Dupuis may be out for season
RALEIGH, N.C. – Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma says top-line forward Pascal Dupuis could miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Bylsma said Friday after the team’s game-day skate that Dupuis will have surgery “in a couple of weeks” to repair his anterior cruciate ligament.
Bylsma says he has no timetable for Dupuis’ return and it’s “likely that it might” end his season.
Dupuis hurt his right knee in a loss at Ottawa on Monday when Senators defenseman Marc Methot hit Sidney Crosby, sending him into Dupuis.
He has seven goals and 13 assists in 39 games. Joe Vitalie will replace him on the top line.
Berlin puts nine in semifinals
NEW BETHLEHEM – Berlin Brothersvalley advanced nine wrestlers to the semifinals of the 44th Annual Redbank Valley Wrestling Christmas Tournament.
The Mountaineers had four top-seeded wrestlers – Braden Fochtman (145 pounds), Taylor Cahill (152), Bryce Fochtman (160), Trevor Moore (170) – in the 12-team tournament and each advanced.
Berlin also has Kyle Boyce (106), Joe Swank (120), Shane Pepper (182), Toby Cahill (195) and Anthony Collins (285) in the semifinals, which begin at 10 this morning.
The Mountaineers’ Tommy DeArmitt went 3-0 at 113 pounds – the only round-robin bracket in the tournament – and can win the title with two wins today.
Buttry in semis at POWERade
CANONSBURG – Chestnut Ridge’s Austin Buttry won two matches on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the prestigious POWERade tournament at Canon-McMillan High School.
The 285-pounder received a first-round bye, then pinned Chris Pauley of Bethel Park in the second round.
He beat Nigale Cabell of Huntington (W.Va.) 3-1 in the quarterfinals.
Buttry’s task won’t get any easier as he faces three-time PIAA champion Thomas Haines of Solanco in the semifinal round, which begins at 11:30 this morning.
Westmont Hilltop’s Logan Blackburn reached the 113-pound quarterfinals but lost 8-3 to Brookville’s Taylor Ortz in the tournament, which is ranked as the toughest in Pennsylvania and third-best in the nation.
Brown, Polamalu Pro Bowl picks
HONOLULU – Kansas City and San Francisco will have plenty of clout in Honolulu if they don’t make it to New Jersey for the Super Bowl.
The NFL revealed Friday that the Chiefs and 49ers each had eight players voted into the Pro Bowl, including running backs Jamaal Charles of Kansas City and Frank Gore of San Francisco.
Steelers MVP Antonio Brown and strong safety Troy Polamalu were also chosen.
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning was selected to his 13th Pro Bowl after garnering the most votes among fans, 1.43 million. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees was second among fans with 1.2 million votes.
The NFL combines votes from fans, players and coaches to determine 86 of 88 Pro Bowl players. Voting ended Thursday.
NFL greats Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders will divvy up the players in a two-day draft before the Jan. 26 game.
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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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