NCAA Football: Penn State wins, Pitt falls to Utah
Silas Redd ran for 131 yards and a touchdown and Penn State took advantage of Purdue’s special teams miscues to hold on Saturday for a 23-18 win.
High School Football: Grove City, Lakeview grab wins
In high school football action Friday night, Grove City and Lakeview both rattled off wins.
NCAA Football: Rock returns home
There’s another pair of tough games on tap today for the two local NCAA football squads.
NCAA Football Quick glance: California (Pa.) at Slippery Rock
A breakdown of today's NCAA Division II football game between Slippery Rock and visiting California (Pa.),
NHL: Crosby cleared for contact
Sidney Crosby has traded in his white helmet. There’s still no telling when the Pittsburgh Penguins star will be able to do the same with his practice jersey.
Wise set for SRU Hall
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Former Grove City High athletic great Tom Wise has been selected as a 2014 inductee to the Slippery Rock University Athletic Hall of Fame.
Wise was former three-time All-American and three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference champion track and field student-athlete at Slippery Rock.
As a Rock student-athlete, Wise claimed a fourth-place finish and two sixth-place honors in decathlon competitions at NCAA Division II national championships.
THE CHECKERED FLAG: Western Pa.'s Zeigler scores big
LAST FRIDAY, I headed west to Attica Raceway Park for the FAST “410” Sprint Cars and UMP Late Model “Summer Nationals Hell Tour” along with the first appearance by the UMP (E) Mods. A great field of 37 Late Models, 28 Sprints, and 23 E-Mods were on hand along with a packed house. Overcast conditions made for a fast 1/3-mile track that provided great racing all night long.
Craig Mintz picked up the win the last time I was at Attica on June 6, but shortly thereafter suffered a back injury that kept him out of action for a month. On Friday night, Mintz returned and led every lap of the 30-lap Sprint Car feature for his season’s third win. The Gibsonburg, Ohio driver’s victory was worth $3,000 and had to hold off a last lap slide job by Christopher Bell.
THE CHECKERED FLAG: Up and down week for Sodeman
LAST FRIDAY I headed south to add I-77 Raceway Park to my track attended list, which made for 162nd track all-time. I-77 is located south of Ripley, West Virginia just off Interstate 77. This season, I-77 moved from the crowded Saturday night line-up to Friday night racing and teamed up with Ohio Valley Speedway. I-77 normally runs Super Late Models, Semi-Late Models, E-Mods, Mod Lites, and 4-Cylinder Mini Stocks. With the Sprint Cars on the schedule, I decided to make the trip and they were joined by the Super Late Models, Semi-Late Models, and E-Mods.
THE CHECKERED FLAG: Blaney still running hot on area tracks
LAST THURSDAY I headed southwest to Atomic Speedway, formerly known as KC Raceway. The 1/3-mile high-banked dirt oval is located an hour south of Columbus, Ohio just off Route 23 near Alma. It was my first visit in a couple years. A big crowd turned out on Independence Day Eve as the All Star Circuit of Champions Sprint Cars were back along with the Super Late Models and E-Mods. The Ohio Speedweek event the week before drew a huge 62-car field and Thursday’s event drew 33.
After an astounding Speedweek winning the final three races and four of six, Dale Blaney returned to the track that he last got defeated at. On the Speedweek show, Jac Haudenschild made the winning pass of Blaney, while Blaney finished second. Last Thursday, even a seventh starting spot didn’t derail Blaney for long. The Hartford, Ohio racer worked his way to the front and made the winning pass of race-long leader Tim Shaffer on lap 16. One caution three laps from the finish was all that slowed Blaney’s run to another $5,000 payday. It was Blaney’s fourth straight win, sixth of the season, and all-time leading 105th of his career with the All Stars.
EXTRA INNINGS: Bucs fans loved Burnett, but let's leave him in Philly
THERE IS NO no doubt that A.J. Burnett made a huge impact during his two seasons with the Pirates.
When he arrived in the spring of 2012, so did hope for fans wearied by teams that hadn’t seen a winning record in 20 summers.
While he certainly did not turn the tide by himself, he turned the wheel. His swagger sometimes didn’t play well with management, but even the Buc brass had to appreciate the new culture that Burnett helped his teammates create.
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