WPIAL Championship Friday: Friday November 24, 2023

Friday- November 17 2023:



            1230 WBVP-AM, 99.3 FM, beavercountyradio.com, and Facebook
                        WPIAL Playoffs – Class 4A WPIAL Championship      
35 Final
                        WPIAL Playoffs – Class 3A WPIAL Championship      
Belle Vernon
26  Final


                        WPIAL Playoffs – Class 2A WPIAL Championship      
Beaver Falls

Steel Valley


12 Final

                        WPIAL Playoffs – Class 1A WPIAL Championship      
Fort Cherry
South Side
28 Final

Beaver Falls and Aliquippa Advance to State Playoffs 11/24/23

(File Photo)

Story by Ryan Gerazounis, Beaver County radio

(Pittsburgh, PA):  Beaver County was well represented at the 2023 WPIAL high school football championship games on Friday at Acrisure Stadium. The Southside Rams, Beaver Falls Tigers and Aliquippa Quips had all qualified for their chance at WPIAL Gold.

In Class A, the Southside Rams faced off with another Class A powerhouse, Fort Cherry. Unfortunately the Rams fell short 42-28 and was eliminated in the first contest of the day.

The #10 seed in Class AA, Beaver Falls, had revenge on their minds when they faced Steel Valley on Friday afternoon, after being eliminated in this very game last season to the Ironmen. The Tigers fought hard to the end and walked away with a 14-12 win over the top seeded AA team and punched their ticket to the state playoffs.

In AAAA, the Aliquippa Quips were making their 16th straight appearance at Acrisure Stadium on Friday. This years opponents were the McKeesport Tigers. McKeesport proved to be a tough challenge for the Quips but when the final whistle blew it was Aliquippa standing victorious by the score of 35-21.

Beaver Falls and Aliquippa will move on to the state playoffs next weekend to continue their quest for PIAA Gold. Southside has been eliminated from playoff contention.





Beaver County Radio to Broadcast all Four WPIAL Championship Games on Friday

(File Photo of Acrisure Stadium when it was Heinz Field)

(Brighton Twp., Pa.) Beaver County Radio 99.3 ,1230 WBVP, and beavercountyradio.com  will broadcast live all four WPIAL Championship Games from Acrisure Stadium on Friday. The action will get underway at 11:00 with the Class A game. Robert Mangino and Bruce Frey will have coverage starting at 10:30 AM. Mangino and Frey will also have coverage of the Class AA game as Beaver Falls takes on Steel Valley. The second half of the day will feature Mangino and Mike Azadian with the AAA final featuring  Avonworth and Belle Vernon. The final game of the day will feature Aliquippa and McKeesport.
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New Brighton/Western Beaver Game For Friday Night Moved To Beaver High School

(Matt Drzik/Beaver County Radio)
(Image/BCR Archives)

The Week 7 game for Friday night between Western Beaver and New Brighton will be moved to Pat Tarquinio Field on the campus of Beaver High School.

The game was originally set to be played under portable lights at Rich Niedbala Field in Industry, but Western Beaver Athletic Director John Rosa told Beaver County Radio that the game had to be moved due to “unforeseen circumstances”.

Traditionally, the home games at Western Beaver are played during the daytime, often on Saturday afternoons. A recent petition has begun to install lights for the field for night games.

Heading into the game, Western Beaver has an overall record of 4-3, with a 3-1 record in Midwestern Athletic Conference (2A) play. New Brighton is 0-7, with a record of 0-4 in the MAC.

The time of the game will be at 7:00 PM.

Miguel Andujar and Joshua Palacios Drive In 3 Runs Apiece as Pirates Beat Cubs 8-6

CHICAGO (AP) — Miguel Andújar had thee hits and drove in three runs, Joshua Palacios hit a pinch-hit three-run homer in the ninth inning, and the Pittsburgh Pirates held off a late rally by the slumping Chicago Cubs to win 8-6 on Thursday night.

