The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 5, 2013

Local sports in brief 3/6/2013


JOHNSTOWN — Baseball


Westmont’s Legath beats NJCAA-ranked team

Westmont Hilltop graduate and AAABA League product Ben Legath picked up his first college pitching victory in impressive fashion.

Legath, a right-hander for the College of Central Florida, tossed six innings in a victory over then No. 2 Gulf Coast State. Legath left with an 8-1 lead. His team held on to win 8-7.

He gave up five hits and struck out six for the Patriots. Legath, a Dean’s List student at Central Florida, played for Delweld in the local AAABA League.

Mount falls against Kings

MYRTLE BEACH, SC – Aaron Kovach was 2-for-4 with a home run and a double but Mount Aloysius fell 10-4 to King’s College Tuesday.

Luke Szymanski was also 2 for 4 and Alex Martin had a double for the Mounties, now 2-4.


Ward part of Clarion team at NCAA D-II Nationals

The Clarion University men’s team, led by four-time freestyle All-American Joe Ward is set to compete in the NCAA Division II National Championships today through Saturday at the Crossplex facility in Birmingham, Alabama.

Ward, a Westmont Hilltop graduate, is making his fourth trip to nationals. Last year Ward swam in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle events but did not place in the top 16. He will swim the same events in 2013. Ward is seeded 12th in the 50 free and 21st in the 100.

In 2011 Ward placed fifth in the 100 free with a personal best time of 44.30. Ward also placed 11th in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.33 and was a two-time All-American. In 2010, he was a two-time All-American on relays.

Golden Eagles 13-year head coach Mark VanDyke is looking forward to the NCAA’s, after leading the men to a third place place finish at the 2013 PSAC Championships.

“We hope that Joe can reach a personal best in the 50 and 100,” coach VanDyke said about the former Hilltopper.

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