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Boys Soccer: 2016 Five Things to Watch

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Here are five things to keep an eye on during the 2016 boys soccer season.

*Over the past decade, there has been one constant in WPIAL boys soccer -- a team from one particular section has won the Class AAA title. Canon-McMillan, Peters Township, Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebanon and Bethel Park have combined to win the last 10 titles. The teams played in Class AAA Section 5 last season, but have shifted to Class 4A Section 2 due to the PIAA realigning to four classifications. Canon-McMillan won the Class AAA championship last season by beating Fox Chapel, 2-1, in overtime in the final. The Big Macs graduated four all-section players, including Post-Gazette Player of the Year Nick Sodini. Junior defender Jonah Moore, also an all-section pick, returns.

*The realignment has the WPIAL fairly balanced when it comes to teams in each class. Class 4A includes 26 teams, 3A includes 25, 2A includes 27, and 1A includes 30. There are four sections in each class and the top four teams in each section will qualify for the playoffs. Last season's WPIAL Class AA champion, South Fayette, is in Class 3A, while Class A champ Seton-LaSalle is in Class 1A.

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Boys Soccer: 2016 WPIAL Section Alignment

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The following is the section alignment for the 2016 WPIAL boys soccer season.

Class 4A

(Section 1) Butler, North Allegheny, North Hills, Pine-Richland, Seneca Valley, Shaler
(Section 2) Baldwin, Bethel Park, Canon-McMillan, Mt. Lebanon, Peters Township, Upper St. Clair
(Section 3) Allderdice, Brashear, Central Catholic, Fox Chapel, Penn Hills, Plum, Woodland Hills
(Section 4) Connellsville, Franklin Regional, Hempfield, Kiski Area, Latrobe, Norwin, Penn-Trafford

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Football: Blue Chip Chat - Neshannock's Frank Antuono

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In today's Blue Chip Chat, Brian Batko profiles Neshannock's Frank Antuono.

Name: Frank Antuono
School: Neshannock
Year: Senior
Height: 6-2
Weight: 230
Pos: QB-LB

THE SCOOP
There's not much Antuono wouldn't do for his team. After starting his career as a freshman at defensive tackle, he has blossomed into one of the WPIAL's top linebackers while also playing quarterback for the Lancers. Last season, he was a two-way all-conference pick, passing for 1,803 yards and rushing for a team-high 979. If that's not enough, he's even Neshannock's long snapper.

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Girls Soccer: 2016 Five Things to Watch

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Here are five things to keep an eye on during the 2016 girls soccer season.

*Greensburg Central Catholic senior Bailey Cartwright has a strong shot of becoming the top goal scorer in WPIAL history. Cartwright, a Notre Dame recruit, set a state single-season record last fall with 79 goals to increase her career total to 166. Steel Valley's Jess Strom holds the WPIAL record with 205. Cartwright, a forward-midfielder, already has the state career record with 118 assists. She'll try to lead Greensburg Central Catholic to its third consecutive WPIAL Class A title. The Centurions have won four of the last five titles.

*The landscape is a bit different this season due the to the PIAA realignment. Instead of three classifications, there are four. Class 4A includes 24 teams, 3A includes 30, 2A includes 21 and 1A includes 26. Class 2A is the only one class with three sections. The others have four. Last year's Class AAA finalists (Norwin and Upper St. Clair) remain in the same class (4A), as do Class AA finalists Mars and South Park (3A). Charleroi, which played for the Class A title, has moved up to Class 2A.

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Girls Soccer: 2016 WPIAL Section Alignment

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The following is the section alignment for the 2016 WPIAL girls soccer season.

Class 4A

(Section 1) Butler, North Allegheny, North Hills, Pine-Richland, Seneca Valley, Shaler
(Section 2) Baldwin, Bethel Park, Canon-McMillan, Mt. Lebanon, Peters Township, Upper St. Clair
(Section 3) Allderdice, Brashear, Fox Chapel, Penn Hills, Plum, Woodland Hills
(Section 4) Connellsville, Hempfield, Kiski Area, Latrobe, Norwin, Penn-Trafford

Class 3A

(Section 1) Franklin Regional, Gateway, Hampton, Indiana, Knoch, Mars, McKeesport
(Section 2) Albert Gallatin, Belle Vernon, Elizabeth Forward, Greensburg Salem, Laurel Highlands, Mount Pleasant, Uniontown
(Section 3) Chartiers Valley, Oakland Catholic, Obama Academy, Ringgold, South Park, Thomas Jefferson, Trinity, West Mifflin
(Section 4) Ambridge, Blackhawk, Central Valley, Hopewell, Montour, Moon, South Fayette, West Allegheny