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Boys Volleyball: Bethel Park senior lands top volleyball honor

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Post-Gazette Player of the Year Jake Dixon of Bethel Park. Read his story below.

2016 0415 BethelPark BVolleyball(Photo: Bethel Park's Jake Dixon is heading to Lewis College. J.J. LaBella/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

Jake Dixon's years of competing as a multi-sport athlete at Bethel Park High School have come to an end. His collegiate volleyball career at Lewis College will begin in a couple months, but he already misses football and basketball.

"I was at the high school last week and saw the football team holding a conditioning workout," said Dixon, a four-year starter for the Black Hawks volleyball squad and a three-year starter for football and basketball teams. "I wanted to go out and join them, but my football and basketball careers are over. I have to concentrate on volleyball."

And that's just what Dixon will do before move-in day Aug. 23 at Lewis College.

"At the end of the month, I will be competing at Junior Nationals for the Pittsburgh Volleyball Club [June 28 to July 2]," said Dixon, who graduated over the weekend. "This will be my fourth trip to nationals with the club."

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Lacrosse: Bethel Park ousts defending Division 2 girls champions

Written by Joe Koch on .

Breaking loose with a six-goal barrage in the second half, Bethel Park forged its way into the Division 2 girls semifinal with a 12-8 victory over host Shaler this past Thursday.

The win puts the Black Hawks against Mars in the 7:45 p.m. semifinal Thursday at North Allegheny. The loss ended a three-year Division 2 girls championship reign for the Titans.

Kayte Zeiler, a junior, led Bethel Park with four goals. Another junior, Zoe Zilcosky, added three goals. Delaney Lacey and Jenny Gavett had two goals apiece.

"The difference is that our midfield hustled with strong defensive play, and we had a balanced attack on offense. Our girls don't care who scores as long as we score," coach Becky Luzier said.

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Alumni Update - David Lemley (La Roche)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

La Roche College won their third straight AMCC baseball title on Sunday, defeating Penn St. Behrend, 4-2.Lemley LRC   

The Redhawks (36-9) will await word on their NCAA Regional Tournament opponent, to be announced on Monday.

David Lemley, a Bethel Park graduate,went the distance to get his third decision of the season.

 

(photo courtesy of La Roche College)

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Alumni Update - Zack Rusch (Seton Hill)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

After finishing in a four way tie for third place in the ECAC, the Griffin men's lacrosse had seven players named to the All ECAC team theRusch SHU league announced on Thursday afternoon.  Leading the way for the Griffins was first team selection in attackman Zach Hartmann. Earning second team honors were midfielder Zack Rusch and defender Matt Mahood. Attackman Garret Howell, midfielder Erik Hultgren and specialist Nick Neferis were named honorable mention. Long stick midfielder Brett Craig was named to the All Rookie Team.  Last season Mahood was a first team selection while Rusch was named to the second team.

Rusch, a Bethel Park graduate, was the second leading goal scorer on the team with 25 goals. He added 15 assists for 40 points which was third on the team. Rusch added 18 ground balls and 8 caused turnovers.

 

(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)