Crushers take title in 6-AA
STATE COLLEGE – Bishop McCort captured the team title and the Crushers’ Kayla Orr was the individual runner-up in the District 6 Class AA Girls Golf Championship, which concluded Thursday on the Penn State University White Course.
McCort finished with a two-round 842 (420-422) to win the title. Forest Hills finished second at 922 (480-442).
St. Joseph’s Kinsley Bonfilio was the individual champion with a two-round 171, seven strokes better than Orr’s 178.
Cambria Heights’ Morgan Spaid won by one stroke on the first playoff hole against Penn Cambria’s Madison Krug to take the third place spot.
Each golfer had shot a 189.
The top three placewinners advance to regional play.
Westmont Hilltop’s Angela Mosbrucker placed fifth at 199.
State College won in 6-AAA with a 711 total. State College’s Jessalyn Holdcroft shot a 163 to win individual honors in 6-AAA.
Somerset meets Windber in final
Top-seeded Somerset defeated Bedford 4-1, and No. 2 seeded Windber beat No. 3 Chestnut Ridge 5-0 in the District 5 girls tennis team championship tournament.
Somerset and host Windber meet at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 17 in the title match.
Penn State opens today
STATE COLLEGE – Penn State is about to drop the puck on Division I hockey.
The Nittany Lions’ debut as a major college program arrives today when American International visits Greenberg Ice Pavilion.
Penn State had a varsity team from 1940 to 1947 before dropping the sport.
The school picked up hockey again in 1971 as a club sport and Penn State turned into one of the top programs in the nation at that level.
Energy company executive Terry Pegula sparked the move to Division I after a donation in 2010 that eventually grew to $102 million, the largest private gift in Penn State history.
The gift funded the men’s program and a new hockey arena scheduled to open next season in time for the inaugural season of Big Ten hockey.
The school also elevated the successful women’s club program to Division I status. Both teams will play at the new Pegula Ice Arena.
“There are so many moving parts and it takes so much work,” men’s coach Guy Gadowsky said this week. “There are a lot of challenges behind the scenes for sure, when you talk about building the foundation ... It’s like a garden – you can’t ignore it.”
The Nittany Lions will spend their first year in Division I as an independent before moving to Big Ten play in 2013.
CWD found in Adams County
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has confirmed the first positive case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in the state on a deer farm in Adams County.
The disease is fatal in deer, elk and moose, but there is no evidence that CWD can be transmitted to humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The World Health Organization.
The positive sample was taken from a white-tailed deer at in New Oxford, and tested as part of Pennsylvania’s intensive CWD monitoring efforts.
In addition to the Adams County location, the department has quarantined two farms directly associated with the positive deer in Lycoming and York counties.
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Defense attorney: Woman’s death an accident
A defense attorney for a Blair County man charged with homicide in the 1999 death of his daughter-in-law said the woman’s death was accidental.
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.
Pirates roll past Brewers
Wandy Rodriguez allowed one run over seven strong innings and Neil Walker hit a two-run single as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-1 on Wednesday night.
Rodriguez (4-2) gave up six hits, walking one and striking out five.
Dupuis coming through for Penguins
Dan Bylsma has been hearing it seemingly from the moment he took over at Pittsburgh Penguins head coach four years ago.
Every time the Penguins hit a rough patch, the murmurs about finding a polished winger to play alongside superstar Sidney Crosby pop up. Bylsma understands the sentiment. It’s just that it’s a little misplaced.
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.
Penguins advance on overtime goal
Brooks Orpik’s goal would have been memorable even if wasn’t in overtime and didn’t put the Pittsburgh Penguins into the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
When you are a defensive-minded defenseman with only 12 goals in nine NHL seasons, they all tend to stand out.
Liriano key to Pirates' victory
Francisco Liriano finally got to pitch for Pittsburgh and, just like that, the Pirates looked like a much better team.
He struck out nine and the Pirates teed off on New York’s pitching for an 11-2 win over the Mets on Saturday.
Shade softball thriving on Karl’s watch
Frank Karl coached the majority of the girls who comprise Shade High School’s softball team from the time they played T-ball and coach pitch.
Karl was there when the group, as elementary-school students, once rallied from an 18-run deficit to win a game, and he hoped to be there when the group reached the varsity level.
MIKE MASTOVICH: Junior put his stamp on tourney
This year, Junior won’t be on the Point Stadium field for the pregame hoopla associated with opening night of the 69th annual AAABA Tournament.
He won’t watch as dozens of Corvettes and hundreds of baseball players enter through the left-field gate with their respective teams from cities such as Baltimore, New Orleans, New Brunswick and Altoona.
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