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Alle-Kiski roundup: Valley tennis advances in WPIAL playoffs

| Friday, May 1, 2015, 11:45 p.m.
Knoch's Jordan Geist competes in the boys shot put during the Baldwin Invitational on Friday, May 1, 2015, at Baldwin.
Chaz Palla | Trib Total Media
Knoch's Jordan Geist competes in the boys shot put during the Baldwin Invitational on Friday, May 1, 2015, at Baldwin.
Knoch's Jordan Geist competes in the boys shot put during the Baldwin Invitational on Friday, May 1, 2015, at Baldwin High School.
Chaz Palla | Trib Total Media
Knoch's Jordan Geist competes in the boys shot put during the Baldwin Invitational on Friday, May 1, 2015, at Baldwin High School.

Valley opened the WPIAL Class AA boys tennis postseason smoothly. The team didn't even have to play a third set.

The Vikings blanked Beaver, 5-0, on Friday in New Kensington as Josh Denham (6-3, 6-2), Adam Johnson (6-1, 6-1) and Ryan Moya (6-3, 6-1) picked up singles victories, and the doubles teams of Andrew Macura and Nick Licata (6-1, 6-2), and Ben Carlisle and TJ Lenox (6-4, 6-2) also won.

Valley advances to play at Winchester Thurston in the quarterfinals Monday.

Upper St. Clair 4, Fox Chapel 1 — The Foxes fell to the Panthers in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals.

Track and field

Geist breaks record — With the old record-holder in the crowd, Knoch sophomore Jordan Geist broke a stadium record with a 69-foot, 1-inch heave that cleared almost every inch of the sand-filled pit at the Baldwin Invitational. The throw was a personal best for Geist, a nationally ranked thrower, and broke a site record of 67-11 34 that Baldwin graduate Ron Semkiw set in 1972.

With a throw that ranks second nationally, Geist broke by six feet the meet record set in 2002 by Erie McDowell's Dan Kwiatkowski (63-1).

Geist also won the discus with a 174-11 throw.

Valley's Ameriah Walters won the girls 200-meter dash in 25.32 seconds, and the 300-meter hurdles (45.19) and was named Girls MVP.

Local runner-up finishes in the boys meet included Kiski Area's Kianta Britton in the 100, Fox Chapel's Elias Graca (800) and Jacob Halasowski (1,600), Riverview's Evan Lesnick in the pole vault (14-6).

Burrell shines — Burrell's Nikki Scherer was named track MVP and teammate Lizzie Weimer the field MVP at the Pine-Richland Invitational. Scherer broke meet records in the 100 (12.1) and 200 (24.82), and the Bucs' 1,600-meter relay also won gold. Weimer won the shot put (38-7.25) and took second in the discus.

Nick Bowers of Kittanning won the boys shot put (49-7), and Ford City's Blair Willyard won the girls javelin (113-4).


Burrell 10, Kittanning 0 (5 inn.) — Burrell (9-4, 9-4) clinched its 10th straight playoff spot and reached double digits in runs for the fifth straight game in a Section 3-AA victory over Kittanning (7-7, 6-6). Abby Nitowski went 3 for 4 with three RBIs, and Krista York had two hits, including a solo home run, for the Bucs.

Deer Lakes 14, Valley 0 (5 inn.) — Deer Lakes clinched its fourth straight Section 3-AA title as the top-ranked Lancers (15-1, 12-0) scored seven runs in the first inning against Valley (2-11, 2-10). Katelynn Blair went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs, and Sarah Blinn singled and doubled for Deer Lakes. Kaitlin Capo went 2 for 2 for Valley.


Fox Chapel 5, Kiski Area 4 — The Foxes (11-6, 8-2) held off a late rally by the Cavaliers (8-6, 4-6) to win a Section 3-AAAA game and clinch at least a share of their first section title since 1999. Trent Rothert hit a three-run homer, and Jacob Pilarski went 2 for 3 with a double and two RBIs for Fox Chapel. Winning pitcher Mike Marsico (5-0) gave up four hits in 6 13 innings. John Bowser went 2 for 3 with two RBIs for Kiski Area.

Kittanning 13, Southmoreland 7 — Nash Matson drove in three runs, and Zane Dudek hit a solo home run to help the Wildcats pull away in a Section 2-AAA win at home. Kittanning (9-4, 8-3) clinches the section title with a win Monday at Indiana.

Deer Lakes 7, Valley 4 — Zack Butler singled, doubled and added two RBIs as Deer Lakes (9-8, 7-4) clinched a playoff spot in Section 5-AAA with a win over Valley (5-9, 3-8). Zach Lubick pitched a complete game for the Lancers, striking out six. Mike McNabb went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for Valley.


Fox Chapel 64, Woodland Hills 17 — Arizona recruit Aiden Carlier had seven conversions to become Fox Chapel's all-time leader in that category, as the Foxes cruised to victory.

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