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Shady Side Academy 2015 Football Preview

Written by Brad Everett on .

Coach Dave Havern has guided Shady Side Academy to the postseason eight years in a row, and he'll try to extend that to nine by using the same formula that has worked so often in years past.

"We'll run the football and play good defense. That's our M.O.," said Havern, who is in his 11th season.

The Indians have finished as one of the top three defensive teams in the Allegheny Conference each of the past eight seasons, topping the conference in scoring defense four times. They've also boasted a boatload of talented ball carriers in that time.

After going 6-4 last season, the Indians return seven starters from a defense that surrendered 23.3 points per game, which is a bit higher than the Indians are accustomed to giving up. The top returnee is four-year starter Mike Ware (6-4, 247, Sr., DE), who is receiving Football Championship Subdivision and Ivy League interest. Jordan Conn (6-3, 218, Sr., LB) is back, as are three starters in the secondary — Doc Szlachetka (6-1, 182, Sr., S), Eric Yoest (5-8, 140, Sr., CB) and Clayton Krol (5-10, 174, Jr., CB).

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Lacrosse: Shady Side Academy girls bow out in first round

Written by Joe Koch on .

Shady Side Academy had a short trip to the PIAA girls lacrosse tournament.

The Indians fell to District 3 champion Manheim Township 22-10 in a game played Wednesday afternoon at Cumberland Valley High School.

"Their attack was phenomenal," praised Shady Side Academy coach Emily Schaknowski. "They know how to move the ball, and they did a good job in transition."

Schaknowski said her team was able to score on Manheim Township, but the Indians didn't have the ball often enough to make a dent in the deficit.

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Lacrosse: Shady Side Academy boys lose to Manheim Township

Written by Joe Koch on .

Not long after the Shady Side Academy girls lacrosse team fell to Manheim Township in first-round PIAA tournament game this past Wednesday, a similar fate played out for the Indians' boys lacrosse team as they fell to the Manheim Township boys team, 10-4.

The loss ended the Indians' season at 11-9.

"They're a very skilled team," Indians coach Mike Williams said of the victors. "When they are up, the offense is stellar, the defense is disciplined and their team is well-coached."

Senior midfielder Robbie Woodings paced Shady Side with two goals. Another senior midfielder, Jackson Fitzgerald, and senior attack Patrick Bush added one goal each.

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Lacrosse: Two Shady Side Academy teams advance to PIAA playoffs

Written by Joe Koch on .

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.

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Boys Tennis: Indians’ title defense comes up short

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

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).