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Upper St. Clair 2015 Football Preview

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Upper St. Clair quarterback Jackson Geisler got a baptism by fire at the end of last season.

Because of a concussion to senior Dan Trocano, he was thrust under center to make his first career start in the opening round of the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs against North Allegheny. He finished that game 4 of 14 for 21 yards and had seven carries for minus-35 yards in a 24-0 loss to the Tigers.

But this season, Geisler (6-2, 182, Jr.) has had nearly a year to familiarize himself with playing the position at the varsity level and will have the reins to the offense when the Panthers open against Penn Hills.

"The more reps you get, the more experience you have, and it all helps," coach Jim Render said. "It's like going to the bank. You put money away and you know, eventually, it's going to pay off."

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Blue Chip Chat with Upper St. Clair's Brandon Ford

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Megan Ryan has today's Blue Chip Chat with Upper St. Clair's Brandon Ford.

Name: Brandon Ford
School: Upper St. Clair
Year: Senior
Height: 6-6
Weight: 300
Pos: OL

The scoop
Ford, a right tackle, also plays a bit on the defensive line and long snaps for Upper St. Clair. And while the Panthers are perennial powerhouses in the WPIAL, last season was a down year, as the team finished 4-3 in the Class AAAA Southeastern Conference. Ford missed three games because of mononucleosis in a season that ended when North Allegheny shut out Upper St. Clair, 24-0, in the first round of playoffs.

 

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Boys Tennis: Upper St. Clair falls in PIAA final

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Upper St. Clair participated in the PIAA Class AAA team tournament for the first time since it won the state title in 2008, and the Panthers almost won the whole thing again.

USC won its first two matches in Hershey (plus a first-round state tournament match in Fox Chapel) to reach the PIAA final, but fell to District 1 champion Lower Merion, 3-2. It was the fourth time Lower Merion and USC met in the PIAA title match, with Lower Merion also winning in 2006 and 2007 and USC taking the title in 2008.

The Panthers won both doubles matches, getting a straight-set wins from Sam Schiffman and Josh Meyer at No. 1 doubles and Liam Gibbons and Scott Russell at No. 2 doubles. But the Panthers dropped all three singles matches in straight sets to fall one win short of a state championship. 

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Boys Tennis: Upper St. Clair wins team title

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Keith Barnes profiles the Upper St. Clair boys tennis team.

2015 0515 UpperStClair BTennis(Photo: Josh Meyer, who plays on Upper St. Clair's No. 1 doubles team, returns a shot against Shady Side Academy in the WPIAL Class AAA team tennis championship. Matt Freed/Post-Gazette)

"If there is one sure thing at Upper St. Clair, it's that, if the boys tennis team makes it to the WPIAL Class AAA team finals, it will be coming home with a title.

Since 1995 the Panthers have been in the team championship match 10 times and have won the title every time, including this year when they squeezed past four-time defending champion Shady Side Academy, 3-2, at Bethel Park last week.

"We lost in the semis a few times and took our lumps," Upper St. Clair coach Ron Mercer said. "But I'm proud of that. I got my team ready and gave them the 'have to win' speech."

Now that Upper St. Clair has won the 16th title in school history and first since 2008, the team has reset its goal and the focus has shifted to the PIAA Class AAA tournament, which continues today at the Hershey Racquet Club. With that sojourn to South Central Pennsylvania comes another tradition that the Panthers hope will stand: That every time they make it this far, they play in the state final."

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Photo Journal: Boys Lacrosse Playoff Teams 2015 - Upper St. Clair

Written by Cara DeCarlo on .

It's Thursday, May 14, and the Upper St. Clair Panthers (9-7) are taking on Shady Side Academy (9-7) in the first round of the WPIAL Division 1 playoffs. So, enjoy Sports Town's photos of the Upper St. Clair boys' lacrosse team. These photos were taken alongside video clips; you can view the video clips by clicking here.) All photos and video clips in this post were taken on April 29, 2015 as the Panthers lost to North Allegheny 10-4 at Upper St. Clair.

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