All-star match set for Shade
The Greater Johnstown Volleyball Club will sponsor the 27th annual Johnstown Area vs. Somerset Area All-Star Volleyball Match on Wednesday at Shade High School.
The match will begin at 7 p.m. All proceeds will benefit WKYE 96.5 FM’s “Twelve Wishes of Christmas.”
The Johnstown Area all-star team – coached by Bishop Carroll’s Joe Skura and Forest Hills’ Nicole Pelesky – includes: Sarah Gomish, Bishop Carroll; Janelle Gueguen, Bishop Carroll; Hannah Pastorek, Bishop McCort; Emily McCray, Conemaugh Valley; Carly Baumbaugh, Ferndale; Lakin Stiffler, Forest Hills; Angie Stolar, Greater Johnstown; Rachel Wallace, Ligonier Valley; Kelsey Roush, Richland; Natalie Gilbert, Richland; Lyda Bartlebaugh, United; and Alyssa Miller, Westmont Hilltop.
The Somerset Area team – coached by Berlin Brothersvalley’s Corey Will and Julie Spochart – includes: Shelby Coughenour, Berlin Brothersvalley; Kaylin Dunn, Berlin Brothersvalley; Zoe Stumpo, Conemaugh Township; Beth Bolden, Meyersdale; Abby Charlton, North Star; Hannah Schrock, North Star; Nicole Snyder, Rockwood; Amy Maust, Salisbury-Elk Lick; Brittany Berkey, Shade; Gretchen Shultz, Shanksville-Stonycreek; Morgan Grahn, Somerset; Angela Farkas, Windber.
UPJ women earn fifth seed
The Pitt-Johnstown women are is seeded fifth for the NCAA Division II Atlantic Region Tournament on Dec. 5 in Wheeling, W.Va.
UPJ is 26-10 after winning the PSAC championship last weekend at Shippensburg University.
The Lady Cats will make their first appearance in the NCAA tournament after climbing from eighth fo fifth with the win at Shippensburg.
Pitt-Johnstown will face No. 4 Shippensburg, a team that defeated UPJ twice this season.
Wheeling Jesuit (W.Va.) University is the Atlantic Region’s top-seeded team and will host the tournament.
Sixty-four teams in eight NCAA Division II regions earned spots in the tournament. The winner of each regional will advance to the national quarterfinals, semifinals and final Dec. 12-14 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Pirates, Padres swap prospects
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired outfielder Jaff Decker and right-handed pitcher Miles Mikolas from the San Diego Padres for outfielder Alex Dickerson.
Decker hit .286 with 10 home runs and 40 RBI in 105 games with Triple-A Tucson in 2013. He also went 4 for 26 with a homer and two RBI in 13 games with the Padres. Mikolas went 4-2 with 26 saves for Tucson this year and made two scoreless appearances for San Diego.
Dickerson was selected the Eastern League Rookie of the Year after hitting .288 with 17 home runs and 68 RBIs with Double-A Altoona.
To make room for Decker and Mikolas on the 40-man roster, the Pirates designated first baseman/outfielder Garrett Jones and right-handed pitcher Kyle McPherson for assignment.
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Bengals make low offer to Hawkins
Johnstown’s Andrew Hawkins grew up with the Cincinnati Bengals while following his older brother Artrell Hawkins Jr.’s NFL career.
The younger Hawkins could see himself wearing a Bengals uniform and playing wide receiver in Cincinnati for years to come. But the Bishop McCort High School graduate knows the business side of the NFL sometimes gets in the way of the storybook ending.
Second place little consolation to contenders
Perspective can be a tricky thing in athletics.
Just ask Richland’s Nico Pecora and Bedford’s Jon Gabriel.
PIAA wrestling notebook: Murin not pleased with fifth place
Max Murin won the first 36 matches of his varsity career.
But the Central Cambria freshman was disappointed after he dropped two consecutive bouts on Friday night at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin girls avenge earlier loss to Portage
Berlin Brothersvalley was highly motivated to play Portage on Saturday in their PIAA Class A girls’ first-round basketball matchup at Central Cambria High School.
The Mountaineers, who lost at Portage earlier in the season, held the Mustangs to a single basket in the first half on 1 of 21 shooting Saturday and went on to a 59-42 victory.
Shade girls nip Bishop Carroll
Alexis Meck isn’t the first name that comes to mind when the Shade girls’ basketball team is the topic.
On Saturday, her name was the last in the scorebook as the Panthers edged Bishop Carroll 56-54 in a PIAA Class A first-round game at Pitt-Johnstown’s Sports Center.
Conemaugh Township eliminated
After weathering Summit Academy’s first-half dominance and using the third quarter as a springboard to their first lead of Saturday’s PIAA Class AA boys first-round game, it appeared that District 5 champion Conemaugh Township had solved the Knights.
At the very least, the Indians had frustrated them.
Quaker Valley trips Richland in OT
There were just two shots taken in the overtime on Saturday in the first-round PIAA Class AA boys’ basketball game between Quaker Valley and Richland.
The Quakers had both shots including the game-winner by Winter Fondi with time winding down in a 42-40 victory over the Rams in a nailbiter.
Tomahawks drop key decision
Just two weeks ago, the Johnstown Tomahawks had earned points in five straight games, with four victories during that span.
Not so long ago, Johnstown had moved into a tie for second place in the NAHL North Division.
Pitt slips past Clemson in OT
Lamar Patterson had a career-high 30 points, including a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left, as Pittsburgh overcome a five-point deficit in the final seconds of regulation and beat Clemson 83-78 in overtime Saturday.
Patterson’s 3 with 3 seconds left cut the Tigers’ lead to 67-65.
Robert Morris holds off St. Francis in NEC
Karvel Anderson and Lucky Jones came up big again for top-seeded Robert Morris, with 21 and 18 points, respectively, but clutch free throws by David Appolon preserved a 60-57 victory over sixth-seeded St. Francis in a Northeast Conference semifinal on Saturday.
The Colonials (21-12) advance to Tuesday’s championship for the fifth time in six years, facing fourth-seeded Mount St. Mary’s (15-16).
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