Golf: Sewickley Academy boys hope experience pays off

Written by Joe Koch on .

For the Sewickley Academy boys golf team, lessons learned from their appearance in the PIAA Class AA Team Championship likely will be beneficial when the team competes for the championship on Wednesday at York's Heritage Hills Resort.

Sewickley Academy won its second consecutive WPIAL Class AA team title when the Panthers registered 402 team strokes at Cedarbrook Golf Club's Gold Course on Oct. 9. The Panthers defeated Burgettstown and five other teams to earn the berth in the state title event.

Sewickley Academy again takes on five other teams at Heritage Hills. They include District 1 champion New Hope-Solebury, District 2 champion Holy Cross, District 3 champion York Catholic, District 6 champion Central Cambria and District 10 champion Titusville.


Golf: Sewickley Academy girls seek PIAA Class AA title

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Sewickley Academy's girls golf team hopes to reap the rewards of the title the Panthers won at the WPIAL Class AA Girls Team Championship on Oct. 9 at Cedarbrook Golf Club's Red Course.

The Panthers earned the title by defeating Mount Pleasant, Seton-LaSalle and Elizabeth Forward for the team title.

The victory earned the Panthers a berth in the Class AA team state championship match along with five other teams.

Sewickley has two seniors -- Tanvi Rana and Rachel Becker -- on the team heading to York. They are joined by juniors Jane Blaugrund and Kelsey Milo and sophomore Natalie Wei.


Girls Tennis: Sewickley gets revenge for last season, continues WPIAL streak

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Since 2008, there hasn’t been a WPIAL Class AA team title match that hasn’t included Sewickley Academy, and this season will be no different.

The Panthers took down Greensburg Central Catholic, 3-2, Wednesday in the WPIAL Class AA semifinals. The matchup was a rematch of last season’s WPIAL final, which the Centurions won, 3-2.

In Wednesday’s match, Greensburg Central Catholic got wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles from the top two finishers at the WPIAL singles tournament, Alyvia and Michaela Kluska.

But Sewickley’s Bella Albanese earned a win at No. 3 singles, and the Panthers swept the doubles’ matches. Caroline Becker and Cara Dietrich won at first doubles, while Riley Roberts and Isabel Billiar got the win at second doubles.

The Panthers will face sixth-seeded Indiana, who has won three straight 3-2 matches, the last two coming against No. 3 South Park and No. 2 Beaver. The title match will take place at Bethel Park at 2 p.m. 


Girls Tennis: North Feature Athlete – Sewickley Academy’s Emily Ward

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Name: Emily Ward
School: Sewickley Academy
Grade: 10
Sport: Tennis

Background: Ward played junior varsity last season, but has been one of Sewickley’s top players this season. The sophomore took fourth in the Class AA Section 4 singles tournament, qualifying for WPIALs, and has helped the Panthers reach the WPIAL final for the seventh straight season. She has played both No. 1 and No. 2 singles, for the Panthers. 

Sewickley coach Whitney Snyder: "I've been very impressed with her. I didn't know her that well at all since she was on junior varsity last year, but she's come in and beat all our players in close matches. She's a consistent baseliner with a good forehand and a good backhand."



Boys Golf: Sewickley Academy savors team title

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Keith Barnes profiles the Sewickley Academy boys golf team.

"Sewickley Academy golf coach Win Palmer has a real dilemma on his hands.

Before every match, he has to look down a list of 11 players, nine of whom have single-digit handicaps, and has to decide who gets to fill out the six slots for the day.

"Throughout the season we're shifting lineups all the time," Palmer said. "It doesn't matter if it's a section match, a non-section match, we're shifting all the time and we rarely put out our 'best' lineup on the course, because I don't know what it is."

It's a quandary most WPIAL coaches would give up their own short game to have. With such a powerful lineup boasting incredible depth, it's little wonder the Panthers rolled to their second consecutive WPIAL Class AA team title last week — and fifth in the past nine years — with a 20-stroke win against Burgettstown at the Cedarbrook Gold Course in Rostraver."