The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

July 25, 2013

Local sports in brief 7/26/2013

Staff and wire reports


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.

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