High school roundup: Wrestling co-op a step closer for Quaker Valley students
By Doug Gulasy
Published: Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, 10:00 a.m.
The effort for a cooperative wrestling agreement between Quaker Valley and Moon Area School District passed another step last week, as Quaker Valley School Board approved the agreement at its meeting Oct. 9.
Moon, which competes in Section 4-AAA, would be the host school under the agreement, slated to run during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.
Next, the WPIAL will review the agreement and vote on it, followed by the PIAA. Both votes are expected before the beginning of the winter sports season on Nov. 16. If the agreement is approved, that allows Quaker Valley wrestlers to compete under the Moon umbrella this season.
Quaker Valley athletic director Mike Mastroianni said district officials looked into the potential agreement and determined it would be “a win-win situation.”
“They're already at the highest classification, so it really wouldn't move them by adding a few of our numbers, depending on how many numbers we get,” Mastroianni said. “And then affording our student-athletes another opportunity at a different sport where there's interest, we felt that if we were able to do that, it would be a great gain for us.”
Mastroianni said a youth wrestling group formed recently in the Quaker Valley district, indicating interest from students in the sport.
“I think that might engage some kids at a younger age,” he said. “Then as they get older and come to the middle school at Quaker Valley and the high school, they may continue to wrestle.”
Both Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy began WPIAL playoff action by hosting first-round matches on Monday. The matches were to be completed past the deadline for this week's edition.
Defending WPIAL and PIAA champion Sewickley Academy and WPIAL runner-up Quaker Valley finished tied atop Section 6-AA with identical 11-1 records. They split their two matches during the regular season.
The Quakers (13-2, 11-1) hosted third-place finisher Keystone Oaks of Section 5-AA on Monday, and the Panthers (11-3, 11-1) hosted Section 1-AA third-place finisher Mt. Pleasant.
If the teams advanced, Quaker Valley would host the winner of the Indiana-Thomas Jefferson match, while Sewickley Academy would take on the winner of Derry-Vincentian.
Junior J.P. Bowell scored with 15 minutes remaining in the first half to lift Sewickley Academy to a 1-0 section victory over Our Lady of the Sacred Heart on Oct. 11. The Panthers (15-0-1, 12-0) also beat conference opponent South Side Beaver, 10-0, on Oct. 9, as eight different Sewickley players scored.
Sewickley traveled to Beaver on Wednesday for its final regular-season game. The game was to be played past the deadline for this week's edition.
Quaker Valley suffered its second loss of the season last week, falling 2-1 to West Allegheny on Oct. 9. The Quakers (12-2-1, 10-2) rebounded by beating Montour, 3-2, on Oct. 11. Tuesday, they traveled to Moon, with WPIAL playoff rounds scheduled to begin today.
Like the school's boys team, the Sewickley Academy girls soccer team also continued its unbeaten season last week.
In a tight nonsection battle with Shady Side Academy on Oct. 11, junior midfielder Ali Torrence scored with about four minutes remaining to give Sewickley a hard-fought 2-1 win. The Panthers (16-0-1, 3-0) had sealed their perfect conference record on Oct. 10, as sophomore Molly Lennen scored to give them a 1-0 win over Our Lady of the Sacred Heart. The team traveled to Avonworth on Monday in its final tune-up before the playoffs.
Quaker Valley recorded a pair of shutout victories last week, beating West Allegheny 3-0 on Oct. 8 and Montour 1-0 on Oct. 10. The Quakers (14-2-1, 11-2) hosted Ambridge on Monday.
Quaker Valley competed in the Midwestern Athletic Conference championship meet last week at Brush Creek Park in Beaver Falls. The girls team finished second with 88 points, behind champion Moon (50). Senior Rachel Skolnekovich (sixth) and freshman Hannah Bablak (eighth) turned in top-10 performances.
The boys team finished in fourth place behind champion Mars, as senior Roy Hadfield paced the Quakers with a fifth-place individual finish.
Sewickley Academy split a meet against Eden Christian Academy last week. The girls team won its matchup, 24-31, while the boys lost, 43-19. The Panthers will head to Cooper's Lake near Slippery Rock today for the Tri-State Coaches Association Invitational, slated to begin at 4:30 p.m.
Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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