JOHNSTOWN — The Hanson Brothers would be pleased.
“You need to take it to the other team,” said Bill Blanset, head coach of the new Johnstown Jets Junior Hockey Club.
“Hockey is a game that is meant to be played physical.”
Blanset, of Altoona, was introduced along with other members of the newly formed junior team at a press conference Thursday afternoon at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.
The new organization joins eight others in the United Junior Hockey League, based in Wilmington, Del. One step below pro, the independent Junior A Tier III hockey league is geared to kids ages 15 to 20 with the goal of seeing young players move up to either the collegiate level or the pro level.
“The whole point is to showcase the kids,” said Jimi Simmons, president of the club and co-owner of the team.
Games will be played on Saturdays and Sundays so school is not interrupted.
“Our first and main goal is ... our players, with education first and hockey second,” the mission statement for the league reads.
The team will be comprised of 25 players. Tryouts will be held sometime in June or early July at Planet Ice. More information on tryouts will be available on the club’s Web site starting Monday.
Games will be played at the War Memorial with practices held at the North Central Recreation Center in Ebensburg.
Simmons said he would like to see some form of a partnership with the ECHL’s Johnstown Chiefs, perhaps with club games played before Chiefs games.
Tickets to Jets games will be $6 for adults and $3 for students.
There is a 52-game schedule
Simmons said that although the league is only in its second year, it is expanding and he has great hopes for the new franchise.
One of the keys to the team’s survival is for management to be honest with parents, he said. He was up front about costs involved for the players.
JOHNSTOWN — The Hanson Brothers would be pleased.
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Blairsville pegged as team to beat
As Heritage Conference football coaches assembled at United High School during Wednesday’s media day event at Thomas J. Madill Field, the near-consensus opinion is that Blairsville – under second-year coach Rick Artley – is going to be the team to beat once the season begins on Aug. 29.
After the Bobcats, the forecasted picture gets a little foggier.
McCort pitcher wins May Award
Bishop McCort High School’s Brad Coleman earned the May Point Stadium Award nomination based on his performance in a District 6 Class A playoff victory on May 22.
Coleman pitched a seven-inning, complete game in a 7-2 win over Homer-Center in the 6-A semifinal round. With the win, McCort clinched its fourth consecutive state tournament playoff berth.
Richland pole vaulter decides on Red Flash
Maddison Feather has sailed to great heights throughout her scholastic career at Richland High School.
Feather – a pole vaulter – takes away a District 6 title and an appearance in the PIAA championship meet from her senior season with the Rams.
Area players get PHSBCA nods
Brad Coleman and Alex Sobecky were part of an amazing four-year run by the Bishop McCort High School baseball team.
Jack Shirk is an underclassman who stood out on a Richland squad that also has been one of the best in the LHAC in recent seasons.
Cory Isenberg | Big numbers posted all around in Lantzy game
The South’s 48-18 victory over the North in Friday night’s Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star game was an entertaining evening of football for the reported crowd of close to 4,500 at Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium.
The point total for the Rebels equaled the output of the South squad in the 30th edition of the game but is behind the 51 scored by the Yankees in the 1992 contest and the 50 points tallied by the South in the 39th game.
Local stars shine in Ken Lantzy Finest 40 game
While the Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star Game brings football standouts from across the region to Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium, Friday night’s contest took on a distinct Richland flavor as the South toppled the North 48-18 in the 44th edition of the summer football contest.
Former coach honored for long service
The venerable Jerry Page, former coach of Laurel Valley, always preached that football was so much more than just a game.
Page, whose son Greg of Homer-Center was the North squad coach Friday at the 44th Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star game, was honored prior to the start of the game.
North offense shows big gains during Lantzy practices
As the North offense prepared for tonight’s Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star game at Trojan Stadium on the campus of Greater Johnstown High School, tightening up issues with timing and terminology was at the top of the unit’s to-do list.
If the North’s offense takes the field and operates with machine-like precision tonight, it can thank the intersquad scrimmage on Tuesday as the breakthrough point of the group’s progress during the week.
Three quality quarterbacks bolster South’s chances in Lantzy Game
The South squad has an impressive arsenal of offensive talent on hand for Friday’s Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star Game, set for 7 p.m. at Trojan Stadium.
The Rebels have three skilled quarterbacks on the roster who have combined for nearly 5,000 yards passing and another 2,000 yards on the ground.
South changes defense after last year’s loss
After being thrashed 41-7 last year by the North, the South is hoping to rise again as it prepares for Friday’s Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star Game set for 7 p.m. at Greater Johnstown’s Trojan Stadium.
On defense, those plans will evolve around the change in defensive schemes that has been instituted with teams now required to run a 4-3.
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