Empty Netter Assists - 04-05-14

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-The Penguins' penalty kill hasn't been all that sharp as of late.

-The Penguins recalled forward Andrew Ebbett (above) from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. In seven NHL games this season, he has one assist.

-With some downtime yesterday, Sidney Crosby took up some lacrosse:

-Peter Mannino made 17 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 3-0 shutout of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Brenden Mikkelson recorded two assists for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.


-Christaan Minella had a goal and an assist for the Wheeling Nailers in a 4-1 win against the Evansville IceMen. Mike Condon made 24 saves for Wheeling.

-After the Jump: Former Penguins prospect Kenny Agostino gets his first NHL goal.

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Conner, Bennett out for the rest of spring

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UPDATE: Well just a few minutes after I finished typing this up, Pitt's Twitter account came out with the news that James Conner (left knee sprain) and Isaac Bennett (left shoulder sprain) will both miss the rest of spring practice. It's not great that those guys will miss the final five practices, but "sprain" is better than "torn" or "ruptured," and both are expected to return for summer conditioning beginning in May.

That leaves Rachid Ibrahim as the only healthy running back for the rest of spring, but I expect we'll see some other creative options back there, too.


No use wasting time, let's just jump right into today's practice notes...

- The biggest news of Friday's practice came when running back James Conner had to leave the field with a left knee injury. Conner was ridden out of bounds in a full-contact team drill by Titus Howard and went down on the track surrounding the field in Pitt's indoor facility. He stayed down for a while before walking over to the trainer's table to get iced up. A few minutes later, he was leaving on a golf cart with an ice pack on his left knee.
Fortunately, I passed Conner as I was leaving the football facility tonight and he said "everything's good." He looked to be walking fine (if with a slight limp). I wouldn't be surprised if Conner is held out or at least limited for a few days, but it appears that the worst-case scenario of a serious leg injury was avoided here.

- Just a few plays after Conner got hurt, Isaac Bennett also went down with a left shoulder injury. It didn't appear to be serious, and Bennett didn't have to leave practice. He did sit out the rest of the session, though, which left Rachid Ibrahim as the only running back. To give him a break, Ronald Jones also saw some time in the backfield. Barring calamitous injuries this season (especially with freshmen coming in) it's unlikely we'll ever see Jones there in a game, but now we know what the emergency running back plan is.

- Linebacker Reggie Green sat out today's practice with an injury, leaving Pitt pretty depleted at the Sam linebacker position. Anthony Gonzalez stayed with the first team, obviously, but walk-on Nico Elms saw most of the second-team reps today with Bam Bradley also still out.

Tyrique Jarrett saw quite a few first-team reps today, and definitely looked like he belonged in that group.
"I think he came into spring practice with a great attitude," Pitt coach Paul Chryst said. "He's been working hard and working on his body. I think that's important. He went through spring drills last year, so he knew what to expect. He's gotten more reps than he did last year, and I think he's taking advantage of that opportunity. I like the way Tyrique is working hard."
Defensive line is a position where it's important not to really look at first team or second team, but rather just how many guys Pitt has that will be able to contribute this year. Darryl Render and KK Mosley-Smith are in that group, and if Jarrett works his way in there too, then that's a good thing for Pitt. The Panthers aren't going to replace Aaron Donald with one guy, and the more guys they have that can rotate in and stay fresh, the better.

- Pitt scrimmaged for most of practice today with officials present. It was some situational work and some general scrimmaging.
First, they did goal-line drills from the 3-yard line. Of the five series they ran in this situation, only one took more than one play to get a touchdown. Bennett scored twice, Conner scored twice (this was before both got hurt), and Pitt converted once on a pass from Chad Voytik to JP Holtz and Voytik was falling back.

- In red zone drills, the Panthers capped off their first drive by converting 3rd-and-14 from the 24-yard line on a screen pass from Voytik to Bennett for a touchdown. Conner banged home the second drive with a one-yard touchdown run.

- Wide receiver Manasseh Garner was back in practice Friday after missing Thursday with an "excused absence."

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Another video in Wolfe sisters case

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A prosecutor played nine surveillance video clips at a preliminary hearing today for Allen Wade, the man accused of killing two sisters in East Liberty.

One key clip hit the chopping room floor before we posted the videos on, in part because the quality of the video made it hard to discern what was happening.

