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Norwin tennis had breakout season

By Alex Oltmanns
If history is any indicator, the Norwin girls tennis team’s season is typically over by the second week of October. But for the first time …

Sewickley Academy girls tennis prevails for 4th WPIAL title
By Gary Horvath
When the Sewickley Academy girls tennis team defeated Indiana, 4-1, last week for its fourth WPIAL Class AA title, coach Whitney Snyder made sure the …
Franklin Regional girls tennis coach happy with team’s progress
By Dave Schrecengost
Franklin Regional’s girls faced a daunting challenge heading into the tennis season. The Lady Panthers graduated 11 players from last year’s WPIAL playoff team, and their top singles player — junior Natalia Perry —would miss the season after having shoulder surgery. Coach Howard Fisher’s team rose to the occasion, qualifying …
Gateway tennis looks back on season fighting through difficult section
By Dave Schrecengost
When the WPIAL realigned its girls tennis sections for the 2014-15 school year, Plum and Gateway were moved from Section 3-AAA into Section 1-AAA. The new alignment brought the challenge of different opponents as well as a reduction in the number of section matches. Now, instead of playing each team …
North Allegheny, Sewickley Academy girls claim tennis titles
By Gary Horvath
Members of the North Allegheny girls tennis team were quick to show their excitement after winning a second straight WPIAL Class AAA team championship Thursday, but they also will be quick to turn their focus to the next test, coach Michelle Weniger said. “They will start thinking about states by …
Hempfield tennis caps special season
By Alex Oltmanns
Jerry Way has experienced a successful 14-year tenure as the Hempfield girls tennis coach, guiding the Spartans to four Section 1-AAA titles in the last …
Plum, Gateway tennis teams battle in tough section
By Dave Schrecengost
When the WPIAL realigned its girls tennis sections for the 2014-15 school year, Plum and Gateway were moved from Section 3-AAA into Section 1-AAA. The new alignment brought the challenge of different opponents as well as a reduction in the number of section matches. Now, instead of playing each team …
Jeannette sophomore relishes lessons learned in 1st tennis season
By Kristie Linden
Kara Johnston, a student at Jeannette High School, is one of a group of girls in 10th grade who decided to give tennis a try …
Franklin Regional girls tennis, boys golf come up short in WPIAL team playoffs
By Michael Love
The Franklin Regional varsity girls tennis team suffered a 3-1-1 loss to Montour in a WPIAL Class AAA play-in match Tuesday afternoon at The Club in Monroeville. The match originally was scheduled for Franklin Regional High School, but the threat of wet weather forced the players indoors. Sophomore Alison Simpkins …
Kittanning tennis draws South Park in 1st round
By Staff Reports
Kittanning avoided the  WPIAL’s traditional tennis powers with its playoff draw, but it ended up with quite a lengthy road trip. The Wildcats will make their first appearance since 2008 in the WPIAL Class AA girls tennis tournament when they go on the road to face  No. 2 seed South …
Fox Chapel, Quaker Valley girls win WPIAL doubles titles
By Kevin Lohman
For the second straight year, Fox Chapel junior Laurel Shymansky walked away from the WPIAL Class AAA girls tennis doubles championship with a gold medal draped around her neck. This time, Shymansky teamed with freshman Amanda Nord to defeat North Allegheny’s Tina Li and Eugenia Lee in a back-and-forth three-set …
Sewickley Academy doubles tennis bucking trends
By Gary Horvath
They may have taken different approaches, but the Sewickley Academy and Quaker Valley girls tennis teams came away with victories in the WPIAL section doubles …
Armstrong twins hope to be doubly tough
By Doug Gulasy
Twin sisters Catherine and Emily Armstrong aren’t afraid to say anything to each other while on the court. Sometimes, that’s not a good thing. But …
Kittanning tennis team eager to gain postseason experience
By Matt Grubba
It’s been nearly a decade, but Kittanning tennis is back in the postseason. The Wildcats clinched their first WPIAL team playoff berth since 2006 with a 4-1 win over Highlands on Monday, and that has Kittanning’s players eager to experience postseason tennis for the first time. The win over Highlands …
HS highlight reel: Peters junior among WPIAL golf contenders
By Staff Reports
Peters Township junior golfer Alec Stopperich appears to be at the top of his game, and that’s bad news for the rest of the field for Thursday’s WPIAL Class AAA individual championship at Latrobe Country Club. Stopperich is the only player in the 36-player field who shot under par at …
Shady Side Academy’s Dua wins WPIAL Class AAA title; GCC sisters find forfeit deal in Class AA
By Bill West
A student at Shady Side Academy since she started seventh grade, junior Ananya Dua knew the tennis courts on the Fox Chapel private school’s campus …
Gorman: ‘Sisters first, tennis second’
By Kevin Gorman
The WPIAL Class AA tennis singles champion was decided in a weird way. Shrugs, then hugs. Alyvia and Michaela Kluska of Greensburg Central Catholic planned …
