The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 19, 2012

Local Sports Briefs 12-20-12

— Basketball

Florida A&M defeats slumping St. Francis

DAYTON, Ohio – The St. Francis women dropped their fourth consecutive decision Wednesday in the first game of the Wright State Tournament, losing 69-65 to Florida A&M.

 For the second consecutive game the Red Flash (4-5, 0-0) had the ball while down by three with less than a minute to play, but could not come up with the tying basket.

Brittany Lilley and Alexa Hayward both missed 3-point opportunities with less than 30 seconds remaining as the Lady Rattlers (3-7, 0-0) held on to end their six-game losing streak.

“We need to quit turning the ball over,” coach Joe Haigh said. “You cannot win games by turning the ball over and missing open shots and we are doing both. We also need to stop fouling in key situations that is something that has burned us in our last two games.”

 Alli Williams led the Red Flash with 20 points and 16 rebounds, but the junior forward was limited to just three points in the final 111⁄2 minutes. Shene Fleming posted her first double-double of the season for SFU with 11 points and 10 boards as she returned to her hometown of Dayton.

Jasmine Grice posted 27 points, eight rebounds and six steals for the Lady Rattlers.


Charity event on Sunday at Planet Ice

A charity fundraiser will be held in conjunction with a varsity hockey game between Richland and Somerset at 6:30 on Sunday at Planet Ice.

The Laurel Mountain Hockey League contest and an alumni game that follows it will help raise funds to offset medical expenses incurred by long-time hockey official Todd Euen, Richland coach J.J. Vasilko said.

Vasilko said Euen has leukemia and will undergo a bone marrow transplant on Christmas Eve.

Admission to the event is free, though donations will be accepted.

The Johnstown Tomahawks will sign autographs, and baskets and door prizes will be awarded, Vasilko said. Equipment also will be donated to youth hockey players, he said.

For more information, call 242-5873.


McCort, Richland coaches to speak

Chris Pfeil, coach of the state championship Bishop McCort baseball team, and Brandon Bailey, coach of the state semifinalist Richland football squad, each will be among the featured speakers at the Point Stadium Award banquet on Dec. 28 at Ace’s Lounge in Cambria City.

Pfeil led the Crushers to a

24-2 record, District 6 championship during a season capped by a 14-2 victory over District 4 Montgomery in the PIAA

Class A title game at Penn State in June. McCort scored 31 runs and had 31 hits during the final 11 innings they played during two mercy-rule shortened playoff contests. Crushers ace pitcher Jesse Cooper (April) and star underclassman hurler Justin Vardian (May) are among the monthly nominees in the running for the annual Point Stadium Award.

Bailey’s Rams went 14-1 and advanced to the PIAA Class AA semifinal game before falling to eventual state runner-up Aliquippa. Richland won its first 14 games, claiming the school’s first LHAC crown and 6-AA title. The Rams won the first state playoff game in school history by beating District 10 Hickory in the quarterfinals. Richland junior high standout Colby Warshel (October) is among the monthly nominees for the Point award.

The banquet’s featured speaker is former Point Stadium Award winner Larry McCabe, who will enter his 34th season as baseball coach at Portage High and second year as manager of defending AAABA League champion Berkley Hills Renegades.

For ticket information, call 255-3758 or Ace’s at  536-4176.