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Baseball: Indiana pitcher chooses hometown school

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When it came down to picking a college, Trajan Jones elected to stay close to home.

Jones, a senior pitcher at Indiana High School, recently committed to play at IUP.

As a junior, Jones was one of the bright spots for an Indiana team that struggled to a 4-15 record. A 6-foot-2 right-hander, Jones recorded three of the Little Indians' wins, finishing 3-3 with a 1.98 ERA. Jones struck out 54 and walked 28 in 42 1/3 innings. Opponents hit just .160 off him. Offensively, Jones batted .194 and drove in six runs.

Jones will join an IUP program that went 22-25 overall and 18-10 in the PSAC in 2017. The Crimson Hawks have one Indiana High School graduate on their roster. Outfielder Bo Putt will be a senior next season.

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Football: U-19 Riverhounds women's team wins National Cup

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Sarah Spencer reports that a group of WPIAL standouts helped the Riverhounds U-19 girls soccer team win a national tournament.

"With three starters out with injuries from the season and two more players hurt throughout the U.S. Club Soccer National Cup, the U-19 Riverhounds women's team entered the championship with one bench player.

A slim margin for error for the injury-plagued team.

The Riverhounds offense had dominated its way through the tournament in Westfield, Ind., which it entered as a wild-card team, but was stumped by Lake Grove-Newfield SC Tsunami's physical defense in the first half.

"We were a little fatigued from the tournament, too, and that's another thing I said to the girls before the game is to be patient, keep it simple," Riverhounds coach and academy director Scott Gibson said. "Let the ball do the work kind of thing. And they're all very technically gifted soccer players."" 

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Football: New Castle's Hooker commits to Ohio State

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Sarah Spencer reports that New Castle football standout Marcus Hooker committed to Ohio State on Thursday.

"New Castle dual-sport standout Marcus Hooker announced his commitment to play football at Ohio State via Twitter Thursday afternoon.

The basketball star and receiver-defensive back had announced Wednesday OSU had extended him an offer.

Hooker's older brother, Malik, played defensive back for the Buckeyes before the Indianapolis Colts took him 15th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Malik, also a dual-sport star as a New Castle student athlete, gave a social media shout out to his little brother."