Lacrosse: Mt. Lebanon boys ousted in PIAA quarterfinals

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Mt. Lebanon High's boys lacrosse team has enjoyed a considerable amount of success since WPIAL began sponsoring District 7 championships in 2009.

The Blue Devils won WPIAL titles in 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015. This year, they fell to North Allegheny in the WPIAL championship game, 9-7, but they advanced to the PIAA playoffs. That's where they knocked off District 6 champion State College, 8-5, in the first round. But in the quarterfinals, the Blue Devils were the victims of a strong third quarter by Manheim Township, and they fell to the District 3 runner-up Blue Streaks, 17-5. Manheim Township's bid for glory, though, was short-lived as the Blue Streaks fell to PIAA finalist, LaSalle College High School, 10-2 in the semifinals.

"It was a difficult game, and we had a lot of trouble clearing the ball," said Mt. Lebanon coach Mike Ermer of the loss to Manheim Township. That was evident in the third quarter where Manheim Township outscored the Blue Devils, 8-1, to put the game out of reach.


Lacrosse: Mt. Lebanon girls finish one step short of goal

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For the past two seasons, a WPIAL girls lacrosse team advanced to the PIAA semifinals only to find its season ended by a team that ended up winning the state championship.

In 2014, Garnet Valley rolled to a 20-7 victory over Mt. Lebanon, and then went on to beat Springfield-Delco, 13-9, in the PIAA championship game. Last year, Garnet Valley had to rally before knocking off WPIAL champion Quaker Valley, 13-10, in the semifinals. Garnet Valley then beat Conestoga, 14-10, in the title game.

Conestoga, the No. 5 team from District 1, is back in the championship game again this season, where it will play District 1 champion Radnor in the state final. That route was confirmed when Conestoga rolled to a 20-5 victory over Mt. Lebanon in Tuesday's semifinal.

The loss ended the Blue Devils' season with a 19-3 overall record and a 11-1 regular-season record against Division 1, Section 1 opponents.


Lacrosse: Mt. Lebanon boys hit road for quarterfinals

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One gets the sense that Mt. Lebanon would have liked another shot at North Allegheny, particularly after the Blue Devils fell to the Tigers, 9-7, in the WPIAL Division 1 championship game on May 27 at Highmark Stadium.

But hopes and wishes don't always go the way they are intended. So, the Blue Devils, an 8-5 winner over State College in a PIAA first-round game played at Hempfield under hot, muggy conditions, will try its luck against Manheim Township, the District 3 runner-up that advanced with a 10-9 overtime victory over North Allegheny. The game will be played at 5 p.m. today at Chambersburg High School. The winner of this game meets the winner of a game between District 12 champion LaSalle College and District 3 champion Wilson West Lawn. Wilson advanced with a 12-3 victory over Shady Side Academy, the third-place team from the WPIAL.

Mt. Lebanon coach Mike Ermer was pleased with several aspects of his team's victory.


Boys Tennis: Mt. Lebanon pair knocked off in PIAA quarterfinals

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Christian Vietmeier and Charlie Strohl had the appearance of a team ready to make its mark at the PIAA Class AAA doubles championship.

Not only did the two stroll through District 11 champions Ross Sonnenblick and Aidan Bodeo-Lomicky of Freedom in the first round, they jumped on Dante Falcucci and Jacob Jastrzebski of Hershey in the quarterfinals and appeared set for a battle with North Allegheny's Jared Isaacs and Richard Hofmann in the semifinals.

It didn't work out that way.

Instead, Falcucci and Jastrzebski fought back and took the last two sets for a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory that turned into a third-place finish after they were routed by the Tigers in the semifinals.


Track: Mt. Lebanon girls post outstanding times at PIAA championships

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Mt. Lebanon senior Claire Dougherty was likely a little disappointed for not achieving her goal of winning a state title last weekend.

But it's doubtful Dougherty was too upset about her times.

Dougherty finished fourth in the 800-meter run and helped Mt. Lebanon's 1,600 relay team place eighth at the PIAA Class AAA championships at Shippensburg University.

Both finishing times were school records, tops in the WPIAL this season and ranked among the best in WPIAL history. Dougherty ran a time of 2:10.75 in the 800. Only Shaler's Brianna Schwartz (2:10.15, 2014) and North Allegheny's Kelly Langhans (2:10.31, 2007) have posted faster marks all time. The 1,600 relay team finished in 3:52.83, which ranks third all time behind Penn Hills (3:46.31, 2010) and Penn Hills (3:52.08, 2011).