Ice Hockey: Former RMU Star, Brianne McLaughlin-Bittle Named National Team Coach For USA Hockey Summer Festival

By Matt Gajtka Pittsburgh, Pa. — Former Robert Morris University women’s hockey star and two-time Olympic medalist Brianne McLaughlin-Bittle ’09 has been appointed as national team goalie coach for this month’s USA Hockey Women’s National Festival. “Representing Team USA is one of my greatest accomplishments and blessings,” said McLaughlin-Bittle. “I am honored to return to the team on the coaching side and again be part of something so amazing.” The event, set for the hockey holy ground of Lake Placid, New York, from Aug. 5-13, is meant to be a training ground for elite American players of all ages, with the … Continue reading Ice Hockey: Former RMU Star, Brianne McLaughlin-Bittle Named National Team Coach For USA Hockey Summer Festival

AUDL 2019 – Pittsburgh Thunderbirds Playoff Run Ends To Indianapolis AlleyCats 23-17

By Larry Snyder Westfield, Indiana – Followers of the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds enjoyed last-second victories and come from behind wins over the previous 10 weeks of the 2019 campaign. But, the time for rallies ran out Saturday, July 27, when the Black and Gold lost to the Indianapolis AlleyCats 23-17 for the Midwest Division crown in the American Ultimate Disc League. Pittsburgh claimed the first two goals of the match and owned a 4-3 advantage due to scores from Max Sheppard, Jack Hefferon, Dylan Best, and David Vatz. However, after Jonathan Mast’s end zone toss to Best deflected into the air, … Continue reading AUDL 2019 – Pittsburgh Thunderbirds Playoff Run Ends To Indianapolis AlleyCats 23-17

MMA 2019: Results From 247 Fighting Championships Brawl In The Burgh

By Larry Snyder Canonsburg, Pa. – An enthusiastic crowd at Printscape Arena at Southpointe was engaged from the opening bell to the main event Saturday, July 27, by an outstanding Mixed Martial Arts fight card presented by Ryan Middleton and his 247 Fighting Championships promotion. Middleton, along with matchmaker Liam Morris, director of operations Jim Mooney, and director of logistics Brian Smith gave 10 local fighters the chance to achieve the next step in their careers by putting their talents to the test inside the cage. Five Western Pennsylvania gyms were part of the lineup, including Stout Training, Mat Factory, … Continue reading MMA 2019: Results From 247 Fighting Championships Brawl In The Burgh

AUDL 2019 Playoffs – Pittsburgh Thunderbirds Go To Indianapolis To Face AlleyCats For Midwest Division Crown

By Larry Snyder Westfield, Indiana – The Pittsburgh Thunderbirds (8-4-0 regular season, coming off an exhilarating 21-20 victory at home last week against the Chicago Wildfire (7-5-0), travel to the Hoosier State Saturday, July 27, to clash with the Indianapolis AlleyCats (8-4-0). The donnybrook for the American Ultimate Disc League’s Midwest Division title gets underway at Westfield High School at 7:00 p.m. EDT. Max Sheppard and Thomas Edmonds spoke with Evan Lepler on the league web page about their performances in the win against the Wildfire. Edmonds said, “It’s not wrong to say that Shep and I had off games … Continue reading AUDL 2019 Playoffs – Pittsburgh Thunderbirds Go To Indianapolis To Face AlleyCats For Midwest Division Crown

MMA 2019 Preview – 247 Fighting Championships Presents: Brawl In The Burgh

By Larry Snyder Canonsburg, Pa. – Returning to the Printscape Arena at Southpointe, Ryan Middleton and his 247 Fighting Championships promotion present on Saturday, July 27, another opportunity for young area athletes to build their Mixed Martial Arts careers through quality competition on the Brawl in the Burgh fight card. It is the second event Middleton, along with matchmaker Liam Morris and director of operations Jim Mooney, put on this year; the first was Steeltown Throwdown on Saturday, April 6, at Printscape Arena. I spoke with Middleton about his first outing as a promoter and this is what he told … Continue reading MMA 2019 Preview – 247 Fighting Championships Presents: Brawl In The Burgh

Ice Hockey: Incoming RMU Women’s Hockey Freshman Invited To Canada Camp

  By Matt Gajtka Moon Township, Pa. – Incoming Robert Morris University women’s hockey freshman goalie Raygan Kirk has been selected to participate in Hockey Canada’s upcoming national development camp. The Manitoba-born Kirk, 18, is the youngest of 45 players who will compete for the chance to represent Canada in a three-game series against the United States in Lake Placid, New York, from Aug. 14-17. The camp itself — dubbed the Summer Showcase — will take place Aug. 2-11 in Calgary, Alberta. “Ultimately, Summer Showcase is about bringing in the top under-18 and development-aged athletes, and to work with experienced … Continue reading Ice Hockey: Incoming RMU Women’s Hockey Freshman Invited To Canada Camp

AUDL 2019 Playoffs – Pittsburgh Thunderbirds Edge Chicago Wildfire 21-20; Move On To Face Indianapolis AlleyCats

By Larry Snyder Allison Park, Pa. – The Pittsburgh Thunderbirds (8-4-0 regular season) ascended to the American Ultimate Disc League Midwest Division Championship match with their sensational 21-20 victory Saturday, July 20, against the Chicago Wildfire (7-5-0) at JC Stone Field, on a sweltering and humid evening. Coming off a Chicago throwaway at 1:07 in the fourth quarter, the Black and Gold worked the disc downfield as the clock continued to wind down. Kenny Furdella, on the 11th pass of the drive, fired the disc between a pair of Blue and Orange defenders and into the hands of sliding-on-his-knees Thomas … Continue reading AUDL 2019 Playoffs – Pittsburgh Thunderbirds Edge Chicago Wildfire 21-20; Move On To Face Indianapolis AlleyCats