The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

April 28, 2014

Local sports in brief 4/29/2014


Bedford player wins tournament

Sebastian Jean-Aluja of Bedford won Monday’s District 5 Class AA boys singles tournament.

Jean-Aluja defeated Brandon Statler of Windber 6-1, 6-1 in the finals.

In the quarterfinals, Jean-Aluja downed Tussey Mountain’s John Clark 10-3 while Statler dispatched Somerset’s Jim Devries 10-1.

Jean-Aluja held off Somerset’s Tammaso Demozzi 10-6 in the semifinals while Statler defeated the Titans Iacapo Ricci 10-3.

The District 5 champion will advance to the PIAA Championships to face the District 3-3 player on May 23-24 at the Hershey Racquet Club in Hershey.

Tussey, Guilfoyle are top seeds

The District 5 Class AA team tournament opens on Wednesday while District 6 begins next Monday.

Top-seeded Tussey Mountain plays host to No. 4 Windber while third-seeded Somerset is at No. 2 Bedford at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The winners of the opening matches will meet for the championship at 3 p.m. Thursday at Tussey Mountain.

In District 6, top-seeded Bishop Guilfoyle has a first-round bye. On May 5 at 4 p.m., No. 6 Bishop McCort is at third-seeded Central Cambria and No. 5 Westmont Hilltop is at No. 4 Richland. The other pairing has No. 7 Huntingdon at second-seeded Juniata at 3:30.

The semifinals will be on May 6 with the championship on May 7 at the site of the highest remaining seed.


Point game will benefit charity

Bishop McCort and Greater Johnstown will use their Point Stadium doubleheader on May 7 to raise money for the American Center Society in honor of cancer survivor Jeremy Adams, a senior on the Crushers baseball team.

The Strike Out Cancer City Game  event will begin with Game 1 at 4:30 p.m.. Game 2 is to follow at 7 p.m. at the Point.

Strike Out Cancer T-shirts will be sold for $10 with all proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society in Adams’ honor. Information: Stephanie Paratore at 536-8991 during normal school hours today.

PSAC honors UPJ hurler

Pitt-Johnstown senior right-hander John Fees was named the PSAC West Co-Pitcher of the Week by the conference office on Monday after holding Gannon University to just three hits in a 9-0 shutout victory on Saturday. 

Fees also walked two and fanned seven to help Pitt-Johnstown clinch a berth in this week's PSAC tournament in Butler.

A Cambria Heights High School graduate, Fees shares this week's award with Mercyhurst's Jon Klein, who tossed his first complete-game shutout of the season with a one-hitter against Slippery Rock.

Rain washes out Curve road game

ERIE – Monday’s Eastern League game between the Altoona Curve and host Erie SeaWolves was postponed due to inclement weather.

The two teams will make up the game on Wednesday with a doubleheader at the same scheduled start time of 11:05 a.m. in Erie.

This is the fifth postponed game of the season for the Curve, who have played a total of 21 games.

 Altoona (10-11) and Erie (9-12) will now meet in the first game of the series at 6:35 p.m. tonight.



Area players do well on road trip

AKRON, Ohio – A team comprised of Johnstown-area scholastic basketball players fared well in the 16-year-old division of the King James Shooting Stars Classic AAU event in Akron, Ohio, last weekend.

The team is coached by former area standout players Paul Byer and Ryan Durham, who is president of the Johnstown-based Winner Circle Basketball Academy.

Durham listed the players on the team as: Forest Hills’ Jordan Schrock and Eric Kudlawiec; Somerset’s Dylan Barnes; Greater Johnstown’s Kevin Brandon, William Robinson, Mike Kearse and Vantroy Godboat; Conemaugh Valley’s Jaden Mickens; and Ferndale’s RaKwon Hinton and Corey McCombie.

The 16-year-old team went 1-2 in pool play and advanced to the Bronze Division 10th Grade Black bracket and won three games.

The team faced opponents from Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee as well as a final-round game win over a squad from Philadelphia.


Ex-Pirate Bream in charity event

CRESSON – Former Pirates and Braves first baseman Sid Bream will appear at the 17th annual celebrity scholarship Tournament to benefit student scholarships at Mount Aloysius College.

The charity event will be held June 13th at the Summit Country Club in Cresson.

Bream was drafted in the second round in 1981 by the Los Angeles Dodgers.  He is remembered for scoring the winning run with a slide into home in 1992, beating the Pirates and sending the Braves to the World Series. Bream’s career included stops with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1983-1985); Pirates (1985-1990); Braves (1991-1993); and the Houston Astros (1994).

The Mount Aloysius College golf outing begins with breakfast and registration at 9 a.m. 

A shotgun start is scheduled for 10 a.m.  The format is a four person scramble, flighted by handicap. n outdoor steak barbeque and awards presentations caps the event.

Information: The Mount Aloysius College Office of Institutional Advancement at 886-6396.