The video was taken from a Midas shop on Whitfield Street, not far from where Sarah Wolfe's lime green car was found parked after the killings.

It's in black and white and a large white bar runs through parts of it. That's common when stores use older security systems that back their feeds up to tape, rather than electronically.

Police said the video shows a person removing a pair of pants. That will prove crucial as the prosecution attempts to connect videos of a person wearing gray sweatpants and a red shirt using Susan and Sarah Wolfe's bank cards to video that police said depicts Allen Wade, 43, of East Liberty, buying cigarettes at a Sunoco station. Police recovered a pen with the word "Iowa State Prison" on it from a trash can at the gas station.

The video from the Midas store was taken not far from a spot where police said they found a pair of gray sweatpants. The probability that DNA samples taken from the waistband and a blood stain found on those pants match someone other than Wade is one in several quintillion, according to a report read in court.

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This weekend in Pittsburgh style+society: Shopping in Shadyside, 1920s-themed parties and cake

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If spring has you in the mood for boutique shopping, you're in luck. In this week's Setting the SEEN Natalie Bencivenga and I talk about a new pop-up shop on Walnut St. specializing in luxe loungewear. Natalie also highlights some of the weekend's hot events, and I give a glimpse at a debut bridal event on Sunday on the North Side.

For the whole scoop check out the video below -- and have a great weekend!


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WPIAL well-represented on all-state basketball teams

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The prestigious Post-Gazette Fabulous 5 all-star basketball teams come out Sunday, as well as the all-WPIAL, all-City League and all-section teams.

But the sports writers all-state teams were released today, and the WPIAL has a heavy representation, especially with the players of the year.

Twenty-eight players from the WPIAL - 14 boys and 14 girls - made the all-state teams. Two City League players - one boy and one girl - also were selected. Four WPIAL boys made first-team all-state and six WPIAL girls.

What is most impressive, though, is that of the eight players of the year, six were from the WPIAL, including all four girls players of the year. 

The four WPIAL girls who received player of the year awards are Fox Chapel's Erin Mathias, Blackhawk's Chassidy Omogrosso, Seton-LaSalle's Naje Gibson and Vincentian's Brenna Wise. Seton-LaSalle had three girls make all-state. Besides Gibson, the others were Cassidy Walsh and Yacine Diop.

The two WPIAL boys who were selected player of the year were Hampton's Ryan Luther and Lincoln Park's Maverick Rowan. You can bet New Castle faithful aren't happy that Malik Hooker didn't get player of the year after leading New Castle to a perfect record. And New Castle beat Hampton four times.

New Castle, Seton-LaSalle and Lincoln Park all had two players make all-state. For New Castle, it was Malik Hooker and Anthony Richards. For Seton-LaSalle, it was Dale Clancy and Levi Masua. For Lincoln Park, it was Rowan and Elijah Minnie.

Here are the all-state teams:





Sal Biasi, Hazleton, 5-11, sr, 26.7 ppg

Mikal Bridges, Great Valley, 6-7, sr, 18.5 ppg

Malik Hooker, New Castle, 6-1, sr, 21.8 ppg

Rashann London, Roman Catholic, 6-2, sr, 14.6 ppg

Ryan Luther, Hampton, 6-8, sr, 22.1 ppg

Isaiah Washington, Williamsport, 6-3, sr, 21.6 ppg


Levan “Shawn” Alston, Haverford School, 6-3, jr, 16.5 ppg

Sammy Foreman, Martin Luther King, 5-11, jr, 13.8 ppg

Shep Garner, Roman Catholic, 6-1, sr, 12.3 ppg

Mahir Johnson, Chester, 6-2, sr, 18.8 ppg

Jahaad Proctor, Harrisburg, 6-2, jr, 21.5 ppg

Anthony Richards, New Castle, 5-8, sr, 13.0 ppg

Tyrell Sturdivant, Chester, 6-8, sr, 15.7 ppg


Christopher Bing, Philadelphia Central, 6-5, sr, 18.9 ppg

Chris Clover, St. Joseph’s Prep, 6-3, jr, 21.9 ppg

Kason Harrell, Hempfield (D-7), 6-2, jr, 23.9 ppg

Matty Harris, Cathedral Prep, 6-2, sr, 20.4 ppg

Cameron Jones, Pennsbury, 6-1, jr, 17.8 ppg

D.J. Porter, Obama Academy, 6-5, sr, 22.4 ppg

Lamar Stevens, Haverford School, 6-6, so, 15.1 ppg

Ryan LutherPLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ryan Luther, Hampton (pictured)

