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Hockey: Pilewicz helps Quakers stay hot, grabs league lead in points

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

For the majority of the season, Deer Lakes’ Mitchell Rupprecht has led Class A and the entire PIHL in scoring.

But after another big night last Thursday, Quaker Valley senior Adam Pilewicz wrestled away the lead from the Lancers’ forward.

Pilewicz scored a goal and added four assists as Quaker Valley avenged its only loss of the season, taking down Hempfield, 7-2.

Quaker Valley is now 14-0-1 since October 13, when Hempfield beat the Quakers, 8-2. That game is the only one where Pilewicz has been held below four points, as he had two (one goal, one assist). Pilewicz, who did not play high school hockey last season after scoring 21 goals as a sophomore, has two 8-point games and has 78 points (32 goals, 46 assists) for the season. That’s two points ahead of Rupprecht, although Deer Lakes has one more game than Quaker Valley remaining. 

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Hockey: Sherry stellar once again for Quakers

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Parker Sherry has started and won two Class A Penguins Cup title games, and, is a favorite to win No. 3 this season.

Sherry has helped Quaker Valley jump out to a 12-1 start, which is the best mark In Class A. The senior goaltender is 7-1 and leads the league in goals-against average (1.39), save percentage (.931) and shutouts (4).

It’s just adding to the impressive resume Sherry has built over the past few years. For his career at Quaker Valley, Sherry has compiled a 42-4 record with 12 career shutouts and a .920 save percentage. Two of his four career losses have come in the Class A Pennsylvania Cup.

The Quakers will return to the ice Monday when they take on Thomas Jefferson in a rematch of last season’s Penguins Cup final. 

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Swimming: Quaker Valley sets sights on WPIAL team title

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A fourth-place finisher a year ago, the Quaker Valley girls could make a run at a WPIAL Class AA team title this season. The Quakers finished fourth a year ago with 160 points, ahead of Indiana (144) who also figures to be a contender this season. Defending WPIAL Class AA champion West Allegheny has moved up to Class AAA. South Fayette and Blackhawk finished 2-3 last year and will also be in the mix for a team title.

Quaker Valley's strength rests in its relays, headlined by the 200 medley relay where seniors Kathryn Wroblewski and Erin Russoniello return as does sophomore Amelia Besterman. Only Alexis Glenn graduated from that relay that took second at WPIALs. Russoniello placed fifth in the 200 IM and third in the 100 breaststroke, Besterman seventh in the 100 butterfly and fourth in the 500 freestyle and Wroblewski took eighth in the 100 backstroke. Sophomore Maddy Andrews (200 IM and 500 freestyle), sophomore Reilly Diggins (diving) and junior Becca Kirby (diving) also return. The Quakers finished 7-2 overall last season.

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Hockey: Quinn helps lift Quakers to 11th straight win

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No team in the PIHL is hotter than three-time Class A Penguins Cup champion Quaker Valley, and Connor Quinn is a big reason why.

Quinn, the son of Quakers’ coach Kevin Quinn, scored four goals Monday to lead Quaker Valley to an 11-2 victory over McDowell. The victory was the Quakers 11th straight win, and for Quinn it was the second straight game in which he scored four goals. The junior forward has 29 points in his past five games and his 56 points on the season are good for fourth in Class A.

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Boys Basketball: Quaker Valley winning on the court

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Justin Criado profiles the Quaker Valley boys basketball team.

"Quaker Valley coach Mike Mastroianni admitted his team looked good on paper before the season started.

"We had some good teams the past few years, but we thought on paper that we had more size this year than we have had in the past," Mastroianni said. "Much bigger. Much longer. We thought we had a lot of good pieces. We're athletic.

"All of that is on paper going into the season, but it doesn't mean how we'll finish."

Through the early part of the season the paper Quakers have turned into an athletic, high-scoring team on the hardwood as Quaker Valley raced to a6-1 (2-1) record by outscoring opponents by an average of 28.9 points per game, 73.6 points per game compared to 44.7 against.

"I think we might be a little more athletic than past teams as well," senior Chris Conlan said."