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High school roundup: Sewickley, QV soccer teams compete in WPIAL playoffs

| Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012, 8:58 p.m.
JP Bowell and the Sewickley Academy boys soccer team advanced to the WPIAL Class A semifinals after defeating Carlynton, 4-0, last week. Randy Jarosz | For the Sewickley Herald
Adam Richert and the Quaker Valley boys soccer team defeated Hopewell, 2-1, in overtime last week in the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals. Randy Jarosz | For the Sewickley Herald

The Sewickley Academy boys soccer team's unbeaten regular season earned it the top seed in the WPIAL Class A playoffs.

While that might put some more pressure on the Panthers, they don't seem to be feeling it.

Sewickley Academy (19-0-1) blanked California, 8-0, and Carlynton, 4-0, in the first two rounds of the playoffs, earning a spot in Wednesday night's WPIAL semifinals. The game was played past the deadline for this week's edition.

“Obviously, as the No. 1 seed, you're always going to have a target on your back,” Sewickley Academy coach James Boone said. “It's a great thing, but if we prepare enough and our players play up to their ability, hopefully we get the result we're all asking for and hoping for.”

The Panthers met Greensburg Central Catholic in the semifinals in a rematch of last year's WPIAL consolation game, which Sewickley won, 1-0.

“It's a game I can't wait to play in and even see,” Boone said earlier this week.

Quaker Valley, meanwhile, also advanced to the WPIAL semifinals after victories against Valley and Hopewell. The Quakers were scheduled to play South Fayette Wednesday in a game that was played past the deadline for this week's edition.

The quarterfinal game against Hopewell was delayed about an half an hour when the lights at Moon Stadium went out. It came down to overtime, where Adam Richert tallied the game-winner off an assist from Levi Bowers.

“Our team's been able to find out that they have another level, and they've been able to dig deeper to find ways to win games,” Quaker Valley coach Gene Klein said. “I think that's an important quality.”

Conference foes Quaker Valley and South Fayette split their two games this season. The Lions stunned top-seeded South Park, 1-0, in a shootout in the quarterfinals.

“All four of the teams that are in the final four believe they can win it, and it's going to come down to some outstanding games,” Klein said earlier this week.

Girls soccer

Unlike the boys team, the unbeaten Sewickley Academy girls soccer team didn't receive the WPIAL's top seed when pairings were announced.

When the games began, however, the Panthers' dominance continued.

Sewickley (19-0-1) routed Riverview, 5-0, in the first round of the playoffs and beat Avonworth, 2-1, in the quarterfinals. The Panthers were scheduled to play Mohawk on Wednesday in the WPIAL semifinals, in a game played after the deadline for this week's edition. The two teams met in the season opener, with Sewickley Academy winning, 4-1.

Quaker Valley's season ended the same way as 2011: with a 2-0 loss to Mars in the WPIAL quarterfinals.

However, coach Michael Pastor said that while the score remained the same, he was happy with his team's performance. He said the Quakers spent most of last year's matchup on defense, but they had their chances in this year's rematch.

With just three senior starters graduating, the coach sees even more potential next season.

“We know that we're a good team, and we have a lot of work to do,” he said. “We know that we can be one of those competitive teams in (Class) AA.”

Field hockey

With just a four-team field, the WPIAL Class AA field hockey playoffs were wide open.

Sewickley Academy moved one step closer to its goal of a championship by beating The Ellis School, 2-1, in overtime in the semifinals. The Panthers (7-6-1) were scheduled to play Shady Side Academy in the WPIAL title game Wednesday night at North Allegheny. The game was played past the deadline for this week's edition.

Volleyball

Quaker Valley's season ended with a 3-0 loss to Blackhawk in the preliminary round of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs. The Quakers (6-9) ended the campaign in third place of Section 2-AA.

Boys golf

Two Sewickley Academy boys golfers competed at the PIAA individual championships on Oct. 22 and 23 at Heritage Hills Golf Resort and Conference Center in York.

Junior Keenan Hickton finished in sixth place with a two-day score of 10-over par, seven shots behind medalist Isaiah Logue of Fairfield.

Senior Jordan Milo tied for 12th place at 15-over par.

Doug Gulasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at dgulasy@tribweb.com.

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