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Bulldogs News · Should High School Basketball Players Be Able to Declare for the NBA Draft? – Presented by VNN


lebron-dunkAs Americans, we tend to fall in love with our rising stars who are breaking out on the national stage at a young age.  At 18, all eyes were on Patrick Kane as he started his professional hockey career with the Chicago Blackhawks. Nobody blinked twice when MLB’s Bryce Harper was selected to the National League All-Star team at 19.  Likewise, there were no calls for the U.S. Men’s National Team to pump the brakes on budding soccer star Christian Pulisic when he scored his first goal for the Stars & Stripes at the young age of 17.

Yet, in basketball, most of the top high school talent is required to follow the controversial “one & done” trend. As the rule goes, an athlete needs to be at least 19 years old to be eligible for the NBA Draft, forcing all hopeful pros into at least one year in college or a European League. The policy, instituted in the NBA CBA in 2005, was aimed at yielding more developed and matured players as draft options, instead of seeing teams draft solely on raw talent and potential, and stashing those prospects away on their bench.

Over the last decade, this rule has been a nonstop point of discussion and debate. Many appreciate the importance this rule places on attending higher education, and further developing professional skills. In addition, many college programs can benefit from knowing that the prospects they are recruiting will indeed commit to a school, rather than decide to forgo college altogether. Conversely, however, many have questioned whether forcing the likes of Andrew Wiggins, Ben Simmons and Anthony Davis to go to college for a year is really thmaxresdefaulte right path for top-level talent. The careers of Tracy McGrady, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, and LeBron James might say no. In addition, the one-and-done phenomenon sees many top players in and out of a college faster than you can say “Karl-Anthony Towns,” rendering a college game that is often focused more on individual showcases and annual ‘big names,’ rather than cheering for programs that see players develop over 3 or 4 years. This controversy is especially relevant, as current NBA Commissioner Adam Silver recently stated at the beginning of this year’s NBA Finals that “We all agreed we need to make a change . . . It’s one of those issues we need to come together and study. … My sense is, It’s not working for anyone.” (read more on Silver’s statement) Such a change could be to do away with the rule altogether, or amend it to have caveats, such as requiring those who choose to go to college to stay at least 2 years or those who choose to turn professional out of high school to spend a year in the G-League.

So, what do you think? Should the NBA change their age requirement and allow basketball players to turn professional fresh out of high school?

Should the NBA Allow High School Athletes to Declare for the Draft?

Yes! High Schoolers should be able to be drafted.
No. High Schoolers should be required to go to college first before playing in the NBA

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Bulldogs News · Vote for Pennsylvania’s Top Record-Breaking Performance – Presented by VNN


Who had the best record-breaking performance in Pennsylvania? We took your nominations over the past week and here are the finalists:

Nick Lachut and David Johnston – Baldwin High School – Pole Vault

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This year marked the first time Baldwin pole vault placed 1st and 2nd in the WPIAL since 1992. One of the competitors who placed 1st on that 1992 team coached the student athletes who placed 1st and 2nd this year. Get more on the win at TribLive.com.

Selena Canello, Tara Gologram, Marin Williams, Isabella Bogdan – Keystone Oaks – 4 x 400M Relay

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At the WPIAL Track and Field Championships at Baldwin, the Keystone Oaks Girls 4 X 400 M relay team finished in 5th place, setting a new school record with a time of    4:14.15.

Maria Santilli – Norwin High School – Tennis

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Norwin’s Maria Santilli didn’t drop a single set in the PIAA singles finals at Hershey Racquet Club to win the Class 3A championship and bring Norwin its first tennis title in school history. She’ll be continuing her career at Cincinnati. Read more about her record setting season in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Brian VanDusen – Ringgold High School – Long Jump

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Ringgold’s Brian VanDusen shattered a 31 year old long jump school record en route to winning the prestigious Baldwin Invitational. His leap of 23′ 3″ broke the old mark of 22′ 9″ by Pierre Roddy in 1986 by half a foot. Vandusen’s jump also makes him the current PIAA state leader in that event according penntrack.com.

So, who had the best record-breaking performance? Vote below.

Top Pennsylvania Record-Breaking Performance

Nick Lachut and David Johnston – Baldwin High School
Selena Canello, Tara Gologram, Marin Williams, Isabella Bogdan – Keystone Oaks
Maria Santilli – Norwin High School
Brian Vandusen – Ringgold High School

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Bulldogs News · Event Recap: Week of May 6 – May 12


Saturday, May 6th

No event results

Sunday, May 7th

No event results

Monday, May 8th

Boys Varsity Baseball
vs. Bentworth High School
W 4 – 0 SUMMARY

Tuesday, May 9th

Girls Varsity Softball
vs. Bentworth High School
N/A

Wednesday, May 10th

Boys Varsity Baseball
@ Peters Township High School
N/A

Thursday, May 11th

Girls Varsity Softball
vs. South Allegheny
N/A

Friday, May 12th

No event results

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Boys Varsity Baseball · Bethlehem-Center Senior High School Varsity Baseball beat Bentworth High School 4-0


