Swimming: Seneca Valley relays waste no time qualifying for WPIALs

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Seneca Valley made sure it would have all three relays on its boys team at WPIALs in two months. And they wasted no time ensuring that. In the Raiders' season-opening dual meet, all three boys relays -- 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relay -- achieved WPIAL Class AAA qualifying times. Seneca Valley would fall to Franklin Regional, 100-85, in the meet, but there were also eight individual WPIAL cuts made plus one WPIAL diving score met.

In the 200 individual medley, Owen Blazer and Christian Sawyer reached WPIAL times. Blazer and Connor Quiggle had WPIAL times in the 100 butterfly. Blazer won both of those events and Quiggle took second in the 200 IM and would come back to win the 500 freestyle. Sawyer took second in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke and achieved WPIAL times in both events. In the 100 backstroke, Jonathan Simoes and Max Bredl finished 1-2 and both achieved WPIAL qualifying times. Sawyer made it eight WPIAL times in the meet when he finished in second in the 100 breaststroke with a WPIAL cut.

Off the diving board, Alex Laslavic took second place against Franklin Regional and his score was good enough to qualify for the WPIAL Class AAA diving championships.



Wrestling: All-Time Teams - Seneca Valley

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Southwestern Pennsylvania has been a hotbed for high school wrestling since the WPIAL held its first tournament in 1936. The Sports Town website will honor the WPIAL's best wrestlers of all-time during the 2016-17 season. Wrestling Historian Ken "Stats" Wunderley, with the help of former Mt. Lebanon coach Bill Lewis, will pick an All-Time Team for 60 high schools from the WPIAL.

The All-Time Teams will feature the best wrestlers from those schools. We will feature 6 high schools each Wednesday on Sports Town for 10 weeks during the season. The All-Time lists reflect high school accomplishments only. College and international accomplishments were not considered.

The featured schools for Week 2 are: Beth-Center, Elizabeth Forward, Hampton, Seneca Valley, Shaler, and Penn-Trafford.

Eight Seneca Valley wrestlers have won WPIAL Class AAA titles, including two-time winner Wayne Bloom. Rich Barron is the only Raiders grappler to claim a PIAA title. Barron was also a three-time WPIAL finalist and one-time champ. Below is Seneca Valley's top ten wrestlers in alphabetical order.

Seneca Valley All-Time Top 15
* Mark Barron (1985)
* Rich Barron (1982) *** MVP ***
* Wayne Bloom (1978)
* Shawn Cully (2001)
* Jarratt Gooch (1994)
* Jim Harshaw (1994)
* Tim Kearns (1970)
* Jeff Miller (1974)
* Tom Moore (1980)
* Louis Newell (2018)
* Jay Powell (1983)
* Travis Rice (1999)
* Jim Walsh (1985)
* Todd Wearing (1999)
* John Yates (1984)

Click here to see detailed stats of the Seneca Valley wrestlers considered for this list.

Click here to see the All-Time List Schedule & Index


Swimming: Seneca Valley girls open season with dual meet win

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

The Seneca Valley girls wasted no time testing themselves this year. The Raiders stepped up and handed Franklin Regional its first loss of the season. The Raiders won their season-opening dual meet 109-77. They also wasted no time in notching some WPIAL Class AAA qualifying times. Both of their freestyle relays, the 200- and 400-yard relays, achieved WPIAL cuts. Individually there were seven Seneca Valley swimmers with individual WPIAL times.

Seneca Valley's top returning WPIAL performer from last season, Sophia Gaguzis, won both her events with WPIAL qualifying times. Gaguzis swam the 200 and 500 freestyle. Marleah Schlick and Hannah Fernandes were also two-for-two with first-place finishes and WPIAL qualifying times in their respective events. Schlick swam the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley while Fernandes swam the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle.

The Raiders were able to stretch out their 32-point dual meet win on the diving board, as well. Peyton Moore and Katelyn Caccamo swept the top two spots in the diving competition.


Alumni Update - Alex Bilka (Penn State - Behrend)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, Pa. – Junior women's soccer midfielder Olivia Belack and senior forward Alex Bilka have been named to theBilka PSUB National Soccer Coaches of America (NSCAA) NCAA Division III Scholar All-East Region Team.

Belack was selected to second team and Bilka earned third-team honors for the first time in their careers. Both were also recently named to the NSCAA All-Great Lakes All-Region Team.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average (GPA) throughout his or her career; start more than 50 percent of all games and be a significant contributor to the team; be nominated by an institution that is a current NSCAA College Services member and be a junior or above in academic standing at the current institution.

The committee then reviews both the academic and athletic accomplishments of the nominees in determining the honorees.

Bilka, a project and supply chain management major with a 3.33 GPA, keeps adding accolades to her storied resume. She is a three-time All-Region choice, four-time All-AMCC first-team honoree and program record holder in three categories (goals, assists, points).

Bilka, a Seneca Valley graduate, ranked second on the team with 20 goals and nine assists for 49 points. Of those 20 goals, six were game winners and two were scored on penalty kicks. She tallied the most goals and points in conference games only with 13 goals and three assists for 29 points. Bilka tallied 15 goals in the last nine games for the Lions.


(photo courtesy of Penn State-Behrend)


Hockey: Seneca Valley returns to the pack

Written by Keith Barnes on .

For a while Seneca Valley appeared it was the team to beat in Class 3A, but the Raiders have come back to the pack a bit in the last couple of weeks.

In their last game, they dropped a 3-1 decision to North Allegheny and fell into third place in the 11-team classification, two points behind the Tigers and with one more game under their belt. Seneca Valley also lost to Central Catholic in its previous outing for its first two-game losing streak of the year.

Seneca Valley (6-3-1) will have an opportunity to get back on the winning track tonight when it hosts Bethel Park (4-3-1) at 9 p.m. at the Baierl Complex.