The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 7, 2012

Local sports in brief 12/08/2012

Staff and wire reports


Colon probable vs. Chargers

PITTSBURGH – Steelers left guard Willie Colon practiced for the second consecutive day Friday and is listed as probable, as Pittsburgh prepares to play San Diego on Sunday.

Colon has missed two games due to a left knee bruise. On Thursday, he said he would be a game-time decision. Last week, in a 23-20 win over Baltimore, All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey moved over to take his place, while Doug Legursky started at center.

The Steelers (7-5) announced Thursday that quarterback Ben Roethlisberger would return for the game against the Chargers (4-8) as well. Joining him will be receiver Jerricho Cotchery, who missed time with a rib injury.

Fullback Will Johnson (concussion) and safety Ryan Clark (hip) are among other Steelers listed as probable. All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu will play after practicing Friday following two days off. Polamalu played sparingly against the Ravens.

Linebacker LaMarr Woodley, however, will miss his second consecutive game due to a high ankle sprain sustained two weeks ago.


Pitt-Penn State extend series

PITTSBURGH – Penn State and Pitt announced Friday they will play each other in 2018 and ‘19, extending a previous deal that revived the dormant series.

The Panthers and Nittany Lions, originally slated to resume their rivalry in 2016-17, will also now play at Heinz Field Sept. 8, 2018, and Beaver Stadium Sept. 14, 2019.

The series dates to 1893 and was played all but three times from 1900-1992, when Penn State joined the Big Ten. It often was the regular-season finale.

The schools met from 1997-2000 but not since. Penn State leads the series, 50-42-4.

Both schools could use the jolt the rivalry’s buzz creates. Pitt, which joins the ACC next season, has had trouble filling Heinz Field. Visits from Penn State are considered sure sellouts. And the Nittany Lions experienced an attendance drop this season.

WVU mascot kills bear with musket  

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia University has ordered its musket-toting mascot to stop using his university-issued weapon on hunting trips after an online video showed him killing a black bear.

In the video, Jonathan Kimble is shown firing the muzzle-loaded long gun at the bear in a tree.

WVU spokesman John Bolt said officials spoke to Kimble about it and that the mascot broke no laws.

Kimble said Friday that he’s been hunting all his life and this was the first black bear he’s ever killed.

He said he apologizes if anyone was offended by his killing the bear.

The WVU mascot wears buckskin and a coonskin cap and fires the musket – minus ammunition – at home athletic events and school-sponsored events.


UPJ to honor Pecora

Coach Pat Pecora and the 11th-ranked Pitt-Johnstown wrestlers will close out the first semester against Ohio Valley tonight at 7 in the Sports Center.

Prior to the match, UPJ will recognize Pecora’s NCAA Division II record 500th-career victory.

On Feb. 14, Pecora became the first NCAA Division II wrestling coach to reach 500 wins when his Mountain Cats defeated Shippensburg 39-3.

Prior to the start of the match, UPJ will take time to recognize this record-setting accomplishment.

In addition, the university will officially launch the 500 & Beyond campaign to support Pitt-Johnstown’s wrestling program with a reception starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Sports Center Hall of Fame Room.

Tickets are $25 for adults (includes hors d’oeuvres, two tickets for wine or beer, soft drinks and match ticket) and $15 for those younger than 21 (includes hors d’oeuvres, soft drinks and match ticket) RSVP to Abby Gearhart-Hoffman:, or 269-7174

Pecora and the Mountain Cats come in with a 2-2 dual meet record following Tuesday’s 34-6 victory over No. 20 East Stroudsburg in the Sports Center.

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