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.


Baseball: Quaker Valley rolls into semifinals

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

For the third consecutive season, Quaker Valley's baseball team reached the WPIAL's semifinals. The Quakers, which earned the No. 5 seed in the Class AA bracket, cruised past perennial-power Riverside, 5-0, Monday at Chippewa Park. Quaker Valley's ace pitcher Tyler Garbee tossed a complete-game shutout with eight strikeouts against the No. 4 Panthers.

In the first round, Quaker Valley shut out No. 12 Seton-LaSalle, 6-0. Garbee, who finished the regular season with a 4-1 record and 54 strikeouts, gave up just two hits against the Rebels, who played in last season's championship game. John Medich drove in two runs for the Quakers.

Quaker Valley last appeared in the Class AA final two years ago. The Quakers lost to Beaver Area in that title game and ended their season with another loss to the Bobcats during the state semifinals. Last year, Quaker Valley lost to Steel Valley in the WPIAL semifinals. Steel Valley went on to win the championship, while the Quakers advanced into the third-place consolation game and beat Deer Lakes to earn their second-straight trip to the state playoffs.


Baseball: North Feature Athlete - Quaker Valley's Tyler Garbee

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Name: Tyler Garbee
High School: Quaker Valley
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher/Infielder

Background: A 6-foot-2, 180-pound right-handed pitcher and Arkron recruit, Garbee helped guide Quaker Valley to a share of the Section 1-AA title. Last week against South Side Beaver, Garbee pitched a complete game with 13 strikeouts during the Quakers' 11-2 victory. Quaker Valley was undefeated before the final two weeks of the regular season but ended up losing four of its last six games. The Quakers are slated to face Seton-LaSalle in the first round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Burkett Complex in Robinson Township.


Track: Quaker Valley junior setting records

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Brad Everett profiles Quaker Valley track star Hannah Bablak.

"When a track athlete breaks a school record, it's a big accomplishment.

When that athlete does it at a traditional power such as Quaker Valley, it's a really big deal.

And when they do it twice in less than two weeks, well, it's nothing less than exceptional.

Meet Hannah Bablak. One of the WPIAL's best middle-distance runners, a WPIAL title contender, and now the holder of two school records."



Lacrosse: Quaker Valley girls on top

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Joe Koch profiles the Quaker Valley girls lacrosse team.

"As Aubrie Tarris moves effortlessly from one end of the goal cage to the other, deflecting opponents' shots on goal and directing her teammates on defense to move the ball up the field, the victories have mounted for the Quaker Valley High School girls lacrosse team.

Winners of eight of their first nine games, the Quakers (8-1) were the top-ranked Western Pennsylvania team in girls lacrosse as ranked by heading into this week's games. The Quakers defeated Franklin Regional, 17-10, Monday and defeated Seneca Valley, 13-9, Tuesday. They were scheduled to play Fox Chapel Thursday and have a non-section game today against Moon Area.

Tarris is a rare commodity in high school athletics. She has excelled in lacrosse for the four years she has played for Quakers coach Nellie Kraus. But she also had a significant role playing on the Quakers hockey team that has been one of the top teams in Western Pennsylvania in recent seasons.

"Aubrie isn't someone to talk the talk," said Quakers hockey coach Kevin Quinn, who instituted the program in the 1997-98 season. "She's walked the walk, and she's done so on a boys team where it's tough for a girl to get in the lineup.""