Oil City grad Koyack set to play in Senior Bowl

Ben Koyack

   January 24, 2015 10:30 am

Oil City graduate Ben Koyack, a Notre Dame senior, will compete in the Senior Bowl today in Mobile, Ala., as he tries to catch the eye of NFL scouts. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. in the game, which will be televised by NFL Network. The 6-foot 5-inch, 254-pound tight end finished fourth in receiving…

Former D-10 track athletes have impressive indoor efforts

   January 24, 2015 1:27 am

Several former District 10 athletes recorded impressive performances Friday night at the Youngstown State Invitational at the Watson and Tressel Training Site. The meet included Division I, II and III schools. Thiel senior Nic Jones, a Franklin graduate, placed second in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 8.25 inches. Jones’ teammate, senior…

Polls: Penn State football wins and Paterno’s statue

   January 16, 2015 1:55 pm

The NCAA announced an agreement today that would restore Penn State’s 112 football victories that were vacated during the Jerry Sandusky scandal. With that in mind, please answer these two poll questions:    

Harris has 17 in UMass-Lowell win

   January 9, 2015 8:57 pm

Cathedral Prep grad Matt Harris  had 17 points as Division I University of Massachusetts-Lowell beat UMBC 73-61 in overtime Wednesday. Harris, a freshman, had his biggest outing by making 5-of-8 shots, 3-of-5 3-pointers and adding four assists in 30 minutes of play for the River Hawks, now 8-7 and 2-0 in the America East Conference. One…

Ex-GU coach Wright finds it tough with freshmen

   January 9, 2015 8:25 pm

Former Gannon women’s coach Cleve Wright’s Miami Redhawks are taking their lumps in his second season, but with five freshmen playing the bulk of the minutes, Wright’s plan to rebuild could flourish beyond this season. Miami is 3-10, 0-2 in the Mid-American Conference (as of Jan. 8) two years removed from a Division II Elite…

Despite Pitt bowl loss, Conner has strong finish to big season

James Conner

   January 3, 2015 8:39 am

Pitt sophomore running back James Conner certainly would have preferred a Panthers win to moving up stat lists Friday in the Armed Forces Bowl. Instead, the McDowell grad watched from the sideline for much of the fourth quarter as Houston completed a remarkable comeback, rallying from a 25-point fourth-quarter deficit for a 35-34 victory over…

Big Ten teams, running backs earn respect on New Year’s Day

   January 2, 2015 10:06 am

What a day for the Big Ten Conference. Four Big Ten teams played New Year’s Day bowl games, and all four were considered underdogs according to the experts. Big Ten teams responded with resounding victories in the three biggest games. Wisconsin — a 7-point underdog — pulled out a 34-31 overtime win against Auburn in the Outback Bowl. Michigan…

College football videos: Two top plays from New Year’s Day bowl games

   January 1, 2015 7:10 pm

Check out two of the premier plays from the New Year’s Day bowl games. First, Minnesota tight end Maxx Williams hurdles two defenders on the way to a TD in the Citrus Bowl.     Then, Michigan State blocks a field-goal attempt and then blocks the Baylor kicker himself. The play set up MSU’s winning…

Cathedral Prep grads Terry, Williams set for Cotton Bowl with MSU

Damion Terry

   January 1, 2015 9:52 am

As members of the Michigan State football team, Cathedral Prep graduates Damion Terry and Delton Williams will experience their second major bowl in two seasons today. One year after the Spartans beat Stanford in the Rose Bowl, MSU will meet Baylor today in the Cotton Bowl. Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. today on ESPN….

McDowell grad Conner has chance to move up Pitt stat lists

James Conner

   December 31, 2014 1:09 pm

McDowell graduate James Conner, a sophomore running back for Pitt, has had a prolific season for the Panthers. The consensus All-American and ACC Player of the Year enters today’s Armed Forces Bowl with a chance to move up several Pitt single-season and career statistical lists. (Kickoff is at noon on ESPN. Check out the preview story.)…