Shady Side Academy junior captures section singles title
By Marty Stewart
Shady Side Academy junior Ananya Dua claimed the Section 3-AAA singles championship last week. She defeated Fox Chapel’s Laurel Shymansky in a thrilling three-set match. …
Norwin freshman Santilli ready for more competition after section singles title
By Nathan Smith
Norwin’s Maria Santilli had a home-court advantage during the Section 1-AAA singles semifinals and finals last week. With the final two matches of the tournament …
Jeannette senior finding her serve during 1st tennis season
By Kristie Linden
Shaila Cecchetti is a senior at Jeannette who decided to pick up the sport of tennis in her final year of high school. “I thought …
Franklin Regional’s Bailey shows resolve with runner-up singles finish
By Michael Love
Last year as a sophomore, Jenna Bailey experienced the WPIAL championships as a doubles player with Natalia Perry. The Franklin Regional duo claimed the Section …
Sewickley Academy girls tennis passes its tests
By Gary Horvath
The Sewickley Academy girls tennis team has been finding out in a hurry how it stacks up with some of the best in the WPIAL. After beating Class AAAA opponent Fox Chapel, 3-2, last Tuesday, the Panthers sent sophomore Emily Ward and junior Lauren Ritz to the Section 4-AA singles …
Gateway girls tennis team falls in section clash with Plum
By Michael Love
The Plum and Gateway girls tennis teams play two matches this season, but Monday’s match at Plum High School was the only one that counts …
Derry tennis hitting stride in Section 3
By Kevin Lohman
The Derry girls tennis team opened up section play this season with a five-match winning streak; since then the Trojans (8-3, 7-1) have continued their warpath and now find themselves in second place in Section 3-AA. The red-hot start didn’t come as a total surprise to coach Tom Tatone, but …
Close-knit, versatile Latrobe tennis team has postseason aspirations
By Kevin Ritchart
The Latrobe girls tennis team may have entered this week with a record similar to what it was at this time last year, but the …
Alle-Kiski Valley preview: Class AA and AAA WPIAL tennis singles championships
By Bill Beckner Jr.
WPIAL tennis singles championships Class AAA: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at North Allegheny. Class AA: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at Shady Side Academy. Finals, consolation finals: 2 p.m. Thursday at Shady Side Academy. Local players: Class AAA: Amanda Nord, Fox Chapel; Laurel Shymansky, Fox Chapel; Class AA: Emily Armstrong, Valley; Catherine Armstrong, …
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 …
Hempfield girls tennis out to defend section title after 13-1 seasons
By Brian Graham
Jerry Way has led the Hempfield girls tennis team to three section titles in four years, including last season when the team went 13-1. But …
Defending WPIAL champion GCC tennis under new leadership
By Brian Graham
Tony Splendore has a lot of tennis left in the tank. The first-year Greensburg Central Catholic coach embarks on a new journey after heading the Mt. Pleasant tennis program for 39 years. Taking over for the defending Class AA WPIAL champions is enough fuel for Splendore to add to his …
New coach hopes to help Greensburg Salem tennis grow
By Ed Phillipps
Don’t get her wrong, Greensburg Salem girls tennis coach Megan McIntyre was pumped for her first season to begin. But she’s even more excited to see how it ends. McIntyre and her young squad sat at 0-4 after Thursday’s loss to Washington, but high hopes remained. “I think we’re going …
Norwin looking for success at section singles tournament
By Nathan Smith
Things couldn’t have started any better for the Norwin girls tennis team.The Lady Knights compiled an impressive 7-0 overall record through last week, while going 4-0 in Section 1-AAA play. But for the team, success was an expectation. “We have a lot of experience,” Norwin coach Ryan Hornick said. “The …
Thomas Jefferson girls tennis team gearing for share of section title
By Jennifer Goga
The Thomas Jefferson girls’ tennis team looks strong this season. With a 7-1 record, the Lady Jaguars are well on their way to securing a …
Carlynton's Phillips looking to claim another section title
By Nathan Smith
Carlynton’s Hannah Phillips will have a target on her back at the Section 4-AA singles tennis tournament this week. After winning her first section title …
Valley tennis team motto no joke for opposition
By Doug Gulasy
During preseason conditioning workouts this summer, the Valley girls tennis team joked about a potential team motto for the 2014 season. While talking about the …
HS highlight reel: Girls tennis takes over at center court this week
By Staff Reports
Tournament season gets started for girls tennis this week, as section singles tournaments will be held Tuesday and Wednesday across Western Pennsylvania. The top three players from each section will qualify for the WPIAL singles tournament Sept. 17-18. Section doubles tournaments will be Sept. 23-24. Week 3 football game moved …
Fox Chapel girls tennis replacing 5 starters
By Marty Stewart
The Fox Chapel girls tennis team finished 15-4 and made it to the quarterfinals of the WPIAL team tournament last season. Coach Alex Slezak lost …