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Swimming: Shady Side Academy sophomore jumps to gold

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Shady Side Academy's long distance freestyler Caroline Colville made a long distance jump up the WPIAL Class AA leaderboard in her signature event, the 200-yard freestyle. A year ago, Colville made her WPIAL debut, finishing seventh and fifth in the 200 and 500 freestyle with times of 1:57.72 and 5:08.57.

Colville repeated her seventh-place finish in the 500 freestyle. It was her performance in the 200 freestyle that caught some by surprise. Colville shaved over a full second off her 2013 time and climbed from seventh place to the top of the podium, winning a gold medal with a time of 1:56.69.

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Boys Basketball: Shady Side rolls into WPIAL playoffs

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Tri-State Sports & News Service writer Drew Karpen profiles the Shady Side Academy boys basketball team. Click here to read his story.

"The upperclassmen on the Shady Side Academy boys basketball team have seen a lot of leadership turnover in their short basketball careers.

Entering this season, the Indians were on their third head coach in three years in David Vadnais, who was the former head coach of the girls team at The Ellis School before landing this job.

But whoever the coach has been over the past two decades, there has been one thing that hasn't changed. The Indians and the WPIAL playoffs basically go hand-in-hand. Over the past 19 years, the Indians have reached the playoffs 18 times and this year is no exception.

"My feeling coming in was there was pressure to make the playoffs," Vadnais said. "We have made the playoffs 18 of the last 19 years. I like that pressure. We found a way to win games. We don't want to rely on the history of the program but the pride in the school is athletics and you want to carry that on. We want to keep going.""

 

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Swimming: Shady Side Academy boys enjoy strong showing

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

The Shady Side Academy boys swimming and diving team hardly took the competition lightly when it met Brentwood and Deer Lakes in back-to-back dual meets in the span of three days. The Indians defeated the Spartans 93-77 and two days later they defeated the Lancers 73-44. Both Brentwood and Deer Lakes had plenty of trouble matching Shady Side Academy's depth.

Somebody from every class stepped up in the opening event of the Brentwood meet with freshman Zachary Coughlin, sophomore Luke Pellegrini, junior Brendan Leech and senior Frank Benckart winning the 200-yard medley relay. Junior Andrew Lehman and senior Jason Weis finished 1-2 in the 200 freestyle, Pellegrini won the 100 breaststroke while Weis went on to win the 100 freestyle and Leech won the 500 freestyle. Weis, Benckart, Lehman and Leech won the 200 freestyle relay and the Indians made it for three-for-three in relays when Weis, Coughlin, Leech and Lehman teamed up on a winning 400 freestyle relay.

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Swimming: North Feature Athlete - Brendan Leech, Shady Side Academy

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Name: Brendan Leech
High School: Shady Side Academy
Grade: 11
Sport: Swimming

Junior Brendan Leech has emerged as the top individual swimmer on the Shady Side Academy boys swimming team. Leech enjoyed a strong January and is peaking at the right time heading into February and the WPIAL championships.

In a recent dual meet against Brentwood, Leech opened the meet by leading off the 200 medley relay that finished in first place with a time of 1:50.75. Later in the meet, there was no competition for Leech as he swam a blistering 5:04.15 in the 500 freestyle, over 46 seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

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Boys Basketball: North Feature Athlete - Shady Side Academy's Kyle Olander

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Name: Kyle Olander
School: Shady Side Academy
Grade: 12
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Guard

Background: Olander, a 6-foot-2 senior guard, leads the Indians in scoring and is third in WPIAL Class AA with an average of 20.6 points per game. He's helped the Indians (11-8 overall, 7-4 in Section 3) win five games in a row and qualify for the postseason for the 11th consecutive season. Olander scored a career-high 32 points against Mars in the season opener on Dec. 6.