Sunday’s Sports Roundup includes a check of college football, high school football and cross country, and the Penguins. Also, the Steelers have a rematch against Cleveland. You can hear the game on WDAD, AM 1450 and 100.3 FM, beginning at noon with the pregame show.
In college football, the IUP Crimson Hawks beat Seton Hill yesterday, 56-14. Penn State beat Iowa, 30-24, and Pitt defeated Duke, 54-45.
In high school football, Ligonier Valley won its third straight Appalachian Bowl, besting Shade, 45-8. Marion Center whipped Conemaugh Valley, 40-16 to clinch a District 6 playoff berth. Purchase Line also clinched a playoff berth with a 50-6 win over Ferndale. The Red Dragons tied Blacklick Valley in total ranking points, but won the final playoff spot on a tiebreaker.
The Marion Center girls won their first District 6 Class A cross country championship in 26 years, and the boys finished second in their bracket. Both teams will advance to the state championships next Saturday in Hershey. Freshman Nevada Armstrong finished fourth to lead the Stingers on the muddy course at Indian Valley Elementary Center. Her brother, Hunter Armstrong, finished third among the boys. Other girls who make it with the team but would have made it as individuals include the Stingers’ MacKenzie Walker, Micaylee Dehaven, and Alyx Cornetto. Stingers’ boys team members who also would have made it to Hershey as individuals included Connor McGrady and Tyler Sacco. Making the field in Hershey next week as individuals from the Heritage Conference are Kenny Muth of West Shamokin, Josh Hamilton and Gavin Cameron of United, and Sam Kaufman of Purchase Line. For the girls, traveling to Hershey next week will be Addaleia Beer of Purchase Line and Allison Giardi of Penns Manor.
In professional hockey, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each scored two goals as the red-hot Pittsburgh Penguins shut out Vancouver, 5-0 last night. Phil Kessel also scored for the Pens and goalie Casey DeSmith stopped 29 shots.