North Huntingdon boy wins soccer shootout
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Police also charged freshman quarterback Tray Rutland with assaulting the police officer at a downtown bar last weekend.