The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 14, 2014

Local Sports Briefs 4-15-14


PSAC honors UPJ’s Marabito

Pitt-Johnstown junior outfielder Brett Marabito earned PSAC-West baseball player of the week honors on Monday.

The graduate of the former Laurel Valley High School batted .650 (13-for-20) in five games last week, with four doubles and 10 RBI.

Marabito went 4-for-8 to open a four-game, home-and-home series against IUP on Friday at Point Stadium.

The next day, Marabito was a 9-for-9 with 10 RBI to lead the Mountain Cats to a series four-game sweep over the Crimson Hawks.

The big weekend helped the Mountain Cats move into a third-place tie in the PSAC’s Western Division.

Marabito had six runs, five extra-base hits and a .769 on-base percentage last week.

Former AAABA star to IUP Hall

Anthony Zambotti, the former Galliker Dairy ace and Pete Vuckovich Award winner in the Johnstown AAABA League, will be among a class of 17 individuals who will be inducted into the IUP Athletics Hall of Fame in September.

Zambotti was the PSAC West Pitcher of the Year in 2003 and had 332 career strikeouts, which still rank first all-time at IUP and second in PSAC history. Zambotti pitched Galliker Dairy into the AAABA Tournament national championship round in 2001 as the Johnstown entry won its first five games.

Also entering the IUP Athletics Hall of Fame are: Sue Brecko, women’s basketball; Jerry Clark, football and basketball; Marissa Dugan, softball; Terry Eisenhute, golf; Gene Epley, football; Jack Flavin, baseball; Scott Green, track and field; Julie Hess, field hockey; Pat Imbrogno, football; Ron McNabb, men’s basketball; Heather Packard, swimming; Nick Pascarella, football; Dr. Robert Raemore, track and field; Sara Raschiatore, track and field and cross country; Gregg Schmidt, football; and Je’Mone Smith, football.


Richland grad receives award

Richland High School graduate Calsie Boyd recently earned Westmoreland County YWCA Sportswoman of the Year Individual Excellence Award based on her accomplishments at Seton Hill University in Greensburg.

The award was presented during the 20th annual YWCA Westmoreland County Sportswomen of the Year Awards banquet in Greensburg.

Boyd is attending law school in Houston after her graduation from Seton Hill, where she was a standout jumper in track and field. She qualified for the national championship event four times and finished fourth in the 2013 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships. She was named WVIAC Field Athlete of the Year.


Predators oust Trotz as coach

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – General Manager David Poile hopes he sent the strongest message possible by making the first coaching change in Nashville’s history: Missing the playoffs is not acceptable for the Predators.

Poile announced Monday that Barry Trotz, the NHL’s longest tenured head coach with one team, would not be back for a 16th season after the Predators missed the postseason for a second straight year. A few hours later, Poile said at a news conference a few hours later that won’t get it done.

“This is a wakeup call for everybody in our organization,” Poile said. “It’s a wakeup call for me. ‘Get out of your comfort zone.’ It’s going to be different here.”