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Boys Tennis: South Players To Watch

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Chris Gladden, Canon-McMillan, Jr.
Dane Bendel, Mt. Lebanon, Sr.
Christian Vietmeier, Mt. Lebanon, Jr.
Charlie Strohl, Mt. Lebanon, Jr.
Aaron Coplan, Bethel Park, Sr.
Adam Ackerman, Bethel Park, Sr.
Miguel Ascencio, Peters Township, Soph.
Ryan Farrell, Peters Township, Soph.
Fernando Escribens, Upper St. Clair, Sr.
Domenick D’Amico, Upper St. Clair, Sr.
Kevin Kwok, Upper St. Clair, Fr.
John Monroe, California, Soph.
 

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Boys Tennis: South Preview

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Last season, Upper St. Clair entered the WPIAL Class AAA tournament as the top seed only to lose to rival Mt. Lebanon in the semifinals and fail to make it to the state tournament.

This season, the Panthers may be even stronger, especially at the top, as they look to avenge last season’s loss.

Upper St. Clair returns its top three players from last season – seniors Fernando Escribens, Domenick D’Amico and Christian Meyer – as well as returning doubles starters Sam Schiffman and Scott Russell. Additionally, the Panthers have added one of the top freshman in the area, Kevin Kwok, giving the Panthers even more depth than they had a year ago.

Mt. Lebanon will still be a tough out, though, as the Blue Devils will bring back singles starters Dane Bendel and Charlie Strohl. They also added Seton-LaSalle transfer Mike Wilke, a WPIAL Class AA singles qualifier last season.

Peters Township, which moves into USC and Mt. Lebanon’s section this season with realignment, will also be solid with returning WPIAL qualifier Ryan Farrell and fellow sophomore Miguel Ascenscio.

Canon-McMillan will be looking to return to the postseason after missing out last season and the Big Macs have one of the WPIAL Class AAA singles favorites in Chris Gladden, who is currently the top-ranked junior in Pennsylvania according to tennisrecruiting.net.

Bethel Park, a WPIAL qualifier last season, returns its top two players in seniors Aaron Coplan and Adam Ackerman.

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Boys Track: 2015 South Season Preview

Written by Justin Criado on .

In Class AAA, Canon-McMillan looks to improve on last year's second place finish in the team competition with returning sprinters Caden Meyer and Ahmad Morris-Walker at the forefront, but perennial contender Mt. Lebanon, a top-five team finisher a year ago, will also be out to dethrone champ North Allegheny.

Peters Township, which features distance runners Shaun Hay and Nick Wolf may be a dark horse as well in Class AAA.

In Class AA, Washington looks to improve behind senior sprinter DeQuay Isbell, who will anchor this year's 4x400 meter relays. The Prexies also feature sophomores Isaiah Robinson and Kyle Webb, who were members of the WPIAL's top 4x800 meter relay team.

South Allegheny was the South's only other boys playoff team from Class AA from a year ago.

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Boys Track: 2015 South Athletes to Watch

Written by Justin Criado on .

Pat Carr (Jr.), South Fayette, sprinter
Kevin Garbark (Sr.), West Mifflin, sprinter
Mitch Valko (Sr.), South Fayette, hurdler
Lamont Wade (Soph.), Clairton sprinter
DeQuay Isbell (Sr.), Washington, sprinter
Ahmad Morris-Walker (Jr.), Canon-McMillan, sprinter
Caden Meyer (Sr.), Canon-McMillan, sprinter
Todd Guzenhouser (Jr.) Mt. Lebanon, distance runner
Noah Smith (Sr.), Ringgold, distance runner
Shaun Hay (Soph.), Peters Township, distance runner
Nick Wolf (Jr.), Peters Township, distance runner

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Girls Track: 2015 South Season Preview

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The Mt. Lebanon girls have the best chance of any South team to become WPIAL Class AAA champs after finishing second to Hempfield a year ago. The WPIAL's top 3,200 meter relay team return some runners, including Kelsey Potts and Claire Dougherty.

Dougherty also finished second in the 800, while Potts took third in the 1,600 at WPIALs. Potts also finished third in the state in the 1,600.

Chartiers Valley, Thomas Jefferson and West Mifflin also qualified for the WPIAL playoffs a year ago in Class AAA, and look to press for a better finished.

In Class AA, South Fayette will look to defend its crown as top performers Allison Gates and Tori Valachovic return.