Berlin clinches WestPAC title
PORTAGE – Berlin Brothersvalley captured the WestPAC wrestling championship with a 72-6 victory over Portage on Wednesday night.
The Mountaineers (11-1) got falls from Brody Moore, Shane Pepper and Braden Fochtman to go along with nine forfeit victories. Berlin, which is No. 16 in Class AA according to the latest edition of Off the Mat rankings, had already beaten Conemaugh Township, Meyersdale, North Star and Shade to sweep through the WestPAC.
“It’s a stepping stone for us,” said Mountaineers coach Jason Cornell, whose team also won the conference in 2012. “It’s one of the team goals we set at the beginning of the year, to get back and win the WestPAC championship.”
Pitt’s season starts Aug. 30
PITTSBURGH – A nationally televised visit by Virginia Tech and a season-ending trip to Miami highlight Pitt’s 2014 football schedule.
The Panthers, coming off a 7-6 season and a win over Bowling Green in the Little Caesar’s Pizza Bowl, open 2014 on Aug. 30 against Delaware. Road trips to Boston College and Florida International follow before Pitt returns home to host Iowa on Sept. 20 and Akron on Sept. 27.
Pitt plays at Virginia on Oct. 4 then welcomes Virginia Tech on Thursday, Oct. 16 to start a three-game homestand. Georgia Tech and Duke visit Heinz Field on Oct. 25 and Nov. 1. The Panthers play at North Carolina on Nov. 15, host Syracuse in the home finale on Nov. 22 and end the season at Miami on Nov. 29.
Lady Lions roll over Indiana
STATE COLLEGE – Maggie Lucas and Ariel Edwards each scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead No. 13 Penn State in a 65-52 victory over Indiana.
Penn State led 31-24 at the half after shooting 9 of 28 (32 percent) from the field. The Lady Lions improved their shooting to 38.5 percent by the end of the night – 3 of 9 from distance – but dominated under the basket with 24 more rebounds (54-30) than Indiana.
Tori Waldner tied her career-high with 11 points and Talia East added 13 with 11 boards for the Lady Lions (14-4, 5-1 Big Ten).
Indiana forced 21 turnovers in the competition, but shot 27.6 percent (16 of 58) from the floor. The Hoosiers (15-4, 2-4) made 9 of 30 attempts from 3-point range.
Gannon runs past UPJ men
ERIE – Gannon University used a quick 8-0 run midway through the second half to break open a four-point game in a 72-59 PSAC victory over the Mountain Cats on Wednesday night.
Ian Vescovi scored 19 points and pulled down six rebounds to lead Pitt-Johnstown, now 10-7 overall and 3-4 in the PSAC West. Bill Luther had 10 points for the Cats.
Gannon shot more than 60 percent from the field in the first half.
Lady Cats fall
in road game
ERIE – fifth-ranked Gannon University ran out to a 28-point halftime lead and rebounded from its first loss of the season by handing the UPJ women an 86-47 road PSAC loss.
Nicole Carman scored 11 points and Rachel Johnson added six points and a game-high eight rebounds for Pitt-Johnstown, which fell to 6-11 overall and 3-4 in the PSAC Western Division.
Morgan Neighbors led Gannon with 16 points.
The Golden Knights had five players reach double-digit scoring as Gannon improved to 18-1 overall and 7-1 in the PSAC West.
Richland's Pecora is one of two local wrestlers in state finals
It has never been easy for Nico Pecora to just be himself on the wrestling mat.
He’s always been the son of legendary Pitt-Johnstown coach Pat Pecora. And the younger brother of standout Marco Pecora.
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Bengals make low offer to Hawkins
Johnstown’s Andrew Hawkins grew up with the Cincinnati Bengals while following his older brother Artrell Hawkins Jr.’s NFL career.
The younger Hawkins could see himself wearing a Bengals uniform and playing wide receiver in Cincinnati for years to come. But the Bishop McCort High School graduate knows the business side of the NFL sometimes gets in the way of the storybook ending.
Second place little consolation to contenders
Perspective can be a tricky thing in athletics.
Just ask Richland’s Nico Pecora and Bedford’s Jon Gabriel.
PIAA wrestling notebook: Murin not pleased with fifth place
Max Murin won the first 36 matches of his varsity career.
But the Central Cambria freshman was disappointed after he dropped two consecutive bouts on Friday night at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin girls avenge earlier loss to Portage
Berlin Brothersvalley was highly motivated to play Portage on Saturday in their PIAA Class A girls’ first-round basketball matchup at Central Cambria High School.
The Mountaineers, who lost at Portage earlier in the season, held the Mustangs to a single basket in the first half on 1 of 21 shooting Saturday and went on to a 59-42 victory.
Shade girls nip Bishop Carroll
Alexis Meck isn’t the first name that comes to mind when the Shade girls’ basketball team is the topic.
On Saturday, her name was the last in the scorebook as the Panthers edged Bishop Carroll 56-54 in a PIAA Class A first-round game at Pitt-Johnstown’s Sports Center.
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