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Fourth quarter burst leads New Castle over Hampton ..... Luther doesn't play

Written by Mike White on .

Brad Everett covered tonight's New Castle-Hampton game. Here are some notes from him.

New Castle, the Post-Gazette's No. 1 Class AAAA team, used an exceptional fourth quarter to turn out the lights on No. 2 Hampton, handing the host Talbots a 58-42 defeat in a clash of Class AAAA Section 3 unbeatens.

Hampton played without standout senior Ryan Luther, a 6-8 guard-forward and Pitt recruit who missed his third game in a row after suffering an ankle injury in practice last Tuesday.

Clinging to a two-point lead after three quarters, New Castle turned up its defensive intensity a notch and blitzed Hampton with a 14-0 run to begin the fourth. All of a sudden, New Castle had a 53-37 lead.

Malik Hooker scored a game-high 17 points for New Castle. He and Anthony Richards combined to scored 12 of the 14 points in the big run. Jake McPhatter scored 14 points for New Castle and Richards added 10. New Castle extended its regular-season winning streak to 58 games.

Collin Luther, Ryan's twin brother, led Hampton with 14 points, including seven straight late in the third quarter to bring the Talbots within two.

"Obviously, it's a lot different without Ryan," said New Castle coach Ralph Blundo. "I credit Hampton because they adjusted well, did a little things different because of their personnel and played a tough, hard-nosed basketball game." 

 

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Tomorrowland: A stadium over the Mon

Written by Dan Gigler on .

If you've lived in Pittsburgh long enough, you've likely seen a never-ending shortage of artists renderings of proposed construction projects and infrastructure improvements including everything from Maglev stations to Clemente Field, many of which appeared in this paper but never came to fruition (or if they did were in drastically different form than originally proposed).

A friend that's even more of a geek about Pittsburgh history than myself sent along this link to a 1958 proposal for what eventually became Three Rivers Stadium.

Behold the wonder: 

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Here's the write up that goes along with it: 

"The Proposed Stadium over the Monongahela. A Classic Structure that will blend with the Renaissance of Pittsburgh. Completely Self-Liquidating. No Tax Loss. No Land Acquisition. 70,000 Capacity with Majority Under Cover. 600 Room Hotel with Gourmet Restaurants. 4,500 Automobile Parking Stalls Inside. 100 Air Conditioned Bowling Alleys. World's Largest Covered Boat Dock. Beautiful Gardens Overlooking River. Truly a Multi-Purpose, Multi-Income Facility. A 'First' in the World. Consulting Architect: M.de Mailly of Paris, France, Premier Grand Prix de Rome Winner. Idea Originated by Mr. Eric M. Sirko."

Forget that not only did this not happen and that (at least based on this drawing) the Smithfield Street Bridge and the Pennsylvania & Lake Erie Railroad Station (now Station Square) would have to have been knocked down to accommodate it. Pretend for a moment that some form of this plan was actually a go, I honestly cannot decide if Pittsburgh missed out a truly iconic feat of engineering or was spared a monstrosity of epic proportions. 

Worth mentioning -- another early sketch of Three Rivers indicates that it very well could have been an iconic building, rather than the cement ashtray eyesore that it was, and perhaps not only would not have outlived it's usefulness so quickly, but would remain an architectural classic. 

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How to see Banshee Chapter in Pittsburgh Jan. 30

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 This just in, from CMU:

 
Carnegie Mellon Alumni Release Horror Film;  “Banshee Chapter” To Premiere in Pittsburgh Jan. 30
 
Scary things happen, but none may give you the willies like “Banshee Chapter,” the latest film from CMU alumni who are partners in the production company Before the Door Pictures. 
 
The three friends and graduates of the School of Drama — Corey Moosa, Neal Dodson and Zachary Quinto — are the team members behind hits like “Margin Call” and the fall 2013 Robert Redford release “All Is Lost.” 
 
For “Banshee Chapter,” the partners served in various roles and enlisted several former classmates. Moosa and fellow School of Drama alumna Stephanie (Gaultney) Riggs served as producers; Dodson and Quinto served as executive producers. 
 
The film was written and directed by School of Art alumnus Blair Erickson and stars drama alum Michael McMillian of HBO’s “True Blood.” Moosa said the same group worked on a short version of the film when they were students in 1999 and entered it in the CMU Film Festival.
 
The film will be screened at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30, at SouthSide Works Cinema in Pittsburgh. 
 
The screening is $10 per ticket; people who want to attend must reserve a ticket online at http://gathr.us/screening/6744 . The film’s distributors require a minimum of 40 reservations by Thursday, Jan. 16, for the film to be shown. 
 
“Having a successful viewing in Pittsburgh is going to allow us to open the film to a larger domestic audience over the next two months,” said Moosa, who’s hoping for a large local crowd, especially people from the group’s alma mater. “We would love for the film to prove a hit in Pittsburgh.”
 
You can view the film’s trailer at bansheechapter.com

 

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Bylsma's thoughts on Brown-Kesler fight - 01-14-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Off the opening draw of the second period in last night's Canucks-Kings game in Los Angeles, Kings captain Dustin Brown and Canucks center Ryan Kesler fought each other.

Normally, a fight between two heated rivals would be a pretty standard occurrence. What made this fight a bit peculiar is the fact that Brown and Kesler will be teammates (and possibly linemates) next month for the United States in the Olympics at Sochi.

Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma, who will serve as the United States' coach, was asked his thoughts on the fight earlier today:

"I haven’t seen it. I was still recovering from the [Penguins’ Western Canada] road trip so I didn’t turn on that game. I did however this morning hear all about that game. We had a scout at the game who gave Dustin Brown a five in the game which is the highest rating you can get in the game. He talked about the battle. His comment was, ‘If this is what Team USA will do to each other, then wait until they get Canada on the other side.’ Yeah, I heard about it. I haven’t seen it quite yet. I did hear and get the report that Dustin and all the Olympians were really good in that game.”

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Clint Trickett undergoes shoulder surgery, tweets out bloody photo

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

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West Virginia QB Clint Trickett underwent shoulder surgery Monday to repair a torn labrum suffered in an upset victory against Oklahoma State on Sept. 28. Trickett through the injury for the remainder of the season.

Trickett paid a visit to Dr. James Andrews when he traveled to California in early January to see his father, the Florida State offensive line coach, and the Seminoles capture the national championship against Auburn.

Tuesday afternoon, Trickett tweeted a photo of the wound. And it’s, uh, a little nasty. Enjoy!

Here's a tweet rundown of his trip:


Stephen J. Nesbitt: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 412-290-2183 and Twitter @stephenjnesbitt. 

 

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