Local boy wins two world titles
MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Six-year-old Bowen Bassett of Elton won the 49-pound titles in two different competitions at the North American Grappling Association World Championships on Sunday.
Bowen, who represented Cambria Martial Arts of South Fork, won the gi and no gi championships, defeating grapplers from New York, Florida and Russia along the way.
Grappling is a mixture of ju jitsu and wrestling and features submission holds as well as point scoring. The gi is a jacket-style uniform that can be used as part of the holds.
Bowen is the son of Karissa and Bill Bassett.
UPJ sweeps Lock Haven
Pitt-Johnstown improved to 24-17 with 18-7 and 10-2 victories over Lock Haven in a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday at Point Stadium.
Matt McGee belted a three-run home run and the Mountain Cats scored 11 runs over a two-inning span to break open a tie game in the opener. UPJ completed the sweep behind Matt McMillen’s four RBI in the nightcap.
The Mountain Cats broke open a 7-7 game with five runs in the fifth inning and six more in the sixth to coast to the Game 1 win.
John Fees earned the win after allowing seven runs on seven hits in five innings. Nate Plummer gave up two hits in two scoreless innings to close it out.
The Mountain Cats scored six runs in the bottom of the third inning and never looked back in Game 2. McMillen was 3-for-4 with a double and four RBI while Kyle Morrow had two hits and drove in two. Jake Warner, Zach Vignero, and McGee also had two hits apiece.
Kody Reighard improved to 3-0 after surrendering two runs on seven hits over the first six innings before Rylan Schnably tossed a scoreless seventh.
Lock Haven fell to 14-20.
Mount splits with Bradford
CRESSON – Mount Aloysius split a twin bill with Pitt-Bradford, 2-1 and 7-4.
Derrick Capiak struck out 10 and pitched a complete game to lead Mount Aloysius to a victory in the opening game. Ian Helsel drove in two runs and had a hit for the Mounties. Lucas Szymanski, Aaron Kovach, Corey Dick and Alex Martin also had hits.
Kovach ended the game when he threw out Pitt Bradford’s potential tying run at the plate trying to advance on a sacrifice fly.
In the second, game Pitt-Bradford erupted for four runs in the final inning to take a 7-2 lead. Mount Aloysius put together a comeback attempt in its final at bat, scoring a pair of runs and loading the bases, but ultimately fell short.
Martin had three hits and two RBI in the second game. Conner Bowie had two hits. Chris Nolan took the loss.
Mount Aloysius is 19-10.
Curve post win over Senators
HARRISBURG – Altoona’s Casey Sadler (3-0) again tied his career high by dealing seven innings of one-run ball to lead the Curve to a victory over the Harrisburg Senators, 4-1, in the series finale Sunday afternoon at Metro Bank Park.
The Stillwater, Okla. native struck out four and walked one while allowing only one run on four hits.
It’s the second straight start that Sadler has finished seven innings, and the sixth time overall in his career.
The game remained scoreless through the first three innings before first baseman Matt Curry blasted his second home run in as many days, a solo shot to left-center field in the fourth.
Bedford wrestler reaches state championship match
Bedford will have a state finalist for the second consecutive season, but it will not be the same one.
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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.
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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.
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