Alumni Update - Alex Bell (Slippery Rock)

Written by Drew Karpen on .

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. –Three members of the Slippery Rock University baseball team were named to the 2016 All-Pennsylvania StateBell SRU Athletic Conference Western Division Team after outstanding seasons, the league office announced Thursday.

Sophomore Tyler Walters earned first team honors at designated hitter while senior first baseman Alex Bell and junior outfielder Ty Zimmerman both received second team all-league recognition.

One of the top run-producers in the league, Bell had a career-year batting cleanup for The Rock. In 48 games, he hit .409 with 31 runs scored, 11 home runs and a team-high 51 RBI to go with 15 doubles, a .690 slugging percentage and a .451 on-base percentage. He concluded the season ranked seventh in the PSAC in hits (70), seventh in home runs, seventh in slugging percentage and eighth in RBI. Bell was at his best in big situations as evidenced by his team-leading .448 batting average with runners in scoring position.

Bell, an Upper St. Clair graduate, leaves Slippery Rock ranked 10th in school history in career RBI (113), 11th in home runs (17), 14th in hits (165) and 16th in doubles (34).


(photo courtesy of Slippery Rock University)


Boys Tennis: Upper St. Clair has its season come to an end

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Upper St. Clair has been one of those teams that, when it wins titles, it does it in droves.

In 2004, the Panthers started a string of four consecutive WPIAL titles and, the last time they won prior to that, they took four in a row from 1995-98.

So, when Upper St. Clair came into the season as the defending WPIAL champion, it was hoping the pattern would hold.

Instead, the Panthers suffered an upset in the second round of the WPIAL tournament as section rival Mt. Lebanon pulled out a 3-2 victory on Tuesday at The Club in Monroeville to eliminated them from postseason contention. It was the first time Upper St. Clair was a one-and-done champion since 1990.


Boys Tennis: South Feature Athlete - Upper St. Clair's Kevin Kwok

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Name: Kevin Kwok
High School: Upper St. Clair
Grade: 10
Sport: Boys Tennis

Background: Kwok is the top singles player for the Panthers and will have a key role if they are to repeat as WPIAL Class AAA champions. He will likely have several key matchups in the tournament as Upper St. Clair moves on and, if the seedings hold, could face Charlie Shrohl of Mt. Lebanon, Jared Isaacs of North Allegheny and Robby Shymansky of Fox Chapel.


Lacrosse: Upper St. Clair girls begin playoff push

Written by Joe Koch on .

Despite a 9-8 overtime non-section loss to Pine-Richland this past Thursday, the Upper St. Clair girls lacrosse team is an excellent position to advance to the WPIAL Division 1 girls lacrosse tournament.

With an overall record of 10-4, the Panthers are 5-3 in Division 1, Section 2 with four section games against Shady Side Academy, Oakland Catholic, Peters Township and Mt. Lebanon remaining. Upper St. Clair improved its postseason chances with a 7-6 victory over the visiting Blue Devils on April 19.

Shady Side Academy is 1-6 in section play and Oakland Catholic is 0-6. Peters Township also is in line to advance to the postseason with a 4-3 section record. Mt. Lebanon is 8-2 overall and has a 6-1 record in section play. Chartiers Valley leads the section with an 8-1 record.

Since a 16-14 loss to Mt. Lebanon, Chartiers Valley has won successive games over Upper St. Clair, 10-8, Seton-LaSalle, 20-9, and Shady Side Academy, 17-4. The Colts remaining games are with Oakland Catholic, Peters Township and Mt. Lebanon.


Boys Tennis: South Feature Athlete - Upper St. Clair's Scott Russell

Written by Keith Barnes on .

Name: Scott Russell
High School: Upper St. Clair
Grade: 12
Sport: Tennis

Background: Russell teamed up with junior Liam Gibbons to finish in third place in the Section 4-AAA doubles tournament. Last season, the pair defeated Brad Steiner and Armaan Jethmalani of Shady Side Acacdemy, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1, 6-3, in what turned out to be the clinching match in the WPIAL Class AAA team championships to give the Panthers the title. As the No. 12 seed last year, Russell and Gibbons lost to eventual champions Josh Raymundo and Aaron Gruber of Mars, 10-4, in the first round.