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District College Football Recap for Saturday November 6th
November 7, 2010
On the first weekend in November, conference and divisional championships were decided in the NEC, PSAC and PAC, plus an offensive showdown in Greensburg highlight this week's action. Here are recaps from all the games around the region: Gannon 24 - Slippery Rock 20

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Mars Remains Perfect With WPIAL Girls AA Soccer Championship
The Planets capped off a perfect run through the WPIAL season with a 2-0 win over Beaver Saturday at Baldwin High School. Second seeded Mars ends its championship season at (22-0) and even though the Planets controlled the ball and most of the play against the Bobcats, it took a while for the games first goal to be tallied.

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Hampton is the New Sheriff in the WPIAL Boys AA Soccer Town After Ousting Mars
On the one hand, Hampton (21-1-0) had defeated Mars (14-6-2) twice during the 2010 regular season, and was certainly motivated to avenge a loss in the 2009 WPIAL Championship game. On the other hand, the Planets were the two-time defending champion, but the Talbots would not be denied the gold medal this time, winning 4-1 at Baldwin High School on Saturday evening.

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Highway to Heinz – Round One Recaps
November 6, 2010
Home cookin was the rule of thumb in the opening round of the 2010 WPIAL Football Playoffs. 23 of the 32 teams that hosted First Round games were winners and are moving on to the Quarterfinals. Here are recaps from most of the eight games in each classification.

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WPIAL and City League Football Week 10 Games
November 5, 2010
There was a time when every WPIAL football team played ten games. It was called the regular season. Since the district went to a nine-week regular season, non-playoff football teams have a choice whether they want to play a tenth game. Sadly, most do not.

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Was Maurice Lucas the Best in Western PA Hoops?
Former Schenley High School basketball great Maurice Lucas died this week and the headline in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called him the greatest player ever from Western Pennsylvania. Accurate headline or overstatement?

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Scholastic Notebook – 11/05/2010
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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