The second-place finisher in the section of Greensburg Central Catholic often times has proven to be the second-best team in WPIAL Class 1A. The playoff pairings committee showed plenty of respect for Shady Side Academy this season and seeded them No. 3. The Indians (12-3) will play No. 14 Bishop Canevin (5-13) Monday at Fox Chapel. Shady Side Academy's only three losses this season came at Class 4A Fox Chapel and twice against Greensburg Central Catholic. Last season, the Indians reached the WPIAL Class 1A semifinals and PIAA first round.
Name: Devin Gramley
School: Shady Side Academy
Sport: Girls Tennis
Background: Gramley is the No. 1 singles player for the Indians and will have the unenviable task of facing Peters Township senior Anna Komer in the first round of the WPIAL 3A singles finals today on her home court. Gramley took an injury default and did not play in the Section 3 third-place consolation match against Fox Chapel freshman Charlotte James.
It is still September and barely the beginning of the second half of section play, but Tuesday night's trip to Freeport for the Shady Side Academy boys soccer team represents a likely last chance. If the Indians cannot defeat Freeport, or at least tie them, their hopes of a section title are likely gone. The Indians fell to the Yellowjackets, 1-0, in the second game of the season. Since then neither team has lost a game. Freeport (8-0, 7-0) and Shady Side Academy (6-1, 6-1) are 1-2 in Class 2A Section 2. A win Tuesday night by Freeport would open up a two-game lead over Shady Side Academy and make a comeback for a section crown all but impossible for the Indians considering how Freeport is playing. A Shady Side Academy win changes everything and there will be scoreboard watching down the stretch. It could also keep the door open for Deer Lakes (6-2, 5-2), a strong contender in third place in the section.
The Shady Side Academy boys took fourth place at the Altoona Invitational on Saturday.
Patrick Bem was the top finisher for Shady Side Academy, taking 17th place. The senior crossed the line in 18 minutes, 14.63 seconds. Senior Caldwell Holden finished in 35th place with a time of 18:57.57. Sophomore Leo Liu wasn't far behind in 37th place with a time of 19:04.92. Gannon Leech finished in 46th place. The senior crossed the line in 19:22.92.
The Shady Side Academy boys grabbed the last podium spot in Class 1A at the Red, White and Blue Invitational on Saturday. Winchester Thurston won the meet.
Patrick Bem was the first runner to finish for Shady Side Academy. The senior grabbed 45th place with a time of 19:19. Junior Garrett Cleveland finished one-half second behind Bem for 46th place. Caldwell Holden was the 56th runner overall and third for Shady Side Academy. Leo Liu grabbed 68th place.