Football: WPIAL rules on transfers of five Ambridge players

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White reports on the eligibility rulings on several players who transfered from Ambridge.

"Five of the top football players from Ambridge High School have transferred to other schools in the past two months, and the WPIAL has ruled four of them eligible to play.

The WPIAL board of directors had five separate hearings with the players today to determine if their transfers were for athletic intent, which is against WPIAL and PIAA rules. After the hearings, the board deliberated privately for about a half-hour before ruling that receiver-defensive back Isaiah McNair is ineligible to play football at Quaker Valley this upcoming season because he transferred at least partly for athletic intent.

The WPIAL ruled the other four players eligible for this season. Junior RB-DB Davion Jones and his cousin, FB-LB Tariq Jones, are eligible to play at Aliquippa. Junior QB Austin French can play at Beaver Falls and sophomore lineman John Prentice at Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic.

The case is one of the most bizarre in WPIAL history. WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley said the league had never seen so many transfers from one team in such a short period of time."



Boys Volleyball: Ambridge ties for third place at Koller Classic

Written by Ken Wunderley on .


Ambridge advanced to the semifinals of the Koller Classic, held April 16 at Central York High School. The Bridgers tied for third place after dropping a 25-18 decision to Landisville Hempfield in the semifinals. Ambridge earned its semifinal berth with a 25-14 win over York Suburban. My apology for posting these results late.

Koller Classic
(At Central York)


Track: West Feature Athlete - Ambridge’s Isaac Elliott

Written by Brad Everett on .

Name: Isaac Elliott
High School: Ambridge
Grade: 11
Sport: Track and field
Events: 100, 200, 400

Background: Elliott won three events and was named the most valuable performer at last Saturday's Beaver County Championships. Elliott posted some outstanding times, running the 100 in 10.84 seconds, 200 in 21.84 and 400 in 49.44. His 400 time was a meet record. He already held the meet record in the 100 (he ran a 10.74 last year). His 100 and 200 times are among the best in the state this season. Elliott battled injuries his first two seasons. He finished seventh in both the 100 and 200 at the 2014 WPIAL Class AAA championships, but did not participate last season because of injury.


Track: Ambridge’s Hanish doubles her fun at invitational

Written by Brad Everett on .

Mica Hanish left the Beaver County Championships with one individual gold medal last year.

This year she went home with two.

Hanish, a junior at Ambridge, won the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs at last Saturday's championships held at Riverside. A year earlier, she won the 3,200, but placed second in the 1,600.

Hanish's times were excellent. She claimed the 1,600 title after running a time of 5:21.30, narrowly edging out junior teammate Elyssa Penson, who finished in 5:21.60. Hanish's mark was the third-best in WPIAL Class AAA this season and Penson's mark ranks fifth. Hanish's victory in the 3,200 wasn't as close, as her time of 11:49.30 was over 19 seconds faster than runner-up Alyssa Campbell of New Brighton (12:08.40). Hanish's mark ranks fifth among Class AAA runners.