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North Huntingdon boy wins soccer shootout

| Tuesday, April 4, 2006

Jake Ebbitt, an 11-year-old from North Huntingdon, recently won the under-12 title for the Mid-Atlantic Region in the Elks National Soccer Shootout contest.

Ebbitt previously had won lodge, Metropolitan Pittsburgh and state contests to advance to the regional competition. Points are scored by shooting 25 times at a goal with a grid. Hitting the smallest area is good for five points.

Ebbitt finished the regional in a three-way tie for first place, but he won a shootout with 18 points on five kicks.

Previously, regional winners had competed for a national title, but that step was abandoned this year.

Pro basketball

In Indianapolis, Charles Barkley and Dominique Wilkins grew up in the deep South, played in the Southeastern Conference and spent more than a decade as two of the NBA's greatest forwards.

Now, the men with the formidable highlight reels will go into the Basketball Hall of Fame together.

Barkley and Wilkins each got the required 18 votes from the honors committee and will join former Detroit Pistons guard Joe Dumars, Connecticut women's coach Geno Auriemma, Italian coach Sandro Gamba and longtime contributor Dave Gavitt at September's induction in Springfield, Mass.

"Charles and I go back since college," Wilkins said Monday after the announcement was made. "None of us thought this would happen, we just wanted to play basketball. This is the highest honor that can ever be paid, and it's mind-blowing."

Barkley, Auriemma and Gavitt were first-ballot selections. Gavitt's nomination was delayed because he had to wait two years after finishing his term as chairman of the Hall of Fame board in 2003, a rule Gavitt helped craft.

  • LeBron James was named the NBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Month for March and became the first player in league history to win Player of the Week honors in three straight weeks. James averaged a league-high 32.9 points, 8.4 rebounds and 6.6 assists to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 10-4 mark last month. He also led Cleveland to its first playoff berth since 1998.

  • Cleveland Cavaliers guard Larry Hughes could play tonight for the first time in three months after having surgery twice since January on his broken right middle finger.

  • The Toronto Raptors released center James Lang yesterday. Lang was signed to a 10-day contact March 27. He dressed for one game but did not see any playing time. He played in 32 games this season with Arkansas of the NBA Development League, averaging 8.3 points, 5.0 rebounds and 16.5 minutes.

  • Daryl Morey became the Houston Rockets' assistant general manager yesterday, and the team said he will take over as general manager after next season. Morey will work with general manager Carroll Dawson through the 2006-07 season before Dawson moves to senior consultant and Morey takes over for him.


    The Golden Gloves state championships will be held Saturday at Heinz Field's West Club to determine who will represent Pennsylvania in the Golden Gloves national tournament. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 412-716-3650.

    High schools

    The Penn-Trafford School Board accepted, by a 9-0 vote, the resignation of girls basketball coach Dave Martin yesterday. The Lady Warriors went 13-10 this past season and finished fifth in Section 1-AAAA with a 7-7 record.


    Jake Ebbitt, an 11-year-old from North Huntingdon, recently won the under-12 title for the Mid-Atlantic Region in the Elks National Soccer Shootout contest. Ebbitt previously had won lodge, metropolitan Pittsburgh and state contests to advance to the regional competition.


    In Amelia Island, Fla., Spain's Virginia Ruano Pascual beat 10th-seeded Nathalie Dechy of France, 7-6 (2), 6-4, yesterday in the first round of the Bausch & Lomb Championships at Amelia Island Plantation.

  • The French Open will offer equal prize money to the men's and women's champions for the first time. Each champion will receive $1.13 million, the French Tennis Federation said yesterday.

    Off the field

    Former Southeastern Conference basketball player of the year Chris Porter has been charged with driving under the influence and second-degree possession of marijuana. The former Auburn star was arrested early Saturday morning in Dothan, Ala. In 1998-99, Porter averaged 16 points and 8.6 rebounds, was the SEC player of the year and led Auburn to a pair of NCAA Tournament victories after transferring from a Florida junior college.

  • New Jersey State Police have arrested four people, including a leading harness driver at Meadowlands Racetrack, and charged them with offenses ranging from drug possession to fixing races. The arrests followed an 18-month investigation into suspected illegal performance enhancement of race horses and came after searches last Friday in Freehold, East Windsor and Millstone Township, state police said.

  • Seattle SuperSonics forward Rashard Lewis pleaded guilty to reckless driving and was given a one-year suspended sentence yesterday, five months after he failed sobriety and breath tests during a stop on Interstate 90.

  • Six Mississippi State football players pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting an off-duty police officer, their lawyer said yesterday.

    Police also charged freshman quarterback Tray Rutland with assaulting the police officer at a downtown bar last weekend.

  • Bob Veith, the 1956 Indianapolis 500 rookie of the year who went on to compete 11 times in the race, has died. He was 81.

  • Will Collins, who won 548 games in a 37-year high school coaching career in Ohio, has died. He was 71.

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