Agent: O’Brien staying at PSU
STATE COLLEGE – Bill O’Brien is staying at Penn State.
O’Brien’s agent, Joseph Linta, said Thursday night that the Nittany Lions’ head coach garnered interest from several NFL teams for vacant jobs at the next level.
But Linta said the “heartstrings” of O’Brien’s experience from Penn State’s 8-4 season in his first year outweighed the potentially big raise he could have received as an NFL head coach. He said O’Brien made the decision to stay at Penn State and not move forward with potential NFL opportunities Thursday.
O’Brien has been lauded for guiding Penn State to a successful season following strict NCAA sanctions on Penn State for the Jerry Sandusky
child sex abuse scandal.
Penn State men down Wisconsin
MADISON, Wis. – Ryan Evans scored 13 points and grabbed nine rebounds as Wisconsin held off Penn State 60-51 Thursday night in the Big Ten Conference opener for both teams.
Penn State (8-5, 0-1 Big Ten) trailed 50-49 with under 3 minutes left.
But the Badgers (10-4, 1-0) finished the game on an 11-2 run, finally finding their shooting touch from the free-throw line. They hit just 9 of their first 20 from the line but converted 4 of 6 in the final minutes.
Ben Brust and Jared Berggren also scored 13 points apiece for Wisconsin.
Jermaine Marshall scored 19 points for Penn State, while D.J. Newbill added 12.
UPJ women beat Shepherd
Kaitlynn Fratz scored a game-high 23 points to help Pitt-Johnstown hold off visiting Shepherd 70-67 at the UPJ Sports Center.
Pitt-Johnstown (4-5) also received a double-double from Nicole Carman, who scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Rachel Johnson’s 20 points paced the visiting Rams, who also carded 12 points from Alex Weakland and 10 points from Gabby Flinchum.
Rams overcome Mountain Cats
Chad Moore netted 31 points and Shepherd took home a 92-84 conference win over Pitt-Johnstown at the UPJ Sports Center.
Moore also led the Rams with 11 rebounds and was joined by Morgan McDonald in registering a double-double. McDonald scored 12 points and
grabbed 10 boards. Austin Cunningham scored 16 points and Brantley Osborne 11 in the win.
The Mountain Cats’ Andrew Cressler scored 28 points and collected 12 rebounds while Jordan Miller added 23 points. Nick Novak tallied 19
points for the hosts.
St. Francis men get first victory
LORETTO – Earl Brown grabbed a career-high 25 rebounds and scored 16 points as St. Francis pulled away from a 27-all halftime tie to beat
Central Connecticut State 67-60 for its first victory of the season in the Northeast Conference opener for both teams.
Umar Shannon led the Red Flash (1-11) in scoring with 19 points and had eight assists. Ronnie Drinnon and Dominique Major added 12 points
Kyle Vinales scored 23 points for CCSU (4-8), and Matt Hunter had 18 points and 10 rebounds.
St. Francis won the rebound battle 43-33.
Brown scored the first six points of the second half to lift the Red Flash to a 33-27 lead 3:13 in.
Palmer to leave UPJ women’s position
Sasha Palmer will embark on a new chapter as a women’s basketball coach next month.
MIKE MASTOVICH | Roberts, Kent State up to old tricks
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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