Girls Basketball: Bethel Park freshman picks up a Division I offer

Written by Brad Everett on .

Olivia Westphal has not yet started high school, but already has a Division I scholarship offer.

Westphal, who will be a freshman at Bethel Park this fall, picked up an offer from Duquesne earlier this week. Westphal is considered to be one of the WPIAL's top incoming freshmen. She plays for the Western PA Bruins AAU program.

It's not all uncommon anymore for colleges to offer scholarships to athletes before their high school careers begin. Duquesne has done it several times in recent years, most notably when it offered Blackhawk's Mackenzie Amalia when she was in seventh grade. Amalia will be a sophomore this year.


Track: Bethel Park speedster hopes to become fastest man in the WPIAL

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One of the showcase events of the WPIAL championships is the 100-meter dash.

A junior from Bethel Park hopes to steal the show.

James Krandel hopes to put forth a golden performance at Thursday's Class 3A championships. Krandel is the No. 2 seed in the event having run a qualifying time of 10.85. On the same track two weeks ago, Krandel placed third behind reigning PIAA champion Journey Brown of Meadville and Ambridge's Isaac Elliott.

Elliott is the top seed and favorite. He ran a qualifying time of 10.54. Also in the field are defending champion Zane Dudek of Armstrong and Beaver's Darius Wise.


Alumni Update - Mitch Nordstrom (Waynesburg)

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WAYNESBURG, Pa. – The Waynesburg University baseball team knew exactly what it had to do going intoNordstrom Waynesburg Thursday's Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) doubleheader against Grove City.

A sweep would clinch a spot in the upcoming PAC playoffs for either team. While neither opponent sealed up a spot in the postseason, both kept their championship hopes alive with a split in Waynesburg.

The Wolverines (16-17, 13-10) opened up a big lead in game one and held off a Yellow Jacket (18-20, 12-11) rally to pick up an 11-8 win. With its hopes for the postseason on the line, Waynesburg erased a 5-0 deficit and scored the next 14 runs en route to a 14-8 triumph.

Mitch Nordstrom, a Bethel Park graduate, chipped in four hits of his own, which included a double, three RBI and four runs scored.


(photo courtesy of Waynesburg University)


Alumni Update - Katelyn Hancock (Penn State-Behrend)

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LA PLUME, Pa. - The Penn State-Behrend women's track and field team won the Colonial States Athletic ConferenceHancock PSUB (CSAC) Title Sunday afternoon after combining for a team score of 306 points.

Katelyn Hancock, a Bethel Park graduate, was named Track Athlete of the Year.

Hancock took first in both the 800 and 1500 meter runs over the weekend. In the 800, she finished ahead of teammate Courtney Sargent (Erie, PA/Collegiate Academy) with a time of 2:18.81.

The two of them grabbed the top two times in the 1500 meter race as well. Hancock took the crown in 4:53.40.


(photo courtesy of Penn State-Behrend)