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Girls Tennis: Sewickley advances to quarters

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Sewickley Academy, which won its first WPIAL title since 2011 last week with a win against Indiana, had no problem in its first-round state tournament match Tuesday.

The Panthers took down District 5 champion, Bedford, 4-1, at Lakevue Athletic Club.

Sewickley now will play Scranton Prep, the District 2 champion, in the quarterfinals. Scranton Prep beat District 4 champion Hughesville, 4-0, in the first round.

Scranton Prep was the PIAA runner-up last season, losing to Mercyhurst Prep in the championship match. Sewickley lost to Mercyhurst in the semifinals in the 2013 state tournament. 

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Boys Soccer: Sewickley wins with a new lineup

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Nicholas Tolomeo profiles the Sewickley Academy boys soccer team.

"As his team celebrated their PIAA Class A title last season, Sewickley Academy boys soccer coach Jim Boone could not help but notice that 12 of his players wearing PIAA gold medals around their necks were seniors.

He also could not help but to think forward to the next season.

Despite losing 12 seniors including 11 starters, Boone saw a bright future.

Boone is in his third season as head varsity coach at Sewickley Academy but prior to that he was coaching the seventh and eighth grade team and he was well aware of the incoming talent."

 

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Girls Tennis: After two-year drought, Sewickley is back on top

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles the Sewickley Academy girls tennis team.

2014 1023 Sewickley GTennis(Photo: Sewickley Academy sophomore Emily Ward won her No. 2 singles match in the WPIAL Class AA girls team tennis championships. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)

"There was a certain level of consternation when the Sewickley Academy girls' tennis team took the court at The Club in Monroeville for the WPIAL Class AA team final last Thursday.

After all, the top-seeded Panthers were pushed to the brink of elimination in the semifinals by defending champion Greensburg Central Catholic and they were staring at an upstart sixth-ranked Indiana team that had already knocked off third-seeded South Park and No. 2 Beaver in their previous two rounds.

Sewickley Academy had also had its problems coming up with wins in the finals. Despite qualifying for the finals each of the previous six years, the team had won three times and had taken home silver each of the previous two seasons.

"When you start losing, I think it commands the girls' attention more and this happened to be a deep team and it took a long time to come together in terms of positioning," Sewickley Academy coach Whitney Snyder said. "But these girls had impressive wins over Triple-A teams such as Peters Township and Fox Chapel. So when you see that, you think, 'OK, this is good.'""

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Golf: Sewickley Academy boys hope experience pays off

Written by Joe Koch on .

For the Sewickley Academy boys golf team, lessons learned from their appearance in the PIAA Class AA Team Championship likely will be beneficial when the team competes for the championship on Wednesday at York's Heritage Hills Resort.

Sewickley Academy won its second consecutive WPIAL Class AA team title when the Panthers registered 402 team strokes at Cedarbrook Golf Club's Gold Course on Oct. 9. The Panthers defeated Burgettstown and five other teams to earn the berth in the state title event.

Sewickley Academy again takes on five other teams at Heritage Hills. They include District 1 champion New Hope-Solebury, District 2 champion Holy Cross, District 3 champion York Catholic, District 6 champion Central Cambria and District 10 champion Titusville.