Former Pirates player dies
SEATTLE – Former Seattle University basketball and baseball star Ed O’Brien has passed away at age 83.
The school announced O’Brien’s death on Friday afternoon. He passed away earlier in the day. The school did not reveal a cause of death, but O’Brien had recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
O’Brien played basketball at Seattle from 1950-53, along with his twin brother Johnny, and helped the school reach the NCAA tournament in 1953. He also played baseball at the school and eventually had a five-year professional baseball career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. O’Brien played for the Pirates from 1953-58, appearing in 231 career games and hitting .236.
Once his baseball career ended, O’Brien returned to Seattle and served as athletic director at the school from 1958-80. He was also Seattle’s baseball coach for 14 seasons.
Penn Highlands out of tourney
LARGO, Md. – Montgomery College routed Penn Highlands 100-77 on Friday in the opening round of the NJCAA Region XX Division III Tournament.
The loss ended the Black Bears’ season.
Jermaine Graves led the Black Bears with a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Delonte Fennell added 17 points while Joe Dziabo netted 12. Grant Speigle and Dom Williams contributed 11 points each.
The Raptors had three players with 20 points or more, led by Andre Gaines’ 22. Tim Christian had 21 and D’Angelo Vaughn scored 20. Sam Ijeomah and Jourdan McCants scored 15 and 11 points, respectively.