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Boys’ Golf (14-0)
Girls’ Golf (3-9)
The varsity boys’ golf team captured a WPIAL section championship with a 14-0 record en route to a silver medal in the WPIAL championships. In the WPIAL semifinals, the Panthers finished first out of nine schools before shooting a school record total of 406 in the championship. Keenan Hickton ’14 was selected player of the year in the section, as he earned medalist honors in the section individuals, team semifinals, and team finals. Charlie Carbeau ’12 earned a berth in the WPIAL individual championships, and he and Jordan Milo ’13 shot low rounds in the team playoffs.
The varsity girls’ golf team, with just one senior, demonstrated much improvement throughout the season. In fact, at the end of the season, the team shot 196 versus Blackhawk, which was the team’s lowest score. Micaela Becker ’13 was the No. 1 player on the team, narrowly missing a berth in the WPIAL individual championships. Though this is only the third year of the girls’ golf program, there is much excitement about the potential for next year’s team.
The Perfect Season
By girls’ tennis team co-captain Annie Magovern ’12
The 2011 girls’ tennis season was definitely one for the record books. We finished the regular season undefeated in our section. Then in a remarkable WPIAL and state championship tournament playoff run, not a single SA player lost a match. We were the first Sewickley Academy girls’ tennis team to win the state championship! While this unprecedented record is impressive, what was even more exciting was the dynamic of the team.
preparation for the big match. Each of these activities brought us together in unspeakable ways, which only made the state championship victory that much sweeter. After the whole experience, we decided that one team photo couldn’t capture all the precious memories, so we each created a photo album that we could hold onto and maybe even share with our grandkids one day. With the title, Sewickley Academy girls’ tennis has now made its mark in school history. I know my teammates and I will look back not only on the achievements, but also on the great memories we shared together along the way.
Before any given match, the No. 3 singles player could be seen eating 10 chocolate-covered strawberries in two minutes while the No. 2 doubles team would be joking about getting matching fake tattoos to “intimidate” their opponents. The No. 1 doubles team is huddled together discussing strategy and hairstyling tips, while the No. 1 singles player speaks to her grandfather on the phone in Chinese, and the No. 2 singles player laughs hysterically with teammates about the video they made for French class. Each player brought something unique to the team, yet somehow we came together to form a cohesive unit, or perhaps more accurately, a family. It is difficult to pinpoint the day we started to feel like a family, but the sisterhood started to evolve during the extra team-bonding activities that took place after practice or on weekends. As co-captain, I was responsible for planning and sometimes hosting these events, which I never imagined could be so fun! In August, the entire junior varsity and varsity teams came to my home for a preseason potluck. The next event was a varsity team dinner, where we played guessing games over pasta in my dining room. Soon after we had a sleepover at the other captain’s house, where we ate a home-cooked meal and huddled together while watching a horror movie. Finally, the weekend before we headed to Hershey for states, we went out for a night of pizza and pedicures and got panther paws painted on our toes in
The state championship girls’ tennis team gathers after the assembly to celebrate its success. Holding the trophy are captains Caroline Ross ‘12 (left) and Annie Magovern ‘12 (right).
Published on Feb 27, 2012
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