Steelers ball helping charity
In commemoration of the 75th season of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Nikco Sports has produced a limited edition football.
The 75th Pittsburgh Steelers Anniversary Football will cost $99 with $7.50 of that fee being donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The 5,000 footballs come with a certificate of authenticity and can be purchased two ways: By calling 1-800-345-2868 or by visiting www.nikcosport.
Local cable adds NFL Network
Atlantic Broadband announced in a press release Friday that it will carry the full NFL Network schedule, giving fans access to eight exclusive late-season NFL games.
Atlantic Broadband will air the network’s games beginning with the Nov. 22 Indianapolis-Atlanta matchup and including the Steelers’ Dec. 20 game with St. Louis.
The NFL Network will be available to digital service subscribers.
UPJ blanks Point Park
Sophomore forward Chrissy Burnsworth netted two goals and redshirt freshman goalkeeper Stephanie Paha made three saves to lead the Pitt-Johnstown women’s soccer team to its third consecutive shutout victory.
This time UPJ dealt visiting Point Park University a 2-0 loss Saturday afternoon to improve to 3-0.
Burnsworth netted her first goal and got the Lady Cats on the scoreboard in the 35th minute off of a corner kick.
Lauren Penn took the corner kick that bounced Alicia Zack onto Burnsworth’s foot, who beat Point Park goalkeeper Emily Temalewski.
Ten minutes later, Burnsworth scored unnassisted from a rebound off of a blocked shot to give UPJ a lead it did not relinquish.
Paha, who earned her second shutout, improved to 3-0 after facing seven shots and making three saves.
The Lady Cats outshot the Pioneers 31-7 for the match, including a 10-3 advantage in shots on goal.
UPJ will host Shepherd (W.Va.) University in a WVIAC conference match on Wednesday at 4 p.m., before traveling to the University of Findlay (Ohio) Tournament on Saturday and Sunday.
Info on Little E coming soon
RICHMOND, Va. – His 2008 lineup finally set, team owner Rick Hendrick said he’s about two weeks away from announcing a sponsor and car number for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Hendrick said he’s close to completing the sponsorship part, but the number end is still a work in progress.
The only thing that’s certain, he said, is that Earnhardt won’t drive the No. 8 or the No. 25. Junior has used the No. 8 since entering the Cup series, but DEI won’t let him take it with him at the end of the season.
The No. 25 is the existing number at Hendrick, which has been in use since 1986 when Hendrick gave it to the late Tim Richmond. But Hendrick said he’s ready to “walk away from the 25.”
“The curse of the 25, I’ve heard that so many times,” Hendrick said. “(The No. 25) meant a lot to me over the years. I think now is time for a change. I hate to see the number go, but I’m actually looking forward to having a completely clean sheet of paper going forward.”
Hendrick said he’d like to find a number that includes an 8 for Earnhardt, and the team has applied for trademarks on the 28, 38, 51, 58, 81 and 82.
Mears ready for his new ride
RICHMOND Va. – The pressure is on Casey Mears, who will move to a team that has qualified for the Chase for the championship the last two seasons.
Mears is moving into the No. 5 at Hendrick Motorsports next year, and Kyle Busch has made that team a consistent title contender. Mears, who scored his first Nextel Cup victory in May, has yet to qualify for the Chase.
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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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