Shubik lands Rutgers position
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – North Star High School graduate Monte Shubik has accepted a position as Rutgers University men’s basketball program’s director of player services.
The Stoystown native had spent the past 10 seasons working for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA. He was the Sixers’ assistant coach/video coordinator.
Shubik, 33, worked 10 seasons with the 76ers and was promoted to an assistant coach position last season.
IUP women’s assistants hired
INDIANA – The IUP women's basketball program hired Rebecca Tillett and Ryenn Micaletti as assistant coaches.
They're the first two hires of Tom McConnell, the former St. Francis University men’s basketball coach who was named the IUP women’s head coach last month.
Penguins sign free agent
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed restricted free agent Dustin Jeffrey to a one-year contract.
The deal, worth $625,000, gives the Penguins added depth after losing veterans Brenden Morrow, Jarome Iginla and Matt Cooke in free agency. The 25-year-old Jeffrey had three goals and three assists for the Penguins during the 2013 season. Jeffrey has played in just 50 NHL games since tearing the ACL in his right knee in March, 2011.
The signing leaves the Penguins with just one restricted free agent on the roster, Robert Bortuzzo. Bortuzzo is eligible for arbitration. He played in 15 games last season, with two goals and two assists.
Richland will host clinics
A series of lacrosse clinics will be held at Richland High School’s Herlinger Field on four dates this month and in August.
The clinics will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on July 24 and 31, and August 7 and 14.
Athletes age 11 to 17 may participate. Players must bring a helmet and gloves to the clinics. Sticks will be provided, though players are permitted to bring their own sticks.
Cost is $25. For more information, call East Hills Recreation at 269-0303, or stop at EHR and ask for Jim Miliauskas or Drew Civis.
Sign-ups will be held through July 23.
Big East honors two from area
Bishop Carroll graduate Steve Greene and Bishop McCort graduate Zach Rugg each were named to the 2012 Big East All-Academic Team as part of the University of Connecticut NCAA Division I program.
Greene will be a redshirt senior at UConn. He started 20 games over the past two seasons and is part of a Huskies offensive line that returns all five starters from the final four games of 2012. Greene is expected to play left guard after starting at that positon all 12 games last season.
The 6-foot-5, 308-pound Greene was a two-time Associated Press Class A first team all-state selection at Bishop Carroll. He also was a Tribune-Democrat first team selection.
Rugg will be a redshirt freshman this season after joining the Huskies program last season as a redshirt.
Rugg made 72 tackles as a senior at McCort and was an all-state selection and a Tribune-Democrat all-area team member.
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- Quartet of area wrestlers move on to PIAA semifinals
Four local wrestlers have chance for PIAA gold
Four local wrestlers will compete tonight for a spot in the state finals at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Moving on up | Nine grapplers advance to AA quarterfinals
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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