The loss was the 10th in the last 13 games for the Cubs, who fell into a tie with Miami for the final NL wild-card spot.

“We didn’t play our style of baseball,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “When we hit, we didn’t pitch. Some calls didn’t go our way. We’re not going to win when we don’t play clean baseball. Guys that don’t make mistakes, made mistakes. That’s just where we’re at right now.

“We got nine games left to play our style of baseball. We got to play better.”

Pittsburgh’s Johan Oviedo (9-14) threw six scoreless innings, giving up four hits. The right-hander walked five but escaped trouble on multiple occasions and held the Cubs hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Connor Joe and Ji Hwan Bae each drove in a run for the Pirates, whose bullpen surrendered six runs in the last three innings.

The Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the third when an error by shortstop Dansby Swanson on a potential double play set the stage for Andújar to drive in Joe and Bryan Reynolds with a two-out double into the right-center field gap.

Andújar knocked in another run in the fifth. His hits and RBIs all came against Kyle Hendricks (6-8), who went six innings and gave up seven hits and three runs (one earned).

“Obviously a little frustration, but no panic at all,” Hendricks said. “We still know what we’re capable of. We’re right where we want to be. It’s all in our control. We just got to play fundamental baseball and get back to playing the brand of baseball that we’re used to.”

The Pirates made it 5-1 in the eighth inning when Bae drove in Jared Triolo with a two-out RBI triple. Joe scored Bae with an RBI single before he was thrown out at second.

Mike Tauchman had an RBI double in the eighth and scored later on an RBI groundout from Nico Hoerner to get the Cubs within 5-4.

“This is a playoff-type atmosphere,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton said. “The crowd was in the game. They got back in the game because the Cubs kept punching back. I think you saw from our young players that they continue to go, continue to play, continue to execute and it was fun to watch.”

Palacios homered in the ninth to make it 8-4.

Swanson hit a two-run homer in the ninth off All-Star David Bednar before the closer retired the next three batters.

WPIAL Football Scores (9/15/23)

Southside 55

Northgate 6


Seton La Salle 49

Quaker Valley 0


Avonworth 45

Hopewell 6


Central Valley 34

Chartiers Valley 6


Moon 14

Penn Hills 13


Beaver 49

South Park 23


Ambridge 22

Blackhawk 16


Aliquippa 42

Montour 18


Rochester 42

Summit Academy 6


Mohawk 45

Riverside 0


Ellwood City 34

Freedom 14


Beaver Falls 63

New Brighton 20


Neshannock 27

Western Beaver 26


West Allegheny 46

New Castle 0


WPIAL High School Football Scores 9/8/23

Rochester 42

New Brighton 6


Aliquippa 33

North Catholic 7


Central Valley 55

Hampton 0


Beaver 42

Freedom 0


Neshannock 42

Ambridge 12


Western Beaver 47

Hopewell 0


Knoch 27

Beaver Falls 24


Mars 49

Blackhawk 7


Southside 41

Burgettstown 7


Ellwood City 25

Carlynton 12


Shenango 24

Riverside 19


Freeport 38

Quaker Valley 6


West Allegheny 48

Ringold 6

Rochester Rolls Past New Brighton 42-7

ROCHESTER HIGH SCHOOL- The Rochester Rams football team led by quarterback Jaydan Norman won in convincing fashion over neighbors the New Brighton Lions, on Friday evening. The first half looked to be a competitive match up between these two football teams with Rochester taking a 20-6 lead into halftime. The Rams proved to be too much for the Lions in the end claiming a week 2 victory by the score of 42-7. The two teams combined for a total of 37 penalties, with Rochester committing 17 of the 37, while the New Brighton Lions were guilty of drawing the yellow flag 20 times. Both teams will look to improve in this area while getting ready to start conference play.

CCBC Players of the Game:

Rochester – Jayden Norman

New Brighton – Mike Veon