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WPIAL and City League Football Scores for Friday, October 25th
October 25, 2013
For several WPIAL teams headed into the final Friday of the 2013 football regular season, it was now or never. As Apollo Creed told Rocky Balboa..."there is no tomorrow' (echo trails off). There weren't many playoff berths up for grabs, but the chase was on for conference titles, home field advantage, playoff seeding and those precious remaining postseason openings for one final night. Here are the Week Nine final scores of games in the WPIAL plus the Pittsburgh City League Semifinals schedule.WPIAL CLASS AAAA Southeastern Conference:Upper St. Clair Panthers   35 -  Mount Lebanon Blue Devils  7Woodland Hills Wolverines 19 -  Penn Hills Indians  7

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Washington Back in Football Playoffs After PIAA Overturns Forfeits
October 24, 2013
In again out again in again Washington. The case involving the Washington football team and the eligibility of one of its players is over. Washington wins and now the Little Prexies can start thinking playoffs once again.On Thursday afternoon, the PIAA overturned a previous WPIAL ruling that ordered Washington to forfeit five wins for using a player who is in his fifth year of high school. Under PIAA and WPIAL rules, a student only gets four consecutive years to play sports when the student starts ninth grade. Regardless of whether the student doesn’t play sports for a year, he/she gets only four continuous years.

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Chicks Picks – Week Nine – 2013
Welcome to Week 9. After nearly a decade of dominating fantasy football leagues, Chick’s Picks decided to throw her hat into fantasy hockey, hoping for at least a bit of a challenge.  While her league mates spent weeks researching and preparing for the draft, Chick’s Picks sat back and chuckled, knowing her prized crystal ball was the only research she needed.Draft day was finally here.  Chick’s Picks packed up her crystal ball and headed to meet the gang at league headquarters.  It was no surprise to see the gaggle of league mates in line awaiting her autograph when she arrived.  Chick’s Picks is, after all, kind of a big deal around the WPIAL.

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MSA Sports Hometown Girls Volleyball Salute – FREEPORT YELLOWJACKETS
Last 7 years the Lady Jackets section record has been 90-2. In 2013, Freeport finished 11-1 and as co-champs with Knoch in Class AA Section 4. They are the #2-seed in the Class AA playoffs.This years Lady Jackets are anchored by it's 5 senior players. Returning AA all-state and WPIAL first team outside hitter Alexis Schrecengost (2.6 GPA) along with Section 4-AA All-stars libero Brittany Bianco (3.7 GPA), setter Emily Toy (4.0 GPA)and opposite hitter Megan Sweeny (3.4 GPA).

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District College Football Preview for Saturday, October 26th
October 23, 2013
In the final week of October, such huge conference games highlight this week's schedule.In the PSAC West, The Rock tries to maintain it's share of the top spot while Cal and Gannon square off to knock the loser out of the conference race.W & J looks to stay on top of the PAC while Geneva sits a half game back.Here are recaps of ALL the games, including three that can be heard on the Network:Slippery Rock (6-1) at Edinboro (4-3)    Noon on WLER 97.7-FM and msasports.net The Rock is headed back to the “Big House” to play. The Rock announced that they will play Mercyhurst on October 18, 2014 at Michigan Stadium. It’s the third time the Rock will play there.

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Big Game Hunting – The Football Fourpack for Week 9
Although much has already been decided week nine of the 2013 WPIAL football season brings us all the sweetness you might expect with regard to conference championship tilts. It also has a fair share of win and you are in games. It also has some games that will have a huge impact come seeding time for the football steering committee. The stretch run winds down and we get set for the Highway to Heinz.AAAA Foothills Conference: #3 McKeesport Tigers (8-0)(7-0) at #6 Gateway Gators (7-1)(6-1) Thursday October 24th at 7:00 PM @ Antimarino Stadium on the campus of Gateway high school. Broadcast on the MSA Sports Network by Paul Paterra and Lou Rood

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USC’s Grant Engel & Cent Valley’s Macky Fouse Win PIAA State Golf Championships
After finishing in fourth place in the WPIAL golf championships three weeks ago, Grant Engel rose to the occasion on the bigger stage of the state championships as the Upper St. Clair senior captured the PIAA Class AAA Individual Golf Championship at the two day event at Heritage Hills Golf Resort in York. Meanwhile, WPIAL Girls Class AA champion Macky Fouse, a senior from Central Valley doubled her pleasure with a state title to add to her district gold by shooting a two day total of 152.Engel shot a 73 to follow up on a 74 on Monday for a 147 and a two stroke victory over Andrew Willner of Conestoga. Engle's Uper St. Clair teammate Thomas Steve shot a 154 to tie Fox Chapel's Patrick Sheerer as the next closest WPIAL golfers as they finished in 10th place.

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2013 MSA Sports Hometown Girls Volleyball Playoff Recaps
Six of the seven teams that were a part of the 2013 MSA Sports Girls Volleyball Program qualified for the WPIAL postseason. Over the next two weeks, anytime Avonworth, Brentwood, South Side Beaver, Blackhawk, Freeport and West Allegheny hit the court, we will recap their playoff performance right here.WPIAL CLASS AA FIRST ROUND:

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WPIAL Plays of the Week – Week Eight 2013
October 22, 2013
Oh Week Eight, you were something. From controversies to conversions to comebacks, the eighth week of the 2013 WPIAL season was certainly special. In all, there were 10 games decided by 7 points or less, including 3 dramatic, one-point games. Throw in a Quad A comeback and one of the most talked about plays in recent history and how can you not be pumped for the remainder of the season? Here are the top playoff from Week Eight:#1 Aliquippa 34, Beaver Falls 28

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Football – 10/22/2013
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 EIGHT.WPIAL CLASS AAAA TOP TEN:1.   PITTSBURGH CENTRAL CATHOLIC VIKINGS  (8-0) (Last Week #1) (This Week: host Butler on MSA)2.   UPPER ST. CLAIR PANTHERS  (8-0) (Last Week #2) (This Week: at Mount Lebanon on MSA)3.   McKEESPORT TIGERS  (8-0) (Last Week #4) (This Week: at #6 Gateway Thursday on MSA)4.   SENECA VALLEY RAIDERS  (7-1) (Last Week #6) (This Week: host Fox Chapel)

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PIHL Notebook: 2013-2014 Class A Preview
October 21, 2013
Welcome to another edition of “PIHL Notebook” as we continue our comprehensive preview of the 2013-14 high school hockey season. Today we take a look at the ten teams vying for the Class A championship.

