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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."

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Photo Journal: 2016 Boys Volleyball PIAA AA Championship Vol. 2 (June 11)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

Ambridge and Northeastern were the finalists in the PIAA AA Boys Volleyball Championship, held at Penn State's Rec Hall, Saturday, June 11, 2016.  Northeastern won its fourth consecutive title with a 3-0.

click here to view video highlights of the matches

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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Boys Volleyball: Ambridge thwarted by familiar nemesis Northeastern

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

For the third time in four years, the Ambridge boys volleyball team faced Northeastern in the PIAA Class AA title match.

Unfortunately for the Bridgers, the results were the same as the previous two matchups.

Northeastern swept Ambridge in three sets to claim a fourth consecutive title and seventh in school history.

"Northeastern has a great team and it showed on the court," Ambridge coach Glenn Freed said. "They played great offense and blocked us well. Their passing and serve-receive was strong."

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Boys Volleyball: Ambridge is ready to battle for volleyball title

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley previews the PIAA boys volleyball championships. Read his story below.

It's quite appropriate that Northeastern and Ambridge are facing off in the PIAA Class AA boys volleyball title match at 11 a.m. Saturday at Penn State's Rec Hall.

The 2016 finals mark the 10th anniversary of the PIAA's decision to add a second classification. Northeastern and Ambridge have been the most successful Class AA teams since the change was made in 2007.

Northeastern is making its seventh title appearance and has won four titles in the past six years. Ambridge is making its fifth title appearance. Only one other team has made more than one title appearance, as Saegertown has appeared twice.

"We've been the two most successful teams in AA," Ambridge coach Glenn Freed said. "It should be a great battle when we play on Saturday."