The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


March 6, 2013

Local sports in brief 3/7/2013


Tomahawks’ Nelson decides

 Johnstown Tomahawks defenseman Casey Nelson has verbally committed to continue his career at Minnesota State University at Mankato. Nelson will join the NCAA Division I Mavericks for the 2013-2014 season.

“I committed to Mankato for so many reasons,” said Nelson, a native of Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. “The coaches are great and the university itself is wonderful – I like everything both the school and the hockey program have to offer.”

The 6-2, 180-pound defenseman has played in all 54 games this season and has 22 assists and 32 points (10-22-32). He leads all Tomahawks defensemen in points and has consistently been among the top 10 defensive point leaders in the NAHL, currently tied at fifth place. He also leads all league defensemen in shots by a large margin with 189.


Mount Aloysius splits twin bill

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. ­– Mount Aloysius routed Emerson College 17-1 and fell 10-2 to York in a doubleheader on Wednesday at the Ripken Complex.

In the win over Emerson, Luke Szymanski went 4 for 6 with four runs and four RBIs. Ian Helsel was 2 for 3 with four runs. Aaron Kovach went 3 for 5 with three RBIs and two runs scored.


Mounties score two victories

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - Mount Aloysius won a pair of games on Tuesday at the NCSI Tournament.

In the opener, Kelsey Ickes struck out seven in a 4-1 victory over RMU of Springfield, Ill.

Emily Gearhart and Morgan Paynter had home runs.

In the second game, Mount Aloysius went nine innings before securing a 4-3 win over Lycoming College.

Taylor Mansfield got the win for the Mounties, who got a 3 for 3 showing and game-winning RBI from Jalissa Westover.

Marrisa Ayers was 2 for 3 and Gearhart had a triple as Mount Aloysius improved to 3-1.


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    Andrew McCutchen hit his first homer of the season and drove in three runs, Pedro Alvarez had a three-run shot and pinch-hitter Josh Harrison broke a tie with a long ball in the seventh inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates handed the Milwaukee Brewers their first road loss, 11-2 on Thursday night.
    Harrison’s two-run drive down the left field line off Rob Wooten (0-1) was the second of his career as a pinch hitter.

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  • Penguins 0417 Jackets preparing for Game 2

    The Columbus Blue Jackets don’t feel they’re doomed after blowing a two-goal lead in a Game 1 loss of their first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
    “It’s not about missed chances, or feeling sorry about it,” goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky said at Thursday’s optional workout, 13 hours after falling 4-3 in Pittsburgh.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

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    Jennerstown Speedway released a very ambitious schedule on its website and continues to prepare for its 2014 reopening.
    The track is set to hold a practice day for drivers as well as an open house and media day on April 26.

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  • ‘Hawks already building toward next season

    Jason Spence used up his cell phone’s battery on a trip from Johnstown to his parents’ home in Nova Scotia, Canada.
    Once the Johnstown Tomahawks coach got to his destination, Spence had to get creative to secure cell service across the border.

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  • Pirates 0416 Dominant Cueto drops Pirates in matinee

    That playoff loss in Pittsburgh last year? Johnny Cueto never thought about it much. So getting a chance to shut out the Pirates in a rematch wasn’t any more special.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Penguins 0416 Penguins rally to wear out Jackets

    Brandon Sutter scored on a wrist shot from the left circle 8:18 into the third period, helping the Pittsburgh Penguins rally for a 4-3 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday night.
    Beau Bennett and Matt Niskanen scored power-play goals 45 seconds apart in the second period, erasing Pittsburgh’s two-goal deficit.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Shelley and McElligot Series serves as reunion for former Chiefs personnel

    Not so long ago, Bob McElligott, like most Western Pennsylvania hockey fans, would savor a long Pittsburgh Penguins playoff run.
    The Somerset native followed the Pens’ Stanley Cup-winning teams in 1991 and 1992.

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  • Malkin nearing return

    The Columbus Blue Jackets are the closest NHL team to the Pittsburgh Penguins, at least geographically. The two franchises are separated by 185 miles of highway.

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  • Reds swing way past Pirates

    Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer Tuesday night, ending Gerrit Cole's winning streak and leading the Cincinnati Reds to a 7-5 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates that completed two days full of homers and delays.
    First, the NL Central rivals completed a game that was suspended in the sixth inning because of rain the previous night.

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