Boys Golf: Sewickley Academy wins Class AA boys title at Chairman's Cup

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Defending WPIAL Boys Class AA team champion Sewickley Academy began the 2014 season in fine fashion on Monday with the boys Class AA team championship at the 2014 Chairman's Cup with a team score of 399 strokes. The Panthers were the only team in the four-team field to shoot lower than 400 strokes.

Chris Johnson, a senior, led the Panthers with a 7-over-par round of 79. In a fine display of consistency, three sophomores -- Jason Li, Declan Hickton and Sam Sauter -- all shot rounds of 80 as did senior Anthony Muscato.

Mount Pleasant was second with a team score of 450. Senior Joe Sherbondy led the Vikings with a round of 87. Mohawk (471) and Burrell (489) rounded out the four-team field.


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

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

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.