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Beaver Falls' Cottrill might be done for season with knee injury

Written by Mike White on .

The Beaver Falls boys basketball team had a legitimate chance to become the first team in two decades to win three consecutive WPIAL Class AA titles. But Beaver Falls' championship hopes have taken a serious hit because of an injury to the team's top player.

Senior point guard Elijah Cottrill, a member of the Post-Gazette Fabulous 5 a year ago, sustained a left knee injury in last Tuesday's game against Aliquippa, the same night he scored his 1,00th career point. Cottrill's status won't be known until later in the week but Beaver Falls coach Doug Biega said it's likely that Cottrill is done for the season.

Elijah CottrillCottrill (pictured in last year's state championship game) injured the same knee that he had surgery on this summer for a meniscus tear. He missed most of the football season after the surgery.

"He did it in the first quarter of the Aliquippa game," Biega said. "Our trainer thought it just might have been some scar tissue so he taped it up and played the rest of the game, although he definitely labored. The next day, he was saying how much it hurt."

Cottrill did not play the next two games against Shenango or Hopewell.

"Most likely, he's done for the year," Biega said.

Beaver Falls defeated Shenango, 69-43, and Hopewell, 72-48, without Cottrill. They are somewhat used to playing without him. Cottrill missed six games earlier this year when he was suspended from school for an incident in the school cafeteria.

Beaver Falls is 12-3 and in first place in Class AA Section 2 with a 7-1 record.

"We're not in the NFL where that slogan 'next man up' works. That works for professionals," Biega said. "This is definitely a hit to us. But we'll play out the season.

"We're not as good without him. I'd be foolish to say we are. But that doesn't mean we won't compete at a really high level without him."

Cottrill's status after high school also is up in the air. In the summer, he made a verbal commitment to Akron for football, although he said he would still wait to see what would happen in basketball recruiting. Creighton had offered him a scholarship last spring for basketball and a few other Division I colleges were showing interest.

But Biega said Cottrill has backed out of the verbal commitment to Akron for football. Cottrill likely will attend a prep school or a junior college.

 

 

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Empty Netter Assists - 01-21-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Penguins

-Dave Molinari's recap from last night's game. "It was a real slap in the face. We got out-competed everywhere on the ice. They came in here and beat us in every aspect of the game." - Chris Kunitz.

-The Miami Herald's recap. “We wanted to treat this game as a playoff game. We wanted to make a statement to ourselves. We knew they would come hard. It feels good to get a win.” - Panthers forward Drew Shore.

-The South Florida Sun Sentinel's recap. The Panthers won in Pittsburgh for the first time since Jan. 3, 2009.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''We were just awful. Bad execution. Bad work ethic. We just weren't hungry enough to win the loose puck battle and they just beat the [stuffing] out of us.'' - Matt Niskanen.

-Highlights (so to speak):

-James Neal roamed the neutral zone:

-Paul Martin and Brooks Orpik just hanging out on the bench:

-Kris Letang gave Shore a ride into the bench:

-Kunitz got some air here against Florida's Scott Clemmensen:

-Crosby resorted to panhandling at some point during the game:

-We think.

-Pumped times for Shore:

-Matt Niskanen speaks:

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-“He has no weakness. He’s a very good skater. He has a very good shot, very good vision. He’s a very good passer. Everything you would like to have.” - Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov on Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta. Each player is a rookie and will play for Team Finland in the upcoming Olympics.

-‘‘He produces every night. He’s fun to watch. Even on nights where he maybe doesn’t have his best game, he still comes out of there with two assists or a goal and an assist. Then there are games where it seems like he’s determined, and he’s the best player in the world and just dominates the game. You’re like, ‘Wow, this guy is amazing.’ I think he’s the best player in the league, for sure.’’ - Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane on Sidney Crosby.

-According to TSN, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk and general manager Bryan Murray met with NHL officials in New York to present forensic evidence related to defenseman Erik Karlsson suffering a sliced Achilles tendon following a hit by former Penguins forward Matt Cooke last season.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defenseman Philip Samuelsson was named the AHL's player of the week.

-Mike Condon made 31 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 2-0 shutout of the Gwinnett Gladiators. Cody Sylvester scored both of Wheeling's goals.

-Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins forward Michal Sivek (right). Acquired along with Kris Beech and Ross Lupaschuk from the Capitals in exchange for Jaromir Jagr and Frantisek Kucera in the 2001 offseason, Sivek's NHL's career amounted to 38 games and six points with the Penguins in 2002-03. During the 2004 offseason, he joined HC Sparta Praha of the Czech Extraliga.

-Happy 53rd birthday to former Penguins defenseman Moe Mantha, Jr. Acquired in the 1984 offseason in a deal which sent Randy Carlyle to the Winnipeg Jets, Mantha spent parts of four seasons with the Penguins. In 1984-85, Mantha appeared in 71 games and recorded 51 points. He followed that up in 1985-86 by setting career highs in games (78) and point (67). During 1986-87, Mantha appared in 62 games and netted 40 points. After 21 games and 10 points in 1987-88, Mantha was traded along with Craig Simpson, Dave Hannan and Chris Joseph in exchange for Paul Coffey, Dave Hunter and Wayne Van Dorp. In 232 regular season games with the Penguins, Mantha scored 168 points, 45th-most in franchise history.

-After the Jump: John Tortorella will have some free time.

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Crowdsourcing the law

Written by Kim Lyons on .

In Monday's Biz Law, I talked to two newish companies that are trying to apply a Wikipedia/Reddit-style approach to legal research and arugment:

 

Crowdsourcing, a concept that fuels many social networks, is starting to gain traction as a viable option in the legal industry. In its simplest form, crowdsourcing involves seeking input or advice from a large group, usually online. Social media networks like Twitter have helped facilitate crowdsourcing, allowing information to be shared and spread quickly.

 Mootus is the brainchild of former litigator Adam Ziegler.

 

Casetext was conceived by Jake Heller, who quit his job at big Boston law firm Ropes & Gray.

 

What do you think of the idea of using the crowd to try to wade through legal argument and discussion: Is it an idea whose time has come, or would it be a tough sell? I'd be interested in hearing from anyone who's used either or both of these services.

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Metadata

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Despite Obama's heartfelt speech about the alarming overreach of the NSA, changes in current practices will be minimal. Instead of the NSA storing our metadata, the phone companies will hold onto it for the NSA to access whenever they need it. I feel much safer now. 

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Leechburg girls lose, 56-0; Coach says opponent "wanted" shutout

Written by Mike White on .

In tomorrow's paper, the Post-Gazette will run leading scorers from both teams for every WPIAL basketball game played tonight.

But next to the Leechburg girls will be white space.

Final score from tonight: Ford City 56, Leechburg 0.

Seriously. A shutout in basketball.

Really? Yes. Has it ever happened before in the WPIAL? Yes, at least once in boys basketball. Wilkinsburg beat Kiski Area, 8-0, in 1978. Yes, the game was a slowdown.

And technically, there was a shutout earlier this year in girls basketball. Serra was leading Wilkinsburg, 28-0, after the first quarter earlier when Wilkinsburg left because of a snowstorm. The official score is 28-0.

But a girls game ends in a shutout after four quarters? When there wasn't a slowdown? Yes, incredible. But Leechburg is bad - with a 1-12 record. And the team had scored only 4, 5 and 9 points in three of its past four games.

Still, it makes you wonder what Ford City did? Should Ford City have done something to let Leechburg score?

Well, we don't know yet what Ford City coach Al Davis has to say about the game. Someone at his home said earlier tonight that he wasn't feeling well and was already asleep.

Leechburg coach Joel Ceraso wasn't feeling very well, either, but only because of what happened tonight at Ford City. He did not have a lot of good to say about Davis and his team.

"The bottom line is we really have only one girl who can play [Missy Jones] and she didn't play because of a concussion," Ceraso said. "She's about the only one who can dribble. The other ones really couldn't handle the pressure.

"But honestly, [Davis] put it to us and kept the accelerator on into the fourth quarter. I really think he wanted the shutout and he got it."

Ford City led by 16-0 after the first quarter, 32-0 at halftime and by 46-0 after the third quarter. When asked if Ford City pressed much, Ceraso said, "They pressed the whole first quarter. Then he played half court man-to-man the rest of the way, but it was with a lot of pressure on the ball out high. And he let his starters in pretty much until well into the fourth quarter."

When asked if he was bitter, Ceraso said, "I'm not really bitter. Just a little disappointed. But it is what it is. Some people are like that. But there is a life lesson to be learned here."

And what would that lesson be?

"It would be that sometimes nobody will cut you a break," Ceraso said. "Life is tough sometimes and no matter how hard it is going to be, people won't cut you a break."

Maybe Ford City could not have guarded Leechburg sometimes. In other words, just let them dribble up the court to the basket and let them shoot. Ceraso didn't necessarily want that.

"I'm not a big guy for participation trophies and I'm not big on just letting someone do something," Ceraso said. "But I would've liked to see them maybe play a little more zone. Maybe we would've had a chance at a shot or two. But he didn't play hardly any zone.

"But I believe in karma, too. Everything goes around, comes around."

By the way, Leechburg is 1-12 and the only win was over Wilkinsburg. The score was 44-17. It makes you wonder what is Wilkinsburg like.

 

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