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WPIAL/City League Friday Football Scores – 11/20/2015
November 20, 2015
The lines are getting closer to crossing. The WPIAL district playoffs reached the Final Four Friday on the Highway to Heinz while we are one week away from opening up The Road to Hershey and the PIAA football playoffs. Here is a rundown of the eight WPIAL Semifinals contest which were heard only here on the MSA Sports Network as well as a PIAA Class AAAA Preliminary Round contest featuring the Pittsburgh City League champion Brashear Bulls. Here are all the final results from Final Four Friday. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Semifinals: Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings  24  -  Woodland Hills Wolverines  6 (F)  (MSA) Penn-Trafford Warriors 38  -  Pine-Richland Rams 34 (F)   (MSA)

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District 5, 6, 9 & 10 High School Football Scores
Like the WPIAL, neighboring Western Pennsylvania districts continue their postseason this weekend with Semifinals action along with a few championship games and some PIAA Preliminary Round high school football playoff contests sprinkled in. Here is the schedule for District 5, District 6, District 9 and District 10 football postseason action on Friday and Saturday with three of the games here on MSA Sports. Here are ALL the final results from Friday and Saturday, setting the stage for the start of the Road to Hershey.. PIAA CLASS AAAA Preliminary Round: Erie McDowell Trojans 42  -  Brashear Bulls 2 DISTRICT 5 CLASS AA Championship: Bedford Bisons 42  -  Chestnut Ridge Lions 7

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District College Football Preview for Saturday, November 21
November 19, 2015
Week 12 of the district college football slate has a mix of playoff games, ECAC Bowls and the final week of the NEC regular season. SRU and IUP begin their quest for a NCAA Division II title. Westminster and Carnegie Mellon play a post season game for the first time in ages, while Duquesne and Saint Francis meet with the NEC title and a playoff bid on the line. Here are previews of ALL THE GAMES: NCAA Division II Playoffs Virginia Union (8-2) at Slippery Rock (10-1)   Noon The Rock looks to change their playoff luck with the home game. Virginia Union makes their first NCAA trip in 24 years. The Panthers were 6-1 in the CIAA this season and will be well rested, having 14 days between games.

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Chicks Picks – Week 12 – 2015
Welcome to Week 12 of the high school football season. After a rough week of prognosticating the WPIAL quarterfinals, Chick’s Picks decided that a day of relaxation was in order.  After all, she needed a clear mind (and crystal ball) as we approach this final stop on the Highway to Heinz. So, Chick’s Picks and her trusty crystal ball headed out to their favorite local spa.  Their spa treatment specialists greeted them and showed them to their appointments.  An hour later, a much more relaxed Chick’s Picks emerged, awaiting the arrival of her crystal ball.  When the specialist arrived, however, Chick’s Picks knew that something was wrong.

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WPIAL Big Game Hunting – Semifinals
November 18, 2015
This past Friday night the world was attacked once again by a senseless act of terrorism. I wish I had some words that could make us feel better, but I don’t. I would just encourage you to be kind to one another, and kind to yourselves (easier said than done). We will move on, it is all we can do. The final off-ramp on the Highway to Heinz approaches now, very quickly, who can keep the vehicle on the mainline and make their way around the construction barrels to the North Shore? We find out this Friday night on the MSA Sports Network. 50-50 shot your team is in this week’s Big Game Hunting, if you still have a team in the race. Win this week and you are assured a spot in Big Game Hunting for the as long as your 2015 season continues.

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MSA Sports Frozen Fab Five
Here are the FIRST edition of the MSA Sports Sports Frozen Fab Five rankings of PIHL hockey teams in each of the four classifications for the 2015-2016 high school hockey season. Don't miss the latest rankings every Wednesday during the regular season, plus PIHL Notebook every Monday on our website and the weekly PIHL Power Play Show every Wednesday night at 8:00pm starting in December with audio and video broadcasts as well here on the home of the best PIHL high school hockey coverage, the MSA Sports Network. PIHL CLASS AAA: 1)   PETERS TOWNSHIP INDIANS  (4-0-3) (Last Week *) 2)   BETHEL PARK BLACK HAWKS  (4-1-1) (Last Week *)

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WPIAL Plays of the Week – Week Eleven 2015
November 17, 2015
While the opening round of the 2015 WPIAL playoffs featured a slew of fantastic finishes, the quarterfinals round was perhaps more exciting. This week's slate of top plays include a pair that were key in upset victories. Moreover, while many of the top seeds held serve, a few of those teams needed spectacular plays to fend off upset bids. Without further adeiu, here are the four best plays of week 11. 1. Penn-Trafford 39, McKeesport 32

