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Hines Ward to present 'positive' high school awards

Written by Mike White on .

More than two dozen high school athletes from Western Pennsylvania will be recognized tonight at the fourth annual C Harper Positive High School Athlete Awards.

All of the athletes will be honored by former Steeler Hines Ward and Lanny Frattare will serve as master of ceremonies for the event, which take place at 7 p.m. at the Heinz History Center in the Strip District.

A total of $31,000 in scholarship money will be awarded to the winners. Positive Athlete was created as a movement for more "positivity" in youth sports. Each athlete was required to show leadership and characteristics that show a positive attitude on and off the field.

The winners are Riley Karn, Fort Cherry; Moriah McGuire, McGuffey; Ryan Harkleroad, Upper St. Clair; Ashley Holt, Pa, Cyber Charter; Jim Knoerdel, South Side Beaver; Marisa Deichert, Laurel Highlands; Gino DePaoli, East Allegheny; Toni Koval, Carlynton; Luke Dzikiy, New Brighton; Courtney Wahlstrom, Seneca Valley; Jimmy Vita, Hampton.

Isabel Siergiej, Penn-Trafford, Carmen Palermo, Gateway; Ava Petrosky, Latrobe; Jake Trainor, Canon-McMillan, Mary Kathryn Bair, Hickory; Zachary Remaley, Mount Pleasant; Emma Buerger, Mt. Lebanon; Patrick O'Connor, Seneca Valley; Olivia Szalanski, Highlands; Hunter Armstrong, Lakeview; Nina Tyskiewicz, South Allegheny;  Kris Silbaugh, Cambridge Springs, Maggie McDermott, Kiski Area; Marco Marinelli, Thomas Jefferson; Danijela Jergan, North Allegheny, Jessica Johnson, Connellsville; Dylan Porter, Thomas Jefferson.

Coaches who will be honored are Joe Everhart of Uniontown and Jen McCrady of Fox Chapel.

Also, South Side Beaver will be honored as the Highmark Most Positive High School.

Each of the athletes will receive a $500 scholarship from the Jeff Boynton Scholarship Fund, named after a former Plum football star who was paralyzed while playing in a 1979 summer all-star game. 

Also, there will be $5,000 scholarships given to a "Mylan Male and Female Positive Athletes of the Year";  A $2,200 Jeff Boynton Memorial Scholarship; two $1,000 scholarships to the "UPMC Sports Medicine Comeback Player Awards"; a $1,000 scholarship to a girl for the "Knichel Logistics Title IX Award."

 

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Empty Netter Assists - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton eliminated - 05-13-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Goaltender Jeff Zatkoff made 22 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ in a 2-1 loss to the Manchester Monarchs in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lost the series, 4-1. Zatkoff replaced starting goaltender Matt Murray who allowed two goals on six shots in the first period.

-Highlights:

-"It’s not easy. It’s never going to be easy. I knew that coming in and I learned that even more as I played. I wasn’t really happy with how I played the last couple games, but I tried to leave it all out there. It just wasn’t enough.” - Murray.

-Andrea Forsythe, a former nanny for Penguins forward Chris Kunitz, is scheduled to stand trial on charges she stole $12,000 in jewelry from Kunitz's wife.

-Happy 43rd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Darryl Sydor. A free agent signing in the 2007 offseason, Sydor spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 2007-08, he appeared in 74 games and recorded 12 points. He appeared in four postseason games that spring. He only appeared in eight games the following season of 2008-09 and recorded two points before being dealt to the Stars in exchange for Philippe Boucher. In 82 regular season games with the Penguins, Sydor scored 14 points. One of seven first round picks from the 1990 draft to play for the Penguins (Petr Nedved, Jaromir Jagr, John Slaney, Drake Berehowsky, Shawn Antoski and Bryan Smolinski are the others), Sydor is currently an assistant coach with the Wild.

IIHF World Championship

-Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin recorded an assist for Russia which lost to Finland in a shootout, 3-2, in a preliminary round game of the IIHF World Championship tournament.

-Russia forward Sergei Plotnikov and Finland forward Janne Pesonen, a former Penguin, didn't see eye-to-eye on something:

-A good look at the lid of Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky:

-Finland goaltender Pekka Rinne looked like he lost his head here:

-Avalanche forward Matt Duchene and Stars forward Jason Spezza each had two goals and two assists for Canada in a 10-1 rout of Austria. With Canada having already clinched a berth in the quarterfinal round, captain/forward Sidney Crosby was a healthy scratch.

-Canada forward Jordan Eberle > Austria goaltender Bernhard Starkbaum:

-A hockey day in Prague:

-An overtime goal by Boston University forward Jack Eichel gave the United States a 5-4 win against Slovakia.

