UPJ women get first win
Vienna, W.Va. – Jackie Becerra scored the lone goal of the match early in the second half to lead Pitt-Johnstown to a 1-0 nonconference victory over Ohio Valley Wednesday afternoon.
Coach Rachel Smith earned her first career victory and the Lady Cats improved to 1-15-0.
Becerra finished a header from Karley Staffen’s corner kick three minutes into the second half.
Timi Shiock made one save and earned the win in goal for Pitt-Johnstown.
The Lady Cats will celebrate Senior Day and close out the season with a PSAC match against Seton Hill on Saturday at
2:30 p.m. at the Pitt-Johnstown Soccer Field.
UPJ picked 8th, IUP 3rd
The Pitt-Johnstown women’s basketball team is picked to finish eighth in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division this season.
With six key returnees, IUP is tabbed to finish third. IUP junior Lindsay Stamp took preseason All-PSAC West honors.
The 2013-14 PSAC preseason basketball poll was released on Wednesday. UPJ and Seton Hill are first-year members of the conference.
Millersville University (East) and Gannon (West) have been picked to win their respective divisions according to a PSAC women’s basketball preseason poll conducted among league coaches.
SFU’s Williams up for award
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – St. Francis senior forward Alli Williams is among 30 candidates for the 2013-14 women’s basketball Senior CLASS Award. Student-athletes eligible for the award must be an NCAA Division I senior while excelling in four areas – community, classroom, character and competition.
An Altoona native and Bishop Guilfoyle graduate, Williams led the Red Flash in scoring, rebounding, and steals in 2012-13, and was fourth in the nation in double-doubles with 24.
Off the court, Williams is pursuing a degree in occupational therapy and last year she was named a Capital One Academic All-America candidate.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four and NCAA Women’s Final Four.
UPJ men picked 5th, IUP 1st
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division coaches picked Pitt-Johnstown to finish fifth, according to the preseason poll.
Coach Bob Rukavina’s Mountain Cats will begin their first season in the PSAC and compete in the Western Division.
Defending PSAC champion IUP was picked to win the Western Division, while West Chester was selected to win the Eastern Division.
Gleasons win enduro race
ALTON, Va. – Johnstown’s Chris Gleason and his two sons, Chris Gleason Jr. of Wayne and Kevin Gleason of Johnstown, drove a Mazda MX-5 to victory in the “Charge of the Headlight Brigade,” a 13-hour endurance race hosted by the North Carolina Region of the Sports Car Club of America.
The event was held at Virginia International Raceway, a 3.27-mile road course.
The race began at 9:15 a.m. and concluded at
10:15 p.m. Saturday.
“We had to change the transmission around halfway, and at that point I thought it was over for us,” Chris Gleason said.
“Our car was fielded by the Atlanta Motorsports Group, and they have a lot of experience in this kind of racing.
“They won at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill last year. Anyway, they changed the transmission in 12 minutes.
“Kevin did the last three hours of the race and he was able to close the deal.
“Winning a race with your sons is really special,” added Gleason, who was inducted into the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
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Bedford’s Garrett Thomas said he wasn’t nervous at all.
United’s Tyler Oliver admitted that he was, even if he told his coaches that he wasn’t.
And Richland’s Nico Pecora said the pressure is on his family members, not him.
Nervous or not, those three, who were making their state tournament debuts, and six other local wrestlers won their first match at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships on Thursday morning to qualify for today’s quarterfinal round.
Day 1 gives ups and downs for region
There was plenty of talk about roller coasters on Thursday afternoon at the Giant Center, but it had nothing to do with the thrill rides across the parking lot at Hersheypark.
It was all about the ups and downs of the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin boys wary of Trojans’ size, athleticism
On the same night last week that Berlin Brothersvalley was winning its first District 5-A title since 2007, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic was losing to eventual champion Lincoln Park in the WPIAL quarterfinals.
The Mountaineers (23-2), one of three area boys district champions set to begin opening-round action in the PIAA playoffs tonight, and Trojans (15-10) will square off this evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center, site of Berlin’s 65-51 district championship win over Forbes Road.
Tomahawks return home to face Jets
Johnstown Tomahawks coach Jason Spence knows numbers can be deceiving.
For instance, the Tomahawks’ Matt Meier had two goals and three points on Saturday night. Goaltender Brett Young made 41 saves.
Those statistics are impressive for 60 minutes of work. Both players had solid efforts, especially during a road game. On paper, the numbers looked good enough for a victory.
Danel helping Falcons to Division III tournament
When Chelsea Danel was a senior at North Star, the Cougars were able to win a District 5-AA basketball title.
Now Danel, a senior at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, is a key contributor on a Falcons’ hoops squad which upset top-seeded Lebanon Valley 53-47 in the Commonwealth Conference championship on Saturday. It was the ninth title for the Falcons in 13 appearances.
Pirates, Jays rained out
The Toronto Blue Jays' spring training game at the Pittsburgh Pirates was rained out Thursday.
The game will not be made up.
Ferndale grad aiding Duquesne women’s hoops
Matt Schmidt was hired as an assistant coach for the Duquesne women’s basketball team in June.
Now the former Ferndale High School standout will have his first opportunity to experience March madness with the Dukes, who are the sixth-seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament which opened Thursday in Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va.
Icecats on way to national tournament
The Pitt-Johnstown hockey team needed to overcome some long odds to advance to the ACHA Men’s Division III national championship tournament in Coral Springs, Fla. next week.
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Local wrestlers advance in PIAA tournament
Nine local wrestlers – including three from Bedford – advanced to the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships this morning.
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