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Photo Journal: Girls Lacrosse WPIAL Div. 1 Championship - Quaker Valley vs. Mt. Lebanon (May 21)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

The WPIAL Girls Lacrosse Championships were held at Highmark Stadium, Thursday, May 21, 2015.  In the Division 1 match Mt. Lebanon faced Quaker Valley. Play was tight and competition fierce, with Quaker Valley taking home the title defeating Mt. Lebanon 11-9.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Photo Journal: Girls Lacrosse WPIAL Div. 2 Championship - Shaler vs. Blackhawk (May 21)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

The WPIAL Girls Lacrosse Championships were held at Highmark Stadium, Thursday, May 21, 2015.  In the Division 2 match, Blackhawk faced Shaler.  Shaler took the title defeating Blackhawk 10-5.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Lacrosse: Motivated Quaker Valley girls excited about title

Written by Joe Koch on .

Quaker Valley coach Nellie Kraus had not seen a game this season where her Quakers' lacrosse team was tied going into the second half of a game.

That's precisely the situation her team faced, however, deadlocked with Mt. Lebanon, 4-4, heading into the second half of Thursday's Division 1 girls lacrosse championship game at Highmark Stadium.

Panic, though, wasn't in the equation.

"We're a second-half team, and I knew we could do it," said Kraus after her team held off Mt. Lebanon for an 11-9 victory and their first WPIAL Division 1 lacrosse championship. Quaker Valley had won two Division 2 titles in 2009 and 2010.

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Lacrosse: Shaler girls win third title in a row

Written by Joe Koch on .

Even though they trailed at halftime, the Shaler Titans had no doubt they would prevail en route to a 10-5 victory over Blackhawk in the WPIAL Division 2 championship game this past Thursday night at Highmark Stadium.

The win gives the Titans three consecutive WPIAL Division 2 girls championships. Their victories in 2013 and 2014 came against Chartiers Valley, a team that qualified for the Division 1 playoffs this year.

All-WPIAL standout Shannon Lynch was not interested in seeing her team's success come to an end on the same Highmark Stadium turf where the Titans had tasted success just a year earlier.

"It was intense," she said of her team's mood during the halftime break. After 25 minutes, her team trailed the Cougars, 4-3. "We were sitting in the huddle, and I was saying to myself: 'It's not going this way. We're not leaving like this. We gathered the team, and we said this is our game. We don't want to walk away not winning this.'"

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Lacrosse: Two Shady Side Academy teams advance to PIAA playoffs

Written by Joe Koch on .

Both Shady Side Academy teams took advantage of the addition of one spot for WPIAL teams competing in the PIAA Division 1 lacrosse playoffs.

After falling to section rival North Allegheny 8-7 in a triple-overtime thriller this past Tuesday at Chartiers Valley Stadium, the Indians took on yet another section rival, Pine-Richland, in the PIAA play-in game this past Thursday and had to work overtime yet again before prevailing, 9-8, in a game played at Hampton

As the third-place team from the WPIAL, the Indians will hit the road where they will meet the champion of District 3 on Wednesday at a time and site to be determined this weekend.

The girls team didn't have to work quite as long as their male counterparts. The Indians defeated first-year member Chartiers Valley, 15-8, in a game also played at Hampton.

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Lacrosse: Surprising Hampton to play for WPIAL title

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles the Hampton boys lacrosse team.

"When the Hampton Talbots play Canon-McMillan at 6 tonight for their second WPIAL Division II boys lacrosse championship in the past four years, they will arrive at Highmark Stadium at Station Square as something of a surprise.

For Hampton (13-6), a traditional local lacrosse powerhouse that won three league championships in the first four years of WPIAL sanctioning, had only a 9-6 record and was loser of four of its previous six games after a 10-4 setback to Mars Area 18 days ago.

Even in their first playoff game on May 13 they were taken to overtime by Indiana (9-7), a team the Talbots defeated 19-7 a month ago."

 

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Boys Tennis: North Allegheny junior seeks a repeat at PIAA

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles North Allegheny tennis player Jared Isaacs.

"It's easy to un­der­stand if North Al­le­gheny's Jared Isaacs is feel­ing a bit like it's 2014.

Not only did the Tigers ju­nior fin­ish sec­ond in the WPIAL Class AAA dou­bles tour­na­ment, he and his part­ner are ready to open the PIAA Class AAA fi­nals at 10:30 a.m. to­day against Dis­trict 2 cham­pion Rishi Mol­loth and Bran­don Ostrowski of Abing­ton Heights at the Her­shey Rac­quet Club.

Only this time around he's not paired with Kevin Goth but with fresh­man Rich­ard Hoff­man. And, un­like last year, he won't be com­ing into the tour­na­ment hop­ing to win a state ti­tle.

He'll be look­ing to de­fend one."

