Juniata welcomes 10 men’s basketball players

HUNTINGDON – Juniata College men’s basketball coach Greg Curley has announced the 2014-15 class that will join the team in the upcoming season.

The Eagles will welcome 10 new players to preseason this winter: Seth Brewer of Manheim High School, Bryce Doisch of Central Bucks South, Brian Graytok of Greensburg Central Catholic, Marcus Lee of Bishop Carroll Catholic, Adam Lencer of Keystone, Ryan Naccarato of Lower Dauphin, Wilberto Peralta of North Hagerstown, Md., Damon Rickens of Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic, Akira Tachikawa of Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego and Wade Walker from Shepherd University.

The 10 newcomers will be looking to combine with the 10 returners from the 2013-14 team that won the program’s second consecutive Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III regional title. The Eagles graduated seven seniors.

“We’re going to need some immediate contributions from all of the newcomers,” Curley said. “After losing the seven seniors that we’ve lost – the amount of minutes they played the amount of points they scored – we’re kind of a clean slate. We have a nice core of guys returning. There is a group of four or five guys there that have played a fair amount of minutes for where they are in their career. They are ready to take a step forward for us, but we need more guys than that. We typically play an eight-to-10 man rotation, and to get to that point there is going to have to be significant contributions from a lot of young guys right away.”

The class of 2018 boasts three first-team all-county selections, three second-team all-conference honorees and four all-state players, along with numerous other accolades, including nine district or league championships.

“We’re expecting a lot out of this group as a whole,” Curley said. “There are some individual pieces there that I expect to make an immediate impact. It will all depend on how they can adjust to this level. It’s as talented and as decorated a group as we’ve ever brought in.”

Juniata will open preseason in October before tipping off the season at the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament hosted by Mount Aloysius College Nov. 15-16.

PSU fifth in Learfield Cup

UNIVERSITY PARK – Anchored by three NCAA championships and a school record-tying eight Big Ten titles, Penn State earned its first top five finish in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings in 11 years, earning a school-record point total for the second consecutive year.

Penn State compiled 1,113.00 points to finish No. 5 in the final Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, surpassing last year’s previous record total of 1,100.00 points. The Lions were the only Big Ten Conference institution to place in the top 10.

Penn State was tied for the national lead by winning three NCAA championships (fencing, women’s volleyball and wrestling). Connecticut and Oregon also won three NCAA titles this past year.

The Nittany Lions earned their first top five finish in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings since placing No. 5 in 2002-03. Penn State earned its fifth top five finish and secured its 10th top 10 finish in the 21 years the Directors’ Cup has existed.

Penn State earned consecutive top 10 finishes in the Directors’ Cup standings for the first time since 1998-99 and 1999-2000 after placing No. 6 last year. The Nittany Lions were No. 2 in the 2013-14 final winter Directors’ Cup standings and No. 6 after the fall standings

For the second consecutive year, 21 of 31 Penn State teams participated in their respective NCAA championship this year.

Stanford won the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup with 1,482.00 points. Florida (1216.50), Notre Dame (1128.25) and Virginia (1118.50) round out the top four.

PSU celebrating Women in Sport

UNIVERSITY PARK – The Penn State athletics department is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Women in Sport during the 2014-15 school year, which will be highlighted by the 50th anniversary weekend celebration Sept. 19-21.

Former varsity athletes will be receiving an invitation and registration form for the weekend’s festivities in the mail this week.

Registration is open for the 50th anniversary celebration weekend. Full weekend packages, which does not include tickets to the football game, are $120 per adult and $50 per child. There is an early bird special of $100 per adult for those that register before Aug. 1. Attendees can also register a la carte for the weekend’s festivities.

The 50th anniversary of Women in Sport celebration weekend features home contests for the field hockey, women’s volleyball and women’s soccer teams. Additionally, there will be a 50th welcome reception on Friday, Sept. 19. There will also be a 50th tailgate celebration at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park prior to the Penn State football game against UMass on Saturday, Sept. 20.

SFU swimming schedule set

LORETTO – The Saint Francis University swimming team and coach Rory Coleman announced the Red Flash’s meet schedule for the 2014-15 season. The schedule features three home meets and a homecoming alumni meet on Nov. 1.

Saint Francis opens the season with its first-ever trip to Delaware to face the Blue Hens along with Georgetown on Oct. 4. After traveling to Boston College for the Northeast Catholic Invite on Oct. 10-11, the Flash open the home portion of its schedule against Northeast Conference rival Mount St. Mary’s on Oct. 18.

After traveling to Duquesne the following weekend, the Flash host their alumni meet on homecoming weekend, Nov. 1 at 10 a.m. The Flash move back into conference action Nov. 7, when they compete against Wagner for the first time since 2007. The following day, SFU stays in the Big Apple to face upstart program LIU Brooklyn. The Magnus Cup at Cleveland State and the USA Swimming Winter Nationals round out the first half of the schedule.

Saint Francis returns to action with home meets on back-to-back Saturdays beginning Jan. 17 against Akron. The Flash then faces Siena on Jan. 24 for senior day. Saint Francis concludes its dual meet schedule with a meet at Youngstown State on Jan. 31.

“We have a great schedule set up for this upcoming season to challenge our team each and every week,” Coleman said.