A-K Valley lookahead for Week of Oct. 29, 2018
By: Doug Gulasy
Sunday, October 28, 2018 | 10:48 PM
Boys soccer: Deer Lakes will attempt to make it to Highmark Stadium for the first time as it takes on Section 2-AA rival Shady Side Academy in the WPIAL semifinals. The Lancers went 1-0-1 against the defending WPIAL champions during the regular season, but the 11th-seeded Indians upset North Catholic and Keystone Oaks in their first two postseason games.
Springdale will try to make it back to the WPIAL championship game as it plays Avonworth in the Class A semifinals. Avonworth edged the Dynamos for the Section 3-A title, and the teams boast two of the best defenses in the WPIAL with a total of 12 goals allowed between them this season.
Football: It’s the moment of truth for Freeport and Kiski Area, which will find out their first-round playoff matchups when the WPIAL releases its postseason brackets at the annual pairings meeting in Green Tree.
Hockey: After a shootout victory over McDowell in its second game of the season, Knoch will host Central Valley at the Frozen Pond.
Freeport and Deer Lakes will look for their second victory of the season as the Lancers host the Yellowjackets in a Class A North game. Alex Colflesh and Jack Mason have a team-high three points for Freeport (1-3), and Shane Miller leads Deer Lakes (1-2) with seven points.
Girls volleyball: It’s WPIAL quarterfinal night, and a match between a pair of Alle-Kiski Valley teams will take place in Class AAA as top-seeded Knoch takes on No. 8 Kiski Area. Knoch is seeking its second straight WPIAL title, and Kiski Area is coming off its first postseason win since 2010.
Class AA No. 1 Freeport makes its 10th consecutive appearance in the WPIAL quarterfinals and will face Seton LaSalle.
Coming off one of the biggest wins in program history, a 3-2 win over No. 5 OLSH in the first round, Deer Lakes will attempt to reach the WPIAL Class AA semifinals with a match against No. 4 Frazier. The No. 12 Lancers are making their second straight quarterfinal appearance.
Girls soccer: Deer Lakes can earn a berth to the PIAA Class AA playoffs with a victory over Avonworth in the WPIAL consolation game.
Girls volleyball: Winners from Tuesday’s matches advance to the WPIAL semifinals, where they’ll face off at neutral sites for a bid to the championship round.
Boys/girls soccer: The WPIAL championship games will begin at Highmark Stadium in Station Square.
Football: Springdale had a difficult regular season, but the Dynamos (1-8) will look to end the year on a high note by playing a Week 10 game at Vincentian. The Royals didn’t play a WPIAL schedule this fall but are looking to rejoin the league soon.
Football: The WPIAL playoffs will begin at sites around Western Pennsylvania, with Freeport and Kiski Area seeking first-round wins.
Boys/girls soccer: The WPIAL championships will continue at Highmark Stadium.
Girls tennis: The PIAA singles and doubles championships begin in Hershey, with Knoch’s Lauren Greb and Brooke Bauer competing in Class AA singles.
Cross country: The PIAA championships will take place in Hershey, with Riverview’s boys and girls teams, Fox Chapel’s girls team and several individual qualifiers from Alle-Kiski Valley schools running.
Boys/girls soccer: The WPIAL championships will conclude at Highmark Stadium.
Girls volleyball: The WPIAL championships will take place at Fox Chapel.
Doug Gulasy is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @dgulasy_Trib.