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Girls Tennis: North Allegheny looking for back-to-back titles

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

 

Last season, North Allegheny was a tiebreak away from leaving the PIAA tournament in the quarterfinals.

But the Tigers’ top player in 2013, Maddy Adams, prevailed at No. 1 singles to give North Allegheny a 3-2 victory over Conestoga, and the Tigers went on to win their next two matches to notch the program’s second state championship.

North Allegheny will head back to Hershey this weekend with an undefeated record and the knowledge of what to expect at states.

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Girls Tennis: North Feature Athlete – North Allegheny’s Tina Li

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Name: Tina Li
School: North Allegheny
Grade: 10
Sport: Tennis

Background: Li is the No. 2 singles player for the undefeated Tigers, who will play in the PIAA Class AAA team tournament this weekend in Hershey. She missed the start of the season due to a foot injury, came back at first in doubles before moving up the lineup singles behind only her twin sister, Anna. Tina Li will also head to Hershey next weekend for the PIAA Class AAA doubles tournament, which she’ll play with Eugenia Lee.

North Allegheny coach Michelle Weniger: “It was huge [getting Tina back in the lineup]. It was a like a great Christmas present to have someone that talented and experienced back. In tennis, when you have someone missing at the top of your lineup missing, everyone else has to move up a spot and they’re big steps.”

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Field Hockey: North Allegheny to host Mt. Lebanon in Class AAA semifinal

Written by Joe Koch on .

Overall top seed and Section 1-AAA champion North Allegheny meets Section 2-AAA runner-up Mt. Lebanon at 7 p.m. Wednesday at North Allegheny's Newman Stadium in the WPIAL Class AAA field hockey semifinals. The tournament shapes up nicely for North Allegheny. If the Tigers defeat the Blue Devils, they would return to Newman Stadium to play against the winner of the other semifinal that features No. 2 seed Fox Chapel, the No. 1 team in Section 2-AAA, against Section 1-AAA runner-up Pine-Richland.

The Tigers didn't play Mt. Lebanon this year, but Tigers; coach Maddy Berkley believes her team matches up well against the Blue Devils.

"We do know a little about Mt. Lebanon," she said. We played at their field against Novi, Mich., and Hudson (Ohio). We beat both of those teams, and Mt. Lebanon lost to those two schools. I'm not too concerned, but I want to come out strong and bring it from the start."

Balance and domination have been absolute hallmarks for the Tiger this season. North Allegheny outscored Section 1-AAA opponents 66-1 while amassing a 10-0 section record and were 15-3 overall. Overall, North Allegheny outscored all opponents 96-14 and were not shut out this season. North Allegheny outscored Section 1-AAA rivals this season 66-1.

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Cross Country: North Allegheny's McGoey, Davison set course records

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

North Allegheny's Matt McGoey and Madeleine Davison both set course records at the Tri-State Coaches Association invitational on Thursday.

McGoey competed in the first race of the day at California University and quickly left his competition in the dust, crossing the finish line in 15:55.20. The former record was 17:02 set by Mt. Lebanon's Alex Moran in 2011.

Teammates Hunter Wharrey (second) and Scott Seel (fifth) also assisted the Tigers in a team win with 38 points.

In the girls' competition, Davison easily took the lead shadowed by West Allegheny's Alexis O'Shea (third) and Mt. Lebanon Kelsey Potts (second). Davison shattered the course record, formerly set by Potts in August (19:03), with a time of 18:48.12.

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Cross Country: North Allegheny grad finds niche as Point Park runner

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Rick Davis profiles North Allegheny graduate Katie Guarnaccia, now a standout cross country runner at Point Park.

"Katie Guarnaccia has her friends to thank for any success she achieves as a runner on the Point Park cross country team ... and there's going to be plenty of it.

Guarnaccia, a freshman from McCandless who graduated from North Allegheny, was a rower her freshman and sophomore years at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic but decided to transfer to North Allegheny for her final two years.

Out of respect to her former teammates, however, she knew she had to find another sport.

"I started running because I felt like I would have been betraying my friends on the North Catholic crew team if I went to North Allegheny and rowed," she said. "So I just decided to run and do cross country.""