UPJ men eighth in WVIAC poll
The Pitt-Johnstown men earned 128 points and were been picked to finish eighth by the coaches in the WVIAC preseason poll. The coaches picked West Liberty as the favorite for a fourth straight conference title.
Pitt-Johnstown boasts some potent offensive weapons, headed by senior first-team all-conference selection Nick Novak, who led the team in both scoring and assists (114), and senior guard Jordan Miller (15.3 points per game), while junior forward Bill Luther (7.6 ppg) shot nearly 50 percent from the field.
Lady Cats picked eighth
The Pitt-Johnstown women were picked to finish eighth by WVIAC coaches in their preseason poll.
Fairmont State was chosen the preseason favorite.
The Lady Cats have a talented and experienced team, led by first-team All-WVIAC guard, and last year’s conference freshman of the year, Kaitlynn Fratz (17.2 ppg). Joining the stellar sophomore are two other second-year players, Nicole Carman and Kelsey Sleighter, who hit nearly 40 percent of her 3-point tries a year ago.
Mount men sixth in AMCC
The AMCC men's basketball coaches have chosen Mount Aloysius to finish sixth in their preseason poll.
Coach Lance Loya, now entering his 10th season, returns four starters from last year and a considerably more experienced roster.
Mount Aloysius will open Nov. 16 against Penn State-Altoona in the Juniata College Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Ladie Mounties chosen fourth
The Mount Aloysius women were picked to finish fourth in the AMCC preseason coaches poll.
The Lady Mounties went 15-12 last season and advanced to the conference semifinals in coach Kristi Kaack’s first year at the helm.
Defending champion La Roche was picked to finish first.
Mount Aloysius will open on Nov. 16 at the Muhlenberg College tournament.
St. Francis back in title match
LORETTO – The top-seeded St. Francis women downed No. 4 seed Sacred Heart 2-0 at DeGol Field on Friday to earn a berth in the Northeast Conference Championship.
The Red Flash posted its second-ever NEC tournament victory despite advancing in four of its past five league playoff games. St. Francis will meet third-seeded LIU Brooklyn in the championship bout.
The Blackbirds upset no. 2 seeded Monmouth 1-0 in the day's second match.
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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