Mansion finals set for TV

Local digest

The Central Blair Recreation Commission’s Mansion Park Summer Basketball League championship games will be televised on Altoona Public Access Channel 14 beginning this week.

Finals in Division 1, in which Superior Detailing and Accessories defeated T-Cals, and Division 2, where City Beverage beat the Underground, will air Thursday at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m.

Division 3, which saw CoBRH’s defeat Thrivent Financial, will air Friday at 6 p.m. The Division 5 (Comics Vault over Shoot for the Cause) and Division 4 (Q94 over Sheetz) finals will be shown Sunday at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

In addition to this week’s exposures, the finals will be re-airing through August.

Announcers for the games were K.C. Kantz of WTAJ, Joel Nelson of Penn State Altoona, league directors Skip Dry and Clark Adelman, former player Larry McAleer and the Mirror’s Neil Rudel.

Elsewhere:

n The Penn State Altoona women’s volleyball team was voted into second place in the 2017 edition of the annual Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference preseason coaches’ poll. Defending AMCC champion Pitt-Bradford was voted first in the poll. La Roche College, which tied for third place in last season’s regular season standings, was picked to finish third in this year’s poll. Penn State Altoona women’s volleyball placed second in the 2016 regular season standings. The Lady Lions went 13-14 overall. Named as “Players to Watch” for the Lady Lions were junior outside hitter Kelsey Bristol and sophomore middle hitter Josie Stovall.

n Penn State Altoona men’s soccer was voted into third place in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s 2017 preseason coaches’ poll, which was released on Monday. Penn State Behrend, the AMCC champions in 2016, was selected to the top of the poll with seven first place votes. Medaille College, which was second in the conference standings last fall, was predicted to again place second this season. Named as “Players to Watch” for Penn State Altoona this upcoming season were senior midfielder Seth Murrelle and junior forward Jordan Crist (Chestnut Ridge High School graduate).

n The Penn State Altoona women’s soccer team was picked ninth in the 2017 edition of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s annual preseason coaches’ poll, which was released on Monday. Penn State Behrend, which won its 12th conference title in 2016, was predicted to repeat as AMCC champions this fall. Pitt-Greensburg, which finished in second place in last year’s regular season standings, was voted into second place in the poll. Pitt-Bradford, the third place team in the 2016 standings, was selected third. Named as a “Player to Watch” for Penn State Altoona this season was senior forward Shoshana Mahoney.

n Tyler Carpenter was named head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Pittsburgh, as announced recently by Director of Athletics Heather Lyke. Carpenter joins the department after spending the previous four years as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at The Ohio State University.

n Pitt head softball coach Holly Aprile announced the addition of Amanda Buchholz to the coaching staff for the start of 2018 season.

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