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Fall Sports Roundup

The fall athletics season at WT brought section titles, state playoff appearances, individual recognition, and even a brand new team to the WT line-up.

“We saw a lot of new faces, and even a new team jump into the mix this fall,” reflected Kevin Miller, Director of Athletics. “Whether we were cheering for a team that was vying for WPIAL recognition, or celebrating efforts that will build stronger teams in the future, we were in it as a community, and our athletes were enjoying themselves—and that’s what makes our athletics program stand out.”

Cross Country Team is Section Champion

The varsity boys cross country team are section champs for the second consecutive year. They advanced to the WPIAL Finals, placing second as a team, and headed onto states where they tied for third. Out of 226 runners, three WT runners placed in the top 20 individually at states: sophomore Tristan Forsythe took 17th place, junior Ben Littmann took 18th, and senior Will Loevner took 19th place.

“We accomplished an awful lot and everyone performed at his highest level. With just two seniors graduating, and some strong freshmen joining the team next year, our sights are set high for an impressive 2016 season,” noted Coach Bruce Frey.

Soccer Team Makes Fourth Playoff Appearance

For the fourth consecutive year, the varsity boys soccer team made it to the WPIAL Section A Playoffs. With a record of 9-7-1, the Bears faced section 5 winner Bentworth, and fell 1-2 in a hard fought battle.

Despite the first round loss, the Bears have much to celebrate. Five players were recognized by the WPIAL: All-Section Player of the Year, senior Jono Coles; All-Section Honorable Mention, senior Tyler Coleman; All-Section Finest 15: seniors Max Rogow, Tamir Frank, Andre Curtis, and Jono Coles.

Tamir Frank was also named Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Athlete of the Week.

Head coach Adam Brownold, who celebrated his 13th season coaching the Bears, reflects on the team’s legacy: “The 11 seniors have raised the bar for future teams. In four years, the seniors were a part of a team that scored a total 246 goals, allowing only 72. They are the first graduating class to appear in the WPIAL playoffs for four straight seasons. As freshmen they won WT’s first WPIAL soccer playoff game. Their junior season, the team went undefeated during the regular season, winning Section A. They went on to win the WPIAL Championship and two state playoff games before losing in the state semi-final. They leave the Bears soccer family with not only an impressive four year record of 64-19-2, but also with a commitment to hard work and dedication.”

Field Hockey Earns Playoff Spot

The Bears made their fifth consecutive appearance in the WPIAL Section A Playoffs, facing top-ranked Shady Side Academy in the first round. Coming off a 6-6-0 regular season, they battled unsuccessfully on a cold, rainy evening.

Despite the loss, head coach Bill Fitch comments, “Our season was a very successful one. We started pre-season down a few players and with no goalie. After gaining more players and rotating field players to play goalie, we finished the year making it to the playoffs. The girls played for each other, not themselves, which made us a playoff contender. I’m excited about the future of WT field hockey and the returning players are already preparing for a stronger 2016 season.”

The team also celebrated Senior Fay Blelloch, who was named Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Athlete of the Week.

Girls Tennis: Winning Season

The girls varsity tennis team had one of their winningest seasons in years. The team finished their regular season, 9-1, advancing to the WPIAL Playoffs. They faced South Park in the first round, which is where their season ended. Junior Emma Famili qualified for the AA Girls Singles Championship and lost in the first round.

Golf Has Rebuilding Season

After losing three seniors from the five-man squad, the golf team had three freshmen step up to the tee this season. Big wins of the season include beating Riverview at Oakmont Country Club and defeating Summit Academy at WT’s home course, Longue Vue Club. The team finished with a season record of 4-8.

Girls Soccer Club Makes History

girls-soccerFor the first time in WT history, the Upper School has a girls soccer club. The team was started by passionate students and WT teacher Lynn Horton. With a roster of 14, they played JV teams from the area, finishing with a record of 3-1-2. The season highlight was beating Obama Academy 2-1 at Highmark Stadium.

Sophomore Hannah Kwiecinski reflected, “We as a team have learned not only the game of soccer from our amazing coaches but also what it means to persevere, work hard, and to achieve success alongside our teammates. We hope to inspire other girls to take that initial step towards their goal just as we have done.”

Big Wins for Crew

It was an exciting fall season for the crew team, with many WT rowers placing in the top 10 at all of the races.

  • At the Head of Occoquan in Fairfax, VA, eight boats finished in the top 10
  • At the Head of the Ohio in Pittsburgh, PA, 10 boats finished in the top 10
  • At the Head of the Welland in Welland, ON, four boats finished in the top 10
  • At the Head of the Cuyohoga in Cleveland, OH, six boats placed in the top 10
  • At the Head of the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, PA, two boats placed in the top 10

The team will head indoors for the winter as they train for what’s sure to be an exciting spring season.