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October 6, 2013

SPORTVIEW: L.C. Greenwood had shoes (and heart) of golf

OPINION — I was saddened to read about the death of former Pittsburgh Steelers great L.C. Greenwood recently. Besides being a tremendous football player in his pro days, he was also a heckuva guy.

I enjoyed talking with him every summer at the Nicky Necastro Memorial Fund Golf Tournament at Avalon Golf and Country Club’s Squaw Creek course.

Greenwood was one of the pros who would come free of charge to help raise funds to benefit children’s cancer treatment. I think he only missed one year out of the 15 years of the tournament and that was because he was recovering from surgery.

And of course he always wore his gold golf shoes, reminiscent of his playing days where he paid a fine to the NFL every game to wear his gold football spikes.

I’ve always felt he was deserving of being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but if it ever happens it will have to be a posthumous induction.

ä Today will be a bit strange without a game involving either the Steelers or the Cleveland Browns.

Pittsburgh gets a much needed bye this week, although the Black and Gold is so bad that oddsmakers have made the Steelers a 7-point underdog against the bye!

With the Steelers holding an uncharacteristic 0-4 record, there is not a whole lot of chance of seeing much of a turnaround for a team Ben Roethlisberger called the “worst team in the league.”

Actually I think Jacksonville is the worst (much to the chagrin of local Jags’ fan Tim Herrmann), but the Steelers are darn close (much to the chagrin of thousands of local Steeler fans).

Meanwhile, how about those Cleveland Browns! With the Thursday night win over Buffalo, the Browns moved to 3-2 and are in first place in the division.

But naturally, the Cleveland curse continues. Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer,    who had looked very impressive in leading the Browns to 2 straight wins, was hurt early in the game and is out for the year with a torn ACL. So once again the fate of the team lies in the hands of Brandon Weeden, who did spark a comeback on Thursday for a victory.

Weeden is a comedown from Hoyer, who had the ability to quickly survey the field and get rid of the ball. Weeden does not anticipate his receivers breaking free and holds the ball too long.

So in other words, the high hopes of Browns fans this year have fallen greatly. But maybe, just maybe, Weeden will improve. But don’t bet on it.

Last week my picks went 8-6 for a season mark of 43-17. Following are the rest of this week’s predictions (betting line in parentheses just for fun):

Dallas (plus 7) over Denver

Cincy (-11⁄2) over New England

New Orleans (even) over Chicago

Seattle (-21⁄2) over Indy

San Fran (-7) over Houston

Tennessee (plus 3) over Kansas City

Baltimore (plus 3) over Miami

Atlanta (-91⁄2) over NY Jets

Green Bay (-7) over Detroit

Arizona (plus 2) over Carolina

NY Giants (-2) over Philly

Oakland (plus 41⁄2) over San Diego

St. Louis (-111⁄2) over Jacksonville

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    Paced by Chelsea Marriott’s muscle, Hickory High hammered 4 home runs Saturday afternoon en route to a 19-1 rout of Sharon.
    At Wengler, Marriott mauled 2- and 3-run round-trippers to right-center and straightaway center field, respectively. Her Lady Hornets’ teammates Hannah Gallagher and Morgan McBride mustered 3-run bombs, also.

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  • Roundup: Hickory track coaches to step down following season

    Hickory High track & field co-head coaches Barb Dzuricsko and Mark Slezak announced they will step down at the season’s conclusion.
    Dzuricsko and Slezak, who led the Lady Hornets to the 2012 PIAA Class AA crown, jointly made the announcement via e-mail late Wednesday.

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  • Nikolo Lima Roundup: Devil diamondmen roll past Sharon

    An old-school baseball bromide states that, early in any season, pitching is always ahead of hitting. However Sharpsville shunned that axiom Wednesday afternoon.
    The Blue Devils banged 15 hits, and Sharpsville short-circuited Sharon, 16-4, in 5 innings.

    April 10, 2014 1 Photo

  • Haley Boyd Roundup: Hounds, Hornets notch track sweeps

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    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPORTVIEW: Pirates, Indians fans looking for big things this year

    LIFE IS GOOD if you are a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates or Cleveland Indians. At least for now!
    Heading into Saturday, both teams were 3-1 and looking pretty sharp. Since both made the playoffs last year, there are high expectations for both clubs. But in baseball, every year is a new season and there are no guarantees.
    Still, it’s always nice when your favorite teams get off to a good start. In too many seasons, Pittsburgh and Cleveland fans were only talking about the NFL draft because hopes were bleak for their baseball teams.

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  • Nikki Arbanas Hickory's Arbanas 1st team All-State; KC's Hood 3rd team

    ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Teams from the WPIAL won three of the four PIAA girls basketball championships this year, and southwestern Pennsylvania is turning out to be just as dominant when it comes to postseason honors.
    Pittsburgh-area programs produced seven of the eight major award winners on this season’s Sports Writers Pennsylvania High School Girls Basketball All-State Team, including all four players of the year.

    April 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • Trey Staunch WM's Staunch named 2nd team All-State

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Finishing on the winning side in a championship game — or coming mighty, mighty close — scored plenty of points with the panel that selected Pennsylvania’s all-state boys’ basketball team.
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    April 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • Brady Leunis Roundup: Hickory, Mercer, Reynolds, WM baseball teams earn wins

    ä Hickory 12, Sharpsville 10 — At the McCullough Run Complex in South Pymatuning Twp., the visiting Hornets improved to 4-0 with the win.
    Brady Leunis went 2-for-3 for Hickory with a double and 3 RBI, Tommy Cannon belted a 2-run homer, Noah Orndorff was 2-for-4, Nate Mastrian ripped an RBI-double, Ethan Davis was 2-for-4 with a double and a run driven in and Jake Andrzjewski doubled.

    April 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jordyn Allen Roundup: WM, Wilmington, Mercer softball teams win

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    Offensively, Allen doubled and ripped 2 singles for WM, Abby McAdams and Aly Andrusky doubled and singled, Macy Siefert collected 4 singles and Hannah Havens, Megan Hazlett and Oivia Slater added 2 singles each.

    April 2, 2014 1 Photo

  • In control Hickory girls, Farrell boys win Guerino titles

    The Hickory girls and Farrell boys captured championships on Saturday night at the 17th annual Buddy Guerino Underclassmen Basketball Tournament at Sharpsville High School.
    The Hickory girls beat Kennedy Catholic, 41-29, for the crown while the Farrell boys topped Mercer, 76-35, for the title.
    In the consolation games, Sharpsville defeated Sharon, 35-15, in girls hoops while the Sharon boys beat Hickory, 57-33.

    March 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPORTVIEW: Eagles' release of Jackson was a strange move

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  • Tanner Powell WM track teams go 6-1 at Big Red Duals

    The West Middlesex girls and track teams both went 6-1 on Friday at the annual Big Red Relays. Both teams lost to Mohawk.
    The WM boys beat A.C. Valley (129-17), Commodore Perry (120-26), Kennedy Catholic (128-18), Laurel (89-61), Sharon (108-38), Union (127-19) and lost to Mohawk (96-53).
    The Ms. Reds topped A.C. Valley (128-18), Commodore Perry (120-22), Kennedy Catholic (123-14), Laurel (123-14), Laurel (89-56), Sharon 114-26, Union (107-33) and lost to Mohawk (96 1/2-48 1/2).

    March 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • Buddy Guerino Tourney winding down

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  • Andre Campbell KC, Hickory girls win Guerino semifinal games

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    March 27, 2014 1 Photo

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