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2011 PIAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFF UPDATE…AND THEN THERE WAS ONE
December 9, 2011
Two kicks...an extra point and a field goal proved to be enough Saturday to boot two more WPIAL teams from the Road to Hershey, leaving only one District 7 team still alive for a state crown. North Allegheny saw its 21-game winning streak end on a last second field goal by Central Dauphin in Class AAAA, while a missed co

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Scholastic Notebook – 12/09/2011
High school basketball starts in Pennsylvania tonight, and one of the storylines in the WPIAL is transfers.You can look in every classification in the WPIAL and you will see notable transfers. How good are some of the players? What kind of impact will they have on their new teams? We will start to get some answers to those questions tonight.

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2011-2012 WPIAL Boys Basketball Preview
The 2011-2012 WPIAL boys basketball season tips off on Friday, December 9th as Gateway, Montour, Monessen and Vincentian Academy prepare to defend their championships won back in March. Here is a look at some of the teams and players to watch for this season in each section in all four classifications.CLASS AAAA

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2011-2012 WPIAL Girls Basketball Preview
The 2011-2012 WPIAL girls basketball season tips off on Friday, December 9th as Shaler, Blackhawk, Seton-LaSalle and North Catholic prepare to defend their championships won back in March, while Mount Lebanon vies for a third consecutive PIAA state girls Class AAAA championship.

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Big Game Hunting – WPIAL Football Four-Pack – 12/7/2011
December 7, 2011
A perfect first weekend of state playoff action for the WPIAL teams gives us another full slate of big games as we get set for the PIAA semi-final round. Any football coach will tell you that if you are still playing football as the Christmas decorations are going up it is a very good thing.

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MSA Sports Top Seven – PIHL High School Hockey – 12/07/2011
Each Wednesday during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top seven teams in all four classifications/divisions in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League. Here are the rankings for the week of December 4th.

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WPIAL Boys Basketball – 2010-2011 Season Review
2010-2011 turned out to be the season of the virgin winners in boys basketball. Three schools won WPIAL boys basketball championships for the first time in school history – Gateway in Class AAAA, Montour in Class AAA and Vincentian Academy in Class A. The only winner with a history of district titles was Monessen, as they captured their fifth boys basketball crown.

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PIHL High School Hockey Notebook – 12/05/2011
December 5, 2011
Welcome to the first ever regular season edition of “PIHL Notebook,” formerly dubbed “PIHL News and Notes,” your weekly companion to “The PIHL Power Play” on the MSA Sports Network.

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WPIAL Girls Basketball – 2010-2011 Season Review
It was a golden start to a new decade for four WPIAL girls basketball teams last March when they captured district titles at the AJ Palumbo Center.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 12/05/2011
We split our focus between the state high school football playoffs and the start of the winter high school sports season in this first full week of December here on the MSA Sports Network.

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2011 PIAA FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS – 12/4
December 4, 2011
All sixteen games are in the books from Quarterfinals Weekend and all four WPIAL champions are now headed to the state Semifinals. North Allegheny beat State College for the fourth time in just over 14 months on Saturday afternoon while Montour needed a big comeback to advance as both Aliquippa and Clairton cruised to victories, including the 45th consecutive win for the Bears.

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PIAA Football Quarterfinals Recaps 2011
December 3, 2011
So far so good for the District 7 champions in the PIAA Football Playoffs as all four teams swept their way through to the Final Four. Montour in AAA had to come way back from a big early deficit but survived to move on Friday, while North Allegheny in AAAA, Aliquippa in AA and Clairton in A enjoyed e

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Scholastic Notebook – 12/02/2011
December 2, 2011
If you look back at what made this a WPIAL championship season for the Montour football team, there were a number of factors. Having talented offensive players might be the primary reason.But another big reason might have been a change in personnel late in the season.

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Big Game Hunting – WPIAL Football Four-Pack – 11/30/2011
November 30, 2011
The District-Seven banner is in the hands of four very good football teams as we head to the PIAA quarter finals, is there a chance for the WPIAL to win all four state titles? I say yes, though it will certainly be very  tough.

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MSA Sports Top Seven – PIHL High School Hockey – 11/30/2011
Each Wednesday during the regular season, MSA Sports will rank the top seven teams in all four classifications/divisions in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League. Here are the rankings for the week of November 27th.

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WPIAL Edges Ohio in Girls Volleyball All-Star Event
November 28, 2011
Just like it was in the inaugural Interstate Girls Volleyball All-Star Match in 2010 between these two superbly talented squads, Sunday afternoons match would require the dramatic "short game" to decide the winner at Girard High School.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 11/28/2011
We move from district high school football playoffs to state high school football playoffs as November turns to December this week on the MSA Sports Network.

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North Allegheny, Montour, Aliquippa & Clairton Win 2011 WPIAL Football Crowns
November 27, 2011
After four weeks of somewhat predictable and at times thrilling football, the Highway to Heinz has officially been shut down to allow four teams to celebrate and parade around with their new golden crowns. Two teams defended their titles from a year ago (with one of them successfully defending for a third straight year) while one team celebrated their first title since 2008 and the ot

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NA Wins Second Straight Quad-A Title In Overtime Thriller Over USC
November 26, 2011
North Allegheny’s Mack Leftwich scored the game winner in overtime and the Tigers defense held Upper St. Clair scoreless to win their second straight WPIAL Quad-A Championship with a 28-21 victory. Leftwich carried twenty times for 117 yards and threw for 148 yards on 10 of 16 to keep the Tigers on the Road to Hershey in defense of their PIAA title as well.

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The Drive Leads Aliquippa Past Jeannette for AA Crown
Third time is the charm for Aliquippa’s Mikal Hall as a last-minute drive gives the Quips a 14-7 victory over Jeannette in the Class AA championship game. Aliquippa adds a 14th WPIAL title to its all-time best trophy case in its 100th season.

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