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Ex-Hampton soccer standout Schaffer up for national award

| Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, 8:53 p.m.
Pine Creek
Photo courtsey of CCAC
The CCAC North ice hockey team will once again raise money for a good cause.
Photo courtsey of CCAC The CCAC North ice hockey team will once again raise money for a good cause.
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Pine-Richland athletes Allison Murslack, Dominic Giordano, Kristen Murslack, Tess Drotar, Abigail Dix and Taylor Thene signed their National Letters of Intent to Division I schools last week.
Pine Creek
Photo courtsey of Rachel Hathhorn Pine-Richland athletes Allison Murslack, Dominic Giordano, Kristen Murslack, Tess Drotar, Abigail Dix and Taylor Thene signed their National Letters of Intent to Division I schools last week.

Two great opportunities to play deck/ball/street hockey are available at the cost of just $475 (US funds only)per team on Feb. 9 and 10 at the Mid-West Regional at Hot Shots Indoor Arena located in Mt. Pleasant.

Three games will be guaranteed and local teams may be required to play on Feb. 8. Prizes will be awarded to each team member of the championship team, while trophies will be awarded to champions as well as runners-up.

The divisions will be Men's D and Rec.

For details, e-mail

On April 26 through 28, the 18th annual Street Hockey National Championships will be held at RMU Island Sports Center for Men's D and Rec. Divisions.

The cost to play is $600 per team (US funds only). Three games guaranteed per team.

Local teams will be required to play Friday, April 26.

Jackets awarded to each member of championship teams.

Prizes awarded to each member of runner-up teams.

$300 entry discount awarded to each championship team.

Team trophies awarded to champions and runners-up.

Outstanding player awards will be given.

Roller hockey tournament will also be held! E-mail PENGUINSROLLER@HOTMAIL.COM for details.

The ASHI/IDTA rulebook will be used.

For more information, call Mark Madden at 412-231-6759.


Payment required 10 days in advance of tournament.

Mail payment to: 9 Waterside Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

Hotel information available upon request.

Website is

Twitter is @StreetHockeyUSA.

Field hockey

The Pine-Richland Youth Center is accepting winter field hockey registration.

Visit for details.

Registration deadline is Jan. 8, and the program is open to players in grades 1-12. The program runs in January and February.

PRYC Basketball

The Pine-Richland community youth basketball program is accepting online registration for in-house and travel participants.

Any boys or girls in Kindergarten-12th grade who are interested in participating should visit or call 724-443-3796.

Your shorts

Send sports information to the Pine Creek Journal sports desk at

Scores and statistics, camp information, and accomplishments of local athletes at the high school and college level are welcome.

Information also may be called in at 724-779-6979.

M.A.C. Fitness

M.A.C. Fitness is offering two special deals currently to help the community to fight obesity.

By signing up for 12 months at the facility, you earn a free 13th month. Also, by purchasing 10 private boxing or sports enhancement lesson, you will receive a free lesson.

The gym is located in Wexford and can be reached at 724-933-4666.


For the second straight year, senior middle hitter Meghan Franz (Cranberry Twp., Pa./Seneca Valley) and junior setter Abbey Freund (Cottage Grove, Wis./Monona Grove) were selected to the Capital One Academic All-District First Team, announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday afternoon.With their first-team selection, Franz and Freund are eligible for consideration on the Capital One Academic All-America Teams. The Vulcans have featured multiple academic all-district selections four times in the past five years.Franz has received the academic honor from CoSIDA in each of her three years eligible for the award (Second Team 2010, First Team 2011-12). She leads the PSAC with a career-high .355 hitting percentage this season and also ranks among the league leaders with 106 blocks (1.06 blocks/set). An Academic All-American last year, Franz holds a 3.91 GPA while completing a degree in secondary education with a concentration in biology.Freund leads the team and ranks among the PSAC leaders with a career-high 689 assists (6.26 assists/set). She also has established a career high with 244 digs (2.22 digs/set) this year behind 10 assist/dig double-doubles. Freund is pursuing a degree in communication disorders and holds a 3.92 GPA.To qualify for the academic all-district honors, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative 3.30 GPA or higher and must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their institution. Nominees must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games and must be a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletic credentials.

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