Football: Minton sets the tone for Bethel Park

Written by Jordan Greer on .

Jordan Greer profiles Bethel Park running back Alex Minton.

2014 1030 BethelPark Football(Photo: Bethel Park's Alex Minton lost his helmet, but not his head during a game against Upper St. Clair last year. John Heller/Post-Gazette)

"Early in the regular season, Bethel Park wanted to employ the spread offense that has become so popular and effective with many WPIAL teams.

"We thought we could be a shotgun spread team and do some of the things a lot of people were having a lot of success with at the college and high school level," Bethel Park coach Jeff Metheny said. "As we got further in and we lost a couple people here and there, we've really come into our own as a two-tight-end type of team. Just run the ball straight at you."

That run-first identity led the Black Hawks (6-3, 5-2) to a third-place finish in the Southeastern Conference and a first-round WPIAL Class AAAA playoff game this Friday.

The Black Hawks will visit Altoona (7-2, 6-2), the third-place team in the Foothills Conference for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff."


Alumni Update - Sean Edgar (Clarion University)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

Hummelstown, Pa. - Clarion's Sean Edgar fired a second round 75 and finished tied for 12th with a two-day total of 154 in medal play asEdgar Clarion the Golden Eagles finished in 7th place at the PSAC Men's Golf Championships which concluded on Sunday.


Held at Hershey Links Golf Club and playing to a par 71, West Chester won the team title with a 604, IUP was second at 607, and Millersville and California tied for third at 615. Mercyhurst, who led after day one, dropped to fifth at 616, while Gannon was sixth at 620, Clairon seventh at 657 and UPJ eighth with a 687.


Gannon's Matt Barto and Millersville's Rob Rowe tied for first at 147.

Edgar, a Bethel Park graduate, shot a first round 79 and came back on Sunday with a 75 for his 154.


(photo courtesy of Clarion University)


Hockey: Bethel Park starts strong once again

Written by Ryan Riordan on .

Bethel Park, the defending national champions, lost three of its top four scorers from last season, including Post-Gazette Stellar Six selections Chris Siak and Derek Lesnak.

But the Black Hawks have had no trouble finding the back of the net so far this season during their 4-0 start.

Bethel Park has scored 16 goals, with Louie McLinden leading the way with four tallies. Andrew Bello has a team-high seven points (two goals and five assists).

While the offense lost a lot of top talent from last season, Bethel Park did return goaltender William Lowe III. He has won all four starts this season, stopping 90 of 98 shots. 


Alumni Update - Laura Page (Westminster)

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LATROBE, Pa. - The Westminster College women's soccer team shutout host Saint Vincent College, 2-Page Westminster0, on Saturday. With the win, Westminster extended its non-losing streak to nine games (eight wins and one tie).

The Titans improved to 10-2-1 overall and a perfect 3-0 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC), while the Bearcats dropped to 1-11 overall and 1-2 in conference play.

Titan first-year goalie Laura Page, aBethel Parkgraduate, got the win in 78:28 minutes of work. She improves to 7-1-1. Page collected three saves in the shutout-win. 


(photo courtesy of Westminster College)


Girls Soccer: Bethel Park quietly primed for a postseason run

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Bethel Park, a WPIAL semifinalist from a year ago, is quietly gearing up for what might be another deep postseason run. It brushed aside a slow 0-3-1 start to rebound with a five-game winning streak in September and a seven-game unbeaten streak to close out the season entering their finale Monday at South Fayette.

Bethel Park (10-4-3, 9-1-2) will finish second in Section 5-AAA behind Upper St. Clair. Since a 3-0 setback at Upper St. Clair, the team has not lost, going 5-0-2 down the stretch. Bethel Park defeated Carrick, Allderdice, Mars, Oakland Catholic and Baldwin while playing to ties against South Park and Mt. Lebanon. Led by senior Halle Hammer, who scored the game winner against Baldwin last week, Bethel Park is not on anyone's short list of desired postseason opponents.