Canon-McMillan's Piechnick had 10-hit streak ..... other notes

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Some items that fell off my laptop.

Streaking has become popular in WPIAL baseball this spring, and nobody has taken off their clothes.

This blog has documented impressive streaks of Blackhawk's Brendan McKay and Norwin's J.J. Matijevic. McKay hasn't allowed a run in 37 innings dating back to last season. Matijevic has hit a home run in six consecutive games and is riding a string of 10 consecutive hits.

Add Canon-McMillan's Teagan Piechnick to those who have had a memorable streak. Piechnick, a senior center fielder, also had a streak of 10 consecutive hits. He had 16 plate appearances in the streak that included six walks, which meant he reached base 16 consecutive times. The streak ended Monday with a flyout against Peters Township.

During the streak, Piechnick had four home runs, three doubles and three singles. He had 12 runs and 10 RBIs during the streak.

For the season, he is batting .633 (19 of 30) with an on-base percentage of .744. He has six home runs and 17 RBIs. He has helped Canon-McMillan to a 7-2 record.

***** Weather-wise, this is starting to look like a bad year for spring sports. Baseball and softball teams are starting to get behind in games played. This is only year after this area had one of the best springs for sports. There were very few bad weather days last year.

***** It was interesting to see one of the MVPs in Saturday's Roundball Classic all-star basketball games. It was Elijah Cottrill of Beaver Falls. He got the MVP for the Class AA team.

Elijah CottrillCottrill didn't play for Beaver Falls from mid-January on - because of a knee injury. Cottrill also missed most of football season because of an injury to the same knee.

The Roundball was Cottrill's first game since he sustained the injury. Cottrill was considered a Division I college prospect and made the Post-Gazette Fabulous 5 as a junior. Creighton offered him a scholarship during his junior year. He accepted a football scholarship from Akron last summer, but the two eventually parted ways.

Cottrill (pictured) might still have Division I basketball in the future, but only after a year or two. Academic issues will force him to either a prep school or a junior college. There is a chance he might attend Polk, a junior college in Florida. Polk is coached by former Robert Morris coach Matt Furjanic. Former Beaver Falls star Sheldon Jeter is attending Polk this school year, but not playing basketball. Jeter played as a freshman at Vanderbilt, left after one year and will play for Pitt next year. 

Lance Jeter is another Beaver Falls player who played at Polk before signing and playing at the University of Nebraska.

***** Will former Plum star Nolan Cressler be the next WPIAL player who wasn't heavily recruited in high school but makes a name for himself at the big-time college level? Cressler played at Cornell of the Ivy League the past two seasons before deciding to leave the team after this school year. He accepted a scholarship from Vanderbilt last night.

Notre Dame, Dayton and Rutgers also had offered scholarships and a number of other teams were interested in him. Plum coach Ron Richards said Michigan might have offered a scholarship any day. All of those big-time schools don't show interest or offer a scholarship to a marginal player.

A few former WPIAL/City League players did very well this season after transfers. Chartiers Valley's T.J. McConnell transferred from Duquesne to Arizona, and Schenley's DeAndre Kane transferred from Marshall to Iowa State.

Cressler is a shooting guard who led Cornell in scoring this past season at 16 points a game. This should tell you how much Vanderbilt wanted Cressler: After Cressler got his release from Cornell, Vanderbilt's entire staff flew to Cornell to meet with him.


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Volcano Dogs has echoes of Eviction

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volcanodogsThree-fifths of Eviction will take the stage at the 31st Street Pub (Strip) Friday with the debut of Volcano Dogs, but don’t expect that same thrash-metal sound from the ’80s.

“Eviction was metal with some punk tossed in,” says bassist Ted Williams. “Volcano Dogs has some of that but we are definitely not thrash or metal or punk. This band is a mixture of all the music we grew up on, listened to and played in our various bands: metal, hard rock, punk, ’70s rock, Swedish rock scene, you name it. I think there is everything from AC/DC to the Dead Boys to the Hellacopters, Motorhead, the Stones, you name it.”

