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Boys Soccer: West Feature Athlete - Ambridge's Austin Gorman

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Name: Austin Gorman
High School: Ambridge
Grade: 11
Sport: Soccer
Position: Goalkeeper

Background: Ambridge finished its first season back in Class AA with a 17-3 record, reaching the second round of the WPIAL playoffs. One of the significant parts of the Bridgers' success was a defense that allowed more than one goal just three times, and the final line of defense was goalkeeper Austin Gorman.

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Boys Soccer: Ambridge makes big jump from last year

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Ambridge took its lumps in Class AAA last year but apparently gained valuable experience. Dropping down to Class AA this season, the Bridgers improved their record by a remarkable 11 games – from 4-12-2 to 16-2. That was the biggest one-year improvement of any team in the WPIAL.

The second-best improvement from 2013-2014 among local teams was Beaver Area's four game improvement which saw the Bobcats make the playoffs, but were eliminated in the preliminary round by Quaker Valley.

On the other side, the two teams that saw the biggest declines were teams that, not coincidentally, were hit the hard by graduation – Blackhawk (-5) and Beaver County Christian School (-3 1/2). Both made the playoffs last year but didn't make the cut this year.

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Football: Ambridge moves on

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It's still relatively uncommon for a player to change schools in mid-season as Stephon McGinnis did last week when he left Ambridge for Aliquippa. How soon he plays or doesn't play for Aliquippa remains to be seen, but for Ambridge that is a moot point now.

The Bridgers are forced to move on without one of their two returning starters from last year and leading receiver. With McGinnis catching 27 passes in the first five games, he was a vital part of the offense and quarterback Austin French averaged 13.6 yards per completion.

Without McGinnis, the Bridgers still passed 27 times in a 30-6 loss to Montour but French averaged just 5.3 yards per completion. That was the first game, though, and most teams losing their top receivers wouldn't react well immediately.

Ambridge, though, is in position to make a serious playoff push if the Bridgers can make the adjustment. After losing the last three games by a combined score of 127-26 to teams with a combined record of 16-2, the Bridgers finish their season against three teams with a combined record of 5-13. A sweep of the three games will likely put Ambridge into the playoffs.

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Cross Country: West Feature Athlete - Ambridge's Mica Hanish

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Name: Mica Hanish
Grade: 10
School: Ambridge
Sport: Cross Country

Background Info: Hanish was a PIAA qualifier as a freshman last year. She placed 15th at the Red, White and Blue Invitational in 20:39.8. Hanish went on to finish third in 21:05.7 at Slippery Rock in Class AA competition.