Girls Basketball: Bethel Park standout picks Canisius

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Keith Barnes profiles Bethel Park basketball player Shannon Conely.

"Shannon Conely was a bit overwhelmed when she began garnering interest from Division I colleges.

"At first I was really nervous to go and talk to the coaches, but after my first visit, the coaches and everybody was so welcoming that there wasn't any stress at all," Conely said. "Everyone's really nice and they were all nice, they gave me tours, told me everything about the schools and they were really informative."

At the end of the day, though, the rising senior at Bethel Park chose comfort and convenience as the 5-foot-10 forward opted to accept a scholarship to Canisius over, among others, Niagara, Central Connecticut and Youngstown State.

"Right off the bat, I loved the girls because they were so welcoming and then I liked the fact that the drive was only a little over three hours," Conely said. "The coaches were great and I really liked their personalities and I liked the class size and the campus and the motion offense because it's my style. It's a perfect fit and I'm really happy with it.""



Alumni Update - Ben Nolan (Mercyhurst)

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AUSTIN, Texas - Redshirt senior Jon Klein and junior Ben Nolan of the Mercyhurst University baseball teamNolan Mercyhurst were honored on Wednesday afternoon after being named to the 2015 Capital One Academic All-America® Division II Baseball Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

A total of seven pitchers were named as Academic All-Americans across the country on Wednesday afternoon and Mercyhurst was fortunate enough to garner two of those spots. Klein's First Team award marks the second consecutive season that the Mercyhurst baseball program has had a player named to the First Team after Dan Altavilla captured the honor after the 2014 campaign.

The All-District and All-America teams are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore with a 3.3 cumulative grade point average and a starter or significant reserve on their team.


Boys Volleyball: Bethel Park could be a power next year

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

2015 0605 BethelPark BVolleyball(Photo: Bethel Park junior setter Brandon Thorsen is an All-WPIAL Class AAA second-team selection. J.J. LaBella/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

You can't blame Bethel Park boys volleyball coach Tom Allman for looking ahead to next year after the Black Hawks' narrow 3-2 loss to Fox Chapel Area in the PIAA Class AAA quarterfinals Saturday at North Allegheny High School.

"It's disappointing to get this far and have your season end in a five-set match," said Allman, who is completing his 25th season as Bethel's coach. "But we do have a bright future to look forward to."


Boys Volleyball: Bethel Park qualifies for PIAA tournament

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

The Bethel Park boys volleyball team fell short of its ultimate goal of winning a WPIAL Class AAA title, but the Black Hawks did set a school record by earning their third consecutive trip to the PIAA tournament.

"I didn't know what to expect when the season began," Bethel Park coach Tom Allman said. "I'm very pleased with the way it's turned out. We're going back to the state tournament for a third straight year. That's something to be proud of."

Bethel Park earned its WPIAL tournament berth by claiming its fifth consecutive Section 1 title. The Black Hawks were seeded third in the 12-team bracket and advanced to the semifinals with a 3-0 quarterfinal win against Penn-Trafford. That's when the Black Hawks ran into trouble as they dropped a 3-1 decision to eventual WPIAL runner-up Seneca Valley.

"We didn't have everybody play as well as they should have," Allman said. "And Seneca Valley had too much offense to counter them."