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Belle Vernon 2014 Football Preview

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Coach Matt Humbert takes over at Belle Vernon after leading Ringgold to four consecutive WPIAL Class AAA playoff appearances and 28-13 overall record.

"I hated to leave Ringgold, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity of having a teaching position at Belle Vernon," said Humbert, who has been hired as a ninth grade Civics teacher. "I also have a tie to Belle Vernon because my wife works there."

Humbert is thrilled to be a ninth-grade teacher, since it gives him a chance to recruit younger players.

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Wrestling: Belle Vernon grappler wins Cadet National Title

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Belle Vernon wrestler Jarod Verkleeren, who won a Cadet National Freestyle title at Fargo.

Jarod Verkleeren
experienced the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat in the wide world of amateur wrestling during the month of July.

Verkleeren, who recently completed his freshman year at Belle Vernon High School, made his international debut at the FILA Cadet World Wrestling Freestyle Championships July 15-20 in Snina, Slovakia.

"I didn't wrestle to my full potential," said Verkleeren, who made a quick exit from the tournament after losing in the first round of the 63-kilogram weight class, which translates to 138.75 pounds. "It was disappointing to travel that far and lose in the first round."

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Wrestling: Belle Vernon standout advances to event in Slovakia

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Belle Vernon wrestler Jarod Verkleeren. Read his story below.

Jarod Verkleeren and his parents will travel to Slovakia in the middle of July, but it's not for a family vacation.

Verkleeren, who recently completed his freshman year at Belle Vernon, qualified for the FILA Cadet World Wrestling Championships July 15-20 in Snina, Slovakia.

"I'm so excited," said Verkleeren, who has never traveled overseas. "This is a real game-changer."

Verkleeren qualified by winning the 63-kilogram weight class, which translates to 138.75 pounds, at the FILA World Qualifier May 23-25 in Akron, Ohio.

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Baseball: South Feature Athlete - Dylan Pietrantoni, Belle Vernon

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Name: Dylan Pietrantoni
School: Belle Vernon
Grade: 12
Sport: Baseball
Position: Pitcher

Background Info: When Pietrantoni is on the mound, Belle Vernon has a chance to beat just about anybody. Pietrantoni, a senior right-hander, is 3-1 with a 1.18 ERA and has 43 strikeouts in 35 2/3 innings. A team captain, Pietrantoni has given up more than one earned run in just one of his six starts. His finest performance came in a 1-0 win against Ringgold on April 8. In that game, Pietrantoni fired a one-hitter and struck out 16. In a 4-0 win against Greensburg Salem in the season opener, Pietrantoni pitched a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts. Offensively, Pietrantoni is hitting .294 with a team-high nine RBIs.

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Track: Gaul, McCaskill win titles for Leopards

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Belle Vernon had two champions at the Big South Invitational last Wednesday.

For the girls, Gianna Gaul won the discus with a throw of 120-5, which was almost five feet farther than the second-place finisher, Deilona DeVaughn of West Mifflin. The Leopards’ Kaitlyn Slagus finished third.

Gaul also finished sixth in the javelin and eighth in the shot put.

Marcel McCaskill, a junior won the 400 meters by a little more than a second over Chartiers Valley’s Sean Paraenti and Jake Collins