Porter to coach with Steelers
PITTSBURGH – Former All-Pro linebacker Joey Porter has rejoined the Pittsburgh Steelers as a defensive assistant coach.
Porter joined the Steelers staff after receiving his first coaching experience at his alma mater last season as a student assistant on Colorado State coach Jim McElwain’s staff while taking classes to complete his degree.
Porter worked with the Rams’ pass rushers, including linebacker Shaquil Barrett, who posted 12 sacks.
“We are excited about having Joey back with the Steelers’ family,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said.
“Joey spent a number of years with Pittsburgh as a player, and now he’s back to assist the coaching staff. We look forward to his efforts and contributions.”
Porter played 13 NFL seasons with Pittsburgh, Miami and Arizona and was a four-time All-Pro.
GREENVILLE – North Star High School graduate Jacob Fleegle recently was honored as Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Student-Advisory Committee (SAAC) male scholar-athlete of the month for January in recognition of his work on the basketball court, in the classroom and as a member of the Waynesburg University community.
A junior, Fleegle is averaging 10.3 points per game for Waynesburg (11-11, 6-7 PAC) through Feb. 11.
He helped the Yellow Jackets into a tie for the No. 4 spot in the PAC standings.
Penn Highlands defeats Butler
Five players scored in double figures to lead Penn Highlands to an 81-70 victory Tuesday over Butler County Community College.
Delonte Fennell had another double-double with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
Grant Speigle and Jermaine Graves each netted 13 points while Joe Dziabo and Jon Fleetwood contributed 12 points apiece.
Tyler Copeland led all scorers with 24 points while Cody West and Michael Rummel added 19 and 12 points, respectively, for Butler County.
Penn Highlands finished the regular WPCC season with a 6-6 overall record and a 6-2 record versus Division III competitors.
The Black Bears will prepare to battle in both the upcoming WPCC and NJCAA Region XX playoffs.
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Pitt marches on
Talib Zanna snatched down nearly every loose rebound, terrorizing No. 15 North Carolina on the boards to help Pittsburgh win what amounted to a road game in its new league tournament.
And for coach Jamie Dixon, it’s another sign that his Panthers are playing their best at the right time.
Bishop Carroll wins in overtime
Trailing by two points with time winding down, Bishop Carroll’s Brandon Martinazzi fired up a shot that went in at the buzzer forcing overtime against Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in PIAA Class A boys’ quarterfinal basketball action Friday night at Gateway High School.
In the extra frame, the Huskies survived a 10 of 18 performance from the free-throw line and moved on to the semifinals with a 63-59 victory.
Pitt-Johnstown puts two wrestlers in semis
Pitt-Johnstown 125-pounder Dave Fogle and 184-pounder Travis McKillop (184) each won their first two matches Friday to reach the semifinals of the NCAA Division II National Wrestling Tournament.
The Mountain Cats still have four wrestlers alive, going into today’s action in eighth place with 27 points. They trail team competition leader Notre Dame College by 141⁄2 points.
Jr. Blues trip Tomahawks in six-round shootout
The Springfield Jr. Blues defeated the Johnstown Tomahawks 3-2 in an overtime shootout on Friday night at the Nelson Center.
The Tomahawks gained a point in the NAHL North Division and are in a tie for third place with the Janesville Jets.
Sophomore a girls wrestling success
Greater Johnstown sophomore Mariah Harris is a trail blazer in the sport of girls wrestling.
Last weekend, Harris won her third consecutive Pennsylvania Girls State Wrestling Championships title at Susquehanna Township High School in Harrisburg.
Pirates slip past Phillies
Jimmy Rollins was 0 for 4 in his return to Philadelphia’s lineup after a three-game benching and NL MVP Andrew McCutchen hit his third home run of spring training in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 6-5 win over the Phillies on Friday.
Rollins grounded out twice, took a called third strike and flied out.
Berlin girls stopped by Vincentian
Defensively, Vincentian Academy was a royal pain to Berlin Brothersvalley during their PIAA Class A girls tournament second-round game at Hempfield Area High School.
The Royals created 19 turnovers and forced the Mountaineers into rushed or pressured shots throughout the evening in a 61-48 win for the District 7 squad.
UPJ coach confident of success
Sending five wrestlers to this point was the goal. Getting six to the NCAA Division II national tournament in Cleveland is gravy.
Huskies’ path leads through Cardinal Wuerl
The Bishop Carroll Huskies make their return to Gateway High School tonight when the District 6 and Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference champions take on District 7 Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic at 7:30 p.m. in a Class A quarterfinal of the PIAA tournament.
Bishop Carroll carries an unbeaten record into the contest against the Trojans after pulling out a 69-65 win over WPIAL runner-up Monessen on Tuesday at the Monroeville school. A 22-0 second-half run spurred the Huskies (27-0), who trailed 51-43 before the run commenced.
Area swimmers taking their hopes to state tournament
The state’s best Class AA swimmers will gather at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium today and Saturday for the PIAA Championships.
A number of area swimmers will be among those athletes who are competing for state gold.
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