Briefs: Hopewell knocks off McGuffey in wrestling
Hopewell won five of the six bouts in the heavier weights to take a 35-31 victory from McGuffey in a fifth-place match of the Section 4-AAA Team Tournament.
The dual meet was rescheduled from Wednesday because of the inclement weather.
Dustin Winkle (138), Nick Guzma (160) and Stephon Peake (182) had pins for Hopewell, which wrestles Seneca Valley in the pigtail round of the WPIAL Team Tournament Monday at Chartiers Valley.
Gage Nicolella (113) and Tyler Harris (152) had pins for McGuffey.
Out and uncovered from the three-eighths, Daylon Miracle ground out a gutsy victory in Thursday’s $20,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows.
Although Daylon Miracle was racing off an injury scratch, Aaron Merriman didn’t hesitate to send her on her long, first-over journey. She collared the leader, Perfect Chance, near the three-quarters and scored in 1:58.1 on a “slow” surface. Crowdswild Hanover rallied for second, 1-1/4 lengths back, with Blueridge Abigail third.
Bill Bercury trains and owns Daylon Miracle, a 5-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur-Daylon Marvel who now boasts $250,393 in career earnings. Merriman and Dave Palone each drove three winners on the 16-race card.
Lucky Jones scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Robert Morris remained unbeaten in Northeast Conference play with a 91-65 victory over Sacred Heart Thursday night.
Robert Morris (10-10, 5-0 Northeastern Conference) won handily despite having only eight players suited up for the contest. Four players were out due to a violation of university policy. The Colonials jumped to a 48-33 halftime lead and Sacred Heart (4-16, 1-4) could not recover.
Robert Morris shot 53.6 percent against the Pioneers. Six of the eight available players reached double figures for Robert Morris. Karvel Anderson, who had a career-high 36 points against Sacred Heart earlier this season, scored 15. Charles Oliver had 13 and Stephan Hawkins added 12. Anthony Myers-Pate and Kavon Stewart contributed 11 apiece.
St. Louis defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk scored the tiebreaking power-play goal early in the third period, and the Blues got the best of the New York Rangers again in a 2-1 victory.
• Alexander Semin had two goals and defenseman Andrej Sekera added a score at 9:50 of the third to lift the Carolina Hurricanes to a 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres.
• Matt Calvert and Brandon Dubinsky each had a goal and assist to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a team-record eighth-straight win and the longest active streak in the league in the franchise’s 1,000th game with a 5-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers.