QV’s Wicker defends WPIAL cross country title
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.