-United States defenseman John Moore and Slovakia forward Marek Viedensky had issues:

-United States goaltender Connor Hellebuyck was thirsty:

-United States forward Trevor Lewis and Slovakia forward Tomas Kopecky dueled for this puck:

-Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec made 26 saves for the Czech Republic in a 3-2 shootout win against Switzerland.

-Czech Republic forward Michal Vondrka had plenty of support here:

-Happy times for the Czech Republic. Not so much for Switzerland defenseman Timo Helbling:

-Czech Republic forward Jakub Voracek flipped this puck past Switzerland goaltender Reto Berra:

-Former Canadiens/Predators forward Andrei Kostitsyn had a goal and an assist for Belarus which beat Norway, 3-2.

-Former Kings/Canadiens/Capitals/Blackhawks goaltender Cristobal Huet made 11 saves for France which beat Latvia, 3-2, in a shootout.

-France forward Stephane da Costa > Latvia goaltender Edgars Masalskis:

-France forward Yorick Treille was excited:

-Patriotic times for France:

-After the Jump: The Lightning eliminates the Canadiens.

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Brewed On Grant: Political Families

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Political family dynasties aren't reserved for national elections. We have our share here in Allegheny County. Two of those families are facing off in Tuesday's primary. 

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Barnes talks WVU, more at ACC meetings

Written by Sam Werner on .

AMELIA ISLAND, Fla. — How long did it take incoming Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes for someone to ask him about the dormant Backyard Brawl rivalry with West Virginia?

"About 30 seconds," Barnes said with a laugh Tuesday at the ACC spring meetings.

"In fact, literally, I was asked before I was officially named the AD. Those are hot topics and we'll continue to look at it."

Barnes, though, declined to go any farther than that. He won't officially take the reins as Pitt's until June 15, but said he has already started learning about the Panthers' rivalries with the Mountaineers and Penn State.

"I'm learning more. Particularly, any in-state rivalry, you know those are huge. But I learned more about the rivalry with West Virginia and how important that is to some folks. I'm continuing to be educated."

Here are a couple of other notes from Tuesday at the ACC spring meetings:

- One of the highlights of Barnes' tenure at Utah State was his rebranding of the Aggies' athletic programs. I asked him what went into that, just in case he decided to undertake a similar initiative at Pitt.
"It's a 15- to 18-month process," he said. "It was a strategic process. If we're to go through that process, we'll determine that. We don't have to determine that yet.
"You value the history and the accomplishments of the past in terms of respecting the history at Pitt. How do you take that and mold it into an exciting new look and vision to move forward. We want to look at it, we want to explore it, and if we did want to move forward in a partnership with Nike, as an example, that process is a long process. We'll definitely evaluate it. Now will that be one of our top priorities? I don't know yet."

- Clemson coach Dabo Swinney reaffirmed Tuesday that ACC coaches, as a whole, were opposed to the concept of satellite camps.
"We're for keeping recruiting scholastic," Swinney said. "We're the last sport out there that recruits only on campus, either at the [high] school or our campus. That's where we recruit."

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A grandmother's inspired song revealed at garden visit

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog marjIt's wonderful to meet people like Marjorie Greenberger. She's full of life and told me the most beautiful story though her music. Photo by Doug Oster

Marjorie Greenberger sits amongst magnolia blossoms which have fallen onto her backyard in Squirrel Hill.

She called me to take a look at her garden and although I'm way too busy to make house calls, I had an hour after Pittsburgh Today Live to swing by and take a look. I just couldn't say no to that voice over the telephone.

I would call the meeting both cordial and contentious. She wanted to know what I would plant in her garden, I wanted to know what she loved to plant in her garden. I gave her plenty of suggestions and she offered up some plants she enjoyed and we put a quick plan together as she dutifully took notes.

She offered me money, which I could never accept, but she had a beautiful flowered door mat which she insisted I take as a gift.

As the hour wound down and I was anxious to get on to the next job of the day she sat down at the piano and told a story.

Her granddaughter Emma needed a medical miracle at birth to survive. Luckily between the five doctors who treated her, she not only survived but has thrived and is now an active teenager.

Marjorie has played the piano since she was seven, and although she was reluctant to give her age, lets just say she's been a musician for a long time.

For all those years of playing though, she never wrote a song until she thought of Emma and her struggles.

As I sat there recording what she played on my iPhone, I could hear the love come across in each note.

Marjorie Greenberger is a dancer, musician, active in the community but on this day she was simply a proud grandmother letting her fingers express her feelings.

Here's 'Emma's Theme'-

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