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Under coach Bears, Bethel Park boys roll into playoffs

By David Golebiewski
Trailing by two points against McKeesport with 2 seconds left Saturday, Bethel Park boys basketball coach Josh Bears called timeout and devised a play that put the ball in Brandon Thorsen’s hands. Thorsen, a 6-foot-1 senior guard, calmly swished his shot from behind the arc, giving Bethel Park an 82-80 ...
Bethel Park hockey seeks strong finish before playoffs
By Brian Graham
The Bethel Park hockey team clinched a playoff berth in Class AAA, but coach Jim McVay is far from considering this season a success, just yet. The Black Hawks opened the season 3-1-1, and in their last five games have gone 3-2. It was the seven-game losing streak in the middle ...
Versatile Mascaro helps Bethel Park girls to top of Section 4 standings
By Kevin Lohman
Although her team sits atop the standings in Section 4-AAAA, Bethel Park girls basketball coach Jonna Burke has no interest in looking at the big ...
Latrobe senior Pletcher wins his 4th Powerade tourney championship
By Paul Schofield
Latrobe senior Luke Pletcher joined an elite group Wednesday at the 49th Powerade Wrestling tournament at Canon-McMillan. With his 3-1 victory against friend and rival Micky ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Bethel Park’s Josh Duda, Vincentian’s Lexi Griggs
By Alex Oltmanns
Josh Duda School: Bethel Park Year: Senior Sport: Basketball Claim to fame: The senior guard scored 30 points to lead Bethel Park to a season-opening ...
Top-seeded Woodland Hills wears down Bethel Park to reach semifinals
By Gary Horvath
With Bethel Park thinking upset, Woodland Hills turned to its usual heroes to bring the unbeaten Wolverines a WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinal victory Friday at West Mifflin. Senior running backs Jo-El Shaw and Miles Sanders scored on third-quarter touchdown runs of 33 and 50 yards respectively to preserve a second-half lead ...
Rematches highlight WPIAL quarterfinal playoff schedule
By Dave Mackall
If at first you don’t succeed ... Punt? No, that’s not how it goes. Best to get back out there and try again. At least that’s what ...
Previewing the WPIAL quarterfinals
By Tribune-Review
Below is a look at matchups for the WPIAL quarterfinals. Class AAAA 8-Bethel Park (7-3) vs. 1-Woodland Hills (10-0) 7:30 p.m. Friday at West Mifflin Winner plays: No. 4 North Allegheny (9-1) or No. 5 Central Catholic (9-1). The buzz: The game is a rematch of Woodland Hills’ 28-23 regular-season victory ...
Bethel Park’s win can’t diminish Kiski Area’s journey
By Dave Yohe
Despite his team’s season-ending loss, Kiski Area coach Dave Heavner wore a big smile. “How ’bout them Cavaliers?” the fourth-year coach said. “How ’bout them Cavaliers?” No. 8 seed and host Bethel Park came out firing, but No. 9 Kiski Area wouldn’t go away quietly in a 34-26 loss on ...
Gorman: Bethel Park’s Methenys not ready for football to end
By Kevin Gorman
Little Levi Metheny was put up to the prank by Bethel Park principals, who wanted to have fun with his father, Black Hawks coach Jeff ...
Previewing some of Western Pennsylvania’s top Week 10 matchups
By Staff Reports
Below is a look at some of the top matchups for Week 9 of high school football in Western Pennsylvania. Class AAAA 16-Hempfield (3-6) at 1-Woodland Hills (9-0) 7:30 p.m. Friday Winner gets: No. 8 Bethel Park (6-3) or No. 9 Kiski Area (5-4). The buzz: Someone had to be the ...
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review athletes of the week: Beaver Falls’ Domenic Perretta, Bethel Park’s Danielle Hinish
By Alex Oltmanns
Domenic Perretta School: Beaver Falls Year: Senior Sport: Cross country Claim to fame: The Penn State commit finished in first place at the Midwestern Athletic ...
No. 9 Bethel Park weathers RB injuries, outlasts Penn Hills
By Gary Horvath
Bethel Park may have outlasted Quad Central rival Penn Hills, 41-31, on Friday night, but the Blackhawks are hoping two key injuries don’t keep this win from meaning bigger things for their season. No. 9 Bethel Park (4-3, 3-2) lost its top two running backs in the second half, with ...
Previewing some of Western Pennsylvania’s top Week 7 matchups
By Staff Reports
Below is a look at some of the top matchups for Week 7 of high school football in Western Pennsylvania. Class AAAA Quad Central Penn Hills (3-3, 3-2) at Bethel Park (3-3, 2-2) 7:30 p.m. Friday The buzz: Along with Upper St. Clair (3-2), Penn Hills and Bethel Park are battling for third place ...
Mt. Lebanon still unbeaten after 98-yard INT return sparks rally vs. Bethel Park
By Brian J. Duermeyer
Mt. Lebanon continued its mastery over Quad Central rival Bethel Park with a 31-20, come-from-behind victory over the Black Hawks on Friday at Blue Devils ...
Previewing some of Western Pennsylvania’s top Week 6 matchups
By Staff Reports
Below is a look at some of the top matchups for Week 6 of high school football in Western Pennsylvania. Class AAAA Quad Central 7-AAAA Bethel Park (3-2, 2-1) at 8-AAAA Mt. Lebanon (5-0, 4-0) 7:30 p.m. Friday The buzz: Mt. Lebanon looks to maintain its unbeaten record and stay atop ...
Gorman: Why 6A is a big, bad idea
By Kevin Gorman
If I proposed to sabotage the signature event of the high school football season, would you vote for it? Of course not. Yet the PIAA football steering and strategic planning committees passed votes Wednesday on a proposal that would do just that to the WPIAL hosting its football finals at Heinz ...
Female kickers leave lasting impression in high school, college
By Doug Gulasy
April Goss remembers the mixed reaction she received from some in the community when she tried out for the Hopewell football team during her junior ...
High school football notebook: PIAA committees recommend move to 6 classifications
By Chris Harlan
Call it a Pick Six. After nine months of debate, the PIAA football steering and strategic planning committees voted Wednesday to recommend expanding the sport from four classifications to six. The PIAA Board of Directors may act on that recommendation in October and expand in 2016. “This is something that started ...
Woodland Hills hangs on for win over Bethel Park
By Gary Horvath
Two quarters of offense was enough for No. 2 Woodland Hills to outlast Bethel Park on Friday. Led by the backfield tandem of seniors ...
Previewing some of Western Pennsylvania’s top Week 2 matchups
By Tribune-Review
Here’s a look at some of the area’s top matchups for Week 2. CLASS AAAA Quad Central 9-AAAA Bethel Park (0-1, 0-0) at 2-AAAA Woodland Hills (1-0, 1-0) 7:30 p.m. Friday The buzz: Bethel Park continues its challenging start to the season with a matchup against the No. 2 ranked team in ...
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 ...
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