Wrestling: New Belle Vernon coach steps into good situation

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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)

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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)


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.


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.


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.