Local teams to hold veterans fundraiser
The Dirtbag Baseball Club and Laurel Auto Group’s AAABA League team will work together to raise money for Veteran Community Intiative, Inc. of Johnstown (VCI) during Memorial Day weekend.
The two-day VCI Classic will be held at Point Stadium on Friday and Saturday, and a free youth baseball clinic will be held at the Point on Memorial Day.
The three-team tournament will include the Pittsburgh Outlaws 10-and-under travel baseball team and the Portage Gutter Rats as well as the Dirtbag Baseball Club.
The Dirtbag Baseball Club coaching staff and Laurel Auto Group will host a free youth baseball clinic (ages 6-12). The event will be held 10 a.m. to noon at the Point on Memorial Day. Each participating player will be asked to make a monetary donation to the VCI fundraiser.
After the clinic, the Dirtbags will host a second three-team tournament that includes Central Penn Renegades and the Juniata Honey Badgers.
All checks and donations may be made to the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies. The Dirtbag Baseball Club and Laurel Auto Group will present 100 percent of the proceeds to VCI via the foundation.
For more information or to register, call Aaron Steinly at 418-1062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.dirtbagbaseballclub.com.
Carbaugh, Seton Hill get to regional title game
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Richland High graduate Bobby Carbaugh was the winning pitcher and Penn Camrbria’s Jordan Fuller earned the save as Seton Hill University advanced to today’s title game in the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional at Wake Forest's Gene Hooks Field on Saturday evening. The Griffins roster includes several area players as well as current and former AAABA League players.
The Griffins beat PSAC East champion and No. 1-seed Millersville 12-2. The Griffins (42-15) roster includes redshirt junior right-hander Carbaugh, Bishop McCort product Jesse Cooper and Somerset graduate Austin Sleek. Cooper and Sleek are freshmen. Shippensburg features bedford graduate Marcus Shippey, who hasn’t appeared in the Atlantic Regional.
Additionally, Seton Hill has a AAABA League flavor as all three local players are in the league. Among the other Griffins with AAABA League ties are Mike Cima, Mike Nowicki, Dan Abbennante, Brent Daviault, Brendon Constantino and Anthony Fanelli.
The Griffins will face Shippensburg at noon today with a chance to win the regional title.
Pitt slips past Clemson in OT
Lamar Patterson had a career-high 30 points, including a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left, as Pittsburgh overcome a five-point deficit in the final seconds of regulation and beat Clemson 83-78 in overtime Saturday.
Patterson’s 3 with 3 seconds left cut the Tigers’ lead to 67-65.
Robert Morris holds off St. Francis in NEC
Karvel Anderson and Lucky Jones came up big again for top-seeded Robert Morris, with 21 and 18 points, respectively, but clutch free throws by David Appolon preserved a 60-57 victory over sixth-seeded St. Francis in a Northeast Conference semifinal on Saturday.
The Colonials (21-12) advance to Tuesday’s championship for the fifth time in six years, facing fourth-seeded Mount St. Mary’s (15-16).
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.
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