Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on October 25, 2002 · Page 30
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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Friday, October 25, 2002
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Page 30 — Friday, October 25, 2002 SPORTS ®lje ,3frihtaita Gazette Panthers recruit 7-footer By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — After struggling for years to recruit talented inside players, Pitt is suddenly loading up an entire recruiting class with them. The Panthers wrapped up their class of 2003 by getting a verbal commitment from Aaron Gray, a 7- foot center from Emmaus • High School. Gray averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds last season as Emmaus reached the PIAA Class AAAA quarterfinals. Earlier, Pitt coach Ben Howland got commitments from 6-10 Walter Waters of Detroit, 6-10 Chris Taft of New York and 6-8 Dante Milligan of New York. Taft plays center in high school but may switch to power forward at Pitt. Gray's uncle, Steve Gray, played for the 1978 Duke team that reached the Final Four with Mike Gminski and Gene Banks. None of the Pitt recruits can sign a binding letter of intent until the NCAA early signing period next month. Baseball PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates hired former major leaguer Rusty Runtz as their first-base coach Thursday. Kuntz, a former coach with the .Mariners and Marlins, succeeds Tommy Sandt, whose contract was not renewed. Kuntz played 277 games with the White Sox, Twins and Tigers and hit the game-winning sacrifice fly in the last game of the 1984 World Series for Detroit. He spent the last two months of this season as a roving instructor with Atlanta after working for the Marlins in various jobs for nine years. Kuntz also will be the Pirates' outfield and base-running instructor. NEW YORK — Lou Piniella has agreed to a $13 million, four-year contract to manage the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, a source with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press. NEWYORK—Art Howe has agreed to a $9.4 million, four-year contract to manage the New York Mets, a baseball source, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed to The Associated Press. Golf PINE MOUNTAIN, Ga. —Tim Herron shot a 9-under 63, his lowest score in three years, and held a two- stroke lead over seven players after the opening round of the Buick Challenge. Phil Mickelson, playing the Challenge for the first time in 10 years, was tied at 65 with Rocco Mediate, Bob May, David Gossett, Ben Crane and Michael Long, an alternate who didn't know he was playing until 20 minutes before he teed off. OKLAHOMA CITY — Rain, temperatures in the low 40s and winds of 10-15 mph led to the first round of the season-ending Senior Tour Championship to be suspended. MADRID, Spain — Lee Westwood shot a 7-under 64 for a one-stroke lead after the first round of the Madrid Open. Padraig Harrington, Brian Davis and Maarten Lafeber had 65s. Figure skating SPOKANE, Wash. — With only a week's notice, Michelle Kwan pulled off a program that had an entire season's polish, easily winning the short program at Skate America. Fellow American Jennifer Kirk was second and Viktoria Volchkova of Russia was third. Maxim Marinin won the pairs short program with partner Tatiana Totmianina. Horse racing ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, 111. — A year after winning his career debut at this track, Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner War Emblem has returned home for the final race of his career—the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Saturday. War Emblem is the 3-1 early favorite for the IVi-mile Classic. Hockey PHOENIX — Patrick Roy played in his 972nd NHL game, overtaking Terry Sawchuk for the most appearances by a goaltender. Basketball NEWYORK—Latrell Sprewell filed two more appeals against the New York Knicks, regarding a one-game suspension the team handed down Monday after he failed to follow their rehab instructions, and a $50,000 fine for missing a private workout at the team's practice facility. Football SAN DIEGO — San Diego Chargers strong safety Rodney Harrison was suspended without pay for one game by NFL disciplinarian Gene Washington for his third serious rules violation in two seasons, a helmet-to- helmet hit on Oakland's Jerry Rice last Sunday. NEW YORK — Hall of Famer Art Shell was hired by the NFL to handle player appeals of on-field disciplinary action. Christina Sgriccia of Penns Manor tried to overcome the block attempts of Homer-Center defenders Samantha F.ab'm (1 ]) andJanine Ciranni. (Gazette photo by Thomas Slusser) Comets again finish with perfect record From Staff Reports HOMER CITY — Penns Manor completed a second consecutive perfect regular season with a 15-6, 15-1 victory over Homer-Center in a Heritage Conference volleyball match