Girls Volleyball: WPIAL champ Baldwin loses in semifinals

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Ken Wunderley profiles the Baldwin girls volleyball team. Read his story below.

The Baldwin High School girls volleyball team found out the hard way that a good start doesn't guarantee a victory. Especially when you're facing a team that has been to the PIAA finals five years in a row.

The Fighting Highlanders jumped out to a 2-0 lead in Tuesday's PIAA Class AAA semifinal match against Landisville Hempfield, but came up short in the final three sets, thus ending their hopes of playing in Saturday's title match.

"It's so frustrating to see the girls get that far and fall short," Baldwin coach Chris Kelly said. "They deserved a better fate."

Baldwin opened the match with a 28-26 victory, then followed with a 26-24 win in the second set.


Alumni Update - Luke Smorey (California University of Pennsylvania)

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Luke Smorey averaged 46.5 yards on two punts – both in the fourth quarter – on Saturday at Lock Haven. He registered a 60-yard puntSmorey CalU midway through the fourth quarter that was downed at the Lock Haven 7-yard line, which eventually led the Vulcans to starting their next drive inside the red zone following a fumble recovery.

Smorey also finished the game with 40 receiving yards and one touchdown on two catches.

The Baldwin graduate earned PSAC West Special Teams Athlete of the Week. 


(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)


Alumni Update - Jake Elk (Thiel)

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Jake Elk intercepted two passes and returned a fumble 56 yards for the game-winning touchdown, leading Thiel toElk Thiel a 28-23 win over Grove City in the 32nd annual battle for the Mercer County Cup Saturday at Alumni Stadium.

He also made three tackles and broke up a pass.

The Baldwin graduate earned PAC Defensive Player of the Week.


(photo courtesy of Thiel College)


Girls Volleyball: Baldwin's title means even more to star senior

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Ken Wunderley profiles Baldwin volleyball standout Mackenzie Voelker. Read his story below.

2015 1113 Baldwin GVolleyball(Photo: Baldwin's Mallory O'Brien (17) sets the ball to Mackenzie Voelker (18) in the WPIAL Class AAA championship Saturday. Baldwin beat North Allegheny, 3-2. Marsha Green/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

Baldwin senior Mackenzie Voelker collected her second gold medal at Saturday's WPIAL girls volleyball final, held at Baldwin High School.

But the second title means much more to her than the first.

"I don't even know if you can compare the two," said Voelker, a 5-foot-10 outside hitter. "This one means so much more to me because of what I went through this year. I didn't even know if I would be able to play."

Voelker turned in a gutty performance, while dealing with two medical ailments, as Baldwin posted a 3-2 come-from-behind win against North Allegheny in the title match.