The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

December 27, 2013

Local sports in brief 12/28/2013


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.