Wrestling: North Allegheny grad ends retirement to chase Olympic championship

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles North Allegheny graduate Jake Herbert. Read his story below.

Jake Herbert retired from amateur wrestling after competing in the 2012 Olympics.

Herbert, like many former competitors, however, found that it's hard to walk away from the sport that has been a part of his life since he was a kid.

His return to wrestling began Feb. 13, 2013 . . . but not as a competitor.

"That's the day the International Olympic Committee announced wrestling would be dropped from the Olympics and that 2016 would be the final year of competition," said Herbert, a 2003 North Allegheny High School grad. "I just couldn't sit by and watch it happen."


Wrestling: North Allegheny hires new wrestling coach

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Ken Wunderley profiles new North Allegheny wrestling coach Sanshiro Abe. Read his story below.

Sanshiro Abe doesn't go to bed hungry at night, but he is looking forward to having a good "feeder system."

He said that's the main reason he left the Central Catholic wrestling program to take on the head coaching position at North Allegheny High School.

"I never had a feeder system at Central Catholic," said Abe, who leaves Central after posting a 55-40 record in seven seasons at the helm. "North Allegheny's elementary and junior high programs are among the best in the WPIAL."

Abe (pronounced AW-bay) is also impressed with the facilities available at North Allegheny.


Alumni Update - Jen Bahm (Washington & Jefferson)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

DANBURY, Conn. -- Washington & Jefferson senior second baseman Jen Bahm was named a Second TeamBahm WJ ECAC Division III South All-Star, announced the organization.


Bahm, a Mount Lebanon graduate, was the Presidents' top hitter in her senior season, collecting a team-leading 42 hits (seventh in the Presidents' Athletic Conference) and .375 batting average (tied for fifth in the PAC) in starting all 36 games at second base.


She also led the team with 12 doubles and a .580 slugging percentage, ranking second and sixth in the league, respectively. Bahm tallied a career-best and team-leading three homers on the season as well as 18 RBI, second on the squad. She was one of three Presidents in the top 10 in the conference in fielding percentage at .987, committing just two errors in 156 chances.


Previously, she garnered First Team All-PAC honors after being a Second Team honoree in 2014.

She was one of four PAC student-athletes to earn honors from the ECAC, with each collecting Second Team laurels. Bethany head coach Jan Forsty was chosen as the Coach of the Year.


(photo courtesy of Washington & Jefferson College)


Alumni Update - Nick Sell (Seton Hill)

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Seton Hill third baseman Nick Sell was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday to a free agent contract. Sell becomes the secondSell SHU Griffin to sign a contract with a major league team, joining pitcher Rick Austin, who was picked in the 27th round of the 2007 draft by the Philadelphia Phillies.


Sell, a North Allegheny graduate, capped a spectacular senior season by earning almost every award possible.  He earned the most prestigious award given, the Tino Martinez Award, which is awarded to the most outstanding player in Division II. In addition to the Tino Martinez Award,


Sell was named a first team All American by three organizations.  Sell was named a first team ABCA/Rawlings, Daktronics and NCBWA All American.  He was also named the ABCA/Rawlings, Daktronics and NCBWA Atlantic Region Player of the Year in addition to being named to all three regional teams.  


Nick was also named the ECAC Division II Player of the Year as well as an ECAC Baseball All Star.  He was named the PSAC West Athlete of the Year as well as a first team All PSAC West selection.


This season, Sell led the Griffins and the PSAC in runs scored (65), hits (83) and runs batted in (92).  Nick also led the Griffins with a .444 batting average and 28 home runs, a new Seton Hill single season record.  He added 18 doubles, 4 triples and 10 stolen bases.  

Nick also set new Seton Hill career records with a .398 batting average.  He also set new SHU records in home runs with 59, hits with 292, doubles with 59 and 242 RBI.  Sell led Division II in RBI and was second in slugging percentage (1.032) and home runs.  He was also second in total bases with 193.


(photo courtesy of Seton Hill University)


Photo Journal: Softball WPIAL AAAA Championship - North Allegheny vs. Hempfield (May 28)

Written by Marilyn Schwilm on .

In the final game of the WPIAL Softball Championships, AAAA teams North Allegheny and Hempfield faced each other at Lilley Field, California Univeristy, Thursday, May 28, 2015.  Hempfield won the championship by shutting out North Allegheny 3-0.

Photos by Marilyn C. Schwilm, Tri-State Sports & News Service

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