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Wrestling: Blackhawk grad takes over wrestling program at Millersville

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles Blackhawk graduate Kerry Regner, who is the new wrestling coach at Millersville. Read his story below.

After three very successful seasons as head wrestling coach at Williams Baptist College, Kerry Regner and his family had settled in to their new life in Walnut Ridge, Ark.

Then came a chance for them to move back to Pennsylvania, an opportunity that Regner could not pass up.

"I was contacted by an individual who informed me that Millersville University needed a new coach and asked if I was interested," said Regner, a 2003 graduate of Blackhawk High School.

"We enjoyed our time in Arkansas, but all of our vacations were to see family in Pennsylvania. The drive from Arkansas to Beaver County is 12 hours on a good day. My wife is from Lock Haven, so add another four hours to that trip. With two young children, it was not an easy trip."

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Baseball: Blackhawk's McKay dominant on the mound to begin pro career

Written by Brad Everett on .

Pitcher or hitter?

That's been the million-dollar question surrounding the future of Brendan McKay, who has been a star on the mound and at the plate going back to his days at Blackhawk High School.

Although it's a small sample size, the early returns since beginning his professional career show that pitching could perhaps become McKay's main focus.

McKay, who was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays with the fourth overall pick in this year's MLB draft, has played both pitcher and first base since beginning his pro career with the Hudson Valley Renegades last month. He's also been the designated hitter for a few games.

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Baseball: Former Blackhawk star signs record deal with Tampa Bay Rays

Written by Adam Bittner on .

Adam Bittner reports that former Blackhawk star Brendan McKay signed his first professional contract Tuesday.

"Brendan McKay is in the record books — for now.

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reported Tuesday that the former Blackhawk High School and University of Louisville standout has inked a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays that will pay him a $7,007,500 signing bonus, the richest so far under MLB's current bonus system implemented in 2012. McKay was drafted No. 4 overall by the Rays in the MLB draft earlier this month, and his deal breaks the record held briefly by Kyle Wright, who signed with the Atlanta Braves for a $7 million bonus after being selected right after McKay at No. 5 overall.

The Post-Gazette's Mike White reported at the time of the draft that McKay fielded an offer from the Minnesota Twins, who held the No. 1 pick, but he turned it down in hopes of receiving more money from another team later in the draft. It's unclear whether McKay's bonus beats Minnesota's offer, but it's record-setting nonetheless.

For his part, McKay told Crasnick he's excited to get his professional career started."

 

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Baseball: Former Blackhawk star taken fourth overall in MLB draft

Written by Mike White on .

Mike White reports that former Blackhawk star Brendan McKay was taken fourth overall by the Tampa Bay Rays in Monday's MLB draft.

"Early Monday, Brendan McKay turned down a chance to go 18 or even 9. At night, he turned down an offer to go 1.

But in the end, McKay still made Western Pennsylvania history.

McKay, a former star at Blackhawk High School who now plays for the University of Louisville, was selected by the Tampa Bay Rays with the No. 4 pick in the Major League Baseball draft. No player with ties to the WPIAL — out of high school or college — has ever been selected so high in the draft that started in 1965. The previous player selected the earliest was Scot Thompson, who was the seventh pick in the 1974 draft out of Knoch High School.

McKay thought about going golfing Monday with his father, Bruce, in Louisville, but decided against it. Brendan McKay is a standout pitcher-first baseman at Louisville and some mock drafts — as late as Monday — had him projected to go No. 1. But the Minnesota Twins ended up pulling a mild surprise by taking shortstop Royce Lewis of JSerra High School in San Juan Capistrano."