Kiski Area is headed to the WPIAL playoffs for the first time since 2011.
The Cavaliers (10-5) grabbed a playoff spot in Class AAAA Section 3 with a 5-5 record. Shaler won the title, Fox Chapel was the runner-up, and the Cavaliers and Woodland Hills tied for third.
Two section wins late last week turned out to be the difference between Kiski Area extending its season or seeing it come to an end when the regular season concluded. Kiski Area fell to 3-4 in section play after an 8-6 loss against Shaler last Monday, but the Cavaliers responded with a 3-2 win at Central Catholic on Wednesday and a 10-9 triumph against Penn Hills on Friday. The Cavaliers lost to Fox Chapel, 5-1, yesterday.
A season ago, coach Joe Culler's team came up just short of reaching the postseason after placing fourth in the section with a 4-6 record. The section's three playoff qualifiers all went on to have successful postseasons. Central Catholic won the WPIAL title, Shaler reached the WPIAL and PIAA semifinals, and Fox Chapel advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals.