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Beaver Falls basketball going for another section title

Written by Mike White on .

The winner of tonight's boys basketball game between Beaver Falls and Aliquippa wins the WPIAL Class AA Section 2 title. For Beaver Falls, a win keeps alive an impressive streak.

Beaver Falls has won six section titles in a row under coach Doug Biega. It is the longest active streak in the WPIAL and a win against Aliquippa would give the Tigers seven in a row and put them closer to the top six section title streaks all time in the WPIAL.

Here are the longest section championship streaks.

1. Blackhawk 14 (1990-2003)

2. Ford City 12 (1928-39)

2. (tie) Wampum 12 (1950-1961)

4. Uniontown 11 (1956-66)

4. (tie) Aliquippa 11 (1997-2007)

6. Washington 10 (1950-59)

It is a little coincidental that Beaver Falls is playing Aliquippa. Aliquippa had won 11 section titles in a row from 1997 through 2007 until Beaver Falls stopped the streak in 2008.

Tonight's game figures to be close. First-year Aliquippa coach Nick Lackovich has done a good job in bringing Aliquippa basketball back to prominence in Beaver County. The Quips are 15-5 after finishing below .500 the past three years.

What's also interesting is that Lackovich spent the past few years as an assistant at Beaver Falls under Biega. The picture below is from last year of Biega coaching Beaver Falls, with Lackovich on the bench nearby.

This might be the year to get Beaver Falls. The Tigers lost a few starters from last years state championship team and standout point guard Elijah Cottrill is done for the season with a knee injury. He is supposed to have surgery today.

But Beaver Falls might be very good again in the future. Biega is playing a few talented, good-sized freshmen, including Donovan Jeter, younger brother of former Beaver Falls star Sheldon Jeter. But this is Beaver Falls' final year in Class AA. The Tigers are moving up to AAA next year. The school's enrollment still is Class AA, but the Tigers have chosen to play up. They will likely play in the same section as Central Valley, Blackhawk and probably New Castle, which is moving down from Class AAAA to AAA.

Jimmy WheelerWheeler still undecided

All but one of the seniors on the Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 all-star football team signed with a college Wednesday, the first day high school seniors could sign a binding letter of intent with a school. The only one who didn't was West Mifflin running back Jimmy Wheeler (pictured).

Wheeler said last night he is still deciding between California University of Pa. and Slippery Rock.

Wheeler led the WPIAL in rushing this season.

Just one, please

The most bizarre recruiting story this year had to be a high school player from Florida signing three letters of intent Wednesday with three different colleges.

That's right. D.J. Law of Haines City, Fla., signed with Mississippi Wednesday morning and then Utah in the afternoon. Both of those schools had him on their recruiting lists. But it didn't end there. Law also signed with East Missippi Junior College.

Crazy and idiotic? For sure. Apparently, Law's mother signed his letter of intent with Ole Miss and his father the one with Utah. But the ordeal seems to be over. On Thursday, Mississippi released him from his letter of intent and Law can go to Utah. He signed with East Mississippi just in case he didn't qualify academically.

So Law will be a Ute - apparently.

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Empty Netter Assists - 02-07-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Since he returned from a suspension in December, the Penguins are 13-1-1 when Deryk Engelland (above) is in the lineup and 0-2-0 when he's a healthy scratch.

-Kris Letang is still dealing with an undisclosed illness.

-Eighty-eight one-time Penguins players have appeared in the Olympics. Here are their career statistics in those games.

-Rob Scuderi speaks:

-The Penguins acquired minor league right winger Spencer Machacek from the Blue Jackets in exchange for right winger Paul Thompson. In 34 games with the AHL's Springfield Falcons this season, Machacek, 25, has scored 19 points (nine goals, 10 assists). In 25 career NHL games, he has nine points (two goals, seven assists). Thompson, 25, has appeared in 39 AHL games this season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and has eight points (four goals, four assists).

-Why did the Penguins give up on Thompson?

