24 from Blair County at Special Olympics

From Mirror reports

A total of 24 area athletes and coaches will attend the 2014 Special Olympics Games in New Jersey from June 14-21, joining more than 200 athletes and 70 coaches and staff representing Team Pennsylvania.

More than 3,500 Special Olympics athletes from throughout the United States will travel to New Jersey to compete in 16 sports, before tens of thousands of spectators and volunteers.

The 24 area athletes and coaches participating in the Special Olympics Games from Blair County include: athletes Devin Wineland (bocce, bowling), Emma Shaw (bowling), Michael Burd (softball, unified), Fran Dell (softball, unified), Henry Koch (softball, unified), Ronald Mahon (softball, unified), James Smith (softball, unified), Bradley Snyder (softball, unified), Virginia Wagner (softball, unified), Joseph White (softball, unified), Garran Burget (tennis), and Heather Thomas (tennis).

Unified partners, or athletes’ helpers, attending from the area include Terry Mahon (softball, unified), Jessica Salmon (softball, unified), Kara Salmon (softball, unified), Christopher Smith (softball, unified), Shawn Smith (softball, unified), Craig Wagner (softball, unified), and Korey Weyant (softball, unified).

Coaches include Adam Burget (head coach, softball, unified), Gwendolyn Burget (head coach, tennis), Rayleen Harp (assistant coach, softball, unified), MaryAnn Ritchey (assistant coach, softball, unified), and Tyler Shea (assistant coach, softball, unified).

Blair County athletes trained year-round for the chance to compete at the USA Games. In order to qualify to compete nationally, the athletes participated in local, sectional, and state-wide competitions. Special Olympics Pennsylvania offers free training to all athletes for year-round preparation and support.

Lady Lions add coach

UNIVERSITY PARK – Lady Lion coach Coquese Washington has announced the addition of Jocelyn Wyatt as an assistant coach to complete the Penn State women’s basketball coaching staff.

Wyatt comes to the Lady Lions after serving four seasons as an assistant at Georgia State.

“Jocelyn is one of the rising stars in our profession,” Washington said. “Her passion for the game, her enthusiasm for serving and her knowledge of the game are all top notch. In addition, she is a strong teacher. Jocelyn is a welcome addition to our staff and we are excited about all the ways in which she will positively impact our program.”

“I am so excited about joining Coquese Washington’s staff and becoming a part of the Lady Lion family,” Wyatt said.