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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Bishop Carroll boys continue in playoffs
Bishop Carroll trailed just once on Friday in its PIAA Class A first-round contest against Clarion-Limestone at Richland High School.
After that early 3-0 deficit, the Huskies never looked back rolling to a dominating 81-42 victory over the Lions.
North Catholic rolls over Berlin in Class A
Berlin Brothersvalley had a hot start and an uptempo finish in the PIAA Class A boys’ basketball playoffs on Friday night at Pitt-Johnstown.
But Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic rode 6-foot-9 senior center Dominic Robb inside, and used an 11-0 spurt to open the third quarter to pull away in a 56-44 victory at the Sports Center.
Somerset eliminated from Class AAA tourney
Lancaster Mennonite unleashed its offensive arsenal against Somerset on Friday night in first-round PIAA Class AAA basketball tournament action at Richland High School.
The second and fourth quarters were the downfall for the Golden Eagles who fell behind in the second and could never quite get back on track, falling 70-44.
Richland rolling forward
Richland High’s boys’ basketball team made history last weekend. Now, the Rams want to add a few more details to this memorable story.
Coach Greg Burke’s team won the program’s first District 6 boys’ basketball title since 1975 in convincing fashion over Central on March 1.
Tomahawks lose shutout
The adage – as Johnstown Tomahawks coach Jason Spence affirmed after his squad’s 2-0 loss to the Janesville Jets on Friday at Cambria County War Memorial Arena – is that you can’t win if you don’t score.
While the Tomahawks came up short on the scoreboard, they weren’t short on chances.
McCutchen leads Pirates offense in loss to Twins
Andrew McCutchen homered, doubled and singled Friday for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 6-5 loss to the Minnesota Twins.
McCutchen went 3 for 3, scored twice and drove in two runs. The reigning NL MVP is 8 for 11 in four games this spring.
Richland wrestler reaches PIAA title match
Nico Pecora gave the area its second state finalist at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships tonight.
Bedford wrestler reaches state championship match
Bedford will have a state finalist for the second consecutive season, but it will not be the same one.
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