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Boys Tennis: Quaker Valley ends successful season

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Quaker Valley had nearly a week to prepare for its first PIAA Class AA playoff appearance since 2007.

Unfortunately, the Quakers drive to match was longer than the match itself.

Quaker Valley, the No. 3 seed out of the WPIAL, lost to District 10 champion Fairview, 5-0, in the preliminary round of the state tournament on Tuesday at Pennbriar Athletic Club in Erie. The loss ended the Quakers season and their hopes of winning the school's first state team tennis title since 2003.

Quaker Valley is the only other WPIAL team besides Sewickley Academy to ever win a state championship and beat the Panthers to the punch when they posted a 4-1 win over Danville in 2003.

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Track: Quaker Valley girls hope to make some noise at WPIALs

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Quaker Valley is sending several runners to the WPIAL Class AA championships at Baldwin High School on Thursday.

Hannah Bablak grabbed first-place finishes in both the 800- and 1,600-meter runs at the WPIAL AA North Section Qualifier meet last Thursday. The junior is the reigning WPIAL champion in both events.

Bearett Tarris took second place in the 800 with a time of 2:19.15 seconds, about three seconds behind Bablak. Freshman Ashley Durbin placed second in the 1,600 with a time of 5:26.18. Isabella Brown rounded out the distance events with a third-place finish in the 3,200.

Bryn Tomczak grabbed fifth place in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.01.

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Boys Tennis: Quaker Valley earns trip to PIAA tournament

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Considering that Quaker Valley always seems to be right in the thick of things, it's kind of surprising that the Quakers had not made a PIAA Class AA appearance since 2007.

Then again, Sewickley Academy has locked up the top spot for the last 13 years, which only leaves two other slots for every other team in the classification.

Quaker Valley has had its opportunities, but has several losses in the third-place consolation match. But that streak finally ended this year as the Quakers outlasted Hopewell, 3-2, to take the third and final WPIAL entry in the state tournament.

Quaker Valley is the only other WPIAL team besides Sewickley Academy to ever win a state championship. They Quakers were the first to accomplish the feat when they won the title with a 4-1 win over Danville in 2003.

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Track: Quaker Valley showcase talent at Baldwin Invitational

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Quaker Valley had several runners medal at the Baldwin Invitational.

Lucie Kubinski ran 11 minutes 9.89 seconds in the 3,200-meter run to claim the new school record and earn third place. Zach Skolnekovich set a new school record in the same event for the boys. He ran a fourth-place finish of 9 minutes, 16.54 seconds.

Hannah Bablak grabbed two bronze medals. She ran a mark of 2:18.44 in the 800-meter run and 5:04.41 in the mile. Bearett Tarris took fifth place in the 800 with a time of 2 minutes, 18.71 seconds.

Bablak, Audrey Durbin, Kubinski and Tarris finished second in the 3,200-meter relay with a mark of 9:33.95.

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Track: Quaker Valley girls place third at MAC championships

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The Quaker Valley girls took third at the Midwestern Athletic Conference championships last Wednesday. The Quakers earned 60 points to put them behind first-place Shenango (78) and runner-up Beaver (71).

Hannah Bablak started the rally with a victory in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 19.24 seconds. She went on to grab gold in the 1,600 with a time of 5:12.37. Audrey Durbin placed third in the 3,200, missing second by two seconds with a time of 11:47.56. Bryn Tomczak ran a 16.02 for bronze in the 100 hurdles.

The 3,200 relay team of Durbin, Lucie Kubinski, Tarris Bearett and Bablak grabbed gold with a time of 10:04.25. Mars grabbed silver just six seconds behind them. Kubinski, Tarris, Bablak and Julia Stinson took third in the 1,600 relay with a mark of 4:11.60.

On the field, Franzi Nace took silver in the triple jump with a distance of 35 feet, 9 inches, just 1/2 inch behind Shenango's Miranda Schry.