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Girls Volleyball: New Shaler coach still optimistic

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles new Shaler girls volleyball coach Amanda O'Connor. Read his story below.

Amanda O'Con­nor, the new girls vol­ley­ball coach at Shaler Area High School, had an un­usual se­nior proj­ect for her fi­nal year at Sen­eca Val­ley High School.

"The dis­trict couldn't find a coach for our sev­enth grade boys vol­ley­ball team," said O'Con­nor, who grad­u­ated from Sen­eca Val­ley in 2004. "I of­fered to coach the team as my se­nior proj­ect. It was an un­paid po­si­tion, but a job I'll never for­get it. I fell in love with coach­ing."

Se­niors are re­quired to put in 30 to 40 hours of work on their se­nior proj­ect. O'Con­nor did much more.

"I coached the team ev­ery day af­ter school," said O'Con­nor, who was a three-year starter for the Raid­ers girls var­sity. "I put in prob­a­bly 170 to 190 hours coach­ing the team. It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence. At that point, I knew coach­ing would be in my fu­ture."

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Baseball: Shaler falls one game short of final

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles the Shaler baseball team.

"When baseball teams advance deep into the PIAA playoffs, long bus rides are common.

A win might make the drive home more pleasant, but losses – particularly like the one Shaler Area suffered Tuesday – can make it seem like time isn't moving at all. The Titans likely felt like they were making the journey back from the country Scotland, rather than Green Township Park in Scotland, Pa.

The three-and-a-half-hour trip capped a day that saw the Titans lose a heartbreaker, one that ended their season a win away from reaching the state championship game.

Shaler fell to North Penn, 3-1, in eight innings in a PIAA Class AAAA semifinal. The Titans scored in the first inning and led the entire way until North Penn tied it in the top of the seventh."

 

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Baseball: North Penn ends Shaler's stellar season

Written by Rod Frisco on .

Rod Frisco covered Tuesday's PIAA Class AAAA semifinal between Shaler and North Penn.

"SCOTLAND, Pa. — For six innings, Shaler High School pitcher Jake Potock threw a perfect game in the PIAA Class AAAA baseball semifinals against Lansdale North Penn.

Not that kind of perfect game. He had yielded one hit, and another North Penn base runner had reached on an error. That was the entirety of the North Penn offense, although the Knights would eventually come up with enough for a 3-1, eight-inning triumph.

But at that point, all in attendance at Franklin County's Greene Township Park had no doubt that Potock, a West Virginia University recruit, was in complete control with the Titans holding a 1-0 lead entering the seventh. It was that kind of perfect game. And the end seemed very near.

Then Potock conceded a walk to lead off the seventh. After his seventh and final strikeout, he hit consecutive batters to load the bases."

 

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Baseball: Shaler exacts revenge on Central Catholic

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Drew Karpen profiles the Shaler baseball team.

"The fourth time was the charm for the Shaler Area High School baseball team in its attempt to defeat Central Catholic.

The Titans got swept in the regular-season series and again in the WPIAL Class AAAA semifinals, but ended the Vikings' season with a 3-1 win in the first round of the PIAA playoffs.

"This Central game was personal," Shaler coach Brian Junker said. "We were ready. We fought. We wanted it more."

The Titans felt like they had the opportunities to beat the Vikings during the regular season, losing 1-0, 5-0 and 6-2 in the semifinals. Central then went on to defeat Norwin for the WPIAL championship."

 

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Lacrosse: Shaler girls reveling in WPIAL 'three-peat'

Written by Joe Koch on .

Joe Koch profiles the Shaler girls lacrosse team.

"Shannon Lynch and her Shaler Area High School girls lacrosse teammates didn't have much time to consider the predicament the Titans faced after the first half of their WPIAL Division II championship game last week at Highmark Stadium.

In high school girls lacrosse, halftime lasts just five minutes.

"We were sitting in the huddle, and I was saying to myself: 'It's not going to end this way. We're not leaving like this,'" she said of her team's one-goal deficit against the Blackhawk Cougars.

"We gathered the team, and we said 'This is our game. We don't want to walk away not winning this.'""