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.

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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."


Baseball: Bethel Park senior enjoys strong year

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Marky Billson profiles Bethel Park baseball player Corey Augenstein.

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"One way or another Corey Augenstein is going to have a big month.

He's going to graduate from Bethel Park High School with a 4.75 GPA, then go on to the University of Pittsburgh in the fall and major in mechanical engineering.

But you'll forgive him if that's not what Augenstein was most excited about this week.

For Augenstein is the Bethel Park baseball team's top pitcher and started the Black Hawks' Class AAAA playoff opener at Gateway High School against Hempfield Area on Wednesday. Considering this future Pitt hurler could start three of the potential four games for Bethel Park in the 15-team WPIAL postseason tournament, coach Tony Fisher will likely be riding Augenstein's left arm for most of the Black Hawks' championship drive."