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.
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Penguins shut out Capitals
Marc-Andre Fleury made 32 saves for his fifth shutout of the season, leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a 2-0 victory over the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.
Jussi Jokinen and Sidney Crosby scored for the Penguins, who swept the teams’ home-and-series one night after beating the Capitals 3-2 in Washington.
Bishop Carroll slips past Monessen
Just when things looked the bleakest for the Bishop Carroll boys’ basketball team on Tuesday night, the Huskies went on a 22-0 run keyed by Nik Suckinos from 3-point range and held on for a 69-65 victory over Monessen in second round PIAA Tournament action at Gateway High School.
“I was trying to be a spark off the bench,” said the junior forward, who finished with 14 points. “It was a big game and when I went in, I really focused on hitting my shots. Shots were falling. It was a good night.”
Berlin girls playing in PIAA rematch
It’s deja vu for the Berlin Brothersvalley girls basketball team.
The Mountaineers (22-4) will play District 7 champion Vincentian Academy in PIAA Class A second-round action at 8 p.m. tonight at Hempfield High School.
Shade taking hopes on the road
The Shade girls’ basketball team is looking at its two-plus hour road trip to Big Spring High School in Newville today as a twist of good fate.
The Panthers will take on Halifax in a 7 p.m. Class A contest in the second round of the PIAA Tournament.
Steelers’ Woodley victim of salary cap
The Pittsburgh Steelers released linebacker LaMarr Woodley on Tuesday, with a post-June 1 designation to save money under the salary cap and signed free agent safety Mike Mitchell from the Carolina Panthers.
Mitchell first announced on Twitter that he has signed with the Steelers and his agent Brian Hamilton confirmed the signing to The Associated Press.
Hawkins signed to offer sheet
On the first day of free agency, Cleveland signed Cincinnati wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, a restricted free agent, to an offer sheet. The Bengals have five days to match the contract or Hawkins will join the Browns, who need a replacement at slot receiver after releasing troubled veteran Davone Bess.
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