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

Written by Joe Koch on .

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."



Boys Lacrosse: Dramatic win lifts Shady Side Academy to rematch with Mt. Lebanon

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Throughout his outstanding career, Shady Side Academy senior attack/midfielder Dan Marous has scored the big goal at just the right time for the Indians. On Thursday night, in a first-round PiAA game against Manheim Township, the No. 4 team from District 3, Marous came through again with about three minutes remaining in the second overtime in a 3-2 Indians' victory.

The victory propelled the 15-4 Indians into a rematch of the WPIAL Division 1 championship game which saw the Indians break open a close game in the third quarter en route to a 7-2 victory over Mt. Lebanon. Game time is 3 p.m. today at Moon High School. The winner meets the winner of another second round game between District 12 champion LaSalle College and Penncrest, the No. 5 team from District 1, in Tuesday's semifinals.

But as Shady Side Academy coach Michael Williams pointed out, Marous' heroics would never have taken place had it not been for a tenacious defensive effort and two clutch goals by junior attack Alec Bernstein and senior midfielder Michael Concordia in the third quarter that tied the game and sent the game into overtime.


Tennis: Grubbs comes up one match short again

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After winning back-to-back district titles with Alok Nimgaonkar in 2012 and 2013, Chris Grubbs won his third consecutive WPIAL Class AAA doubles title this season with Michael Kann.

But just like he did with Nimgaonkar last season, Grubbs fell one match short of winning the state championship with Kann last weekend in Hershey.

The Shady Side Academy duo won their first three matches to advance to the state final, where it lost to North Allegheny’s Kevin Goth and Jared Isaacs, 6-4, 6-4.