Based almost entirely on 2016 results.
The D1 Era has come to an end in the Steel City following Mt. Lebanon’s loss to Manheim in the quarterfinals. Onward to a brave new world of AA and AAA divisions.
Below you will find mini team previews for select squads and the 2017 AAA sections as organized by the results from this past spring with just a dash of guesswork.
- Mt. Lebanon
- Peters Township
- Upper St. Clair
- Bethel Park
- Canon Mac
- Central Catholic
- Taylor Allderdice
Mt. Lebanon graduated a special senior class, but much like the San Francisco Giants…they win every other year. They lost the WPIAL title in 2016.
Peters also graduated a talented, but smaller senior class. The bulk of talent on their roster is actually in the 2018 class which got a chunk of varsity experience this past spring.
Upper St. Clair a star in the making in 2018 attackman Tommy Boyd but must be replace All Section defender Haris Rahman, who had a penchant for erasing the opposition’s best player, and fellow defender
Bethel Park ages up 2018 attackmen Evan Bradley and Zak Ferris who have started the last two seasons but graduate
- Shady Side
- Fox Chapel
- Penn Trafford
- Franklin Regional
The weakest of the three new sections. Spots 3-8 organized by 2016 Laxpower ranking.
Yes, Fox Chapel beat Shady Side easily in 2016. Yes, Shady Side has key graduation losses, but Fox Chapel probably graduated the most points of any team in WPIAL with McCrady, Root, and Hardman heading off to school. Fox Chapel will also be dealing with a new coach.
- North Allegheny
- Pine Richland
- Seneca Valley
- North Hills
Section 3 aka 2016 Section 2 aka The North features two of the four 2016 semifinalists including the defending WPIAL champion.
When describing North Allegheny’s 2017 roster, we’ve used the phrase, “they don’t lose anyone.” Technically, North Allegheny’s graduation losses include a defensive middie, and the third and fourth defender, so some people are graduating, but they’ll return starters and key contributors everywhere else. Early favorites to repeat.
Perhaps the biggest challenge to North Allegheny repeating will come from in section foe Pine Richland who returns a huge portion of their roster from a team that made it to the semifinals.
Seneca Valley’s 2017 roster features two Cleveland State commits, Brady Moze, goalie, and Adam Galovich, defense, but will have to replace four of their top six offensive players.
Sewickley’s top dawg Riley Larsen is leaving the area for boarding school. All WPIAL defender Teddy McClain returns.