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.
Senators relish chance to even series with Penguins
After a win in Game 3, the Ottawa Senators are confident they can tie their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Snider’s grand slam lifts Bucs over Cubs
Travis Snider took a pregame pep talk from his manager to heart. Relaxed and with a clear head, he delivered a crucial sixth-inning home run for the second time in five games.
Humbled Steelers ready to forget offseason
Troy Polamalu walked off the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice field on Tuesday with rookie safety Shamarko Thomas hanging on the veteran safety’s every word.
Palmer to leave UPJ women’s position
Sasha Palmer will embark on a new chapter as a women’s basketball coach next month.
Sumney added to SFU men’s coaching staff
St. Francis men’s basketball coach Rob Krimmel filled a vacancy on his coaching staff Monday with the hiring of Mike Sumney as an associate head coach.
Goalie Anderson gives Senators a chance
Craig Anderson has his game back, and just in time to give the Senators a chance.
Ottawa rallies to top Pittsburgh
Colin Greening scored 7:39 into double overtime, and the Ottawa Senators rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins that cut their series deficit to 2-1 on Sunday night.
Daniel Alfredsson got Ottawa even 1-1 by scoring a short-handed goal with 29 seconds left in regulation just after the Senators pulled goalie Craig Anderson for an extra skater.
Locke grinds through as Pirates blank Astros
Jeff Locke didn’t have his best stuff Sunday. He didn’t need it to shut down the majors’ worst team.
Locke allowed three hits over seven innings, Pedro Alvarez homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates won for the eighth time in 10 games, 1-0 over the Houston.
Locke (4-1) won his fourth straight decision and gave up one run or fewer for the fifth time in his past eight outings. He struck out four and walked three.
CORY ISENBERG| District playoffs command spotlight
District 5 gets set to jump into the baseball and softball playoffs this week.
Class A softball opens with four games on Wednesday, all set for 4:30 p.m.
Bengals’ Hawkins visits Windber for charity tourney
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