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Lakin reaches assist milestone
Forest Hills High School senior Lakin Stiffler surpassed 1,000 assists for her varsity career during a match against visiting Hollidaysburg on Monday night.
Lakin needed only three assists entering the match and reached the milestone early in the first game of a five-game Rangers victory over the Golden Tigers.
She thanked her family, teammates, coaches and the Forest Hills fans for their support.
Forest Hills grad honored
Seton Hill women’s golfer Chelsea Sipes, a 2010 Forest Hills High School graduate, has been named PSAC Women’s Golfer of the Week for her performance in the Allegheny Invitational last weekend at the County Club of Meadville.
Sipes finished second among NCAA golfers, and third among a field of 44 competitors overall in the two-day event. The senior from Salix had a 162 with rounds of 79 and 83.
Seton Hill placed second as a team against NCAA competition. The University of Toronto placed first.
McCort product wins 10K race
PITTSBURGH - Former Bishop McCort and Duquesne University runner Jim Spisak won Saturday’s 10K open division race at the 36th running of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race.
Spisak, 22, finished in a time of 28:54 among the 10,000 runners registered for the event.
A record field of 15,500 runners and walkers took to the streets for this year’s race.
Slippery Rock beats UPJ men
Slippery Rock scored four first half goals and went on to deal the Pitt-Johnstown a 4-0 PSAC loss, Wednesday afternoon at the Pitt-Johnstown Soccer Field.
Zach Hall gave Slippery Rock a 1-0 lead four minutes into the match, before The Rock added additional goals in the 16th, 26th, and 36th minute to build a 4-0 halftime lead.
Chris Zier earned the shutout in net for Slippery Rock after making one save on five shots.
Tim Ofman took the loss for Pitt-Johnstown, surrendering four goals and making six saves.
With the loss Pitt-Johnstown fell to 2-7; Slippery Rock improved to 6-1-1.
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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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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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