Volcano Dogs reunites Williams with guitarist Rob Tabachka and drummer Ron Reidell, and adds frontman Bruce Lentz from horror-rock band Forbidden 5.

“After Eviction broke up, we all went in some direction — some band, some life, the typical, ya know,” Williams says.

He and Tabachka formed Pilsner, and Tabachka also went on to play in Silver Tongue Devil and Kabuki Thunder.

Recently, the moment arrived for the trio to start working together again.

“Ron, who had focused on family life, went and bought a new drum kit,” Williams says. “Rob had a handful of riffs and played them to me and we started to just get a feel of maybe the time was right to try something. Rob brought up bringing in Bruce to try out writing some lyrics and it just started to come together from there.”

evictionpicEvictionThe three Eviction guys hadn’t played together since 1990, but Williams says, “We locked right in like it was 1989 again!”

With seemingly every band on Earth having reunited at some point, will Eviction ever bite?

“Maybe someday. We do have a vinyl LP release of the re-mastered ‘Who Will Win’ demo coming in late spring,” Williams says.

Also on the bill Friday at 10 p.m. are Thunder Vest and Del Rios.


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Penguins - Blue Jackets preview - 04-15-14

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Penguins vs. Blue Jackets

Penguins Leading Regular Season Scorer: Sidney Crosby (right), 104 points (36 goals, 68 assists).

Blue Jackets Leading Regular Season Scorer: Ryan Johansen (below), 63 points (33 goals, 30 assists).

Penguins Expected Starting Goaltender: Marc-Andre Fleury, 39-18-5, 2.37 GAA, .915 SV%.

Blue Jackets Expected Starting Goaltender: Sergei Bobrovsky, 32-20-5, 2.38 GAA, .923 SV%.

Penguins Regular Season Statistics

Blue Jackets Regular Season Statistics

Penguins Injuries: Center Evgeni Malkin (foot) is questionable. Center Marcel Goc (ankle) is out. Right winger Chris Conner (hand), Pascal Dupuis (knee), center Joe Vitale ("upper body") and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clot) are on injured reserve.

Blue Jackets Injuries: Left wingers Nick Foligno ("lower body"), R.J. Umberger ("upper body") and defenseman Ryan Murray (knee) is questionable. Right winger Nathan Horton (abdominal) is out.

Penguins with Stanley Cup bling: Craig Adams, RW; Sidney Crosby, C; Pascal Dupuis, RW; Marc-Andre Fleury, G; Chris Kunitz,  LW; Kris Letang, D; Evgeni Malkin, C; Brooks Orpik, D; Rob Scuderi, D.

Blue Jackets with Stanley Cup bling: Nathan Horton, LW.

Something worthwhile about the Penguins: The Penguins had the league's best power play this past regular season at a success rate of 23.4 percent.

Something worthwhile about the Blue Jackets: The Blue Jackets lost all five regular season games against the Penguins this season.

Something useless about the Penguins that is vaguely connected to the Blue Jackets: Former Blue Jackets goaltender Ron Tugnutt holds the Penguins' record for most saves in a postseason game. In five overtimes, he made 70 saves in a 2-1 loss to the Flyers in Game 4 of a 2000 Eastern Conference semifinal series.

Something useless about the Blue Jackets that is vaguely connected to the Penguins: The only bench minor in the Blue Jackets postseason history - a too many  men penalty - was served by former Penguins xx Jason Williams against the Red Wings in Game 4 of a 2009 Western Conference quarterfinal series.

Former Blue Jackets on the Penguins: None.

Former Penguins on the Blue Jackets: Mark Letestu, C; Todd Richards, head coach (Richards was formerly the head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins), Ville Siren, head amateur scout.

