Winter Sports Review 2017-2018

There were many individual school records broken during the winter season, and in many cases, the ink was barely dry before another one was set. Fox Chapel Area High School sent one team to the PIAA playoffs, eight individuals qualified for PIAAs, and many others advanced to the WPIAL championships.

PIAA Medalist

Jonah Cagley ­­– Diving


PIAA Qualifiers

Boys’ Basketball Team

Joslyn Filo, Jaclyn Filo, Grace Gackenbach, and Molly Wiese ­­­– Girls’ Swimming 200- Medley Relay Team

Jonah Cagley – Diving

Joslyn Filo ­– Swimming

David Manelis – Diving

Sarena Seeger ­– Indoor Track

Grace Sisson – Indoor Track


WPIAL Champion

Jonah Cagley

WPIAL Section 3 Champion

Donovan Cutchember – Wrestling



Boys’ Basketball 17-6, 11-3

Advanced to PIAA playoffs, lost by two points on buzzer-beater

WPIAL quarterfinalists

Team ranked among top-five in WPIAL during season

All-section first team: seniors Carson Cohen and Dom McGriff

All-section second team: junior Ben Kelly

College recruit: Carson Cohen, Tufts University

Girls’ Basketball 9-13, 2-8

All-section second team: senior Claudia Guerrieri

All-section honorable mention: senior Sarah Sheerer

North Hills Tip-Off All-Tournament Team: freshman Ellie Schwartzman

Ended on positive note winning four our of last five games

Junior varsity 15-3 record a positive for a promising future

Gymnastics 2-6, 2-6

WPIAL qualifiers: juniors Rachel Himmel, Maggie McCoy, Michela Nicholas; sophomore Kaylyn Toomey; and freshman Maggie Kelly, all on vault

Indoor Track

Pennsylvania Track and Field Coach’s Association qualifiers: junior Sarena Seeger and sophomore Grace Sisson, both in the mile

Twelve school records broken; junior Sarena Seeger broke five records this season

Boys’ new school records: seniors Andrew Jeffrey (60-meter dash and 4 x 200-meter relay), Ben Kronman (1,600-meter relay and 4 x 200-meter relay), and Ryan Weinberger (4 x 200-meter relay); junior Korey Simmons (1,600-meter relay); sophomore Evan Kieffer (1,600-meter relay and 4 x 200-meter relay); and freshman Jacques Moye (1,600-meter relay)

Girls’ new school records: juniors Abby Baldauf (1,600-meter relay and 4 x 200-meter relay), Marissa Hardiman (1,600-meter relay and 4 x 200-meter relay), Sarena Seeger (1,600-meter individual, 3,000-meter, 3,200-meter relay, 3,200-meter individual relay, and distance medley relay), Annika Urban (3,200-meter relay and distance medley relay), and Carolyn Veith (1,600-meter relay and 4 x 200-meter relay); and sophomores Brooke Krally (3,200-meter relay and distance medley relay) and Grace Sisson (3,200-meter relay and distance medley relay)

Tri-State Track & Field Coach’s Association medalists: boys – sophomore Christian Fitch, second place (60- and 3,000-meters). Girls – juniors Sarena Seeger, fourth place (3,000-meter and mile) and Annika Urban, eighth place (3,000-meter); and sophomore Grace Sisson, sixth place (3,000-meter and mile)

Swimming & Diving

Boys 8-3, 5-2

WPIAL qualifiers: seniors Liam Botos (200-medley relay) and Brandon Brewster (200 free, 200 and 400 free relays); juniors Colin Hackwelder (200- and 500-free, and 200- and 400-free relays), Tristan McClelland (400-free relay), and Nathaniel Roe (500-free, 100-backstroke, 200-medley relay, and 200-free relay); sophomores Nate Haitema Serkov (200-medley relay and 200-free relay), Jake Sperry (400-free relay), and Will Wang (100-breaststroke). Junior Ian Chang was the alternate.

Girls 10-1, 6-1

WPIAL Section 3 runner-up

Second consecutive banner year for team

PIAA Qualifiers: seniors Joslyn Filo (100-butterfly) and Molly Wiese (200-medley relay) and sophomores Jaclyn Filo (200-medley relay) and Grace Gackenbach (200-medley relay)

WPIAL medalists: Josyln Filo ­– second place, 100-butterfly and Joslyn Filo, Jaclyn Filo, Grace Gackenbach, and Molly Wiese – fourth place, 200-medley relay team

WPIAL Qualifiers: Joslyn Filo, Jaclyn Filo, Grace Gackenbach, Molly Wiese; junior Maria Luciana; and freshman Vivian Shao

During her high school career, Joslyn Filo broke school records in the 50-free and 100-butterfly events

College recruit: Joslyn Filo – Florida Gulf Coast University


Most Foxes’ WPIAL diving qualifiers in school history

PIAA medalist: junior Jonah Cagley ­­– repeat bronze medalist with score of 483.75

PIAA qualifiers: Jonah Cagley and freshman David Manelis

WPIAL Champion: Jonah Cagley – won for second-consecutive year (out of three appearances) with score of 536.85, setting a new personal record for that meet

WPIAL medalist: David Manelis ­­– bronze medalist with score of 501.80

Jonah Cagley broke his own school record with a score of 376.30
WPIAL qualifiers: Jonah Cagley and David Manelis, junior Katie Eames (second year qualifier); Magnus Loeffler (third-year qualifier); sophomore Nate Haitema Serkov; and freshman Aiden Ireland

Jonah Cagley earned two perfect 10 scores and David Manelis earned one during regular season


Wrestling 12-8, 2-3  

WPIAL quarterfinalists: senior Zach Carcy (184 lbs.); juniors Avery Bursick (138 lbs.) and Sean Mahon (170 lbs.); sophomores Donovan Cutchember (220 lbs.) and Ed Farrell (195 lbs.)

Allegheny County High School Wrestling Championship medalists: Donovan Cutchember – second place; Zach Carcy – fourth place; sophomore Alex Wecht – eighth place (182 lbs.)

WPIAL Section 3 Champion: Donovan Cutchember

34 schools participated in the Fox Chapel Area-sponsored 17th Annual Allegheny County High School Wrestling Championships founded by coaches Ron Frank and Bob Siar Jr.