Former softball standout dies
Local sports figure Jim “Moe” Molnar lost his eight-year battle with cancer on Thursday. He was 57.
Molnar had a standout career in the Johnstown Junior League before starring with Johnstown Johnnies fast-pitch softball team in the 1970s and 80s. Molnar also was a standout on the May Brothers championship teams in the Schellsburg Fast Pitch League.
He later guided the Johnstown Parochial Football League for more than 20 years, while coaching various teams at Central Catholic, Bishop McCort and Richland.
He is survived by his daughter, Brittany.
Young Guns hosting camp
Some of the nation’s top wrestlers and coaches will be at Pitt-Johnstown for a wrestling camp Monday through Aug. 2.
Young Guns wrestling club will host the event from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.
Scheduled to appear are:
• Cam Simaz, a 2012 NCAA champion for Cornell and now a Big Red assistant.
• Brandon Eggum, a 2001 World Freestyle silver medalist and Minnesota assistant.
• Cael Sanderson, a four-time NCAA champion, Olympic gold medalist and head coach of three-time defending NCAA champion Penn State.
• Nico Megaludis, a junior at Penn State who is a two-time All-American, and A.J. Schopp, a junior at Edinboro who was a 2013 All-American.
• Ryan Morningstar, a three-time All-American at Iowa who is now an assistant with the Hawkeyes.
Cost for the camp is $225. Contact Jody Strittmatter for more information at 421-1481
Curve no-hit Fisher Cats
MANCHESTER, N.H. – Four Altoona Curve pitchers combined to throw the second no-hitter in franchise history during a 5-0 victory over the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.
Altoona’s Ethan Hollingsworth went the first four innings, Jason Townsend threw the next three, and Jhonathan Ramos tossed the eighth. Ryan Beckman closed out the ninth and sealed the no-hitter when Andy Burns grounded out to Curve third baseman Adalberto Santos.
Altoona collected 14 hits, including three each by Drew Maggi, Jarek Cunningham and Gregory Polanco. Maggi and Polanco each homered.
Bucs’ farmhand suspended
NEW YORK – Pittsburgh pitcher Delvin Hiciano and Arizona pitcher Eric Smith have been suspended for 50 games each for violations of baseball’s minor league drug program.
Smith was penalized Thursday for a second violation for a drug of abuse, and Hiciano for a positive test for metabolites of Stanozolol.
Hiciano, a 21-year-old right-hander, is 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA in five games this year for the Dominican Summer League Pirates.
A 24-year-old right-hander, Smith is 1-3 with a 7.11 ERA in 32 relief appearances and one start this year for the Mobile BayBears of the Double-A Southern League.
Moving on up | Nine grapplers advance to AA quarterfinals
Bedford’s Garrett Thomas said he wasn’t nervous at all.
United’s Tyler Oliver admitted that he was, even if he told his coaches that he wasn’t.
And Richland’s Nico Pecora said the pressure is on his family members, not him.
Nervous or not, those three, who were making their state tournament debuts, and six other local wrestlers won their first match at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships on Thursday morning to qualify for today’s quarterfinal round.
Day 1 gives ups and downs for region
There was plenty of talk about roller coasters on Thursday afternoon at the Giant Center, but it had nothing to do with the thrill rides across the parking lot at Hersheypark.
It was all about the ups and downs of the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin boys wary of Trojans’ size, athleticism
On the same night last week that Berlin Brothersvalley was winning its first District 5-A title since 2007, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic was losing to eventual champion Lincoln Park in the WPIAL quarterfinals.
The Mountaineers (23-2), one of three area boys district champions set to begin opening-round action in the PIAA playoffs tonight, and Trojans (15-10) will square off this evening at 7:30 p.m. at the Pitt-Johnstown Sports Center, site of Berlin’s 65-51 district championship win over Forbes Road.
Tomahawks return home to face Jets
Johnstown Tomahawks coach Jason Spence knows numbers can be deceiving.
For instance, the Tomahawks’ Matt Meier had two goals and three points on Saturday night. Goaltender Brett Young made 41 saves.
Those statistics are impressive for 60 minutes of work. Both players had solid efforts, especially during a road game. On paper, the numbers looked good enough for a victory.
Danel helping Falcons to Division III tournament
When Chelsea Danel was a senior at North Star, the Cougars were able to win a District 5-AA basketball title.
Now Danel, a senior at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, is a key contributor on a Falcons’ hoops squad which upset top-seeded Lebanon Valley 53-47 in the Commonwealth Conference championship on Saturday. It was the ninth title for the Falcons in 13 appearances.
Pirates, Jays rained out
The Toronto Blue Jays' spring training game at the Pittsburgh Pirates was rained out Thursday.
The game will not be made up.
Ferndale grad aiding Duquesne women’s hoops
Matt Schmidt was hired as an assistant coach for the Duquesne women’s basketball team in June.
Now the former Ferndale High School standout will have his first opportunity to experience March madness with the Dukes, who are the sixth-seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament which opened Thursday in Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va.
Icecats on way to national tournament
The Pitt-Johnstown hockey team needed to overcome some long odds to advance to the ACHA Men’s Division III national championship tournament in Coral Springs, Fla. next week.
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Local wrestlers advance in PIAA tournament
Nine local wrestlers – including three from Bedford – advanced to the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships this morning.
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