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Boys Tennis: WPIAL champ Fox Chapel headed to states for first time

Written by Keith Barnes on .

It has been seven years since Fox Chapel has qualified for the PIAA Class AAA boys team tennis tournament.

This time, however, things will be different.

Not only are the Foxes heading to Hershey Racquet Club as the reigning WPIAL Class AAA champions for the first time in school history, they are also making their first appearance in Hershey. Since the state championships were established in 2001, Fox Chapel finished second in the WPIAL twice, in 2003 when the team lost to Shady Side Academy and only one WPIAL qualifier moved on, and in 2009 when they lost to North Allegheny in the finals and dropped a 5-0 decision to Cathedral Prep in the Tuesday qualifier.

That won't be an issue this year as Fox Chapel ousted District 6 champion Hollidaysburg, 4-1, in the preliminary round and will take the court in Hershey on Friday.

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Boys Tennis: North Feature Athlete - Fox Chapel's Robby Shymansky

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Name: Robby Shymansky
High School: Fox Chapel
Grade: 9
Sport: Boys Tennis

Background: Shymansky is the No. 1 freshman in the state and was the third-place finisher in the WPIAL. He defeated Duquesne recruit Jared Isaacs in straight sets to help the Foxes defeat North Allegheny to win their first WPIAL Class AAA boys team title. Shymansky will get a stiff test in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA team tournament on Friday when he takes on fellow freshman Andrew Tran, ranked No. 4 in his class in the state.

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Baseball: Fox Chapel ready to begin the postseason

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Fox Chapel had to wait an extra day to start its WPIAL Class AAAA postseason run, but what the Foxes learned was how tenuous their position as a slight favorite really is.

They watched as No. 14 Norwin knocked off their section rival Shaler and saw an 11th-seeded North Allegheny squad nearly pull off an upset in a 1-0 loss to Latrobe.

Now, Fox Chapel (14-5) has to gear up for a Peters Township team that has been to the Class AAAA championship game three times, winning two titles and losing in its most recent appearance in 2011.

One advantage for the Foxes is that they have already beat the Indians once this year. Fox Chapel pulled out a 7-3 win in the team's second game of the season.

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Alumni Update – Jessie Thiessen (Allegheny College)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GRAND LAKE, Colo. – Senior attack McKenzie Bell and junior defender Jessie Thiessen of the Allegheny College lacrosse programThiessen AC were named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Great Lakes Region Team, as announced in a release this morning.


Both Bell and Thiessen were named to the First Team as Allegheny was one of four schools to place at least of a pair of its players on the top-tier list.


Thiessen, a Fox Chapel graduate, rebounded from a season-ending knee injury to become one of the NCAC's top defenders. She caused 25 turnovers, grabbed 56 ground balls, and controlled 87 draws – all numbers which rank in the top five of the league.


Thiessen's 87 draw controls are the second most in single-season program history, and she posted double-digit numbers in that category over a three-game stretch (at Wooster, vs. Wittenberg, at DePauw) between April 6-16.
 

 

(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)

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Lacrosse: Fox Chapel boys turn section into a scramble

Written by Joe Koch on .

The Shady Side Academy boys lacrosse team had plenty of incentive heading into Wednesday's regular-season finale with neighborhood rival Fox Chapel.

For one thing, the Indians were one win away from an unbeaten record in Division 1, Section 2. But all of that unraveled when the Foxes stunned the visiting Indians, 13-7. The loss dropped Shady Side Academy into a virtual tie for first place with Pine-Richland. But in the tie-breaker that was head-to-head competition, the edge went to Shady Side Academy by virtue of its 10-7 regular-season victory over the Rams.

Both teams had section records of 5-1. Fox Chapel and North Allegheny tied for third with records of 4-2.

The regular-season finale loss didn't remove Shady Side Academy from the No. 1 seed in the Division 1 boys tournament. The Indians meet Bethel Park, the fourth-place team from Section 1, in a quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. Thursday at Shady Side Academy. All quarterfinal games will be played at 7 p.m. Thursday.