Reserves leaving Nittany Lions
STATE COLLEGE – Two little-used reserves are leaving the Penn State basketball program.
The team announced Wednesday that sophomore forward Patrick Ackerman and freshman guard Akosa Maduegbunam were granted releases to transfer after completing the spring semester.
The departures create one scholarship roster opening for the Nittany Lions, who finished 10-21 and last in the Big Ten (2-16) in Patrick Chambers’ second year on the bench.
Chambers, in his first full recruiting cycle, signed a respectable four-player high school class arriving in the fall highlighted by guard Geno Thorpe out of Pittsburgh.
Also, senior point guard Tim Frazier is expected to return after missing all but four games this year because of a left Achilles injury, while guard John Johnson will be eligible in December after transferring from the University of Pittsburgh.
Red Flash open season Sept. 7
LORETTO – St. Francis will open its football season Sept. 7 at Georgia Southern, a team that reached the semifinals of the FCS playoffs last season before losing 23-20 to top-ranked North Dakota State.
The Red Flash travel to James Mason on Sept. 14, then play host to Lincoln in the Sept. 21 home opener.
Fordham visits DeGol Field on Sept. 28 to renew a rivalry last played in 1948, and the Flash open their NEC conference schedule on the road Oct. 5 at Central Connecticut. They are at home the following week against Monmouth, which has left the NEC for the MAAC.
After a bye week, St. Francis will host Sacred Heart Oct. 26, then play back-to-back road games
Nov. 2 at Duquesne and Nov. 9 at Bryant.
The final home stand is a Nov. 16 game with NEC champion Wagner and a Nov. 23 season wrapup against Robert Morris.
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Sitting Bulls bring home national sled hockey title
The Johnstown Sitting Bulls disabled sled hockey team recently won a national championship.
The team, comprised of disabled athletes from Cambria, Somerset, Indiana, Bedford and Blair counties, finished first in the Youth B Division at the USA Hockey National Disabled Hockey Festival held April 11-13 in Marlborough, Mass.
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