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.
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Bedford’s Garrett Thomas said he wasn’t nervous at all.
United’s Tyler Oliver admitted that he was, even if he told his coaches that he wasn’t.
And Richland’s Nico Pecora said the pressure is on his family members, not him.
Nervous or not, those three, who were making their state tournament debuts, and six other local wrestlers won their first match at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships on Thursday morning to qualify for today’s quarterfinal round.
Day 1 gives ups and downs for region
There was plenty of talk about roller coasters on Thursday afternoon at the Giant Center, but it had nothing to do with the thrill rides across the parking lot at Hersheypark.
It was all about the ups and downs of the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin boys wary of Trojans’ size, athleticism
On the same night last week that Berlin Brothersvalley was winning its first District 5-A title since 2007, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic was losing to eventual champion Lincoln Park in the WPIAL quarterfinals.
The Mountaineers (23-2), one of three area boys district champions set to begin opening-round action in the PIAA playoffs tonight, and Trojans (15-10) will square off this evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center, site of Berlin’s 65-51 district championship win over Forbes Road.
Area wrestlers search for gold
Conner Buttry and Aaron Burkett will make their debuts in the PIAA Wrestling Championships this morning, but they are quite familiar with a state tournament at the Giant Center in Hershey.
Each has been a fixture on the Chestnut Ridge squad that has made back-to-back appearances in the state dual-meet tournament. That familiarity could help them, along with returning state medalist Austin Buttry, when the three Lions hit the mats in Hershey this morning.
Johnstown's Andrews defends junior crown
Greater Johnstown eighth grader Carnell Andrews entered an elite club by successfully defending his Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling championship this past weekend in Greensburg.
Andrews placed first in the state at 124 pounds this year after winning the 115-pound state championship in 2013.
Cobaugh resigns as basketball coach at Greater Johnstown
Greater Johnstown High School boys basketball coach Neil Cobaugh turned in his resignation and the school district’s board of directors accepted the letter during a regularly-scheduled meeting on Tuesday night.
“We received a letter of resignation from our head boys basketball coach Neil Cobaugh,” Greater Johnstown Superintendent Dr. Gerald Zahorchak confirmed on Tuesday night. “The board accepted the letter and declared the position to be announced (as open).”
Freeport knocks Westmont out of Penguin Cup
A three-goal second period and a constant path to the penalty box proved to be too much for Westmont Hilltop to overcome as the Hilltoppers fell 6-2 to host Freeport Monday night at Belmont Ice Complex.
The loss eliminates the Hilltoppers from the PIHL’s Class A Penguin Cup tournament and ends their season at 13-7-3 in PIHL play.
Richland wrestler rebounds
Dried blood clung to Nick Naglic’s lip.
A cut to his right eyebrow had finally stopped bleeding but was in need of some stiches.
Richland boys defeat Central for District 6-AA crown
Matt Shaffer certainly did his part to update the décor at the Richland High School Sports Center.
The 6-foot-2 Rams senior had a monster effort in Richland’s 59-43 victory over Central in the District 6 Class AA championship game at DeGol Arena on Saturday night.
Westmont wins swimming title
Racking up 230 points during the weekend, Westmont Hilltop’s girls swimming team captured the District 6 Class AA team title while claiming four event titles at the district’s swimming and diving championship at Penn State University’s Natatorium.
Somerset was second with 175 points while Richland (163), Bellefonte (126) and Ligonier Valley (124) followed to round out the top five.
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