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.