What to Watch in WPIAL Sports Jan 18, 2022: WPIAL Board Set to Reveal Realignment


Tuesday, January 18, 2022 | 01:01

Many more eyes than usual will be on WPIAL’s monthly Board of Control meeting on Tuesday.

The board will finalize the new conference roster for all fall sports, including football, soccer, golf, cross country, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis and field hockey.

The steering committee for each sport met after the PIAA registration numbers were finalized to establish new conference/section rosters for the 2022 and 2023 fall seasons.

The WPIAL Board of Directors will finalize the new section rosters for winter and spring sports as early as next month.

Trib HSSN’s Chris Harlan will be at the meeting and will post the new rosters for each sport on Tuesday afternoon.

Eastern powers

First place in Section 3-6A will be up for grabs on Tuesday when Fox Chapel hosts Central Catholic.

Both teams are 4-0 in the section and a combined 21-3 this season.

The Vikings are 10-2 overall and have won six straight. They have the second-best Class 6A defense, giving up 46.8 points per game.

They will be challenged by hosts Foxes, who are 11-1 and the winners of 10 straight games. Led by senior Eli Yofan, Fox Chapel has the second-highest offense in the standings averaging over 68 points per game.

You can watch both clashes at 7 p.m. on Trib HSSN.

Title rematch

Tuesday marks the end of the first half of sectional play for most WPIAL men’s basketball teams.

First place in Section 2-5A is up for grabs between two teams that met in the WPIAL 5A Finals a year ago and are undefeated in Section matches so far this season.

Defending champion New Castle welcomes the Vallée des Chartiers.

The Red Hurricanes are ranked No. 1 in the latest HSSN 5A Trib Rankings with an 8-1 overall record. The ‘Canes are 4-0 in the section.

It was a unique season for the Vallée des Chartiers. The Colts are 3-0 in the section, but 0-8 in non-section games.

The two each won games on the road splitting two regular season games. New Castle won the title match, 61-45.

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