WPIAL realignment shakes up some Sewickley Valley teams
By Nathan Smith
Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014, 9:12 p.m.
When the 2014 fall sports season rolls round, the Sewickley area teams are going to have to deal with some new surroundings.
The WPIAL announced section alignments for the 2014-15 fall sports season, and several area teams are on the move.
The Quaker Valley football team will remain in the Century Conference in Class AA, which will feature new members East Allegheny, Carlynton and Sto-Rox in addition to previous members Keystone Oaks, Seton-La Salle, South Allegheny, South Fayette, South Park and Steel Valley.
In boys soccer, Quaker Valley's home in Section 5-AA will remain unchanged outside of the exiting Carrick and entering Steel Valley. Other teams in the section include Keystone Oaks, Montour, Obama Academy, South Fayette and West Allegheny. Section 5-A will see a new addition in Freedom, which will look to challenge defending WPIAL and PIAA champion Sewickley Academy. Other teams in the section include Beaver County Christian, Neshannock, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Quigley and Riverside.
The Quaker Valley girls soccer team will jump from Section 5-AA to 3-AA and will face Ambridge, Beaver, Blackhawk, Central Valley, Hopewell and Montour.
Sewickley Academy will move from Section 5-A to 3-A and face Avonworth, Bishop Canevin, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, Carlynton, Eden Christian, Seton-La Salle and Vincentian Academy.
Girls tennis saw both classes consolidate into four sections. Quaker Valley will move to Section 2-AA with Beaver, Beaver Falls, Blackhawk, Central Valley, Ellwood City, Hopewell, Neshannock, New Brighton, Riverside and Rochester. Sewickley Academy will compete in Section 4-AA against Ambridge, Avella, Bishop Canevin, Carlynton, Ellis School, Fort Cherry, Keystone Oaks, Winchester Thurston and Vincetian Academy.
Cross country will no longer compete under classes but instead two Divisions — Division I for larger schools and II for smaller. Quaker Valley (Class AA for postseason races) and Sewickley Academy (A in the postseason races) will compete in Section 2 of Division II against Avonworth, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, Eden Christian, Freedom, New Brighton, Northgate, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Vincetian Academy.
The Panthers and Quakers boys golf teams will remain in a Section 9-AA that saw some slight changes and will feature Cornell, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Quigley, Rochester and Vincentian Academy.
The Sewickley Academy girls golf team will remain in Section 2-AA. Defending WPIAL champion Central Valley left the section and jumped to Class AAA. The section now will be made up of Ambridge, Ellwood City, Hopewell, Seton-La Salle and South Side Beaver.
Quaker Valley volleyball will remain in Section 2-AA, which added Montour and Sto-Rox to a lineup that also includes Ambridge, Central Valley, Freedom and Lincoln Park.
The Panthers field hockey team will be Class AA in 2014 and will face Aquinas Academy, Ellis School, Greensburg Central Catholic, Shady Side Academy and Winchester Thurston.
Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @NSmith_Trib.
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