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Notebook: District well-represented in Cactus Bowl

Seven district college football players accepted invitations to participate in the 2005 Cactus Bowl NCAA Division II all-star football game. Six are from schools in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Western Division, including two each from Indiana (Pa.) and Shippensburg. Wide receiver LeRoy McCoy and linebacker Kris Griffin, a Rochester High School graduate, of IUP, and running back John Kuhn and defensive tackle Ryan Hoffman of Shippensburg are joined by running back Matt Phillips (Monaca) of Edinboro and Brian Godfrey (Springdale) of Slippery Rock as PSAC-West representatives. Tight end Jeff Thiel of Mercyhurst, a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, is the other district player selected to participate for the East team. The game will be played Jan. 7 at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

  • Indiana (Pa.) announced it has signed outfielder Pam Hartwick, from Gateway High School, and pitcher Jenny Shaffer, from Brookville, to letters of intent to play softball at the NCAA Division II school beginning next season. Hartwick, who has played for the Pittsburgh Power Amateur Softball Association team for six seasons, helped to lead Gateway to a first-round berth in the PIAA tournament as a junior last season. Shaffer has particiapted in the ASA national tournament in 2003 and 2004 as a member of the Pittsburgh Patriots. IUP posted a record of 25-16 last season, marking the ninth consecutive year the Indians have won at least 20 games and sixth in a row with 25 or more victories. They have qualified for the NCAA Division II Mid-Atlantic Region tournament in five of the past six seasons.

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