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Gorman: QV, SA runners are friendly rivals

By Kevin Gorman
When Griffin Mackey trains alone, he imagines Zach Skolnekovich running beside him for motivation. The sophomore cross country stars are close friends from Sewickley, but Mackey attends Sewickley Academy while Skolnekovich goes to Quaker Valley. “It’s one of those friendly rivalries,” Skolnekovich said. “We live in the same town but …
HS highlight reel: WPIAL girls singles players seeing double
By Bill West
There’s an abundance of double doses in the WPIAL Class AA girls tennis singles tournament, which begins Wednesday at Shady Side Academy. Headlined by Greensburg Central Catholic’s Kluska sisters, three sets of siblings qualified for the Class AA tournament. Junior Alyvia and sophomore Michaela Kluska advanced after meeting in the …
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Q&A: Quaker Valley’s Chris Conlan
By Bill West
His family’s name already resonates with many football fans, but Quaker Valley senior Chris Conlan wants to ensure that at least followers of the Quakers …
Quaker Valley football team is learning together
By Gary Horvath
John Tortorea has been coaching too long to panic. The coach of the Quaker Valley football team (1-1, 1-1) watched his players get dominated in …
Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy runners hope season-opening success continues
By Gary Horvath
The WPIAL cross country season is officially underway. Runners from all over Western Pennsylvania gathered Saturday at Schenley Park for the Red, White and Blue …
Quaker Valley golf on the rise
By Gary Horvath
Contrary to what its 7-1 record may say, Quaker Valley has been fighting through a bit of a slump. The Quakers opened their season by shooting a 202 against Freedom Area and a 196 against Rochester, but shot an average of 229 over their next five matches. But a 219-279 …
Quaker Valley QB Luptak up to the task
By Gary Horvath
When Quaker Valley quarterback Dane Jackson went down with a knee injury in the last week of camp, there were mixed reactions among the team. …
Quaker Valley football team looks to overcome injuries
By Gary Horvath
Before the season has even started, the Quakers have had to face their fair share of adversity. Just two days after senior captain Aaron Cunningham …
Gorman: Quaker Valley’s Jackson out of action
By Kevin Gorman
When Dane Jackson heard the pop in his left knee last week, the Quaker Valley quarterback hoped the injury wasn’t as bad as he feared. The diagnosis following an MRI went from good to better — it’s a torn meniscus, not an ACL — but this advice was the best: …
High school notebook: Wrestler ruled ineligible; injury to sideline Quaker Valley’s Jackson
By Chris Harlan Gary Horvath and Paul Schofield
Southmoreland wrestler Austin Griffiths, a three-time state qualifier, could miss his senior season. After reviewing paperwork submitted by Southmoreland, the WPIAL Board of Control found …
Quaker Valley looks to build on run to quarterfinals
By Gary Horvath
Dane Jackson may be heading to Pitt in 2015, but the Quaker Valley Quakers have big plans for their final year with the breakout quarterback. …
Quaker Valley boys soccer team has work cut out
By Gary Horvath
If the Quaker Valley boys soccer team is going to improve on last year’s first-round playoff exit, it’s going to have to make the most …
Quaker Valley boys lacrosse coach Marcotte goes out on a high note
By Gary Horvath
After 10 years as coach of the Quaker Valley boys lacrosse team, Bill Marcotte is stepping away. Three months after claiming the school’s first WPIAL Division 2 title, Marcotte announced last week that he would not be returning as coach. “It’s bittersweet, but it’s a happy farewell,” Marcotte said. “I …
Quaker Valley’s Conlan to attend William & Mary
By Gary Horvath
It didn’t take long for Quaker Valley senior Chris Conlan to make his college decision. The 6-foot-4 wide receiver announced last week that he has …
HSFB preview by position: Central Valley’s Whitehead among nation’s best defensive backs
By Chris Harlan
With very little debate, Central Valley’s Jordan Whitehead can be called the best playmaker in the WPIAL. The senior had 20 touchdowns last season, but …
Gorman: Quaker Valley’s Jackson a dual threat
By Kevin Gorman
Dane Jackson is one of the most dynamic dual-threat quarterbacks in the WPIAL, with a reputation for running to daylight, if not paydirt. The Quaker …
Quaker Valley girls soccer team sports new look in preseason camp
By Gary Horvath
A change in scenery has led to Quaker Valley girls soccer coach Mike Pastor changing his priorities a bit for this year’s preseason camp. The …
Quaker Valley girls volleyball enjoys depth, experience entering camp
By Gary Horvath
Mike Vavrek is ready to see the culmination of his four years as coach of the Quaker Valley girls volleyball team. The team opened camp Monday with plenty of familiar faces, looking to build on the past two seasons in which the Quakers reached the WPIAL playoffs. “These seniors are …
Quaker Valley HOF honoree ‘84 baseball team enjoyed cohesiveness
By Gary Horvath
Through the history of Quaker Valley baseball, one team separated itself from all the others. The 1984 baseball team, coached by Rich Woznicki, is the only WPIAL champion the program has ever seen, and it was no fluke. The Quakers defeated Carlynton, 7-4, in the WPIAL championship before losing to …
Quaker Valley football takes camp on the road
By Gary Horvath
Football is back. Teams across the WPIAL open camp Monday in preparation for the season that begins the last week of August. This year Quaker …
1974 track team won Quaker Valley’s first WPIAL title
By Gary Horvath
The 1974 Quaker Valley track and field team forever will be remembered as the school’s first WPIAL team champion. But remembering that championship year really involves remembering an era of winning. Back in the 1970s, the WPIAL wasn’t structured as it is now with various sections making up each of …
Quaker Valley HOF inductee Perciavalle’s career full of surprising turns
By Gary Horvath
Throughout his football career, Rocco Perciavalle had to learn to deal with the unexpected. As a 1956 graduate of Leetsdale High School, Perciavalle was a …
Quaker Valley HOF inductee Rogers left her mark on track
By Gary Horvath
Jasmine Rogers doesn’t enjoy running. She never has, and she probably never will. But that didn’t stop her from accomplishing things on the track no other Quaker Valley girl had. “One thing I never liked, and I still as an adult don’t like, is practice,” Rogers said. “Running for fun …
Quaker Valley standout Jackson will play for Pitt
By Gary Horvath
Dane Jackson has one less thing to worry about going into his senior year at Cornell High School. Jackson, who plays quarterback for Quaker Valley …
Quaker Valley soccer legend Christof headed for hall of fame
By Gary Horvath
When Quaker Valley inducts its 2014 Sports Hall of Fame class in September, it will be adding arguably the greatest athlete in school history: 1997 graduate Brad Christof. “It’s a great honor,” Christof said. “I was lucky to go to such a great high school with great athletes, and a …

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