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Hometown Volleyball Match Recap – Central Valley
September 11, 2014
At Central Valley High School, the Central Valley Warriors girls volleyball team, in their first appearance on the MSA Sports Network, beat the Ambridge Bridgers 3-0. Scores of the three games were 25-15, 25-19, and 25-21. Central Valley has a veteran team under Dennis Damp with 5 seniors and 3 juniors among the rotation. Coach Damp who has 5 WPIAL Boys titles to his credit, has rounded this years Warriors into a true team. Everyone contributes and they worked together in the victory over the Bridgers.

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District College Football Preview for Saturday, September 13th
Week 2 of the district college football scene has some good games and some strange happenings this weekend and it's not even close to Halloween.  The PSAC begins it's first week of crossover play with East meeting West but after a May vote of the PSAC board, these games all count in the conference standings, so it is possible that a game in September could determine the representatives in the State Title Game in November.  In the PAC, there are four meetings between PAC members this weekend, but due to the conference now having 14 teams and playing an unbalanced schedule, these games do not count towards the conference title. 

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WPIAL Big Game Hunting – Week Three 2014
September 10, 2014
See I told you it goes by quickly, I am just about set for week one and here is week three! The weather man says it will feel a lot more like football this weekend. Before we go Big Game Hunting a shout out to the defenses! We here at BGH are lovers of the defensive side of the ball. Despite the fact that all the gang at the network refer to us as “offensive”, sometimes right to our faces, we appreciate the big stops in the big spots. We love the traditionally strong defensive teams at have not allowed a single point thus far into the 2014 season.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Boys Soccer – 09/10/2014
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL boys soccer rankings for the week of September 8th. 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 2014 WPIAL Boys Soccer Playoffs and the Pro Grass Girls Soccer Player of the Month in September, October and November ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL BOYS SOCCER CLASS AAA: 1)   PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS  (5-0-0) (Last Week #1) 2)   UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (4-0-1) (Last Week #2) 3)   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (5-0-0) (Last Week #4)

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Hometown Volleyball Match Recap – Chartiers-Houston
September 9, 2014
The Buccaneers of Chartiers-Houston took the victory in straight sets (25-11, 25-23, 25-23) over the Avella Eagles Tuesday night. Led by head coach Sean Cleary, the Lady Bucs were able to win all three games despite some sloppy play at times. In the beginning, it was a one-sided match. Avella had some communication problems and Char-Houston took advantage. Lex Tatano provided the offense with her powerful serve taking the team on a 6 point and 8 point run.  The Bucs took care of business, yet games two and three were a different story.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Girls Soccer – 09/09/2014
Here are the MSA Sports Top Ten WPIAL girls soccer rankings for the week of September 8th. 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 2014 WPIAL Girls Soccer Playoffs and the Pro Grass Girls Soccer Player of the Month in September, October and November ONLY here on the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL GIRLS SOCCER CLASS AAA: 1)   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (4-0-0) (Last Week #1) 2)   PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS  (6-0-0) (Last Week #2) 3)   UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (3-0-2) (Last Week #3)

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WPIAL Plays of the Week – Week Two 2014
September 8, 2014
1. Pine-Richland 28, North Allegheny 24 (OT) Possibly the top-billed game of week two produced the top play of week two as well. After battling back and forth for 48 minutes, Northern Eight Conference powers Pine-Richland and North Allegheny went to overtime, tied 21-21. After the Tigers had to settle for a field goal, Pine-Richland would get their shot at the win. That’s when Rams Quarterback Ben DiNucci would take over.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Football – 09/08/2014
Each and every Monday during the regular season, the MSA Sports Network will rank the Top Ten WPIAL football teams in each of the four classifications. Every Friday and Saturday during the high school football season, we have the best coverage with over 30 broadcasts each weekend with updated scores and standings here on your exclusive home for the 2014 WPIAL Football Playoffs, the MSA Sports Network. WPIAL CLASS AAAA FOOTBALL TOP TEN: 1.    WOODLAND HILLS WOLVERINES  (2-0) (Last Week #1)  (Week Three - host Shaler on MSA)

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 09/07/2014
September 7, 2014
While others spend their time creating smoke and polishing mirrors, we spend our time on our Labor of love here in September with plenty of high school and college fall sports action this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We move into Week Two of the 2014 season with 29 WPIAL football games on Friday and Saturday with Friday's action starting with the MSA Sports Pregame Show and concluding with the one and only WPIAL Scoreboard Show.

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WPIAL Saturday’s Scholastic Starz for 9/6
It was a very quiet Saturday in Week Two, made louder by those wild and crazy zebras. Somehow, someway, there was a miscommunication with the game officials for the California at Avella Class A Tri-County South Conference contest on Friday night. Thus the stars that we gladly point out in the skies from this Second Saturday of the 2014 season go from two to three. Just gazin. Noah Rullo and Lavelle Rush - Monessen

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District College Football Recap for Saturday, September 6th
As the weather changed yesterday afternoon and evening, it felt more like football weather. The local college football season kicked off some good matchups and a couple of come back wins for the area teams.  Here are recaps of ALL the games, including three heard here on the Network:  Slippery Rock 37 – Kutztown 26 It was not a good start for the Rock at Thompson-Mihalik Stadium, SRU fell behind 20-0 but the Rock rallied for 37 unanswered points and the opening night win. Shamar Greene ran for 195 yards and two touchdowns in the win.

