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Shady Side Academy to rename court iin honor of late former star player

| Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, 9:24 p.m.

Shady Side Academy will honor the late Peter Sauer Thursday night by naming the basketball court at Mellon Gym in his honor.

The ceremony will take place prior to the 7:30 p.m. tip off between Shady Side and Highlands.

Sauer, a key member of the Indians' 1995 PIAA Class AA state championship team, died during a pickup basketball game July 8 near his New York City home. He was 35.

Shady Side officials said the annual holiday scholastic basketball tournament will now be known as the Peter Sauer Memorial Basketball Tournament.

“Peter Sauer '95 Court” will be emblazoned at the baselines of the gym, located at the school's Fox Chapel campus.

Shady Side boys varsity basketball players will wear a “PS” uniform patch for the remiander of this season.

The brief ceremony Thursday will include remarks from Shady Side athletic director Gene Deal, former Shady Side player and assistant coach Dean Kartsonas, along with Sauer's widow, Amanda.

When he graduated, Sauer was the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,890 points, and he collected 999 rebounds, despite missing 14 games of the 1994-95 season with a broken wrist.

Sauer's brother, Alex, was a point guard on that team.

At Stanford University, Sauer helped the Cardinal to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Final Four berth in 1998.

His father, Mark, was the Pirates president from 1991-96.

Sauer also is survived by three daughters and his mother, Georgia.

George Guido is a freelance writer.

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