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."



Men's Volleyball: Ambridge grad closing Penn State career

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

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]."


Baseball: Ambridge making late surge

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Under first-year coach Shawn Holman, who pitched for the Detroit Tigers in 1989, Ambridge didn't win a game until April 14, dropping its first five games and scoring just six runs in the five games. Once the young Bridgers learned how to win, though, they've learned well.

Ambridge has now won five of its last six games and handed Hopewell its first section loss of the season. In the Hopewell game, Tre Thomas gathered the win, going just one out short of a complete game. Thomas has been a key to the turnaround as his first game back on the mound after an injury was in the 11-5 first win at Beaver. He didn't get the win that game because he didn't pitch long enough but he has been impressive since.

Although Ambridge's surge has been impressive, it started too late to make a difference for this year's playoffs. The Bridgers have already been eliminated because the best they can do is tie for third place and the tiebreaker is not in their favor.


Track: West Feature Athlete - Ambridge's Isaac Elliott

Written by Justin Criado on .

Name: Isaac Elliott
School: Ambridge
Grade: 10
Sport: Track and Field

Background: Elliott set two meet records at this past weekend's Warrior Classic at Central Valley. In the 100-meter dash, Elliott won with a time of 10.87 seconds. In the 200, he won with a mark of 22.10.