Martella’s 14, Creamery 2
Jordan Kaufman went 4-for-4, scored twice and drove in three runs as Martella’s scored a lopsided victory in a five-inning early game at Point Stadium on Tuesday.
Pat Kohl drove in two runs and Alex Nagey went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs.
Cernic’s 11, Bedford 7
Jason Lechak went 4-for-4 and had three doubles as Cernic’s beat visiting Bedford. Lechak scored twice.
Ryan Soflarsky scored four runs and had two hits, and Zach Henry had two hits, including a double.
Jordan Mills had two hits for Bedford and Tyler Morrel hit a run-producing double.
Kalamazoo joins ECHL North
The ECHL announced on Tuesday that the Board of Governors has unanimously approved the expansion membership application of the Kalamazoo Wings for admission to the league for its 22nd season.
The K-Wings will play in the North Division along with the Johnstown Chiefs, Cincinnati Cyclones, Elmira Jackals, Toledo Walleye and Wheeling Nailers.
The Trenton Devils and Reading Royals have been moved to the ECHL’s South Division.
The ECHL is finalizing next season’s schedule to include Kalamazoo and will release the dates as soon as possible.
“We are proud to welcome Kalamazoo to the ECHL,” said ECHL Commissioner Brian McKenna. “The city has a long hockey tradition, solid community-based ownership and this will allow K-Wings fans to renew rivalries with Cincinnati and Toledo.”
The K-Wings are owned by Stadium Management Company, who is also the owner and operator of Wings Stadium, which has a capacity of 5,113 for hockey.
Kalamazoo is 150 miles from Toledo which returns to the ice after a two-year hiatus in the brand-new Lucas County Downtown Arena.
Professional hockey has been played in Kalamazoo since 1974-75, including the past two seasons in the new International Hockey League, a reincarnation of the professional league that ceased operations in 2001 after more than 50 years. Kalamazoo ranked second in the league in attendance both years.
Indian Lake to honor Palmer
INDIAN LAKE – Distinguished as Arnold Palmer’s very first design, Indian Lake Golf Club will honor Palmer during a dedication ceremony that will take place on Saturday.
The Golf Club at Indian Lake’s championship course was designed by Palmer in the 1960s, with the first nine holes opening in 1967. The second nine were constructed many years later and opened for play in 1995 thus completing the 18-hole, par 72, 6,700-yard layout.
The public is invited to attend the dedication which will take place on hole No. 11, which was the original hole No. 1. The dedication ceremony will begin at 5 pm. Proper attire is required (collared shirts and golf club attire) and admission is free to the public dedication.
During the ceremony, the club will unveil a custom wood-carved statue of the seven-time major champion.
The statue will be surrounded by a flower bed in the shape of a golf umbrella replicating the colors and design of Palmer’s easily recognized signature logo. A bronze plaque outlining the course history will sit nearby and complete “Palmer Park” in honor of Palmer.
Palmer is planning to attend the ceremony.
“It is only fitting that we honor the champion, the architect, the legend, for giving us our treasured masterpiece,” said Dave Finui, the club’s president. “This is going to be the biggest event in our club history; we are all very excited to pay tribute to Mr. Palmer.”
Nittany Lions land top recruit
STATE COLLEGE – Penn State’s new marquee wrestling coach has signed one of the top prospects in the country.
The Nittany Lions say David Taylor has committed to Penn State, and will join the team this fall.
The high school senior from St. Paris, Ohio, had initially signed with Iowa State. But the Cyclones released him from his scholarship after former coach Cael Sanderson moved to Penn State.
Now, Taylor has followed Sanderson to Happy Valley.
Sanderson is an Olympic gold medalist and undefeated, four-time NCAA champion who is considered one of the sport’s best coaches.
Steelers get Super Bowl rings
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers have gotten their Super Bowl rings, four months after beating the Arizona Cardinals 27-23 for the franchise’s record sixth championship.
The rings were presented at a private ceremony Tuesday night at Heinz Field. The ring’s design was kept confidential until then.
Each player got a ring with his name and number on it. On Monday, coach Mike Tomlin said he was excited about getting his ring, but that it will mark the end of the 2008 season. Now, he says, it’s time to focus on 2009.
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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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