Allshouse wins Senior title
Greensburg’s Bob Allshouse won a playoff over South Port, N.C., golfer Peter Allen to capture the Sunnehanna Senior Invitational on Wednesday.
Allshouse won the one-hole playoff by making a bogey on No. 1. Allen double bogeyed the hole.
Both players had finished with a three-round score of 220 on the par-70 Sunnehanna Country Club course.
St. Augustine, Fla., golfer Ronnie Tumlin and Northern Cambria’s Frank Frontino each shot a 221 to tie for third in the Senior Division. DuBois’ Don Erickson III and Oakmont’s Charles Wagner each shot a 224 to tie for fifth.
In the Super Senior Division, for those over age 65, Rich Anderson of Bloomington, Minn., placed first with a 218, nine strokes better than runner-up Bill Spadafora of Bluffton, S.C.
Chiefs sign rookie forward
The Johnstown Chiefs announced Wednesday that they have signed winger Brett Liscomb.
“Brett is a guy that coach Ian Herbers recruited before his departure,” Chiefs General Manager Bill Bredin said. “Ian liked that he could play wing or center, and was impressed with his skating ability and on-ice intelligence. Brett had a solid junior career, with four full seasons in the OHL and produced a point per game last season at St. Francis Xavier University. Our expectations are that he will solidify our lineup and push the top forwards as he competes for a spot on our top units.”
The 5-9, 190-pound native of Long Sault, Ontario did get a taste of professional hockey with the Dayton Bombers in 2007. In his debut, and only game, on Oct. 20 he notched one assist in a 5-4 loss to Cincinnati at the Nutter Center.
Liscomb is the 14th player to join the Chiefs for the upcoming season. The team’s forwards are: Ryan Menei, Erik Felde, Sean Berkstresser, Matt Robinson, Torren Delforte and Jozef Sladok. On the defensive end the Chiefs have Mike Knight, Greg Gallagher, Kyle Bushee, David Schulz, Brent Patry, Jim Jorgensen and goalie Kris Mayotte under contract.
Waynesburg tops Mount Aloysius
CRESSON – The Mount Aloysius College women’s soccer team held visiting Waynesburg University scoreless through the first half, but succumbed to the Yellowjackets’ offensive prowess in the game’s waning moments.
Waynesburg's Brittany Spitznogle notched the games first goal, and teammates Sarah Burrie and Sarah Markwardt put in the subsequent goals in a 3-0 victory over Mount Aloysius, which fell to 0-6.
LORETTO – The St. Francis field hockey team had plenty of chances, but couldn’t put another two goals in net as they fell to the Mountain Hawks of Lehigh by a score of 3-1 on Wednesday afternoon at DeGol Field.
Neither the Red Flash (0-6) nor the Mountain Hawks scored in the first half.
St. Francis junior Rebecca Reiff started the scoring off. Reiff took a pass from freshman Tia Dudukovich and shot it through traffic for her first goal of the season, giving the Red Flash a 1-0 lead two minutes into the second half.
The lead wouldn’t last for long, as Lehigh’s Caitlin Donnelly netted the Mountain Hawks first goal of the game off a pass from Kimberly Eng less than thirty seconds later to tie the game at 1.
Eng, who factored into all three Lehigh goals, tallied one of her own 10 minutes later. She then took a corner from Lindsey Smith and sent it over to Morgan Christopher, who put the ball past Red Flash goalkeeper Sara Dittmann.
PSU-Altoona names coach
Penn State-Altoona named former Pitt-Johnstown assistant coach Billy Clapper as head coach of the Lions men’s basketball team.
Clapper assisted UPJ coach Bob Rukavina from 2007 to 2009, helping the Mountain Cats win back-to-back NCAA Division II Tournament berths. The Cats won the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular-season title in 2008 and claimed the WVIAC Tournament crown in 2009. UPJ went 47-16 during Clapper’s tenure.
Prior to joining UPJ Clapper had been an assistant men’s basketball coach at Penn State-Altoona in 2005 and 2006.
Clapper played collegiately at Mount Aloysius College and eventually at Division I Youngstown State.
He holds a master’s degree in educational technology from Indiana State University.
Clapper has instructed at more than 225 basketball camps, including camps at universities such as Dayton, Duquesne, Louisville, North Carolina State, Penn State, Pitt, Rhode Island and WVU.
Surgery sidelines Pitt’s Dixon
PITTSBURGH – Pitt senior guard Jermaine Dixon has undergone bone graft surgery on his broken right foot and is expected to be out about two months.
Dixon had the operation Wednesday after reinjuring the foot he initially broke in July. Dixon started all 36 games for the Panthers last season, averaging 8.4 points.
Pitt, an NCAA regional finalist last season, is likely to be without two of its top returning players for its Nov. 13 opener against Wofford. Redshirt junior forward Gilbert Brown is academically ineligible during the first semester.
Dixon’s absence might create more playing time for Chase Adams, a 5-foot-11 guard who is eligible immediately. He transferred from Centenary, which is dropping from Division I to Division III.
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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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