Gannon defeats Lady Cats
Gannon took a five-set win over Pitt-Johnstown on Friday at the Sports Center in the first round of PSAC crossover play.
UPJ fell to 13-5 overall, 7-3 in the confrence. Gannon improved to 12-7, 7-3.
Kelsey Shanabrook had 14 kills and 16 digs and Marissa Erminio added 10 kills and 13 digs for the Lady Cats.
UPJ won the opening and third sets, 25-19 and 25-21, respectively. Gannon’s wins were 25-20, 25-19 and 15-12.
Beth Kendera had nine kills and two blocks, Katie Svetahor added 17 digs, Allison Mondorff finished with 34 assists and Brittany Saetre had 10 digs.
District 6 unveils brackets
Westmont Hilltop holds the top spot in the District 6 Class A soccer tournament and Somerset tops the area’s girls squads with a No. 1 seed in the girls’ AA bracket as announced by District on Friday.
In the 6-A boys bracket, the Hilltoppers take on Penns Valley at
6 p.m. on Thursday at Richland. Bishop McCort - the bracket’s third seed - takes on Belleville Mennonite on Wednesday at Hollidaysburg.
In 6-AA boys, Forest Hills enters as the tournament’s third seed while Bishop Carroll is planted in the fourth spot. The Rangers face Philipsburg-Osceola at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Richland while the Huskies tackle Juniata Wednesday at Altoona with a 5:30 p.m. kickoff.
Richland (third) and Bishop McCort (fifth) enter the 6-A fray with the Rams hosting Moshannon Valley at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The Crimson Crushers face Penns Valley in Altoona on Tuesday.
Four area teams join the Golden Eagles in the 6-AA bracket with ninth-seeded Bishop Carroll battling Tyrone on Tuesday in Altoona for the right to face Somerset on Thursday. Second-seeded Westmont Hilltop takes on Bedford on Thursday at Richland (8 p.m.) while No. 5 seed Forest Hills draws Bellefonte at Hollidaysburg on Wednesday at 5:30.
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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Bengals make low offer to Hawkins
Johnstown’s Andrew Hawkins grew up with the Cincinnati Bengals while following his older brother Artrell Hawkins Jr.’s NFL career.
The younger Hawkins could see himself wearing a Bengals uniform and playing wide receiver in Cincinnati for years to come. But the Bishop McCort High School graduate knows the business side of the NFL sometimes gets in the way of the storybook ending.
Second place little consolation to contenders
Perspective can be a tricky thing in athletics.
Just ask Richland’s Nico Pecora and Bedford’s Jon Gabriel.
PIAA wrestling notebook: Murin not pleased with fifth place
Max Murin won the first 36 matches of his varsity career.
But the Central Cambria freshman was disappointed after he dropped two consecutive bouts on Friday night at the PIAA Class AA Wrestling Championships.
Berlin girls avenge earlier loss to Portage
Berlin Brothersvalley was highly motivated to play Portage on Saturday in their PIAA Class A girls’ first-round basketball matchup at Central Cambria High School.
The Mountaineers, who lost at Portage earlier in the season, held the Mustangs to a single basket in the first half on 1 of 21 shooting Saturday and went on to a 59-42 victory.
Shade girls nip Bishop Carroll
Alexis Meck isn’t the first name that comes to mind when the Shade girls’ basketball team is the topic.
On Saturday, her name was the last in the scorebook as the Panthers edged Bishop Carroll 56-54 in a PIAA Class A first-round game at Pitt-Johnstown’s Sports Center.
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