Lacrosse: Solid foundation helps Sewickley grad thrive at Tufts

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel profiles Sewickley Academy graduate Caroline Ross, who is now a standout lacrosse player at Tufts.

"Coach Courtney Farrell referred to Caroline Ross as "Miss Composure" during a riveting career at Tufts University.

Whether it was scoring the winning goal with 13 seconds left against eventual NCAA Division III lacrosse finalist Trinity College (as Ross did on March 26) or withstanding the pressure of taking the Medical College Admission Test (as Ross did last week), this Sewickley Academy graduate was grace under pressure.

"Nothing fazes her," Farrell said.

This mindset can be traced to parents Gerry and Lisa, medical doctors who taught their three children that any achievement is possible. As an intern at Pitt last summer, Caroline led a research project that investigated the cellular phenotype of children with Localized Scleroderma."


Boys Tennis: Sewickley Academy flexes muscles at PIAA championships

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Don and Ryan Gex had an opportunity to make history at the PIAA Class AA doubles tournament at Hershey Racquet Club.

With a win in the semifinals against Peter Kazmierczak and Tony Kutz of Scranton Prep, they would have become the first WPIAL Class AA doubles team to appear in a state championship match.

Only it wasn't meant to be.

Instead, the twosome dropped a heartbreaking 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 match in the semifinals and had to settle for third after a 6-3, 6-3 win over Tim Sprunt and Tyler Spinello of Lewisburg in the third-place consolation match.


Track: Sewickley Academy's Thorpe sprints to state title

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Sewickley Academy's Summer Thorpe had a few top performances at the PIAA Class AA championships.

The senior grabbed first place in the 100-meter hurdles, breaking the tape in 14.15. Thorpe made history as the first runner in school history to win gold at the state meet.

She went on to grab bronze in the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 43.28. Hickory's Heather Grober won the event, breaking the tape in 42.67.

Griffin Mackey's day didn't turn out as well. He grabbed sixth place in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:29.51. He took 10th in the 1,600-meter run with a time of 4:29.12.


Boys Tennis: Sewickley Academy standouts have high hopes at PIAA tournament

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A week after winning the school's first PIAA Class AA team title in a decade, Sewickley Academy will have to repack and make a return trip to Hershey Racquet Club for the individual championships.

There may a two or three empty seats in the van this time around, but it's not for a lack of talent. The Panthers could only send so many players to the WPIAL tournament for qualifying.

In singles, Sewickley Academy will send Luke Ross, the two-time WPIAL Class AA champion and 2014 state runner-up, along with Sam Sauter, the No. 22 junior in the state and a PIAA Class AA quarterfinalist a year ago.

Both players will be fighting history. Since the state split into two classifications in in 1999, Quaker Valley's John Houghton was the only WPIAL player to win the singles title and only seven other times, including Ross' appearance two years ago, did one even make the finals.


Track: Sewickley Academy's Thorpe a golden girl at WPIAL championships

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Sewickley Academy fared well at the WPIAL Class AA championships last Thursday.

Senior Summer Thorpe qualified for the state meet in two events. She set a new record with a winning time of 43.86 in the 300-meter hurdles. She went on to win the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.58.

Griffin Mackey also qualified for the state meet. The junior grabbed silver in the 1,600 with a time of 4:22.86 seconds. He finished fifth in the 3,200 with a time of 9:33.35.

James Ford took eighth place in the long jump and ninth place in the high jump, but did not meet the state qualifying mark.