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Wrestling: South Park wrestler eyes a perfect finish

Written by Ken Wunderley on .

Ken Wunderley profiles South Park wrestler Jake Wentzel. Read his story below.

Jake Wentzel reached the pinnacle of PIAA wrestling in March when he joined with teammate Greg Bulsak to become the first South Park wrestlers to win a state title.

The obvious goal for both is to repeat as WPIAL and PIAA champions, but Wentzel wants to take it one step further.

"My goal for the upcoming season is to go undefeated," Wentzel said. "I came close last year."

Wentzel completed his junior year with a 40-1 record. His only loss came in the finals of the Powerade Christmas Tournament, when he dropped a 5-3 decision to Central Catholic's Vincenzo Joseph, a Penn State recruit who went on to win a second PIAA Class AAA title.

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Football: Former assistant takes over at South Park

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Keith Barnes profiles new South Park football coach Marty Rieck.

"As a history teacher, Marty Rieck is attuned to the past and how it impacts future events.

"I think they're intertwined because you can't know where you're going until you know where you've been," Rieck said. "It's obvious that the past is a learning tool for the future in learning what has been done properly and what needs to be changed and acting accordingly."

Over the next few months and years, Rieck is going to be reminded of a history that he was a huge part of throughout most of his life as this 34-year-old South Park High School alumnus was tabbed to take over the reins as the Eagles head football coach. Longtime South Park sideline guru Tom Loughran left the program in February to take over at Fox Chapel.

Not only will Rieck, a Bethel Park resident, be taking over for someone who won WPIAL and PIAA Class AA championships in 1997 and 2005, he'll be replacing the man he both played for and worked for throughout much of his life."

 

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Track: South Park grad pointing to future

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Chris Woodin profiles South Park graduate Billy Stanley, who is now a standout javelin thrower at Ohio State.

"Billy Stanley can't wait to get back to breaking records.

A standout javelin thrower at South Park High School who graduated in 2012, Stanley is looking to make his return to the field this summer after missing almost two full college seasons.

After an outstanding freshman season at Ohio State in 2013, Stanley knew something didn't feel right with his throwing arm after his third meet of the 2014 season, despite collecting first-place finishes in all three.

"I told the trainers I felt like I had no power throwing, but I was still doing decently well," Stanley said. "They shut me down for a few weeks to try to bring the inflammation down and see if anything would change when I came back to throw.""

 

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Track: South Park's Stanley throwing it long

Written by Justin Criado on .

Justin Criado profiles South Park javelin standout Sarah Stanley.

"Most siblings look up to their older brothers or sisters, often trying to emulate them.

Sarah Stanley certainly looks up to her older brother, Bill, but he may owe her for what has become a very successful career throwing the javelin.

"She actually talked Billy into throwing javelin," South Park track coach Jeff Hufnagel explained. "She's the one who went home and was throwing the turbo-javelin [a lightweight javelin used for practice and beginner throwers], and she said it was awesome and told Billy he should try it. So she actually threw before Billy did."

Billy went on to become the PIAA champion in 2012, setting a national high school record of 246 feet, 9 inches in the process, and is now throwing at Ohio State University."