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District College Football Playoffs For This Weekend
November 16, 2015
NCAA playoff action is set with three area teams set for action this weekend. In Division II, #9 Slippery Rock (10-1), fresh off a 61-12 pounding of West Chester in the PSAC State Title Game, will host Virginia Union (8-2) at noon on Saturday. It is the first appearance in 24 years in the playoffs for the Panthers, out of the CIAA. Slippery Rock received the #2 seed in Super Region 1 while Virginia Union is the #7 seed. Also in Division II, the 5 seed in the region IUP (8-2) will hit the road for the opening round as the Crimson Hawks travel to West Virginia to meet 4th seeded Charleston (10-1). The Golden Eagles finished second in the MEC, behind #1 seed Shepherd (10-0) and will make their first ever NCAA trip. The matchup is also a noon start on Saturday.

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WPIAL Alum Q&A – Maddie Layman
This week’s installment of the WPIAL Alum Q&A focuses on Maddie Layman, a former North Allegheny standout who has now been an integral part of the Duquesne University women’s soccer team. In her time with the North Allegheny, Layman was a three-year starter on the varsity squad, and helped guide the Tigers to playoff appearances in all of those seasons. During this span, she earned all-section honors three times, and during her senior campaign in 2012, she netted 17 goals. She continued her career at Duquesne University, and in 2013, she made an immediate impact as a true freshman. She played in 17 games at midfield, starting 11, and scored three goals. Her play in her first year with the Dukes earned her a spot on the Atlantic 10 Conference All-Rookie Team.

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This Week on the MSA Sports Network – 11/15/2015
November 15, 2015
There is only one exit left on the Highway to Heinz as we determine the playing field for Championship Saturday this week here on the MSA Sports Network. We have ALL 8 WPIAL Semifinals Football Playoff games Friday night starting with the MSA Sports Pregame Show and concluding later that night with the WPIAL Football Scoreboard Show. We also have three District 6 high school football postseason games along with winter sports action with several PIHL high school hockey games along with men's and women's college basketball featuring Carlow University, plus This Week in the WPIAL and this month's edition of Carlow Sports Talk ALL here at MSAsports.net Monday, November 16th:

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District College Football Recap for Saturday, November 14
November 14, 2015
The PSAC crowned a champion on Saturday, while a championship showdown was set for next week in the NEC. Here are recaps of ALL THE GAMES; Check back tomorrow night after the NCAA Selection Show to see who from the district moves on to post-season play. PSAC STATE TITLE GAME Slippery Rock 61 – West Chester 12 The Rock goes back to back as PSAC Champions with a huge victory on the road Saturday afternoon. It is the 11th PSAC crown for the Rock and will likely guarantee SRU at least one home game in the NCAA Division II playoffs.

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WPIAL Friday Night HighLights – Quarterfinals
Most of the teams that advanced to Round Three in the WPIAL football playoffs were expected to be there while others are surprise participants still cruisin' on the Highway to Heinz. Some of the teams dominated their opponents, then there were others caught up in a tight game into the second half before they finally pulled away to victory, while a handful of teams needed to rally to win and advance. Whatever the case, these players we salute were instrumental in leading their teams to a superstitious victory on Quarterfinals Friday the 13th. Brett Laffoon - Penn-Trafford

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Highway to Heinz – Quarterfinals Recaps 2015
November 13, 2015
You had to know some strange things would happen when Quarterfinals Friday fell on Friday the 13th. Undefeated teams Belle Vernon in AAA and Washington in AA were upended as was AAA 3rd-seed West Allegheny...Unbeaten Penn-Trafford and Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic needed fourth quarter comebacks to pick up their 11th win of the season...and a Tri-County South Conference team is in the Final Four. Strange but true. Here are the summaries from an exciting Round Two as the Highway to Heinz has reached the midway point. A special thanks to Paul Paterra, Mark Uriah, Adam Hoerner, Rick Smith, Brandon Showers, Bob Barrickman, Tom Hays, Cory Campano, Bob Orkwis, Bob Gregg, James Dotson, Mark Schaas Mike Zappone, Randy Gore, Dan Wallace and Adam Gusky for their help on these recaps.

