Get Wells soon: Pirates hope for a rapid recovery
What a bad break for Kip Wells. It could even be a worse setback for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Wells began spring training with visions of a winning season. He was throwing well and the Pirates were counting on him to be in the starting rotation.
Recently, Wells was diagnosed with a blood clot in his pitching arm and underwent surgery. Wells is frustrated, to say the least, and he's hoping for a rapid recovery.
However, the Colorado Rockies' Aaron Cook had a similar surgery which sidelined him for nearly a year.
The Mercer County Bowling Hall of Fame staged its banquet last weekend at the Radisson Hotel in Shenango Township. Five new members were inducted into the association's Hall of Fame: Dennis Durkos, Fred Tonty, Beverly Pas, David Van Ord and Charles Knott.
Durkos has been a member of the Mercer County Bowling Association for over 31 years. He had a high average of 218, a high series of 774 and has rolled four 300 games.
Knott has been a member of the MCBA for over 33 years. He has bowled two 300 games and has won numerous awards in regional and national events. He captured the MCBA High Score Award several times.
Pas, a long-time member of the Grove City Women's Bowling Association, has bowled a 300 game, several 600 series and three 700 series with a high of 765.
Tonty has been affiliated with the MCBA over 42 years. He is a charter member of the association's board of directors and currently serves as its president. He has a high game of 298 and high series of 735. He has bowled in 33 PSAB tournaments, 35 MCBA tourneys ands four ABC Nationals.
Van Ord has been associated with the MCBA for over 26 years. He has a high average of 221 with numerous 700 series and two 800 sets. He has recorded nine 300 games and in 1985 shot an 855 series at Thornton Hall. Included in that series were two 300 games, an event that has happened only one other time in Mercer County.
The Westminster College softball team will compete in the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., starting Tuesday.
Veteran coach Jan Reddinger has high expectations as the Titans are coming off an outstanding 29-10 season, in which they won their first Presidents' Athletic Conference championship and a berth in the ECAC Division III South Region tournament.
Twelve letterwinners return, including six starters, as the Titans hope for another PAC title and the program's first NCAA Division III tournament bid.
Three all-conference players return, including first team pitcher-designated hitter, Jennifer Pancake (Boardman). Only a junior, Pancake was dominant in 2005 with a 22-4 record, 0.71 ERA, and 117 strikeouts. She was carried a .276 average with seven doubles and a team-high three homers.
Sophomore shortstop Maria Joseph (New Castle) and second baseman Abby Mazar also return. Joseph hit .313 with eight doubles, three triples, 21 runs and was named All-PAC second team. Mazar was honorable mention after batting .271 with 14 runs scored and 11 RBIs.
Other returnees are outfielder-DH Karisa Nilsen, senior Erica Pavlinch, junior outfielders Kristin Zyskowski and Heather Gurgioilio and catchers Stephanie Cornicelli (Howland) and Mary Alice Skinner.
Two pitchers back with game experience are senior Katie Parfitti and Sarah Henry (Bristol).
Rounding out the cast are a number of freshmen, including Leah Hast, Elena Antonucci, Amy Cornicelli (Howland), Gina Brunetti (Cardinal Mooney), Jamie Guffey and Rachael Strohm. Sophomore newcomers are Allison Ginnetti (Struthers) and Kelly Lipka.