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WPIAL Friday Night HighLights for Week Two
September 7, 2013
Football is a copycat sport. If somebody has success at any level, it seems to filter up and done as fads and tendencies come and go. For years many teams have wanted to emulate the Baltimore Ravens defense. After the Ravens D’s performance in the NFL season opener on Sunday, it seems many WPIAL football teams can now say mission accomplished after a night of high scoring with points a plenty. Hard to settle in on just ten…but we accept that challenge by cheating with plenty of duo kudos as we look back at a wild Friday night of football around the WPIAL.Billy Kisner and Isaiah Jones – Penn Hills

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2013 WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League Football Standings – 09/06
September 6, 2013
Here are the latest WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League football standings through Week Two of the 2013 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 chase % - Not eligible for WPIAL playoffsWPIAL CLASS AAAA:Northern Eight Conference:

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WPIAL/City League Football Scores for Friday, September 6th
If there was one word that best described opening night of the 2013 WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League football season, it was probably cramps. That funny sounding word that is no laughing matter when you are laying on the field in horrific pain. There should be a lot fewer of those nagging muscle issues this week with a splendid evening temperature wise expected throughout Western Pennsylvania. Here are the Week Two Friday night matchups in both District 7 and District 8. Check back later this evening for final results and check out updated scores throughout the night at m.scores.msasports.netAll games kick off at 7:30pm unless otherwise indicated. All games followed with (MSA) can be heard live on the MSA Sports Network.

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Scholastic Notebook – 09/06/2013
Seneca Valley lost almost every offensive starter from a team that went 10-2 and averaged 37 points a game last season. But coach Don Holl didn’t have to look far and wide for something to jumpstart this year’s offense.He simply had to look across the family dinner table.Seneca Valley’s new quarterback is T.J. Holl, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound junior and the son of the coach. The son has definitely shined so far.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Girls Volleyball – 09/05/2013
September 5, 2013
Here are the latest MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls volleyball rankings for the week ending September 6th. You can check out the new rankings every Friday through the regular season with daily updated girls volleyball standings and weekly matches as well all here on the home for the Hometown Volleyball Program, the MSA Sports Network.Section record in parenthesis.WPIAL CLASS AAA: 1)   NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (1-0)2)   OAKLAND CATHOLIC EAGLES  (1-0)3)   PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (1-0)4)   PENN-TRAFFORD WARRIORS  (2-0)5)   UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (2-0)6)   SHALER TITANS  (2-0)

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Chicks Picks – Week Two – 2013
Welcome to Week 2. Chick’s Picks typically likes to avoid angry fans, especially in Week 1.  Things did not exactly go as planned last week, however, when the house prognosticator inadvertently riled up the Tri-County South faithful.Upon further review, it appears that Chick’s Picks, amidst the excitement of opening week, unwittingly omitted her Tri-County South predictions.  Fans from the conference were outraged—rightfully so—and were not afraid to let their voices be heard.

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District College Football Preview for 9/7/13
The 2013 district college football slate kicks off with a bang this weekend. 19 teams from the area start their season, while two others head to the field for the second time. Here are previews of all the games, including three to be played later tonight:(All games are on Saturday, except where noted)Slippery Rock at Northwood   Noon  on WLER 97.7-FM and the MSA Sports NetworkThe teams have not meet on the gridiron since 1992. Slippery Rock has won both meetings between the foes.The Rock was 6-5 in 2012 and finished 5-2 in the PSAC West. SRU was picked third by the PSAC coaches in the West in the 2013 preseason poll, behind IUP and Mercyhurst, last year’s co-champs.

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MSA Sports Big Game Hunting – Week Two
September 4, 2013
The more things change, the more they stay the same. Week one of the 2013 WPIAL football season showed a shining example of that statement, with a pair of defending champions in North Allegheny and Clairton, convincingly hushing the whispers that they were set to be declining in the current season due to graduation losses. Week two is chock full of delicious match-ups as well. The long holiday weekend is over, time to clean the grill, drain the pool, and go Big Game Hunting.

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WPIAL Girls Volleyball Standings – 09/04/2013
Here are the latest WPIAL girls volleyball standings for the 2013 season. Standings will be updated daily through the regular season, leading up to MSA Sports EXCLUSIVE coverage of the 2013 WPIAL Girls Volleyball Playoffs in October. Also, don't forget to click on the Girls Volleyball sports page for information on the 2013 MSA Sports Hometown Girls Volleyball Program.Only section record is shown.MSA Sports Hometown Girls Volleyball Program teams are capitalized and bolded.(Top 3 teams from each section qualify for playoffs) # = Clinched Section Title * = Clinched Playoff Berth x = Eliminated From Playoff ChaseWPIAL CLASS AAA:

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Boys Soccer – 09/04/2013
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL boys soccer rankings for the week of September 2nd. You can check out the new rankings every Wednesday through the regular season with weekly matches heard live and archived, including exclusive coverage of the 2013 WPIAL Boys Soccer Playoffs here on the MSA Sports Network.WPIAL CLASS AAA:1)   UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (3-0-0)2)   CANON-McMILLAN BIG MACS  (3-0-0)3)   PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS  (3-0-0)4)   FOX CHAPEL FOXES  (2-0-0)5)   PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (1-0-1)6)   FRANKLIN REGIONAL PANTHERS  (2-0-0)7)   KISKI AREA CAVALIERS  (1-1-0)

