Below is a review of the North posts that appeared Sunday, July 26 through Saturday, August 1.
Below is a review of the North posts that appeared Sunday, July 19 through Saturday, July 25.
It was a battle between Fox Chapel and Seneca Valley all year long. The two teams split matches in Section 2-AAA, then faced off again in the WPIAL title match and the PIAA semifinals.
Fox Chapel made its second appearance in a PIAA championship match at Penn State's Recreation Hall. The site was the same, but unfortunately the results were also the first.
In 2006, the year before the PIAA switched to two classifications, Fox Chapel faced Landisville Hempfield in the title match. The Foxes won the first set, then lost the next three, as Hempfield won its fourth title in five years.
Fox Chapel's 2015 squad suffered the same fate in its PIAA Class AAA title match against Parkland. A large contingent of Fox Chapel fans were thrilled as the Foxes won the first set and held a 16-11 lead in the second set. But their joy turned to disappointment, as Parkland rallied to win the second set along with the third and fourth sets to claim its first title.
The following photos feature boys volleyball teams from the area's North zone. These ran in the Post-Gazette during the 2015 season.
(Photo: Fox Chapel's Jack Reese, right, spikes against Seneca Valley's John Dofi Tuesday in a WPIAL Class AAA semifinal match at North Allegheny. John Heller/Post-Gazette)
Going into the latter stages of the 2015 season, North Allegheny boys lacrosse coach John Rullan had plenty of reasons to feel optimistic about his Tigers.
The Tigers swept through Division 1, Section 2 play with a 7-0 record and were 13-3 heading into the postseason. They split their next four games, but that's not something a team wants to do when those games are postseason games.
After knocking off Sewickley Academy 11-3 in a first-round WPIAL Division I game at Newman Stadium, the Tigers punched their ticket to the WPIAL championship game with a thrilling 8-7 triple-overtime victory over Shady Side Academy. It was the second time the two teams met this season, and the first game with the section rival was a 4-3 victory for the Tigers.
But that would be the last victory for the Tigers as they fell to Mt. Lebanon, 9-8, in a double-overtime thriller at Highmark Stadium in the WPIAL Division I boys championship game. As if that wasn't enough heartache, the Tigers received another dose when they fell to State College 7-6 in yet another double-overtime game at Altoona.