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Boys Lacrosse: Seneca Valley earns statement victory

Written by Joe Koch on .

A year ago, Sewickley Academy rode the strength of a late-season push to earn a berth in the WPIAL Division 1 boys lacrosse tournament. The Seneca Valley Raiders might be making a similar statement this season.

Winners in just two of their first eight games, the Raiders stunned No. 7 Mt. Lebanon 7-5 this past Thursday. A year ago, Sewickley lost its first seven games, but went 7-3 down the stretch to earn a playoff berth.

Seneca Valley has had several tough losses in their first nine games. Those include two overtime losses to Pine-Richland (7-6) and Upper St. Clair (9-8) and a double-overtime 9-8 loss at Williamsville, N.Y., East.

But if the 3-6 Raiders are to make a push in their final six regular-season games, it must begin on Wednesday at No. 9 North Allegheny. Following a home game with Sewickley Academy on Friday, the Raiders then host No. 6 Shady Side Academy on April 30, visit No. 2 Peters Township on May 2 and visit No. 8 Fox Chapel on May 5.

 

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Softball: Seneca Valley comes out swinging

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Seneca Valley softball team.

"With 11 letter-winners and all nine starters back, Seneca Valley has been able to start the 2014 season 6 for 6 in section play.

All seven teams in Class AAAA Section 3 have played at least six section games and Seneca Valley is the only one to start 6-0 within the section.

The Raiders blasted Fox Chapel Area, 11-0, to open the season and then knocked off perennial section powers North Allegheny and Shaler Area in back-to-back games. The Raiders defeated North Allegheny, 9-4, at home and then four days later they traveled to Shaler where they got past the Titans, 5-4.

They added wins against North Hills, Butler Area and Pine-Richland last week."

 

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Alumni Update - Jennifer Suder (Washington & Jefferson College)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Jennifer Suder, a Seneca Valle graduate, placed third in a 30-golfer fieldSuder WJ after a round of 89 to help Washington & Jefferson place third of six teams at the Westminster Spring Women's Golf Invitational at the New Castle Country Club. 

(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson University)

 

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Alumni Update - Chad Albert (Juniata)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

 

GREENVILLE, Pa. – No. 3 Juniata College men's volleyball swept No. 13 Stevenson 3-0 (25-15, 25-18,Albert Juniata 25-11) in the Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC) championship to earn its second consecutive title and an automatic berth to the 2014 NCAA Division III Tournament.  Juniata dominated in every category as it cruised to its 12thwin in 13 matches to improve to 27-4 overall. The Eagles are now 5-1 all-time in the CVC tournament.

It was a complete team effort for the Eagles. Junior Paul Kuhn (York, Pa./Central York) and sophomore Chad Albert, a Seneca Valley graduate, tied for the match-high of eight kills. Albert hit a match-best .700 after recording his eight on just 10 swings with only one error.

 

(photo courtesy of Juniata College)

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Softball: North Feature Athlete - Nikki Matz, Seneca Valley

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Nikki Matz
High School: Seneca Valley
Grade: 11
Sport: Softball

Background info: Junior pitcher Nikki Matz made her season debut in style, firing a no-hitter in the season opener against Fox Chapel. This is her second year as the varsity pitcher for the Raiders. She shared pitching duties in the first half of the season before taking over the starting role in the second half. She finished with seven shutouts as a sophomore. Last week she struck out four in a complete-game shutout win against Butler.