A surging Sewickley Academy girls soccer team has hopped to the top of Section 3-A and it is a ninth-grader during a majority of the scoring. Freshman Olivia Ryder has a pair of two-goal games. She scored two goals in a 8-0 home again against Eden Christian. Ryder added two more goals in a big section showdown against Vincentian. The Panthers won that game 4-0. Ryder and Sewickley Academy have taken charge of Section 3-A with a 5-1 overall record and 5-0 section record. Chasing the Panthers are Seton-LaSalle (3-2-1, 3-1), Bishop Canevin (3-1-1, 2-1), Carlynton (4-1-1, 2-1-1) and Vincentian Academy (3-2-1, 2-1-1). With so many teams close in the standings, Sewickley Academy knows there is very little margin for error. The Panthers have a major section road test Monday at Bishop Canevin.
Name: Janelle Sands
School: Sewickley Academy
Sport: Field Hockey
Background: Janelle is a four-year starter for Coach Cheryl Lassen's Panthers and is a captain. She plays the cello as a soloist and with the school's orchestra. Janelle is co-president of the Sewickley Academy Mock Trial team and also is a member of the school's Cum Laude Society and is a member of school's Honor Council. She also is president of the Asian Culture Club and the Ted-Ed Club's co-president.
Name: Griffin Mackey
School: Sewickley Academy
Sport: Cross Country
Background: Mackey ran a personal best time of 16:11, coming in 11th overall while capturing first place in the Class A division at the 12th Annual Red, White & Blue Classic. He also led his team to a Class A team victory over section rival OLSH by only 6 points (65-71). He followed this up last Tuesday by running a 18:15 at Shady Side Academy, tying the course record and leading Sewickley to a 22-37 win. Mackey took first place in Class A competition at the Slippery Rock Cross Country Invitational on Saturday.
Ten times the Sewickley Academy Panthers have teed it up against all comers, and ten times the Panthers have emerged victorious.
Going into the individual qualifier at Pittsburgh North Golf Club on Monday, the Panthers have an overall record of 10-0 and a 7-0 mark in Section 9-AA. Sewickley Academy's latest victory was a 193-235 victory over Our Lady of the Sacred Heart at Moon Golf Club.
Senior Anthony Muscato led the Panthers' charge with a 1-under-par round of 35.
The top finishers at Monday's individual qualifier advance to the WPIAL Class AA Individual Finals that take place on Sept. 24 at Youghiogheny Country Club.
Sewickley Academy, the defending WPIAL Class AA boys team champion, started its season strong, and the Panthers show no sign of slowing down.
Heading into Friday's match with Cornell at the Moon Golf Club, Sewickley Academy has won five duel matches, including a playoff victory over North Allegheny. The Panthers also won the Class AA division at the Chairman's Cup tournament last month at Cedarbrook Golf Club.
Their most recent match was a 196-236 victory over neighborhood rival Quaker Valley in a match played this past Tuesday at Allegheny Country Club. Sophomore Jason Li paced the Panthers with a nine-hole score of 34. Another sophomore, Declan Hickton, recorded a 37. Senior Anthony Muscato was the third Panther to break 40 with a round of 38.