Shubik lands Rutgers position
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – North Star High School graduate Monte Shubik has accepted a position as Rutgers University men’s basketball program’s director of player services.
The Stoystown native had spent the past 10 seasons working for the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA. He was the Sixers’ assistant coach/video coordinator.
Shubik, 33, worked 10 seasons with the 76ers and was promoted to an assistant coach position last season.
IUP women’s assistants hired
INDIANA – The IUP women's basketball program hired Rebecca Tillett and Ryenn Micaletti as assistant coaches.
They're the first two hires of Tom McConnell, the former St. Francis University men’s basketball coach who was named the IUP women’s head coach last month.
Penguins sign free agent
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed restricted free agent Dustin Jeffrey to a one-year contract.
The deal, worth $625,000, gives the Penguins added depth after losing veterans Brenden Morrow, Jarome Iginla and Matt Cooke in free agency. The 25-year-old Jeffrey had three goals and three assists for the Penguins during the 2013 season. Jeffrey has played in just 50 NHL games since tearing the ACL in his right knee in March, 2011.
The signing leaves the Penguins with just one restricted free agent on the roster, Robert Bortuzzo. Bortuzzo is eligible for arbitration. He played in 15 games last season, with two goals and two assists.
Richland will host clinics
A series of lacrosse clinics will be held at Richland High School’s Herlinger Field on four dates this month and in August.
The clinics will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on July 24 and 31, and August 7 and 14.
Athletes age 11 to 17 may participate. Players must bring a helmet and gloves to the clinics. Sticks will be provided, though players are permitted to bring their own sticks.
Cost is $25. For more information, call East Hills Recreation at 269-0303, or stop at EHR and ask for Jim Miliauskas or Drew Civis.
Sign-ups will be held through July 23.
Big East honors two from area
Bishop Carroll graduate Steve Greene and Bishop McCort graduate Zach Rugg each were named to the 2012 Big East All-Academic Team as part of the University of Connecticut NCAA Division I program.
Greene will be a redshirt senior at UConn. He started 20 games over the past two seasons and is part of a Huskies offensive line that returns all five starters from the final four games of 2012. Greene is expected to play left guard after starting at that positon all 12 games last season.
The 6-foot-5, 308-pound Greene was a two-time Associated Press Class A first team all-state selection at Bishop Carroll. He also was a Tribune-Democrat first team selection.
Rugg will be a redshirt freshman this season after joining the Huskies program last season as a redshirt.
Rugg made 72 tackles as a senior at McCort and was an all-state selection and a Tribune-Democrat all-area team member.
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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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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