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Baseball: West Feature Athlete - Quigley Catholic's Matt Evans

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Name: Matt Evans
School: Quigley Catholic
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher/Shortstop/Centerfielder

Background: With only 11 players on the roster, Quigley needs versatility and Matt Evans provides it – he pitches and plays shortstop and centerfield. Over the past two seasons, his average has hovered right around the .500 mark and he has built on that, hitting .571 before Monday's game. Last week, he had three doubles in a win over St. Joseph as the Spartans are looking to take advantage of the expansion to six classes to give them a chance to return to the playoffs.

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Girls Basketball: West Feature Athlete - Quigley Catholic's Julia Etherson

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Name: Julia Etherson
School: Quigley Catholic
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: Etherson is one of this year's captains and has been a full-time starter for the Spartans the last two years. She also saw a lot of playing time as a sophomore. She is currently averaging 8.1 points, 5.2 assists, and 5.3 steals per game for Quigley Catholic. Etherson also has been a captain and a two-time all section selection for the soccer team the last two years. She is also very active off the court and field, being involved in a realm of other school activities and roles such as National Honor Society, the all-school executive committee secretary, a student ambassador, a school retreat leader, and she even participates in the high school's musical and math league.

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Boys Soccer: West Feature Athlete - Quigley Catholic's Eric Hein

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Name: Eric Hein
School: Quigley Catholic
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Soccer
Position: Goalkeeper

Background: Quigley Catholic has qualified for the WPIAL soccer playoffs for the first time ever, entering the week with an overall record of 10-3. The Spartans have done it with a first year goalkeeper, too. Eric Hein, who thought of himself as a basketball player until recruited by the other players, has eight shutouts on the season and has allowed just 17 goals in the 13 games.

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Boys Soccer: Quigley Catholic is this year's surprise team

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Last season, Quigley Catholic was sixth in a seven-team Section 5-A, winning just four games overall, just three in section. This season - with almost a month left to go in the regular season – the Spartans have crushed those numbers.

Quigley is now 7-2 overall and 5-2 in section play, losing only to perennial power Sewickley Academy and upstart Freedom (those two teams meet Tuesday). Outside of those two losses, the Spartans have been dominant – they have allowed goals in just two of the seven wins and have only been held to less than three goals twice.

Quigley hasn't depended on just one scorer to get this far, either – a facet that could be crucial if the Spartans want to make some noise in the playoffs. Brandon Scott picked up the pace early and Jeremy Kazmierczyk and Dan Pieffer have been scoring lately.

The Spartans will prepare for that potential playoff run with a tougher non-section schedule in the second half, playing Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic and Eden Christian.

 

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Boys Soccer: West Feature Athlete - Quigley's Brandon Scott

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Name: Brandon Scott
School: Quigley Catholic
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Soccer
Position: Forward

Background: A three-year letterwinner as a midfielder and defender, Brandon Scott asked for consideration as a forward this season and got it. He has made the most of his opportunity – scoring two goals in each of the scrimmages and then a three-goal hat trick in a 4-2 win over Trinity Christian. It looks like he has found a new position.