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Girls Tennis: North Allegheny wins Class AAA team title

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ryan Riordan covered Friday's WPIAL Class AAA girls tennis team championship. Click here to read his story.

"When Michelle Weniger walked into North Allegheny's gymnasium after taking the job as Tigers girls' tennis coach a decade ago, she noticed all the banners North Allegheny's teams had won over the years.

She also noticed there were none for girls' tennis.

But in 2008, the Tigers won the PIAA Class AAA team title. And Friday, North Allegheny won its first WPIAL championship.

The Tigers swept singles and won No. 2 doubles to beat Shady Side Academy, 4-1, in the WPIAL Class AAA team championship at Sewickley Academy."

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Girls Soccer: North Playoff Preview (First Round)

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The North Zone boasts two top seeds in the WPIAL postseason with No. 1 Mars (15-1-2) in Class AA and No. 1 Seneca Valley (15-2-1) in Class AAA. Neither team will play on Saturday as they have received first-round byes in their respective classifications but there will plenty of action elsewhere.

North Allegheny (15-2-1) finished second in the section to Seneca Valley and the Tigers received the No. 3 seed and host No. 14 Gateway (9-7-1) at 2 p.m. The Gators were a WPIAL semifinalist a year ago but they have had to replace a majority of their starting lineup including Carly Seneca. North Allegheny enters the playoffs on a high after a 2-1 win over Norwin on Tuesday in a non-section matchup.

Despite winning Section 3 outright and finishing with a 16-1-1 record, Fox Chapel was given the No. 4 seed. The Foxes will host No. 13 Mt. Lebanon (9-7-2) at 2 p.m. A potential dark horse in Class AAA could be Pine-Richland. The No. 10-seeded Rams (11-5-2) will play No. 7 Penn Trafford (12-5) at Norwin at 2 p.m. Pine-Richland coach Jodi Chmielewski is not worried about her team's low seed.

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Athletes of the Week (Oct. 18, 2013)

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The Post-Gazette's Athletes of the Week are Seneca Valley football player T.J. Holl and Quaker Valley soccer player Greer Monahan. Click here to read the story.

Greer Monahan: Quaker Valley

Last week: Monahan helped the Quaker Valley girls soccer team finish the regular season with consecutive wins to claim a share of the Class AA Section 5 title with Moon.

Check this out: Monahan, a senior forward, is one of the top goal-scorers in the WPIAL. Her 30 goals are a team high and career high. She has led Quaker Valley to a 17-1 record overall and a 13-1 mark in Section 5-AA, tied with Moon for the title. The Quakers are ranked No. 4 in Class AA. As a junior, Monahan scored 23 goals and helped the Quakers reach the WPIAL quarterfinals.

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Cross Country: Fox Chapel poses double title threat

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Ryan Riordan profiles a few of the favorites in next week's WPIAL cross country championships, including Fox Chapel's Ethan and Colin Martin, and Shaler's Brianna Schwartz. Click here to read his story.

2013 1018 FoxChapel CrossCountry(Photo: Twin brothers Ethan, left, and Colin Martin of Fox Chapel are favorites to win the WPIAL Class AAA crown. Bill Wade/Post-Gazette)

"In the spring, twin bothers Ethan and Colin Martin finished first and second, respectively, in the 1,600-meter run at the WPIAL Class AAA track and field championships.

Now these Fox Chapel seniors will attempt to take the top two spots again Thursday at the WPIAL Class AAA cross country meet at Cooper's Lake Campground near Slippery Rock.

The Martins, who committed to the University of Michigan last week, will be among the favorites, along with defending WPIAL Class AAA champion Brent Kennedy of Kiski Area.

"It's always very exciting," Ethan Martin said of the competition between the three competitors. "It's good for us. We've been competing for about six years and we hold nothing back. Before and after the race we're friendly, but we attack each other strong during the race.""