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Girls Tennis: Upper St. Clair in a different position

Written by Keith Barnes on .

This time of the year is usually when Upper. St. Clair is gearing up for a run in the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs.

When the season ends next week, however, the Panthers will be in the mix, but not a favorite to move on to the state tournament.

On Monday, Upper St. Clair lost a 4-1 decision to Mt. Lebanon and that on the heels of a defeat at the hands of Peters Township last week. Those two losses will likely move the Panthers down to a third-place qualifier in the WPIAL tournament and, likely, no higher than a No. 7 seed.

Upper St. Clair can still make an impression on the steering committee if it defeats Montour on Monday.

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Girls Tennis: South Feature Athlete - Upper St. Clair freshman Marlo Schiffman

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Name: Marlo Schiffman
School: Upper St. Clair
Grade: 9
Sport: Girls Tennis

Background: Schiffman is one of the top freshmen in the state and took over as the Panthers No. 1 singles player at the start of the season. She finished second to Franklin Regional's Natalia Perry in the Fox Chapel junior clay court finals as an eighth grader last year. Schiffman is currently ranked fifth among Pennsylvania freshmen and second in her class in the WPIAL behind Charlotte James of Fox Chapel.

 

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Girls Soccer: Upper St. Clair begins state title defense in proper form

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Upper St. Clair captured the PIAA Class 3A championship last season. The Panthers began their 2016 campaign with a tour de force of Pennsylvania programs. They began by playing a pair of District 10 powers over the Labor Day weekend. Upper St. Clair blanked Mercyhurst Prep, 3-0, in the South Hills Classic on Friday played at Century United Field, home of South Park. The next day they traveled up north to visit Erie McDowell, which they edged, 2-1, at McDowell High School Upper St. Clair will begin its WPIAL campaign when it hosts Fox Chapel Tuesday night at 8 p.m.

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Field Hockey: South Feature Athlete - Upper St. Clair's Lauren Wholey

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Name: Lauren Wholey
School: Upper St. Clair
Grade: 10
Sport: Field Hockey
Position: Defense

Background: Lauren participated in the World Affairs Club at Upper St. Clair where she and her fellow club members discussed current events. She also volunteers at the Homestead-based Rainbow Kitchen. Lauren also made cookies in a fundraiser to assist people affected by a tornado that struck Moore, Okla. She hopes to join Kids Helping Kids and the Future Business Leaders of America. For the past two seasons, Lauren has played club field hockey with the Pittsburgh Venom. A highest honor roll student, Lauren plans to be part of the junior volunteer program at Magee-Women's Hospital. Lauren would love to play field hockey in college if the opportunity presents itself.

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Cross Country: South Feature Athlete - Upper St. Clair's Savannah Shaw

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Name: Savannah Shaw
School: Upper St. Clair
Grade: 11
Sport: Cross Country

Background: Shaw is a year-round runner at Upper St. Clair. During the 2015-2016 sports seasons, Shaw advanced to the state championship competitions in cross country, indoor track (mile run) and outdoor track and field (1,600m run). This is an impressive feat noting that last year was her first year competing in track and field for Upper St. Clair.

In addition to athletics, Shaw is a motivated student in the classroom, maintaining very high grades. A cello player, she is an active musician in high school orchestra and Honors Orchestra. Outside of school she also devotes her time to Young Life.