Who needs to be the difference for the Penguins: Paul Martin and Brooks Orpik. They serve as the team's shutdown defensive pairing. With the Blue Jackets dealing with injuries up front, center Ryan Johansen must carry more of the their offense. Martin and Orpik will presumably get the bulk of assignments against his line.

Who needs to be the difference for the Blue Jackets: Sergei Bobrovsky. He has to steal games. Given his history of success in Consol Energy Center, that's not an outlandish suggestion.

Best Penguins YouTube Video We Could Find: Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik's series clinching overtime goal in a 4-3 win against the Islanders in a 2013 Eastern Conference quarterfinal:

Best Blue Jackets YouTube Video We Could Find: Blue Jackets left winger R.J. Umberger scoring a backhanded goal against the Red Wings in Game 4 of a 2009 Western Conference quarterfinal series:

EN Prediction: The Blue Jackets simply don't have a the numbers to run with the Penguins, especially given their recent outbreak of injuries up front. The games will be tight but the Penguins should win this quickly. Penguins 4-1.

(Photos: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images and Leon Halip/Getty Images)

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5 days to back bike safety kick-starter

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BikePGH has five days to raise the last $20,000 on Indiegogo to broaden the reach of its Drive With Care campaign. 
The effort arose after some well publicized accidents between cars and cyclists to remind drivers that people on bicycles aren’t just people on bicycles but people they might know and even love. 
Rude bicyclists and those who do not obey traffic rules and etiquette have their own critics. It may be hard to love those guys who wear skin-tight gear and pedal past you on a trail as if they own it, and a bicyclist weaving around cars and riding in the wrong direction poses his own threat.
If the progress we expect and hope to see in Pittsburgh’s bicycle infrastructure is going to sustain itself, we will need more than this but it’s a step away from the antagonism that seems to keep perpetuating the problem.
The campaign has been underway on billboards and bus shelters showing real Pittsburghers riding their bikes and reminding others that their lives should be valued, considering they are Pittsburghers’ kids, parents and, of course, (at least one) Steeler, Antonio Brown.
BikePGH sponsored these public service announcements last year to positive feedback. The Indiegogo campaign “will allow the Drive With Care message to be broadcast on a much larger scale to make a broader impact,” BikePGH said. 
Becca Susman of BikePGH wrote in an email that this spring “marks two years since our colleague Dan Yablonsky nearly lost his life in a hit-and-run crash while he was riding his bike. His road to recovery has been long and has had a profound effect on those of us who know and care about him. There have also been several other serious collisions since then and people riding bikes contend with aggressive encounters with cars on a daily basis.”


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A KFC corsage, big bucks for Versace, Victoria's Secret fashion show changes and more fashion headlines

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It's been one of those days where tweet after tweet is another tidbit of fashion news.

Don't have time to go social media surfing to find out the latest? Stylebook has done the work for you! Here's a brief link roundup of where you can find more on today's fashion headlines:

Big bucks for Versace: Hundreds of millions of dollars are going to the Italian fashion house. has the scoop on who's shelling out how much.

Victoria's Secret annual fashion show is on the move: The spectacle of bras and bodies is leaving the Big Apple. Check out to find out where it's going next. (Hint: It's heading across the pond.) Photo above from Associated Press

More -- and more -- (and more) Coachella style: If you haven't had your fill of Coachella style yet, has compiled a slideshow of "predictable and pin-worthy" fashions from the festival.

In time for prom, KFC debuts the "chicken corsage": This is more quirky than newsy -- but intriguing nonetheless. Turns out KFC has created an edible corsage, just in case girls get hungry while dancing the night away. has the details (and photos).

Dior's next fashion show is heading to Brooklyn: Alexander Wang isn't the only designer who thinks Brooklyn is the next high-end fashion hot spot. Find out from when and where the Dior runway show will be.

Steve Madden website gets a makeover: Next time you visit, you'll find a new and improved look and user experience. Its the first major revamp for the site since 2006. explains.


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