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Boys Volleyball: Ambridge is a WPIAL title contender

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

The Ambridge Area High School boys volleyball was supposed to be in a rebuilding stage.

The Bridgers lost seven of their top nine players from a squad that claimed its third consecutive WPIAL Class AA title and second PIAA title match appearance in a row. Five of the seven graduating seniors were voted All-WPIAL Class AA and four were recognized on the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association All-State Team.

"We lost a very talented group of players to graduation, but our goals were still the same," Ambridge coach Glenn Freed said. "The three goals are to win section and WPIAL titles and go as far as we can in the PIAA tournament."

Ambridge reached the first of those goals by posting a perfect 10-0 record to claim the Section 1-AA title.

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Track: Ambridge sprinter makes his mark at Baldwin Invitational

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Ambridge sophomore Isaac Elliott made sure everyone in the WPIAL knew who he was at last Friday's Baldwin Invitational as he won the 100- and 200-meter dashes.

Elliot won the 100 with a time of 11.00 and the 200 with a mark of 22.12 as he's been one of top sprinters this year.

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Track: Ambridge has a top sprinter

Written by Brad Everett on .

Brad Everett profiles Ambridge sprinter Isaac Elliott.

"Ambridge's Isaac Elliott is arguably the premier sprinter in Beaver County.

He might also be the best in the WPIAL.

As for the being the finest in the state? Well, heading into the final week of April, Elliott held the fastest reported 100- and 200-meter dash times in Pennsylvania.

"Wow. I didn't know that. That makes me real happy," Elliott said to a reporter when told his marks were the best of the best.

While happy now, Elliott knows that bliss would be taken to another level if he finishes the season as the No. 1 sprinter in the WPIAL and the state."

 

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Men's Volleyball: Ambridge grad closing Penn State career

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Ken Wunderley profiles Ambridge graduate and current Penn State volleyball player Nick Goodell. Read his story below.

2015 0501 PennState MVolleyball(Photo: Matt Seifert, left, and Nick Goodell go up for a block during Penn State's victory against Sacred Heart. Mark Selders/Penn State University)

Nick Goodell's final year at Penn State University hasn't gone as he had hoped, but the redshirt senior from Ambridge Area High School is hoping to end his collegiate career with an NCAA Division I title.

"We've had five concussions and four sprained ankles this year," said Penn State coach Mark Pavlik, who has played the role of triage nurse at times during the 2014-15 season. "I've never had a season with this many injuries."

Penn State, an NCAA semifinalist 19 of the past 20 years with Pavlik at the helm, opened the season with six consecutive losses. The Nittany Lions rebounded, however, with victories in 18 of their next 21 matches to finish the regular season ranked No. 7 in the country with an 18-9 record.

"This has been a ridiculous year," said Goodell, a 6-foot-4 opposite. "We had days where we couldn't even have a six-on-six scrimmage during practice [due to injuries]."