Quaker Valley boys tennis team rolls into PIAA quarterfinals

Friday, May 17, 2019 | 7:16 AM

The Quaker Valley boys tennis team continues its quest for a state championship Friday as it takes on District 3 runner-up Pequea Valley in the quarterfinals at 12:30 p.m. at the Hershey Racquet Club.

The Quakers made quick work of District 6 champion Juniata in a 5-0 first-round victory Tuesday, while Pequea Valley scored a 3-2 win over District 1 champion Lower Moreland.

The WPIAL runners-up were bolstered by wins from Mike Sirianni, Will Sirianni and Andres Hubsch in the singles matches and from Zach Albert and John Watters and Potter Oliver and Thomas Pangburn in doubles play.

Juniata had posted an 11-0 record heading in the match with Quaker Valley.

The Quakers are in the PIAA playoffs for the third time in four seasons. They also made the state quarterfinal round in 2017.

The entire WPIAL contingent remains alive in the tournament with WPIAL champion Indiana and No. 3 South Park also among the eight remaining teams.

QV’s Ford claims WPIAL championship

The Quaker Valley track and field teams came away from Thursday’s WPIAL Class AA championship meet at Slippery Rock University with one champion and four other PIAA qualifiers.

Daniel Ford stood tall as the gold medalist in the boys 1,600-meter run as he won the event with a time of 4 minutes, 26.83 seconds. He edged Deer Lakes senior Josh Yourish by one second.

Dom Lagnese earned a spot at states with a fourth in the discus (144 feet, 6 inches).

On the girls’ side, the Quakers picked up a pair of third-place finishes in the distance events. Annie Wicker was third in the 1,600 (5:10.81), while Anna Cohen took bronze in the 3,200 (11:48.50).

Claire Kuzma will throw the discus at states after placing fifth (118-1).

Sewickley Academy’s Gordon punches ticket to states

Sewickley Academy senior Alex Gordon earned a bid to the PIAA track and field championships with his 400-meter run Thursday at the WPIAL Class AA finals at Slippery Rock University.

Gordon finished fourth overall with a time of 51.60 and secured one of the five automatic bids to the state meet set for May 24 and 25 at Shippensburg University.

On the girls’ side, senior Nella Tsudis picked up a WPIAL medal with a seventh-place finish in the 200 dash.

She ran to a time of 26.77 in a tightly packed field of 16, and she bettered her seed time of 26.97.