting the road to Harrisburg and Binghamton along with Frontier League play featuring the Washington Wild Things as they also hit the road to Traverse City and London, plus minor league football and all of the news from the auto racing world with Rappin on Racin is here at MSAsports.netMonday, June 25th:TALK SHOW - Rappin on Racin at 6:00pm on MSAsports.netPro Baseball: Class AA Eastern League - Akron Aeros vs Altoona Curve at 7:00pm on MSAsports.net

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This Week on MSA Sports Network – 06/19/2012
June 19, 2012
The action heats up on the pro baseball diamond as we officially bid farewell to spring and welcome the Summer of 2012 this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have coverage of Class AA Eastern League baseball with the Altoona Curve and Frontier League play featuring the Washington Wild Things, plus the high school football all-star game season continues with the Lezzer Lumber Classic and all of the news from the auto racing world with Rappin on Racin is here at MSAsports.netMonday, June 18th:TALK SHOW - Rappin on Racin at 6:00pm on MSAsports.netPro Baseball: Frontier League - Washington Wild Things vs London Rippers at 6:30pm on WJPA-FM 95.3

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