Field Hockey: Disappointed Fox Chapel has plenty of players returning

Written by Joe Koch on .

In the wake of a 2-1 loss to North Allegheny in the WPIAL Class AAA finals at the Tigers' Newman Stadium, Fox Chapel coach Jen McCrady has plenty of hopes for the 2014 season. But there were plenty of 'what-ifs' that she considered as her team prepared for the short bus ride home.

"They just outplayed us," the Foxes' coach said as the Tigers cheered loudly during their medal presentation ceremony. "We were slow to start, and we didn't show up until there were 10 minutes left in the game."

At that point, North Allegheny had taken a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals by standout junior forward Jessica Brandon. About five minutes after the Foxes began to play more efficiently, they cut the lead to 2-1 on a goal by senior forward Nicole Susi, her 11th of the season.


Alumni Update - David Dibenedetto (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

DibenedettoDavidALLIANCE, Ohio -- Senior David Dibenedetto placed third in the 174-pound bracket to lead Washington & Jefferson Saturday at the Mount Union Wrestling Invitational. The Presidents (40 points) finished ninth out of nine teams at the tournament which was won by Lake Erie College (170.5).


Dibenedetto, a Fox Chapel graduate, notched a 4-1 record at the tournament after opening with an 8-4 victory over Brogan Endres of Mount Union 9-4.  He pinned Gannon's Alexander Gong in the quarterfinals in 84 seconds before losing to Lake Erie's Dylan Zivcic 9-1 in the semifinals.

Dibenedetto rallied back to take third place by pinning teammate Haney in 74 seconds and then earning a 13-4 triumph over Wheeling Jesuit's Sawyer Leppla.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Fox Chapel pair looking for state championship

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

If history is any indicator, Laurel Shymansky and Lacey Cohen have a good chance of winning the PIAA Class AAA doubles championship this weekend.

WPIAL doubles teams have won 10 of the last 12 PIAA Class AAA doubles titles, and seven of those titles were by the WPIAL champion. That includes the last two seasons, when Peters Township’s Stephanie Smith and Sara Komer won both titles in 2011 and Komer and Abby Cummings won both championships last season.


Boys Golf: Fox Chapel's Sheerer earns all-state honors

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Patrick Sheerer's senior season turned out to be a memorable one for the Fox Chapel High golfer.

Following his victory at the PIAA Class AAA Western Regional at Tom's Run Golf Course in Blairsville, Sheerer capped his high school career by finishing in a 10th-place tie with Upper St. Clair standout Thomas Steve.

Each shot 12-over-par rounds of 154. Sheerer shot identical scores of 77 in both rounds -- 6-over-par on each day -- to arrive at his total. Steve's rounds were 79 and 75.

One other North-area golfer competed at the event, and it was a tough experience for him. Mars High junior Josh Bartley just missed all-state honors with a 13-over-par total of 155 that earned him 12th place in the tournament. Only the top 10 golfers in the field -- which actually included 11 golfers because of ties at fifth and 10th place -- were accorded all-state honors.

It's small consolation right now, but Bartley has one year remaining in his high school career.