-Happy 42nd birthday to former Penguins defenseman John Slaney. A free agent signing in the 1999 offseason, Slaney's Penguins career amounted to 29 games and five points in 1999-2000. Midway through 2000-01, Slaney, the only player in franchise history from Newfoundland and Labrador, was traded to the Flyers in exchange for Kevin Stevens.

-Happy 39th birthday to former Penguins forward Alexandre Daigle (right). The first-overall pick by the Senators in the 1993 draft, Daigle came to the Penguins as a free agent in the 2002 offseason and spent one season with the team. In 2002-03, he played in 33 games and scored seven points. In the 2003 offseason, he joined the Wild as a free agent.

-Happy 67th birthday to former Penguins forward Ross Lonsberry. Acquired in the 1978 offseason along with Tom Bladon and Orest Kindrachuk in a trade which sent a draft pick to the Flyers, Lonsberry spent three seasons with the Penguins. In 1978-79, Lonsberry appeared in all 80 games and 46 points. He saw action in seven postseason games that spring and contributed two assists. He followed that up in 1979-80 by playing in 76 games and recording 33 points. In the 1980 postseason, he appeared in five games and scored three points. His final NHL season was 1980-81. He played in 80 games and netted 50 points. During that spring's playoffs, Lonsberry appeared in five games and failed to record a point. He retired following the season. In 236 regular season games with the Penguins, he scored 129 points, 68th-most in franchise history. In 17 postseason games, he scored five points.

-After the Jump: Max Pacioretty scored a very unlikely hat trick while Martin St. Louis heads to Sochi.

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American Gothic

Written by Rob Rogers on .

The long-stalled farm bill has finally been passed and it is basically a $1 trillion package of full of subsidies for corporate farmers. So much for less government ... unless you count poor families who had their food stamps cut. Nice going, congress!

020714 American Gothic

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Penguins and the Olympics - 02-06-14

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Seven of the Penguins' players will participate in the Olympic tournament beginning next week. Canada's Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz, Finland's Jussi Jokinen and Olli Maatta, the United States' Paul Martin and Brooks Orpik as well as Russia's Evgeni Malkin (above) will join a long list of one-time Penguins players who have played in the Olympics.

Kunitz, Maatta and Martin will be making their Olympic debuts while Crosby, Jokinen and Orpik are making their second appearances. Malkin will be participating in his third Olympic tournament.

Here is a list of the 88 one-time Penguins who have appeared in at least one Olympic game with their career statistics in the Olympics:

Skaters
Player, position Country Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
Marian Hossa, RW Slovakia 15 12-13-25
Robert Lang, C Czechoslovakia/
Czech Republic
26 6-17-23
Jaromir Jagr, RW Czech Republic 23 7-13-20
Jiri Hrdina, C Czechoslovakia 15 6-10-16
Scott Young, RW United States 20 8-7-15
Jarome Iginla, RW Canada 19 10-4-14
Miroslav Satan, LW Slovakia 22 10-4-14
Zigmund Palffy, RW Slovakia 16 3-10-13
Evgeni Malkin, C Russia 11 5-7-12
Mark Johnson, C United States 7 5-6-11
Martin Straka, C Czech Republic 14 3-8-11
Alex Kovalev, RW Unitied Team/Russia 14 7-3-10
John LecLair, LW United States 10 6-2-8
Bill Guerin, RW United States 16 5-3-8
Dave Hannan, C Canada 8 3-5-8
Ed Olczyk, C United States 6 2-6-8
Sidney Crosby, C Canada 7 4-3-7
Dmitri Mironov, D Unified Team/Russia 14 3-4-7
Darius Kasparaitis, D Unified Team/Russia 28 1-6-7
Peter Ferraro, LW United States 8 6-0-6
Petr Nedved, C Canada 9 5-1-6
Aleksey Morozov, RW Russia 10 4-2-6
George Swarbrick, D Canada 7 3-3-6
Mario Lemieux, C Canada 5 2-4-6
Ryan Malone, LW United States 6 3-2-5
Dave Tippett, C Canada 14 2-3-5
Sergei Gonchar, D Russia 24 1-4-5
Jason Woolley, D Canada 8 0-5-5
Todd Hlushko, C Canada 8 4-0-4
Scott Bjugstad, RW United States 6 3-1-4
Chris Kontos, LW Canada 8 3-1-4
Arto Javanainen, RW Finland 6 2-2-4
Petteri Lehto, D Finland 6 2-2-4
Darren Lowe, RW Canada 7 2-2-4
Brad Werenka, D Canada 8 2-2-4
Tomas Sandstrom, RW Sweden 11 2-2-4
Kevin Miller, C
United States 5 1-3-4
Kevin Stevens, LW United States 5 1-3-4
Jussi Jokinen, LW Finland 8 1-3-4
Patrick Lebeau, LW Canada 8 1-3-4
Mikael Samuelsson, RW Sweden 8 1-3-4
Zarley Zalapski, D Canada 8 1-3-4
Jeff Norton, D United States 6 0-4-4
Greg Brown, D United States 13 0-4-4
Markus Naslund, RW Sweden 4 2-1-3
Brenden Morrow, LW Canada 7 2-1-3
Jarkko Ruutu, LW Finland 18 2-1-3
Stephen Leach, Rw United States 6 1-2-3
Kent Manderville, C Canada 8 1-2-3
Jiri Slegr, D Czechoslovakia/
Czech Republic
14 1-2-3
Greg Johnson, C Canada 8 0-3-3
Ville Siren, D Finland 14 0-3-3
Janne Laukkanen, D Finland 22 0-3-3
Richard Lintner, D Slovakia 4 1-1-2
Alexei Ponikarovsky, LW Ukraine 4 1-1-2
J.J. Daignealt, D Canada 7 1-1-2
Moe Mantha, Jr., D United States 8 1-1-2
Kevin Hatcher, D United States 3 0-2-2
Mark Recchi RW Canada 5 0-2-2
Konstantin Koltsov, RW Belarus 6 0-2-2
Mike Ramsey, D United States 7 0-2-2
Ville Nieminen, LW Finland 12 0-2-2
Ruslan Fedotenko, LW Ukraine 4 1-0-1
Petr Sykora, RW Czech Republic 4 1-0-1
Josef Beranek LW Czech Republic 6 1-0-0
Jordan Leopold, D United States 6 1-0-1
Ronald Petrovicky, RW Slovakia 6 1-0-1
German Titov, LW Russia 6 1-0-1
Shawn McEachern, RW United States 8 1-0-1
Ulf Samuelsson, D Sweden 3 0-1-1
Tomas Surovy, LW Slovakia 6 0-1-1
Sergei Zubov, D Unified Team 8 0-1-1
Martin Strbak, D Slovakia 13 0-1-1
Andreas Johansson, LW Sweden 3 0-0-0
Sven Butenschon, D Germany 4 0-0-0
Tuomas Gronman, D Finland 4 0-0-0
Jan Hrdina, C Czech Republic 4 0-0-0
Douglas Murray, D Sweden 4 0-0-0
Fredrik Olausson, D Sweden 4 0-0-0
Martin Skoula, D Czech Republic 4 0-0-0
Zbynek Michalek, D Czech Republic 4 0-0-0
Brooks Orpik, D United States 6 0-0-0
Bob Paradise, D United States 6 0-0-0
Ryan Whitney, D United States 6 0-0-0
Goaltenders
Player Country Games
Played
Wins-
Losses
GAA Save
Percentage
Tomas Vokoun
Czech Republic 12 6-3 1.36 .948
Garth Snow United States 5 1-2 3.41 .881
Tom Barrasso United States 1 1-0 1.00 .923
Johan Hedberg Sweden 1 1-0 1.00 .950

Notes:

-Nedved will play for the Czech Republic in this year's tournament.

-Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury was a member of Canada's 2010 team but did not play.

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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New York Fashion Week Day 1 in tweets

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

The first day of New York Fashion Week is in the books! A quick glance at Twitter shows that it was a day filled with fashion and fun, and throughout the day, the hashtag #NYFW was trending. Here's a synopsis of the day's shows told in 140 characters or less.

 

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