Berlin clinches WestPAC title
PORTAGE – Berlin Brothersvalley captured the WestPAC wrestling championship with a 72-6 victory over Portage on Wednesday night.
The Mountaineers (11-1) got falls from Brody Moore, Shane Pepper and Braden Fochtman to go along with nine forfeit victories. Berlin, which is No. 16 in Class AA according to the latest edition of Off the Mat rankings, had already beaten Conemaugh Township, Meyersdale, North Star and Shade to sweep through the WestPAC.
“It’s a stepping stone for us,” said Mountaineers coach Jason Cornell, whose team also won the conference in 2012. “It’s one of the team goals we set at the beginning of the year, to get back and win the WestPAC championship.”
Pitt’s season starts Aug. 30
PITTSBURGH – A nationally televised visit by Virginia Tech and a season-ending trip to Miami highlight Pitt’s 2014 football schedule.
The Panthers, coming off a 7-6 season and a win over Bowling Green in the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl, open 2014 on Aug. 30 against Delaware. Road trips to Boston College and Florida International follow before Pitt returns home to host Iowa on Sept. 20 and Akron on Sept. 27.
Pitt plays at Virginia on Oct. 4 then welcomes Virginia Tech on Thursday, Oct. 16 to start a three-game homestand. Georgia Tech and Duke visit Heinz Field on Oct. 25 and Nov. 1. The Panthers play at North Carolina on Nov. 15, host Syracuse in the home finale on Nov. 22 and end the season at Miami on Nov. 29.
Lady Lions roll over Indiana
STATE COLLEGE – Maggie Lucas and Ariel Edwards each scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead No. 13 Penn State in a 65-52 victory over Indiana.
Penn State led 31-24 at the half after shooting 9 of 28 (32 percent) from the field. The Lady Lions improved their shooting to 38.5 percent by the end of the night – 3 of 9 from distance – but dominated under the basket with 24 more rebounds (54-30) than Indiana.
Tori Waldner tied her career-high with 11 points and Talia East added 13 with 11 boards for the Lady Lions (14-4, 5-1 Big Ten).
Indiana forced 21 turnovers in the competition, but shot 27.6 percent (16 of 58) from the floor. The Hoosiers (15-4, 2-4) made 9 of 30 attempts from 3-point range.
Gannon runs past UPJ men
ERIE – Gannon University used a quick 8-0 run midway through the second half to break open a four-point game in a 72-59 PSAC victory over the Mountain Cats on Wednesday night.
Ian Vescovi scored 19 points and pulled down six rebounds to lead Pitt-Johnstown, now 10-7 overall and 3-4 in the PSAC West. Bill Luther had 10 points for the Cats.
Gannon shot more than 60 percent from the field in the first half.
Lady Cats fall
in road game
ERIE – fifth-ranked Gannon University ran out to a 28-point halftime lead and rebounded from its first loss of the season by handing the UPJ women an 86-47 road PSAC loss.
Nicole Carman scored 11 points and Rachel Johnson added six points and a game-high eight rebounds for Pitt-Johnstown, which fell to 6-11 overall and 3-4 in the PSAC Western Division.
Morgan Neighbors led Gannon with 16 points.
The Golden Knights had five players reach double-digit scoring as Gannon improved to 18-1 overall and 7-1 in the PSAC West.
Danel helping Falcons to Division III tournament
When Chelsea Danel was a senior at North Star, the Cougars were able to win a District 5-AA basketball title.
Now Danel, a senior at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, is a key contributor on a Falcons’ hoops squad which upset top-seeded Lebanon Valley 53-47 in the Commonwealth Conference championship on Saturday. It was the ninth title for the Falcons in 13 appearances.
Ferndale grad aiding Duquesne women’s hoops
Matt Schmidt was hired as an assistant coach for the Duquesne women’s basketball team in June.
Now the former Ferndale High School standout will have his first opportunity to experience March madness with the Dukes, who are the sixth-seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament which opened Thursday in Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va.
Icecats on way to national tournament
The Pitt-Johnstown hockey team needed to overcome some long odds to advance to the ACHA Men’s Division III national championship tournament in Coral Springs, Fla. next week.
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St. Francis wins NEC quarterfinal
Ronnie Drinnon hit a go-ahead basket and a pair of free throws in the final 48 seconds, scoring a career high 20 points as sixth-seeded St. Francis battled past third-seeded Bryant 55-54 in the Northeast Conference tournament Wednesday night.
St. Francis hasn’t been in the playoffs since the 2010-11 season and scrapped past Bryant (18-14) in a closely fought contest that saw five ties and five lead changes – three in the final 3:37.
Wake Forest beats Pitt in ACC opener
Dearica Hamby finished with 25 points, 16 rebounds, eight assists and two steals as No. 11 seed Wake Forest women beat 14th-seeded Pittsburgh 72-58 in the first round of the ACC tournament on Wednesday night.
Hamby had a tremendous night in notching her school-record 22nd double-double of the season.
UPJ makes day special for young sports fan
The Pitt-Johnstown baseball team made one of the most important signings in the program’s history on Wednesday at the Sports Center.
Johnstown resident Jill Miller signed a letter of intent on behalf of her 4-year-old son Brandon, who is battling Chiari Malformation, a brain ailment that leads to pain throughout the young boy’s body on a daily basis.
Warren leads N.C. State past Pittsburgh
T.J. Warren scored a career-high 41 points and N.C. State surged past Pittsburgh 74-67 on Monday night.
Warren’s eighth 30-point game of the year gave the Wolfpack’s flagging NCAA tournament hopes a needed boost. N.C. State (18-12, 8-9 ACC) won for just the second time in its last six games, riding Warren for much of the second half.
The ACC’s leading scorer made seven straight shots at one point and finished 16 of 22 from the field. His emphatic dunk in the final seconds sealed it.
Bishop Carroll grad earns honor
After earning All-Patriot League recognition at the Indoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend, Bucknell senior Emily Waksmunski was honored for her success on the track and in the classroom as a winner of the 2014 Patriot League Indoor Track and Field Scholar-Athlete of the Year award.
Waksmunski finished second in both the 1,000-meter run (2:55.98) and as part of Bucknell’s 4 X 800m relay (9:05.48).
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