Westmont wins rivalry game
Westmont Hilltop got goals from four different players on Monday night to defeat city rival Bishop McCort 4-1 in PIHL action at Cambria County War Memorial Arena.
Brandon Leech, Brian Yost, Zak Nedwreski and J.J. Cavrak scored for the Hilltoppers, who outshot Bishop McCort 39-12. Leech and Cavrak each added an assist for Westmont, which also got assists from T.J. Smith and Liam Moran.
A.J. Papcunik scored the Crushers’ goal and was assisted by Ryan Siwy.
The teams had a combined 11 penalties for 30 minutes in the third period.
UPJ splits doubleheader
to open season
INSTITUTE, W.Va. - Pitt-Johnstown opened the season Monday, splitting a doubleheader against West Virginia State.
The Mountain Cats came from behind to win the opener 12-8 and fell 7-4 in the second game.
Kyle Morrow homered and Jeff Campbell drove in three runs in Game 1. Kody Reighard got the win, allowing three unearned runs in relief of starter John Fees.
In the second game, Zach Vignero and Nate Pope had two RBIs apiece while Jake Warner and Morrow had two hits each.
Yellow Jackets’ coach Calvin Bailey picked up his 1,000 victory with his team’s win in the second game. Bailey is just the seventh coach in NCAA Division II history to reach the milestone.
UPJ has its home opener, a doubleheader at the Point, on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Clarion.
Mount Aloysius falls in opener
SHENANDOAH, Va. - Mount Aloysius dropped its season opener 14-7 to host Shenandoah University, which is ranked No. 23 in NCAA Division III.
For the Mounties, Aaron Kovach was 3 for 4 with four RBIs. Ian Helsel was 2 for 3, scored two and drove in two while Pat Gully and Cory Dick were both 2 for 4, with Gully scoring twice and Dick scoring once.
Johnstown skaters win five medals in Ohio meet
Kathy Frombach Miller of Johnstown and her daughter, Karissa Jean, won five medals at the recent Youngstown (Ohio) meet.
Miller won the gold medal in the Classic A women’s and Premier Gold categories.
Karissa Jean claimed the gold in the Juvenile girls category, the silver in the Juvenile B event and the bronze in the Juvenile solo dance division.
The pair are coached by Phyllis Frombach and Linda Miner of the Valley Skating Center in Donora.
Kathy Frombach Miller is a member of the Cambria County Sports Hall of Fame.
Clarion’s Ward wins pair of races at PSAC championships
MECHANICSBURG - Clarion University senior Joe Ward won the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle in the 55th PSAC championships at Cumberland Valley High School.
Ward, a Westmont Hilltop graduate, also finished second in the 200 freestyle as the Golden Eagles finished third as a team with 452 points behind West Chester (811) and Bloomsburg (482).
Penn Highlands secures
home WPCC playoff berth
BUTLER - Penn Highlands had five players score in double figures as the Black Bears defeated host Butler Community College 92-74 on Monday, securing the third seed in the upcoming WPCC playoffs.
Jordan Swagger scored 21 points to lead the way for the Black Bears (12-9), who will host a team to be determined at 6 p.m. Friday at the East Hills court.
Grant Speigle provided 17 points and nine assists for Penn Highlands, which also got 14 points from Rashaud Kelley, 12 from Jermaine Graves and 11 from Zane Hahner.
St. Francis drops decision
at Sacred Heart
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Sacred Heart used a 22-point effort from Gabriell Washington to take down the St. Francis women’s, 81-56, at the William H. Pitt Center on Monday night.
The Red Flash (13-12, 8-6) were led by Alli Williams who posted a 10-point, 11-rebound night for her 19th double-double of the season. The Pioneers (18-7, 10-3) saw four players register double-digit points to earn their ninth consecutive win. SHU shot 50 percent from the field in the game.
Rebecca Keegan was the team leader with 12 points, which tied a career high for the junior center.
Hailey Carangelo scored eight points off the bench for the Red Flash, one shy of tying her season high.
St. Francis will return home to to take on Monmouth at 4 p.m. Saturday.
High School Girls
JCS ends year with victory
HOLLSOPPLE - Johnstown Christian ended the season on a winning note with a 53-38 victory over visiting Belleville Mennonite on Monday.
Samantha Haynes scored 16 points and Lindsay Najjar added 12 to lead the Blue Jays (5-17).
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
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