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Boys Tennis: Peters Township duo pulls big upset

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the Peters Township boys tennis team.

"Peters Township has never won a WPIAL Class AAA team tennis title, but that does not mean the Indians are incapable of pulling off an upset every now and then.

On Monday, the Peters Township doubles team of Miguel Ascencio and Ryan Farrell knocked out the top-seeded Kann brothers, Cooper and Michael, of Shady Side Academy, 11-10 (7-5), in a pro-set format match in the second round of the tournament.

Not only did it give the Indians tandem a shot at qualifying for the state doubles tournament, it effectively ended an impressive seven-year run in which Shady Side Academy sent at least one representative to either the PIAA singles or doubles finals.

"I thing they just played really well and, there's a lot pressure, but they just handled it better toward the end," Peters Township coach Brandy Bowman said. "I told them at the sectional tournament finals that, if they win this match, they'd have a chance at WPIAL [title] and maybe make it to states.""

 

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Boys Tennis: Peters’ duo falls one win short of states

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Miguel Ascencio and Ryan Farrell pulled the upset of the WPIAL Class AAA doubles tournament this week, ousting top-seeded Michael and Cooper Kann of Shady Side Academy, 11-10 (7-5) in the quarterfinals.

But the Peters Township duo dropped its next two matches, falling one win short of qualifying for the PIAA tournament with their fourth-place finish.

Ascencio and Farrell lost to Mars’ Josh Raymundo and Aaron Gruber, 6-2, 6-1, in the semifinals, then dropped a 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-3), decision to Mt. Lebanon’s Dane Bendel and Charlie Strohl in the consolation match. The Blue Devils’ pair also beat Ascencio and Farrell in last week’s section final. 

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Lacrosse: Peters Township boys rolling

Written by Marky Billson on .

Marky Billson profiles the Peters Township boys lacrosse team.

"Ask Peters Township boys lacrosse coach Mike Kaplan the key to the Indians' 5-2 record at the beginning of the week after an 11-9 season last year and one might think they've stumbled into a conversation with the late, great Willie Stargell.

"I think probably the biggest thing for us is we had a coaching change toward the end of last season. Something big like that tends to bring the guys together," Kaplan said. "It is a family atmosphere. We are pretty close."

OK, maybe the Indians come out of their huddles chanting "One, two, three — FAMILY!" instead of "We Are," and the players were literally born two lifetimes from 1979.

But during Peters Township's four-game winning streak, including the start of Division 1, Section 1 play, a 7-4 victory against Central Catholic Tuesday, it seemed when one player went down, another was there to take his place. The Indians (6-2, 1-0) were scheduled to play at Franklin Regional Wednesday."

 

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Boys Tennis: South Feature Athlete – Peters Township’s Miguel Ascencio

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Name: Miguel Ascencio
School: Peters Township
Grade: 10
Sport: Tennis

Background: Ascencio and teammate Ryan Farrell qualified for next week’s WPIAL Class AAA doubles tournament by finishing second in the section doubles tournament this week. The Peters’ duo lost to Mt. Lebanon’s Dane Bendel and Charlie Strohl in straight sets. Ascencio is also Peters’ No. 1 singles player, and he is the No. 19 player in Pennsylvania in the Class of 2017, according to tennisrecruiting.net. 

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Track: Peters Township distance runners shine

Written by Justin Criado on .

Nick Wolk and Chloe Gryzb, the top distance runners on the boys and girls teams, respectively, each finished in the top three in the mile run at last week's Tri-State championships at West Mifflin.

Wolk finished third with a time of 4:35.49 after winning his heat, while Gryzb took second with a mark of 5:16.25.