Hockey: South Feature Athlete – Bethel Park’s William Lowe III

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Name: William Lowe III
School: Bethel Park
Grade: 11
Sport: Hockey

Background: Lowe backstopped the Black Hawks to the national championship last season, allowing only four goals on 85 shots in four games at the national tournament. He’s carried over that stellar play to this year, as Lowe leads Class AAA in wins (seven) and is second in goals-against average (2.06) and fourth in save percentage (.913) among goaltenders who have played at least half of their teams’ games. 


Alumni Update - Laurel Miller (California University)

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CALIFORNIA – California University of Pennsylvania senior Laurel Miller was selected a Capital OneMiller CalU 101013 Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Wednesday afternoon.


Miller, a Bethel Park graduate, becomes the 13th overall student-athlete, and second volleyball player, in school history to receive Academic All-America laurels twice in a career. The Cal U volleyball program has now featured an Academic All-American five times in the last six years.


As a senior, Miller led the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and ranked eighth in the country with 476 total kills while finishing third in the league with 3.50 kills per set.  She ranked second on the team and set a career high with 432 digs after totaling 21 kill/dig double-doubles.


Miller led NCAA Division II this season with 1,536 total attacks while playing all but seven sets.



Alumni Update - Jared Pratt (Washington & Jefferson)

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A pair of offensive linemen headlined the list as senior center John Wanner and junior left tacklePratt WJ Zack Crossey were named to the First Team while junior running back Ryan Ruffing was tabbed Second Team. Senior linebacker Jared Pratt and junior defensive end Jon Turner each laid claim to a spot on the Third Team. It was the first All-Region honor for each student-athlete.

Pratt, a Bethel Park graduate, broke the single-game and single-season tackles records with his 22 stops in the NCAA Second Round at Mount Union. He ended the year with 136 stops, surpassing the previous school record of 131 which had stood since 1987.

A two-time First Team All-PAC selection in just two seasons at W&J, Pratt was named First Team Academic All-District earlier this season as well. In addition to his tackles record, he finished the year with 10.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, two forced fumbles, 1.5 sacks and seven pass breakups.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Alumni Update - Tatiana Ruzzini (Washington & Jefferson)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The National Soccer Coaches Association of America announced thatRuzzini WJ Washington & Jefferson freshman forward Tatiana Ruzzini has been named All-Great Lakes Region.

Ruzzini, a Bethel Park graduate, picked up the Third-Team regional honor after earning First Team All-Presidents' Athletic Conference accolades earlier this offseason.

She recorded one of the best freshman campaigns in school history, ranking third in the PAC this season with 16 goals and 35 points, both of which led the Presidents.


Ruzzini started all 19 games and tied for the team lead with 65 shots as 72.3 percent landed on goal.

Four of her scores were game-winners for the Presidents, who advanced to the PAC semifinals for the 12th time in the last 13 years.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Girls Basketball: Bethel Park's Burke earns landmark win

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Bethel Park girls basketball coach Jonna Burke earned a landmark achievement in her team's 51-40 victory over South Park this past Saturday in the Bethel Park tournament.

The victory, which evened the Black Hawks' record at 1-1, was the 350th of her coaching career.

The Black Hawks get an early test with a non-section game tonight at Norwin, ranked No. 10 in the preseason rankings. The Knights are 1-1 following a 46-45 loss to Shaler and a 48-39 victory over Plum in the Norwin tournament. Bethel Park then opens section play with a game against West Allegheny, which moved up to Class AAAA this season and began its season with a 2-0 record.