UPJ women get first win
Vienna, W.Va. – Jackie Becerra scored the lone goal of the match early in the second half to lead Pitt-Johnstown to a 1-0 nonconference victory over Ohio Valley Wednesday afternoon.
Coach Rachel Smith earned her first career victory and the Lady Cats improved to 1-15-0.
Becerra finished a header from Karley Staffen’s corner kick three minutes into the second half.
Timi Shiock made one save and earned the win in goal for Pitt-Johnstown.
The Lady Cats will celebrate Senior Day and close out the season with a PSAC match against Seton Hill on Saturday at
2:30 p.m. at the Pitt-Johnstown Soccer Field.
UPJ picked 8th, IUP 3rd
The Pitt-Johnstown women’s basketball team is picked to finish eighth in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Western Division this season.
With six key returnees, IUP is tabbed to finish third. IUP junior Lindsay Stamp took preseason All-PSAC West honors.
The 2013-14 PSAC preseason basketball poll was released on Wednesday. UPJ and Seton Hill are first-year members of the conference.
Millersville University (East) and Gannon (West) have been picked to win their respective divisions according to a PSAC women’s basketball preseason poll conducted among league coaches.
SFU’s Williams up for award
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – St. Francis senior forward Alli Williams is among 30 candidates for the 2013-14 women’s basketball Senior CLASS Award. Student-athletes eligible for the award must be an NCAA Division I senior while excelling in four areas – community, classroom, character and competition.
An Altoona native and Bishop Guilfoyle graduate, Williams led the Red Flash in scoring, rebounding, and steals in 2012-13, and was fourth in the nation in double-doubles with 24.
Off the court, Williams is pursuing a degree in occupational therapy and last year she was named a Capital One Academic All-America candidate.
The Senior CLASS Award winners will be announced during the 2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four and NCAA Women’s Final Four.
UPJ men picked 5th, IUP 1st
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division coaches picked Pitt-Johnstown to finish fifth, according to the preseason poll.
Coach Bob Rukavina’s Mountain Cats will begin their first season in the PSAC and compete in the Western Division.
Defending PSAC champion IUP was picked to win the Western Division, while West Chester was selected to win the Eastern Division.
Gleasons win enduro race
ALTON, Va. – Johnstown’s Chris Gleason and his two sons, Chris Gleason Jr. of Wayne and Kevin Gleason of Johnstown, drove a Mazda MX-5 to victory in the “Charge of the Headlight Brigade,” a 13-hour endurance race hosted by the North Carolina Region of the Sports Car Club of America.
The event was held at Virginia International Raceway, a 3.27-mile road course.
The race began at 9:15 a.m. and concluded at
10:15 p.m. Saturday.
“We had to change the transmission around halfway, and at that point I thought it was over for us,” Chris Gleason said.
“Our car was fielded by the Atlanta Motorsports Group, and they have a lot of experience in this kind of racing.
“They won at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill last year. Anyway, they changed the transmission in 12 minutes.
“Kevin did the last three hours of the race and he was able to close the deal.
“Winning a race with your sons is really special,” added Gleason, who was inducted into the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.
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.
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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.
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