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Published: Fri, September 16, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.


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Gateway signswith ESPNU
ST. LOUIS -- ESPNU, the 24-hour college sports network, has reached a five-year agreement with the Gateway Football Conference. As part of the agreement, ESPNU has the option to produce and distribute one or more live telecasts of a Gateway Football Conference game in each year.
Southern Illinois and Western Kentucky will be the first Gateway game featured as part of the agreement. The game will be carried on ESPNU Oct. 27, at 6:30 p.m.
LOCAL
SteelHounds to holddance team tryouts
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown SteelHounds will hold auditions to find the SteelHounds Dance Team today and Saturday.
The opening round is tonight at Jamie's Dance Force, 590 E. Western Reserve Road in Boardman at 5 p.m.
These auditions are closed to the public.
The top 25 entrants will be invited to Choices Nightclub, located in the Holiday Inn Metroplex on Belmont Ave. for the dance finals Saturday at 7 p.m.
The dance team will be announced around 8 p.m.
The celebrity panel includes Tim Hamilton of Harley Davidson Buell of Youngstown; Laurie Lehosky and Scott Schneider of WFMJ-21; Ryan Allision, Niki Weirich and Jennifer Brindisi of WKBN-27; Eva Mastromatteo and Melissa Mack of WYTV-33; Dave Messersmith of WYFM (102.9); Hunter and Jimmy Loboy of Hot 101; Matt Spatz of Rock 104; Tina Persin of WNCD-FM (93.3) and Krissy Taylor of KISS FM (95.9).
There will be a meet and greet immediately following the naming of the dance team where both dancers and celebrities will be available for photos and autographs.
Flag players wanted
NILES -- Trumbull County YMCA is looking for players for its flag football program. Players must be at least age 15. Games will be played Saturdays from Oct. 1 to Nov. 5. An informational meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Eastwood Family YMCA, 995 Youngstown-Warren Road.
Castillo namedathlete of week
NEW WILMINGTON -- Chris Castillo, a fifth-year senior placekicker for the Westminster College football team from Austintown Fitch High, has been named the Westminster College Student Athlete Advisory Committee Men's Athlete of the Week.
Castillo was a perfect 4-for-4 in field goal attempts in the Titans' 12-9 overtime win over Allegheny last Saturday.
He connected on field goals of 23, 22, 29 and 43 yards, including the game-winning, career-long 43-yard kick.
Christina Commisso, a sophomore women's tennis standout for Westminster, was named the SAAC Women's Athlete of the Week. She posted a perfect 6-0 record (3-0 at No. 4 singles and 3-0 at No. 2 doubles, to lead the Lady Titans to three wins.
Commisso also was named Presidents' Athletic Conference Women's Tennis Player of the Week.
McDermott assistshurricane victims
NEW WILMINGTON -- Katie McDermott. a junior on the Westminster College volleyball team from Austintown Fitch High, is helping the college raise money to support the relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina's victims.
McDermott is one of 18 representatives to the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee who will begin a semester-long effort to raise funds at the Westminster Volleyball Invitational at Buzz Ridl Gymnasium Friday and Saturday.
McDermott represents the volleyball team while also serving as SAAC vice president.
Lysowski namedon academic team
BAY CITY, Mich. -- Sean Lysowski, a sophomore catcher for the Gannon University baseball team this past season from Boardman High, was selected to the 2005 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Spring Baseball All-Academic Team.
Lysowski achieved a 3.6 GPA as a major in elementary and special education while catching in 20 games.
NATION
TCU beats Utah in OT
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Tye Gunn threw a 4-yard scoring pass to Michael DePriest in overtime as TCU beat Utah 23-20 Thursday night, snapping the Utes' 18-game winning streak.
Vindicator staff/wire reports


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