Shady Side Academy 2014 Football Preview

Written by Justin Criado on .

When Shady Side Academy coach Dave Havern talks about the losses of 2013 Post-Gazette North Xtra Fab 22 all-stars Chuck Calabrese and Dennis Briggs and Jarred Brevard, who all graduated last year, it's not hard to hear what the trio meant to the program.

"You don't replace guys like Briggs and Brevard and Calabrese," Havern said. "They're special guys. They just did great work for us for three, four years."

The seniors accumulated 1,622 yards of total offense and 25 touchdowns between them a season ago, but for as much production as they provided for the Indians, Havern believes this year's success lies in the proverbial trenches.

"The whole starting offensive and defensive line is back so that's a big help," Havern said.


Football: Shady Side lineman strikes the right chord

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Justin Criado profiles Shady Side Academy player Zach Kosbie.

"The chaotic sounds of football season create a unique symphony this time of year.

The crescendo of each play. The popping of pads. The involuntary grunts of players colliding. The referee's whistle serving as the football equivalent of a conductor's baton.

The analogies could go on, but for Shady Side Academy senior Zach Kosbie, his concert performances aren't limited to a handful of Friday nights each fall because he's also an accomplished concert cellist.

"I got into football around the same time I got into the cello," Kosbie said. "I was in third grade, kind of looking for something to do, and both seemed kind of natural.""



Baseball: Minor League Update - Tim Giel (Shady Side Academy)

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(Sports Town is featuring updates on WPIAL baseball players who are currently playing in the major or minor leagues. The posts were compiled by veteran baseball writer John Perrotto. We will feature two players every day.)

Tim Giel has an impressive resume that includes earning a computer science degree from an Ivy League School.

The "real world," though, can wait for the Shady Side Academy graduate and Gibsonia resident.

The right-hander is trying to beat the odds as a non-drafted free agent in professional baseball. The Yankees signed him after he was bypassed in last year's draft in a case of hoping a local kid makes good as Giel went to college in New York at Columbia.

Giel, 23, is working out of the bullpen for short season Staten Island in the New York-Penn League. He is 0-1 with 4.76 ERA in four games.


Boys Lacrosse: Plenty of experience returning for Shady Side Academy

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A lot of "what-ifs" would have been warranted following Shady Side Academy's 7-6 loss to Mt. Lebanon in the second round of the PIAA Boys Tournament this past Saturday at Moon.

But coach Michael Williams does not like to make excuses, and neither do his players.

"It doesn't matter what the score is," the first-year coach said. "We're always battling, and that's what we're about."

Nine players have graduated, four of them starters. The list of departing players includes goalie Tucker Gillman and attack/midfielder Dan Marous, who led the team this season with 63 goals and 32 assists.


Boys Lacrosse: Shady Side Academy bows in state playoffs

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Joe Koch profiles the Shady Side Academy boys lacrosse team.

"Shady Side Academy coach Michael Williams knew that his team would face a tall challenge when it met Mt. Lebanon this past Saturday in a PIAA Division I lacrosse tournament quarterfinal game at Moon.

"Mt. Lebanon always gives us a four-quarter game," said Williams, shortly after his team's 7-6 loss to the Blue Devils.

Mt. Lebanon met Penncrest in a PIAA semifinal game Tuesday at Cumberland Valley High. Mt. Lebanon lost that game, 15-10.

The series between the two teams turned out to be a best-of-three. Mt. Lebanon won the regular-season match against Shady Side, 5-4, on March 31. The Indians evened the season series with a 7-2 victory in the WPIAL Division I championship game May 23 at Highmark Stadium."