Thursday. The victory moved the Comets to 18-0. Penns Manor, the Heritage Conference and defending District 6 champion, opens the playoffs next week. Pairings have not yet been set. Kelly Wolff paced the Comets with six kills, and Heather Amick had five kills. Alicia Koches dished out 14 assists. Penns Manor won the junior varsity match, 15-6, 15-7. Homer-Center finished its season at 6-12. • PURCHASE LINE — Megan Davidson dished out 19 assists and posted nine service points as Purchase Line closed out regular-season play with a 15-0, 15-8 victory over Saltsburg in a Heritage Conference match. Michelle Mattis added a 15 service points for the Red Dragons, and Scholastic girls volleyball Steph Perkovich had nine kills. Purchase Line won the junior varsity match, 15-11,15-8. Purchase Line (10-8) opens the District 6 playoffs next week. Pairings have not yet been set. • MARION CENTER — Marion Center defeated United 15-6,15-8 in the last match of the season for both teams. Melissa Loughry had 11 service points to lead Marion Center (5-13). Marion Center won the junior varsity contest, 15-7,15-1. • NEW FLORENCE — Laurel Valley defeated Blairsville 15-0, 16-14 in a He rita ge Co nferenc e match. BlairsviHe's Camille Herby had seven kills, and Alicia Santoro has seven service points. Janna Kuhns recorded 22 assists, and Laurel High- bergerhad 15. Blairsville closed the season at 810. Laurel Valley moved to 10-8 going into next week's District 6 playoffs. Penns Manor wins in triple overtime From Staff Reports HOMER CITY-— Penns Manor and Homer-Center weren't quite ready for the junior high girls' basketball season to end Thursday evening. Shaleigh Vrana scored the game- winning basket as Penns Manor edged Homer-Center 36-35 in triple overtime in a ninth-grade game. Vrana scored 10 points. Homer- Center's Chris Carlson also scored 10 points, and Regina Reeger added eight points. In the seventh- and eighth-grade contest, Penns Manor beat Homer- Center 22-5. The Penns Manor ninth-grade team ended its season with a 17-3 record. The seventh- and eighth- grade team finished 20-0. Homer- Center finished at 8-14. • LIGONIER — Cindy Mazurak poured in 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead Northern Cambria to a 45-18 victory over Ligonier Valley. Northern Cambria's Jen Valeria chipped in 12 points, and Becky Butterworth scored seven points and grabbed 11 rebounds. In the seventh- and eighth-grade contest, Ligonier Valley edged Northern Cambria, 10-9. Northern Cambria (7-13) plays in the Cambria Heights Tournament against North Star on Saturday. • NEW FLORENCE — Laurel Valley closed its season with a 37-33 victory over Blairsville. Abbey Ritenour led the way for the Rams with 12 points. Heidi Hollingsworth scored 11 points, and Brittany Hall finished with 10 points. BlairsviHe's Christa Sturiale had eight points. Sports Desk Hours 8-11 p.m. Monday-Saturday Call (724) 465-5555 Craig wins football contest Jerry Craig of Indiana won the eighth edition of the Gazette's weekly football contest. Craig picked 18 of 20 games correctly and wrote in 41 points for the tiebreaker (Steelers 28, Colls 10 for 38 total points). Each weekly winner receives $200 in Football Bucks. Contest coupons appear in the paper on 'fAiesday, Friday and Sunday. Last week's winning teams were New Ryder Cup captain challenges U.S. golfers By JIMMY BURCH Fort Worth Star-Telegram Hal Sutton wasted little time Thursday in establishing a proactive stance as captain of the 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup team. Moments after his formal introduction as leader of the U.S. squad, Sutton issued a plea for more passionate play from the Americans during matches and challenged Tiger Woods, the world's top-ranked golfer, to try to approach the playing record of Jack Nicklaus in Ryder Cup settings as well as at major championships. "I don't know what the missing ingredient is, other than we need to be more passionate," Sutton said when trying to explain why U.S. teams have lost six of the past nine matches to the Europeans, including a 15 1 A- 12 !/2 defeat in Septe mb er. "Everyone wants to knock the Americans off. We need to be just as intense about making sure that doesn't happen. If we can take it to that level with every player, we'll come out victorious." Sutton, a three-time Ryder Cup competitor, singled out Woods for a personal plea. "Tiger parallels his career to Jack Nicklaus," Sutton said, citing Woods' well-chronicled goal of breaking the Golden Bear's record of 18 major championships as a professional golfer. "Jack Nicklaus had a pretty sterling career in the Ryder Cup, too. I'd like to challenge Tiger to look at Jack Nicklaus' Ryder Cup record and let's go after that one, too." Woods, 26, has won eight majors since joining the PGA Tour, but owns a meager 5-8-2 mark as a Ryder Cup competitor. Nicklaus was 17-8-3 in six appearances in the Ryder