What to look out for at WPIAL sports on November 8th, 2022: Teams begin their search for state gold


Monday, November 7th, 2022 | 8:57 p.m

Last fall, the WPIAL boys’ soccer teams made history when they won three PIAA championships.

Hampton won the Class 3A crown, Quaker Valley won 2A gold and Winchester Thurston followed up his district championship with a Class A state title.

Three PIAA pitch titles surpassed the six years that District 7 teams won two state soccer championships: 2020 with Seneca Valley and Mars, 2013 with Upper St. Clair and Sewickley Academy, 2007 with Peters Township and Sewickley Academy, 2006 with South Park and Seton LaSalle, in 2000 with North Allegheny and Quaker Valley, and in 1990 with Fox Chapel and Hampton.

While the Talbots didn’t qualify, the Quakers and Bears are back to defend their championships.

Eleven WPIAL boys soccer teams begin their quest for 2022 PIAA boys soccer gold on Tuesday, including all four recently crowned champions.

• Class 4A champion Pine-Richland (15-4-1) takes on Warwick (11-7-2) at 17:30.

• Tier 3A Champion Moon (20-0-1) meets Palmyra (18-3-1) at 17:00

• Class 2A Champion Deer Lakes (20-2) hosts Harbor Creek (14-5-1) at 6:00 p.m

• Class A champion Winchester Thurston (16-2-1) meets District 6 champion United (15-3-1) at 18:00 in Norwin.

The other games of the opening round include:

• Seneca Valley (18-1-1) at District 6 Champion State College (15-2-1) at 6:00 p.m

• Plum (19-2-1) at District 10 Champion Cathedral Prep (16-1-1) at 6:00 p.m

• Ambridge (17-7-1) vs District 9 Champion Bradford (11-9) at 5pm

• Quaker Valley (18-4) takes on District 10 Champion Mercyhurst Prep (16-3-1) at Mercyhurst University at 7:30pm

• Beaver (14-7) vs. District 5 Champion Bedford (18-1-2) at 5:00 p.m. in Windber

• Eden Christian Academy (16-3-1) at District 10 Champion Seneca (17-2) at 18:00

• Charleroi (17-3) against District 9 champions Karns City (17-3) at 6pm

Magical Mars

As Mars’ long winning streak and district championship run came to an end in Saturday’s WPIAL 3A Finals game against Moon, the Fightin’ Planets are ready to embark on another historic mission to win a fourth straight PIAA girls soccer crown .

Mars has won three consecutive state soccer titles, equaling the mark set 10 years ago by Peters Township in 2010-2012.

A fourth PIAA championship would put Mars (17-1) in a different stratosphere among the district’s girls’ soccer programs.

Their first obstacle on their hopefully four-day trip to Mechanicsburg’s Eagle View Middle School is Tuesday, when they travel to Bradford (14-4) at 7:00 p.m. to face off against District 9 Champion Owls

Also in 3A at 7pm, WPIAL champion Moon (20-0) welcomes Latrobe (12-4-2) and Plum (17-2) visits District 10 champion Warren (9-9).

The other opening round matches involving eight other WPIAL girls football teams:

• Class 4A Warwick (15-4) at WPIAL Champion North Allegheny (20-1) at 6pm

• Class 4A Peters Township (14-2-3) at District 10 Champion McDowell (18-1-1) at 18:00

• Class 2A General McLane (13-5-1) at WPIAL Champion Avonworth (19-3) at 18:00

• Class 2A Mt. Pleasant (19-2) vs. District 5 Champion Bedford (16-3) at 6:00 p.m. in Richland

• Class 2A North Catholic (16-2) at District 10 Champion Fort LeBoeuf (14-1-2) at 6:00 p.m

• Class A Rockwood (15-5) at WPIAL Champion Freedom (17-4) at 6pm

• Class A Springdale (16-4) vs District 10 Champion Mercyhurst Prep (14-5-1) at Mercyhurst University at 5:30pm

• Class A Greensburg Central Catholic (13-4) at District 5 Champion Windber (19-0) at 7:15 p.m

State Girls Volleyball Openings

Over the past 10 years, WPIAL girls’ volleyball teams have won a total of 12 PIAA championships.

However, most of the state gold was looted from a handful of county schools.

North Allegheny has led the way with five consecutive Class 4A crowns, followed by North Catholic and Greensburg Central Catholic with two each.

Knoch, Freeport and Bishop Canevin have each won a PIAA championship since 2012.

Four of those schools, along with nine others, qualified from the WPIAL for the 2022 PIAA Girls Volleyball Playoffs.

If the Tigers manage six straight state titles, they will do so as WPIAL runners-up. On Tuesday at 6 p.m. they visit District 6 Champion State College while newly crowned WPIAL Class 4A Champion Pine-Richland welcomes District 10 Champion McDowell.

The other district teams and their opening round matches:

• Defending champions North Catholic host Latrobe in a Class 3A first-round match at 18:00

• Thomas Jefferson visits District 9 Champion DuBois at 6:00 p.m. in 3A

• South Fayette visits District 10 Champion Conneaut at 6:30pm in 3A

• WPIAL 2A Champion Freeport hosts Corry at 18:00

• Shenango meets the Champion from District 10 North East in 2A at Hagerty Sports Center in Erie at 18:00

• Quaker Valley visits District 9 Champion Kane at 18:00 in 2A

• Avonworth visits District 6 Champion Philipsburg-Osceola at 19:00 in 2A

• Class A WPIAL Champion Frazier to host Homer Center at 6:00pm

• Serra Catholic visits District 9 champion Oswayo Valley at 5:00 p.m. in A

• Bishop Canevin visits District 5 Champion Conemaugh Township in A at 7:00 p.m


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