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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.

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Photo: Girls Basketball - Imani Christian vs. Quigley Catholic (Feb.13)

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It's been another great year in the WPIAL basketball playoffs; we now feature teams and players who have made a great showing. In these photos, we see Imani Christian freshman Cali Konek. Konek is known for setting a record in the regular season for the highest scoring average (45.9 points per game) in WPIAL history. (The score versus Quigley Catholic was Quigley 82, Imani 54.)

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Girls Basketball: Quigley Catholic faces big challenge against Vincentian

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Quigley Catholic has had a solid run in Section 1-A with an unbeaten record against section rivals for more than five years. But when the Spartans have ventured into the WPIAL tournament, they have had tough sledding.

Particularly when the opponent has been either Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic or Vincentian Academy.

That familiar scenario plays out again at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Ambridge when the Spartans meet the Royals. The winner advances to the WPIAL Class A championship game at 11 a.m. Saturday at the University of Pittsburgh's Petersen Events Center against the winner of the other semifinal between North Catholic and Cornell. That game is being played at 8 p.m. Tuesday at North Allegheny.

Both Vincentian and Quigley have played a solid schedule against out-of-section opponents. The 19-5 Spartans' losses have come against Class AAA Ambridge, Class AA Riverside, Class AAAA Hempfield, District 10 power West Middlesex and Class AAA Montour. Since the 50-46 loss to Montour on Dec. 29, the Spartans have won 15 games in a row, the latest a 49-42 victory over Winchester Thurston in the WPIAL Class A quarterfinals.

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Girls Basketball: Quigley routs Imani to advance to quarterfinals

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Much had been made of the first-round WPIAL Class A tournament game between Quigley Catholic and Imani Christian this past Saturday at North Allegheny High School and their respective standouts, the Spartans' Gabbie Smith and the Saints' Cali Konek.

It didn't take long for this game to turn into the rout. Fueled by three baskets from Smith, the Spartans went on an 11-0 run at the outset of a second quarter to earn an 82-54 victory and a berth in the WPIAL Class A quarterfinals on Saturday against Winchester Thurston.

Konek, the WPIAL's leading scorer at 45.9 points a game, scored 35 points. But Smith set a WPIAL record by scoring 47 points and lifting her team's overall record to 18-5.

"Everybody built this up to be Gabbie against Cali, but we didn't look at it that way," said Quigley coach Bill DelTondo.