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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.

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Boys Soccer: Sewickley Academy comes up short in PIAA championship loss

Written by Mike Bullock on .

Mike Bullock covered Friday's PIAA Class 1A boys championship between Sewickley Academy and Camp Hill.

"HERSHEY — While it would be simple to blame Hersheypark Stadium's south-bench jinx — and quite silly, for that matter — a couple of quick strikes by Camp Hill is what proved detrimental to Sewickley Academy.

Especially since facing an uphill climb in a state championship game hardly is what one would call a favorable situation.

Unable to recover from Camp Hill's early surge, Sewickley Academy dropped a 4-1 decision to the District 3 champions in the PIAA's Class A boys' soccer championship game Friday afternoon at Hersheypark Stadium.

And while James Boone had his Panthers (21-5-0) in a state final for the fifth year in succession, Sewickley Academy tumbled for the third consecutive time in an even-numbered year — or the third time in a row they had the south bench."

 

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Boys Soccer: 2016 PIAA Class 1A Championship Preview

Written by Brad Everett on .

Sports Town previews Friday's PIAA Class 1A championship between Sewickley Academy and Camp Hill.

The game: Sewickley Academy (21-4) vs. Camp Hill (23-2) at Hersheypark Stadium, 1:30 p.m.

History: Another year, another PIAA finals appearance for Sewickley Academy. The Panthers are on an unprecedented run, playing for a state title for the fifth season in a row. No other team in state history has done it more than three seasons in a row. The Panthers are appearing in the title match for the eighth time. They went 4-3 in their previous seven appearances. They won championships in 1997, 2007, 2013 and 2015. With a victory, the Panthers will win back-to-back titles for the first time. They defeated East Juniata, 3-0, in last year's final. Camp Hill is in the championship for the third time. The Lions made consecutive appearances in 2007 and 2008, but fell to WPIAL opponents both times. They lost to Sewickley Academy, 3-0, in 2007, and fell to Seton-LaSalle, 1-0, a year later.

Coaches: James Boone, Sewickley Academy. Justin Sheaffer, Camp Hill.

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Boys Soccer: Sewickley Academy takes unfamiliar route to familiar place

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

At first glance, Sewickley Academy is right where it normally is, entering the state playoffs as the favorite on the western side of the bracket. After all, the Panthers have been to four consecutive state championship games. They have been to the WPIAL and PIAA semifinals five consecutive seasons. The Panthers are the defending state champions. The seniors on the team won a WPIAL title as freshmen. But they were not even the favorites to win the WPIAL title this year. The Panthers were seeded No. 3 after losing four regular-season games. However they were able to march all the way to Highmark Stadium and win the WPIAL Class 1A title. Now Sewickley Academy (18-4) enters the PIAA playoffs where it will play District 9 runner-up Brockway today at Fox Chapel High School at 7:30 p.m.