July 2011

Article | Posted 2011/07/31 - 12:00am
The Washington Wild Things dropped game two of their three game weekend extended series against the Lake Erie Crushers 4-1 in Avon Ohio. The pitching for both teams was strong throughout the entire contest with the Wild Things pitching staff striking out ten batters and the Crushers striking out a total of twelve batters. After a back-and-forth pitching battle the first three innings of the game a sacrifice RBI by Lake Erie left fielder Kellen Kulbacki drove in right fielder Patrick Norris for the first run of the game. Kulbacki was 1-for-3 with the one RBI. Washington scored their only...
Article | Posted 2011/07/31 - 12:00am
The Sea Dogs spoiled the finale of the season series and four-game series on Sunday afternoon as they took care of the Curve 8-5 at Hadlock Field. Portland pounded out eight runs on 15 hits off Curve pitching in the win. Starling Marte had a nice game offensively for Altoona finishing 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored while Tony Sanchez had a pair of hits and drove in three. The Curve tried to mount a rally in the ninth loading the bases with no one out off closer Blake Maxwell on for the inning in a non-save spot. With the sacks full of Curve Josh Rodriguez lined out and Andrew...
Article | Posted 2011/07/28 - 12:00am
Now that the National Football League lockout has come to an end and its business as usual so to speak three former WPIAL gridiron stars have been invited to training camps throughout the country. * Former Thomas Jefferson High School and University of Pittsburgh safety/linebacker Dom DeCicco has signed on with the Chicago Bears. The 6-4 230-pounder had 12 interceptions and 244 tackles in his career at Pitt. DeCicco helped lead Thomas Jefferson to a pair of WPIAL titles in 2004 and 2006 and a PIAA state crown in 2004. * Former McKeesport High School and West Virginia University linebacker...
Article | Posted 2011/07/27 - 12:00am
PIAA Executive Director Brad Cashman has announced that the upcoming 2011-2012 school year will be his last. He announced his retirement effective July of 2012. Cashman has led the state governing body for nearly 20 years since taking over as PIAA Executive Director in 1993. In his tenure Cashman as overseen the expansion of the PIAA state football playoffs and also the formation of District 12 brining the Philadelphia public and private schools into the PIAA. His successor has not been named.
Article | Posted 2011/07/23 - 12:00am
The PHSBCA has announced its first and second team large school (AAAA-AAA) and small school (AA-A) All-State Baseball teams for the 2011 season. Large School (AAAA-AAA) First Team: Vince Apicella Pitcher Junior Northern York Mike Oczypok Pitcher Senior Spring-Ford Tim Ponto Pitcher Senior Owen J. Roberts Cameron Gallagher Catcher Senior Manheim Township Jeff Revesz Catcher Senior Grove City Adam Yunginger First Base Senior Manheim Township John Ambrust Middle Infield Junior Garden Spot Trey Stover Middle Infield Senior Central Mountain Logan Urtz Middle Infield Senior Central...
Article | Posted 2011/07/22 - 12:00am
The heat is on as we get ready to say goodbye to July and hello to August this week on the MSA Sports Network. Home and away action from the Eastern League featuring the Altoona Curve and from the Frontier League featuring the Washington Wild Things plus news from the auto racing world with Rappin on Racin and High Octane Racing this week here at msasports.net Monday July 25th: TALK SHOW - Rappin on Racin at 6:00pm on msasports.net TALK SHOW - High Octane Racing at 6:00pm on WMVL-FM 101.7 Minor League Baseball ?Ai Altoona Curve vs Reading Phillies at 7:05pm on msasports.net Minor League...
Article | Posted 2011/07/21 - 12:00am
A new state house bill is forcing the PIAA to make changes to its transfer rule or else. The law demands that students be permitted to transfer to another school district if budget cutbacks cause their sports team to disband. The PIAA has until August 8th to amend their transfer rule which officials say should not be a problem. House Bill 1352 was passed on June 28th after the state legislature passed a new budget with massive statewide school funding cuts. After the transfer rule is updated students will be allowed to transfer only if their school drops the sports program they...
Article | Posted 2011/07/20 - 12:00am
One star football player and one star softball player have made their college choices this week. Pittsburgh Central Catholic wide receiver and defensive back Anthony Nixon has decided to play his college ball at Maryland while Shaler catcher Lauren Hackett will stay local and play at Robert Morris. The 6-1 190-pound Nixon will follow Vikings teammate and quarterback Perry Hills to Maryland. Nixon who will play defensive back for the Terrapins was recruited by new Maryland assistant coach and former Pitt assistant and Duquesne head coach Greg Gattuso. Pitt had also offered Nixon a scholarship...
Article | Posted 2011/07/18 - 12:00am
The heat is on as we head into the second half of the month on July this week on the MSA Sports Network. Home and away action from the Eastern League featuring the Altoona Curve and from the Frontier League featuring the Washington Wild Things plus news from the auto racing world with Rappin on Racin and High Octane Racing this week here at msasports.net Monday July 18th: TALK SHOW - Rappin on Racin at 6:00pm on msasports.net TALK SHOW - High Octane Racing at 6:00pm on WMVL-FM 101.7 Minor League Baseball Altoona Curve vs Akron Aeros at 7:05pm on msasports.net Minor League Baseball -...
Article | Posted 2011/07/09 - 12:00am
Winter spring or fall John Leonard's high school days were a ball. Leonard who graduated from Connellsville High School last month was one of those rarities these days - a three-sport athlete at a large school. He used the little white ball in the fall the big orange one in the winter and another white ball in the spring But it wasn't just playing three sports that made Leonard unusual. It was how well he played them. Golf basketball baseball. Leonard excelled at all three sports. He was the Falcons' top golfer a basketball player who averaged more than 20 points a...

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