Herald roundup: Fox Chapel celebrates WPIAL tennis title
The Fox Chapel boys tennis team didn’t lose a game as it cruised to convincing 5-0 wins over Pine Richland in the quarterfinals and Shady Side Academy in the semifinals, but they made sure to save something for the finals.
The Foxes capped off the WPIAL Class AAA tournament with a 3-2 victory over North Allegheny, claiming the program’s first district championship.
Robby Shymansky and Sidd Rajupet won in singles and Jared Nord and Tomi Fennell posted a doubles win. Neil Bencherif competed at No. 3 singles, and the tandem of Kurran Singh and Jay Kashap played No. 2 doubles.
“It was a nice feeling for all of us,” said Rajupet, a senior. “We had a very good season, and we feel that we can continue to win at the state tournament.”
Fox Chapel first-year coach Alex Slezak was confident in his players’ ability.
“I knew this team had what it takes,” he said. “They truly came together as a team and once that was accomplished, the wins followed. What this team has accomplished so far has made me very happy.”
Shymansky, a freshman, got the Foxes off to a good start with a 7-5, 6-1 win over NA senior Jared Isaacs, a Duquesne recruit.
“I felt that I didn’t play my best in the first set, but I focused on cleaning up my unforced errors after that,” he said. “It’s a great feeling to win this championship for our school.”
In the third-place consolation match, Shady Side Academy advanced to the state tournament with a 3-2 win over Mt. Lebanon. Tanay Kupta and Naman Dua won in singles, and Neil Nath and Jack Demchak posted a win at No. 2 doubles.
The Fox Chapel baseball team closed out the regular season with a pair of wins last week as it blanked Shady Side Academy, 8-0, on May 9 and then shut out North Hills, 1-0, on May 11.
Regular season leaders for the Foxes (14-5, 8-2 Section 3-AAAA) in hitting were Michael Marsico, who hit. 439 and led the team with seven extra-base hits and finished second with 18 hits. Patrick Monteverde posted a .352 average, led the team with 19 hits and was tied with Josh Kiefer for the team lead in runs scored with 13. Jacob Pilarski finished with a team-leading 12 RBIs.
The pitching staff was a deep one that compiled a 1.90 ERA with 132 strikeouts in 128 innings.
“We’ve relied on quality pitching from the staff all year,” coach Michael Frank said.
Individually, Pilarski finished with a 4-1 record and had an 0.64 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 33 innings. Monteverde was 3-2 with a 1.06 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 33 innings. He allowed only 18 hits all season. Marsico was 3-1 with 28 strikeouts in 26 innings and Ryan Humbert posted a 3-1 mark.
No. 8 Fox Chapel was scheduled to play No. 9 Peters Township in a first-round game Tuesday, after deadline for this edition.
â¢ Shady Side Academy (10-8) posted a 10-1 win over Deer Lakes in its final regular-season game May 10. Kirf Olander was the winning pitcher. Killian Cavanaugh, Josh Morrow and Nick Tarasi each had a double for SSA.
The playoff-bound Fox Chapel softball team closed out the regular season with an 8-3 win over Mars on May 9. Emma Humes earned the win. Kirsten Nestle doubled, and Alyssa Guzzie tripled for the No. 12-seeded Foxes (12-7), who were scheduled to play Canon-McMillan in the first round.
Track and field
Several members of the Fox Chapel track team qualified for the WPIAL Class AAA individual championships Thursday at Baldwin. On the girls side, Maddie Lucey (100), Arla Sisson (long jump), Caelan Miller (1,600), Annika Urban (3,200), the 3,200 relay team (Maura Whelan, Erin Curry, Kristin Friday, Margaret Edgecombe) and the 400 relay team (Katherine Kauma, Olivia Van Dyke, Lucey, Sisson) will be competing.
For the boys, Kyle Breault (400), Adam Cook (3,200), Alan Eckman (800), Mike Bove (800) and the 1,600 relay team (Breault, Eckman, Bove, Ben Kronman) qualified.
â¢ Shady Side Academy advanced four members of the track team to the WPIAL Class AA individual championships. Mark Antosz (400), Brian Foster (100, 200), Gannon Leech (1,600) and Peter Wyeth (pole vault) will be attempting to qualify for the PIAA championships.
“I am extremely proud of my athletes,” SSA boys track coach Adam Janosko said. “Peter has gotten back in his groove where he left off last season. Mark has continued his solid and strong running. He is a very hard worker. Gannon and Brian are both peaking at the right time. They both posted new personal records at the Northern Qualifier meet.”
Marty Stewart is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-782-2123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.