QV’s Wicker defends WPIAL cross country title

November 15, 2018

Quaker Valley junior Annie Wicker lived up to expectations and captured her second consecutive WPIAL Class AA girls cross country championship Thursday at Cal U (Pa.).

She ran to a time of 19 minutes, 18 seconds, 28 seconds ahead of a field that included runner-up finisher Gionna Quarzo, a junior from Brownsville.

Wicker also punched her ticket to the PIAA championships Nov. 3 in Hershey.

Quakers teammate Anna Cohen, a freshman, made her WPIAL debut and placed ninth overall (20:50) and also qualified for states.

On the boys side, QV junior Daniel Ford raced to third (17:06) in boys AA and earned a berth to the PIAA meet.

Sewickley Academy senior Henry Meakem placed 21st in boys Class A with at time of 18:12 and qualified for states.

Senior Nella Tsudis paced Sewickley Academy in the girls Class A race with a 41st-place finish in a time of 23:09.

Sewickley Academy girls tennis advances

The Sewickley Academy girls tennis team advanced to the PIAA Class AA semifinals Friday morning with a 4-0 victory over District 3 runner-up Lancaster Catholic in the quarterfinals at the Hershey Racquet Club.

Evelyn Safar won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1 singles, and Christina Walton triumphed 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3 singles.

At No. 1 doubles, it took Victoria Keller and Alina Mattson three sets to score the win. They lost the first set 4-6, but rallied to take the next two, 6-2, 6-3.

Emma DeSantis and Allena Purewal claimed victory at No. 2 doubles, 6-2, 6-0.

The No. 2 singles match involving Simron Bedi did not finish because the overall match had been clinched in the Panthers’ favor.

Sewickley Academy now will play District 1 champ Lower Moreland on Saturday at 8 a.m. Knoch also advanced to the semifinals with a win Friday morning and will play again Saturday at 9:30.

The state title match is slated for Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

QV football close to clinching third

The Quaker Valley football team is securely in the WPIAL 3A playoffs, and it can clinch third place in the Tri-County West Conference with a win at home against South Park or a Central Valley loss to Aliquippa.

The Quakers and Central Valley both are 4-2 in the conference, and QV owns the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Aliquippa (6-0) and Beaver Falls (5-1) are the top two teams in the conference and have clinched home games in the first round.

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