Wrestling: Coach forced to step down at Mt. Lebanon

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley reports on the Mt. Lebanon coaching situation. Read his story below.

2015 1120 MtLebanon Wrestling(Photo: Mt. Lebanon wrestling coach Bill Lewis, left, is stepping down and turning the program over to his assistant coach Marc Allemang, right. Ken Wunderley/Tri-State Sports & News Service)

The last thing Bill Lewis wanted to do was step down as Mt. Lebanon's head wrestling coach. Unfortunately, he didn't have a choice.

Lewis, a coach at Mt. Lebanon for 21 years, was forced to step down due to a rare medical condition.

"About a year and a half ago, I was diagnosed by my neurologist as having a rare movement disorder that affects my nervous system called orthostatic tremors," Lewis said. "Essentially I have a rapid tremor in my legs while standing but that, curiously enough, is alleviated when sitting or walking. In some aspects of my life I have been successful in masking or managing the condition but it does take its toll on my body."

Lewis was Mt. Lebanon's head coach the past 14 years. He also served as an assistant to Rod Gerhart for seven years prior to taking over as head coach.


Girls Tennis: Blue Devil duo falls in PIAA first round

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Mt. Lebanon singles player Kristi Riley and Skylar Morgan made a smooth transition to doubles and finished third in the WPIAL Class AAA tournament.


They could not, however, make the same upward shift at the state level.


In her last high school match, Riley, and her junior compatriot Morgan, the No. 1 and No. 2 singles players for the Blue Devils, lost a three-set thriller to Emma Clark and Amanda Baxter of West Chester Henderson, the District 1 champions, 5-7, 7-5, 6-1, in the opening round of the PIAA Class AAA tournamenton Fridayat Hershey Racquet Club.


This is only the second year since 2005 that the PIAA has given the WPIAL three berths in the Class AAA state singles and doubles finals.


Girls Tennis: Like last year, Mt. Lebanon’s season ends at states at hands of Tigers

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Another year, another tie for third-place finish in the PIAA Class AAA team finals at Hershey Racquet Club for the Blue Devils.

Like last year, Mt. Lebanon won a preliminary round match, this time against District 1 fourth-place finisher Methacton, before heading to Hershey where the team outlasted District 3 champion Exeter to make it back to the semifinals.

Again, like last year, the Blue Devils had to take the court against WPIAL champion North Allegheny and, one more time, the Tigers came away with the victory and eliminated them from the tournament. Because the PIAA does not have a third-place consolation match in the team tournament, Mt. Lebanon technically finished tied with District 3 third-place finisher Harriton.


Girls Tennis: South Feature Athlete -- Mt. Lebanon Blue Devil junior Skylar Morgan

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Skylar Morgan
School: Mt. Lebanon
Grade: 11
Sport: Tennis

Background: Will team up with senior Kristi Riley to compete in the PIAA Class AAA doubles tournament, which will open Friday at Hershey Racquet Club. The pair will open play at 10:30 a.m. against District 1 champions Emma Clark and Amanda Baxter, the District 1 champions from West Chester Henderson. Morgan went 0-2 in singles matches in the PIAA Class AAA team tournament in Hershey last weekend, including a 6-1, 6-2, loss to North Allegheny’s Tina Li, who is also competing in the doubles tournament with freshman Ashley Huang.