Hockey: Crilley, Raiders coming on strong

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Seneca Valley appears to be getting hot just at the right time.


In their last five games the Raiders are 4-1-0 and have clinched a berth in the PIHL Class AAA playoffs. Now Seneca Valley (10-7-0) will have an opportunity to continue its move up the ladder and potentially host a playoff game.


Tonight, the Raiders will play at second-place North Allegheny (11-4-1), the hottest team in the classification. The Tigers have won their last seven and are coming off a 3-2 victory Tuesday against first-place Peters Township that moved them to within striking distance of the Indians with four games remaining.


Seneca Valley forward Alexander Crilley is also heating up after a stellar performance in the PIHL Class AAA all-star game in which he had three goals and five points.


Hockey: Raiders vault into upper echelon of Class AAA

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Seneca Valley picked a good time to get on a winning streak.


Since losing to Cathedral Prep in their last game before the holiday break, the Raiders have regrouped and knocked off Pine-Richland and Shaler to push them to within two points of second place Central Catholic in Class AAA.


Though the opponents might be at the bottom of the standings, the Rams had knocked off first place Peters Township in their last game, while the Titans had lost four in a row heading into the meeting.


Seneca Valley (8-6-0) can make its way into second with a win against Upper St. Clair on Friday. The Raiders can use al l the points they can get as they take on Butler (8-4-1) on Monday.


Wrestling: Backup plan pays off for Seneca Valley

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Ken Wunderley profiles the Seneca Valley wrestling team. Read his story below.

2016 0115 SenecaValley Wrestling(Photo: Seneca Valley's Louis Newell, right, won the Tool City Tournament at 113 pounds. Marc Billett/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

The Seneca Valley wrestling team made its first and last appearance in the Tri-County Wrestling Tournament last year.

In 2009, the Tri-County tournament was created to feature wrestling teams from the counties of Washington, Greene and Fayette.

Butler and Seneca Valley petitioned to become part of the tournament last season and were accepted. Seneca Valley participated, but Butler was forced to pull out of the tournament due to a skin rash.

"We planned on returning to the tournament this year, but the athletic directors from the other schools voted to stay with their original format and have only teams from the three counties," Seneca Valley coach Kevin Wildrick said. "I was a little disappointed because it gave us a chance to face teams we don't normally see until the postseason tournaments."


Hockey: Raiders start second half of schedule on wrong foot

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When Seneca Valley made the turn to the second half of the season, the Raiders were optimistic they were ready to make a run to the top of the PIHL Class AAA standings.


That has not been the case.


Seneca Valley (6-6-0) lost its first two games of the second half -- to Central Catholic and Cathedral Prep – and have now slipped into a tie for sixth place with the Ramblers. The Raiders did not have a lead heading into the third period in either game and, of the nine goals allowed, eight came at even strength and the other shorthanded.