Tomahawks promote assistant to head coaching position

JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown Tomahawks announced Tuesday that Mike Letizia has been promoted to become the second head coach in the team’s history.

General Manager Rick Boyd said Letizia, who has served as assistant head coach and director of scouting for the last two seasons, stood out amongst an extensive list of candidates considered during the five-week coaching search.

“We were looking for the right person to lead our team, and we’re very pleased to find that fit within our own organization. Mike has demonstrated true commitment to our team , and he has excelled at everything we’ve asked him to do. He deserves this opportunity.

Letizia, 29, played four seasons with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League and one season with the Rockford Ice Hogs of the United Hockey League before beginning his coaching career with the Tomahawks in 2012. He currently resides in Somerset with his wife and daughter.

The Tomahawks also selected Greensburg native and right winger Dalton Hunter with the ninth overall selection in Tuesday’s NAHL Draft.

At 16 years old, Hunter finished last season playing with the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite 18U team, where he netted eight goals in 22 games. Hunter began the season with the Penguins Elite 16U team, where he gained 26 points in 22 games and earned a permanent promotion to the 18U team.

The Tomahawks added defenseman Carter Ekberg of McMurray in the third round.

YMCA to host tourney

HOLLIDAYSBURG – The Hollidaysburg Area YMCA will be hosting a co-ed volleyball tournament this Saturday from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Teams will consist of 6-10 players, ages 15 and older, with two female players on the court at all times during play. The cost is $10 per person, and each team will be guaranteed three games. All proceeds will go to Stella’s Voice, an organization that rescues girls from sex trafficking.

Registration forms can be found at the Hollidaysburg Area YMCA, at Caribbean Sun Tan and Spa in the Greenwood Plaza, or online at Pre-registration is preferred as there are a limited amount of teams that can be accepted, but teams will be accepted until 3 p.m. the day of the event (if space is available).

Call 944-1948 for more information or any questions regarding the event.