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Girls Soccer – 09/04/2013
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls soccer rankings for the week of September 2nd. You can check out the new rankings every Tuesday through the regular season with weekly matches heard live and archived, including exclusive coverage of the 2013 WPIAL Girls Soccer Playoffs here on the MSA Sports Network.WPIAL CLASS AAA:1)   PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS  (3-0-0)2)   NORWIN KNIGHTS  (1-0-0)3)   UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (2-0-0) 4)   FOX CHAPEL FOXES  (2-0-0)5)   BETHEL PARK BLACK HAWKS  (1-0-0)6)   PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (3-0-0)7)   CANON-McMILLAN BIG MACS  (1-0-0)

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WPIAL Plays of the Week – Week One 2013
September 3, 2013
After an exciting Week One of WPIAL football, one of the prominent storylines was big defensive plays at crucial moments. In fact, three of the top five plays of Week One were done on the defensive side of the ball. The top play, however, belongs to a surprising backup running back for one of Class A’s top teams.Here are the top plays from Week One:#1- North Catholic 22, Apollo-Ridge 21 (2OT)

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Geibel Forfeits Friday Football Game at Beth-Center
September 2, 2013
After losing their 2013 season opener this past Friday 81-0, Geibel High School will forfeit their Week Two game on Friday at Beth-Center.This marks the second year in a row the Gators will forfeit their second game against the Tri-County South powerhouse Bulldogs. Because of low numbers a year ago, Geibel forfeited their first two games of the season against Frazier and Beth-Center before being able to finish out the schedule with seven straight losses.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Football – 09/02/2013
Each and every Monday during the regular season, the MSA Sports Network will rank the Top Ten football teams in each classification. Here are the latest WPIAL football rankings following Week One, including a NEW #1 team in Class AAAA.WPIAL CLASS AAAA TOP TEN:1.   PITTSBURGH CENTRAL CATHOLIC VIKINGS  (1-0) (Last Week #2) (This Week: at #8 North Hills on MSA)2.   NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (1-0) (Last Week #3) (This Week: host Fox Chapel on MSA)3.   UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (1-0) (Last Week #5) (This Week: host Canon-McMillan)4.   GATEWAY GATORS  (1-0) (Last Week #4) (This Week: host Connellsville on MSA)

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 09/02/2013
We go from holiday weekend to the first full week of September as the transition from summer to fall begins this week here on the MSA Sports Network. How about FORTY WPIAL, District 6, District 9 and District 10 football games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning with the expanded MSA Sports Pregame Show and concluding with the one and only WPIAL High School Football Scoreboard Show, plus the debut of college football, boys and girls WPIAL soccer and women's college field hockey, the final games of the 2013 Washington Wild Things baseball season as well as the latest news from the auto racing world with Rappin on Racin ALL here at MSAsports.netMonday, September 2nd: HAPPY LABOR DAY FROM ALL OF US HERE AT THE MSA SPORTS NETWORK!

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Saturdays Scholastic Starz for Week One
September 1, 2013
Even though the numbers of teams that play their home games primarily on Saturday in the WPIAL shrunk from eight to five this season, it was a busy opening Saturday around the WPIAL with seven games. Of those contests, here are the players who over came the heat to shine bright on the season lid-lifter on the final day of August.Dravon Henry - Aliquippa

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District College Football Recap for Saturday, August 30th
The college football season opened in Western Pennsylvania with a light schedule as teams in the PSAC and PAC open up next week.The NEC opened play this weekend, Duquesne picked up a home victory and Robert Morris went on the road to meet a nationally ranked team.Here are recaps from both games:Duquesne 35 – Albany 24 It was a pair of former Montour stars helping to lead the Dukes to a home field victory on Saturday on the Bluff. Redshirt freshman linebacker Aaron Reed opened the scoring with a safety and fellow freshman Dillon Buechel threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Dukes.

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WPIAL/City League Football Scores for Saturday, August 31st
August 31, 2013
With fewer and fewer teams playing their home games on Saturday, more times than not this season there will only be a couple of games on the docket. however that was not the case as opening weekend concluded with a grand total of nine WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League games slated on the final day of August. Here is a rundown of ALL the Saturday final scores.(MSA) after the game indicates that game is being broadcast on the MSA Sports Network.WPIAL CLASS AAA vs CLASS AA Non-Conference:Aliquippa Quips 44 - Ambridge Bridgers 13  (MSA)WPIAL CLASS AA Century Conference:Seton-LaSalle Rebels 40 - South Allegheny Gladiators 3  (MSA)WPIAL CLASS A Eastern Conference:

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WPIAL Friday Night HighLights for Week One
The curtain lifted on the First Friday of the 2013 WPIAL football season with plenty of tightness. Yeah, there was the pressure of playing conference games right out of the gates, but tight muscles and cramps were everywhere on a humid end to what has been a pleasant month of August. Despite injury issues, here are the top performers who didn’t let their opponents or the weather ‘cramp’ their style.Ben DiNucci & Connor Slomka – Pine-Richland

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2013 WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League Football Standings – 08/31
Here are the latest WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League football standings through Week One of the 2013 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 chase % - Not eligible for WPIAL playoffsWPIAL CLASS AAAA:Northern Eight Conference:

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