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Basketball: Shaler grad living her dream overseas

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel profiles Shaler graduate Val McQuade, who is now playing professional basketball in Germany.

"The distinctive sounds of drums, whistles and loud chants can be heard each time Val McQuade steps onto the basketball court for the ChemCats Chemnitz of Germany.

Such is life in the Damen Basketball Bundesliga (DBBL), the country's premier 12-team professional league with a rowdy and reveling fan base.

Game nights often feel like a New Year's Eve party for the rookie McQuade and her teammates.

"The crowds can be very loud and animated," said McQuade, a graduate of Shaler High and Niagara University. "It is definitely different than playing in college. The atmosphere is awesome and challenging.""

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Hockey: North Feature Athlete - Shaler's Mitchel Fuchs

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Mitchel Fuchs
School: Shaler
Grade: 12
Sport: Hockey
Position: Forward

Background: Fuchs is the leading scorer for Shaler this season with 15 goals and 21 points and has helped the Titans surge into the postseason conversation with a three-game unbeaten streak. Fuchs had a hat trick in his last game before the break as he picked up four points in a win over Bishop Canevin. He also had a three-goal game in an early-season win against Penn-Trafford.

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Girls Basketball: Shaler hangs with North Allegheny, Pine-Richland heading into holidays

Written by Joe Koch on .

To no one's surprise, North Allegheny and Pine-Richland sported unbeaten overall records heading into the final week of 2016 with the Tigers sporting an overall record of 6-0 heading into this week's holiday tournament at North Allegheny. Right with the Tigers were the 6-0 Pine-Richland Rams following a 66-47 victory this past Thursday over 5A power Mars.

But the team that could be turning some heads is the Shaler Titans, who also have a 6-0 record following a 33-28 non-section victory over Bethel Park this past Thursday. Prior to the victory over Bethel Park, the Titans had scored some solid victories over St. Mary's Ryken of Maryland, 53-40, and Anacostia High of Washington, D.C., in the She Got Game Classic. Following that were victories over Plum, 42-32, Moon, 47-39, and Peters Township, 40-35. The latter school entered the preseason as the No. 2 ranked team in 6A.

Already, Shaler has won more than half the games it won last year when it was 10-12 overall. The Titans were 4-8 in 4A, Section 3 and failed to qualify for the 2016 WPIAL tournament as they finished fifth. A year ago, the Titans won their fifth game on Dec. 29, 2016. After that win, which gave them a two-game winning streak, the Titans won two games in a row just once for the rest of the season. Have things changed? The new year may answer that question. For now, though, things look bright for the Titans and coach Cornelious Nesbit.

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Hockey: Shaler on a hot streak

Written by Keith Barnes on .

A few weeks ago, Shaler was in the bottom half of the Class 2A East Division and it didn't look like the team would get out of it any time soon.

Flash forward to today, and the Titans are not only back in the postseason hunt, they have an outside chance of winning the division.

In its last five games, Shaler (6-5-1) is 3-1-1 and has knocked off defending Penguins Cup champion Bishop Canevin, tied runner-up Mars an ousted a North Hills team that was coming off an upset win over previously undefeated Plum. The Titans have gotten timely goals from forward Mitchel Fuchs, who leads the team with 15, including two game-winners and, of Mitchell Werry's eight goals, three have been clinchers.

Shaler will have a few weeks to rest on its laurels after Tuesday's win against the Crusaders as they will not be back on the ice until Jan. 10 when the Titans play winless Fox Chapel.

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Wrestling: All-Time Teams - Shaler

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Southwestern Pennsylvania has been a hotbed for high school wrestling since the WPIAL held its first tournament in 1936. The Sports Town website will honor the WPIAL's best wrestlers of all-time during the 2016-17 season. Wrestling Historian Ken "Stats" Wunderley, with the help of former Mt. Lebanon coach Bill Lewis, will pick an All-Time Team for 60 high schools from the WPIAL.

The All-Time Teams will feature the best wrestlers from those schools. We will feature 6 high schools each Wednesday on Sports Town for 10 weeks during the season. The All-Time lists reflect high school accomplishments only. College and international accomplishments were not considered.

The featured schools for Week 2 are: Beth-Center, Elizabeth Forward, Hampton, Seneca Valley, Shaler, and Penn-Trafford.

Edward Peery is clearly the top Shaler Township wrestler. Peery was a three-time WPIAL champ, a three-time PIAA finalist, and two-time PIAA champion. Below is Shaler Township's eight wrestlers in alphabetical order.

Shaler Township All-Time Top 8
* John Ashbaugh (1961)
* Rich Brown (1969)
* Herb Dodd (1958)
* Bob Kopnisky (1961)
* John Kuzniewski (1961)
* Edward Perry (1953) *** MVP ***
* John Relyea (1964)
* Ray Tokar (1964)

Troy Letters is clearly the top Shaler wrestler. He was a four-time WPIAL Class AAA champion, three-time PIAA finalist, and two-time PIAA champion. Below is Shaler's 15 wrestlers in alphabetical order.

Shaler All-Time Top 15
* Taylor Letters (2003)
* Troy Letters (2001) *** MVP ***
* Micky Moran (2004)
* Keith Nellis (1973)
* Kevin Nellis (1974)
* Kraig Nellis (1979)
* Kyle Nellis (1982)
* Ken Nellis (1981)
* Matt Nelson (2007)
* Nick Nelson (2007)
* D.J. Schilling (2000)
* Shaun Shapert (1996)
* Bob Siar Jr. (1979)
* Mike Yusika (1988)
* Greg Zimmerman (1983)

Click here to see detailed stats of the Shaler Township and Shaler wrestlers considered for this list.

Click here to see the All-Time List Schedule & Index