Below is a review of the South posts that appeared Sunday, July 23 through Saturday, July 29.
Bethel Park claimed its seventh consecutive Class AAA Section 1 title during the 2016-17 season. The Black Hawks have lost only three section matches during that stretch.
Bethel Park received a first-round bye as the No. 3 seed, then advanced to the WPIAL semifinals with a 3-1 win over Shaler. The Black Hawks dropped a 3-1 decision to defending WPIAL champion and eventual runner-up Penn-Trafford.
Bethel Park did earn a PIAA berth with a 14-25, 25-23, 25-18, 24-26, 15-13 win against Seneca Valley in the WPIAL consolation for third place. The Black Hawks also swept Erie McDowell 3-0 in the opening round of the PIAA Tournament.
In the PIAA quarterfinals, Bethel Park saw its season come to an end with a 3-0 loss to North Allegheny.
In Class AA, South Park claimed the Section 3 title with a 10-0 record. The Eagles lost in the first round of the WPIAL playoffs.
The following photos feature boys volleyball teams from the area's South zone. These ran in the Post-Gazette during the 2017 season.
(Photo: John Cooley and Bethel Park are off to a 4-0 start under new coach Zach Smith. Marilyn Schwilm/Tri-State Sports & News Service)
For the boys lacrosse programs at Peters Township and Mt. Lebanon high schools, the 2017 season revealed some telling moments.
For the Indians, the journey was a historic one as they fought their way into the WPIAL Class 3A playoffs and won their first WPIAL championship with a heart-stopping 12-11 double-overtime victory over Mt. Lebanon at Robert Morris University's Joe Walton Stadium.
The Indians' Danny Bacchiochi ended the epic battle between the two longtime rivals with a spinning shot from 15 yards out with 2:41 left in the second overtime.
Bacchiochi was pleased with what the victory meant for the Indians in both the short- and the long-term.
When the WPIAL Class 3A girls championship game was being played this past last May, a team that many suspected would be in the championship game found itself on the outside looking in.
That team was the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils.
One of the most solid teams in the WPIAL found its season at a end following a 16-12 loss to eventual champion Pine-Richland in the WPIAL semifinals.
That setback completed the Blue Devils' season at 15-3. Their other losses were a section setback to Peters Township, 10-9. That loss snapped a 13-game winning streak that began after Mt. Lebanon suffered a 14-4 loss to Langley, Va., in the season opener on March 25.