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MSA Sports Top Ten – WPIAL Girls Volleyball Playoff Teams – 10/20/2013
October 20, 2013
During the regular season, MSA Sports ranked the Top Ten teams in each of the three classifications at the end of each week. NOw on the brink of the district postseason, we throw our two cents on the table and attempt to seed the 55 playoffs teams. Don't miss exclusive coverage of the 2013 WPIAL Girls Volleyball Playoffs only here on the MSA Sports Network.Section record in parenthesis.WPIAL CLASS AAA: 1)   NORTH ALLEGHENY TIGERS  (12-0)2)   SHALER TITANS  (12-0)3)   CANON-McMILLAN BIG MACS  (12-0)4)   PINE-RICHLAND RAMS  (10-2)5)   BETHEL PARK BLACK HAWKS  (11-1)6)   NORWIN KNIGHTS  (11-1)

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District College Football Recap for Saturday, October 19th
Week 7 of the local college football scene saw an upset in the PSAC and the battle for the PAC title looms large with W & J and Geneva posting wins. Carnegie Mellon traveled to Georgia to meet a D-1 foe and the Steel City Showdown turned into a special teams battle in Moon Township.Here are recaps of all the games from Saturday:Slippery Rock 34 – Clarion 13 The Rock led 20-0 at the half and racked up 506 yards of offense in the Homecoming win at Thompson-Mihalik Stadium. Nigel Barksdale tossed two more touchdown passes and Teddy Blakeman scored twice as #24 Slippery Rock moves to 6-1 overall and into a first place tie for the West Division lead with Gannon falling to Mercyhurst on Thursday night.

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WPIAL Football Playoff Picture Updated
The teams that have clinched are now focused on either conference championships, home field advantage or just a better playoff seeding. But there are many teams heading into the final weekend of the regular season with the goal of just getting their ticket punched for a ride on this years Highway to Heinz. So get your pens, your pads or in the case of some, your carbon paper and find out what needs to happen for your favorite team with the latest WPIAL Football Playoff Picture. Class AA's Interstate Conference has been updated after Washington forfeits were overturned and they are back in the postseason.CLASS AAAA Foothills Conference:

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 10/20/2013
The 'Stretch Run' of the 2013 high school football regular season concludes this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have a busy final week of the high school football regular season with FORTY ONE WPIAL, District 6, District 9 and District 10 football games on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with Friday night kicking off with the expanded MSA Sports Pregame Show and concluding with the one and only WPIAL High School Football Scoreboard Show.

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WPIAL Saturday’s Scholastic Starz for Week Eight
Only three games were on the docket on the third Saturday of October, but all had some sort of playoff implication...one team trying to clinch a spot, one team trying to control its own destiny and a playoff bound team trying to improve seeding. Here are the three players that shined in those games despite the gray, chilly and damp conditions.Jesse Zelonka - Apollo-Ridge

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WPIAL Football Scores for Saturday, October 19th
October 19, 2013
The second to the last Saturday of high school football in the 2013 regular season focused on Class A with three games on the docket. While the schedule was light, the playoff ramifications were there in two of the games as Western Beaver looked to clinch a postseason berth in the Big 7 Conference and Brentwood hoped to stay in control of their own destiny as they are now one win away from clinching in the Black Hills Conference. Here are the Saturday WPIAL football final scores in Week Eight.WPIAL CLASS A Eastern Conference:Apollo-Ridge Vikings 41 - Riverview Raiders 16WPIAL CLASS A Big 7 Conference:Western Beaver Golden Beavers 28 - Shenango Wildcats 14  (MSA)

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WPIAL Friday Night HighLights for Week Eight
There was a playoff feel to Week 8 Friday night. Yeah, the weather had a lot to do with it on a crisp, clear evening, however the quality of play and the excitement of the action seemed to be ratchet up a notch or two. In a season drenched with blowouts, there were a lot of tight games that prove the postseason is just around the corner. Here are the players that shined the most on the field while an eclipse was going on over the field.T.J. Holl - Seneca Valley

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2013 WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League Football Standings & Playoff Clinchings- Week 8
October 18, 2013
Here are the latest WPIAL and Pittsburgh City League football standings through Week Eight of the 2013 high school football season...plus the latest WPIAL football playoff clinchings. 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: (14 out of 16 Teams Have Clinched Playoff Spots)Northern Eight Conference:

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Scholastic Notebook – 10/18/2013
These are the days of spread offenses and pass-happy teams in WPIAL football. It’s not often you see a team average over 300 yards a game on the ground.But in the next two weeks, two of the top games in the WPIAL will match teams that average more than 300 yards a game rushing. It is definitely unusual. And if you think running the football is not important any more, consider that all four of the teams involved in those games enter Week 8 with perfect records.Aliquippa plays at Beaver Falls in a big WPIAL Class AA Midwestern game tonight, matching two teams that average more than 300 yards a game rushing. It will be the same next week when Thomas Jefferson plays at West Mifflin a WPIAL Class AAA Big Nine Conference game.

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