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New arena facility offers room to play

| Thursday, May 10, 2012, 10:44 p.m.

Area athletes young and old have a new indoor sports arena to play in.

Hot Shots Indoor Sports Arena, located in East Huntingdon Township along Route 119, opened Oct. 28. Its two (180 feet x 80 feet) indoor rinks can be used for a variety of sports including in-line hockey, Dek-Hockey, indoor soccer and flag football.

Co-owners of the facility are Tim Davis of Greensburg and Mike Gerger of Jeannette. Rob Newton is general manager.

Other amenities of the arena are a concession area, meeting room, birthday room, arcade, pro shop, locker rooms and office.

The rinks can also be used for lacrosse, and baseball and softball practices.

"We'd like to develop some high school programs for high school hockey, indoor soccer and lacrosse," Davis said.

The arena also is the home rink for the Steel City Snipers, a professional in-line hockey team that plays in the Major League Roller Hockey League. The Snipers next home game is Jan. 17.

There also are two in-line hockey leagues -- for children and adults -- playing at the facility. There is a public in-line skating session from 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays.

For more information, call Rob Newton at 724-547-5700 or visit Hotshotsarena.com.

Tournament set

The Mon Valley United Way Shootout Classic -- a basketball tournament that has featured at least two Westmoreland County schools every year since its inception in 1995 -- is no more.

The loss of volunteers and several corporate sponsors led to it cancelation earlier this fall.

The games, though, will go on. Monessen High School will host a reorganized basketball tournament Dec. 3-4, with Monessen, Belle Vernon Area, Charleroi and Ringgold high schools taking part.

Pat Hall, head coach of Monessen's baseball team, will serve as tournament chairman.

Belle Vernon Area will host the tournament next year, followed in succeeding years by Charleroi and Ringgold. Proceeds will benefit the Mon Valley United Way.

A luncheon for players and coaches will be held at the Monessen Elks Club prior to the tournament.

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