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Boys Tennis: Panthers fall in state semis

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Sewickley Academy fell one win short of reaching the PIAA final for the second straight year.

The Panthers lost to Moravian Academy, 3-2, in the PIAA Class AA semifinals Saturday in Heshey. Moravian Academy went on to beat Wyomissing for the state title.

Sewickley lost at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, as well as No. 1 doubles. Moravian Academy retired in the other two matches (one of which it led, one of which it trailed) after the victory was sealed.

Sewickley one its quarterfinal match the previous day, 4-1, over Galeton. Brian Rosario and Ryan Gex secured wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, while Sewickley also won both doubles matches. 

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Boys Tennis: North Feature Athletes – Sewickley Academy’s Wyatte Geller and Neil Rana

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Names: Wyatte Geller and Neil Rana
School: Sewickley Academy
Grades: Geller (12) and Rana (10)
Sport: Tennis

Background: Geller and Rana played No. 1 doubles for WPIAL Class AA champion and PIAA semifinalist Sewickley. The duo won two state tournament matches last weekend in Hershey for the Panthers. Geller and Rana will pair up once again in Hershey this weekend for the PIAA Class AA doubles tournament. The Sewickley duo took second in the WPIAL tournament. 

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Softball: Sewickley Academy bats come alive against Union

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Sewickley Academy has proven many times this season what a capable offense it has. It scored 25 and 21 runs against the Ellis School, 22 and 20 runs against Northgate, 14 and 13 runs against Bishop Canevin, and 14 and 15 against Cornell. While the Panthers did not quite match those kind of numbers in the playoffs, the Sewickley bats did enough to lift the No. 6 Panthers (13-1) past No. 11 (8-6) in a WPIAL first-round game at North Allegheny. Olivia Henry, Chandler White and Hannah McGinley each had two RBIs to fuel Sewickley Academy's 8-2 win over Union. Next up for Sewickley Academy is a matchup with No. 3 Jefferson-Morgan (12-2) in the WPIAL quarterfinals, Monday at Fairhaven Field at 2 p.m.

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Boys Tennis: Sewickley Academy wins 12th title in a row

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Keith Barnes profiles the Sewickley Academy boys tennis team.

"For nearly two decades the Sewickley Academy boys tennis program has been the most dominant team in any sport in the WPIAL.

Over the past 23 seasons since Class AA was added in WPIAL tennis, the Panthers have won 20 WPIAL Class AA team titles, appeared in the finals 22 times with their only losses coming in 2002 and 2003 to Quaker Valley and have won the past 12 consecutive championships. Their streak is tied for the third longest in WPIAL history with both the Clairton boys swimming team (1946-57) and the Upper St. Clair girls golf team (1994-2005).

Bethel Park's boys swimming team holds the record with 20 WPIAL titles in a row from 1981-2000 and the Panthers could tie the Norwin girls volleyball squad's 13 in a row from 1973-85 next season.

"There's a fraternity, there's a brotherhood and a pride and a tradition and I don't have to demand that because they want that and it's really fun to watch it blossom," Sewickley Academy coach Whitney Snyder said. "What I enjoy the most is watching the evolution of the program and how older brothers have passed it on to younger brothers and how there's pride to play for Sewickley Academy and it's fun to watch, but it's a long process.""

 

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Boys Tennis: Sewickley Academy breezes into Final 8

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Sewickley Academy had no problems advancing to Hershey.

The Panthers rolled to a 5-0 victory over District 5 champion Bedford Tuesday at Fox Chapel in the first round of the PIAA Class AA team tournament. Sewickley has won all five of its postseason matches 5-0.

Sewickley will next play on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Hershey Racquet Club against District 4 champion Galeton, a 3-2 winner over District 2 champion Scranton in the first round. Last year, Galeton lost in the first round to Moravian Academy, which Sewickley beat in the quarterfinals, 3-2.