Bethel Park 2015 Football Preview

Written by Keith Barnes on .

After fighting through one of the toughest conferences in the WPIAL just to qualify for the postseason, Bethel Park is still at something of a loss to explain its season-ending, 27-17 loss at Altoona in the first round of the playoffs.

"We had a pretty good run to the playoffs, but that was a pretty tough loss to Altoona, no question," coach Jeff Metheny said. "We didn't have a lot of kids practicing and we kind of wore down a little bit."

If the Black Hawks are to improve on their 6-4 record from a year ago, they will need Metheny's son Levi (6-1, 200, Sr., QB-OLB-K) to carry them forward.

"He's strong, physical, throws the ball real well and he's a good leader," Metheny said. "He's a two-year starter, so I'm looking for big things out of him for sure."


Football: A special bond at Bethel Park

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Joe Bendel profiles Bethel Park football's Jeff and Levi Metheny.

"Four years ago, coach Jeff Metheny summoned his son — then a freshman — to be the quarterback of his Bethel Park team. He didn't second-guess the decision then.

And he surely doesn't second-guess it now.

"He earned his way, and as a coaching staff, we thought he was ready," Metheny said of his son Levi, who enters his senior season. "He's a competitor, a strong leader and the kids respect him. So it was never a problem when we gave him the job, or at any time after."

The elder Metheny is a football lifer, a hard-charging coach who approaches the sport with a sense of focus and purpose. He has watched young men come and go through his programs for 30 years. It is an inescapable component of the profession."



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.

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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."