Former softball standout dies
Local sports figure Jim “Moe” Molnar lost his eight-year battle with cancer on Thursday. He was 57.
Molnar had a standout career in the Johnstown Junior League before starring with Johnstown Johnnies fast-pitch softball team in the 1970s and 80s. Molnar also was a standout on the May Brothers championship teams in the Schellsburg Fast Pitch League.
He later guided the Johnstown Parochial Football League for more than 20 years, while coaching various teams at Central Catholic, Bishop McCort and Richland.
He is survived by his daughter, Brittany.
Young Guns hosting camp
Some of the nation’s top wrestlers and coaches will be at Pitt-Johnstown for a wrestling camp Monday through Aug. 2.
Young Guns wrestling club will host the event from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.
Scheduled to appear are:
• Cam Simaz, a 2012 NCAA champion for Cornell and now a Big Red assistant.
• Brandon Eggum, a 2001 World Freestyle silver medalist and Minnesota assistant.
• Cael Sanderson, a four-time NCAA champion, Olympic gold medalist and head coach of three-time defending NCAA champion Penn State.
• Nico Megaludis, a junior at Penn State who is a two-time All-American, and A.J. Schopp, a junior at Edinboro who was a 2013 All-American.
• Ryan Morningstar, a three-time All-American at Iowa who is now an assistant with the Hawkeyes.
Cost for the camp is $225. Contact Jody Strittmatter for more information at 421-1481
Curve no-hit Fisher Cats
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Four Altoona Curve pitchers combined to throw the second no-hitter in franchise history during a 5-0 victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Altoona’s Ethan Hollingsworth went the first four innings, Jason Townsend threw the next three, and Jhonathan Ramos tossed the eighth. Ryan Beckman closed out the ninth and sealed the no-hitter when Andy Burns grounded out to Curve third baseman Adalberto Santos.
Altoona collected 14 hits, including three each by Drew Maggi, Jarek Cunningham and Gregory Polanco. Maggi and Polanco each homered.
Bucs’ farmhand suspended
NEW YORK – Pittsburgh pitcher Delvin Hiciano and Arizona pitcher Eric Smith have been suspended for 50 games each for violations of baseball’s minor league drug program.
Smith was penalized Thursday for a second violation for a drug of abuse, and Hiciano for a positive test for metabolites of Stanozolol.
Hiciano, a 21-year-old right-hander, is 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA in five games this year for the Dominican Summer League Pirates.
A 24-year-old right-hander, Smith is 1-3 with a 7.11 ERA in 32 relief appearances and one start this year for the Mobile BayBears of the Double-A Southern League.
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Tomlin hit with $100G fine
Here’s another adjective Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin can call his ill-timed two-step onto the field last Thursday night against Baltimore.
ACC-olades rolling in: Pitt’s Donald named league’s top defender
Pitt senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the national leader in tackles for loss, has been selected the 2013 Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year by the Atlantic Coast Conference Sports Media Association (ACSMA).
Irish too much for Lady Lions
Natalie Achonwa had 21 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 4 Notre Dame in a 77-67 victory over No. 10 Penn State on Wednesday night.
Mountain Hawks outlast Red Flash
Tim Kempton scored 18 points and pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds as Lehigh took down St. Francis 57-50 on Wednesday night.
UPJ volleyball heads to NCAA Division II Regional
The fifth-seeded Pitt-Johnstown women’s volleyball team will open its first ever berth in the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament against fourth-seeded Shippensburg University beginning today at Wheeling Jesuit University.
Big second half leads UPJ past host Clarion
Nate Snodgrass scored 18 points, and Pitt-Johnstown outscored Clarion by 20 points over the final 16 minutes to earn a 78-68 comeback victory in the PSAC on the road.
Lady Cats get first PSAC win
Pitt-Johnstown built an 18-point halftime advantage en route to a 98-81 win at Clarion that earned the Lady Cats the program’s first PSAC victory.
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On a high note: Penn State ends year with win, holds off Wisconsin rally in upset
A bright future for Penn State emerged on a cool, crisp day in the Midwest.
Bruins snap skid against Pens
The surging Boston Bruins said they weren’t fazed by Sidney Crosby’s last-second goal. They proved it in overtime.
Torey Krug scored 34 seconds into OT and the Bruins beat Pittsburgh 4-3 on Monday night, snapping a seven-game, regular-season losing streak to the Penguins in a matchup of the Eastern Conference’s top two teams.
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