HS highlight reel: Baldwin volleyball looks to buck trend
On Saturday afternoon, Baldwin’s girls volleyball team has a chance to prevent a series of coincidences from becoming a pattern.
The WPIAL Class AAA champion Highlanders meet WPIAL third-place finisher Seneca Valley in the PIAA quarterfinals at 2 p.m. at North Allegheny. Since the PIAA transitioned away from pool play in the quarterfinals and returned to a one-match-per-round format in 2012, the WPIAL Class AAA champion has not reached the state semifinals.
Runner-up Bethel Park advanced to the semis a year ago, though, and in 2012, third-place finisher North Allegheny went that far.
Baldwin likely expects another battle with the Raiders, as the teams went five sets in the WPIAL semifinals.
The Seneca Valley-Baldwin match assures at least one WPIAL team will reach the PIAA semifinals. Additional semifinal representatives from the area aren’t a sure thing. WPIAL teams went 0-3 against programs from other districts in 2013, and they were 2-2 in 2012.
Class A is particularly tough, as WPIAL champ Greensburg Central Catholic and runner-up Bishop Canevin can attest. They and two other WPIAL teams lost in the PIAA first round a season ago. The Crusaders also fell in the first round in 2012, while the Centurions reached the semifinals by beating a familiar opponent, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, in the quarterfinals.
GCC meets District 10 champion Maplewood at 2 p.m. Saturday at Slippery Rock High School, and Bishop Canevin plays District 9 champ Clarion at 3 p.m. at Mercer.
Stats of the day
Cost of the planned 12,000-seat stadium to be built for the Katy HS football team in Houston, Texas
Goal allowed by Peters boys soccer to teams other than Upper St. Clair; Sewickley Academy scored
They said it …
“What they do is different than what we ever see. It’s very concerning because we’re asking our defensive guys to de-program themselves. They give you a lot of different looks, and we’re trying to get our guys to learn to identify with it.”
— TJ football coach Bill Cherpak on Mars’ wing-T offense