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Baseball: Upper St. Clair out to end playoff drought

Written by Brad Everett on .

Two straight years without making the playoffs isn't anything major for most WPIAL programs.

For Upper St. Clair, it's a big surprise.

The Panthers hope to put an end to that streak this season. Coach Jerry Malarkey's team is 3-2 thus far. They went 3-1 against out-of-state teams at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Their only game against a WPIAL team came last Wednesday when the Panthers dropped a 7-5 decision to Canon-McMillan in the Class AAAA Section 5 opener.

Upper St. Clair is scheduled to play a pair of section games this week: Today at Baldwin, and Thursday against Carrick.

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Lacrosse: Upper St. Clair boys off to fine start

Written by Joe Koch on .

In recent years, Upper St. Clair has played a subordinate role to Mt. Lebanon in boys high school lacrosse. That held true last year even though the Panthers finished the season with a 15-3 record. When the season ended, the Panthers could only watch as the Blue Devils played in the WPIAL championship game and advanced to the semifinals of the PIAA Division 1 tournament.

It's too early to tell how things will develop this season. But it's likely the Panthers can't be taken lightly based on the 4-3 record they've accumulated through six games.

Upper St. Clair began the year with successive non-section victories over Chartiers Valley, (14-10, Franklin Regional, 7-6, and Wheeling Central Catholic, 17-4. The Panthers split two games in northeastern Ohio with a 16-7 loss to Cleveland St. Ignatius and a 9-5 victory over Lakewood St. Edward. On March 31, the Panthers dropped an 11-10 non-section game to Pine-Richland, and they fell to Shady Side Academy 4-3 in another non-section game this past Thursday.

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Boys Tennis: Playoff loss drives Upper St. Clair

Written by Keith Barnes on .

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

"A year ago, Upper St. Clair was riding high as it headed into the WPIAL Class AAA team tennis playoffs.

Not only were the Panthers granted the top seed in the tournament, they were perceived to be a squad that could end Shady Side Academy's three-year title reign.

Maybe that was how fourth-seeded Mt. Lebanon, a team Upper St. Clair had defeated twice in section play during the regular season, was able to pull off a 3-2 upset at Bethel Park to eliminate the Panthers from the WPIAL tournament and, subsequently, knock them out of state playoff consideration as well.

That defeat has been a driving force for Upper St. Clair to get back to where it was last season and prove to everyone that the loss to Mt. Lebanon was a fluke."