Boys Basketball: Death of son prompts Ambridge coach to skip at least first round of playoffs

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White reports on the tragedy that has hit coach Mark Jula and the Ambridge basketball program.

"Through the tears, Mark Jula had a request — for his son.

"Please, if you're writing this story, don't make it just about me and coaching," Jula said. "Make it about my son and what kind of kid and person he was."

Mark Jula is the boys basketball coach at Ambridge High School and one of the winningest coaches in WPIAL history. But he is living through the devastating loss of a son.

Brett Jula, 29, was killed in a car accident Thursday in St. Louis, where he lived. He was the youngest of Mark and Sue Jula's two sons, who both played for their father when he was coach at Center High School."


Alumni Update - Trenton Munk (Penn State-Behrend)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

ERIE, Pa. – Trenton Munk had a .556 attack percentage with 11 kills on 18 attempts to lead the Penn StateMunk PSUB Behrend  men's volleyball team past Illinois Tech 3-0 in nonconference action on Friday night.

The Lions (2-4) tallied their second win in front of a home crowd, defeating the Scarlet Hawks (0-9) 25--22, 25-10 and 26-24.

Munk, an Ambridge graduate, also led with six blocks on the night.


(photo courtesy of Penn State-Behrend)


Alumni Update - Katie Fischer (Edinboro)

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INDIANA, Pa. - The Edinboro University women's basketball team suffered a cold shooting second half en route to a 73-60 loss toFischer Boro Indiana (Pa.) in the Kovalchick Complex.

With the loss, the Fighting Scots have been swept by the Crimson Hawks for a second consecutive season. Edinboro is now 16-8 overall and 11-7 in the PSAC West, while IUP improves to 16-6 and 13-5 in conference play.

Katie Fischer led the Fighting Scots offense, totaling 20 points and five assists.

Fischer, an Ambridge graduate, increased her season assist total to 154, moving her into seventh all-time among the single-season assist leaders.


(photo courtesy of Edinboro University)


Boys Basketball: West Feature Athlete - Ambridge's Aaron Hilzendeger

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Name: Aaron Hilzendeger
High School: Ambridge
Grade: 9
Sport: Boys Basketball
Position: Forward

Background: A 6-foot-5 freshman, Hilzendeger made nine of 10 shots from the floor, including five 3-pointers, in a 73-62 win over Blackhawk that allowed Ambridge to enter the playoffs on a hot streak. Earlier in the season, he scored 33 in a game and will give the Bridgers a solid second scorer behind senior Darius Lawrence for opponents to defend. A 6-5 three-point shooter can provide matchup problems for opponents.


Wrestling: Ambridge wrestler looking to bridge that gap

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Ambridge wrestler Kevin Holman. Read his story below.

Ambridge High School's list of PIAA qualifiers in wrestling is very short.

Only four Bridger wrestlers have qualified for the state tournament in the school's history. The most recent was Chris Dempsey, who placed second in Class AAA at heavyweight in 2006.

"Chris was a teammate of mine," Ambridge coach Ron Wilson said. "He is the last Ambridge wrestler to go to states. He's also the only Ambridge wrestler to place at Hershey."

Wilson believes senior Kevin Holman will be the next Bridger wrestler to qualify for a trip to Hershey.