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Published: Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, 8:59 p.m.

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.

Field hockey

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

Visit www.pryc.org 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.

W&M Women's Cross Country Finishes 21st at NCAA Championships

The William and Mary women's cross country team finished 21st at the NCAA Championships, scoring 481 points with a pair of All-American finishers. Oregon won the team championship with 114 points over Providence (183) and Stanford (198), and Iowa State's Betsy Saina was the individual champion with a time of 19:27.9.

Leading the way for W&M was junior Elaina Balourisa, Hampton graduate, who ran 19:56.0 for 13th overall and her second All-America nod. She is the fourth athlete in school history be named a cross country All-American, and her 13th-place performance is the fourth-best ever.

CCAC hockey benefit

The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) North Campus intercollegiate hockey team is hosting a benefit game at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center. This year's charity event will benefit the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society and will feature CCAC taking on California (Pa.).

The CCAC hockey team will be wearing special gray-and-white Western Pennsylvania Humane Society jerseys for the game. These jerseys are available for purchase and may be pre-ordered in adult and youth sizes from the CCAC North Campus student life office for $50 (there is an additional $7 charge for personalization) with proceeds earmarked for the North Side animal shelter.

Tickets for the game are $5 and can be purchased by, contact Chuck Bell in the CCAC North Campus student life office at 412-369-3692.

Franz

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.

College bound

Six Pine-Richland students signed official letters of intent with Division I schools during National College Signing Day on Nov. 14, 2012.

Senior Dominic Giordano will dive at Florida State. He is undecided on his major. His parents, Lou and Lisa Giordano, were on hand for the official signing to the Division I school.

Swimmers Kristen and Allison Murslack signed letters of intent. Allison will swim at Eastern Michigan State, and Kristen will swim at Auburn. Both are planning to study exercise science. Lisa and Chuck Murslack were on hand for their daughters' signing with Division I schools.

Seniors Tess Drotar and Taylor Thene will play Division I lacrosse. Drotar — whose parents, John and Barb Drotar, were on hand — signed with Duquesne and will study business. Thene, accompanied by parents Tony and Holly, signed with Furman University and will study accounting and French.

Abigail Dix signed to play Division I volleyball with Providence and will study biology. Her parents, Allison and David Dix, watched on as she signed her letter.

Diving and swimming coach Pete Barry, lacrosse coach Tori Trombetta, volleyball coach Amanda Fetter and volleyball assistant coach Donna Pfeifer were on hand at Pine-Richland to watch these seniors players sign.

USA Street Hockey

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 penguinsroller@hotmail.com.

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.

E-mail address is STREETHOCKEYUSA@HOTMAIL.COM.

Payment required 10 days in advance of tournament.

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

Hotel information available upon request.

Website is StreetHockey-USA.com

Twitter is @StreetHockeyUSA.

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 www.pryc.org or call 724-443-3796.

Your shorts

Send sports information to the Pine Creek Journal sports desk at jeclark@tribweb.com.

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.

CCAC hockey benefit

The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) North Campus intercollegiate hockey team is hosting a benefit game at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 8 at the Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center. This year's charity event will benefit the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society and will feature CCAC taking on California (Pa.).

The CCAC hockey team will be wearing special gray-and-white Western Pennsylvania Humane Society jerseys for the game. These jerseys are available for purchase and may be pre-ordered in adult and youth sizes from the CCAC North Campus student life office for $50 (there is an additional $7 charge for personalization) with proceeds earmarked for the North Side animal shelter.

Tickets for the game are $5 and can be purchased in advance at the CCAC North Campus student life office or on game night at the center. For those who cannot attend the game but wish to support the shelter, tickets for a game-night prize drawing are available for purchase through student life (winner need not be present). Prizes include more than 15 gift baskets, a Michael McKenry autographed baseball bat, an Emmanuel Sanders autographed football, Clarks band memorabilia, a $50 gift certificate for the Capital Grille and Pittsburgh Symphony Pops tickets, tickets to other Pittsburgh cultural events, as well as many other items.

To purchase game and/or raffle tickets or for more information on this event, contact Chuck Bell in the CCAC North Campus student life office at 412-369-3692. The Mt. Lebanon Recreation Center is located at 900 Cedar Boulevard, Pittsburgh PA, 15228.

 

 
 


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