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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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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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Empty Netter Assists - Wilkes-Barre/Scranton falls in Game 4 - 05-12-15

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Penguins

-Goaltender Matt Murray (above, with Manchester forward Jordan Weal) made 21 saves for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 5-2 loss to the Manchester Monarchs in Game 4 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Manchester leads the best-of-seven series, 3-1. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will host Game 5 Tuesday, 7:05 p.m.

-Highlights (courtesy of Send To News):

-Happy 52nd birthday to former Penguins forward Dwight Mathiasen. A free agent signing late in the 1985-86 season, Mathiasen spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He finished that season by appearing in four games and scoring one goal. During 1986-87, Mathiasen saw action in six games and recorded one assist. In 1987-88, Mathiasen appeared in a career-high 23 games and recorded six assists. He was released in the 1988 offseason. Mathiasen appeared in 33 regular season games for the Penguins and recorded eight points.

IIHF World Championship

-A shootout goal by Panthers forward and former Penguin Jussi Jokinen gave Finland a 3-2 win against Belarus in a preliminary round game in the IIHF World Championship tournament.

-Finland goaltender Pekka Rinne was thirsty:

-Belarus forward Andrei Stepanov was excited:

-Predators forward Filip Forsberg scored two goals and led Sweden past France, 4-2.

-Sweden defenseman Jonas Ahnelov and France forward Antony Rech had issues:

-Sweden defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson kept an eye on this puck:

-Goaltender Bernhard Starkbaum made 15 saves for Austria in a 3-2 shootout win against Germany.

-Austria forward Konstantin Komarek > Germany goaltender Dennis Endras:

-Austria forward Rafael Rotter was pumped:

-Germany forward Tobias Rieder was focused on something:

-Germany forward Daniel Pietta went airborne here:

-Goaltender Gasper Kroselj made 24 saves for Slovenia in a 1-0 shutout of Denmark.

-Denmark goaltender Sebastian Dahm was all over this puck:

Playoff Stuff
Rangers - Capitals

-“I saw that, and that’s what leaders do. I think leaders say, ‘This is what we need to do; this is what we’re going to do.’ I think I have a lot more respect for someone who will be bold enough to say, ‘I’m the leader of the hockey team; we’re going to go there and give our best game and we’re going to win the hockey game.’ I’d rather have that than a leader go, ‘Well, we’re going there to lose.’” - Capitals coach Barry Trotz on captain/forward Alex Ovechkin guaranteeing a win in Game 7.

-The Capitals recalled defenseman Nate Schmidt from Hershey of the AHL.

Canadiens - Lightning

-Lightning forward Ryan Callahan (right) will be sidelined indefinitely after undergoing an emergency appendectomy Monday.

-“We’re in Game 80-what … we have a good group. I know it was a tough loss the other night and we lost in the last four minutes of the game, but there was a difference in the room after we lost Game 4 [compared with] Game 5. It was a genuine [ticked]-off attitude when we lost Game 5. I could just tell, there was nothing that really needed to be said. Guys were angry, it’s carried over. I like our mojo right now. I want to be an angry team.” - Lightning coach Jon Cooper on his team's mentality.

Blackhawks

-“There’s a little bit of that unfamiliarity. It’s definitely going to be part of it. You’ve got to adapt to knowing their tendencies quickly." - Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville on facing the Ducks in the Western Conference final.

Ducks

-"The instant it happened, I felt really good. ... It was a pretty nice win, so I think I'm allowed five minutes of joy. But a half hour later, I was thinking about Chicago." - Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on winning his team's second-round series against the Flames with an overtime victory in Game 5 then turning his attention to the Blackhawks.

OHL

-Forwards Remi Elie and Connor McDavid each had a goal and an assist for the Erie Otters in a 4-3 win against the Oshawa Generals in Game 3 of the OHL championship series. Oshawa leads the series, 2-1.

Non-Playoff Stuff
Central Division

-“This is the first time I’ve been through this situation, so I’ll relax and let the other people do the work. But there’s no reason why I wouldn’t want to be here.” - Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk on his status as a pending unrestricted free agent.

-What should the Wild do with former all-star goaltender Niklas Backstrom?

Patrick Division

-Former Bruins goaltender Niklas Svedberg has joined Salavat Yulaev of Russia's KHL.

-Former Senators/Islanders/Blackhawks forward Peter Regin has joined Jokerit of Finland's Liiga.

(Photos: Michal Cizek/AFP/Getty Images, Matej Divizna/Getty Images, Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images, Chris O'Meara/Associated Press Martin Rose/Getty Images and Associated Press)

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Empty Netter Assists - Crosby, Malkin, Jagr all get wins - 05-11-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

IIHF World Championship

-Penguins captain/forward Sidney Crosby recorded an assist for Canada which routed Switzerland, 7-2 in a preliminary round game.

-Crosby and Canada forward Jordan Eberle had a chat:

-Eberle didn't face much resistance from Switzerland goaltender Reto Berra or defenseman Robin Grossman on this goal:

-Canada forward Cody Eakin had a good view of his own goal:

-Canada defenseman Aaron Ekblad had a shot teed up:

-Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin was held without a point for Russia in a 3-2 overtime win against Slovakia. Malkin had 18:07 of ice time on 27 shifts.

-Happy times for Russia forward Artemi Panarin:

-Happy times for Russia. Not so much for Slovakia forward Milan Bartovic:

-Slovakia forward Richard Panik didn't seem too upbeat here:

-Slovakia goaltender Julius Hudacek lost his lid on this shot:

-Russia goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had issues with this puck:

-Panthers forward and former Penguins captain Jaromir Jagr netted a goal and an assist for the Czech Republic which defeated Germany, 4-2.

-Jagr being popular:

-Happy times for the Czech Republic. Not so much for Germany goaltender Timo Pielmeier:

-Islanders forward Brock Nelson had two goals and an assist for the United States in a 3-1 win against Slovenia.

-United States goaltender Connor Hellebuyck was all over this puck:

Penguins

-Happy 54th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Joe McDonnell. A free-agent signing midway through the 1984-85 season, McDonnell spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1984-85, he appeared in 40 games and recorded 11 points. The following season, he only appeared in three games and failed to record a point. In the 1987 offseason, he was released. He is currently the director of amateur scouting for the Red Wings.

-Happy 58th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Greg Tebbutt. A free agent signing in the 1983 offseason, "Truck" Tebbutt appeared in 4 games for the 1983-84 Penguins and recorded two assists. The following season, he joined the Muskegon Mohawks of the IHL.

-Happy 46th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Todd Nelson (right). A fourth-round pick in 1989, Nelson's Penguins' career amounted to one game in the 1991-92 season. In the 1993 offseason, he signed with the Capitals. He is currently head coach of the Oilers.

-Happy 33rd birthday to former Penguins forward Janne Pesonen. A free agent signing in the 2008 offseason, Pesonen appeared in seven games for the 2008-09 Penguins and failed to record a point. The following offseason, he signed with Ak Bars Kazan in Russia's KHL. He currently plays for Skellefteå of Sweden's SHL.

-Happy 23rd birthday to current Penguins forward prospect Bryan Rust. A third-round pick in 2010, Rust made his NHL debut this season by appearing in 14 games and scoring two points. He is currently assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-After the Jump: The Ducks eliminate the Flames.

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