Field Hockey: Ellis ousted in first round of PIAA tournament

Written by Joe Koch on .

The Ellis School won its second WPIAL title in a row and seventh overall with a 3-1 victory over Shady Side Academy in the WPIAL 1A championship game. That win vaulted the Tigers into a PIAA 1A first-round game against the perennially competitive Thunder from Belleville Mennonite.

Played at Bald Eagle Area High School this past Tuesday, the game was a very competitive one, but the Tigers came up a bit short as Belleville Mennonite advanced to the second round with a 2-1 victory over Ellis.

Ellis finished in a first-place tie with Shady Side Academy as each team had a section record of 10-1-1. Ellis should be pretty solid next season as eight of the team's starters return.


Field Hockey: Ellis to meet determined Belleville Mennonite

Written by Joe Koch on .

Coming off a 3-1 victory over Shady Side Academy in the WPIAL 1A championship game this past Tuesday at North Allegheny High's Newman Stadium, Ellis School's field hockey team meets a determined opponent in Belleville Mennonite in a PIAA 1A first-round game at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bald Eagle Area High School. The Thunder, which has just 11 players on its team according to the school's web site, advanced to the state tournament with a 3-2 victory over Forbes Road.

The winner of this game meets the winner of another first-round game between the runner-up teams from District 3 and District 2 on Saturday.



Girls Tennis: East Feature Athlete - Ellis' Sam Syme

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Sam Syme
School: Ellis School
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Tennis

Background: Syme is the No. 1 singles player for the Ellis School and qualified for the WPIAL 2A singles and doubles tournaments in 2015. She teamed with Kate Foster and took on eventual champion Zoe Bojalad and Emily Kraus of Quaker Valley in the first round of the doubles tournament before losing, 10-4. Syme defaulted to Bojalad because of illness in the first round of the singles tournament last year, as well.



Cross Country: East Feature Athlete - Ellis School's Louise Finnstrom

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Name: Louise Finnstrom
School: Ellis School
Grade: 10
Sport: Cross Country

Background: Finnstrom begins the 2016 season after being named the 2015 Ellis Cross Country MVP. She is a graduate of the Art Connection Scholarship program through the Carnegie Museum of Art, and Founder of Ellis' Spoken Word Club. In addition, she is a Scholastic Silver Award Winner for creative writing.