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Scholastic Notebook – 11/13/2015
A Steel Valley player made some history last week. Now, the Steel Valley team will try to make some more history Friday night. It went pretty much unnoticed, but Steel Valley running back DeWayne Murray surpassed 4,000 career yards rushing last week in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs. Although close to 70 runners have gained 4,000 yards rushing in their careers, it is a noteworthy feat for Murray because he is only a junior and is the first Steel Valley player to reach 4,000 yards. Murray has 4,097 yards on 363 attempts, an impressive 11.3 yards-per-carry average. Because he is only a junior, he has a good chance to next year become the 17th runner in WPIAL history to gain 5,000 career yards.

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WPIAL Friday Football Scores – 11/13/2015
The eleventh week of the WPIAL high school football season fell on Friday the 13th. For 16 teams that avoided black cats, didn't walk on cracks and sashay around any ladders they saw, victory was theirs and they continue to cruise on the Highway to Heinz to the Final Four. The 16 other teams will felt like victims of Freddy Krueger or Jason or Chuckie as their dreams of district gold were laid to rest. Here are all the final results. WPIAL CLASS AAAA Quarterfinals: Woodland Hills Wolverines 40 - Bethel Park Black Hawks 20 (F) Pittsburgh Central Catholic Vikings 31 - North Allegheny Tigers 17 (F) Penn-Trafford Warriors 39 - McKeesport Tigers 32 (F-OT) Pine-Richland Rams 42 - Mount Lebanon Blue Devils 13 (F)

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District 5, 6, 9 & 10 High School Football
November 12, 2015
While the WPIAL football playoffs reached the Quarterfinals stage, other district postseason action kicked off around Western Pennsylvania this weekend. The next two weeks will help shape the eventual playoff field for the PIAA postseason. Here is a rundown of the results from Friday and Saturday in District 5, District 6, District 9 and District 10 along with a couple of multi-district matchups which included the Pittsburgh City League and District 8. District 5 & 8 CLASS AA Semifinals: Chestnut Ridge Lions 14 - Westinghouse Bulldogs 6 {Winner plays vs Bedford on 11/20} District 5 CLASS A Quarterfinals:

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Chicks Picks – Week 11 – 2015
Welcome to Week 11 of the high school football season.  The atmosphere at MSA Sports World Headquarters was full of excitement last Friday night as we began our exclusive coverage of the WPIAL playoffs.  Things seemed to be running smoothly; that is, until Chick’s Picks overheard an unsettling statement during one of the broadcasts. The color commentator said, “This team should utilize that standout running back some more.  He’s really getting it done out there tonight.” The play-by-play announcer called the next play, “That running back just went 80 yards for a touchdown!  Way to go, color commentator guy.  You called it.  It was almost as though you used that trusty crystal ball of Chick’s Picks’, and you saw that play coming.”

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WPIAL Big Game Hunting – Quarterfinals
November 11, 2015
Quarter-finals week on the MSA Sports Network after a pretty chalk first round, really a very chalk first round just four upsets by seed and three of those in the eight – nine games, the other a ten seed over a seven seed. This Friday, I think you will see the chalk go by the wayside as I predict upsets will be the order of the weekend, but hey I know nothing, we’ve gone out of our way to make that abundantly clear here week after week. Just 16 games on this Friday night make sure you get out to one or listen to one here on the MSA Sports Network, even better if you do both of those things. Here are my picks for Week 11 of Big Game Hunting.

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District College Football Preview for November 14th
Week 11 of the district college football slate features the PSAC State Title Game and 5 rivalry games in the PAC. Here are previews of ALL THE GAMES: PSAC STATE TITLE GAME Slippery Rock (9-1) at West Chester (7-3)   Noon A win would cement the Rock into the D-II playoffs, SRU enters this week in 4th place in the Super Region 1 rankings. The Rock is ranked #9 in both the AFCA and D2football.com polls. The Rock has won 6 straight games since a loss to Seton Hill.Last week’s win over Clarion gave the Rock it’s 3rd straight trip to the title game, the Rock is the defending champions. SRU has won the West Division 15 times.

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WPIAL Plays of the Week – Week Ten 2015
November 10, 2015
The 2015 WPIAL regular season for football has come and gone, and the commencement of the playoffs also meant the busiest week of the season on the MSA Sports Network. With coverage of all 32 first-round games, there were plenty of top plays from which to choose. The four that made the cut were all crucial in the outcome of some of the most competitive tilts of the postseason slate. 1. Beaver Falls 33, Apollo-Ridge 29

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