Mountain Cats split
pair with Seton Hill
Jake Warner collectred five hits and drove in four runs, and Derek Younker tossed a complete game to lead Pitt-Johnstown to a 13-7 win over Seton Hill in the opener of a Friday doubleheader at Point Stadium.
The Griffins earned the split with an 8-0 win in the nightcap. Pitt-Johnstown is now 15-9 overall and 7-7 in conference play.
In the opener, the Mountain Cats erased a 3-0 deficit with five runs in the third inning before breaking it open with five more runs in the sixth to seal the win.
Warner was 5-for-5 with a double, triple and four RBI, and Drew Ebersole added three hits, including a solo home run and three RBI to lead a 19-hit Pitt-Johnstown attack. Mike Palkovitz had three hits and drove in a pair, and Sam Barbera had three hits and scored three runs. The Mountain Cats also got two hits from Jeff Campbell and three RBI from Zach Vignero.
Younker improved to 4-2 after allowing seven runs (one unearned) on 13 hits in the complete-game effort. Younker also fanned five and walked just one.
In Game 2, Seton Hill left-hander Alex Haines held Pitt-Johnstown to just three hits and struckout eight in the 8-0 win.
Vignero collected two hits and Kyle Morrow accounted for the only other Mountain Cat base hit.
The Mountain Cats conclude the three-game WVIAC Northern Division series against Seton Hill University with a nine-inning game at 1 p.m. today at Point Stadium.
Bishop McCort freshmen
earn PIHL crown
PITTSBURGH – The Bishop McCort freshmen team defeated Plum 5-1 to claim the PIHL Tournament title on Thursday night at Robert Morris University Island Sports Complex.
The Crushers are 19-0.
Anthony Formica had a pair of goals for the Crushers. Zachary Goins tallied a goal and an assist. Richard Phillips and Tristan Mock also had goals for McCort.
McCort goaltender Boston Bradley made 26 saves on 27 Plum shots on goal.
The Crushers outshot Plum 33-27.
ECHL honors former Johnstown Chiefs captain
Former Johnstown Chiefs captain Randy Rowe received the ECHL’s Sportsmanship Award for the 2012-13 season on Friday.
Rowe now plays for the Toledo Walleye. ECHL coaches, broadcasters, media relations directors and media members vote on the award which spotlights the player who has exhibited the best sportsmanship combined with a high standard of playing ability. Rowe played for Johnstown from 2005 through 2009, scoring 79 goals and 180 points in 170 regular-season games with the Chiefs.
This season, Rowe has 28 points, including 13 goals in 60 games, while being assessed only 19 minutes in penalties. Over the course of his 12-year ECHL career, Rowe has never had more than 38 penalty minutes in a season.
Earlier this season, the Burford, Ontario native became just the seventh player in the 25-year history of the ECHL to reach the 600 games played plateau. Rowe ranks 14th in ECHL history with 235 goals and is tied for 18th all-time with 532 points. He has played in 621 career ECHL games with Peoria, Johnstown, Charlotte, Trenton and Toledo, and was named Most Valuable Player of the 2004 All-Star Game in Peoria.
Sitting Bulls place second in National Disabled Hockey
The Sitting Bulls disabled sled hockey team recently finished second in the USA Hockey National Disabled Hockey Festival in Philadelphia.
The Sitting Bulls were in youth division B and competed against teams from Washington D.C., Nashville, Tenn., Chicago, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin.
The Sitting bulls had goals by Ethan Buchkovich (six goals, one hat trick); Nicholas Booth (10 goals, one hat trick); Cameron Nellis (three goals); Russ White (one goal); Zach Popelish (one goal).
Goaltender Brady Blough had a shutout against the Nashville Sled Preds.
Sled hockey is a sport that allows youth with physical disabilities to play competitively. The players sit on specially designed sleds and use two sticks with picks to propel themselves down the ice. Sitting Bulls sled hockey is in its fifth year. The Sitting Bulls practice weekly at Planet ice with players from Cambria, Bedford, Somerset, and Indiana counties.
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.
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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