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Alumni Update - Zach Medarac (Westminster)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

GREENVILLE, Pa. – The Westminster College men's soccer team was selected to finish fifth in the Presidents' AthleticMedarac-Westminster Conference (PAC) men's soccer preseason coaches' poll, as voted on by the league's nine head coaches.

The Titans, the defending PAC champions, received 51 points and one first-place vote.

Westminster sophomore defender Zach Medarac, a Blackhawk graduate, was listed on the "Players to Watch" list.

 

(photo courtesy of Westminster College)

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Girls Basketball: Blackhawk ninth-grader picks up second Division I offer

Written by Brad Everett on .

Mackenzie Amalia had her first official day of high school today.

She already has twice as many Division I basketball offers.

Amalia, a freshman at Blackhawk, is one of the top players in her class in the WPIAL. On Sunday, she picked up a scholarship offer from Niagara, her second from a Division I school. She was previously offered by Duquesne when she was only in seventh grade.

Mackenzie's older sister, Madison, is a senior at Blackhawk and has committed to play basketball at St. Thomas Aquinas. She averaged 15 points per game her junior season. Their father, Bob, is the longtime baseball coach at Blackhawk.

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Baseball: Blackhawk grad one of MLB's top relievers

Written by Brad Everett on .

Former Blackhawk standout Brendan McKay has become a college star since first taking the field with Louisville last year.

Another Blackhawk grad is making a big impact on the diamond, too, but his success is coming in the major leagues.

Adam Liberatore has developed into one of the top relievers in baseball this season for the Los Angeles Dodgers. While Libertore is no Clayton Kershaw, his ERA is actually lower than the three-time Cy Young winner. In 39 appearances, Liberatore is 1-0 with a 0.59 ERA and has struck out 35 and walked 10 in 30 1/3 innings. Opponents are hitting just .149 against him and he boasts a WHIP of 0.82.

It's been awhile since a team has had any success against the 29-year-old left-hander. Get this: Liberatore has not given up a run in two months. He last surrendered a run on May 18, but has since kept opponents scoreless in 25 consecutive appearances.

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Baseball: 2016 Major League Update - Adam Liberatore (Blackhawk)

Written by John Perrotto on .

Adam Liberatore has been as good as just about any relief pitcher in the major leagues this season.

The Blackhawk High School graduate is 1-0 with a 0.72 ERA in 33 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The left-hander has allowed just two runs on 15 hits in 25 innings with 26 walks and nine walks.

That is quite an improvement for the 29-year-old over his rookie season of 2015 when he was 2-2 with a 4.25 ERA in 39 games.

"He's been a very important part of our bullpen," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "He's been outstanding, as consistent as any reliever in the league this season."

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Baseball: Former Blackhawk standout returns to Pittsburgh with Dodgers

Written by Brody Miller on .

Brody Miller profiles Blackhawk graduate Adam Liberatore, who is now a standout pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"The previous time Adam Liberatore played at PNC Park, it was in a showcase back when he was playing American Legion baseball for Blackhawk High School. Liberatore was an outfielder, and a good one.

Now, this 29-year-old Beaver County native is a pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers and made his first return to PNC as a major-leaguer. When his flight landed June 23, he was able to go to his house, see family and friends and relax in a recliner. He got to wake up and make some coffee. It was the comfort of home.

"It's a different feeling," he said. "I've never just come to the field from home before. So it was definitely cool to just wake up, eat at home and then come here."

But Liberatore's journey to the pros could have just as easily not happened. It took the nagging advice of coaches to put him on the right path. Blackhawk baseball coach Bob Amalia knew back in high school that outfield wasn't how Liberatore would make it."