High school hockey spotlight: Jake Pilewicz
Jake Pilewicz, soph., D, Quaker Valley
Historically one of the best Class A program’s in the PIHL, Quaker Valley is off to a 3-1 start this season and trails only unbeaten Mars in Section 2. The Quakers have outscored their past two opponents, 21-5, and a big part of that offense comes from a defenseman, Pilewicz. One of the team’s best all-around players, he’s among Class A’s scoring leaders with 13 points (3 goals, 10 assists). Pilewicz is also a member of the Pittsburgh Viper Stars 16-U AAA team.
Q: Quaker Valley went to three straight Penguins Cup finals from 2006-08. What will it take to get back to those heights?
A: “Those teams were very talented teams. We’re a good team, but we have some tough competition ahead. We just have to keep out-practicing teams, and we have to outsmart the other teams.”
Q: What skills are needed to be a good offensive defenseman?
A: “You need to know when it’s right to pinch, when it’s safe to pinch. You need have good timing, have your head up looking for players, and if you have the puck on the point, you need to shoot. You can’t score if you don’t shoot.”
Q: Quaker Valley faces neighboring rival Sewickley Academy tonight. Just how deep does that rivalry go?
A: “I love playing Sewickley Academy. Last year, we knocked them out of the playoffs, and I scored the winning goal. It was one of my favorite moments of my hockey career.”