— Here is a breakdown of today's NCAA Division II football game between Slippery Rock and visiting California (Pa.), a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference pairing at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium (capacity 10,000).
Time: 2 p.m.
TV: WPCW-TW; Announcers - Stan Savran and Paul Alexander.
Radio: WISR-AM 680; Announcers - Bob Cupp and analyst Glenn Thompson.
All-time series: Slippery Rock leads, 42-31-3.
Last meeting: Oct. 16, 2010 - California 28, Slippery Rock 3.
Records: California - 5-1 (3-0 PSAC-West); Slippery Rock - 5-1 (3-0 PSAC-West).
Coaches: California - John Luckhardt, 10th season (83-31, 220-68-2 overall); Slippery Rock - Dr. George Mihalik, 24th season (158-95-4).
Key players: California - QB Peter Lalich (junior - 135 completions for 1,734 yards, 13 TDs), RB Lamont Smith (junior - 94 rushes for 576 yards, 2 TDs), WR Thomas Mayo (senior - 42 catches for 755 yards, 9 TDs), Brian Justice (sophomore - 51 tackles, 2 sacks); Slippery Rock - QB Cody Endres (senior - 117 completions for 1,307 yards, 9 TDs), RB Akeem Satterfield (junior - 98 rushes for 506 yards, 6 TDs), WR Devin Goda (senior - 40 catches for 485 yards, 3 TDs) and LB Zach Sheridan (senior - 46 tackles, 2.5 sacks).
Upcoming games: California - Oct. 22, Mercyhurst; Slippery Rock - Oct. 22, at Lock Haven.
HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS ROUNDUP: County track set today at Hickory
The annual Mercer County Track & Field Invitational will be held at Hickory High’s Hornet Stadium today, beginning at 9 a.m.
Competing are all Mercer County teams, Class AAA and AA, as well as Slippery Rock. The meet serves as a warm-up to the District 10 championships set next week at Harbor Creek High.
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HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS ROUNDUP: Mercer 9 drops thriller to KC
It was a game both teams were trying to win — it just seemed as though neither wanted to — as Kennedy Catholic High baseball team met Mercer Friday afternoon in an inter-region District 10 affair.
The teams traded late leads before, ultimately, Scott Moore’s fielder’s choice RBI-grounder scored pinch-runner Ethan Feldmiller with the game-winner, as KC captured an 11-10 conquest.
NCAA Football: Rock 6-1 after 17-3 win over Cal U
Slippery Rock University rode a length-of-the-field scoring drive by its offense and a goal-line stand by its No. 1-ranked defense late in the first half of action Saturday to a 17-3 win over 14th-ranked visiting California (Pa.).
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