C-K, P-O state playoff games get postponed

The Claysburg-Kimmel and Philipsburg-Osceola softball teams will have to wait at least one more day to play their PIAA second-round playoff games after their Thursday games were postponed because of rain.

C-K’s game with Neshannock in Class A was postponed to 1 p.m. today in Everett. P-O’s game with Deer Lakes is scheduled for 11:30 this morning at Bedford. The Lady Mounties were supposed to play at 2 p.m. Thursday, but their game time has been moved up due to graduation.

More rain is in the forecast, so the games could be postponed again.

Weston wins national award

Caleb Weston from Altoona Area High School has won a National Athleadership Grant sponsored by NCSA Athletic Recruiting and the NFLPA.

The award is only given to a select number of student athletes throughout the country in all sports from football to track. The Athleadership Grant is awarded to student athletes who qualify based on leadership in their community, academic achievement, athletics and a required essay written by the student athlete.

“We are very pleased to be involved with NCSA in assisting in the recognition and the selection of young qualified student athletes to receive scholarship opportunities,” said DeMaurice Smith, Executive Director of the NFLPA. “Anytime you can identify, help and reward future leaders to further their education and athletic pursuits, it’s a win-win and we are pleased to contribute to this worthy effort with NCSA.”

As a result of Weston’s selection as the recipient of this Athleadership Grant, NCSA Athletic Recruiting will work with him and his family throughout his high school career and assist him in finding a collegiate institution that best matches his academic and athletic achievements.

“Our passionate team of 300 former athletes will personally guide and educate Caleb throughout the entire recruiting process, giving him the tools that he needs to be successful in recruiting and in life.” said Chris Krause, CEO and founder of NCSA Athletic Recruiting.

“Picking the right college is a life changing decision. It’s important for student-athletes to recognize that the choice of a college or university is not just a four-year decision; it is a 40-year decision that will impact their professional future and personal success in life.”

Tomahawks select five players

Johnstown – The Johnstown Tomahawks on Wednesday announced the selection of five players in the 2013 NAHL Entry Draft.

The team added two defensemen, two forwards, and one goaltender, all of whom will attempt to earn a roster spot at the Tomahawks’ Main Tryout Camp at Planet Ice in Richland Township on July 25-27.

“We are very happy with our second draft in team history,” said General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations Rick Boyd. “When we select players in a draft or camp situation, we are always thinking about Johnstown and if the player will fit in here. We feel that every one of these young men will not only fit in, but also that the fans will love what each player brings to the rink and the community.”

Casey Linkenheld (5-11, 160), the team’s first-round pick who completed last season with 14 goals and 31 points for Team Illinois. Linkenheld, a forward, was also drafted by the Lincoln Stars of the USHL last month.

The Tomahawks also selected goaltender Brett Young, forward Forest Donovan defenseman Tristan Ramage and defensemen Brady Bender