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Written by: on Tuesday, December 14th, 2010. Follow David Mika on Twitter.



The Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) will wrap up its 2010 fall sports championships with exclusive LIVE coverage of the PIAA football championships.  The excitement begins Thursday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m. with a special two-hour LIVE football preview program.

Guest host for the Thursday night program will be Mike Zambelli, sports analyst for Service Electric TV2 Sports.  During the two-hour special, Zambelli will be joined by a panel of sports reporters from around the state to discuss the upcoming state championships.  Joining Zambelli at the PCN studio will be Tom Elling of PA Football News, Rod Frisco of and Jim Wills of Service Electric TV2.

Encore presentations of this preview will be shown immediately following the conclusion of Thursday’s LIVE program as well as 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 17.  Viewers are encouraged to check the daily schedule at on these days to get more details about additional encore presentations.

PCN’s coverage of the 2010 PIAA Football Championships is being underwritten, in part, by APSCUF – the Association of Pennsylvania State College & University Faculties, the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency, the Comfort Inn Hershey and Byers’ Choice Figurines.

This year, Ross Tucker will provide color commentary for PCN during the state football finals along side of play-by-play announcer Bob McCool and sideline reporter Steve Degler.  Tucker is known for his work as a game analyst on Sport USA Radio’s NFL Network as well as his co-hosting duties on Sirius NFL Radio.  He has also provided color commentary for the NFL on Fox.  Prior to his broadcasting duties, Tucker played seven years as an offensive lineman in the NFL.  He is a native Pennsylvanian.

The following is a tentative schedule.  All re-air times are determined by game length.

“A” Football Final
Riverside vs. Clairton
Friday, December 17 – 2:00 p.m. LIVE
Replays – December 17 at 10:00 p.m., December 19 at 11:00 p.m., December 20 at 9:30 a.m., December 25 at 2:00 p.m. and January 1 at 11:00 p.m.

“AAA” Football Final
Allentown Central Catholic vs. Bishop McDevitt
Friday, December 17 – 7:00 p.m. LIVE
Replays – December 18 at 1:00 a.m., December 19 at 5:00 p.m., December 20 at 6:00 p.m., December 25 at 8:00 p.m. and January 1 at 5:00 p.m.

“AA” Football Final
West Catholic vs. South Fayette

Saturday, December 18 – 12:00 p.m. LIVE
Replays – December 18 at 8:00 p.m., December 19 at 8:00 p.m., December 20 at 12:30 p.m., December 25 at 5:00 p.m. and January 1 at 8:00 p.m.

“AAAA” Football Final
LaSalle vs. North Allegheny

Saturday, December 18 – 5:00 p.m. LIVE
Replays – December18 at 11:00 p.m., December 19 at 2:00 p.m., December 20 at 9:00 p.m., December 25 at 11:00 p.m. and January 1 at 2:00 p.m.

PCN has offered exclusive LIVE coverage of the PIAA state football championships since the late 1990’s.  Thanks to a renewal agreement between PCN and the PIAA, the statewide public affairs network will continue to offer exclusive coverage of the PIAA championships for the next four years. To learn more about the PIAA and the teams advancing to the finals, visit their website at

LIVE streaming will also be made available for each game.  To view, visit the PCN+plus  page at  A complete listing of PCN’s upcoming PIAA sports championship coverage as well as PCN’s channel designations can also be found on the network’s site.

PCN is a nonprofit, noncommercial news organization created and supported by cable television companies.  PCN receives no state or federal funding.  Network programming is distributed on more than 150 cable systems in Pennsylvania serving more than 10 million Pennsylvanians in 3.3 million homes.

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