Mid-State Mustangs open strong in national tourney

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Mid-State Mustangs are off to a perfect start in the USA Hockey Youth Tier-II 18U 3A National Championships.

After beating the Springfield Rifles, 6-2, on Thursday night, the Mustangs came back to top the Littleton Hawks, 3-1, on Friday.

Hollidaysburg’s Ethan Clabaugh registered a goal and an assist in each game, and Cambria Heights High School’s Cole Yeckley, who played for Altoona’s varsity this season, had two goals and an assist in the opener and a goal against Littleton. Yeckley’s twin brother, Cameron, had an assist on Friday.

The Mustangs will play the Quakers at 5 p.m. today. If they win, they’ll clinch the top seed in the USA Division, one of four divisions in the 16-team field.

The quarterfinals are set for 1 p.m. Sunday with the semifinals at 9 p.m. Sunday. The championship is slated for noon Monday.

PSU hosting event

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State University will be the site of one of USA Wrestling’s premier events this summer as the new Final X Series comes to Happy Valley. Rec Hall will host part of the event on June 16 at 6 p.m. The event will determine the 2018 U.S. Senior World Teams in men’s and women’s freestyle wrestling, featuring the nation’s best Olympic-caliber athletes in these disciplines.

The Penn State ticket office has announced presale and sale information for Rec Hall’s June 16 event. The presale begins on Wednesday at 10 a.m. and continues until Sunday, April 15, for the following: Penn State wrestling season ticket holders, current Nittany Lion Club members, individuals on the Penn State wrestling season ticket waiting list and members of the Penn State Wrestling Booster Club. There is an eight ticket limit per account. Group tickets are available in quantities of 10 or more and may be purchased at the group rate of $38.00 per ticket by calling 1-800-NITTANY weekdays between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Presale tickets can be ordered online at http://gopsusports.com/finalx.

Should any tickets remain after the presale a public sale based on availability will begin on April 16 at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased by calling 1-800-NITTANY or by visiting the BJC Ticket Office on Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Ticket prices are available in three pricing levels: VIP seating for $90; reserved seating for $63 or $42; obstructed seating for $32.

The weight classes assigned to the Final X in State College are men’s freestyle weight classes (65 kg, 79 kg, 86 kg) and women’s freestyle weight classes (62 kg, 72 kg, 76 kg). The first Final X event will be on June 9 in Lincoln, Neb. Final X in State College is the second event in the series. Final X at Lehigh, set for Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pa., is the third event of the series on June 23.

Mountain Lions fall

BUTLER — The Altoona Area boys volleyball team slipped from the unbeaten ranks with a 25-19, 23-25, 25-18, 25-19 loss at Butler.

Phillip Swartz collected 17 kills and 20 digs for the Mountain Lions, while Ben Parrish registered 10 kills and seven blocks, Dalton Keller came up with six kills and 10 digs, Nick Snyder made 18 digs, and Chris Ball handed out 27 assists.

SERVICE POINTS

ALTOONA: Ball 5, Barry 4, Swartz 4, Gibbons 2, Keller 1, Nartatez 1.

Records: Altoona (2-1).

JV: Butler, 25-12, 25-17. Noah Ruggery had four kills and two aces, while Austin Homan made 10 digs for Altoona (1-2).

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