Alle-Kiski roundup: Valley tennis advances in WPIAL playoffs
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 3⁄4 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 1⁄3 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.