The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 19, 2013

Local sports in brief 4/20/2013

JOHNSTOWN — Lacrosse

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.

High School

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.