The camp will be held July 8-9 at the Greater Johnstown Career and Tech Center.
CORRY, PA – The Keystone Sports Network has announced that it will be broadcasting soon on a 24/7 basis beginning in June.
President Sam Jordan made the announcement on May 11th, and expressed extreme optimism and excitement with the addition. Personalities ranging from Steve Czaban, Sean Salisbury, Travis Rodgers and others; grace the lineup from Yahoo Sports Radio.
The Keystone Sports Network has the broadcast rights to several area sports teams in Northwest Pennsylvania and Southwestern New York; and looks forward to announcing in the coming days of another sports team being awarded to The Keystone Sports Network.
The Erie Explosion (Indoor Football), The Southern Tier Xpress (Junior Hockey) and various high school sporting events grace the lineup of the network currently. The Erie Explosion is in the third year with the network; while, the Southern Tier Xpress just completed its inaugural season and has extended its deal for two more seasons.
BUSTI, NY – The 60th season of dirt track racing action begins this Saturday night at Stateline Speedway, just South of Jamestown, NY.
2nd year promoter, Bill and Lynn Catania Jr. are expecting another great season of racing action on the 1/3 mile, semi-banked oval track. Stateline Speedway
More than 30 events are slated for the track in Southeastern Chautauqua County, between opening night and October 3rd.
Two huge accomplishments from last season included Chubb Frank breaking the fastest time record for the track and Dick Barton becoming the overall wins leader, topping Bobby Schnars’ record of 79 victories.
When the track reopened last July, an all time attendance mark was broken with over 7000 fans, drivers and others making their way onto Kortwright Road for the evening. But, a lot of track and grandstand improvements were completed to make it conducive to the visitors last year. When Saturday night comes rolling around each week, fans should expect a fun time for the entire family and wanting to come back for more each week.
CONNEAUT, OH – Northeast Ohio’s premier clay speed plant in Conneaut, Ohio will swing open its gates for the 2015 racing season Friday afternoon with Chief Starter Roger Osburn dropping the first green flag of the season promptly at 7:30 PM.
All five classes of racers will return to the track this Summer headed up by the Evergreen Lake Park Campground Crate Late Models, this year running under the CARS sanction for the first time ever. CARS rules, including tire rules, are all available at the track website, www.raceway7.com. The CARS Crate Late Models race twenty lap features after setting the starting lineup through heat races. Defending champion Kyle Zimmerman is expected to defend his title against the area’s best Crate Late Model talent, including past champions Max Blair, Dennis Lunger, and Chad Wright.
The Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods will be back with a spirited battle to replace Champion Gary Eicher, who retired at the end of last season after a highly successful career that saw championships at several local speedways. Former champions Joel Watson and Percy McDonald are expected to be at the top of the list of contenders with veterans Dan McDonald, Bill Taylor, and Chuck Steinle Jr working to obstruct any repeating champions. Young guns Josh McDonald, Steve Samuelson, and Ed Wilson are looking to etch their names in the record books as well. The Bonnell Collision Center E-Mods compete in heats and twenty-lap features.
Chris Withers romped to another Campbell’s Mini-Storage Street Stocks championship last summer and is ready to contend for a repeat this season. Former champion Ed Bolyard will be fighting every lap of the season to prevent that. Jimmy Kennerknecht was close to winning last summer but was never quite able to break into the Winner’s Circle. The likable young Erie native is expected to change that this season and will be in contention every week. Shane Applebee’s drove to Victory Lane the last week of the 2014 season and is always a threat anytime he takes a green flag. Others looking to unseat Withers at the top of the heap would include Eric Reinwald, Kenny Lamp, and Matt Lozowski. The Campbell’s Mini-Storage Street Stocks run fifteen-lap features after qualifying through heat races.
Raceway 7’s youngest champion, Josh Ferry, took the Bonnell Auto Sales Economods by storm last summer and will be back to ward off all pretenders to the throne this summer. With a brand new racer, Ferry will be ready to defend his title against contenders Rick Prosser, a former Street Stock and E-Mod champion from twenty years past, young Devin Henry, son of a former Steel Block Late Model champion who improved every week last summer, veteran Lee Patrick, and young charger Kyle Fellows, another driver showing steady improvement. The fields for the fifteen lap Bonnell Auto Sales Economod features are set through six-lap heat races.
The Specialty Products Mini Stocks championship for 2014 was the closest of all the divisions with Dale Fraschetti defeating 2012 champion Bud Sergeff by only seventeen points. Both will be back this season but will also have to defend against 2013 champion Brad Cole, winner of the final 2014 feature, rising stars Hoyt Mihalak, Jason Easler, and Dylan Goodman, the veteran Carlos Aponte, and a host of others. Twelve-lap features cap off the evening for he he Specialty Products Mini Stocks after six-lap qualifying heat events.
Weather permitting, gates open every Friday at 5:30 PM with pill draw cut off at 7 PM and racing at 7:30 PM. VIP suites are available for rental for $250 a night which includes eight general admissions passes. Admission is set for $10 for adults for regular events, kids 7-14 are $5. Children 6 and under are free. Pit passes are $25. For more information please visit www.raceway7.com or call the track on race day after 12 noon at 440-594-2222.