COACH OF THE YEAR: Ralph Blundo, New Castle



Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Allentown Central Catholic, 6-4, sr, 23.5 ppg

Nana Foulland, Berks Catholic, 6-9, sr, 20.5 ppg

Derrick Jones, Archbishop Carroll, 6-6, jr, 15.9 ppg

Nehemiah “Bud” Mack, Susquehanna Twp., 6-0, so, 17.8 ppg

Ja’Quan Newton, Neumann-Goretti, 6-3, sr, 21.6 ppg

J.C. Show, Abington Heights, 6-3, sr, 17.7 ppg


Ernest Aflakpui, Archbishop Carroll, 6-9, jr, 10.4 ppg

Milik Gantz, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt, 6-3, jr, 12.3 ppg

Dyllon Hudson-Emory, Harrisburg Bishop McDevitt, 6-6, sr, 19.8 ppg

Lamarr “Fresh” Kimble, Neumann-Goretti, 5-10 jr, 11.4 ppg

Tyrell Long, Philadelphia Bishop McDevitt, 6-5, sr, 21.5 ppg

Matty McConnell, Chartiers Valley, 6-0, jr, 21.8 ppg

Pat Smith, Archbishop Wood, 6-5, sr, 17.0 ppp


Troy Harper, Neumann-Goretti, 6-3, sr, 12.2 ppg

Sean Lloyd, Imhotep Charter, 6-4, sr, 10.9 ppg

Gabe Mack, Susquehanna Twp., 5-10, sr, 10.9 ppg

Evan Maxwell, Abington Heights, 6-10, sr, 11.1 ppg

Sean O’Brien, Penn Charter, 6-2, sr, 18.5 ppg

James Suber, Philadelphia Electrical, 6-6, sr, 11.5 ppg

Austin Tilghman, Archbishop Carroll, 6-1, sr, 10.2 ppg

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ja’Quan Newton, Neumann-Goretti

COACH OF THE YEAR: Vince Rogers, Susquehanna Twp.



