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Tullis joins UPJ coaching staff
Pitt-Johnstown coach Bob Rukavina has added former Pitt-Johnstown and Greater Johnstown High School standout Marcus Tullis to UPJ’s coaching staff.
Tullis played professionally for several seasons before returning to the Richland Township campus.
His UPJ resume is impressive. Tullis ranks fifth on the Pitt-Johnstown all-time scoring list with 1,570 points and eighth on the all-time rebounding list, with 6.4 rebounds a game. He helped the Mountain Cats advance to back-to-back NCAA Regional Tournament berths in 2008 and 2009.
Davis & Elkins defeat UPJ
ELKINS, W.Va. – Kayla DeCriscio hit eight 3-pointers and scored a career-high 24 points, and Kelsey Sleighter had 22 points, but it wasn’t enough to get new Pitt-Johnstown women’s basketball coach Mike Drahos a win in his debut.
Davis & Elkins erased a six-point halftime deficit to beat the Lady Cats 91-80 in a non-conference road game.
Rachel Johnson had 14 rebounds for UPJ, and Jasmine Harper had 13.
The Lady Cats play Washington Adventist University in Thursday’s 5:30 p.m. home opener at the Sports Center.
IUP is 10th in regional rankings
INDIANAPOLIS – After its third consecutive win, IUP moved into the NCAA Division II Super Region 1 rankings, showing up at No. 10 when they were released on Monday night.
This is the first appearance for the Crimson Hawks in the regional rankings this season, improving to 8-2 overall with a 55-20 win at home over Gannon on Saturday.
IUP racked up 658 yards of total offense in the win, including a career-high 378 passing yards and four touchdowns from quarterback Mike Box.
Agency: 72 elk taken in season
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Game Commission said 72 elk were harvested in the one-week season that ended Saturday, including 25 bulls.
The commission said that means nearly 85 percent of the hunters who participated this year took home a trophy, including 100 percent of those with licenses to hunt antlered elk, or bulls.
Fourteen of the bulls taken weighed 700 pounds or more, with the largest at 847 pounds. The largest antlerless elk taken weighed 621 pounds, and 10 of the antlerless elk taken weighed 500 pounds or more.
The hunter who took the 847-pound bull did not give the Game Commission permission to release his name.
The 621-pound antlerless elk was taken Nov. 4 by Timothy Mazol of Danville.
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Bedford wrestler reaches state championship match
Bedford will have a state finalist for the second consecutive season, but it will not be the same one.
- Quartet of area wrestlers move on to PIAA semifinals
Four local wrestlers have chance for PIAA gold
Four local wrestlers will compete tonight for a spot in the state finals at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Moving on up | Nine grapplers advance to AA quarterfinals
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.
Tomahawks return home to face Jets
Johnstown Tomahawks coach Jason Spence knows numbers can be deceiving.
For instance, the Tomahawks’ Matt Meier had two goals and three points on Saturday night. Goaltender Brett Young made 41 saves.
Those statistics are impressive for 60 minutes of work. Both players had solid efforts, especially during a road game. On paper, the numbers looked good enough for a victory.
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.
Pirates, Jays rained out
The Toronto Blue Jays' spring training game at the Pittsburgh Pirates was rained out Thursday.
The game will not be made up.
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.
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