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Alumni Update - Spencer Lynn (California University of Pennsylvania)

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CALIFORNIA – Senior offensive lineman Jack Abercrombie and senior linebacker Spencer Lynn were both recentlyLynn CalU selected to the Capital One Academic All-District Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

 

Lynn, a Belle Vernon graduate, led the team with 87 tackles and tied for fifth in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) with 8.7 tackles per game. He posted double-digit stops in four of the last five games of the season while starting all 10 games.


Lynn boasts a 4.00 GPA while pursuing a master's degree in business administration after earning his bachelor's degree in sport management with a 3.62 cumulative GPA.

 

(photo courtesy of California University of Pennsylvania)

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Girls Soccer: South Feature Athlete - Belle Vernon's McKenna Keffel

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Name: McKenna Keffel
High School: Belle Vernon
Grade: 11
Sport: Soccer
Position: Forward

Background: The team's leading goal scorer throughout the regular season, it was no surprise who the Leopards turned to when they needed a goal to clinch a perfect section record. Belle Vernon junior forward McKenna Keffel netted the game-winning goal in overtime to lift Class AA No. 5 Belle Vernon over Elizabeth Forward 1-0 in the section finale for both teams. The win gave Belle Vernon a perfect 12-0 record in Section 4-AA. Kennel was one part of a dangerous three-pronged Belle Vernon scoring attack this season along with senior forward Samantha Mendicino and senior midfielder Caitlin Caldwell.

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Girls Soccer: Belle Vernon nears section title

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Belle Vernon could become the first section champion in the WPIAL on Monday if it wins against Brownsville. The Leopards have dominated play in Section 4-AA and opened up a significant lead in the section. They put their closest competitors behind them with back-to-back one-goal wins against Ringgold and McGuffey. The Leopards blanked Ringgold 1-0 when Baylie Campbell scored the lone goal of the contest in the first half when she collected a direct goal and scored a goal. Kaity Watson was in net for the shutout. Two nights later the Leopards went on the road and won 2-1 at McGuffey to improve to a perfect 9-0 in Section 4-AA ahead of Ringgold (5-2), Elizabeth Forward (5-2-1) and McGuffey (4-4). A win over Brownsville (1-7) will ensure Belle Vernon of at least a share of the section title. To complete the section schedule unscathed, Belle Vernon would also have to defeat Waynesburg (3-4-1) and Elizabeth Forward.

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Girls Soccer: Six up, six down for Belle Vernon

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One half through the Section 4-AA schedule and Belle Vernon has made it clear they are the team to beat in the second half of section play. The Leopards went a perfect six for six against Section 4-AA competition. Overall they are 9-0 and ranked No. 5 in the Post-Gazette. Belle Vernon has a one-game lead in the section ahead of Ringgold (5-1) and a two-game lead ahead of Elizabeth Forward (4-2).

Belle Vernon has done it with a combination of offense and defense. It opened the season with eight consecutive shutouts thanks to a strong defense and goalkeeper Kaity Wilson. The Leopards finally conceded a goal to Southmoreland in a 2-1 win, its ninth game of the season. Along the way the Leopards poured ten goals into the net against Uniontown, seven against Brownsville and Waynesburg and five against Elizabeth Forward. Meghan Lovett and Marissa Hasson both scored in a 2-0 win against McGuffey. McKenna Keffel netted a hat trick in a 7-0 win against Brownsville.

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Girls Soccer: Three up, three down for Belle Vernon

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The wins have all varied early this season for Belle Vernon. There was the season-opening 5-0 win against West Allegheny in the South Fayette tournament. Then there was the tight 1-0 win over the host Lions in the championship of the tournament. And then there was the Section 4-AA lid lifter when the Leopards lifted the lid on the Uniontown defense and poured in ten goals in a 10-0 route. Through it all the defense has been as consistent as you can ask, hanging zeroes everywhere it has been.

Senior forward Samantha Mendicino netted a hat trick in the blowout of Uniontown while the rest of the team showed just how balanced the scoring could be. Junior forwards McKenna Keffel and Marissa Hasson, junior midfielder Marissa Zetty, senior midfielder Caitlin Caldwell, junior defender Courtney Hrycko, junior forward Meghan Lovett and sophomore forward Sierra Lynn all scored goals.