Border Brawl slated for UPJ Friday night

JOHNSTOWN — The second annual Border Brawl Mason-Dixon Wrestling Classic, which will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Pitt-Johnstown’s Sports Center, features wrestlers from Cambria, Somerset, Bedford and Blair counties.

In all, 10 Pennsylvania school districts will be represented in the dual meet, which pits some of the top seniors in the Keystone State against their counterparts from Maryland and West Virginia.

Among those area wrestlers competing will be Chestnut Ridge’s Dylan Williams (110 pounds) and Morgan Deremer (160), Altoona’s Cole Manley (132), Bedford’s Grant Browell (122), Northern Bedford’s Zach Clark (126) and Central Cambria’s Caliber Castel (207).

The event will raise money for the family of wrestling official Aaron Elliott, of Davidsville. Elliott’s 10-year-old autistic son, Jeremiah, is undergoing treatments for bone cancer. Funds also will be raised for Pin Cancer, which provides money for cancer research.

Tickets are $5 at the door. The admission price includes a free clinic for youth wrestlers by Pitt-Johnstown coach Pat Pecora and members of the Mountain Cats wrestling team. The clinic begins at 5:15 for wrestlers who are in eighth grade or younger.

Retired Bedford coach Bill Creps will serve as the honorary leader for the Pennsylvania squad with Chestnut Ridge’s Scott McGill coaching. Brock Glotfelty, who was a standout wrestler for Northern Garrett High School and McDaniel College, will serve as the honorary coach for the Maryland/West Virginia team. Northern Garrett’s Casey Kamp will coach the team from south of the Mason-Dixon Line.

NC football coach hired

NORTHERN CAMBRIA — The Northern Cambria School Board approved the hiring of Sam Shutty as its head football coach for the 2017-2018 season.

Shutty takes over for Frank Paronish, who stepped down at the end of last season after eight years with the program. Paronish had a record of 46-41. The Colts went 8-4 last year, including a second-round playoff loss to Bishop Guilfoyle in districts.

Shutty, a 1998 Northern Cambria graduate and a 2002 IUP graduate, was an assistant under Paronish for the past three seasons. He was the head coach at Central Cambria for two years and was an assistant with the Red Devils program, too.

“Having a new addition to our family recently, I wasn’t even thinking about it,” Shutty said of the Northern opening. “I did not think it was the right time for me, but after it opened, my wife (Erin) looked at me and said you have to go for it, so I put my name in. Everything happens for a reason.”

Shutty is currently a Learning Support teacher with the Central Cambria School District. The Northern Cambria School Board approved Shutty’s coaching salary at $5,837.00.

In other school-related news, the board approved the suspension of the boys volleyball program for the 2016-2017 season due to insufficient participation.

Rugby season on horizon

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg rugby team begins its league season this Sunday.

The team, which consists of players from Altoona, Bishop Guilfoyle, Central and Hollidaysburg, went 2-2 recently at a scrimmage involving teams from Chambersburg and West Carroll, Maryland. For Hollidaysburg, tries were scored by Chris Neff, Trent Paddock and Joe Berger.

The team also competed in another scrimmage recently in Lancaster at the Frostbite Tournament.Playing in a round-robin format, the team lost to Chambersburg by a try, tied LaSalle College High School, 15-15, and beat North Bay, a team from Maryland by over 50 points. Scorers included Joe Black, Zach Swartz, Mason Houck and Paddock.

Benefit game set

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Tomahawks will again hold the Guns & Hoses charity hockey game at 4 p.m. this Saturday at the Cambria County War Memorial.

The fifth annual event that pits firemen against policemen benefits Special Olympics.