Cram Session features quick-hitting athlete updates and commentary:
• College baseball teams schedule February games in the South to escape wintry weather. However, that plan backfired for the Mercyhurst and Gannon baseballs team this week.
North Carolina was hit by a heavy winter snow storm, causing Mercyhurst’s three games against Winston-Salem State to be canceled this weekend. The Lakers will attempt a second southern swing Friday against Wilmington (Del.) University in Dinwiddie, Va.
Meanwhile, Gannon had been scheduled to face Virginia State in doubleheaders Sunday and Monday, but those four games have been postponed because of the storm. No make-up dates have been set.
• Clarion will wrestle the second of two major opponents this weekend when the Golden Eagles host No. 7-ranked Oklahoma State this afternoon. Clarion is coming off a 28-7 loss to West Virginia on Friday night.
The only victories for the Golden Eagles against West Virginia were collected by two freshmen who were District 10 stars last year. Reynolds graduate Austin Matthews moved his record 20-5 with an 11-2 major decision at 157 pounds over WVU’s Jason Luster. Fort LeBoeuf grad Evan Daley moved to 17-12 by claiming a 3-1 overtime victory at 285 pounds against A.J. Vizcarrando.
Clarion will host Oklahoma State today at 1 p.m. Matthews figures to face No. 2-ranked Alex Dieringer (22-1) at 157 pounds, while Daley is poised to face No. 16 Austin Marsden (17-6) at 285.
• Harbor Creek graduate Jessica Zoltowski attempted to rally the Elmira basketball team past Ithaca on Friday, but the Soaring Eagles lost 63-57 in an Empira 8 game. Zoltowski scored a game-high 27 points on 11-of-19 shooting from the field (3-of-5 from 3-point range). The 5-foot 9-inch senior guard is averaging 21.6 points per game.
Elmira dropped to 15-7 overall and 6-5 in the Empire 8 and is still attempting to secure a postseason berth. Ithaca (19-4, 11-1) won in its 11th straight game.
• Former record-breaking Erie Explosion quarterback Adam DiMichele has become a full-time assistant coach with Temple. He will serve as wide receivers coach after being a graduate assistant in 2013.
In 2011, DiMichele was named Southern Indoor Football League MVP with the Explosion after passing for 3,200 yards and 91 touchdowns with just seven interceptions. His a former Sto-Rox High School and Temple standout at quarterback.
– Jeff Kirik, sports editor