Crushers take title in 6-AA
STATE COLLEGE – Bishop McCort captured the team title and the Crushers’ Kayla Orr was the individual runner-up in the District 6 Class AA Girls Golf Championship, which concluded Thursday on the Penn State University White Course.
McCort finished with a two-round 842 (420-422) to win the title. Forest Hills finished second at 922 (480-442).
St. Joseph’s Kinsley Bonfilio was the individual champion with a two-round 171, seven strokes better than Orr’s 178.
Cambria Heights’ Morgan Spaid won by one stroke on the first playoff hole against Penn Cambria’s Madison Krug to take the third place spot.
Each golfer had shot a 189.
The top three placewinners advance to regional play.
Westmont Hilltop’s Angela Mosbrucker placed fifth at 199.
State College won in 6-AAA with a 711 total. State College’s Jessalyn Holdcroft shot a 163 to win individual honors in 6-AAA.
Somerset meets Windber in final
Top-seeded Somerset defeated Bedford 4-1, and No. 2 seeded Windber beat No. 3 Chestnut Ridge 5-0 in the District 5 girls tennis team championship tournament.
Somerset and host Windber meet at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 in the title match.
Penn State opens today
STATE COLLEGE – Penn State is about to drop the puck on Division I hockey.
The Nittany Lions’ debut as a major college program arrives today when American International visits Greenberg Ice Pavilion.
Penn State had a varsity team from 1940 to 1947 before dropping the sport.
The school picked up hockey again in 1971 as a club sport and Penn State turned into one of the top programs in the nation at that level.
Energy company executive Terry Pegula sparked the move to Division I after a donation in 2010 that eventually grew to $102 million, the largest private gift in Penn State history.
The gift funded the men’s program and a new hockey arena scheduled to open next season in time for the inaugural season of Big Ten hockey.
The school also elevated the successful women’s club program to Division I status. Both teams will play at the new Pegula Ice Arena.
“There are so many moving parts and it takes so much work,” men’s coach Guy Gadowsky said this week. “There are a lot of challenges behind the scenes for sure, when you talk about building the foundation ... It’s like a garden – you can’t ignore it.”
The Nittany Lions will spend their first year in Division I as an independent before moving to Big Ten play in 2013.
CWD found in Adams County
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has confirmed the first positive case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the state on a deer farm in Adams County.
The disease is fatal in deer, elk and moose, but there is no evidence that CWD can be transmitted to humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The World Health Organization.
The positive sample was taken from a white-tailed deer at in New Oxford, and tested as part of Pennsylvania’s intensive CWD monitoring efforts.
In addition to the Adams County location, the department has quarantined two farms directly associated with the positive deer in Lycoming and York counties.
Richland's Pecora is one of two local wrestlers in state finals
It has never been easy for Nico Pecora to just be himself on the wrestling mat.
He’s always been the son of legendary Pitt-Johnstown coach Pat Pecora. And the younger brother of standout Marco Pecora.
Bengals make low offer to Hawkins
Johnstown’s Andrew Hawkins grew up with the Cincinnati Bengals while following his older brother Artrell Hawkins Jr.’s NFL career.
The younger Hawkins could see himself wearing a Bengals uniform and playing wide receiver in Cincinnati for years to come. But the Bishop McCort High School graduate knows the business side of the NFL sometimes gets in the way of the storybook ending.
Second place little consolation to contenders
Perspective can be a tricky thing in athletics.
Just ask Richland’s Nico Pecora and Bedford’s Jon Gabriel.
PIAA wrestling notebook: Murin not pleased with fifth place
Max Murin won the first 36 matches of his varsity career.
But the Central Cambria freshman was disappointed after he dropped two consecutive bouts on Friday night at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin girls avenge earlier loss to Portage
Berlin Brothersvalley was highly motivated to play Portage on Saturday in their PIAA Class A girls’ first-round basketball matchup at Central Cambria High School.
The Mountaineers, who lost at Portage earlier in the season, held the Mustangs to a single basket in the first half on 1 of 21 shooting Saturday and went on to a 59-42 victory.
Shade girls nip Bishop Carroll
Alexis Meck isn’t the first name that comes to mind when the Shade girls’ basketball team is the topic.
On Saturday, her name was the last in the scorebook as the Panthers edged Bishop Carroll 56-54 in a PIAA Class A first-round game at Pitt-Johnstown’s Sports Center.
Conemaugh Township eliminated
After weathering Summit Academy’s first-half dominance and using the third quarter as a springboard to their first lead of Saturday’s PIAA Class AA boys first-round game, it appeared that District 5 champion Conemaugh Township had solved the Knights.
At the very least, the Indians had frustrated them.
Quaker Valley trips Richland in OT
There were just two shots taken in the overtime on Saturday in the first-round PIAA Class AA boys’ basketball game between Quaker Valley and Richland.
The Quakers had both shots including the game-winner by Winter Fondi with time winding down in a 42-40 victory over the Rams in a nailbiter.
Tomahawks drop key decision
Just two weeks ago, the Johnstown Tomahawks had earned points in five straight games, with four victories during that span.
Not so long ago, Johnstown had moved into a tie for second place in the NAHL North Division.
Pitt slips past Clemson in OT
Lamar Patterson had a career-high 30 points, including a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left, as Pittsburgh overcome a five-point deficit in the final seconds of regulation and beat Clemson 83-78 in overtime Saturday.
Patterson’s 3 with 3 seconds left cut the Tigers’ lead to 67-65.
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