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Scholastic Notebook – 11/05/2010
November 5, 2010
Ten teams have the perfect outlook on the WPIAL playoffs. The playoffs start Friday night and 10 WPIAL teams enter the postseason with perfect 9-0 records. A year ago, not one team made it through the WPIAL playoffs with an undefeated record. Only three years ago, all four WPIAL champs (Serra, Jeannette, Thomas Jefferson and Central Catholic) were undefeated.

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WPIAL/Pittsburgh City League Week 10 Friday Scores
While the Pittsburgh City League concludes its regular season this weekend, it's postseason time for the WPIAL. The District 8 Semifinals will be played next Thursday and Friday while the District 7 First Round took place Friday night with 32 lidlifters. Here are ALL the WPIAL First Round final scores. WPIAL CLASS AAAA First Round:

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MSA Sports Friday Night HighLights – Week Ten
The orange cones were taken away, the ribbon was cut and the curtain was raised on the Highway to Heinz...the 2010 WPIAL Football Playoffs on Friday night. While teams like Ringgold, Deer Lakes, Ellwood City and Cornell saw memorable seasons come to an end, 32 teams have advanced to the Quarterfinals...ten of them thanks to huge efforts by these gridiron performances.

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2010 Turns Out to be Year of the Tigers in WPIAL Field Hockey
November 4, 2010
When it comes to WPIAL Girls Field Hockey Playoffs, 2010 turned out to be the Year of the Tigers. Both the North Allegheny Tigers in Class AAA and the Ellis School Tigers in Class AA captured district gold Monday night with victories at Fox Chapel High School. Here are the short but sweet results from the two round playoffs in both classifications.

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Chicks Picks – Week 10 – 2010
Welcome to Week 10 of the high school football season. After months on the campaign trail, Chicks Picks did not get to celebrate an Election Day victory after all. Chicks Picks committed herself to running for Head WPIAL Pigskin Prognosticator earlier this year, after much convincing from her counterparts at MSA Sports.

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WPIAL Girls Volleyball Semifinals Thursday Recaps 2010
A couple of teams barely broke a sweat in advancing to the district finals while others were locked in a titanic struggle to move on and play for gold. Here are the recaps from all six Semifinals matches from Thursday night in the 2010 WPIAL Girls Volleyball Semifinals as the top two seeds in all three classifications were victorious.

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District College Football Preview for Saturday, November 6th
Conference titles could be decided in the Northeast, the PSAC and PAC on Saturday. The big game focus will be on Joe Walton Stadium as Robert Morris looks for its first title since 2000, in Erie as Mercyhurst looks to steal the PSAC-West from Cal and in Waynesburg where the Yellow Jackets battle nationally ranked and two-time PAC champion Thomas More.

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Big Game Hunting: The Football Fourpack for Week 10
November 3, 2010
The Opening round of the Highway to Heinz offers quite a few big games to choose from in each classification. The first week of the playoffs is an exciting time, thoughts of upsets are dancing in the heads of underdogs, and defending champs are readying again to meet the challenge of the post season.

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WPIAL Boys Soccer Semifinals Tuesday Recaps
November 2, 2010
The WPIAL held six games on Tuesday night to set up the Super Soccer Saturday finals for the boys. The many surprises that have occurred in the girls tournaments didn't cross over to this gender as most of the top boys seeds are headed to the finals. Here are recaps from both Semifinals in all three classifications.

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North Allegheny Back On Top of WPIAL AAA Girls Field Hockey World Again
North Allegheny defeated Fox Chapel 2-1 in overtime to win the AAA field hockey championship Monday night at Fox Chapel High School. The title is the 11th district crown in 14 years, but first for the Tigers since 2007. Fox Chapel came into the game with a 15-0-1 record and only gave up four goals on the year.  

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WPIAL Plays of the Week – Week 9
With the regular season now history, we present our top plays for Week Nine...While many teams had clinched going into this past weekend, there were still some playoff spots on the line...While the winners celebrated with a smile, the losers could not hide their big fat frown...As we prepare for the playoffs while the curtain on the regular season comes crashing down.

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Ellis School Flexes Girl Power in AA Field Hockey Title Win Over GCC
The Ellis School Tigers captured their fourth WPIAL championship in the past nine years by defeating Greensburg Central Catholic 6-1 Monday night at Fox Chapel High School.   The Centurions opened up the scoring first with 23:18 left in the first half when Hope Williams scored.  

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MSA Sports Top 10 – WPIAL Football Playoff Rankings
November 1, 2010
OK, so the headline is wrong. We are done ranking the WPIAL football teams. Now with 16 teams left in each classification, we here at MSA Sports will do what the WPIAL football steering committee will do on Monday, we will seed the teams. When you rank teams, you put them in the order of best to worst, 1 through 16.

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WPIAL Girls Soccer Semifinals Monday Recaps 2010
The WPIAL held six games on Monday night to set up the Super Soccer Saturday finals for the girls. The many surprises that have occurred in the girls tournaments didn't stop in the Final Four. Here are recaps from the two Semifinals in all three classifications. Thanks to Brandon Rebel, Adam Hoerner, Greg Kuntz and Greg Warnock for their help on these recaps.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 11/01/2010
The Highway to Heinz moves forward to the second exit as the high school football postseason continues this week here on the MSA Sports Network.

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MSA Sports Saturday’s Scholastic Starz – Week Nine
October 31, 2010
The lightest Saturday high school football schedule in the WPIAL turned out to be the final Saturday of high school football in the WPIAL. There were only three games to close the books on the district schedule, so it leaves us with only three stars with three strong performances. Austin Miele - Mars

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District College Football Recap for Saturday, October 30th
The conference title picture is clearing up in the Northeast, the PSAC and the President's Athletic Conference with some down to the wire finishes and a pair of overtime games. Here are recaps from all the action around the area on the final Saturday of October: Mercyhurst 21 - Slippery Rock 13

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MSA Sports Friday Night HighLights – Week Nine
October 30, 2010
Win and you're in. A simple enough concept, especially for teams facing such a scenario in Week 9 of the WPIAL football season. There were players who put up bigger numbers on Friday none, but none that made more of an impact for their team than these players, whose clutch performance helped their teams clinch a ride on the Highway to Heinz.

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Shady Side Academy Wins PIAA Girls AAA Team Tennis Title by Edging Mt. Lebo
Last week, Shady Side Academy edged Mount Lebanon to win the 2010 WPIAL Girls Team Tennis Class AAA Championship. One week later, history has repeated itself in the 2010 PIAA Girls Team Tennis Finals. The Indians once again got the better of the Blue Devils Saturday afternoon to bring state gold back to The Academy.

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WPIAL/City League Week 9 Saturday Football Scores
The final Saturday of high school football in both District 7 and District 8 in the 2010 regular season turns out to be the lightest Saturday schedule of the season. Here are ALL of the final results as the curtain falls on the first nine weeks and the Highway to Heinz prepares to open. WPIAL CLASS AAA Greater Allegheny Conference:

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