The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 4, 2013

Local sports in brief 12/05/2013


For The Tribune-Democrat

STATE COLLEGE — WRESTLING

Intermat ranks 10 Nittany Lions


STATE COLLEGE – The Penn State wrestling team continues to hold serve with a third straight week of having all 10 wrestlers ranked at their respective weight classes in the latest Intermat rankings.

Penn State is ranked No. 2 in the latest Intermat Tournament Power Index (TPI), slipping behind new No. 1 Iowa for the first time this season. The TPI ranks a team’s potential tournament strength based on Intermat’s individual rankings, not dual meet strength.

Junior All-American Nico Megaludis holds the No. 3 spot at 125 with a 7-1 mark while redshirt freshman Jimmy Gulibon is No. 11 at 133 with a 4-3 mark. True freshman Zain Retherford is No. 11 at 141 with an 8-0 mark. Junior Andrew Alton is No. 9 at 149 and twin brother Dylan Alton is No. 5 at 157. The brothers are expected to return mid-December after off-season surgeries.

Senior All-American David Taylor is No. 1 at 165 with an 8-0 mark while junior All-American Matt Brown is No. 3 at 174 with an identical 8-0 mark. Senior All-American Ed Ruth is 10-0 and ranked No. 1 at 184 while sophomore Morgan McIntosh is No. 4 at 197 with an 8-0 record. Junior Jimmy Lawson rounds out Penn State’s 10 ranked grapplers, ranked No. 10 at 285 with a 7-0 mark.

BASKETBALL

IUP up to No. 7 in coaches’ poll


KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The unbeaten IUP men’s basketball team again moved up in the National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II Poll, jumping up three spots to No. 7.

Finishing the weekend with a perfect 2-0 record in the annual Indiana Regional Medical Center Classic, the Crimson Hawks improved to a PSAC West leading 6-0 (2-0).

They defeated Shaw on Saturday 74-57 and moved on to beat the University of the Sciences on Sunday 72-59.

West Liberty earned 12 first place votes to climb to the top spot, followed by Bellarmine, Drury, Florida Southern, Western Washington and Metropolitan State to round out the top six. With 289 points, the Crimson Hawks are 32 points behind one-loss Metropolitan State.



Red Flash

lose at Buffalo


BUFFALO, N.Y. – The St. Francis women’s basketball team used a season-high 23 points from Alexa Hayward and a career-high 15 points from Brooklyn Taylor to mount a late charge, but it fell short against Buffalo 87-77 on Wednesday evening.

Hayward finished 9 of 17 from the floor, including four 3-pointers for the Red Flash (2-4), while Taylor was 5 of 9 from the field and scored eight straight points for St. Francis in the second half. The Bulls (5-2) got a career-best effort from Makenzie Loesing, who dropped 29 points.

“I was upset with the defensive effort and communication early in the game,” St. Francis coach Joe Haigh said.

“We gave up too many points early and put ourselves in a hole that was tough to get out of.”

Alli Williams finished with 16 points and game-high 14 rebounds for the Red Flash.

Aisha Brock was also in double-figures with 12 points off the bench.

St. Francis struggled offensively to open the game, the Flash started 0-for-10 from the field before Taylor knocked down a 3-pointer 4 minutes into the game.

The Bulls took a 21-4 lead with under 12 minutes to play in the first half while the Red Flash’s offense struggled.



HOCKEY

PSU to open

Big Ten play


STATE COLLEGE – The Penn State men’s hockey team will play its first Big Ten games in program history when it travels to Madison, Wis., for a two-game series against No. 17 Wisconsin on Friday and Saturday.

Friday’s opener begins at 8 p.m., while Saturday’s face-off is at 9 p.m.

Both games will broadcast live on FOX Sports Wisconsin and BTN2Go.com.

 

SOCCER

2 Flash players receive honors


KANSAS CITY, Kan. – For the fourth straight year St. Francis women’s soccer is well-represented at the regional awards level.

Seniors Tesa McKibben and Alecia McNiff have been named to 2013 NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women’s All-Northeast Region teams.

McKibben earned a first-team selection, and McNiff was on the second-team pick on the list announced Wednesday.

Every year since 2010, the Red Flash have placed at least two student-athletes to postseason NSCAA All-Region teams.

St. Francis won its third consecutive Northeast Conference regular season title and its second NEC Tournament title in 2013. The Flash also earned its second berth in the NCAA Women’s College Cup Tournament this season.