Quaker Valley boys win 5th in a row
The Quaker Valley boys basketball team is finding its rhythm in section play.
The Quakers (10-3, 3-2) recorded their fifth consecutive victory overall and third straight in section play with a 76-43 win at Northgate on Friday.
Senior Micah Glenn led three Quaker Valley scorers in double figures, hitting four 3-pointers to finish the game with 19 points. Senior Burke Moser added 13 points and seven rebounds, and junior Christian Miller chipped in a career-high 12 points off the bench.
The Quakers outscored the Flames, 26-5, in the second quarter.
During Quaker Valley's winning streak, four of the five victories have come by at least 20 points. Earlier last week, the Quakers beat South Side Beaver, 71-30, as Glenn again led the team with 15 points.
Quaker Valley began a two-game home stretch with a game Tuesday against Freedom. The Quakers will host Carlynton at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The Sewickley Academy boys basketball team posted its two largest victories of the season on back-to-back days over the weekend.
Senior John O'Malley scored 17 points and senior Firas Termanini added 15 as the Panthers beat Shady Side Academy, 60-38, in nonsection play Saturday.
That victory came one day an 87-25 rout of Aquinas Academy on Friday. In that game, Sewickley Academy (5-7, 2-1) raced out to a 27-6 lead after one quarter and widened their advantage to 57-13 at halftime. Junior J.P. Bowell led a balanced attack by scoring 11 points, and sophomore Anthony Muscato added 10 points.
The back-to-back victories enabled Sewickley Academy to bounce back from a 57-55 loss to Eden Christian on Jan. 8. Junior Keenan Hickton scored 19 points as the Panthers' fourth-quarter rally came up short.
Sewickley Academy hosted Vincentian on Tuesday and will travel to North Catholic on Friday.
Senior Rachel Smith scored 20 points, but it wasn't enough as the Quaker Valley girls basketball team lost, 57-43, to Allderdice in nonsection play Jan. 10.
The Quakers played evenly with Allderdice in the second half of the nonsectionmatchup, but it wasn't enough to overcome a 24-9 halftime deficit. Sydnee Abernathy scored 29 points for Allderdice.
The loss was Quaker Valley's second in a row, as the team fell, 58-44, to section foe Keystone Oaks on Jan. 7. Senior Sierra Perlik scored 21 points for the Quakers (6-5, 3-2).
Quaker Valley got back into conference play with a game at Moon on Monday, and the Quakers will travel to Montour for another section contest Thursday night.
Sewickley Academy, meanwhile, split a pair of conference games last week. The Panthers (5-6, 2-3) beat Western Beaver 42-21 on Jan. 7 before a 54-23 loss to Quigley Catholic on Jan. 10.
Against Western Beaver, freshman Maddy Casale led the team with 14 points as Sewickley Academy gained control in the opening quarter. The Panthers led, 9-1, after the first quarter and never looked back in the victory.
The Panthers didn't have the same success against first-place Quigley Catholic. Junior Katelyn Ripple scored 10 points, but Quigley Catholic took a 38-10 lead into halftime and finished off the victory in the second half.
Sewickley hosted Aliquippa in a section game Tuesday and will head to Rochester for a game at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The Sewickley Academy hockey team lost its third straight game, as the Panthers (1-3) couldn't overcome an early deficit in a 7-4 loss to The Kiski School. Sewickley Academy scored 11 goals in its opening-game victory over Western Reserve Academy but scored just eight goals in the three losses.
The Panthers returned to action Wednesday with a game against Shady Side Academy.
Swimming and diving
The QV/SA swimming and diving teams opened league play with mixed results Jan. 10 against West Allegheny. The boys team continued its strong start, moving to 4-0 on the season with a 97-58 victory. The girls team dropped to 2-2 with a 105-78 loss.
The teams will square off against Beaver Area in a section meet at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Sewickley YMCA.
Quaker Valley's club bowling teams played a pair of division matches last week. The boys improved to 4-0 with 7-0 victories over Avonworth on Jan. 9 and Moon on Jan. 10, while the girls team lost both matches by 7-0 scores to fall to 1-3.
Both teams returned to action Wednesday against North Hills.
Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.