Girls Basketball: Tough schedule benefits Quigley Catholic

Written by Joe Koch on .

At first glance, it would appear the Quigley Catholic High girls basketball team is having an average season with an overall record of 9-5. But what's that saying about first impressions?

All five of the Spartans setbacks have come against non-section opponents as they lead the WPIAL's Section 1-A with a record of 5-0.

Quigley's setbacks have come against Ambridge, Riverside, Hempfield, Montour and West Middlesex. The first four teams play in higher classifications in the WPIAL. West Middlesex is a consistently strong team in Erie-based District 10.

Since a 50-46 loss to Montour, the Spartans have won five games in a row, the latest a 55-39 victory this past Monday against host Aliquippa.


Girls Basketball: Quigley's early-season record deceptive

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Heading into tonight's Section 1-A game with Rochester, the Quigley Catholic Spartans sport an overall record of 3-4.

Are rough days in store for the Spartans as they head into 2016?

Not likely.

The Spartans four losses have come against teams that play in higher classifications: Class AAA Ambridge (77-42), Class AA Riverside (48-44), Class AAAA Hempfield (65-46) and West Middlesex (61-44), a District 10 team which has won all but one of its games by double-digit margins and is classified as a Class AA school.


Alumni Update - Kaitlyn Smith (Point Park)

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PORTSMOUTH, Ohio -- Point Park University women's basketball could not hold on to an early lead and lost a defensive battle to Auburn Montgomery, 53-49, on Saturday (Dec. 12) on the second day of the Shawnee State Classic.

The Pioneers (9-5, 3-1 KIAC) built a 22-9 lead after an excellent first quarter that saw them make 9 of 16 field goals for 56-percent shooting the first 10 minutes.

Kaitlyn Smith, a Quigley Catholic graduate, had 10 points for Point Park.



Baseball: Quigley pair was a big hit

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John D'Abruzzo profiles Quigley baseball players Matt Evans and Jake Schwab.

"Despite failing to qualify for the WPIAL playoffs, this spring wasn't a total bust for the Quigley Catholic High School baseball team.

The Spartans (5-8, 5-5) completed their regular-season schedule with a strong finish, winning four of their last six games, which included three consecutive wins and victories against Section 3-A rivals Union and Rochester.

"It was really nice to get those wins," said senior middle infielder Jake Schwab, who lives in Conway. "It showed those teams and the other teams in our section that we can battle and that we're not a joke. We played well against those teams and rallied back in those wins against Rochester and Union.

"I think we surprised some teams this year. This program is turning around.""



Girls Basketball: Quigley's outstanding season ends

Written by Joe Koch on .

Quigley Catholic High's girls basketball team has enjoyed plenty of success in recent seasons, and the 2014-15 campaign was no exception.

The Spartans raced through Section 1-A with a 10-0 record, and they reached the semifinals of the WPIAL Class A tournament before falling to eventual champion Vincentian Academy. A win over Meyersdale put the Spartans in the second round of the PIAA Class A tournament. That's where they fell to Blarisville, 51-39, this past Wednesday in a game played at Hempfield.

After taking a 15-13 lead in the first quarter, Quigley was outscored 17-6 in the second period. That was a big factor as the two teams played relatively even in the second half.

Gabbie Smith led Quigley with 17 points. She fouled out in the final minute of the game. Liz Duer, in her final game with the Spartans, added 16.