Neighborhood Academy, Shady Facet Academy workforce up in volleyball

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Saturday, February 12, 2022 | 11:01 AM


After a profitable co-operative expertise in soccer this previous fall, Shady Facet Academy and The Neighborhood Academy will now pursue a partnership in ladies volleyball.

The WPIAL and the PIAA each gave the OK not too long ago for the colleges to mix forces beginning this with this fall’s schedule.

Shady Facet has by no means sponsored ladies volleyball and The Neighborhood Academy did have WPIAL membership by means of the 2016-17 faculty yr however has competed within the Southwestern Pennsylvania Athletic Affiliation since 2018.

The addition of volleyball will enhance the variety of ladies sports activities provided by Shady Facet to fifteen.

The mixed workforce will play for not less than the following two seasons in Part 5 Class 2A of the WPIAL. The Bulldogs – as each faculties are nicknamed – will compete in opposition to perennial WPIAL contender Freeport, Apollo-Ridge, Burrell, Deer Lakes, Derry, Ligonier Valley and Valley.

The workforce will play its house matches at The Neighborhood Academy’s A.J. Palumbo Gymnasium within the Stanton Heights part of Pittsburgh.

Present TNA coach Shante Wright will stay with the workforce as an assistant. In the meantime, each faculties will collaborate on discovering a head coach to guide the workforce.

“We’re excited to proceed to construct our relationship with Shady Facet Academy,” stated Gary Shawley, TNA director of athletics. “Soccer was a fantastic success, and we needed to reciprocate Shady Facet Academy’s hospitality to extending an invite for his or her younger ladies to play volleyball with us.”

Shady Facet officers reported sporadic curiosity in beginning a ladies volleyball program over the previous twenty years.

“We’re excited to start the cooperation between Shady Facet Academy and The Neighborhood Academy in ladies volleyball,” stated Shady Facet athletic director Sean Simmons.

“This chance will permit student-athletes from each faculties the chance to develop interscholastic sports activities choices for ladies.”

Chargeable for the constructive relationship between the 2 faculties is Rev. Thomas Johnson, who graduated from Shady Facet Academy in 1973.

Johnson co-founded The Neighborhood Academy in 2001 after serving as a instructor, coach and board member at Shady Facet.

The volleyball dedication will final over the 2022-23 and 2023-24 faculty years, after which era the colleges will consider the co-op and determine whether or not it continues.

This previous fall, the mixed soccer workforce had a 5-6 total document, together with 2-3 within the Allegheny Convention.

The Bulldogs misplaced to Sto-Rox within the opening spherical of the WPIAL playoffs.

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