Saturday, May 18, 2013
Check here frequently for news and opinions on the second-round series.
The Pittsburgh Penguins' journey to a possible fourth Stanley Cup title and second in the past five years began with an NHL playoffs game on May 1 at CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Now, the Penguins need 12 more postseason wins this year in order to raise the cup, including four against their second-round opponent—the Ottawa Senators. Second-Round Schedule Tuesday, May 14 - Pittsburgh 4, Ottawa 1 (Recap | Box Score) Friday, May 17 - Pittsburgh 4, Ottawa 3 (Recap | Box Score) Sunday, May 19 - Pittsburgh at Ottawa - 7:30 p.m. (TV: NBC Sports Network) Wednesday, May 22 - Pittsburgh at Ottawa - 7:30 p.m. (TV: NBC Sports Network) Friday, May 24 - Ottawa at Pittsburgh - 7:30 p.m. (if necessary) (TV: NBC Sports Network) Sunday, May 26 - …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Doug Whaley formerly worked for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Buffalo Bills promoted Upper St. Clair native Doug Whaley to the general manager position Thursday morning. Whaley, 40, who has seen his role expand almost annually since being originally hired as assistant general manager/director of pro personnel three years ago, will now run the personnel side of the Bills franchise. Prior to being hired by the Bills, Whaley served 11 years with the Pittsburgh Steelers primarily as coordinator of pro scouting, though he also contributed to the Steelers organization on college scouting assignments. The Steelers won two Super Bowls in Whaley’s time on the Pittsburgh staff. "Doug will be a great general manager for the Buffalo Bills," said Steelers GM Kevin Colbert. "In our time together in Pittsburgh …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Fans are also encouraged to bring video cameras or cell phones to film a Penguins version of the Harlem Shake led by the winner of the dance contest.
Allegheny County will host a rally in celebration of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ second-round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators. The event will take place at noon on Tuesday, May 14, in the courtyard of the Allegheny County Courthouse located at 436 Grant Street in downtown Pittsburgh. WDVE’s Val Porter will emcee the rally, which will feature the following five contests for Penguins fans: Winners of the costume, cheer, banner/sign and dance contests will be determined by audience vote. Prizes include rounds of golf for four at a county golf course, day passes to a county pool, Penguins shirts and rally towels. Fans are encouraged to bring video cameras or cell phones to film a Penguins version of the Harlem Shake led by the winner …
Saturday, May 11, 2013
Vince Trocheck won the Red Tilson Trophy as outstanding player for the Ontario Hockey League.
Upper St. Clair native Vince Trocheck has won the Red Tilson Trophy as outstanding player for the Ontario Hockey League. Trocheck captured the Eddie Powers Trophy as Top OHL Scorer this season with 50 goals and 59 assists for 109 points in 63 games and produced a league-high plus-minus rating of plus-49. "It’s definitely an honor to win this award," Trocheck said. "To have my name with so many (other) prestigious names up there, it’s an honor." The 19-year-old becomes just the fourth American-born player to win the award following Legwand, Peake and fellow Pittsburgh-area native Michael Houser who won the award last season with the London Knights. "Vince was a pleasure to coach," said Plymouth Whalers GM/head coach Mike Vellucci. "His move…
Friday, May 10, 2013
Tina Seech does more than just run.
Tina Seech, of Upper St. Clair, won the Pittsburgh Half Marathon last weekend in her age group of 50-54 with an impressive time of 1:34:38. Yes, that's just over a 7-minute mile, for 13.1 miles. It put her just 40 seconds shy of her personal best time she got in last year's half marathon. The feat came one day after the 51-year-old ran the Pittsburgh 5K in a personal best time of 20:30. "You're supposed to slow down (when you get older), but I'm speeding up," Tina said. Tina's been running for 20 years and competes in 10-15 races a year. They're as short as one mile and as long as the half marathon. But her real fitness secrets starts at 5:45 a.m.—she takes a spinning class almost every morning. "I spin to run," she said. "It's good …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Game 4 was on Long Island on Tuesday night. See how media and fans are covering and reacting to the series.
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Among celebration, a family mourns the death of a 23-year-old man during the half marathon.
Nearly 23,000 people participated in the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday under a clear sky. James Kirwa of Kenya defended his full marathon title in 2 hours, 13 minutes, 37 seconds. “I flew in last night from Nairobi, but I thought that I could win since I knew the course and training had been going well,” said Kirwa. “I cramped a bit at the end, and maybe next year I will come back to try for the 2:10 event record.” American Mary Akor of Hawthorne, CA won the women’s 26.2 mile race in 2:37:35. In the half marathon, Kenyans Julius Kogo and Risper Gesabwa took the 13.1 mile titles in 1:02:32 and 1:13:16 respectively, with Kogo setting a course record. Click here for complete results and add your marathon photos and videos to the slideshow …
Saturday, May 4, 2013
A player's decision to drop baseball to play tennis has helped the team this year.
The Upper St. Clair High School's boys' tennis team easily moved to the second round of the WPIAL tournament Friday night, defeating Bethel Park 5-0. The Panthers will take on Peters Township on Monday, May 6, at home. One of the reasons the team has gone from good to a WPIAL title contender is because of Fernando Escribens. The sophomore recently switched from playing baseball to tennis. He told the Post-Gazette that he had an epiphany last summer. "I was significantly better at tennis than baseball," he said. So he traded in his bat for a racquet, and plays No. 1 on the tennis team. "He moved everyone down a spot and made us that much better," coach Ron Mercer told the newspaper.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
The popular center closed suddenly in mid-March.
A drive by the Cool Springs Golf and Family Recreation Center on Hamilton Road in Bethel Park on Tuesday afternoon showed the center's miniature golf and upper driving range areas to be open for business. The lower range and batting cages were closed. The center closed suddenly in mid-March when Cool Springs senior management met with some employees to tell them they would close until—tentatively—mid-April. Bob Salera, the head professional and director of instruction at Cool Springs Golf School, said that that was the first time that Cool Springs had closed since he started working at the facility in 1997. Despite the reopening, Cool Springs' website—www.coolspringsgolfcenter.com—is out of service as of Wednesday morning.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Fans are invited to the 'Annihilate the Islanders Rally' in downtown Pittsburgh.
Allegheny County officials are planning an "Annihilate the Islanders Rally" before the Pittsburgh Penguins' first playoff game Wednesday, May 1. The rally begins at noon in the Allegheny Courthouse courtyard and includes giveaways from the Penguins and Turner's Dairy and an appearance from Iceburgh. Val Porter from WDVE will host the event and the Kardasz Brothers will perform live music. The best-of-seven playoff series against the New York Islanders begins at 7:30 p.m. at Consol Energy Center. The Pens won the regular-season series with the Islanders, 4-1. Share your Penguins pride. Upload photos of your Pens gear in the media box above. How do you think the Pens will do in the playoffs this year? Tell us in the comments below.