Tomahawks open Sept. 18
The Johnstown Tomahawks have released their schedule for the 11th annual NAHL Showcase Tournament, which will be held Sept.
18-22 at the Schwan Super Rink in Blaine, Minn.
The Tomahawks will open their season with four regular-season games in four days at the Showcase against teams from the South and Central Divisions. The team has not yet released the remainder of its schedule.
The Tomahawks will open the Showcase Sept. 18 with a 9:15 p.m. game against the Amarillo Bulls. On Sept. 19, they will face off at 5:30 p.m. against the Topeka Roadrunners. On Sept. 20, they will play at 11:30 a.m. against the Aberdeen Wings, and at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 21 they will meet the Bismarck Bobcats.
Johnstown was 1-2-1 in last year’s Showcase.
Walker on DL, Harrison up
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed second baseman Neil Walker on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his right side and recalled infielder Josh Harrison from Triple-A Indianapolis.
Walker is hitting .244 with six home runs and 26 RBIs in 72 games this season for the Pirates, but hasn’t played since experiencing pain in his right side while swinging in a loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. Manager Clint Hurdle says the switch-hitting Walker cannot swing left-handed without difficulty.
Harrison is 2 for 13 in 12 games with the Pirates this season. He is thriving at Indianapolis, where he is hitting .317 with four home runs and 34 RBI in 64 games.
8 from area on All-State teams
Eight area players have been selected to the 2013 Pennsylvania High School Baseball Coaches Association All-State Team including five on the first teams in their respective classifications.
In Class A, North Star senior pitcher Brantley Rice and senior outfielder Tony Strasiser were first-team selections along with Bishop McCort first baseman Luke Williams. Senior middle infielder Adam Polites of Northern Cambria was a first teamer in Class AA and Somerset’s senior third baseman Drew Hemminger was on the first team in Class AAA.
The Crimson Crushers also had two players on the second team in Class A, junior pitcher Nathan Neiderhiser and junior middle infielder/pitcher Brad Coleman. Conemaugh Township senior middle infielder Dillon Boyer was also a second-team selection in Class A.
- Quartet of area wrestlers move on to PIAA semifinals
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.
Moving on up | Nine grapplers advance to AA quarterfinals
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.
Icecats on way to national tournament
The Pitt-Johnstown hockey team needed to overcome some long odds to advance to the ACHA Men’s Division III national championship tournament in Coral Springs, Fla. next week.
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