GREENVILLE, PA – Thiel senior catcher Danielle Massengill (North Bend, Wash./Mt. Si) was named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Hitter of the Week Monday, as selected by the conference office.
Massengill tallied 12 hits in 19 at-bats last week for a .632 average, helping the Tomcats conclude their 2015 season with pair of PAC doubleheader sweeps. She totaled two doubles, six RBIs and scored six runs last week. Massengill owned a slugging percentage of .737 and an on-base percentage of .682.
The Tomcats went 16-16 overall and 9-9 in PAC play in 2015.
ERIE, PA – Eight members of the Mercyhurst University wrestling team were named to the 2014-15 Division II All-Academic Wrestling Team as selected by the NCAA Division II Wrestling Coaches Association. Additionally, the Lakers finished tenth in the country in top team GPA.
As a team, Mercyhurst posted a team GPA of 3.223 with the University of Indianapolis claiming the Academic National Championship with a 3.482. The team GPA is calculated by averaging the cumulative grade point averages of ten wrestlers from each team of which eight of those wrestlers must have competed in their team’s NCAA Division II National Qualifying Tournament.
Two years ago, the Lakers won the Division II Academic National Championship for having the highest team GPA in the country.
Individually, Mercyhurst had two earn spots on the Division II All-Academic First Team, three landed on the Second Team, and three earned Honorable Mention status.
Bohince, a native of Level Green, Pennsylvania, finished eighth in the country at 125 pounds and ended his campaign with a 33-7 overall record. He currently sports a 3.27 GPA in accounting. Mizia, who hails from Bentleyville, Pennsylvania, placed third in the country at 174 pounds to conclude his season with a 33-6 overall mark. He has a 3.35 GPA in elementary education.
Mizia was also a First Team honoree in 2013-14.
Bohince, the older brother of Willie, narrowly missed qualifying for nationals in his final season with the Lakers. He posted a 13-12 record this past season and finished his career with an 82-55 overall record. He has a 3.11 GPA in graphic design. Griffith, a native of Medina, Ohio, went 20-5 for the Lakers in 2014-15, wrestling primarily in tournaments. He holds a 3.12 GPA in criminal justice. Young, who hails from Brookville, Pennsylvania, went 16-13 while wrestling at 141 pounds. He has an even 3.00 GPA in exercise science.
Bohince was also a Second Team selection in 2012 and 2014.
After winning just one match as a freshman, Green, a native of Cobleskill, New York, went 9-15 as a sophomore this past season. He has a 3.94 GPA in criminal justice. Martini, a native of Mokena, Illinois, saw limited action on the mat this past season but carries a 3.61 GPA in biology. Finally, Miller, who hails from Mill Hall, Pennsylvania, went 13-10 for the Lakers and has a 3.42 GPA in sportsmedicine.
Martini and Miller were both Honorable Mention selections in 2013-14.
Mercyhurst ended the season with a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Division II National Championships – the program’s best-ever result. The 2005, 2008, and 2009 squads all finished ninth at nationals which was the program’s best prior to this year’s result.
The Lakers also had a program-record six All-Americans this season – redshirt sophomore Willie Bohince (8th at 125), redshirt junior Jeremy Landowski (6th at 149), redshirt sophomore Francis Mizia (6th at 157), redshirt junior August Mizia (3rd at 174), sophomore Dakota DesLauriers (6th at 184), and sophomore Andrew Welton (5th at 285). The previous program record was four at the 2005 National Championships.
Mercyhurst had an 18-1 overall record and a perfect 7-0 mark against Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) opponents this year. Mercyhurst won its third consecutive PSAC Division II Regular Season Dual Championship with a league-clinching 24-15 victory over Pitt-Johnstown on February 14. Dating back to the 2012-13 season, the first year in which the PSAC handed out the Division II Dual Championship, the Lakers are 51-5 overall and 19-0 against PSAC opponents en route to their three consecutive regular season titles. Meanwhile, the 18 victories this season tied the program record for most dual victories in a season, which was established last season. The team’s .947 winning percentage also tied the program record, again set last season.
Then, at the Super Regionals, Mercyhurst tied for its best-ever finish after coming in second, behind only defending national champion, Notre Dame College, in the team standings. The Lakers finished with 126 team points, trailing only the Falcons’ 133 total points over the weekend.
The Lakers also finished second at the regional tournament in four consecutive seasons from 2004 to 2007.
Mercyhurst had three regional champions – Bohince at 125 pounds, Landowski at 149, and redshirt junior Angelo Bortoluzzi at 165. Meanwhile, four others joined the trio at the NCAA National Championships – Francis Mizia (second at 157), August Mizia (second at 174), DesLauriers (third at 184), and Welton (third at 285).
The seven national qualifiers marks the most the program has had under head coach Mike Wehler and is tied for third-most in school history – the 2005-06 squad had seven advance while both the 2003-04 and 2004-05 teams had eight advance to the National Championships.
The White team won 22-17 over the Red team in a cool evening Loretto setting