DP Little World Series opens Saturday

The Logan Township Youth Baseball Association will host the 21st annual Dean Patterson Little World Series, which opens Saturday.

All games will be held at Logan Township’s Fye Field with the opening ceremonies scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday and the first game of the single-elimination tournament slated for noon.

A total of 18 teams from seven different area leagues will compete, including league champions Peterman’s Florist of Logan Township, Sheetz of Altoona Independent, Penn Med of East End, Marana Electric of Altoona Area and Martin Oil of Bellwood. Penn Med is the defending champion.

The tournament will have five games on Saturday and Sunday with two games scheduled for Monday and two for Tuesday. Thursday will be the semifinals with the consolation and championship set for next Saturday, July 27. A home run derby and base-running contest will be held next Friday.

Tournament board members are Jamie Morris, Carl Adams and Denny Martin. Tom Stoner is in charge of the umpires.

For the schedule of the first two days, please see Page B5.

WTAJ promotes Kantz

KC Kantz, part of the WTAJ Sports team since 2010, was recently promoted to sports director.

“KC has been an important part of our sports team and television station for some years now,” WTAJ-TV Vice President and General Manager Phil Dubrow said. “His dedication to local, college and professional sports has been outstanding. Now he will elevate WTAJ’s sports even further as he carries on a strong tradition of Nittany Nation and Steeler Nation coverage as well as our award-winning high school sports coverage. We are excited about our future in sports and so are the viewers of Central PA.”

Kant’s sports broadcasting career started when he was hired as a weekend sports anchor at WSEE in Erie, during his junior year of college at Edinboro University. From there, he was hired at WTAJ as a weekend sports anchor in 2010.

“Hockey is everything to me with baseball coming in as a close second,” Kantz said. “I still love taking batting practice and playing catch with people around the area as much as possible. The sports fans in central Pennsylvania are passionate about their teams, and I look forward to delivering the sports coverage that they deserve.”

Mountain bike race set

PHILIPSBURG – The fourth annual YMCA of Centre County, Moshannon Valley Branch Mountain Bike Race is scheduled for Aug. 10.

The race begins and ends in Black Moshannon State Park and consists of two loops for a 20-mile sport class course and an additional 3-mile loop for the expert class. The experts begin at 11 a.m. on race day, and the sport class cyclists begin at 11:10.

The course is a mixture of single-track, long climbs, gravel and paved roads and will cross into Moshannon State Forest before returning to the park.

Pre-registration ends on July 26, and only pre-registered cyclists get T-shirts. Cyclists may register through www.bikereg.com/net/18774 or through the YMCA of Centre County’s website, www.ymcaofcentrecounty.org. Cost is $25 to pre-register and $30 afterward.

Refreshments and the awarding of medals and prizes will follow the race.

Tomahawks’ schedule finalized

Johnstown – The Johnstown Tomahawks announced their schedule for the 2013-14 regular season.

The team, which earned the title of North American Hockey League 2012-13 Organization of the Year, begins its sophomore season with a two-game homestand on Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 against Port Huron. The Tomahawks will play a total of 60 games, including 28 home games at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena.

To open the season, the Tomahawks will welcome the Fighting Falcons. The Tomahawks plan to hold the second annual HockeyFest, featuring music, food, drinks and games for fans of all ages, to kick off the start of the new season, with more information to follow.

A full promotional schedule will soon be released. The weekend of Friday, March 21 marks the team’s final home games of the season.

The postseason playoff run for the 2014 Robertson Cup Championship begins May 9, 2013.