High school roundup: Sewickley Academy basketball qualifies for postseason
The Sewickley Academy boys basketball team will play in the postseason again.
Back-to-back wins last week enabled the Panthers (8-9, 5-3) to solidify themselves as at least the third-place team in Section 2-A with two section games remaining.
Sewickley Academy ended the week with a 60-27 victory over Aquinas Academy on Senior Night — and fittingly enough, the Panthers' seniors led the way.
Firas Termanini scored 15 points and fellow senior Jordan Milo added 11 as Sewickley took advantage from the opening quarter. The Panthers outscored Aquinas 17-2 in the first period and extended their lead to 42-12 by halftime.
Earlier in the week, Sewickley Academy came away with a 56-44 section victory over Eden Christian. Junior Ty Roberts led the Panthers with 15 points, while Milo chipped in with 11.
The Panthers traveled to play section leader Vincentian Academy on Tuesday night. The game ended past the deadline for this week's edition.
A move up to Class AAA hasn't slowed the Quaker Valley girls basketball team, and the Quakers have a postseason berth as proof.
Quaker Valley (11-7, 7-4) split a pair of games last week, but the Quakers remain on track to finish in second or third place in Section 5-AAA.
The Quakers began the week with a 47-43 victory over South Fayette on Jan. 28. Senior Sierra Perlik scored 28 points, and Quaker Valley outscored the Lions 21-12 in the fourth quarter to notch a come-from-behind victory.
Perlik followed that performance up by scoring 18 points in a 44-42 loss to Keystone Oaks on Jan. 31. Freshman Moriah Wigley added 10 points for the Quakers.
Quaker Valley hosted nonsection opponent New Brighton on Monday. The game ended past the deadline for this week's edition.
Sewickley Academy, meanwhile, ended its six-game losing streak in emphatic fashion with a 60-8 triumph over winless Western Beaver on Jan. 31. Freshman Maddy Casale scored 14 points, while junior Amanda McLeod and sophomore Kayla Guerin added 10 points apiece.
The Panthers (6-12, 3-7) couldn't keep the winning going, however, falling to Eden Christian by a 31-26 final score on Feb. 1. Junior Katelyn Ripple scored 17 points, but Sewickley Academy couldn't overcome a 20-3 halftime deficit.
The team also lost to nonsection opponent Ellis School on Jan. 28.
Sewickley Academy traveled to play Quigley Catholic on Monday.
Freshman Connor Quinn continued his torrid scoring pace, recording a hat trick as the Quaker Valley hockey team defeated Deer Lakes, 8-1, on Jan. 28.
The Quakers (15-0) actually dealt with their first deficit of the PIHL season, as Deer Lakes' Vincent Casale scored a shorthanded goal just 1:26 into the game. But senior Clayton Bouchard tallied an unassisted goal at the 5:09 mark, and sophomore Adam Pilewicz scored a power-play goal at 13:13 to give Quaker Valley a 2-1 lead after the first period.
Quinn scored twice in the second period — once on the power play and once while shorthanded — and added an even-strength goal in the third. Bouchard and Pilewicz each finished with a goal and two assists, and senior Jonathan Pijar made 19 saves to earn the victory in goal.
Quaker Valley hosted winless Greensburg Central Catholic on Monday at Airport Ice Arena.
Swimming and diving
The QV/SA boys swimming and diving team continued its unbeaten campaign with a 111-70 victory over Blackhawk on Jan. 31. The team moved its record to 7-0 overall and 4-0 in league play.
The girls swimming and diving team fell to 3-4 on the season and 1-3 in section meets with a 110-76 loss to Blackhawk.
Both teams will travel to Hopewell on Thursday for a road meet against the Vikings.
Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.