Local roundup: New coach to lead Quaker Valley baseball
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A former section rival will lead the Quaker Valley baseball team this spring.
Todd Goble, the coach at Northgate since 2001, will take over as the Quakers' coach. He succeeds Brandon Thurber, who went 10-6 last season, his first as Quaker Valley coach.
“We're very excited to have someone with his years of experience in our baseball program,” Quaker Valley athletic director Mike Mastroianni said. “We feel our baseball program has been heading in the right direction, and with his experience as a head coach and the number of years he's had in baseball, I think it's a perfect match.”
Goble led Northgate to three playoff appearances from 2004-06 but went 23-82 in the six seasons since. Last season, the Flames finished 3-17 while competing in Section 2-AA with Quaker Valley. Goble also spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Montour.
Quaker Valley last advanced to the WPIAL playoffs in 2006, when the Quakers lost in the first round to Steel Valley.
The Sewickley Academy boys basketball team dropped below .500 in section play with a pair of losses last week.
The Panthers (5-9, 2-3) lost, 81-55, to Vincentian on Jan. 15 and followed that up with a 67-58 loss at North Catholic on Jan. 18.
Junior J.P. Bowell scored 18 points against North Catholic, but Sewickley Academy couldn't overcome a 22-5 deficit after the first quarter.
Sewickley Academy faced Clairton Tuesday in nonsection play and will travel to Quigley Academy for a section contest Thursday.
Quaker Valley is beginning to solidify its playoff chances after picking up two section victories last week.
The Quakers (9-5, 5-2) beat section foes Moon on Jan. 14 and Montour on Jan. 17 to hold on to the second-place position in Section 5-AAA. The team also defeated Westinghouse, 47-35, in nonsection play Saturday.
Senior Sierra Perlik scored 64 points in the Quakers' three games last week, including 27 in the 50-33 victory over Montour. Fellow senior Rachel Smith added 51 points, including 26 in the Quakers' 57-52 win against Moon.
Quaker Valley returned to action with a section game Monday against Trinity. Thursday, the Quakers will travel to play section leader South Park.
Sewickley Academy's girls basketball team didn't fare as well last week, as the Panthers lost section games to Cornell and Union.
Against Cornell, the Panthers (5-8, 2-5) scored a season low in points. Freshman Maddy Casale led the team with four points in a 50-14 loss.
Casale (10 points) and junior Katelyn Ripple (11) reached double figures against Union, but the Panthers couldn't come back from a 17-5 first-quarter deficit and fell 45-35.
Sewickley Academy looked to bounce back with a home game Tuesday against Aliquippa. The Panthers will play at Rochester on Thursday.
Freshman Connor Quinn scored a hat trick and added two assists as the Quaker Valley hockey team blanked Bishop McCort, 10-0, on Jan. 14.
Junior Jimmy Perkins added two goals and two assists, and senior Clayton Bouchard also tallied two goals as the Quakers (13-0) continued their unbeaten season. The Quakers scored on 10 of their 15 shots and held Bishop McCort to two shots.
Quaker Valley will play Thomas Jefferson on Thursday at Bethel Park BladeRunners. The Quakers beat the Jaguars, 5-0, in their first meeting this season.
Sewickley Academy's hockey team recorded its second victory of the season with a 7-0 shutout of Shady Side Academy on Jan. 16. With the win, the Panthers (2-3) snapped a three-game losing streak.
The Quaker Valley boys club bowling team continued its strong season with a 7-0 victory over North Hills on Jan. 16. The girls team lost, 7-0. Both teams squared off Wednesday against Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, in a match that ended past the deadline for this week's edition.
Sewickley Academy's boys and girls bowling teams lost, 7-0, to Hopewell on Jan. 16. They faced Rochester on Wednesday at Beaver Valley Bowl.
Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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