 

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Track: Fox Chapel runner gets redemption

Written by Justin Criado on .

Justin Criado profiles Fox Chapel runner Elias Graca.

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"Fox Chapel Area track coach Tom Moul recalls last year's 800-meter race at the PIAA Class AAA championships.

Junior Elias Graca stumbled out of the blocks before falling behind the leaders and getting boxed into the pack. Another trip cost him any chance of advancing past the preliminaries, and Graca was sent home empty-handed and yearning for another chance.

"He's really got that on his mind. He knows what to do this year," Moul said. "While it was unfortunate last year, it helped prepare him for this year. He's got high hopes."

Now a senior, Graca qualified for this year's 800 race at states by setting a meet record during the WPIAL Class AAA individual championships May 14 at Baldwin with a time of 1:52.86, and although the record-breaking run was good for gold, Moul explained that the time isn't even Graca's personal best, which may come during this weekend's state meet."

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Track: North Allegheny girl doubles WPIAL fun

Written by Justin Criado on .

Justin Criado profiles North Allegheny runner Madeleine Davison.

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"No matter who the competitor is, what previous experiences he or she might have or how many times he or she has done something before, there's always a chance that a bit of nervousness might play a role in performance.

North Allegheny junior Madeleine Davison has qualified for the PIAA Class AAA championships the past two years, but during this year's WPIAL Class AAA individual championships May 14 at Baldwin, she had to calm her nerves before stamping her third-consecutive trip to Shippensburg University with two gold medals, including a record-setting performance.

"She's hasn't run the [1,600-meter race] a lot of times this year, so she was kind of unsure of how fast she could go and knew there would be some pretty stiff competition," Tigers coach John Neff said. "Madeleine really didn't know exactly what to expect."

Davison went on to win the 1,600 with a time of 4:50.55, more than 10 seconds faster than second-place finisher Kelsey Potts from Mt. Lebanon, and followed that gold-medal performance by setting the WPIAL meet record in the 3,200 with a mark of 10:35.55, nearly 15 seconds faster than any of her competition."

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Wrestling: North Hills' Curry is all American

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles North Hills wrestler Gage Curry, who has committed to American University. Read his story below.

Gage Curry had already made three official recruiting visits to colleges and had another scheduled when he visited the campus of American University in Washington.

"I really liked what I saw," said Curry, who is nearing the end of his junior year at North Hills High School. "I really liked the coaching staff and the campus. It's a great fit for me."

Curry had already made visits to Bucknell, Virginia and Pitt, and still had a visit scheduled at Maryland when he made the important decision of where to continue his academic and athletic career.

"After meeting with coach Moore and his staff, I decided to commit to American," said Curry, who then cancelled his visit to Maryland.

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Boys Tennis: Panthers fall in state semis

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Sewickley Academy fell one win short of reaching the PIAA final for the second straight year.

The Panthers lost to Moravian Academy, 3-2, in the PIAA Class AA semifinals Saturday in Heshey. Moravian Academy went on to beat Wyomissing for the state title.

Sewickley lost at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, as well as No. 1 doubles. Moravian Academy retired in the other two matches (one of which it led, one of which it trailed) after the victory was sealed.

Sewickley one its quarterfinal match the previous day, 4-1, over Galeton. Brian Rosario and Ryan Gex secured wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, while Sewickley also won both doubles matches. 

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Boys Tennis: North Feature Athletes – Sewickley Academy’s Wyatte Geller and Neil Rana

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Names: Wyatte Geller and Neil Rana
School: Sewickley Academy
Grades: Geller (12) and Rana (10)
Sport: Tennis

Background: Geller and Rana played No. 1 doubles for WPIAL Class AA champion and PIAA semifinalist Sewickley. The duo won two state tournament matches last weekend in Hershey for the Panthers. Geller and Rana will pair up once again in Hershey this weekend for the PIAA Class AA doubles tournament. The Sewickley duo took second in the WPIAL tournament. 

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Boys Tennis: Indians’ title defense comes up short

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Shady Side Academy entered the PIAA Class AAA team tournament as the defending champion, looking to win the program’s third title.

But District 1 champion Lower Merion proved to be too much for the WPIAL runner-7p.

Lower Merion won all three singles matches to outlast the Indians, 3-2, last Friday in the state quarterfinals in Hershey. Lower Merion went on to beat Upper St. Clair in the state final.

Michael Kann and Najeen Jain got a straight-set win for Shady Side Academy at No. 1 doubles, and Brad Steiner and Armaan Jethmalani won in three sets at No. 2 doubles for the Indians. But Shady Side Academy was unable to win any singles points, the closest match coming at No. 2 singles as Lower Merion’s Matt Chen defeated the Indians’ Derek Chen, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2). 

