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.