Boys Basketball: Depth pays off for Sewickley Academy

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

John D'Abruzzo profiles the Sewickley Academy boys basketball team.

"This high school basketball season presented a bit of a challenge for the Sewickley Academy boys basketball team.

Besides moving into a new section within Class A, the Panthers also had to look toward a lot of different players after losing a veteran presence from last year.

"We graduated a really strong class last year with eight seniors who played major minutes," longtime coach Win Palmer said. "We brought only a few guys back this year who had some game experience, so our expectations were that we were going to have to make a lot of adjustments and let our guys get their feet wet."

Palmer's group actually dived head first into its schedule this season. The Panthers entered the holiday break with a 6-0 overall record and appeared to be an early season threat in Section 1-A after winning their first two section games."



Boys Soccer: Sewickley Academy settles for PIAA silver

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Justin Criado profiles the Sewickley Academy boys soccer team.

"Not bad for a "down year."

Well, that's if one considers Sewickley Academy boys soccer team to have had such a season.

As the defending PIAA Class A state champion, the Panthers had to replace almost every position with new starters, and repeating a state title is never easy.

"After losing 12 seniors [from a year ago] you might have a rebuilding year, but I've coached these guys in middle school so they knew what was coming up," Panthers coach Jim Boone said. "They learned really quickly and I'm glad we got where we got because experience is your best teacher at times.""



Boys Soccer: Sewickley Academy comes up short

Written by Stephen Catanese on .

A strong season for Sewickley Academy ended on a sour note Friday when it lost to Moravian Academy, 4-0, in the PIAA Class A final at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey.

The Panthers finished the season at 19-3-2.

After taking down the WPIAL and PIAA titles in 2013, Sewickley Academy finished 2014 as runners-up for both distinctions. Though, an indication of how strung the team actually is, it likely doesn't matter much to the players in the end.

Sewickley Academy didn't lose a game to Class A opposition in regulation time until the PIAA final.


Boys Soccer: Sewickley Academy dominated in PIAA final

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Rod Frisco covered Friday's PIAA Class A boys soccer championship game between Sewickley Academy and Moravian Academy.

"HERSHEY, Pa. — Sewickley Academy's third consecutive time at the PIAA boys soccer championship was definitely not charming.

From the opening kickoff of the PIAA Class A boys soccer championship Friday night at Hersheypark Stadium, Moravian Academy of District 11 was in total control, claiming the state title with a thorough 4-0 victory.

The District 11 champion Lions (22-3), attacked from the outset and never stopped. Moravian was faster, more aggressive. It was like a, ahem, lion that had tracked down a wounded gazelle.

Moravian was also older.

With most of its 11 seniors on its starting side, Moravian could claim age as beauty. The talent level, while clearly on the Lions' side, wasn't as much of a factor as raw maturity. Sewickley Academy (19-3-2) has just one senior, defender Tom Mulholland."



Boys Soccer: Sewickley Academy gets second chance at Winchester Thurston

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The last time Sewickley Academy and Winchester Thurston met, it was the WPIAL Class A final at Highmark Stadium and penalty kicks were needed to crown a champion. The second-seeded Bears knocked off top-seeded Sewickley Academy, 1-0, after winning the shootout, 3-2. Both teams won their first two PIAA playoff games to set up the rematch everyone wanted to see in the PIAA Class A semifinal Tuesday night at 8 p.m. at North Allegheny. The winner advances to Hersheypark Stadium to play for the PIAA title, which was won by the Panthers last season.

Winchester Thurston (21-0-1) remains undefeated. The Bears blasted District 6 champion Richland in the PIAA first round and once again needed penalty kicks to get past District 3 Lancaster Country Day in the PIAA quarterfinals. Winchester Thurston won that shootout, 4-2. Sewickley Academy (18-2-2) defeated District 10 North East, 3-1, in the first round and knocked off the third-place finisher from the WPIAL, Vincentian Academy, 2-1 in the PIAA quarterfinals. Junior forward Matt Teitelbaum scored both goals for the Panthers in the win over Vincentian. Teitelbaum is one of only two returning starters back for a Sewickley Academy team that won WPIAL and PIAA gold last season. He has 33 goals on the season, perhaps none more important than his 33rd on Saturday against Vincentian. His second goal of the game broke a 1-1 tie with about 18 minutes to play in regulation.