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Baseball: Quaker Valley cashes in on another fine year

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Brad Everett profiles the Quaker Valley baseball team.

"Section title. Deep run in the WPIAL playoffs. Trip to the PIAA tournament.

Repeat.

Repeat again.

Quaker Valley further added to an outstanding run of highly successful baseball seasons this spring, one that has put the Quakers among the top programs in the WPIAL.

The Quakers were defeated by Neshannock, 7-2, in Monday's PIAA Class AA semifinal at Chippewa Park, but that did nothing to discount what the team had accomplished this season."

 

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Lacrosse: Magical season comes to an end for Quaker Valley girls

Written by Joe Koch on .

No Quaker Valley High girls lacrosse team had gone as far as the 2015 team. So, when the Quakers fell to Garnet Valley in the PIAA semifinals this past Tuesday, there were plenty of tears to go around following the 13-10 loss. But there also was room for plenty of pride.

The Quakers defeated Mt. Lebanon, 11-9, to win their third WPIAL championship last month at Highmark Stadium. And they defeated the Blue Devils again, 11-8, in the PIAA quarterfinals this past Saturday at Moon.

The loss to Garnet Valley completed Quaker Valley's season at 19-2.

Seven starters are graduating from coach Nellie Kraus' team. But her daughter, Emily, returns for her senior season next year along with attack Aubrey Bouchard and defenders Annie Fecko and Emily Pilewicz. One of the team's top substitutes, Rachel Bould, also returns, She will be a junior.

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Lacrosse: Quaker Valley girls see run halted

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles the Quaker Valley girls lacrosse team.

2015 0605 QuakerValley GLacrosse(Photo: Quaker Valley's Emily Kraus works against Mt. Lebanon's Laura Pryor during the WPIAL Division I championship at Highmark Stadium. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"The dream of a state championship for the Quaker Valley High School girls lacrosse team was alive and well until well into the second half of Tuesday's PIAA semifinal game against Garnet Valley.

But an 8-1 run by Garnet Valley in the final 22 minutes of the game brought an abrupt end to a memorable season for the Quakers.

The Quakers, who finished the season with an impressive 19-2 record, ventured into the uncharted territory of a semifinal with an 11-8 victory against Mt. Lebanon in a PIAA quarterfinal game last Saturday at Moon Area High School.

In a scenario that was oddly familiar, the Quakers again played from behind just as they had in the WPIAL championship game against Mt. Lebanon nine days earlier."

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Lacrosse: Quaker Valley girls fall short in semifinals

Written by Rod Frisco on .

Rod Frisco covered Tuesday's PIAA semifinal between Quaker Valley and Garnet Valley.

"MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Form held in the PIAA girls lacrosse semifinals. Barely.

Quaker Valley, the third consecutive WPIAL girls lacrosse team to reach the semifinals, came tantalizingly close to creating even bigger and better history Tuesday at Cumberland Valley's Eagle View Middle School.

The Quakers (19-2) had outdrawn and outplayed Garnet Valley, the defending and three-time PIAA champion, en route to a stunning four-goal lead early in the second half. A state championship appearance was in sight. Giant-killing was in order.

Then, the giant woke up."

 

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Lacrosse: Quaker Valley girls steadily built to title

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles the Quaker Valley girls lacrosse team.

"As far as Quaker Valley girls lacrosse coach Nellie Kraus was concerned, the foundation for this year's run to the WPIAL Division I girls lacrosse championship began during the Quakers' two-year run as WPIAL Division II champions in 2009 and '10.

"My daughter and I and Aubrey Bouchard saw [Quaker Valley] win the 2009 and 2010 WPIAL [Division II] championships," she recalled just moments after her team made history with an 11-9 victory against defending champion Mt. Lebanon in the 2015 WPIAL Division I girls championship game last week at Highmark Stadium.

"We realized they couldn't go to states, and they were just an amazing team," she said. "Our goal — from that point — was to get to the point where we would have an undefeated season and get to states. It's not been just one or two years. It's been since 2010 to have this goal for our school. We were able to pull it off. Since they were in eighth grade, this group of girls really thought they could go places, and they proved it tonight."

Quaker Valley didn't have much time to relish in its first Division I title as the Quakers (17-1) dived right into the PIAA tournament this past Wednesday against District 3 runner-up Hempfield of Landisville in District 3. Coincidentally, the game was scheduled to be played at Hempfield Area High School, a WPIAL school in Westmoreland County."