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Boys Volleyball: Sequel has familiar finish for Bethel Park

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles the Bethel Park boys volleyball team. Read his story below.

A rematch of last year's WPIAL Class AAA boys volleyball title match took place in this year's semifinals -- unfortunately for Bethel Park, the results were the same.

"We had our chances in the first set," said Bethel Park coach Tom Allman, after the Black Hawks dropped a 3-1 decision to North Allegheny in a semifinal match that took place May 20.

North Allegheny went on to defeat Norwin last Thursday to win its eighth consecutive WPIAL title.

"A couple of bad calls went against us at the end of that [first] set and North Allegheny pulled out a narrow victory [27-25]. We lost the momentum right there. We had to use too much energy in the second set to get back into the match."

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Alumni Update - Parker Meyers (Thiel)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENVILLE, Pa. - The Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) released its 2014 Baseball All-Meyers ThielConference Teams Tuesday, and four Thiel College players garnered All-PAC recognition.

Parker Meyers, a Bethel Park rounded out Thiel's honorees with an All-PAC Honorable Mention selection.  The junior right-hander totaled 74.2 innings pitched, the second-most in the league, while striking out 45 batters and posting a 3.38 earned run average.

 

(photo courtesy of Thiel College)

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Softball: Bethel Park finally gets its shot at Shaler

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

The Bethel Park/Shaler matchup has been a long time coming and it will finally happen on Monday in the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals. The two teams were scheduled to meet last year, the game was postponed and never made up. They were also scheduled to meet this season, that game was also postponed and never made up. But now finally, No. 2 Shaler (14-3) will meet No. 10 Bethel Park (11-4) rain or shine. Shaler is in the WPIAL quarterfinals for the second year in a row by virtue of a first-round bye. Last year in the quarterfinals the Titans were ousted by Hempfield, 4-1.

A year after missing the playoffs entirely, Bethel Park is in the quarterfinals thanks to a dominating pitching performance. Junior Taylor Andres fired a two-hit shutout against No. 7 Norwin (12-4) and the Black Hawks rolled 6-0. It was the program's first playoff win since a 2008 first-round win against Plum. The game against Shaler pits two entirely different teams together. Shaler is young but has plenty of postseason experience. Bethel Park is more of a veteran squad but nobody on the team had been in a playoff game until Tuesday.