Dominick Antonelli, Trinity, 6-1, sr, 16.4 ppg

Dale Clancy, Seton-LaSalle, 5-9, sr, 15.6 ppg

Ahmad Gilbert, Constitution, 6-6, jr, 15.7 ppg

Jared Nickens, Westtown, 6-6, sr, 14.6 ppg

Tyriek Steward, Wilkes-Barre Meyers, 6-2, sr, 17.0 ppg

Kimar Williams, Constitution, 6-1, jr, 12.2 ppg


Brian Graytok, Greensburg Central Catholic, 6-1, sr, 17.5 ppg

Tim Guers, Germantown Academy, 6-3, jr, 16.9 ppg

Omar Little, Loyalsock, 6-0, jr, 16.2 ppg

Levi Masua, Seton-LaSalle, 6-5, sr, 10.8 ppg

Tannor Reed, Notre Dame-Green Pond, 6-2, sr, 22.6 ppg

Trey Staunch, West Middlesex, 6-3, jr, 21.8 ppg

Nemo Trexler, Bishop McCort, 6-5, sr, 19.7 ppg


Connor Callejas, Holy Cross, 5-8, sr, 18.3 ppg

Kyle Datres, Loyalsock, 6-0, jr, 9.4 ppg

Brandon Gripp, Tyrone, 6-1, sr, 24.5 ppg

Jonathan Lawton, Friends Central, 6-1, jr, 23.7 ppg

Nick Lorenz, East Juniata, 6-1, sr, 24.6 ppg

Georgios Papagiannis, Westtown, 7-1, jr, 13.3 ppg

Josh Trumpy, Trinity, 6-6, 19.4 ppg

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ahmad Gilbert, Constitution

COACH OF THE YEAR: Robert Moore, Constitution



Samir Doughty, Math, Civics & Sciences, 6-4, jr, 17.3 ppg

Alize Johnson, St. John Neumann, 6-5, sr, 24.3 ppg

Terry Larrier, Phelps, 6-8, sr, 21.0 ppg

Elijah Minnie, Lincoln Park Charter, 6-9, sr, 15.8 ppg

Maverick Rowan, Lincoln Park Charter, 6-7, so, 24.3 ppg

Mike Watkins, Math, Civics & Sciences, 6-9, sr, 11.0 ppg


Aondofa Anyam, Church Farm, 5-10, sr, 16.4 ppg

Cameron Grumley, Johnsonburg, 5-9, sr, 21.5 ppg

Cameron Johnson, Our Lady of Sacred Heart, 6-6, sr, 27.8 ppg

Brandon Martinazzi, Bishop Carroll, 5-9, jr, 20.1 ppg

Nick Miller, Western Beaver, 6-2, sr, 30.1 ppg

Montrel Morgan, New Hope Academy, 6-2, so, 19.1 ppg

Cole Peterson, Johnsonburg, 5-10, sr, 20.7 ppg


Marcus Lee, Bishop Carroll, 6-6, sr 15.6 ppg

Dylan Mahmod, Mahanoy Area, 6-1, sr, 13.5 ppg

Eric Marbury, Pius X, 5-11 jr, 17.8 ppg

Dom Robb, Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic, 6-7, sr, 18.0 ppg

Valentine Sangoyami, Erie First Christian, 6-11, sr, 12.8 ppg

Ryan Wolf, Vincentian, 5-9, jr, 25.3 ppg

Anthony Wright-Downing, Sankofa Freedom, 6-2, sr, 25.1 ppg

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Maverick Rowan, Lincoln Park Charter (pictured)Maverick Rowan

COACH OF THE YEAR: Mark Javens, Lincoln Park Charter 



First team

Jackie Benitez, Poncono Mountain West, 5-9, Jr., 23.3

Aminah “Mia” Farmer, Cardinal O’Hara, 5-9, Sr., 17.0

Kelly Jekot, Cumberland Valley, 5-11, So., 14.4

Alex Louin, Mount St. Joseph’s, 6-0, Sr., 17.0

Erin Mathias, Fox Chapel, 6-3, Sr., 16.5

Nicole Munger, Central Bucks West, 5-9, Jr., 15.5

Sammy Stipa, Spring-Ford, 5-5, Sr., 13.6

Second team

Cecily Carl, Mechanicsburg, 6-3, Jr., 16.3

Adashia Franklyn, Bayard Rustin, 6-1, Sr., 14.8

Alayah Hall, Dover, 5-7, Sr., 17.7

Kyla Irwin, State College, 6-1, So., 19.8

Maria Palarino, Penn-Trafford, 5-10, Jr., 18.3

Maddie Torresin, Cumberland Valley, 6-1, Sr., 15.4

Third team

Sajanna Bethea, Pennsbury, 6-0, Sr., 16.8

Carly Brew, Wilson (West Lawn), 5-11, Sr., 13.5

Sierra Fordham, Allderdice, 5-5, Sr., 22.9

Darby Lee, Altoona, 6-1, Sr., 16.2

Ashley Jones, Cheltenham, 5-7, Fr., 21.9

Avery Marz, Wilson (West Lawn), 5-7, Sr., 12.6

Vicky Tumasz, North Penn, 5-6, Sr., 15.0Erin Mathias

Player of the year -- Erin Mathias, Fox Chapel (pictured)

