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Track: Quaker Valley junior setting records

Written by Brad Everett on .

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."

 

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Lacrosse: Quaker Valley girls on top

Written by Joe Koch on .

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 Laxpower.com 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.""

 

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Baseball: Quaker Valley still undefeated

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

A regular contender in Class AA, Quaker Valley's baseball team is off to another impressive start this season. Listed No. 2 in the Post-Gazette's Class AA baseball rankings last week, the Quakers opened the season with seven straight wins, including three shutout victories. They also surrendered just 12 runs during that span.

Two years ago, Quaker Valley won all 18 of its regular-season games before eventually losing in the WPIAL title game. Last season, they lost in the semifinals.

Nevertheless, head coach Todd Goble appears to have another competitive ballclub. Quaker Valley (7-0, 6-0) emerged as a dominant frontrunner in Section 1-AA by winning its first six section games. Just last week, the Quakers picked up section wins over Avonworth, Fort Cherry, Burgettstown and South Side Beaver, respectively.

The Quakers picked up their first section win April 1 with a 4-3 decision against New Brighton. Tyler Garbee, an Akron recruit, gave up just one hit in five innings, while Adam Pilewicz knocked in a run and added two hits. Pilewicz, a senior infielder, also jacked a two-run homer last week against Avonworth. Two days later against Fort Cherry, sophomore Jack Hendricks tossed six innings to help guide Quaker Valley to a 7-4 win.

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Boys Soccer: Quaker Valley's Klein retires after great run

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles former Quaker Valley boys soccer coach Gene Klein.

"Over his 29 seasons coaching Quaker Valley boys soccer teams, Gene Klein demanded a lot from his teams.

And those teams responded.

Klein announced his retirement this spring. He will retire with 505 career wins, a state record six PIAA titles and seven WPIAL titles.

There was no team that Klein demanded more from, or that responded more, than one of his best teams, the 1996 Quaker Valley boys soccer team."

 

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Boys Tennis: Quakers sending doubles team to WPIALs

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

The doubles team of Nate Carver and Jonathan Reboton will represent Quaker Valley at next week’s WPIAL Class AA doubles tournament.

Carver, a sophomore, and Reboton, a junior, qualified for districts by virtue of their fourth-place finish at the Class AA Section doubles tournament this week. The duo pulled a few upsets along the way, dropping the third-seeded duo from Central Valley, Max Servick and Jack Shearer, 11-9, in the second round and sixth-seeded Drew Rodenbeck and James Begley of Blackhawk, 11-9, in the quarterfinals.

Carver and Roboton lost to Riverside’s Tyler Squicquero and Blake Weber in the semifinals and Blackhawk’s Anthony Miles and Nate Heidengren in the consolation final, each in straight sets.