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Lacrosse: Both Quaker Valley teams remain unbeaten

Written by Joe Koch on .

Heading into the Easter break, both Quaker Valley High lacrosse teams are having stellar seasons.

Although it plays in Division 2, the Quakers' boys team is the top-rated squad in Western Pennsylvania with an 8-0 record, according to Laxpower.com. Coach Bill Marcotte's team has faced few challenges thus far. Their closest game was a 12-7 victory over Shaler in the season opener. Since then, the Quakers have earned double-digit victories over Knoch (18-4), Greensburg Central Catholic (17-3), North Hills (18-2), Cave Spring, Va. (13-1) and New River Valley, Va. (16-3).

Quaker Valley returns to action Tuesday with a nonsection game at Latrobe.

On the girls' side, coach Nellie Kraus' team has had similar success, also entering the break with an 8-0 record. Their most significant victories came against No. 9 Pine-Richland (14-4) in the season opener, No. 6 Seneca Valley (14-7), No. 8 Fox Chapel (19-14) and No. 10 North Allegheny (11-8).

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Girls Lacrosse: Quaker Valley enjoys 8-0 start

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles the Quaker Valley girls lacrosse team.

"Quaker Valley High School girls lacrosse coach Nellie Kraus believes her team has come up with the right formula for success that has yielded victories in all eight games this season and a healthy balance on offense.

"I have a lot of confidence in our offense, and just the way they see each other [on the field]," said Kraus, in her third season as the Quakers coach.

Quaker Valley is idle until next Tuesday after the team improved to 8-0 and has a No. 2 ranking in the Laxpower.com ratings following a 14-3 victory against Oakland Catholic this past Friday in a non-section game.

"They're very unselfish," Kraus said. "There are more assisted goals than unassisted goals. That's just a product of teamwork.""

 

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Baseball: Quaker Valley fighting to stay alive in Class AA Section 1

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

The next few weeks are going to be pretty important for the Quaker Valley baseball team.‭ ‬After starting the season‭ ‬3-0,‭ ‬the Quakers lost a pair of section games last week against South Side Beaver and Seton-La Salle and fell toward the middle of the section standings.

Quaker Valley,‭ ‬which entered the season as the Post-Gazette‭'‬s top-ranked team in Class AA,‭ ‬is the defending‭ ‬Section‭ ‬1-AA.‭

‬The Quakers‭ ‬went‭ ‬23-2‭ ‬last‭ ‬year and lost to Beaver Area in the WPIAL championship game and then again in the PIAA semifinals.

"‬It is a new year,‭"‬ Quaker Valley coach Todd Goble said.‭ ‬"What we have done,‭ ‬we are aware of it but it is one game at a time.‭ ‬We have to build from it,‭ ‬but last year is last year.‭"

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Girls Lacrosse: Quaker Valley has singular focus

Written by Joe Koch on .

When the Quaker Valley High girls lacrosse team takes the field, it's not too concerned about past results. Eight games into the season, however, things are looking just fine for the 8-0 Quakers following Friday's 14-3 victory over cross-section opponent Oakland Catholic.

In their first seven games, Quaker Valley had three double-digit victories. Their closest contests were a 19-14 victory over Section 2 rival Fox Chapel and an 11-8 conquest of another Section 2 rival, North Allegheny.

Quakers coach Nellie Kraus believed the come-from-behind victory over North Allegheny was extremely beneficial for her team as it found itself trailing 6-5 after taking an early 4-1 lead.

"We haven't been down in a game before," she said. "I was very proud of the girls. They held their composure, and they did what they needed to do to get the job done."

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Baseball: Quaker Valley seeks more success

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Drew Karpen profiles the Quaker Valley baseball team.

2014 0410 QuakerValley Baseball(Photo: Tyler Garbee returns as a mainstay on the Quaker Valley pitching staff. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"Some may say calling Todd Goble's first year as the Quaker Valley baseball coach a success is an understatement. That is how well the Quakers performed in 2013.

Goble -- who started out at Northgate and then as an assistant at Montour -- led the Quakers to the WPIAL Class AA championship game and PIAA semifinals last year before losing to Beaver Area in both games.

"It wasn't hard to lose to the same team," Goble said. "It was hard not to play our best. That was the worst part about it."

Even with the disappointing outcome to the lengthy playoff run, Goble won't use last year's success as motivation for this year's squad."