The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

January 3, 2014

Local sports in brief 1/4/2014


Steelers fire offensive coach

PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers have fired offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. after just one season.

The Steelers (8-8) struggled to find any kind of continuity on the line. Perennial Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey went down in the season opener with a knee injury. Pittsburgh ended up using four different players at the position, part of a unit that used 10 different starting combinations in 16 games.

Kelvin Beachum provided some stability at left tackle, but former second-round picks Mike Adams and Marcus Gilbert regressed.

Pittsburgh finished 27th in the league in rushing and 29th in yards per carry.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was sacked 42 times, though only 10 times over the final six games as the team went to a no-huddle offense.


Pitt-Johnstown men lose in OT

LOCK HAVEN – Pitt-Johnstown erased a 20-point deficit to force overtime on three Andrew Cressler free-throws with two seconds left, but Lock Haven held on for a 81-76 win.

Cressler’s 20 points paced five Pitt-Johnstown double-figure scorers. The Mountain Cats are 8-4.

UPJ trailed the entire game in regulation, but managed to force overtime as Cressler was fouled while attempting a last-second

3-point field goal attempt. He made all three free throws with :02 left.

UPJ women fall at Lock Haven

LOCK HAVEN – Lock Haven used a 21-3 first-half run to build a lead, then held on to beat Pitt-Johnstown 70-58.

UPJ’s Nicole Carman scored 15 points and had five rebounds while Jasmine Harper added 14 points and nine rebounds for 5-7 UPJ.

Rachel Johnson grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds while Kelsey Sleighter, Leah Hansen, and Jamie Tabon each chipped in six points in the loss.