The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

October 30, 2013

Local sports in brief 10/31/2013


For The Tribune-Democrat

SOCCER

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.



BASKETBALL

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.



AUTO RACING

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.