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.
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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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