Lacrosse: Shady Side Academy advances to PIAA tournament

Written by Joe Koch on .

Competing in close games is becoming familiar for Shady Side Academy's boys lacrosse team. The Indians survived a double-overtime thriller to beat Pine-Richland in a PIAA play-in game a year ago. On Friday night, the Indians didn't have to work as long, but they had to work hard to beat Upper St. Clair, 10-7, in the 2017 WPIAL Class 3A third-place game at Robert Morris.

"We're used to [close games] in the WPIAL 3rd-4th or PIAA play-in game," said Shady Side coach Dan Usaj. "Upper St Clair is a very good team, but we're used to these play-in games being very close."

The victory earned the Indians a berth in the PIAA Class 3A tournament where they will meet District 6 champion State College at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Cumberland Valley High School.

Usaj said his team has relied much on it senior leadership, but some young players have made some valuable contributions.


Lacrosse: Shady Side Academy turns up heat in playoffs

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Going into the WPIAL Class 3A boys tournament as the No. 3 seed, the Shady Side Academy Indians -- like No. 4 seed Upper St. Clair -- had to to work a little harder as they had to win a first-round game over Shaler, 13-3, before meeting Seneca Valley in the quarterfinals.

The Indians entered the postseason with a 10-7 overall record, but where they really displayed their mettle was against WPIAL Class 3A Section 2 teams. That's where they finished with a 7-0 record.

The season appeared doomed as they entered the last few minutes of their second-round game trailing Seneca Valley, 11-10. But two late goals turned the tide and earned the Indians a 12-11 victory and a berth in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Mars against Peters Township.

These two teams did not meet in the regular season. Just two of the Indians' losses came against WPIAL opponents. One of them -- Mt. Lebanon -- is in the semifinals. The other was North Allegheny, which lost to Mt. Lebanon in the semifinals.


Boys Tennis: Surgery sidelines top-seeded team in WPIAL Doubles Tournament

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

A year ago Shady Side Academy’s Naman Dua and Tanay Kumta were the biggest surprise of the WPIAL Class 3A doubles tournament when they came out of the No. 7 slot and made it all the way to the championship match where they lost to eventual state runners-up Jared Isaacs and Richard Hofmann of North Allegheny.

This year they were the No. 1 seed but never got out of the gate.

On Thursday morning, Kumta was rushed to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy. Without a partner, Dua was forced to resign because of injury, which vacated the top spot on the bracket.


Golf: Shady Side Academy's Morrow signs with Bucknell

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Shady Side Academy senior Casey Morrow officially signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent to play golf at Bucknell University on April 12.

Morrow has played the No. 1 position on the SSA varsity girls' golf team for four years, helping the team to a PIAA Class AAA Championship as a senior this past fall. The team also finished second in the WPIAL in 2016 after placing fifth the previous three years.


Individually, Morrow finished in the top 15 of the WPIAL Class AAA Girls Golf Individual Championship in each of her four years at SSA. She also has been an active player on the junior golf circuit.


Boys Tennis: Shady Side Academy looking to regroup

Written by Keith Barnes on .

It wouldn't be a reach to say Shady Side Academy had to regroup heading into this season.

In 2016, the Indians failed to reach the WPIAL 3A finals for the first time since 2009 and it took a string of upsets by the No. 2 doubles team to even get a representative in the state finals.

Though the team will be led by senior Tanay Kumta at No. 1 singles, this is a young team. Chris Caputo, who may see limited action in doubles, is the only other senior, while sophomore Naman Dua and junior Luke Uhlman will hold up the other two singles spots.

Kumta and Dua were the seventh-seeded doubles team that made it all the way to the WPIAL finals before losing to then-defending state champions Jared Isaacs and Richard Hofmann of North Allegheny.