Florida A&M defeats slumping St. Francis
DAYTON, Ohio – The St. Francis women dropped their fourth consecutive decision Wednesday in the first game of the Wright State Tournament, losing 69-65 to Florida A&M.
For the second consecutive game the Red Flash (4-5, 0-0) had the ball while down by three with less than a minute to play, but could not come up with the tying basket.
Brittany Lilley and Alexa Hayward both missed 3-point opportunities with less than 30 seconds remaining as the Lady Rattlers (3-7, 0-0) held on to end their six-game losing streak.
“We need to quit turning the ball over,” coach Joe Haigh said. “You cannot win games by turning the ball over and missing open shots and we are doing both. We also need to stop fouling in key situations that is something that has burned us in our last two games.”
Alli Williams led the Red Flash with 20 points and 16 rebounds, but the junior forward was limited to just three points in the final 111⁄2 minutes. Shene Fleming posted her first double-double of the season for SFU with 11 points and 10 boards as she returned to her hometown of Dayton.
Jasmine Grice posted 27 points, eight rebounds and six steals for the Lady Rattlers.
Charity event on Sunday at Planet Ice
A charity fundraiser will be held in conjunction with a varsity hockey game between Richland and Somerset at 6:30 on Sunday at Planet Ice.
The Laurel Mountain Hockey League contest and an alumni game that follows it will help raise funds to offset medical expenses incurred by long-time hockey official Todd Euen, Richland coach J.J. Vasilko said.
Vasilko said Euen has leukemia and will undergo a bone marrow transplant on Christmas Eve.
Admission to the event is free, though donations will be accepted.
The Johnstown Tomahawks will sign autographs, and baskets and door prizes will be awarded, Vasilko said. Equipment also will be donated to youth hockey players, he said.
For more information, call 242-5873.
McCort, Richland coaches to speak
Chris Pfeil, coach of the state championship Bishop McCort baseball team, and Brandon Bailey, coach of the state semifinalist Richland football squad, each will be among the featured speakers at the Point Stadium Award banquet on Dec. 28 at Ace’s Lounge in Cambria City.
Pfeil led the Crushers to a
24-2 record, District 6 championship during a season capped by a 14-2 victory over District 4 Montgomery in the PIAA
Class A title game at Penn State in June. McCort scored 31 runs and had 31 hits during the final 11 innings they played during two mercy-rule shortened playoff contests. Crushers ace pitcher Jesse Cooper (April) and star underclassman hurler Justin Vardian (May) are among the monthly nominees in the running for the annual Point Stadium Award.
Bailey’s Rams went 14-1 and advanced to the PIAA Class AA semifinal game before falling to eventual state runner-up Aliquippa. Richland won its first 14 games, claiming the school’s first LHAC crown and 6-AA title. The Rams won the first state playoff game in school history by beating District 10 Hickory in the quarterfinals. Richland junior high standout Colby Warshel (October) is among the monthly nominees for the Point award.
The banquet’s featured speaker is former Point Stadium Award winner Larry McCabe, who will enter his 34th season as baseball coach at Portage High and second year as manager of defending AAABA League champion Berkley Hills Renegades.
For ticket information, call 255-3758 or Ace’s at 536-4176.
Palmer to leave UPJ women’s position
Sasha Palmer will embark on a new chapter as a women’s basketball coach next month.
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George Roberts and his Kent State University teammates reached a familiar destination on Saturday afternoon, but took a somewhat different route in winning their third consecutive Mid-American Conference (MAC) regular-season title.
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College players dominate Point nominations
Pitt-Johnstown junior Jake Warner was perfect and extremely productive at the plate while earning the first two monthly nominations for the 2013 Point Stadium Award in February and March.
Mount Aloysius sophomore Derrick Capiak nearly reached perfection to take the April nomination.
Penn State guard leaving for pro career
Penn State guard Jermaine Marshall, the team’s second-leading scorer, is foregoing his senior year of eligibility to pursue a professional career overseas.
The team announced the surprise move in a statement Wednesday. The 6-foot-4 Marshall, who is on schedule to graduate this summer, cited his family including a 1-year-old son, in making his decision.
Penn State coach blasts Sports Illustrated article
Penn State coach Bill O’Brien is fervently disputing suggestions raised in a report that player medical care has been compromised after the team doctor was replaced.
Speaking often in an angry tone that might be otherwise reserved for an argument with an official, O’Brien told reporters in a conference call that the health and safety of his players were his top priorities.
East Stroudsburg wins PSAC championship
Senior Brian Ernst threw eight innings without allowing an earned run on just two days rest and East Stroudsburg University used a five-run fifth inning to secure its first PSAC baseball championship since 1971 with a 7-1 win over defending champion West Chester on Saturday at Point Stadium.
The Warriors (33-16), who set a school record with their 33rd win, earned the PSAC’s automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Tournament thanks in large part to an outstanding effort by Ernst, who was named the PSAC Tournament MVP.
Millersville players help couple resuscitate ailing child
The Millersville University baseball team came up with a great save this week, but it had nothing to do with the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference tournament being played at Point Stadium.
A trip for an after-midnight snack on Wednesday morning ended with seven Marauders being hailed as heroes by a local family after they helped save a little boy who wasn’t breathing.
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