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Alumni Update - Collin McKee (Mercyhurst)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, Pa. - "Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina" - in late May. Cary, North Carolina, that is. For theMcKee Mercyhurst first time in program history, the Mercyhurst University baseball team is heading to the NCAA Division II College World Series.

 

Three Mercyhurst pitchers held Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-rival Millersville to five hits while the offense produced single tallies in the sixth and seventh innings Sunday as the Lakers defeated the Marauders, 2-0, in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional Championship game at Jerry Uht Park.

 

Mercyhurst improved to 39-9 on the season and will head to the Division II College World Series for the first time in eleven tries. Millersville, which defeated Winston-Salem State, 6-5, in an earlier elimination game Sunday, finished its season with a 45-11 overall record.

 

Redshirt sophomore Colin McKee, who went seven innings in the opener on Thursday, started and worked the first 4.2 innings, allowing four hits and fanning eight.


The Butler graduate finished the regionals by allowing seven hits and one run (zero earned) in 11.2 innings while striking out 18.

 

(photo courtesy of Mercyhurst University)

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Alumni Update - Anthony Peluso (Seton Hill)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Two members of the Seton Hill men's lacrosse program have earned All American honors from the United States Intercollegiate LacrossePeluso SHU Association (USILA).  Senior midfielder Dylan Gelven and junior specialist Anthony Peluso both earned third team honors.  

 

Its the first All American honor for Peluso while Gelven was a third team selection last season.  

 

Gelven and Peluso were both also named to the All ECAC first team. Gelven is a two time All ECAC selection. Peluso was an All ECAC Tournament selection as a specialist.

 

Peluso, a North Allegheny graduate, won 67% of his faceoffs this season (204-305). That was the fifth best percentage in Division II this season.  


Peluso also added a goal and an assist. He also had a team high 77 ground balls.

 

(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)

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Alumni Update - Nick Sell (Seton Hill)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

The awards continue to roll in for Griffin third baseman Nick Sell. He swept the regional Player of the Year Awards as he was named theSell SHU ABCA/Rawlings Atlantic Region Player of the Year this past weekend. Nick was already named the Daktronics and NCBWA regional player of the year earlier this season. He was also a first team selection at third base on the regional team.

 

The Griffins finished the season with a 43-13 record and advanced to their sixth straight NCAA Atlantic Regional.

 

Sell, a North Allegheny graduate, led the Griffins and the PSAC runs scored (65), hits (83) and runs batted in (92).  Nick also led the Griffins with a .444 batting average and home runs with 28, a new Seton Hill single season record.  He has also added 18 doubles, 4 triples and 10 stolen bases.  


Nick has also set new Seton Hill career records in home runs, hits, doubles and RBI. 

 

(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)

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Alumni Update - Vince Tonzo (Saint Vincent)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Four members of the Bearcat track team competed in three events at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships,Tonzo SVC hosted by Springfield College in Massachusetts.


In the 800 meters, Vince Tonzo, a North Allegheny graduate, finished 10th among a field of 25 runners with a time of 1:53.91.

 

(photo courtesy of Saint Vincent College)

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Alumni Update - Jess Rectenwald (Gannon)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, Pa. – Seniors Jess Rectenwald and Meghan Cunha and junior Alyssa Bates of the Gannon softballRectenwald Gannon team have been named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Atlantic Region First Team announced by the association this week.

 

It marks the team's most NFCA All-Atlantic Region selections since joining the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) in 2009. Prior to this season, the Lady Knights claimed NFCA All-Atlantic Region second-team selections in consecutive seasons.

 

Rectenwald was named to the second team last year.

 

In addition to her NFCA honor, Rectenwald earned a spot on the Daktronics/Division II Conference Commissioners Association (CCA) All-Atlantic Region Second Team and claimed the program's first All-PSAC Western Division Athlete of the Year award. In consecutive seasons, she has landed a spot on the division's first team as utility/pitcher.

 

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Track: North Allegheny's Davison breaks record at WPIAL finals

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

North Allegheny's Madeline Davison had another record-breaking performance at the WPIAL Class AAA championships last Thursday.

The junior ran a 10:35.55 in the 800-meter run to break the WPIAL record of 10:39.40 previously set by Latrobe's Natalie Bower.

Oakland Catholic's Lauren Finikiotis finished nearly 15 seconds behind Davison for second place.

Matt McGoey also represented the Tigers. The senior won the 3,200-meter run with a WPIAL record of 8:56.43.

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Track: North Feature Athlete - Ori Rinaman, Mars

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Name: Ori Rinaman
High School: Mars
Grade: 12
Sport: Track

Background: Rinaman is the Class AAA WPIAL Champion in the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles. The team captain is ranked No. 1 in 110-meter hurdles and No. 2 in the 300-meter hurdles for the PIAA meet at Shippensburg.