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Alumni Update - Lexi Hilzendeger (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENVILLE, Pa. -- The Washington & Jefferson volleyball team defeated Thiel, 3-1, and Waynesburg, 3-0, toHilzendeger WJ improve to 8-2 on the season, including 3-1 in PAC play, on Saturday, Sept. 17.

After dropping the first set, 25-22, to Thiel, W&J won the next three by final scores of 25-13, 25-20, 25-20.

Lexi Hilzendeger, an Ambridge graduate, was a force on offense as she led the Presidents with 17 kills and a .353 hitting percentage.

 

(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)

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Cross Country: Ambridge runner one of the best in the WPIAL

Written by Brittany Goncar on .

Elyssa Penson is one of the top runners in the WPIAL.

The Ambridge senior ran a 19:15.60 at the Red, White and Blue Invitational last Saturday.

Last year, Penson took fifth place at the WPIAL championships. She went on to take 39th place at the PIAA championships.

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Cross Country: Ambridge girls looking for more

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Over the last few years the Ambridge girls have been in the mix as one of the top 10 programs in the WPIAL in Class 2A.

After last season's seventh-place overall team finish, the Bridgers are looking to move up and possibly challenge some of the elite programs in the region.

Senior Mica Hanish made a splash as she ran a 20:22 at Cooper's Lake to finish fourth individually at the WPIAL 2A finals and could challenge Quaker Valley juniors Lucie Kubinski and Audrey Durbin, who finished second and third, respectively, a year ago and are the top returning finishers. Hanish finished only 22 seconds behind Kubinski and two seconds in back of Durbin.

Senior Elyssa Penson could also be among the contenders for the individual title after she came in fifth, eight seconds behind Hanish, a year ago.

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Alumni Update - Shawn Holman (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. –The Slippery Rock University baseball team is well represented throughout the country this summer as 16Holman SRU members of the program are participating in 10 wood-bat leagues across the nation, head coach Jeff Messer announced Monday.

Pitcher Shawn Holman and third baseman/pitcher Preston Falascino are playing for the local Butler BlueSox of the Prospect League.

Holman, an Ambridge graduate, has already started three games for Butler, striking out five batters in 13.2 innings.

 

(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)

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Boys Volleyball: Loss in WPIAL final motivates Ambridge

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the Ambridge boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

Derek Kuhn experienced the thrill of playing in a PIAA boys volleyball title match during his sophomore year at Ambridge High School. He also knew the agony of losing in the first round of the state playoffs in his junior year.

With that in mind, Kuhn and his Ambridge teammates entered the 2016 season with the goal of returning to the state finals.

Then came the Bridgers' stunning loss to Beaver County Christian, a team it beat twice during the regular season, in the WPIAL Class AA title match. The loss left Ambridge fans wondering whether a return trip to the PIAA finals was possible.

"The loss to Beaver County Christian gave us extra motivation and extra drive," said Kuhn, a senior outside hitter. "We knew our season wasn't over. We didn't want it to end that way. We just kept fighting with the goal of returning to the state finals."