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Boys Volleyball: 2016 South Season Recap

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

The Bethel Park boys volleyball team advanced to the WPIAL Class AAA title match for the third time in school history, but came up short.

Penn-Trafford claimed it's first WPIAL title with a 3-0 sweep of Bethel Park in the title match, held at Baldwin High School.  

"Too many errors," Bethel Park coach Tom Allman said. "We had way too many errors. Too many serving errors, too many hitting errors, too many net errors and double contacts. They are a good team. They kept the pressure on us all night."

The first set of the Class AAA final was a marathon, as the lead changed 14 times. Penn-Trafford pulled out a 33-31 victory with Brendan O'Toole recording the Warriors final three points with kills. O'Toole had nine kills in the set and 20 for the match.

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Boys Lacrosse: 2016 South Season Recap

Written by Joe Koch on .

Mt. Lebanon High's boys lacrosse team has had an interesting history in WPIAL Division 1 championship games.

Beginning in 2009 when the WPIAL first sanctioned championships in the sport, the Blue Devils won titles that year and subsequently won crowns in 2011, 2013 and 2015. The Blue Devils hoped to alter the pattern this year, but they fell to North Allegheny, 9-7, the team they vanquished by a 9-8 margin in double-overtime a year ago.

Blue Devils coach Mike Ermer offered no excuses for his team's performance in the championship game.

"We didn't shoot the ball particularly well," he said. "We shot maybe 15 percent, and that's where the difference was. We got outplayed in face-offs, and their goalie played excellent. When you look at lacrosse, if you have a good face-off guy and a hot goalie, you are going to be tough to beat. We didn't shoot the ball well, and we got beat on face-offs."

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Girls Lacrosse: 2016 South Season Recap

Written by Joe Koch on .

There may come a time when Chartiers Valley will get the best of Mt. Lebanon in a high school girls lacrosse game.

It didn't happen in the recently completed 2016 season. But no one could fault the Colts' effort.

Aligned with the Blue Devils and five other teams in Division 1, Section 1, Chartiers Valley played Mt. Lebanon twice in the regular season and fell by margins of 16-14 and 11-10.

Mt. Lebanon finished with an overall record of 19-3 and won the section title with a record of 11-1. The Colts were right behind the Blue Devils with an overall record of 13-4 and a section record of 10-2.