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Mt. Lebanon 2015 Football Preview

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Mt. Lebanon rebounded quite nicely to make the playoffs last year after a forgettable 3-6 showing in 2013.

Now the Blue Devils will look to take the next step and vault into title contention in the competitive Southeastern Conference.

"One of the biggest things has been changing the culture a little bit, and we've been talking about that over the last couple of years," fourth-year coach Mike Melnyk said. "Every coach wants to put their mark on a team, but the one thing we've emphasized is that we want to work harder than any other team, with coaches and players, and the commitment level from the players has been way up there."

Even though Mt. Lebanon qualified for the WPIAL Class AAAA playoffs a year ago, it went into the playoffs with a gasp rather than at full steam. The Blue Devils were 5-1 after six games, but dropped their final three in the regular season and were drubbed, 35-10, at McKeesport in the first round of the playoffs.

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Wrestling: Bill Lewis steps down as Mt. Lebanon coach

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Below is a letter from Mt. Lebanon wrestling coach Bill Lewis, who announced that he is stepping down due to medical issues. Lewis had a 165-153 career record in 17 years as a head coach, including the past 14 at Mt. Lebanon. He also coached at Peters Township.

To all the friends, families and supporters of Blue Devil Wrestling,

It is with much thought and emotion that I have submitted a letter of resignation as Head Wrestling Coach of the Mt. Lebanon wrestling program. I have struggled with this decision throughout the summer. Earlier today I spoke with the wrestlers and felt it would be best to follow up with this letter.

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Girls Basketball: Mt. Lebanon junior spreads success around

Written by Joe Bendel on .

Joe Bendel profiles Mt. Lebanon's Kate Sramac.

"Hockey player or hoop star? Hoop star or hockey player?

Young Kate Sramac of Mt. Lebanon is unable to answer such a query. Let's just call her a Kate of all trades.

"I like both equally," said Sramac, a soon-to-be junior at Mt. Lebanon High. "Sometimes, I'd rather be playing hockey when I have basketball. And sometimes, I'd rather be playing basketball ..."

A conundrum? Yes. But it has hardly derailed her ability to excel at both sports, which is somewhat of an oddity given the two seasons intersect."

 

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Baseball: 2015 Minor League Update - Ian Happ (Mt. Lebanon)

Written by John Perrotto on .

(Sports Town is featuring updates on WPIAL baseball players who are currently playing in the major or minor leagues. The posts were compiled by veteran baseball writer John Perrotto. We will feature two players every day.)

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Ian Happ is living up to his billing as the Chicago Cubs' first-round pick in this year's amateur draft.

The center fielder from Mt. Lebanon is hitting .259 in 23 games for short season Class A Boise in the Northwest League. While the batting average is a touch low, the 20-year Happ has made up for it with three doubles, one triple, four home runs, nine stolen bases, 21 walks, 22 strikeouts, a .408 on-base percentage and a .469 slugging percentage.

The 20-year-old Happ was the ninth overall pick after hitting .369 with 14 home runs and 44 RBIs in 56 games for the University of Cincinnati this spring.

He was 73-for-198 with 47 runs scored, 18 doubles, 49 walks, 49 strikeouts, 12 stolen bases, a .492 on-base percentage and a .672 slugging percentage.

 

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Baseball: 2015 Minor League Update - Jordan Steranka (Mt. Lebanon)

Written by John Perrotto on .

(Sports Town is featuring updates on WPIAL baseball players who are currently playing in the major or minor leagues. The posts were compiled by veteran baseball writer John Perrotto. We will feature two players every day.)

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Jordan Steranka is looking to make up for lost time during the final two months of the minor league season with the Pirates' high Class A Bradenton farm club in the Florida State League.

The first baseman from Mt. Lebanon and Penn State has played in just 24 games so far this season for the Marauders. He has hit .224 with three doubles, two home runs, seven RBIs, one walk, 22 strikeouts, a .227 on-base percentage and a .329 slugging percentage.

The 25-year-old was the Pirates' 21st-round selection in the 2012 amateur draft but did not begin his professional career until the following season.

In three minor league seasons, Steranka has a .260 career batting average with 12 homers in 188 games.