St. Francis loses road match
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – The St. Francis University women’s lacrosse team lost at Sacred Heart, 16-7, on Friday.
The Red Flash (4-12, 1-7) were outscored 9-3 by the Pioneers (5-9, 4-4) in the first half.
Sacred Heart opened the scoring in the first half just two minutes into the game. SFU answered back with a goal from Christina Fini three minutes later. The Pioneers then scored four unanswered goals to take a 5-1 lead with 16:50 to play in the period.
Lindsay Ingram netted her 13th goal of the season and Fini put another one on the board to put the Flash within 5-3 at the 11:30 mark. Sacred Heart responded with its second four-goal run of the first half and held a 9-3 lead at halftime.
The Pioneers extended its lead to eight with two quick goals to start the second half. Rebecca Meyer then scored her 22nd and 23rd goals of the season to put the Flash within six at 11-5 midway through the second half.
Katie Schaaf finished with five points to lead the Red Flash.
St. Francis charity game
set for Sunday
LORETTO – The St. Francis University softball team will hold its second Hitting for Hope charity game Sunday as it plays on LIU Brooklyn at noon.
This year's game is to support 4-year-old Drue Storm.
Storm was diagnosed with leukemia when he was 2. He has been fighting the disease since then and has just under two years of treatment remaining. T-shirts will be sold at the field for $12 and a home-run derby will follow the doubleheader. Fans can sign up for the home-run derby at the field for $10. All proceeds go to Storm as he continues his fight.
Greater Johnstown 3, Bishop Carroll 2: In Johnstown, Tara Bicko and Lexi Lindrose doubled for the Trojans. Bicko scored a run and Lindrose drove one in while teammate Amber Maurer went 3-for-3 with two doubles.
Sarah Gomish singled and hit a solo home run for the Huskies. Hayle Krug doubled and scored a run while Brooke Mento had two hits and an RBI.
Tomahawks honor three Forest Hills juniors
The Johnstown Tomahawks have announced that three Forest Hills High School juniors are the recipients of the Johnstown Tomahawks Foundation (JTF) Community Pride Award for April.
Lakin Stiffler, Keri Ondrejik and Brianna Neff earned the honor for their contributions to the Alternative Community Resource Program (ACRP) Autism Spectrum Disorders Unit.
The Rangers trio raised awareness and funds for autism in the past several months as part of their senior project for Forest Hills. In March, they partnered with the Tomahawks for “Spike Autism,” a volleyball charity game that featured the Forest Hills girls’ volleyball team playing against Tomahawks players to raise funds for the charity.
In early May, Stiffler, Ondrejik and Neff plan to present a check to ACRP for more than $4,800 raised during “Spike Autism” through ticket sales, sponsors, donations, Tomahawks “Cluck-a-Puck” and 50/50 sales, baked goods and donations from themed days at Forest Hills.
Artis signs with Pitt
PITTSBURGH – Jamel Artis signed a Natonal Letter of Intent to play basketball at Pitt on Friday, giving coach Jamie Dixon a three-member signing class for the 2013-14 season.
The 6-foot-7 Artis is a Baltimore native who attended Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., where he averaged 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists as a senior. Artis joins a recruiting class that includes Josh Newkirk of Raleigh, N.C. and McKeesport native Michael Young, who attended St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J.
Artis earned All-New England Prep School Athletic Conference honors and was a second team Class 2A all-state selection after guiding Notre Dame Prep to the National Prep Championship semifinals. Artis has been described as a tough, versatile performer who can rebound and create matchup problems.
St. Francis sweeps NJIT
LORETTO – The St. Francis men’s volleyball team earned its second win of the season over NJIT in straight sets, 25-23, 25-21, 25-21, on Friday evening.
The Red Flash (11-15, 6-7) posted 27 total blocks on the evening compared to eight for the Highlanders (7-20, 4-9).
“It was nice to win in three sets over NJIT, because they always give us a good battle and it could have gone five,” SFU coach Mike Rumbaugh said. “It was also nice to see Logan lead the team and back up his All-EIVA first team selection.”
A combined block by Adam Roche and Colin Sherwin gave SFU some momentum in the opening set as they took a one-point lead.
St. Francis was then able to take a three point lead at 19-16 after a kill from Logan Patterson.
Patterson, earned a spot on the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association first team honors earlier in the day, finished with 13 kills for the Flash, giving hm 337 for the season.
Patterson and Roche each posted seven blocks in the match. Sherwin led the team in digs with nine.
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.
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.
Conemaugh Township eliminated
After weathering Summit Academy’s first-half dominance and using the third quarter as a springboard to their first lead of Saturday’s PIAA Class AA boys first-round game, it appeared that District 5 champion Conemaugh Township had solved the Knights.
At the very least, the Indians had frustrated them.
Quaker Valley trips Richland in OT
There were just two shots taken in the overtime on Saturday in the first-round PIAA Class AA boys’ basketball game between Quaker Valley and Richland.
The Quakers had both shots including the game-winner by Winter Fondi with time winding down in a 42-40 victory over the Rams in a nailbiter.
Tomahawks drop key decision
Just two weeks ago, the Johnstown Tomahawks had earned points in five straight games, with four victories during that span.
Not so long ago, Johnstown had moved into a tie for second place in the NAHL North Division.
Pitt slips past Clemson in OT
Lamar Patterson had a career-high 30 points, including a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left, as Pittsburgh overcome a five-point deficit in the final seconds of regulation and beat Clemson 83-78 in overtime Saturday.
Patterson’s 3 with 3 seconds left cut the Tigers’ lead to 67-65.
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