Yes, yes, it’s true. I’ve gone to the other side, to the brand of football played with feet. will provide continuous updates of tonight’s PIAA Class AA Girls Soccer championship game between South Park (19-2-3) and Mercyhurst Prep (21-0-3) and the PIAA Class AA Boys Soccer championship game between Archbishop Wood (17-7-1) and Hampton (24-1).

Both games will be contested at Hersheypark Stadium. Kick for the South Park-Mercyhurst Prep game is 5 p.m. while the Archbishop Wood-Hampton game is scheduled for 7 p.m.

These will not be live, play-by-play updates. Those are prohibited by PIAA policy due to its contractual arrangement with PCN, which will broadcast four of the six games live. The 3 p.m. Class AAA girls’ championship between Archbishop Wood (23-1) and Peters Twp. (22-2) and the 5 p.m. Class AAA boys’ championship game between Central Bucks East (18-5-3) and Landisville Hempfield (23-4) will also be broadcast live.

The other Saturday championship game – the 11 a.m. Class A girls’ championship game between Warrior Run (20-4-1) and Sewickley Academy (17-7) and the Class A boys’ championship between New Hope-Solebury (16-5-3) and Mercyhurst Prep (21-1-1) will be tape delayed at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively.

I will not be at either the Class A girls at 11 a.m. or the Class A boys at 1 p.m. on Saturday. I will update the Class AAA game from Hersheypark Stadium.

But fear not. I will be keeping my eye on playoff football throughout the state. After all, what’s else there to do between goals? will also post scores as soon as possible on Saturday with the results of the PIAA Class AAA and Class AA Field Hockey championships from Whitehall High School’s Zephyr Sports Complex.


I receive a lot of comments via e-mail, and today I was most pleased to receive this pleasant and appreciated comment from reader Bill:

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Well, first of all, many thanks to the otherwise anonymous Bill. Comments like that help keep my enthusiasm level high.

But Bill did bring up that rather sensitive subject of money. This gives me an opportunity to make a little pre-emptive announcement.

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I will make those shirts available for sale via the website in a week or so; I still have to set up my PayPal account and install it on my site.

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Here are the results of Wednesday’s PIAA field semifinal games and the three soccer semifinals postponed from Tuesday.

Emmaus 3, Landisville Hempfield 0
Cocalico 2, Mount St. Joseph 0
PIAA Championship: Emmaus (26-0) vs. Cocalico (21-4) at Zephyr Sports Complex, Whitehall HS, 1 p.m.

Wyoming Seminary 2, Crestwood 1
Lehighton 2, Conrad Weiser 0
PIAA Championship: Wyoming Seminary (23-2) vs. Lehighton (22-3) at Zephyr Sports Complex, Whitehall HS, 11 a.m.

Notes: Emmaus is seeking to extend its PIAA record to 10 titles; Emmaus currently has nine. Crestwood and Lower Dauphin are next at four each … Cocalico is making its first appearance in the PIAA finals. Cocalico finished fifth in the District 3-AAA Championships. … Wyoming Seminary is seeking its fourth championship and its second in the last three years. … Lehighton is attempting to become the first AA team to repeat since Crestwood won backot-back titles in 2003 and 2004.
Here are the Wednesday soccer results:

Class A girls: Warrior Run 3, Loyalsock Twp. 0
Class AAA girls: Archbishop Wood 3, Conestoga 2, OT
Class AA boys: Archbishop Wood 3, Lancaster Mennonite 0
Here are the complete soccer pairings. Go to for the brackets.

Central Bucks East 2, Central Dauphin 1
Landisville Hempfield 2, Pittsburgh Central Catholic 0
PIAA Championship: Central Bucks East (18-5-3) vs. Landisville Hempfield (23-4) at Hersheypark Stadium, Saturday, 5 p.m.
Notes: Central Bucks East and Hempfield are both making their initial PIAA championship appearances.

Archbishop Wood 3, Lancaster Mennonite 0
Hampton 1, Palmyra 0
PIAA Championship: Archbishop Wood (17-7-1) vs. Hampton (24-1) at Hersheypark Stadium, Friday, 7 p.m.
Notes: Hampton is making its second straight appearance in the PIAA Class AA finals, losing 2-1 to Octorara last year. Hampton made one other title appearance, sharing the 1990 Class AA title with Great Valley after the two played to a 0-0 tie. … Archbishop Wood is making its first PIAA championship appearance.

New Hope-Solebury 3, South Williamsport 0
Mercyhurst Prep 5, North Star 1
PIAA Championship: New Hope-Solebury (15-5-3) vs. Mercyhurst Prep (21-1-1) at Hersheypark Stadium, Saturday, 1 p.m.
Notes: New Hope-Solebury is making its second appearance in the PIAA Class A finals; it lost to Seton-LaSalle 3-1 in 2006. … Mercyhurst Prep is making its first boys’ soccer championship game appearance.

Archbishop Wood 3, Conestoga 2, OT
Peters Twp. 3, Norwin 1
PIAA Championship: Archbishop Wood (23-1) vs. Peters Twp. (22-2) at Hersheypark Stadium, Saturday, 3 p.m.
Notes: This is Archbishop Wood’s first appearance in the girls soccer championships. … Peters Twp. is making its second girls title game appearance, having lost to Conestoga 2-1 in ’08.

South Park 3, Midd-West 2, OT
Mercyhurst Prep 3, Mars 0
PIAA Championship: South Park (19-2-3) vs. Mercyhurst Prep (21-0-3) at Hersheypark Stadium, Friday, 5 p.m.
Notes: South Park is making its third appearance in the PIAA girls finals in four years, sharing the 2007 Class AA title with Villa Joseph Marie after a 0-0 finish and losing to Montoursville 3-1 in 2008. The 2007 co-championship is the only shared girls’ fall title. … Mercyhurst Prep is making its first girls’ championship appearance.

Warrior Run 3, Loyalsock Twp. 0
Sewickley Academy 1, Springdale 0, OT
PIAA Championship: Warrior Run (20-4-1) vs. Sewickley Academy (17-7) at Hersheypark Stadium, Saturday, 11 a.m.
Notes: Warrior Run is making its first PIAA gils soccer championship appearance. … Sewickley Academy is making its second appearance in teh championship game, winning the 2003 Class AA title by beating Villa Joseph Marie 3-2.

Additional notes: Mercyhurst Prep and Archbishop Wood qualified their boys and girls teams to the state soccer finals. It is the first time since the PIAA added girls’ soccer in 1992 that two teams have advanced both teams to the state finals in the same season.

This is the second time in the last two seasons that the boys and girls’ team from the same school reached the PIAA soccer finals in the same season. Peters’ Twp qualified both schools in 2008. Prior to that, the only other times this happened was in 1996 (Quaker Valley) and 1995 (McDowell). Only one of those teams – the 1996 Quaker Valley boys – won a PIAA title.

There has only been one year without a girls’ fall soccer champion from District 1. That was 1992, the first year of PIAA girls soccer championships when Mount Lebanon of District 7 defeated Villa Joseph Marie 2-0. … This will be the 13th straight year the fall soccer championships will be conducted at Hersheypark Stadium.

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