The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 9, 2010

Local sports briefs 11-9-2010


PSU linebacker honored by Big Ten

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti has been selected Big Ten Co-Defensive Player of the Week after helping Penn State rally to a historic 35-21 win over Northwestern last Saturday.

Mauti recorded a career-high 11 tackles (10 solo) and three tackles for loss in the win. He shares the honor with Wisconsin cornerback Antonio Fenelus.

A redshirt sophomore, Mauti was instrumental in helping the Nittany Lions keep Northwestern off the scoreboard in the second half and lift Joe Paterno to his 400th career victory.


Flash draw Ohio State in NCAA tournament

LORETTO – St. Francis, the Northeast Conference women’s champion, has drawn third-seeded Ohio State in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

The Red Flash will play the Buckeyes at 5 p.m. Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

“Our team is thrilled,” St. Francis coach Brenda van Stralen. “Our goal is to go out and give all that we’ve got. That’s the start and now it’s up to us to get all of the pieces of the puzzle into the right place. It’ll be interesting to see how it pans out.”

The Red Flash (15-4-2) are led by NEC Player of the Year Tesa McKibben, who racked up 39 points over the course of the season. Senior goalkeeper Lauren Fearer has the NCAA’s ninth-best save percentage (.882).

Ohio State went 14-4-1, including 8-2-0 in the Big Ten.


UPJ seeded sixth in WVIAC tournament

Pitt-Johnstown (12-11, 8-6 in WVIAC) will be the sixth seed and take on No. 11 West Virginia State at 11 a.m. at the Charleston Catholic Sports Complex.

A UPJ victory would send the Lady Cats to the quarterfinals against third-seeded Alderson-Broaddus at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The Battlers (20-13, 11-3) had a first-round bye.

UPJ beat West Virginia State 23-25, 25-14, 25-22, 25-12 on Oct. 22.

Wheeling Jesuit is the overwhelming favorite in the tournament, which opens Thursday. The two-time defending champion Cardinals recently completed 14-0 WVIAC regular season in which they did not lose a set.

The semifinals will be played on Friday. The event concludes Saturday with the champion earning an automatic bid into the NCAA Division II Atlantic Regional.

Heidenthal wins conference honor

Pitt-Johnstown junior Jessica Heidenthal has been named the WVIAC co-player of the week after an incredible effort during UPJ’s five-set loss to Fairmont State on Saturday.

The junior middle hitter from Clymer had 25 kills on 31 attack attempts, compiled a .667 hitting percentage and notched a pair of aces.

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