Boys Tennis: Indians start off with win

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Shady Side Academy started its WPIAL title defense Wednesday with a 4-1 victory over Penn-Trafford.

The Indians are looking to win their fourth consecutive WPIAL Class AAA team championship, and fifth in sixth years. Shady Side has played in the WPIAL final seven of the past eight seasons.

The Indians are also the defending PIAA Class AAA champions, and have made it to the PIAA final each of the past three seasons.

Shady Side Academy will face Pine-Richland in the WPIAL quarterfinals. 


Lacrosse: Shady Side Academy girls hope to earn playoff spot

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The Shady Side Academy girls lacrosse team has had a good deal of success this season with a 6-2 record. All of the games the Indians have played have been against Division 1, Section 1 rivals.

Following a three-game winning streak to begin the season, Shady Side dropped a 10-8 decision to Division 1 newcomer Chartiers Valley. After victories over Oakland Catholic (15-10) and Peters Township (13-10), the Indians dropped a 16-10 decision to defending WPIAL Division 1 champion Mt. Lebanon.

Shady Side defeated Chartiers Valley, 10-9, in the rematch this past Thursday at the Colts' stadium. The Indians host Upper St. Clair on Tuesday and visit Seton-LaSalle on Thursday. They close out the season with a game at Mt. Lebanon on May 4 and host Oakland Catholic on May 6.


Boys Tennis: Shady Side Academy's run in jeopardy

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Keith Barnes profiles the Shady Side Academy boys tennis team.

"Shady Side Academy has been a contender for the WPIAL Class AAA team title for so long that the team is completely unfazed by heading into the tournament as a favorite.

"We don't really think of it that way because we just usually have a lot of depth on our team and our guys, even through seven, eight and nine, can go," Shady Side Academy coach Tom Mercer said. "We have a lot of guys usually coming up and that's what makes us really strong is our depth and we've had a lot of success out of that."

Since 2010, Shady Side Academy has been to the WPIAL Class AAA team championship match every season and has won four titles, including the past three. The only team to defeat the Indians in that time was Mt. Lebanon, which won its 18th crown overall in 2011.

This year, however, things are not going as smoothly as the regular season heads into its final week. Though Shady Side Academy will win the Section 3 title, it could have some issues in the team playoffs for the first time in quite a while."



Boys Tennis: Top-seeded Indians’ duo loses heartbreaker

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Michael Kann came into the WPIAL Class AAA doubles tournament as the defending champion, and also was the PIAA Class AAA runner-up.

He had a different partner this year, teaming with cousin Cooper Kann after playing with three-time WPIAL champion Chris Grubbs last year. But the duo won the section tournament last week and was the No. 1 seed entering the district tournament.

However, the duo couldn’t get out of the second round this week.

Kann and Kann fell in heartbreaker to Peters Township’s Miguel Ascensio and Ryan Farrell, 11-10 (7-5) in a pro-set match in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL tournament. The Peters Township duo ended up finishing fourth.

It was the first time since 2010 that a team from Shady Side Academy did not win the WPIAL Class AAA doubles title. 


Baseball: Shady Side Academy rolls together wins

Written by John D'Abruzzo on .

After losing three of its first four games this spring, Shady Side Academy's varsity baseball teams bounced back last week with its fourth consecutive win. Surrendering only four runs in four games, the Indians knocked off Ford City, 11-2, West Shamokin, 5-0, Burrell, 7-2, and Summit Academy, 15-0.

Andrew Scherbarth, a 6-foot-3 senior right-handed pitcher, pitched all seven innings against Ford City. He followed up with his second win of the season by striking out seven and tossing a no-hitter against Summit Academy. Alan Hartz, however, had an even more impressive day on the hill against West Shamokin. The sophomore pitcher threw a perfect game with 11 strikeouts. Tim Granato, Adam Hart and Chris Santucci each supplied hits to support Hartz's effort.

After a non-section game scheduled against Laurel, the Indians will start their second half of section games April 23 when they host West Shamokin.