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Roundup: Upper St. Clair tops NA in team tennis

| Friday, May 14, 2004

Upper St. Clair relied on victories from two of its top WPIAL finishers to beat North Allegheny, 4-1, for the WPIAL Class AAA team tennis championship Thursday at Shady Side Academy.

The No. 2-seeded Panthers claimed their first WPIAL championship since 1998.

Upper St. Clair's Evan Reese avenged a WPIAL semifinal loss to North Allegheny's Mike Cobetto with a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles.

At No. 1 doubles, in a WPIAL quarterfinal rematch, Jeff Rickel and Alex Su edged Perry Evangelista and Danny Moosa, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.

North Allegheny, which had upset top-seeded Fox Chapel in the semifinals, got its lone victory at No. 2 singles, where Payom Dousti defeated Todd Becker, 6-3, 6-1.

In the WPIAL Class AA finals, Sewickley Academy regained neighborhood supremacy by routing rival Quaker Valley, 5-0, at North Allegheny.

Top-seeded Sewickley Academy had lost to rival Quaker Valley each of the past two years after winning five titles in a row from 1997-2001.

Zack Skorupka, the WPIAL singles champion, defeated Rick Houghton at No. 1 singles.

North Allegheny wins another track title

North Allegheny rolled to its fourth consecutive WPIAL Class AAA girls team track and field championship on Thursday.

North Allegheny beat Seneca Valley, 99-51, and Canon-McMillan and Latrobe by an identical 98-52 margin at the quad meet.

Distance runners Amy Ruffolo and Kelly O'Brien were among four individual champions for North Allegheny. The Tigers also won two relays.

In the boys' Class AAA finals, Central Catholic used a balanced effort to hold off Kiski Area, 76-74, at Canon-McMillan.

The Vikings won three individual events, including Scott Van Kooten in the 3,200 and John Crossetti in the triple jump, and one relay on the way to the title. Central Catholic also defeated Kiski Area and Baldwin at the Quad meet.

Freeport, Center win titles

The Freeport boys won their second consecutive WPIAL Class AA team track and field championships on Thursday with a one-point victory over Southmoreland at Mars.

Freeport edged Southmoreland, 75.5-74.5, after Mike Bergstrom (10-6) and Ryan Furman (10-0) took first and second, respectively, in the pole vault.

The Freeport girls weren't as lucky. Center topped Freeport, 78-72, in the Class AA girls' championship.

Bethel AD steps down

Paul Zolak has resigned as the athletic director at Quad A Bethel Park.

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