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Practice plays key role for Bethel Park

By Karen Price
The goal for Bethel Park football doesn’t change from year to year. Win the conference, make the playoffs and try to advance. Whether they’ll do that this ...
HSFB preview by position: Skill not measured in catches for area tight ends
By Chris Harlan
The stats aren’t always pretty, but the talent is there. The WPIAL returns a selection of standout tight ends with the ideal size, strength and ...
Gorman: Bethel Park’s Dixon a hit in football
By Kevin Gorman
Jake Dixon gets double-takes when he reveals that he is a volleyball star who plays football, or vice versa. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound Bethel Park senior tight end was the WPIAL co-MVP as an outside hitter in volleyball but doesn’t hesitate to reveal that football is “definitely” his favorite sport. “Volleyball, ...
HSFB preview by position: QBs trying to replace record-setters
By Chris Harlan
WPIAL quarterbacks experienced a record-setting season a year ago. The state witnessed the first high school passer to reach 11,000 career yards and another who ...
Central Catholic’s DeRenzo named Pittsburgh Tribune-Review Baseball Player of the Year
By Chris Harlan
PLAYER OF THE YEAR DOMENIC DERENZO Central Catholic, Senior, Catcher When Central Catholic’s season ended, Domenic DeRenzo hurried off to Martha’s Vineyard for a ...
Fox Chapel returns to PIAA Class AAA volleyball semifinals
By Doug Gulasy
Jack Reese usually doesn’t eat breakfast, but he did Saturday with the rest of the Fox Chapel boys volleyball team. Even after Reese consumed bacon, sausage, eggs and potato pancakes, setter Max DePellegrini kept feeding him the ball — and Reese stayed hungry. Reese had a team-high 21 kills and seven blocks, ...
Three Rivers Junior rowers qualify for nationals
By Karen Kadilak
For the third consecutive year, a boys pair from the Three Rivers Junior Rowing team has qualified for the USRowing Youth National Championships, to be ...
Plum falls to Bethel Park in consey final
By Michael Love
The Plum varsity boys volleyball team hoped to accomplish something they hadn’t done since 1988 when they faced Bethel Park in the WPIAL Class AAA ...
Norwin posts 3rd straight shutout, reaches WPIAL finals
By Chris Harlan
Add seven more to Norwin’s scoreless innings streak. With a three-hitter from senior starter Nick Amendola, the Knights shut out a third straight playoff opponent ...
Small ball carries day for Bethel Park in win over Fox Chapel
By George Guido
In a game that had its share of baseball oddities, good old-fashioned small ball carried the day. No. 13-seeded Bethel Park used a single, a bunt, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly for the decisive run as the Black Hawks edged Fox Chapel, 2-1, in a WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal ...
Bethel Park ace shuts down Hempfield baseball team
By Paul Schofield
Before the WPIAL baseball committee released the Class AAAA pairings last week, Hempfield coach Tim Buzzard said that Bethel Park would be a tough draw ...
Bethel Park volleyball aims for WPIAL glory
By Andrew John
Bethel Park boys volleyball is ready for the second season to begin as the Black Hawks try to get over the hump and capture an ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Seneca Valley’s Mike Kolor, Bethel Park’s Haley Reid
By Alex Oltmanns
Mike Kolor School: Seneca Valley Year: Junior Sport: Track and field Claim to fame: Kolor set a Mars Invitational record Friday, finishing the 1,600-meter run ...
HS highlight reel: Bethel Park coach O’Connor resigns
By Chris Harlan
Bethel Park boys basketball coach Ben O’Connor resigned Thursday after six seasons with the Black Hawks to spend more time with his family. “The writing has been on the wall to take a step away and be a better dad, a better husband, a better son, friend, uncle, etc.,” ...
Longtime Westminster coach’s influence is felt in WPIAL basketball
By Chris Harlan
There to watch a high school game that drew a few thousand, Ron Galbreath squeezed into the crowd at Geneva College’s field house and rooted ...
Norwin girls win 6th straight postseason game, 54-46 over Bethel Park
By Dave Mackall
Norwin’s improbable postseason run continued Tuesday night as the Knights survived another furious comeback attempt by a WPIAL section champion to advance in the PIAA girls basketball playoffs. “Let’s put it this way: There’s a controlled sense of urgency,” Norwin coach Brian Brozeski said. “We’re not panicking, but with every game, ...
North Allegheny stuns Bethel Park in Class AAAA quarterfinals
By Chris Harlan
As a senior, North Allegheny’s Cole Constantino can’t afford to be patient, no longer able to wait for next year. But this time, he had to ...
Bethel Park girls use big run to down Hempfield in 1st round of WPIAL playoffs
By Paul Schofield
No. 4 Bethel Park had a losing record before the Christmas break. But since then, it has been a different team. The Black Hawks (19-4) used a 13-0 run close out the game in Friday’s WPIAL Class AAAA first round, ran their winning streak 16 and defeated No. 13 Hempfield, 51-36, at ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Hampton’s Joey Lafko, Bethel Park’s Rachel Mazzie
By Brian Graham
Joey Lafko School: Hampton Year: Senior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: Lafko scored a game-high 30 points and led Class AAA No. 2 Hampton to ...
Bethel Park corrects team chemistry, goes on winning streak
By Bill West
One of this season’s longest winning streaks in WPIAL girls basketball grew out of a series of heated exchanges between Bethel Park’s players. Unbeaten in their ...
Quaker Valley rower wins Central Catholic biathlon
By Karen Kadilak
Competing for the fifth year, Quaker Valley senior Max Rom was happy to win for the first time at the Central Catholic Biathlon on Dec. 13. Rom, 17, completed 10,000 meters on an ergometer at the Three Rivers Rowing boathouse on Washington’s Landing and a six-mile run on a riverfront trail ...
Gorman: For Bethel Park, the worst road trip in WPIAL playoffs
By Kevin Gorman
Two hundred miles separate Bethel Park from the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals. That’s the round-trip distance it will travel Friday to play at Altoona’s Mansion Park Stadium in what has to be the worst road trip of the WPIAL playoffs. Believe it or not, Altoona’s trip to a WPIAL playoff victory ...
Previewing some of Western Pennsylvania’s top Week 7 matchups
By Staff Reports
Here’s a look at some of the top matchups in Western Pennsylvania for Week 7: Class AAAA Quad Central 10-AAAA Bethel Park (3-3, 2-2) at ...
High school football notebook: Pine-Richland QB has 2 perfect performances
By Chris Harlan
It’s been almost two weeks since Pine-Richland quarterback Ben DiNucci threw an incomplete pass. DiNucci, the WPIAL leader in passing yards, continued to flaunt his pinpoint accuracy last Friday night. The senior completed all 15 of his passes for 334 yards and four touchdowns in a 64-35 victory over ...
Bethel Park wrestler Dunn commits to Lehigh
By Bill West
Bethel Park senior Paul Dunn reaped the benefits of a remarkable 2014 wrestling postseason run Tuesday. Dunn committed to Lehigh with offers from Pitt and Kent ...

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