Name: Austin Leon
High School: Seneca Valley
Weight Class: 170
Name: Austin Leon
Early-season match-ups can either be run-of-the-mill types of games or a test about a team's ability against a quality opponent.
That's the case at 7:30 p.m. today when Seneca Valley hosts Beaver Area in a non-section girls basketball game.
The Bobcats earned the No. 2 ranking among WPIAL Class AAA teams in the Post-Gazette's Top Ten rankings, while Seneca Valley is ranked No. 9 among Class AAAA teams.
Beaver, which finished 16-7 a year ago while playing in Class AA, is led by Lexi Posset, a 5-7 senior guard who averaged 22.5 points a game a year ago. The Bobcats' other top returnees are 5-8 senior forward Laura Onushka and 5-9 senior forward Logan Vichinich. The Bobcats are compeing in Section 3-AAA this season, a section recognized as the toughest in Class AAA and features the top three teams in that division: defending WPIAL and PIAA Class AAA champion Blackhawk, Beaver and Ambridge.
Seneca Valley faces Butler in a division AAA hockey game, Monday, November 24, 2014, at the Ice Connection in Valencia, PA. Butler overwhelmingly shut out Seneca Valley, who went into the game with the better record, 9-0.
Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service
Seneca Valley opened its season on a down note with a 6-2 defeat at the hands of Canon-McMillan.
But since the loss to the Big Macs, the Raiders have proved to be one of the best teams in Class AAA.
Seneca Valley has won four of its five games since the opener, including a 3-2 victory against previously unbeaten and defending national champion Bethel Park on Oct. 30.
Joe Koch profiles the Seneca Valley girls soccer team.
(Photo: Seneca Valley goalie Jessica Neill registered a shutout in the WPIAL championship game. Bill Wade/Post-Gazette)
"There are so many times when a high school soccer game hinges on just one crucial play.
Such was the case at last Friday's WPIAL Class AAA championship game at Highmark Stadium in Station Square as defending champion Seneca Valley was locked in a scoreless battle with upstart Canon-McMillan more than nine minutes into the second half.
With less than 30 minutes and 30 seconds remaining in the game, the Raiders were the beneficiary of a corner kick, which can be one of the sport's most electrifying plays.
Standing on the far end of the Highmark Stadium pitch was senior defender Alicia Hart, the Raiders' corner-kick specialist. Awaiting what she hoped would be a solid kick was junior forward Cassidy Testa, who had plenty of confidence in Hart's ability to efficiently place the ball near the Raiders gathered in the penalty area."