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Hockey: North Feature Athlete - Sewickley Academy's Michael Hertzberg

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Michael Hertzberg
School: Sewickley Academy
Grade: 11
Sport: Hockey
Position: Forward

Background: Hertzberg is the leading scorer for the Panthers with eight goals and 15 points and has had a hand in 44.4 percent of the team's goals this season. He had a hat trick in an early season loss to Thomas Jefferson and scored both goals in a 2-0 victory against South Fayette. He also picked up a five-point night (1 goal, 4 assists) in a win Dec. 12 against Wheeling Park.

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Girls Basketball: Sewickley Academy starts section play with huge challenge

Written by Joe Koch on .

If there's one thing that's been certain about the approach taken in recent years, it's that Quigley Catholic has been virtually unbeatable in whatever section where it has competed.

The Spartans are 3-2 overall and have won five successive section titles in a row and are in the midst of a 58-game winning streak heading into section play.

The Spartans are one of the favorites to advance to the postseason. But if any team, say, the Sewickley Academy Panthers, had any designs on changing the order of things in 1A, Section 1, there's no time like the section opener.

That's the scenario that faces both the Spartans and the Panthers at 7 p.m. on Jan. 3 when the revelry of the holidays will be fading.

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Hockey: Sewickley Academy finding comfort zone

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Sewickley Academy has toiled a bit trying to find its place in the PIHL the last two seasons, but the Panthers are finally starting to assert themselves a little bit and could make some noise once the postseason starts.

On Monday, Sewickley Academy (5-5-0) pulled off its biggest upset since returning to the league last season when it knocked off first-place Baldwin, 3-2, in overtime. Ryan Gex set up Matthew Hajdukiewicz for the game-tying goal at 10:18 of the third period, then John Duggan scored on the power play at 54 seconds of the extra frame for the win.

Sewickley Academy has now won two straight and is 4-1-0 in its last five. The Panthers will have an immediate chore when they return from the holiday break, though, as they will face second-place Chartiers Valley.

 

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Boys Basketball: Expectations high at Sewickley Academy

Written by Brad Everett on .

With many of its key players back from a team that reached the WPIAL Class 1A final last season, Sewickley Academy expects to have another big season.

A No. 1 ranking next to its name, Sewickley Academy has played the part early on.

Sewickley Academy is the top-ranked team in 2A. The Panthers are 4-0 and all of the wins have come in impressive fashion. They started off with an 81-55 win over 5A Thomas Jefferson. Then came a 59-46 win against 6A Baldwin. Then, after those two non-section contests, the Panthers played their Section 3 opener last Friday and thumped previously undefeated Neshannock, 76-58. The Panthers defeated Sto-Rox, 93-55, in a non-section game Monday.

Two returning all-section guards lead the way for Sewickley Academy. Chris Groetsch averaged 18.8 points per game last season and Justin Pryor added 14.2. Groetsch had 20 points, six steals and five rebounds against Neshannock. Nate Ridgeway, who was an impressive as a freshman last season, scored a game-high 23 points against Neshannock.

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Girls Basketball: Sewickley Academy stingy on defense

Written by Joe Koch on .

Following a 35-24 non-section victory over Avella this past Friday, Sewickley Academy not only has a 4-0 record, but the Panthers have the top defensive average in the North region. Following victories over Aquinas Academy, 55-33, Ellis School, 38-30, Eden Christian, 43-23, and Avella, 35-24, the Panthers are yielding 27.5 points per game. A potential playoff opponent, West Greene, is even stingier. The Pioneers are yielding a microscopic 19.3 points per game.