Lacrosse: Two Shady Side Academy teams advance to PIAA playoffs

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Both Shady Side Academy teams took advantage of the addition of one spot for WPIAL teams competing in the PIAA Division 1 lacrosse playoffs.

After falling to section rival North Allegheny 8-7 in a triple-overtime thriller this past Tuesday at Chartiers Valley Stadium, the Indians took on yet another section rival, Pine-Richland, in the PIAA play-in game this past Thursday and had to work overtime yet again before prevailing, 9-8, in a game played at Hampton

As the third-place team from the WPIAL, the Indians will hit the road where they will meet the champion of District 3 on Wednesday at a time and site to be determined this weekend.

The girls team didn't have to work quite as long as their male counterparts. The Indians defeated first-year member Chartiers Valley, 15-8, in a game also played at Hampton.


Boys Tennis: Indians’ title defense comes up short

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Shady Side Academy entered the PIAA Class AAA team tournament as the defending champion, looking to win the program’s third title.

But District 1 champion Lower Merion proved to be too much for the WPIAL runner-7p.

Lower Merion won all three singles matches to outlast the Indians, 3-2, last Friday in the state quarterfinals in Hershey. Lower Merion went on to beat Upper St. Clair in the state final.

Michael Kann and Najeen Jain got a straight-set win for Shady Side Academy at No. 1 doubles, and Brad Steiner and Armaan Jethmalani won in three sets at No. 2 doubles for the Indians. But Shady Side Academy was unable to win any singles points, the closest match coming at No. 2 singles as Lower Merion’s Matt Chen defeated the Indians’ Derek Chen, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-2). 


Boys Tennis: Indians advance to quarters

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Defending state champion Shady Side Academy is going back to Hershey.

The Indians defeated District 10 champion Cathedral Prep, 4-1, Tuesday at Pennbriar Athletic Club in Erie in the first round of the PIAA Class AAA team tournament.

Cathedral Prep, which had lost only one time this season entering Tuesday’s match, got its only win at first singles. The Indians won both doubles matches and got wins at No. 2 and No. 3 singles from Derek Chen and Cooper Kann.

Shady Side will face District 1 champion Lower Merion Friday at 8 a.m. at Hershey Racquet Club. It’s a rematch of last year’s state quarterfinal, which Shady Side Academy won, 3-1, with three of the matches going to three sets. 


Boys Tennis: Shady Side Academy’s bid at a four-peat comes up short

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Shady Side Academy fell short in trying to become the first team since Upper St. Clair (2004-08) to win four straight WPIAL Class AAA team titles. And it was the Panthers who ended the Indians’ streak.

USC got wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles to take down the Indians, 3-2, in Wednesday’s district final. Cooper Kann (No. 3 singles) and the duo of Michael Kann and Naveen Jain (No. 2 doubles) got the Indians their two points.

While SSA didn’t get its fourth straight title, it did qualify for the state tournament for the sixth straight year and eighth time in nine years. The Indians, who are the defending state champions, will begin their quest for back-to-back PIAA titles Tuesday against the District 10 winner. 


Boys Tennis: North Feature Athlete – Shady Side Academy junior Cooper Kann

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Name: Cooper Kann
School: Shady Side Academy
Grade: 11
Sport: Tennis

Background: Kann plays No. 3 singles for Shady Side Academy and won his match Wednesday in the WPIAL Class AAA team championship over Upper St. Clair’s Anthony Abinanti, 6-1, 6-2. Kann also teamed with his cousin, Michael, to win the Class AAA Section 3 doubles title this year and the duo advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals before losing a hard-fought match, 11-10 (7-5), to Peters Township’s Miguel Ascencio and Ryan Farrell.