The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

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November 18, 2012

Local sports in brief 11/18/2012

JOHNSTOWN — FOOTBALL

Turkey Bowl

in 45th year

The 45th annual Turkey Bowl will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Point Stadium.

The tradition began years ago in the backyards of the Crooks and Dovey families as a game played before the annual Thanksgiving feast.

Eventually, the teams acquired names, the players uniforms and the game rules and officials. The game moved from the backyards to Price Field, Richland’s stadium and the Point.

A Million Dollar Turkey Bowl band debuted in the late 1970s, and cheerleaders and a concession stand appeared.

In 1972, the game became a charity event, and since then has been dedicated to raising money for the Ester Seals Society.

Although admission is free, donations have brought in nearly a half-million dollars.

That milestone is expected to be passed this year.

BASKETBALL

Novak has 27 as UPJ men fall

ATHENS, W.Va. – Nick Novak poured in a game-high 27 points to help Pitt-Johnstown claw back from a 14-point second-half deficit, but Concord did not surrender its lead and handed Pitt-Johnstown a 86-76 loss Saturday.

Novak had six rebounds and five assists. Bill Luther and Jordan Miller, who hit four 3-pointers, each had 18 points, while Ian Vescovi scored 10 points and yanked down five boards.

Lady Cats edged in season opener

ATHENS, W.Va. – Amanda Smith’s basket with 32 seconds to play lifted Concord to a 60-57 WVIAC victory over Pitt-Johnstown Saturday afternoon.

Kaitlynn Fratz poured in 21 points while Jasmine Harper added 14 in her collegiate debut.

Harper scored the Lady Cats' first four points, and Fratz hit a short jumper to give Pitt-Johnstown and early 8-5 lead.

Harper also grabbed seven rebounds, while Nicole Carman added six points and five rebounds.

Rachel Johnson grabbed a game-high nine rebounds for the Lady Cats.

CROSS COUNTRY

Spisak is 59th at NCAA meet

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Duquesne senior Jim Spisak completed his collegiate cross country career by placing 59th out of 245 runners with a time of 30:25 at the 2012 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships held Saturday in Louisville, Kent.

Spisak, who is the third Dukes runner in school history to qualify for the national meet, turned in the highest finish ever by a Duquesne runner at the event.

 

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