The HawkEar — Feb. 2, 2012

Sean Yoder, host, The HawkEar, inaugural broadcast, WIUP-FM, Feb. 2, 2012. Photo by David Loomis.

The HawkEar, a new student-produced local -news program with an award-winning pedigree, debuted on WIUP-FM (90.1)on Feb. 2, 2012, anchored by journalism major Sean Yoder. Featured reports included:

  • A review of recent Indiana Area School District board action, including swearing in of new members, grappling with a new budget crunch and losing to retirement a veteran superintendent. By Sean Yoder.
  • Sports reviews and previews of IUP men’s and women’s basketball games, plus a roundup of the state’s professional teams. By Chris Galiszewski and Adam Harring.

The HawkEar, like its predecessor radio-news programs dating to 2006, is sponsored by the campus chapter of the national Society of Professional Journalists. In 2010, an earlier version of the program won top honors from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters.

The HawkEar’s next show is scheduled to air Feb. 16, 2012, 4-5 p.m. For more information, contact Dr. David O. Loomis at the IUP Journalism Department, phone 724-357-4411 or email .

To listen to the Feb. 2 show, click hawk ear feb 2.mp3.

Editor’s note: Following is text of the Sports Wrap segment of The HawkEar show of Feb. 2, 2012.

Sports Wrap: Regional roundup by Chris Galiszewski

IUP had two basketball games last night as the men and the women traveled to Erie to take on the Golden Knights of Gannon.

Women’s basketball (No. 17 in NCAA Division II):

On the women’s side, in a battle of two top-20 teams, as well as a battle for second place in the conference, the Crimson Hawks found themselves on the losing end of a 71-40 Gannon victory.

The game got ugly quick for IUP. The Hawks were able to tie it early at 4-4. But a few minutes later when the score was 8-6, Gannon went on a 13-2 run to take a 21-8 lead.  IUP attempted to cut into the lead and claw its way back into the game, but the Golden Knights remained tough and took a 37-19 lead into the locker room.

The second half didn’t look much better for the Hawks. The closest they got to Gannon was 17 points.

The Crimson Hawks finished the game with 20 turnovers, shooting 14-44 from the floor, or 31.8 percent. Junior Forward Sarah Pastorek led the Hawks with 10 points and 7 rebounds.

The Crimson Hawks drop to 16-3 overall and 12-3 in the PSAC West (third behind Gannon and Edinboro).

Men’s basketball (No. 16 in NCAA Division II):

In a game where defense was the key for the Crimson Hawks, the team was able to hold on late for a 59-48 victory over Gannon.

The Golden Knights were able to build an early 13-6 lead with some nice shooting from Brandon Belt and Adam Blazek. But The Crimson Hawks’ Danny Ayebo and Marcel Souberbielle wouldn’t let the Golden Knights get carried away and scored seven quick points of their own to even the game at 13.

Senior guard Julian Sanders broke a 22-22 tie with a three-pointer that gave the Hawks the advantage going into the break, 25-22.

The Golden Knights fought hard in the second half, but the leadership of Sanders and fellow senior Ashton Smith took over as they put the Hawks in front for good with 11 minutes remaining in the game, capping it off with a 10-4 run late in the game.

Smith and Souberbielle led the way for the Hawks with 17 and 14 points respectively.

For Gannon, Belt had a game high 23 points.

IUP held Gannon to 38 percent shooting from the field and a season low in points.

The Crimson Hawks improved to 16-3 overall and 13-2 in the PSAC West, where they hold a one-game lead over Mercyhurst.

Both teams will tip-off Saturday against PSAC West opponent Clarion here at the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex. The women’s tip is set for 5:30 p.m.  The men will follow at 7:30 p.m.

Both teams were victorious in games played at Clarion on Jan. 14.  IUP women won 67-60 in a game that was back and forth until the last few minutes, when IUP was able to put the game away. Pastorek led the Crimson Hawks with 17 points in that contest.

The men won 70-65 in a tight contest in which the Crimson Hawks had to hold on late for the win. During the game, Julian Sanders became IUP’s all-time leader in 3-pointers

Going into Saturday’s game, Clarion is 6-13 overall and 5-10 in the PSAC West on the women’s side. On the men’s side, Clarion is 14-7 overall and 10-5 in the PSAC West.

If either game is like the first meeting, the win won’t come easy. But if the Crimson Hawks wish to continue climbing in the rankings, they can’t afford a loss, especially inside the conference.

In other regional sports:

Pro hockey: On Tuesday at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, the Penguins came back from the all-star break with hopes to continue their seven-game winning streak against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Penguins found themselves down 4-1 in the third period. But goals by Steve Sullivan and Joe Vitale made it 4-3. With six seconds left in the period, leading scorer Evgeni Malkin got the equalizer to send the game into overtime.

With no scoring in the overtime period, once again Malkin registered what would prove to be the game winner in overtime, extending the winning streak to eight games.

Last night, it was the Penguins traveling to Toronto.

Chris Kuntiz scored a goal for the Penguins to put them up 1-0. But after the officials took a closer look at the goal, they determined that Kunitz kicked the puck into the net, thus disallowing the goal.

The game remained scoreless until Toronto winger Clarke MacArthur got a shot past Penguin goaltender Marc Andre Fleury late in the third period to give the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead.

That was all that was needed for Toronto to capture the victor, as numerous attempts by the Penguins came up short. Their winning streak snapped at eight games.

The Penguins will have tonight and tomorrow night off before they travel to Boston on Saturday to take on the Bruins. The Bruins lead the season series 1-0.

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