Alumni Update – Danny Litwin (Allegheny)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GRANVILLE, Ohio—The Allegheny College men's swimming and diving team concluded the 2017 NorthDLitwin AC Coast Athletic  Conference (NCAC) Championships Saturday (Feb. 11) hosted by Denison University.


The Gators competed in the 1650 free, 100 IM, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay.


Danny Litwin earned a trip to the A finals in the 100 IM with a school record time of 53.82. He entered the finals as the seventh seed.

In the A final, Litwin, a Bethel Park graduate, swam a 54.44 to take sixth place.


(photo courtesy of Allegheny College)



Swimming: South Feature Athlete - Bethel Park's Steven Sell

Written by Nicholas Tolomeo on .

Name: Steven Sell
School: Bethel Park
Grade: 12
Sport: Swimming

Background: Bethel Park senior Steven Sell came close to cracking the top 10 last year at the WPIAL Class AAA championships in his events. He placed as high as 12th in the 100 freestyle last season as a junior with a time of 48.37. In his other individual event, he placed 20th in the 200 freestyle. Sell also led off both Bethel Park freestyle relays, the 200 and the 400 that took 12th and 16th respectively.


Wrestling: Bethel Park's Bonaccorsi determined to land PIAA gold

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Bethel Park wrestler Nino Bonaccorsi. Read his story below.

2017 0210 BethelPark Wrestling(Photo: Nino Bonaccorsi is hoping to become Bethel Park's first PIAA wrestling champion. He lost in the 170-pound final last year. Ken Wunderley/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

The Bethel Park wrestling program has never had a PIAA champion.

Nino Bonaccorsi wants to be the first.

Bonaccorsi, a 182-pound senior, became the Black Hawks' first PIAA finalist last season, but had to settle for a silver medal after a heart-breaking 6-4 loss to Bethlehem Catholic's Michael Labriola in the Class 3A 170-pound final.

"Losing in the PIAA finals has been my motivation this season," Bonaccorsi said. "My goal is to get back to the finals and come home with a gold medal."


Girls Basketball: South Feature Athlete - Bethel Park's Justina Mascaro

Written by Joe Koch on .

Name: Justina Mascaro
School: Bethel Park
Grade: 12
Sport: Girls Basketball
Position: Guard-Forward

Background: Mascaro is a four-year starter and is a co-captain for the Black Hawks. She is averaging 9.6 points a game, having just returned from an anterior cruciate ligament tear. Her first game was against Upper St. Clair on Jan. 26, a game Bethel Park won, 51-32. During her junior season, Mascaro averaged 17.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Mascaro scored her 1,000th career point in a playoff loss to North Allegheny in last season's WPIAL playoffs. Mascaro would like to play basketball in college, but is undecided as to where she's going to go to school. Mascaro is a member of the Principal's Advisory Council of Students, the Community Service Committee and also is an Honor Student.


Girls Basketball: Bethel Park's Burke achieves historic record

Written by Joe Koch on .

For Bethel Park girls basketball coach Jonna Burke, the most important factor in her team's 38-32 Class 6A Section 3 victory over Mt. Lebanon this past Monday had less to do with the fact that it was her 400th coaching victory in her 22-year career.

No, the win allowed the Black Hawks to maintain a foothold among the four teams hoping to secure a spot in the WPIAL 6A girls baskeball tournament. And, she does have a sense of humor.

"It means I've been around a long time to get that number of wins," she said. "Of course, it feels good. But it's one of those things that it's just a number. I've had great kids to coach over the years, and I've had a lot of luck along the way. It is humbling, and I was surprised because I didn't have any idea that I was near that number of wins."

Bethel Park, which had lost to Peters Township prior to successive victories over Upper St. Clair, 51-32, Mt. Lebanon, 38-32, and Canon-McMillan, 50-39, now has cemented itself in third place in the six-team section with a record of 5-4 heading into tonight's section finale with visiting Baldwin.