Coach of the year -- Bill Wolf, Cumberland Valley


First team

Nikki Arbanas, Hickory, 5-7, Sr., 19.6

Tricia Byrne, Scranton Prep, 5-7, Sr., 15.8

Alexis Lewis, Holy Redeemer, 5-9, Jr., 27.0

Alyssa Monaghan, Bonner-Prendergast, 5-7, Jr., 17.5

Chassidy Omogrosso, Blackhawk, 5-5, Jr., 21.6

Megan Smith, West Perry, 6-0, Sr., 20.7

Kalista Walters, Bethlehem Catholic, 6-0, Jr., 21.2

Second team

Seairra Barrett, Central Valley, 6-0, Sr., 24.5

Cami Boehner, Gettysburg, 5-7, Sr., 21.9

Quieterriua Gross, Meyers, 5-11, Sr., 22.3

Amber Renz, Danville, 6-0, So., 21.5

Carly Richardson, Palmyra, 5-11, Sr., 10.0

Angelina Starr, Franklin, 5-9, Sr., 21.3

Halie Torris, South Park, 5-11, Sr., 16.4

Third team

Aubree Brown, Archbishop Wood, 6-0, Jr., 8.1

Bailey Greenberg, Archbishop Wood, 5-11, So., 10.0

Madeline McDonald, Southern Lehigh, 5-11, Sr., 16.7

Allison McGrath, South Park, 5-10, So., 17.2

Maddie Ritsick, Crestwood, 5-11, So., 18.7

Chelsea Woods, Freire Charter, 6-0, Sr., 32.6

Chassidy OmogrossoPlayer of the year -- Chassidy Omogrosso, Blackhawk (pictured)

Coach of the year -- Steve Lodovico, Blackhawk 


First team

Sydney Bordonaro, Burrell, 5-7, Jr., 16.1

Ciana Cryor, Neumann-Goretti, 5-5, Jr., 12.5

Megan Eripret, Salisbury, 6-3, Jr., 22.5

Naje Gibson, Seton-LaSalle, 6-0, Sr., 11.1

Sianna Martin, Neumann-Goretti, 5-8, Jr., 12.2

Cassidy Walsh, Seton-LaSalle, 5-9, Jr., 11.1

Sammie Weiss, McGuffey, 5-11, Jr., 23.4

Second team

Ella Awojobo, Neumann-Goretti, 6-0, Sr., 7.9

Maddie Comly, Delone Catholic, 5-7, Jr., 18.5

Yacine Diop, Seton-LaSalle, 5-10, Sr., 14.0

Becky Evans, Pine Grove, 5-3, Sr., 21.6

Lori Horton, Williamson, 6-3, Sr., 16.5

Reighly Melochick, Minersville, 5-7, Sr., 19.8

Emily Merryman, Cranberry, 5-5, Sr., 26.7

Third team

Carolyn Appleby, Greensburg Central Catholic, 5-5, Jr., 20.7

LeAnn Gibson, Karns City, 5-9, So., 16.4

Brooke Hinderliter, Redbank Valley, 5-8, So., 19.8

Margaret Anne Hubbell, Germantown Academy, 5-10, Sr., 17.9

Chelsey Koren, Blairsville, 5-11, Jr., 20.8

Mariah Maciejewski, Dunmore, 5-10, Jr., 12.3

Steph Shamburg, Warrior Run, 6-0, Sr., 15.5Naje Gibson

Player of the year -- Naje Gibson, Seton-LaSalle (pictured)

Coach of the year -- Spencer Stefko, Seton-LaSalle 


First team

Tamesha “Sox” Alexander, Shipley, 5-6, Sr., 9.2

Lauren Carey, Old Forge, 5-7, Sr., 13.2

Macey Hollenshead, Southern Fulton, 5-6, Sr., 17.0

Maria Morgan, Bucktail, 5-7, Jr., 27.5

Megan Trenholm, St. John Neumann, 5-7, Sr., 17.4

Brenna Wise, Vincentian, 6-1, Jr., 19.5

Second team

Lili Benzel, Bishop Guilfoyle, 5-8, Fr., 18.6

Angelica Bertola, Notre Dame (East Stroudsburg), 5-4, Sr., 22.7

Madi Bower, Millville, 5-11, Jr., 25.4

Madison Johnson, Keystone, 5-9, Jr., 16.9

Becca Lathrop, Port Allegany, 5-9, Sr., 16.4

Emma Spinelli, Shade, 5-2, So., 22.4

Third team

Jana Goodman, Phil-Mont Christian, 6-1, Sr., 16.8

Keyen Green, Phil-Mont Christian, 6-1, So., 13.7

Mallory Heinle, St. Joseph’s (Pittsburgh), 6-1, Sr., 23.6

Taylor Hood, Kennedy Catholic, 5-5, Sr., 12.2

Olivia McCabe, Portage, 6-1, Sr., 14.5

Bronwyne Mellott, McConnellsburg, 5-10, Fr., 22.2Brenna Wise

Maci Thornton, Clarion, 5-5, Jr., 15.6

Player of the year -- Brenna Wise, Vincentian (pictured)

Coach of the year -- Ron Moncrief, Vincentian




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