Boys Volleyball: Ambridge makes a huge statement

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

2014 0417 Ambridge BVolleyball(Photo: Senior Dan Zajac, serving for the Ambridge volleyball team, is also a dedicated weightlifter and football player. J.J. LaBella/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

The Ambridge Area High School boys volleyball team avenged two losses at Saturday's Koller Classic at Central York High School and came home with the championship trophy.

"The Koller Classic is one of the best tournaments in the state," Ambridge coach Glenn Freed said. "Three of the top four Class AAA teams [in the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association state rankings] and the top three Class AA teams were in the 20-team field. Winning a tournament of this magnitude is a significant achievement."

Ambridge, ranked No. 1 in the WPIAL and PVCA rankings in Class AA, has won five WPIAL titles in the past six years. The Bridgers advanced to the PIAA title match last year before losing to Northeastern.

"Our goal every year is to win WPIAL and PIAA titles," Freed said. "We came very close to reaching both goals last year, but fell short in the state title match."


Softball: Four up, four down for Ambridge, Haslett

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Like so many other area teams, the start of Ambridge's 2014 softball season was delayed and delayed, plagued by weather cancellations. Ambridge postponed games against Chartiers Valley, Vincentian, Hampton, Seneca Valley, Moon, New Brighton and New Castle, making the Bridgers the unofficial WPIAL-leader in postponements.

Once Ambridge was able to get outside, it looked no worse for the wear. Riding the wave of pitcher Kelly Haslett, a returning all-section choice, Ambridge is 4-0 with all of its wins coming in Section 1-AAA. It's biggest win may very well be a 9-3 triumph at Blackhawk. Haslett struck out five in the win over the No. 3-ranked Cougars. The Bridgers and Haslett have also won at Ellwood City and at home against Hopewell and Central Valley.


Boys Volleyball: Ambridge grad Goodell boosts Penn State

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Ken Wunderley profiles Ambridge graduate Nick Goodell, now a standout volleyball player at Penn State. Read his story below.

Nick Goodell will have a player from his high school joining him next season at Penn State University, but this redshirt junior from Ambridge has more important things to be concerned with right now.

Goodell, a 6-foot-4 opposite, is in his third year of starting for the Nittany Lions, who are perennial contenders for an NCAA Division I title.

"Our goal every year is to win an NCAA title," Goodell said. "This year is no different."

Penn State entered the week tied for No. 12 in the national rankings with a 19-6 record. The Nittany Lions have advanced to the NCAA Final Four in 18 of Mark Pavlik's 20 seasons as head coach.


Alumni Update - Courtney Parisi (Edinboro)

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OBERLIN, Oh. – The Edinboro women's track & field team finished fourth out of six teams at the Bob Kahn Invitational hosted by Oberlin College. The Fighting Scots finished with 102 points. Ursuline was first with 145 points, followed by Wooster (125.5 points) and Oberlin (121).


Courtney Parisi, an Ambridge graduate, took home first place in the javelin with a throw of 111'10". Parisi added a second place showing in the shot put (36'1.25").