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Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, 11:02 p.m.

Dakota Bruggeman's recruiting odyssey has taken an interesting turn. The Knoch senior quarterback/defensive back has received several calls from Penn State quarterbacks coach Charlie Fisher.

“They want to see some more film,” said Bruggeman, a 6-foot-4, 205-pound, four-year starter. “With the (scholarship) situation they are in, they want to bring in some preferred walk-ons.

“They have talked about me maybe having a chance to play quarterback. But maybe receiver or tight end.”

Bruggeman has one Division I scholarship offer from Concord. Kent State, Ohio and Towson also are interested.

“I just want to be patient and see where things fall,” Bruggeman said. “After the new year, I will probably get back into (the process).”

Numerous Division II schools also want to sign Bruggeman, including Indiana (Pa.) and California (Pa.).

“I'm not sure if I want to go too far away from my family,” Bruggeman said. “Six hours away might be pushing it. My parents have seen all of my games all of my life.”

Bruggeman passed for 1,057 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.

Queen of Diamonds

Deer Lakes sophomore softball player Tiffany Edwards has been selected once again for the Queen of Diamonds Showcase North set for Jan. 5-6 at Kent State.

Edwards took MVP honors at last year's event.

A third baseman/pitcher last season during the Lancers' run to the WPIAL Class AA championship, Edwards is expected to be one of the team's top returning pitchers in the spring.

She was 8-0 with a 1.10 ERA and hit .430. She threw a perfect game against Shady Side Academy.

Edwards plays travel softball for the Pittsburgh Power.

Knoch alumni game

Knoch's hockey program will celebrate its 20th anniversary season with an alumni game starting at 6 p.m. on Dec. 30 at Valley Sports Complex.

It will be the second straight year for the event, which includes a reception both before and after the game.

The program also takes time to remember Jamie McCandless, a former Knights player, who was killed in a car accident in 2008.

Organizers also hope to raise money for underprivileged players hoping to join the program.

Several former players and coaches already have committed to attend, some from as far away at California.

More information is available on the Knoch hockey Facebook page or by contacting Jeri Brubach at 724-352-7626.

Extra points

Riverview's girls basketball junior varsity team still is intact, although the team has had to play fewer games because other WPIAL programs have suspended their programs because of low roster numbers. ... Kittanning hockey standouts Christian Miller and Hunter Grafton have formed the highest-scoring tandem among the PIHL's top three classes. Through eight games, Miller had 16 goals and 19 assists (35 points); Grafton had 19 goals and 14 assists (33).

Bill Beckner Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-224-2696 or

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