Reserves leaving Nittany Lions
STATE COLLEGE – Two little-used reserves are leaving the Penn State basketball program.
The team announced Wednesday that sophomore forward Patrick Ackerman and freshman guard Akosa Maduegbunam were granted releases to transfer after completing the spring semester.
The departures create one scholarship roster opening for the Nittany Lions, who finished 10-21 and last in the Big Ten (2-16) in Patrick Chambers’ second year on the bench.
Chambers, in his first full recruiting cycle, signed a respectable four-player high school class arriving in the fall highlighted by guard Geno Thorpe out of Pittsburgh.
Also, senior point guard Tim Frazier is expected to return after missing all but four games this year because of a left Achilles injury, while guard John Johnson will be eligible in December after transferring from the University of Pittsburgh.
Red Flash open season Sept. 7
LORETTO – St. Francis will open its football season Sept. 7 at Georgia Southern, a team that reached the semifinals of the FCS playoffs last season before losing 23-20 to top-ranked North Dakota State.
The Red Flash travel to James Mason on Sept. 14, then play host to Lincoln in the Sept. 21 home opener.
Fordham visits DeGol Field on Sept. 28 to renew a rivalry last played in 1948, and the Flash open their NEC conference schedule on the road Oct. 5 at Central Connecticut. They are at home the following week against Monmouth, which has left the NEC for the MAAC.
After a bye week, St. Francis will host Sacred Heart Oct. 26, then play back-to-back road games
Nov. 2 at Duquesne and Nov. 9 at Bryant.
The final home stand is a Nov. 16 game with NEC champion Wagner and a Nov. 23 season wrapup against Robert Morris.
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On a high note: Penn State ends year with win, holds off Wisconsin rally in upset
A bright future for Penn State emerged on a cool, crisp day in the Midwest.
Bruins snap skid against Pens
The surging Boston Bruins said they weren’t fazed by Sidney Crosby’s last-second goal. They proved it in overtime.
Torey Krug scored 34 seconds into OT and the Bruins beat Pittsburgh 4-3 on Monday night, snapping a seven-game, regular-season losing streak to the Penguins in a matchup of the Eastern Conference’s top two teams.
Pitt men dominate Texas Tech
Pittsburgh had been known for a long time for its tenacious defense and it hasn’t stopped even with the emphasis on new rules that have made it harder to cover people than in the past.
“Defense is how you separate yourself,” Panthers senior forward Lamar Patterson said after scoring a career-high 23 points in a 76-53 victory over Texas Tech on Monday night in the semifinals of the Progressive Legends Classic.
Pitt hoping for better bowl
No offense to the fine people who run the BBVA Compass Bowl, but Pittsburgh offensive guard Ryan Schlieper doesn’t want to spend the final football game of his career hanging out in Alabama again.
A win over Miami (Fla.) in the season finale on Friday would take care of that and then some.
Steelers revive playoff chances
Fernando Velasco expected to see panic after the Pittsburgh Steelers limped through a winless September. Apathy and frustration are supposed to be part of the mix when a team gets off to its worst start in more than 40 years, right?
Maybe in most places. But not in Pittsburgh.
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Berlin taking Tussey Mountain seriously
The District 5 Class A championship – played tonight at Bedford Area High School – pits a perennial power and an upstart.
That upstart – Tussey Mountain – may be short on championship pedigree, but the Titans (10-2) have done more than enough to impress Berlin Brothersvalley coach Doug Paul.
Steelers’ Worilds reaching his potential
Jason Worilds has done his best to block out the detractors, the ones that have second-guessed the Pittsburgh Steelers since the moment he was taken in the second round of the 2010 draft and anointed as the next great outside linebacker at a place where the position is revered more than most.
He’s the first to admit his production hasn’t matched his pedigree. Yet he doesn’t see himself as an underachiever but more of a victim of circumstance.
Tomahawks on hot streak for weekend games
The Johnstown Tomahawks tonight will face a North Division-leading Port Huron team with only two regulation losses this NAHL season.
The North’s third-place Tomahawks also had been on a hot streak, winning four straight prior to a disappointing setback to Wenatchee last Saturday.
Momentum with UPJ in PSAC volleyball semifinal
The Pitt-Johnstown women’s volleyball program is hoping a banner week in the PSAC only gets better today.
The Lady Cats swept Lock Haven in three sets on Tuesday night at the Sports Center to advance to today’s PSAC semifinal round against Gannon University.
On Wednesday, UPJ outside hitter Marissa Erminio was named PSAC Eastern Division Freshman of the Year.
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