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2014 WPIAL & City League Football Standings – Week 2
September 6, 2014
Here are the latest WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League football standings through Week Two of the 2014 high school football season. This year we have added points for, point against and the updated WPIAL tiebreaker points for all 124 teams. Standings are updated after 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.   CLASS AAAA FOOTHILLS CONFERENCE

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WPIAL Friday Night HighLights for 9/5
Here at MSA Sports, we like to spread the wealth when it comes to shining our spotlight. It seems some players shine for top teams each and every week. Sure, we will acknowledge their greatness, but we also like to tip our cap to those players and teams that are not steady contributors in each week to the 'W' column around the WPIAL. When they do, we want to salute high and proud. So without further adieu, we shine on the brightest performance from Week Two. Ben DiNucci - Pine-Richland

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WPIAL & City League Saturday Football Scores – 09/06/2014
After a somewhat busy start to the Saturday high school football schedule in District 7 last week, an expected quiet second Saturday got a little busier thanks to some ball dropping in Washington County. a miscommunication between the schools and game officials forced the postponement of a Tri-County South Conference contest Friday night, thus California at Avella became the third wheel on the Saturday slate. Here are all three final results, thus closing the curtain on Week Two. Games marked with (MSA) can be heard archived here at www.MSAsports.net WPIAL CLASS A Eastern Conference: Monessen Greyhounds 35 - Riverview Raiders 26  (MSA) WPIAL CLASS A Big 7 Conference:

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Scholastic Notebook – 09/05/2014
September 5, 2014
It is a recurring storyline at Indiana High School. The Stapletons are staples of the football team. It has been the story in recent years at Indiana, and it is again this season. Two of the four Stapleton brothers had big impacts on the Little Indians’ opening-night upset victory against Mars last Friday. Riley Stapleton, a 6-5 senior receiver, caught seven passes for 95 yards and scored a touchdown. Dylan Stapleton, a 6-4 junior, caught five passes for 111 yards and scored two touchdowns.

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WPIAL & City League Friday Football Scores – 09/05/2014
With 124 football teams in the WPIAL and 6 in the Pittsburgh City League, that means there are 62 District 7 football games each weekend and anywhere from 3 to 6 District 8 games. Week two of this 2014 football season gave us the busiest Friday of the regular season with 60 WPIAL games (actually 59 games) and three more in the City League. While it will make for a quiet Saturday, here is the loooooong list of final results from Friday night. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Northern Eight Conference: Pine-Richland Rams  27 - North Allegheny Tigers 24 in Overtime Fox Chapel Foxes 41 - Seneca Valley Raiders 12 Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings 31 - Shaler Titans 0 WPIAL CLASS AAAA Southeastern Conference:

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Chicks Picks – Week Two – 2014
September 4, 2014
Welcome to Week 2 of the high school football season. Network superstar Sam Hall contacted Chick’s Picks this week to invite her on an adventure like no other – the opportunity to join him on one of his daily morning helicopter rides.  Chick’s Picks was hesitant, as panic typically sets in when performing any activity in which her feet leave the ground.  Smooth-talking Sam sealed the deal, though, using a classic line: “Come on Chixy, you’ll see the city like you’ve never seen it before.”

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District College Football Preview for Saturday, September 6th
The 2014 local college football season kicks off with several games this weekend, three of which can be heard on the Network. Can Slippery Rock head back to the NCAA playoffs. can W & J win another PAC crown and can Geneva get back on the winning track.  Here are previews of all of Saturday's action:  Kutztown at Slippery Rock   6pm Kutztown was picked in the middle of the pack in the PSAC East. The Golden Bears will have a new coach in 2014 as Jim Clements takes over. Kutztown has won three straight games. QB Josh Luckenbaugh returns, he threw for 1,120 yards and twelve touchdowns last season but was intercepted nine times.

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WPIAL Plays of the Week – Week One 2014
Welcome back, WPIAL football! And welcome back Plays of the Week. Week one was one of the more memorable in recent memory. Upsets, numerous last-second field goals, multiple games going to overtime. The bar, needless to say, has been set high for the rest of 2014. Until then, enjoy the Week One Plays of the Week:

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WPIAL Big Game Hunting – Week Two 2014
September 3, 2014
WPIAL Football never seems to let you down. It also never surprises me how quickly the regular season goes flying by. Especially now with conference re-alignment from last season pushing conference games up to the top of the schedule, the games become very important right out of the gate. In fact, many teams only play conference games. Getting inside a kids head and making sure they know that games in early September count every bit as much as the ones in mid-October in determining if you play in November can be a tall task for coaches around the league. Here are four great ones that will weigh heavily down the road. Yes, I just talked about playoffs in week two. I can do what I want, I write Big Game Hunting!

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