Baseball: Seneca Valley enjoys having a target on its back

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Drew Karpen profiles the Seneca Valley baseball team.

"It's all about getting hot at the right time. That is exactly what Seneca Valley did last year in the Class AAAA WPIAL playoffs. The Raiders overcame all odds and won the WPIAL championship as a No. 16 seed a year ago.

With that accomplishment in the past and the weather beginning to warm up, the Raiders are ready to begin their title defense in 2015.

"Every year we just try to do the little things right," coach Eric Semega said. "The outcome takes care of itself. When we take the field our expectations are high. We are fortunate that we get baseball players and not kids that play baseball."

The Raiders began the new season on a high note, opening with a 3-2 win against Fox Chapel."



Alumni Update - Jacob Succop (Washington & Jefferson)

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BEREA, Ohio -- The Washington & Jefferson men's lacrosse team dropped its first contest of 2015 with a 9-3Succop WJ non-conference loss at Baldwin Wallace.


With the loss, the Presidents slip to 4-1 on the season with their program record four-game winning streak to open the season snapped.


The Yellow Jackets, who were victorious in their season-opener, improve to 1-0.

The Presidents completed 19-of-23 clear attempts in the contest and Landmark Conference Defensive Player of the Week Jacob Succop, a Seneca Valley graduate, recorded 17 saves in the loss.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Hockey: Seneca Valley streaking towards postseason

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Since being upset by Penn-Trafford, 1-0, on Jan. 23, one of only two wins by the Warriors on the season, Seneca Valley has been red-hot.

The Raiders have won four straight games, three coming against teams that if the season ended today would be in the postseason – Peters Township, Upper St. Clair and Butler. The other win was a 10-2 thrashing of last-place State College Tuesday.

Playing without top scorer Alexander Crilley and top goaltender Alyssa Peterson, the Raiders cruised past the Little Lions as Tyler Murphy scored his first three varsity goals of the season and Parker Faix added two goals and four assists.

The team’s hot streak has catapulted it into fifth-place in Class AAA with two games remaining in the regular-season – tonight against Pine-Richland and Monday against North Allegheny. 


Alumni Update - Jennifer Suder (Washington & Jefferson College)

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GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Jennifer Suder and Josh Vasko swept the diving events to claim Diver of the YearSudar WJ honors as the 2014-15 Presidents' Athletic Conference Swimming & Diving Championships wrapped up Saturday night.

Suder, a Seneca Valley graduate, had a record-breaking performance in her final showing at the conference championships.

She earned her third-straight PAC Women's Diver of the Year award after claiming a 470.80 in the finals of the one-meter dive, breaking the PAC meet, Longnecker Pool, Longnecker Invitational and W&J school records in the process.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)



Girls Basketball: Seneca Valley to meet top-seeded Penn-Trafford

Written by Joe Koch on .

Every team competing in the WPIAL hopes to qualify for the postseason tournament. Some tasks, though, appear to be more difficult than others.

That's the situation facing Seneca Valley, which entered the tournament as the No. 16 seed in Class AAAA. The Raiders' reward for their seeding is a game at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Gateway High with top-seeded Penn-Trafford, the defending WPIAL Class AAAA champion.

Penn-Trafford enters the tournament with an overall record of 21-1, and the Warriors swept Section 1-AAAA with a 12-0 record. Penn-Trafford is averaging 57.6 points per game, and the Warriors are yielding 35.4 points per game.

Seneca Valley is averaging 51.8 points per game, and the Raiders are giving up a respectable 44.1 points per game.