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Lacrosse: Tight race was must-see lacrosse among Division 1, Section 2 boys teams

Written by Joe Koch on .

One of the great things about boys lacrosse this season was the balance displayed in Division 1, Section 2. Shady Side Academy and Pine-Richland tied for the section title with records of 5-1, while North Allegheny and Fox Chapel were close behind with 4-2 section records.

But when the issue was settled at Highmark Stadium on May 27, it was North Allegheny that stood atop the WPIAL Division 1 boys lacrosse grouping with a 9-7 victory over Mt. Lebanon in the championship game.

The other three teams – Fox Chapel, Shady Side Academy and Pine-Richland – all advanced to the WPIAL tournament. Fox Chapel was ousted in the first round by Mt. Lebanon, 19-6. But Shady Side Academy and Pine-Richland both advanced to the semifinals, where each team lost. North Allegheny avenged a regular-season loss to Shady Side Academy and earned a 4-3 victory. Mt. Lebanon went on to knock off Pine-Richland, 16-10. With both teams relegated to a PIAA play-in game, Shady Side Academy edged Pine-Richland, 10-9 in overtime.

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Baseball: Knoch, Mars fighting for state playoff berth

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Knoch won't be able to repeat as the WPIAL Class AAA titlist, but there is a chance the Knights can pull off an encore and be a two-time state champion.

Last week, Knoch (14-7) lost, 7-2, in the semifinals to Blackhawk, but will now play Mars (14-6) in the WPIAL Class AAA third-place consolation match at Washington & Jefferson in what should be a great matchup.

Both teams play in Section 5 and split the regular season series with the Knights taking a 5-4 victory in the first go-round and the Planets the second, 15-8, on May 4.

Mars has never played for a state championship.