Boys Lacrosse: 2016 North Season Recap

Written by Joe Koch on .

Three things motivated North Allegheny High's boys lacrosse team as it prepared to play Mt. Lebanon in the WPIAL Division 1 boys lacrosse championship on May 27 at Highmark Stadium.

Point No. 1 was that Mt. Lebanon had rolled to an 18-5 victory over the Tigers in the season opener for both teams on March 28. Point No. 2 was that the Tigers had fallen to the Blue Devils, 9-8 in double-overtime in the 2015 championship game. Point No. 2 was the Tigers' 9-8 loss to the Blue Devils on May 23, 2013, at Baldwin Stadium.

Point No. 3? Well, in the successful tenure of athletics at North Allegheny High School, the boys lacrosse team never had won a WPIAL championship.

That was the case until a sun-splashed night in late May when the Tigers held on to beat the defending WPIAL champion Blue Devils, 9-7.


Girls Lacrosse: 2016 North Season Recap

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Mars coach Lindsay Burns had no doubt that her team would rally from a five-goal deficit with an early flurry in the second half of the Planets' 7-5 loss to Blackhawk in the WPIAL Division 2 girls lacrosse championship game on May 26 at Highmark Stadium. She just wishes her team could have made one more push after cutting the deficit to 5-4 with 11:52 left in the second half on a Paige Seles goal.

"We've had the opportunity to become one group, one mind and one heart," she said. "We've stressed that since the beginning, and it really showed up this season. The girls that started this have created a legacy for the younger girls to live up to. They've set the bar high, but they've been surprising me since I walked into Mars."

Burns said the team's four-goal burst to begin the second half that was capped with Seles' goal was something she'd seen all season.

"We've had situations where the odds were stacked against us," she said. "But you can't let that define you on how we play the game and what lacrosse means to us. You have to persevere, keep pushing and want it. From top down, and bottom up, that's what we strive for. That's what we showed in the second half."


Boys Tennis: 2016 North Season Recap

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Sewickley Academy is the center of PIAA Class AA boys tennis for the first time in school history.

And the Panthers earned it.

Not only did the Panthers win their first PIAA Class AA team title since 2006, junior Luke Ross cemented his status as the best Class AA player in the state with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Carlynton's Luke Phillips in the state championship match to give the school its first-ever individual state tennis title and the first for a WPIAL Class AA singles player since John Houghton of Quaker Valley in 2003.

Houghton and Ross are the only state champions from the WPIAL since the PIAA split boys tennis into two classifications in 1999.


Boys Tennis: 2016 North Photo Recap

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The following photos feature boys tennis players from the area's North zone. These ran in the Post-Gazette during the 2016 season.

2016 0415 Sewickley BTennis(Photo: Luke Ross of Sewickley Academy returns a shot at the WPIAL Class AA tennis championships against Luke Phillips of Carlynton Tuesday at Shady Side Academy. Ross won, 6-1, 6-2. Lake Fong/Post-Gazette)


Boys Track & Field: 2016 North Season Recap

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Jordan Geist makes it look easy. The Knoch junior was named Gatorade Pennsylvania boys track and field player of the year. Not only did he reclaim his WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA shot put titles, he set new records, as well. Geist threw a mark of 72 feet, seven inches at WPIALs to break a shot put record that stood for 44 years. He went on to throw 74 feet, 3 1/2 inches at states to become the fourth athlete to throw 74 feet in U.S. high school track and field history. He also took the state title in the discus. As a team, Knoch finished seventh at PIAAs.

North Allegheny continues to be the driving force of the WPIAL. The Tigers won their fourth consecutive WPIAL Class AAA title. They advanced to states and brought home third. Ayden Owens was a standout for North Allegheny this year. The sophomore won the PIAA title in the 300-meter hurdles. He set the school record with a time of 37.48. He also took second in the 200 at the WPIAL meet. The Tigers also had medal finishes from Zach Ehling (800, third place), Jacob Stupak (1,600, third place), Marc Migliozzi (3,200, second place) and Andrew Manz (javelin, first place). The 3,200 relay team of Christian Parreaguirre, Ehling, Bobby Lutz and Migliozzi also took gold.

Seneca Valley took second at the WPIAL championships with the help of Mike Kolor. The senior claimed gold in the 1,600 and 800. He went on to take silver in the 1,600 at the state meet. The Raiders also had top performances from Mark Smith (300 hurdles, fourth place), and Zach Gehm (discus, eighth place).