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Swimming: Shady Side Academy girls return talented crop

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

The Shady Side Academy girls swim team has consistently been a WPIAL contender and this year should be no different. After losing only three WPIAL qualifiers from a team that won the Section 3-AA championship, the Indians are favorites again in the section in the section. The timing is also right for Shady Side Academy to make a run at a WPIAL title as defending WPIAL Class AA champion West Allegheny moved to Class AAA.

Coach John Landreth's team will be led by juniors Caroline Colville and Lindsey Miller, senior Emily Jaffee and sophomore Ashley Azzarello. Colville won WPIAL gold in the 200 freestyle last season while Azzarello took silver in the 50 freestyle. Last season the Indians finished seventh at WPIALs in the Class AA team standings with 120 team points. With the returning WPIAL qualifiers and a talented crop of freshmen arriving, the Indians could make a run at the title.

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Girls Tennis: North Feature Athlete – Shady Side Academy’s Ananya Dua

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Name: Ananya Dua
School: Shady Side Academy
Grade: 11
Sport: Tennis

Background: Dua completed a terrific junior campaign by winning the PIAA Class AAA state championship Saturday. She didn’t lose a set in her four state tournament matches and finished with a 6-1, 6-1 victory against North Allegheny’s Anna Li in the championship match. Dua beat Li three times this season, although Li did give Dua her only loss of the season in a non-section match. Dua also the Section 3-AAA and WPIAL singles championships and helped Shady Side Academy finish second to North Allegheny in the PIAA Class AAA team championships. As a sophomore, Dua finished second in the section singles tournament and lost in the WPIAL Class AAA singles tournament quarterfinals.

Shady Side Academy coach Jeff Miller: ““I think she improved in all aspects [from her sophomore season]. Her ground strokes are unbelievable – no one hits the ball like her.”

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Field Hockey: Shady Side Academy hopes to build on WPIAL final loss

Written by Joe Koch on .

Erin Weir knew that the 2014 field hockey season would be a work in progress. So, even though her team fell 1-0 in the WPIAL Class AA championship game to The Ellis School this past Tuesday at North Allegheny High's Newman Stadium, she wore a smile.

"All but three (players) will be back next year,' she said. "We have nine freshmen and that's great. Still, we wish we could have won this year."

The Ellis victory blunted the Indians' attempt to win its 14th WPIAL Class AA title. The loss also stopped a skein which saw the Indians win the last three WPIAL Class AA titles in a row.

One of the three players graduating is goalie Gabby Harchelroad, who has started since a freshman season.

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Photo Journal: Field Hockey WPIAL AA Championship - Shady Side Acad. vs Ellis (Oct. 28)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

The WPIAL AA & AAA Championships were held Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014 at North Allegheny High School.  In the AA match Shady Side Academy faced Ellis.  THe only goal of the game was scored by Ellis who defeated Shady Side Academy 1-0.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Football: Shady Side senior makes his mark with fine speed

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Drew Karpen profiles Shady Side Academy football standout Louis Berry.

2014 1030 ShadySideAcademy Football(Photo: Shady Side Academy's Louis Berry has rushed for 1,062 yards this season. Matt Hafley/Post-Gazette)

"Very few high school athletes have the opportunity to play on a team coached by their own parent. That number dwindles when some parents say they don't want to coach their child because they know he or she can receive a better education at another school.

That is the case of Shady Side Academy senior tailback Louis "Manny" Berry IV. His dad is the head coach at University Prep in the city but Manny has been attending Shady Side since he was in sixth grade.

"My parents knew how good of a school Shady Side Academy was so they wanted me to stay," said Berry, a Stanton Heights resident. "It wasn't too tough of a decision."

After finishing the regular season 6-3 in the Allegheny Conference in Class AA, the Indians have qualified for the WPIAL Class AA playoffs. They will play at Mount Pleasant (7-2, 7-1), the Interstate Conference runner-up, at 7:30 p.m. Friday."