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Penn-Trafford boys tennis looks to clinch playoff berth

By Doug Gulasy
The Penn-Trafford boys tennis team again finds itself in the mix for one of the three playoff spots from Section 1-AAA. Unlike the past three …

Norwin boys tennis team working to win tight matches
By Doug Gulasy
The Norwin boys tennis team keeps finding itself in close matches. As the season winds toward its conclusion, the Knights are working to get on …
Central Catholic’s Blasinsky, Sewickley Academy’s Ross win WPIAL singles titles
By Gary Horvath
As one champion ended his WPIAL tennis career on top, another burst onto the scene. Central Catholic senior Adam Blasinsky defended his title at the WPIAL Class AAA boys singles championship 6-2, 7-5 over Latrobe’s Chad Kissell on Tuesday at Bethel Park, and Sewickley Academy freshman Luke Ross claimed the …
Frazier tennis players aid Brownsville team
By Jason Black
Frazier High School doesn’t have a varsity tennis team, but that doesn’t mean the school doesn’t have tennis players. For the third straight season, Frazier …
Another Raymundo makes racket on court for Mars tennis
By Karen Kadilak
By reaching the Class AA final last week, Mars sophomore Josh Raymundo became the second member of his family to play for a WPIAL boys …
Sewickley Academy’s Ross captures section singles title
By Karen Kadilak
Luke Ross is off to an impressive start as a freshman on the Sewickley Academy boys tennis team. Ross, the Section 3-AA champion, was the …
Carlynton’s Phillips claims Section 5-AA singles tournament
By Nathan Smith
Heading into the section tennis tournaments, veterans of the WPIAL have a distinct advantage. In addition to being more mature in their games, seniors and …
Valley senior Schrecongost embraces tennis potential
By Bill West
From his coaches, parents and friends, Valley senior Cody Schrecongost has heard the same question frequently this school year: Which sport will he play in …
Franklin Regional boys tennis targeting perfect second half
By Doug Gulasy
The Franklin Regional boys tennis team found itself on the wrong end of a pair of 3-2 decisions during the first half of section play. …
Sewickley Academy boys tennis off to 3-0 start
By Karen Kadilak
Although it is rebuilding, the Sewickley Academy boys tennis team is considered a serious contender for its 11th straight WPIAL Class AA title. The Panthers were 3-0 in Section 3-AA entering this week. One of the wins was against Mars, the WPIAL runner-up a year ago. Sewickley Academy has so …
Shady Side shooting to defend WPIAL tennis title
By Marty Stewart
The Shady Side Academy tennis team won the WPIAL AAA championship last year and made it to the PIAA finals before falling to Conestoga. Coach …
Plum boys tennis squad focused on stockpiling wins as weather improves
By Ed Phillipps
The first time the Plum boys tennis team made it outside for practice, it wasn’t quite what they had in mind when racquets were replaced …
Gateway boys tennis hopes to challenge for playoff spot
By Ed Phillipps
Gateway boys tennis coach Rochelle Seilhamer worked so hard to put together the best team she could that it sometimes meant she didn’t even take …
Greensburg Salem grad hopes to lead alma mater’s boys tennis team to postseason
By Mark Emery
Twelve years ago, Christopher Gazze was a senior at Greensburg Salem. Now, he is the boys tennis coach. “Returning to Greensburg Salem was a dream job of mine,” said Gazze, a 2002 graduate who also is a physics teacher and percussion instructor. “Not only getting to teach but to give …
Norwin boys tennis seeks return to playoffs
By Doug Gulasy
The Norwin boys tennis team missed out on the WPIAL playoffs each of the past two seasons while relying on a large number of underclassmen. …
Sewickley Academy, Quaker Valley boys tennis teams open season victorious
By Kevin Ritchart
For the Quaker Valley and Sewickley Academy boys tennis teams, the 2014 season started with Section 3-AA victories last Friday, but thanks to Western Pennsylvania’s constantly changing weather conditions, neither team has been able to get in much quality practice time. As a result, neither coach has been able to …
Penn-Trafford boys tennis shooting for fourth straight title
By Doug Gulasy
The Penn-Trafford boys tennis team is coming off its third consecutive Section 1-AAA championship, and the Warriors are aiming for more of the same in …
Franklin Regional boys tennis team aims for section title
By Doug Gulasy
The Franklin Regional boys tennis team returned to the postseason in 2013 after a one-year absence, relying on a lineup full of younger players to …
Defending Section 1 singles champ returns for Latrobe boys tennis
By Andrew John
Though the faces change year in and year out in high school sports, one thing doesn’t seem to change in Latrobe tennis — the last name Kissell. This year’s Wildcats will feature the latest tennis playing Kissell, Chad, who captured the Section 1-AAA title last year as a sophomore, at …
