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Boys Volleyball: Bethel Park drives for fifth title in a row

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

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

The Bethel Park boys volleyball team had the number 5 in mind as it opened the 2015 season.

"We've won four straight [Class AAA] Section 1 titles," Bethel Park coach Tom Allman said. "Our goal is make it five in a row."

With one week remaining in the regular season, the Black Hawks are close to reaching that goal.

Bethel Park has a 10-0 record in section play and needs two more victories to claim its fifth consecutive section title. The Black Hawks defeated Peters Township, 3-0, at home Tuesday and had a bye on Thursday.

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Boys Tennis: Boys Feature Athlete – Bethel Park’s Adam Ackerman and Aaron Coplan

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Names: Adam Ackerman and Aaron Coplan
Grade: 12
School: Bethel Park
Sport: Tennis

Background: The seniors were the Black Hawks top two singles players this season, helping the squad make it to the WPIAL Class AAA playoffs, where it lost in the first round Wednesday to Fox Chapel. Both also advanced to the section singles quarterfinals, and teamed up to advance to the section doubles quarterfinals. 

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Softball: Bethel Park riding nine-game section winning streak

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Bethel Park's section slate got off to a slow start after it lost a wild 12-10 game on the road at Canon-McMillan. The Black Hawks got going immediately after that and they have not lost since. They blasted Peters Township and Upper St. Clair by a combined 28-3. It then complete the season sweep of the Indians with a 2-0 win on the road. Bethel Park also edged Baldwin on the road, 2-1. The bats came back alive for Bethel Park in a 10-0 win against Carrick, a 10-1 win vs. Mt. Lebanon, a 19-4 win at Upper St. Clair, a 14-4 win against Canon-McMillan and an 8-2 win at Mt. Lebanon. The win over the Big Macs allowed Bethel Park to avenge the early-season loss and to vault into first place ahead of Canon-McMillan (8-2, 6-1). Bethel Park is now 10-3 overall and 9-1 in the section.

Bethel Park used a 10-run third inning to roll to a 14-4 six-inning win against No. 2 Canon-McMillan who had been previously unbeaten in the section. The Big Macs are the three-time defending section champions. Haley Reid had three hits and four RBIs for the Black Hawks, who have scored 61 runs in their past five games. Ashley Burford added a three-run triple.

 

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Track: Bethel Park senior realizes its final opportunity

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Brad Everett profiles Bethel Park track standout Lexi Stevenson.

2015 0417 BethelPark GTrack(Photo: Bethel Park's Alexandra Stevenson winds up for her discus throw at the Tri-Sate Track Coaches Association Invitational at West Mifflin High School. Pam Panchak/Post-Gazette)

"Lexi Stevenson is sometimes called Alexandra. Others refer to her as Alex.

Regardless of how she's addressed, though, the local track and field community knows her simply as one of the top throwers in the WPIAL.

Stevenson, a senior at Bethel Park High School, throws the discus and shot put like few other WPIAL female athletes do. Already a three-time WPIAL medalist and three-time PIAA participant, Stevenson has wasted little time making her mark in her final season. She owns the WPIAL's second-best throws in both events – 122 feet, 11 inches in the discus and 40-3 in the shot put.

Two things that have eluded Stevenson in the past are winning a WPIAL title and placing at the PIAA championships. Stevenson is well aware of this being her last chance."