Free throw championship to be held
STEUBENVILLE - The Steubenville Knights of Columbus Council No. 472 is sponsoring a basketball free throw contest beginning at 11 a.m. Jan. 26 at Bishop John King Mussio Elementary School in the former Holy Rosary School gymnasium.
All boys and girls ages 10-14 are eligible to participate.
Individual contests will be conducted for each age group. There will be awards for the winners of each age group.
The winners will be eligible to compete in the district free throw competition which is scheduled for noon immediately following the local competition.
Entry forms are available at local grade schools in the Steubenville-Wintersville Area. If a school doesn't have entry forms, they will be available at the door the day of the contest. Proof of age is required if registering at the door. Doors open at 10 a.m.
For information, contact Lou Almonte at (304) 670-6790 or Don Hall at (740) 264-6724.
FUS swimming wins
BRADFORD, Pa. - The Franciscan University Swimming and Diving team beat host Pitt-Bradford 52-43 in a battle of the top two teams in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Saturday.
"Beating them was a big deal," Barons head coach Becky Recznik said. "We went into the meet hopeful but not expecting, because you never know. But, I'm really excited."
Freshman sprinter Aimee Vunovich won the 100 back in 1:11.25 for two-point FUS lead.
Sophomore Maria Giuliani took second in the 500 free in 5:47.53.
FUS clinched the meet by going 1-2 in the 100 breaststroke with sophomore Molly Coogan (1:21.14) and senior captain Maria Deuchar (1:23.94).
Recznik also said that having Division II school Alford State, who beat FUS 63-31, at the meet helped push her team despite the loss.
"Its always exciting as coaches to watch. When you're swimming in a pool with a team that's as good as Alford is, it really pushes the girls," Recznik said. "Seeing someone in front of you gives you that extra umph to push just a little harder."
Barons hoops loses
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Franciscan University of Steubenville women's basketball team lost at Medaille College, 82-40, Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore forward Allyson Cooney, however, pulled out one of her best games of the season, scoring 10 points and grabbing nine boards.
"Allyson was a very positive part of today's game," FUS head coach Suzy Delaney said. "She is always aggressive on defense, and she took two charges today."
Captain Lacey Huck finished with 12 points.
The Barons host Mt. Aloysius College at 6 p.m. Monday.
Big Red boosters to meet
STEUBENVILLE - The Steubenville Big Red Boosters club will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the high school conference room. All are welcome.
Hoops tourney to be held
UNIONTOWN, Pa. - The Basketball Hoopfest tournament will be held at Albert Gallatin High School Feb. 15-17 for sixth- and seventh grade boys teams and Feb. 22-24 for eighth-grade boys teams.
All teams are guaranteed three games. The deadline is Jan. 31. Registration fee is $175.
For information, contact Larry Haines at (724) 963-6087.
Barons lose again
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The Franciscan University of Steubenville men's basketball team dropped a 82-56 decision Saturday at Medaille College.
"Regardless of the score, we played a lot of good basketball today," head coach John Lamanna said. "We are not regressing as the season plays out. We are making great strides forward in our progress. I was very proud of them."
Barons freshman Daniel Kleinschnitz led the squad with 13 points and four assists.
"We are very capable of scoring," Lamanna said. "We were executing well offensively. It's just a matter of getting shots. With this young team, every situation is new to us as a unit. We really came together today offensively and we are going to continue to gain experience. I love the direction this team is going."
Joseph Rine, who is currently ranked seventh in NCAA Division III in blocks per game, added three more. He also collected a team high nine rebounds.
"His skill set allows him to have a lot of blocks. He has phenomenal timing," Lamanna said. "He's becoming a huge presence down there. You can't coach that kind of focus and talent."
The Barons visit Penn State-Altoona on Thursday.