4 Mountain Cats receive honors
Pitt-Johnstown midfielders Marc Bucci and Steve Taslov and defenders Eric Grabiak, a second-team all-conference choice a year ago, and Mike Doller were all named Honorable Mention All-WVIAC Men’s Soccer when this year’s teams were released on Friday.
The University of Charleston’s Rob Vincent earned WVIAC Player of the year honors, while Golden Eagles’ Chris Grassie was tabbed the Coach of the Year for the second straight season. Davis & Elkins (W.Va.) College’s Oliver Bienias was named the conference’s freshman of the year.
Flash head to NEC title game
WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Friday afternoon’s first semifinal game of the NEC men’s soccer tournament saw fourth seeded St. Francis upset No. 1 seed Quinnipiac 4-3 in penalty kicks to advance to Sunday’s championship match.
St. Francis will now face the winner of the second semifinal game between Monmouth and Fairleigh Dickinson Sunday at 1 p.m. for the NEC title.
IUP’s Tuck up for award
FLORENCE, Ala. – IUP senior running back Harvie Tuck is on a list of 24 candidates who are up for the 2012 Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year.
The list of candidates was announced Friday morning by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee and includes six players from each of the four Division II Super Regions.
Tuck has proven over the course of the season to be one of the best backs in the nation, as he enters this weekend with 1,548 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground, boasting an impressive 6.5 yards per carry average. His 154.8 yards per game is third in all of Division II, as he’s taken his turn with other players leading the nation in rushing throughout the year.
IUP, Pastorek rout Concord
FAIRMONT, W.Va. – Leslie Stapleton was one of three players who scored in double-figures with 15 points for the Crimson Hawks as the IUP women’s basketball team ran past Concord 72-44 in its 2012-13 season opener on Friday afternoon.
The contest was the opening game of the PSAC/WVIAC Challenge, hosted by Fairmont State.
Sarah Pastorek, a Bishop McCort graduate, scored 13 points for the Crimson Hawks while Marita Mathe added 10.
Black Bears drop opener
The Penn Highlands men’s team opened the season with a loss in the USCAA Tip-Off Classic at PSU-Allegheny against four-year, Apprentice College, 82-53.
The Black Bears could not recover from a dismal first half, but played the Builders even in the second half. Rashaud Kelley led the way with 10 points and 10 rebounds while Michael Robinson added 10 points and nine rebounds. Josh Corbett contributed 10 points, five rebounds, and two blocks.
Tevin Andrews led all scorers with 27 points. The Black Bears will play host PSU-Greater Allegheny tonight night at 7.
UPJ wins WVIAC match
Johnstown native Beth Kendera had 15 kills and Kelsey Shanabrook hit 13 kills as the Pitt-Johnstown women’s volleyball team defeated Alderson-Broaddus 28-26, 25-20, 16-25 and 27-25 in a WVIAC match at the Sports Center.
The Lady Cats (17-7, 9-4) have secured no less than the No. 5 seed in the upcoming conference tournament, which begins next week. Alderson-Broaddus (18-5, 11-2) is the likely second seed for the tournament.
Shanabrook added 12 digs to her statistics, while Karen Schmidt finished with six kills, 11 digs and two solo blocks. Kayla Petrilla and Nikki Oaks each had 23 assists, while Kelsey Kohler had a game-high 21 digs.
UPJ concludes the regular season today at 1 p.m. against Davis & Elkins at the Sports Center.
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Independents, minor-party members locked out of primary election
More than 1 million registered voters in Pennsylvania will be barred from casting a ballot today because the state only allows registered Democrats and Republicans to participate in the primary election.
Permit path cleared: Construction soon on Rt. 219 project
The final permit is on the way for a Somerset-to-Meyersdale Route 219 improvement project to begin.
It’s a years-in-the-making step that will allow the estimated $300 million plan to be advertised for bids in the coming weeks – and if all goes well, move it to construction this fall, U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster said Monday.
Emergency response team hones skills at training camp
Almost certainly, no Cambria County Special Emergency Response Team members will ever be called upon to create a small bridge out of two pieces of wood and rope, use the newfangled walkway to get a group of individuals from one point to another, pick up an object at the end of the course and then figure out a way back to the starting point.
But the skills SERT officers gain by participating in drills like those – leadership, teamwork, trust and creativity – can be invaluable when they are serving and protecting the community.
Fun Day event to spotlight YMCA expansion
The Y logo may be seen from the sky June 15 when Greater Johnstown YMCA community members get together to form a logo comprised of people at a Community Fun Day.
Agency will provide produce vouchers to eligible seniors
Income-eligible residents ages 60 and older will have a chance to stock up a bit on locally grown produce through a voucher program offered in Cambria and Somerset counties this year.
Poverty simulation slated for today
Annamarie Pihs experienced firsthand the kind of harsh economic times she will be helping educate Johnstown community leaders about during today’s Walk a Day in My Shoes: Understanding Poverty event at Greater Johnstown High School.
In Brief | 27 students escape injury in bus crash
State police in Ebensburg are investigating a school bus crash that happened Monday on Route 36 in Clearfield Township.
State police investigating school bus crash
State police in Ebensburg are investigating a school bus crash that happened Monday on Route 36 in Clearfield Township. The Cambria Heights school bus was carrying 27 students when the driver apparently blacked out and sheared off a pine tree between the Chest Spring and Patton areas, schools superintendent Michael Strasser said. None of the high school or elementary students was hurt, he said. The students were triaged at the scene and released to their parents, Strasser said.
The driver was taken to Altoona Regional Hospital, he said.
Study: Hospitals’ finances are healthy
Hospitals across the region maintained financial health last year, a new state report shows.
But leaders say the continued strength required constant scrutiny and creative programming to identify new opportunities in a dynamic industry.
Local politicians will feel impact of redistricting
This time next year, as primary election day draws near, two close friends and colleagues likely will find themselves in a face-off, each in the hopes of holding his job in the state House.
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