Baseball: Sewickley Academy's landmark season ends

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Ryan Riordan profiles the Sewickley Academy baseball team.

"When Andrew Heck took over the Sewickley Academy baseball team in 2013, the Panthers were coming off a 5-9 season and hadn't made the postseason since 2006.

This week, Sewickley played its first PIAA tournament game in school history.

The Panthers (10-7) beat Riverview, 9-8 in nine innings, last week in the WPIAL Class A consolation game to qualify for the state tournament, where it fell to Elk County Catholic, 3-2, Monday.

"It was more about changing the mentality than anything else," said Heck, a North Hills High School grad who played college baseball at Duquesne and Oklahoma State and then played with the Washington Wild Things. "The talent was there; they just needed to expect to win every game. Before, however, they expected to get crushed by the best teams and beat up on the worst teams. You need to play, compete and expect to beat the best teams.""



Baseball: Sewickley Academy's season ends

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Less than a week after surviving the WPIAL's Class A third-place consolation game by one run, the Sewickley Academy baseball team saw its season end with a one-run deficit. The Panthers, who beat Riverview to earn the WPIAL's third seed for the state Class A playoffs, suffered a 3-2 loss yesterday against District 9 champion Elk County Christian at Brockway High School. The Crusaders entered the game with a perfect 23-0 overall record.

Sewickley Academy rallied from a two-run deficit to tie the game in the top of fifth inning before giving up the winning run in the bottom of the inning. Junior pitcher Joe Nagel struck out seven in six innings. Junior infielder Drew Johnson chipped in offensively with a double.

The Panthers finished their campaign with a 10-7 record. They finished third in the Section 5-A standings with a 5-3 mark behind Vincentian Academy and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and entered the WPIAL playoffs with a No. 13 seed. Sewickley Academy went on to beat Bishop Canevin and section-rival OLSH in the first two rounds of the WPIAL bracket before suffering a 16-5 loss to California in the semifinals.


Tennis: Ross makes history

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Sewickley freshman Luke Ross did something last weekend no other Sewickley boys tennis player had ever done — advance to the PIAA Class AA singles championship match.

Ross won his first three matches at states, including a three-set victory in the semifinals against 2013 PIAA singles runner-up Blaise Casselbury of Lancaster Country Day, to reach the final. Casselbury is the ninth-ranked junior in the state, according to

In the final, Ross played the No. 7 junior in the state, Andre Fick of Wyomissing. Fick had beaten Ross the week before in the state team finals, 6-1, 7-5, and he got the better of Ross again Saturday, 6-0, 6-0.


Tennis: Sewickley doubles pairs perform well in Hershey

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Sewickley Academy took a WPIAL-high five players to Hershey for the PIAA individual tournaments, four of which competed in the Class AA doubles tournament.

And the quartet performed well.

Luke Vith and Ryan Gex, the WPIAL champions, advanced to the semifinals before losing two straight matches to take fourth in their first ever PIAA doubles appearance.


Alumni Update: Ian Bangor (Carnegie Mellon)

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - For the third straight season Carnegie Mellon University senior Ian Bangor, aBangor CM 101513 member of men's golf, was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District Men's At-Large Team.  CoSIDA recognizes outstanding academic and athletic accomplishments by honoring deserving athletes with All-Academic recognition with the official sponsor of Capital One.

Carnegie Mellon is part of District 4 which is comprised of all Division III schools in the state of Pennsylvania.

Bangor, a Sewickley Academy graduate, is a business administration major with a 3.85 GPA who was selected as one of two Carnegie Mellon students to represent the Tepper School of Business at the Undergraduate Business Student Leadership Conference (UBSLC) at Goizueta Business School at Emory University in 2013. He is a member of the Carnegie Mellon Student-Athlete Advisory Council where he initiated a partnership between SAAC, the men's golf team and The First Tee of Pittsburgh to host a seasonal clinic to provide golf and life skills instruction to 25 students from The Neighborhood Academy. Bangor is also a teaching assistant for a global business class on campus.