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Girls Tennis: Dua, Li looking for singles success

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

WPIAL players have won nine of the past 11 PIAA Class AAA singles titles, and Shady Side Academy’s Ananya Dua or North Allegheny’s Anna Li will try to make it 10 of 12.

Dua was the WPIAL champion, defeating Li in the semifinals. Li, who has lost to Dua in three of their four meetings this season, came back from the loss to Dua to take third in WPIALs. Both will begin their quest Friday at Hershey Racquet Club at 9 a.m.

Dua will take on District 3 third-place finisher Sammi Snyder of Exeter, while Li will face District 1 champion Mihaela Codreanu of Methacton. Codreanu was the PIAA singles runner-up last season, losing to Pine-Richland’s Marlys Bridgham in the final. 

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Girls Tennis: North teams looking for state doubles titles

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Laurel Shymansky already has one PIAA Class AAA title. This weekend, she’ll try for No. 2.

Shymansky, a junior at Fox Chapel, won the 2013 state doubles title with Lacey Cohen and enters this season’s PIAA doubles tournament along with partner Amanda Nord as the District 7 top seed after the pair won the WPIAL title in October.

Shymansky and Nord, a freshman, will take on District 3 third-place finishers Julia and Rachel Sternberg of Central Dauphin in the first round of the state tournament Friday at 10:30 a.m.

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Girls Tennis: North Allegheny wins another title

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North Allegheny’s girls tennis program had to wait five years in between its first and second state titles. The time in between the second and third titles was much shorter.

North Allegheny won its second consecutive PIAA Class AAA team championship Saturday, defeating Shady Side Academy, 3-1, at Hershey. The Tigers also won the 2008 state title.

North Allegheny won the WPIAL Class AAA title against Shady Side, 4-1, to enter the tournament as the No. 1 seed from District 7.

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Craig Meyer's North High School Football Notebook (Oct. 30, 2014)

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Here's this week's edition of Craig Meyer's North High School Football Notebook.

"With the exception of a chosen few, dry spells are to be expected for most any high school football program.

Whether it's from the graduation of a successful class, a transition from one coach to another or something else entirely, almost no team can stay on top forever. Or at least they typically don't.

Unsuccessful runs are virtually inevitable, but the key variable is how long they last. For some, it's only a few games, like an adjustment period to get things figured out before moving forward.

For a school such as Shaler Area, though, it's something else entirely."

 

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Cross Country: North runners prevail at WPIAL championships

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Joe Koch reports that multiple athletes from the North area excelled at the WPIAL cross country championships.

2014 1030 QuakerValley BCrossCountry(Photo: Quaker Valley's Zach Skolnekovich won the WPIAL Class AA individual cross country championship last Thursday at Cooper's Lake Campground. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"The North Xtra area schools of the WPIAL had plenty of accomplishments at the WPIAL Cross Country Championships last Thursday at Cooper's Lake Campground in Butler County.

That included the record-shattering effort of Shaler Area's Brianna Schwartz in the Class AAA girls championships and the 10th consecutive Class AAA title won by the North Allegheny boys team. But there were plenty of other solid accomplishments that landed these runners in Saturday's team championships in Hershey.

Seneca, NA teams qualify

The Seneca Valley girls cross country team employed depth and youth to capture the WPIAL Class AAA team championship."