Monday, May 8, 2017

6:30 PM

Bentworth High School
AWAY
0

Bethlehem-Center Senior High School
HOME
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Game Recap

Bc baseball defeated bentworth 4. 0. Dylan Dingle had three hits and pitched a two hitter with jake Knizner to get the victory. Bailey lincoski and Anthony Dellapenna each had two hits. Team plays tomorrow at Charleroi at four


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Bulldogs News · All Teams Schedule: Week of May 8 – May 14


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Bethlehem-Center Senior High School, May 8 – May 14

MONDAY

May 08, 2017

6:30 PM Boys Varsity Baseball
vs. Bentworth High School
SCHEDULE

TUESDAY

May 09, 2017

4:00 PM Girls Varsity Softball
vs. Bentworth High School
SCHEDULE

WEDNESDAY

May 10, 2017

7:00 PM Boys Varsity Baseball
@ Peters Township High School
SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

May 11, 2017

4:00 PM Girls Varsity Softball
vs. South Allegheny
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

May 12, 2017

No events happening

SATURDAY

May 13, 2017

No events happening

SUNDAY

May 14, 2017

No events happening

Notes

Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!


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Bulldogs News · Event Recap: Week of April 29 – May 5


Saturday, Apr 29th

No event results

Sunday, Apr 30th

No event results

Monday, May 1st

Girls Varsity Softball
@ Charleroi High School POSTPONED
N/A

Tuesday, May 2nd

Boys Varsity Baseball
@ Fort Cherry
L 7 – 4 SUMMARY

Wednesday, May 3rd

Girls Varsity Softball
@ Jeannette High School
N/A
Boys Varsity Baseball
vs. California
N/A

Thursday, May 4th

Girls Varsity Softball
@ Burgettstown High School
N/A

Friday, May 5th

Boys Varsity Baseball
@ Burgettstown High School POSTPONED
N/A

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Bulldogs News · Which region’s high schools had the strongest NFL Draft? – Presented by VNN


The NFL Draft took place last week in Philadelphia. Held on the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it was the first draft held entirely outdoors, and was the most attended in history with more than 250,000 people attending. Over three days, all 32 NFL teams chose players who they hope could be the future of their franchise.

In the next few pages, check out all the players drafted by their hometown high school, and vote for the region you think has grown the strongest draft class!

Voting closes on Sunday, May 14th at 3pm EST / 12pm PST.

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Boys Varsity Baseball · Bethlehem-Center Senior High School Varsity Baseball falls to FORT CHERRY 7-4


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

4:00 PM

Bethlehem-Center Senior High School
AWAY
4

FORT CHERRY
HOME
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Game Recap

Baseball lost last night to Fort Cherry 7-4. Hunter Bowen hit a home run. The team plays at home tonight against California at 6:30. Pictures are at 4:30


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Bulldogs News · All Teams Schedule: Week of May 1 – May 7


Here’s a preview of this week’s events for Bethlehem-Center Senior High School, May 1 – May 7

MONDAY

May 01, 2017

4:00 PM Girls Varsity Softball
@ Charleroi High School
SCHEDULE
4:00 PM Boys Varsity Baseball
@ Fort Cherry
SCHEDULE

TUESDAY

May 02, 2017

No events happening

WEDNESDAY

May 03, 2017

4:00 PM Girls Varsity Softball
@ Jeannette High School
SCHEDULE
6:30 PM Boys Varsity Baseball
vs. California
SCHEDULE

THURSDAY

May 04, 2017

3:45 PM Girls Varsity Softball
@ Burgettstown High School
SCHEDULE

FRIDAY

May 05, 2017

3:45 PM Boys Varsity Baseball
@ Burgettstown High School
SCHEDULE

SATURDAY

May 06, 2017

No events happening

SUNDAY

May 07, 2017

No events happening

Notes

Nothing more to add at this time. Make it the best week ever!


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Bulldogs News · Event Recap: Week of April 22 – April 28


Saturday, Apr 22nd

No event results

Sunday, Apr 23rd

No event results

Monday, Apr 24th

Coed Varsity Track
Mid Mon Meet
N/A
Girls Varsity Track
Mid Mon Meet
N/A
Boys Varsity Track
Mid Mon Meet
N/A
Boys Varsity Baseball
vs. Frazier High School
N/A SUMMARY

Tuesday, Apr 25th

Girls Varsity Softball
vs. Chartiers Houston
N/A
Boys Varsity Baseball
vs. Frazier High School
L 4 – 8 SUMMARY

Wednesday, Apr 26th

Girls Varsity Track
Section 6-AA Track Championships @ CALIFORNIA
N/A
Boys Varsity Track
Section 6-AA Track Championships @ CALIFORNIA
N/A
Coed Varsity Track
Section 6-AA Track Championships @ CALIFORNIA
N/A
Boys Varsity Baseball
@ Carmichaels
L 6 – 3 SUMMARY

Thursday, Apr 27th

No event results

Friday, Apr 28th

Girls Varsity Softball
@ Monessen High School
N/A
Boys Varsity Baseball
vs. Chartiers Houston
N/A