Lacrosse: Blackhawk girls have plenty of incentive in rematch with Seton-LaSalle

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While their hopes for a section title may have been dashed with a 15-3 loss to unbeaten Quaker Valley this past Monday that earned the Quakers a season sweep, the Blackhawk Cougars girls lacrosse team has plenty to play for when they visit Seton-LaSalle on Monday.

Members of Class 2A Section 2, the Cougars -- along with Trinity -- find themselves in a logjam with the Rebels and the Hillers with second place very much in play as the season winds down.

The only team with a clear-cut path to the section title and a berth in the Class 2A tournament is Quaker Valley, which is 9-0 overall and 8-0 against section foes.

The Hillers are 4-3-1 against section rivals, while Blackhawk is 6-3 and Seton-LaSalle is 7-1.


Baseball: Blackhawk’s roll continues

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With the Yankees visiting the Pirates last weekend, baseball fans were thinking historically. That is appropriate, too, because this year's Blackhawk squad is doing a solid imitation of the 1927 Yankees.

Monday, Blackhawk won its 13th straight game by defeating Ambridge, 12-2.

The win, though, wasn't all that typical – it was only the second time this season the Cougars have allowed more than one run in a game as Andrew McClymonds, Mark Engel, Jon Pence, and Michael Turconi have shut the door on opponents.

In another way, though, the win was typical as it was the ninth time Blackhawk has won by 10 runs or more and the ninth time Blackhawk has scored in double digits.


Boys Tennis: West Feature Athlete - Blackhawk's Nate Heidengren

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Name: Nate Heidengren
School: Blackhawk
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Tennis

Background: Is the No. 1 singles player for the Cougars, who head into the WPIAL Class 2A team tennis playoffs as the No. 8 seed and will host No. 9 Winchester Thurston on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Will have a tough task when he takes on Bears junior Nathan Moss. Both players are unranked. Lost in the Section 2 singles semifinals last season, but teamed with Jacob Belcastro to win the section doubles tournament and qualify for the WPIAL finals where they lost in the first round.


Lacrosse: Blackhawk rebounds well after tough loss

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It is always tough to remain on top when the memories of a title run are fresh in the minds of a team's athletes and coaches.

That has been the case for the defending girls WPIAL Division 2 Blackhawk Cougars, who found themselves in a very solid section when the PIAA and WPIAL reconfigured the sport into Class 3A and Class 2A heading into the 2017 season.

Heading into this past Wednesday's game with Division 1 finalist and section rival Chartiers Valley, the Cougars were 4-2 overall and 3-2 against Class 2A, Section 2 rivals with victories over South Fayette, 14-2, Trinity, 13-3, and Moon, 13-4. Their setbacks came against Quaker Valley, 14-6, and in overtime to Seton-LaSalle, 7-6.

The game with Chartiers Valley completed the first half of section play for the Cougars. With every game remaining a rematch against the rest of the section, the Cougars have plenty of incentive if they hope to return to the WPIAL playoffs this season.


Boys Tennis: Blackhawk headed back to playoffs

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Blackhawk has been a fairly regular visitor to the WPIAL Class 2A playoffs and this season won't be an exception.

This year the Cougars will head to the postseason led by senior Jacob Beier playing at No 1 singles, junior Jacob Nola at No. 2 and another senior, Ryder Blair in at the No. 3 singles slot.

Blackhawk last won the WPIAL team title in 1997 and is the only team not names Sewickley Academy or Quaker Valley to do so.

Last year the Cougars were the No. 8 seed in the tournament and won their first round match before meeting up with eventual champion Sewickley Academy in the quarterfinals.