Cup. Before last month's matches in Sutton Coldfield, England, Woods drew criticism for saying he had "a million reasons" why he considered it more important to win the WGC-Ameri- can Express Championship, which offered a $1 million payday to the winner, than to win the Ryder Cup, where competitors are not paid. Woods won the WGC event, held the week before the Ryder Cup, but was only 2-2-1 in his matches against the Europeans. Sutton, a Ryder Cup teammate with Woods in 1999 and 2002, stressed that he does not question the desire of Woods or other U.S. players to beal the Europeans. But Junior high girls basketball Blairsville won the seventh- and eighth-grade contest, 15-6. Laurel Valley finished the season at 16-2. • PURCHASE LINE — Purchase Line defeated Saltsburg 34-26 in the final game for both teams. Kristie Bash paced Purchase Line (6-14) with 18 points, and Amanda Kovalcin added 10 points. Tamara Blankenship led Saltstaurg with nine points. Purchase Line won the seventh- and eighth-grade game, 18-11. a MARION CENTER — Marion Center finished its season with a 2622 victory over United. Nicole Park scored six points to lead the Stingers. United's Jessica Bloom led all scorers widi 12 points. Marion Center cruised to a 29-7 victory in the seventh- and eighth- grade game. Marion Center's ninth-grade team . finished the season at 13-8. The seventh- and eighth-grade team will return to action next week in the Indiana Basketball Boosters Tournament. he said American players lag behind their European counterparts in team settings. "It's pretty apparent they work better together as a team," Sutton said. "They read each other's putts. They're talking about strategy coming down the fairway. We need to get past the point where we're playing for ourselves in the Ryder Cup. We need to be playing for the U.S. and for the team. We need to make decisions on the golf course based on that." Sutton, 44, said he will be a noii- playing captain even if he compiles enough Ryder Cup points to earn an automatic berth on the 2004 team. In fact, he said his goal is to play well enough in PGA Tour events the next two years to decline a spot on his own team. Sutton also said he is against tweaking the course setup at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., to favor U.S. players despite recent efforts by European captains to tailor European venues to the strengths of their players. Such moves contributed to European victories in 1997 and 2002. "I don't want to beat the Europeans with course setup. I'd rather beat them with sterling play," Sutton said. Around the area From Staff Reports Umbel qualifies for state meet SLIPPERY ROCK — Indiana's Marissa Umbel finished 15th in the WPIAL Class AAA Girls' Cross Country Championships on Thursday and qualified for the PIAA meet. Umbel, a sophomore, posted a time of 20 minutes, 15 seconds. Christine Taranto of West Allegheny won with a time of 19:06. The state meet will be held at Hershey next Saturday. Indiana native captures medalist honors CLEVELAND — Kristen Obush, an Indiana High graduate, earned medalist honors in leading the Cleveland State women's golf team to a first-place finish in the Malone College Fall Invitationai. Obush, a freshman, shot a two-round total of 163. She topped runner- up Ashley Welker of Seton Hill by six strokes, becoming Cleveland State's first medalist in the two-year history of the program. It is the fourth time Obush has led the Vikings' in scoring this fall. Indiana will play Trinity The Indiana High School football team will play host to Trinity next Friday at 7:30 p.m. All seats will be on a first come-first serve basis and mere will be no reserved seating. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased at the high school athletic office from 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. or at the gate. Student tickets purchased in advance are $1. All tickets purchased at the gate will cost $3. • The Indiana junior varsity team will play host to Kittanning on Saturday at 10 a.m. and travel to Trinity on Monday, Nov. 4, for a 5 p.m. start. The junior varsity game at Fox Chapel has been cancelled. Marion Center scores shutout PURCHASE LINE — Justin Hill threw for two touchdowns to lead Marion Center to a 12-0 victory over Purchase Line in a seventh- and eighth- grade football game Thursday. Hill teamed up with Rusty Bopp for a 20-yard touchdown pass and (hen hit Todd Smyers for a 30-yard score. Marion Center improved to 3-0-1. Pennsylvania Streams and Lakes Stream Map of Pennsylvania Great Gift! Blairsville, Homer-Center, Marion Center, Ligonier Valley, Apollo-Ridge, Montour, Brookville, Meadville, Indiana, Laurel Valley, IUP, Penn State, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Ravens, Broncos, Eagles, Chargers, Packers and Steelers. The previous week's contest winner picked 17 of 19 correctly. 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