Women’s hockey planned

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State women’s hockey team released its schedule for the 2017-18 season, as announced by first-year coach Jeff Kampersal.

The Nittany Lions’ sixth season as a varsity program features 15 home games inside the Pegula Ice Arena.

“September can’t come soon enough,” Kampersal said. “In addition to our demanding CHA schedule, we play truly elite non-conference opponents. We open the season on the road against a strong Minnesota-Duluth team, and then we welcome a well-coached, up-and-coming Union team and the defending NCAA champion Clarkson Golden Knights to the Pegula Ice Arena.”

Elsewhere:

n Andre Butler will join the Penn State baseball coaching staff full time after a two-year stint as a volunteer assistant coach, as head coach Rob Cooper named him as an assistant coach Friday. Butler will take a lead role with the team’s hitters and continue to work with the team’s outfielders.

n Penn State Altoona men’s volleyball player Justin Bannister was selected to receive the 2016-17 North Eastern Athletic Conference Inspirational Award. Each year, the NEAC honors student-athletes within the conference who have endured personal hardships leading to bravery or dedication within athletics through participation, volunteerism, coaching, or administration. Bannister, who completed his junior season with the Lions this past spring, is one of five student-athletes to receive a NEAC Inspirational Award this year.

n Penn State’s JD Hughes held off all competitors with six birdies in the final round and shot a 10-under 203 total to win the 104th Pennsylvania Amateur Wednesday at White Manor Country Club in Malvern.

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