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Photo Journal: Boys Basketball - Sewickley Academy vs. C.W. North Catholic (Jan. 30)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

C. W. North Catholic and Sewickley Academy meet in a non-section game, Saturday, January 30, 2016 at North Catholic high School.  Each team came into the game number one in their prospective sections, Sewickley Academy in A-1, North Catholic A-2. Scoring stayed close and with 22 seconds left in the game the score  was 38-41 in favor of Sewickley Academy.  Before the final buzzer went off, North Catholic landed a three pointer to tie.  Sewickely won in overtime 55-42.

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Photo by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Boys Basketball: Tough loss reignites Sewickley Academy

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the Sewickley Academy boys basketball team.

"Last week when Sewickley Academy took the floor against Eden Christian Academy, the Panthers were looking to lock up the Section 1 title outright and make their claim for the top seed in the WPIAL Class A playoffs.

Then the unthinkable happened.

Not only did Eden Christian make a game of it, the Warriors pulled out a 56-50 victory against a team it had lost to by 20 in their first go-round just 35 days earlier.

As it turned out, the loss might have been just what Sewickley Academy needed as it heads into the season's final week and into the playoffs."

 

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Hockey: Sewickley Academy searching for improvement on the ice

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the Sewickley Academy hockey team.

"Before the season started, Sewickley Academy coach Tyler Henk took a long look at his team and his program and came to a conclusion.

"When I first talked to the team, I pretty much made it clear to them that we're not going to come in and run the house," Henk said. "There's a lot of teams that have played a long time in the PIHL, have a lot more experienced players, and all we have to do is compete, and that's what we've done."

It has been a difficult path for the Panthers this season as they rejoined the PIHL after a five-year hiatus of playing in the ISHL, a private school league that includes The Kiski School and Shady Side Academy. Sewickley Academy (1-12-0) has also discovered there will be huge potholes along the way when entering into an established league and being thrown into a conference against championship-caliber programs with elite talent such as West Allegheny and Montour.

"Since day one, all of the players have been about the SA hockey team," Henk said. "Each player has understood their role, they've each gotten 10 times better, and we as a coaching staff see the progression. We may not be winning games, but in our minds, we're winning because we're making ourselves better each game and that's all that you can ask of a young team.""

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Boys Basketball: North Feature Athlete - Sewickley Academy's Justin Pryor

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Justin Pryor
High School: Sewickley Academy
Grade: 11
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: It's already been quite a school year for Pryor, a two-sport star who helped the Sewickley Academy soccer team win the PIAA Class A title and has now helped the basketball team get off to an 8-1 start. The Panthers, who are ranked No. 2 in the WPIAL and No. 6 in the state, dropped their first game Monday to Kennedy Catholic, which is ranked No. 1 in the state. Pryor is again one of the top scorers for the Panthers, this after averaging 19 points per game last season when he earned all-section honors.

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Girls Basketball: North Feature Athlete - Sewickley Academy's Maddy Casale

Written by Joe Koch on .

Name: Maddy Casale
School: Sewickley Academy
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: Maddy is a four-year starter and a captain for the Panthers. She is averaging 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5.8 steals per game. She was a four-year member of the Sewickley Academy field hockey team and also served as a captain for that squad. In the spring, she will play girls lacrosse. She is the Prefect of the academy's Honor Council and is president of the Feeding Pittsburgh Club. She edits the school's Literary Magazine and writes for the school's student newspaper.