Football: Heavyweights Woodland Hills, Central Catholic match up in semifinals

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett previews Friday's WPIAL Class AAAA semifinal between Woodland Hills and Central Catholic.

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"Two WPIAL heavyweights will square off tonight in what is arguably the most anticipated game of this year's playoffs.

And to think, this is just for the right to advance to the main event.

A spot in the WPIAL Class AAAA championship will be on the line when perennial powers Woodland Hills and Central Catholic go toe-to-toe in a semifinal at Fox Chapel High School. The winner will play either Pine-Richland or Penn-Trafford next Saturday at Heinz Field.

Top seed Woodland Hills (11-0) and No. 5 seed Central Catholic (10-1) are no strangers to one another. The two are meeting in the playoffs for the third consecutive season. Central Catholic beat Woodland Hills, 27-7, in the 2013 title game, and again topped the Wolverines, 28-0, in last year's quarterfinals. At least one of the two has reached the championship 13 of the past 16 seasons, with each winning four titles. The Vikings were the runner-up last season."


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Girls Volleyball: Class A field proves to be a close call

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley reports on the WPIAL Class A girls volleyball tournament. Read his story below.

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When the WPIAL volleyball committee seeded the Class A bracket, they found four very good teams that were evenly matched.

Defending champion Greensburg Central Catholic was designated the top seed. Defending runner-up Bishop Canevin was seeded fourth after losing two section matches. In between were No. 2 seed Serra Catholic, which split with Bishop Canevin during section play, and No. 3 seed Shenango, last year's fourth-place finisher.

Take a look at results from the semifinals, championship match and consolation final and it shows just how close the four teams were.

Greensburg Central Catholic faced Bishop Canevin in the semifinals and jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but when the final whistle was blown the Crusaders celebrated a 3-2, come-from-behind victory to earn a fourth-consecutive title berth.