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April 19, 2013

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JOHNSTOWN — Hockey

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.

Basketball

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.

Volleyball

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.

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