Baseball: North Allegheny grad named minor league all-star

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The Los Angeles Dodgers are likely sold on their decision to sign Nick Sell.

Sell, a 2011 North Allegheny graduate and former star at Seton Hill, was selected as a starter for the Pioneer League All-Star team on Monday. The Pioneer League All-Stars will play the Northwest League All-Stars Aug. 4 in Spokane, Wash.

Sell plays for the Ogden (Utah) Raptors, the Rookie League affiliate of the Dodgers. Sell went undrafted in last month's MLB First-Year Player Draft, but was quickly signed as a free agent by the Dodgers. He hasn't disappointed. In 27 games, Sell is hitting .337 with five home runs and 25 RBIs.

Sell's success should come as little surprise considering his terrific career at Seton Hill. As a senior this past spring, Sell won the Tino Martinez Award, which is annually given out to the most outstanding player in Division II. He batted .444 with 28 home runs and 92 RBIs. Sell finished his four-year career with 59 home runs and 242 RBIs.


Baseball: 2015 Minor League Update - Eric Dorsch (North Allegheny)

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(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.)

Eric Dorsch's second professional season has been a challenging one in the Pirates' farm system.

The 23-year-old right-hander from North Allegheny began the year with the low Class A West Virginia Power in the South Atlantic League. In seven relief appearances, he went 1-0 with a 10.57 ERA while allowing nine hits in 7 2/3 innings with six walks and five strikeouts.

Dorsch was demoted in June to the short season West Virginia Black Bears of the short season Class A New York-Penn League. He has gone 1-0 with a 5.14 ERA in five games while giving up 17 hits in 14 innings with five walks and nine strikeouts.

The Pirates picked Dorsch in the 15th round of last year's amateur draft from Kent State.

In 31 career relief appearances over two seasons, he is 3-1 with a 5.80 ERA.


Wrestling: North Allegheny grad ends retirement to chase Olympic championship

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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)

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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)