Girls Basketball: South Feature Athlete - Kaitlyn Slagus, Belle Vernon

Written by Joe Koch on .

Name: Kaitlyn Slagus
School: Belle Vernon
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Forward

Background: Kaitlyn is a four-year starter and is one of three captains for the Leopards. She is in her second season as a captain. Through Thursday night's 56-45 victory over Elizabeth Forward, Kaityn had scored 1, 348 points in her career and is the second-leading scorer in the school's history. She also has pulled down 1,011 career rebounds and is four rebounds away from becoming Belle Vernon's second-leading rebounder in the program's history. Kaitlyn is averaging 22.2 points and 13.2 rebounds per game heading into the playoffs. Kaitlyn has signed a letter-of-intent to play women's basketball at Bucknell University. Kaitlyn also competes on the track and field team. Kaitlyn is a member of the Belle Vernon chapter of the National Honor Society, Interact Club and Students Against Destructive Decisions.


Wrestling: Belle Vernon wins Franklin Regional Duals

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Belle Vernon won the Franklin Regional Duals, held Dec. 20. The Leopards, ranked No. 2 in the WPIAL in Class AAA, upset top-ranked Franklin Regional, 35-28, in the title match. Jared Verkleeren (145), Austin Bell (182), and Milton Kobaly (195) recorded pins for Belle Vernon. Spencer Lee (120) had a pin for Franklin Regional. The Panthers Michael Kemerer was out of the lineup.

Championship Match
Belle Vernon 35, Franklin Regional 28
106: Jake Dunlop (BV) m.d. Mark Prucnal, 9-1.
113: Devin Brown (FR) by forfeit.
120: Spencer Lee (FR) p. Zach Hartman, 2:59
126: Gus Solomon (FR) d. Brock Godzin, 7-1.
132: Neiko Kuntz (BV) d. Ryan Krause, 3-2.
138: Dom Giannangeli (FR) d. Mitch Hartman,  5-3.
145: Jarod Verklereen (BV) p. Dan Contraquero,1:24
152: Derek Verklereen (BV) m.d. Caleb Camacho, 16-3.
160: Josh Maruca (FR) m.d. Josh Godzin, 15-2.
170: Josh Shields (FR) wins by forfeit.
182: Austin Bell (BV) p. Ted Wohlin, 1:44
195: Milton Kobaly (BV) p. Max Kubas, 2:39.
220: Mike Fine (BV) d. Jeremy Nestor, 4-2.
285: Pat Mayernik (BV) d. Jake Pickup, 5-1.


Wrestling: New Belle Vernon coach steps into good situation

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley previews Belle Vernon and the rest of the South Xtra teams competing in WPIAL Class AAA. Read his story below.

Mike Doppelheuer has moved from the youth program to the varsity program at Belle Vernon Area.

Doppelheuer, a 1997 graduate of Connellsville High School, has taken over as Belle Vernon's head coach, replacing Tyler Nauman who stepped down after one season.

Doppelheuer was a three-year starter at Connellsville and qualified for the PIAA tournament as a senior. He decided to play baseball in college, but a knee injury ended his baseball career during his freshman year at Edinboro University. He transferred to California University of Pennsylvania the following year to finish his degree."

Doppelheuer got married and started a family shortly after graduating from California.


Alumni Update - Spencer Lynn (California University of Pennsylvania)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

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)


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

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

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.