Special Olympics sectional set for Loretto

LORETTO — Saint Francis University will host Special Olympics Pennsylvania’s Central Spring Sectional on Sunday, April 28.

The Spring Games will host approximately 359 athletes and 149 coaches from 16 counties in central Pennsylvania. Athletes will compete in basketball, track and field, swimming and tennis.

The Central Spring Sectional will kick off with opening ceremonies held in the DeGol Arena from 9-9:30 a.m. Competitions will begin at 9:45 a.m. and run until 4:15 p.m.

All competitions will take place at Saint Francis University with the exception of athletics and tennis, which will be held in Ebensburg. Athletics competitions will take place at Central Cambria High School, and tennis competitions will be held at the Ebensburg Tennis Center.

Olympic-style award ceremonies for individual and team events will be ongoing throughout the day.

Women’s basketball

UNIVERSITY PARK – The Big Ten recently announced the 2019-20 women’s basketball conference season opponent breakdown.

Penn State, which will be playing under first-year head coach Carolyn Kieger, is scheduled for two-plays (home and away contests) against Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern and Rutgers.

The Lady Lions will face Illinois, Indiana, Maryland and Minnesota just once this season at the Bryce Jordan Center.

Penn State’s away-only Big Ten opponents for the season are Nebraska, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin.

The complete Big Ten women’s basketball schedule will be announced in late summer.

Field hockey

LORETTO — Northeast Conference Commissioner Noreen Morris recently announced that Saint Francis University will rejoin the conference in the sport of field hockey beginning with the 2020 season.

SFU has competed as a field hockey associate in the Atlantic 10 since 2013. The Red Flash will play their final season in the A-10 this fall.

Last September, the NEC reinstated field hockey as a championship sport for the 2019-20 academic year following a seven-year absence.

The league resumes this fall with five core members (Bryant, LIU Brooklyn, Merrimack, Sacred Heart and Wagner) and two associates (Fairfield and Rider).

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