UPJ men eighth in WVIAC poll
The Pitt-Johnstown men earned 128 points and were been picked to finish eighth by the coaches in the WVIAC preseason poll. The coaches picked West Liberty as the favorite for a fourth straight conference title.
Pitt-Johnstown boasts some potent offensive weapons, headed by senior first-team all-conference selection Nick Novak, who led the team in both scoring and assists (114), and senior guard Jordan Miller (15.3 points per game), while junior forward Bill Luther (7.6 ppg) shot nearly 50 percent from the field.
Lady Cats picked eighth
The Pitt-Johnstown women were picked to finish eighth by WVIAC coaches in their preseason poll.
Fairmont State was chosen the preseason favorite.
The Lady Cats have a talented and experienced team, led by first-team All-WVIAC guard, and last year’s conference freshman of the year, Kaitlynn Fratz (17.2 ppg). Joining the stellar sophomore are two other second-year players, Nicole Carman and Kelsey Sleighter, who hit nearly 40 percent of her 3-point tries a year ago.
Mount men sixth in AMCC
The AMCC men's basketball coaches have chosen Mount Aloysius to finish sixth in their preseason poll.
Coach Lance Loya, now entering his 10th season, returns four starters from last year and a considerably more experienced roster.
Mount Aloysius will open Nov. 16 against Penn State-Altoona in the Juniata College Coaches vs. Cancer Classic.
Ladie Mounties chosen fourth
The Mount Aloysius women were picked to finish fourth in the AMCC preseason coaches poll.
The Lady Mounties went 15-12 last season and advanced to the conference semifinals in coach Kristi Kaack’s first year at the helm.
Defending champion La Roche was picked to finish first.
Mount Aloysius will open on Nov. 16 at the Muhlenberg College tournament.
St. Francis back in title match
LORETTO – The top-seeded St. Francis women downed No. 4 seed Sacred Heart 2-0 at DeGol Field on Friday to earn a berth in the Northeast Conference Championship.
The Red Flash posted its second-ever NEC tournament victory despite advancing in four of its past five league playoff games. St. Francis will meet third-seeded LIU Brooklyn in the championship bout.
The Blackbirds upset no. 2 seeded Monmouth 1-0 in the day's second match.
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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