‘Very green’ Mt. Pleasant boys tennis team looks to improve
By Jason Black
After not qualifying for the WPIAL playoffs last season, the Mt. Pleasant boys tennis team will be looking for a bounce-back season in 2014. However, …
Southmoreland retains high standards with different cast
By Jason Black
With three section titles in the past three seasons, the Southmoreland boys tennis team is entering the 2014 campaign with plenty of confidence. This, despite …
Fox Chapel returns bulk of playoff tennis team
By Marty Stewart
Last year, the Fox Chapel boys tennis team finished second in Section 3-AAA and made it to the second round of the WPIAL playoffs. Coach …
Daily Courier roundup: Mt. Pleasant, Southmoreland tennis teams open with section wins
By Staff Reports
The Mt. Pleasant boys tennis team began the 2014 season with a 4-1 victory over host Brownsville in a Section 1-AA match Friday. Jacob Trout and Jacob Chovanec won at No. 2 and No. 3 singles respectively for the Vikings. Mt. Pleasant (1-0, 1-0) swept both doubles matches. Noah Chovanec …
Connellsville boys tennis team has optimistic expectations
By Jason Black
The Connellsville boys tennis team has had its share of struggles in recent seasons, but a commitment to improve seems to be evident from the …
WPIAL adjusts formats for girls tennis sections
By Kevin Ritchart
The WPIAL girls tennis landscape will be a little more crowded this fall. Rather than five sections in Class AAA and six in Class AA, there will be four sections in each classification, the WPIAL said last week. Class AAA will be comprised of two nine-team sections and two with …
North Allegheny girls tennis champs have a bright future
By Brian Graham
The future is looking bright for the North Allegheny girls tennis program. After winning their first WPIAL title and second PIAA state title in school …
Sewickley Academy tennis players wrap up careers
By Daniel Paulling
Sewickley Academy coach Whitney Snyder faced a challenge after his Panthers lost in the PIAA team tournament semifinals last month. He had stressed they focus on the team tournament all season, but now they needed to rebound for the Class AA singles and doubles tournaments on Friday. “I said it’s …
Fox Chapel duo brings home state gold medals in tennis
By Marty Stewart
Fox Chapel’s doubles duo of Laurel Shymansky and Lacey Cohen made it a clean sweep. Two weeks after claiming the WPIAL Class AAA doubles championship …
Pine-Richland’s Bridgham, Fox Chapel doubles team win PIAA tennis titles
By Daniel Paulling
HERSHEY — For years, Pine-Richland’s Marlys Bridgham heard how wonderful the girls state tennis tournament was. Early losses in the WPIAL tournament, however, kept her from qualifying. She always faced older opponents — Bridgham lost in consecutive years in the WPIAL tournament to Upper St. Clair’s Megan Adamo, who would …
Fox Chapel doubles team wins PIAA title
By Daniel Paulling
Fox Chapel coach Alex Slezak spent weeks telling his doubles team of Lacey Cohen and Laurel Shymansky to be aggressive when they’re in trouble in a match. The advice proved beneficial Saturday afternoon. The sophomores beat the North Allegheny duo of Maddy Adams and Tina Li, 6-3, 6-7 (3), 7-6 …
North Allegheny duo reaches PIAA semifinals
By Daniel Paulling
HERSHEY — North Allegheny girls tennis coach Michelle Weniger thought her team’s season ended Tuesday. She made the decision then that Anna Li couldn’t compete in the PIAA Class AAA doubles tournament because of an ankle injury suffered three days earlier. But North Allegheny athletic director Bob Bozzuto called with …
Fox Chapel girls reflect on successful tennis season
By Marty Stewart
The Fox Chapel girls tennis team saw its season come to a close Oct. 14 as it fell to Peters Township, 3-2, in the WPIAL …
Sewickley Academy tennis players refocus for individual tournament
By Karen Kadilak
The Sewickley Academy girls tennis team will be well represented at the PIAA Class AA individual championships to be held Friday and Saturday in Hershey. …
North Allegheny girls tennis team wins 2nd PIAA title
By Daniel Paulling
HERSHEY — Ask North Allegheny girls tennis coach Michelle Weniger how her young team developed so quickly this year, and she looks exasperated and laughs before answering. She points to how well freshman sisters Anna and Tina Li played throughout the year — they were her Nos. 2 and 3 …
Sewickley Academy moves on after WPIAL runner-up finish
By Nathan Smith
Sewickley Academy tennis coach Whitney Snyder didn’t mince words after his squad’s loss to Greensburg Central Catholic in the WPIAL Class AA team tennis final …
Hampton girls tennis team has new goals
By S.r. Malone
The last time the Hampton girls tennis team made it to the WPIAL quarterfinals, most of the girls on the current team were still in diapers — if they were even born. The year was 1997. That was the last year the Talbots advanced past the first round, although they …