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The Penn Stater Daily — Dec. 9, 2013

A record weekend: Senior guard Maggie Lucas scored 30 points Sunday in a 77-68 win at Georgetown, in the process becoming just the fifth player in Lady Lion history to reach 2,000 points. The reigning Big Ten Player of the Year and a preseason All-American, Lucas (below) is on pace to pass Kahadeejah Herbert ’86, Tyra Grant ’10, and Susan Robinson Fruchtl ’92 en route to second place on the Penn State scoring list. The school record—2,919 points, set by Kelly Mazzante ’04—is probably safe.


Meanwhile, the top-ranked Nittany Lion wrestlers capped a 2-0 weekend with a 28-9 victory over Pitt—a “home” win, but not in the usual sense. Instead of grappling in their usual Rec Hall digs, the Lions hosted the Panthers in front of 15,996 fans at the Bryce Jordan Center, setting records for both the largest crowd to see an NCAA dual meet and the largest crowd to see a sporting event at the BJC. If you missed it, our resident wrasslin’ expert Lori Shontz ’91 has you covered.

More from Mitchell: Late Friday, former Sen. George Mitchell released his fifth quarterly report on Penn State’s progress in meeting the Athletics Integrity Agreement—and once again, the university received a glowing review. (more…)

December 9, 2013 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

Best Penn State Games? Best Creamery Flavor? This Book Has You Covered

When David and Matt Pencek began attending Penn State football games, they didn’t care who was playing. As long as there were guys in blue and white with no names on their jerseys, yummy food at the tailgate, and music from the Blue Band, they were cool. That said, David was 6, and Matt only a few years older.

Said David, “We saw the Colgates, the Akrons …”

They’re still a little bitter that they were left with their grandparents for the classic 1982 Nebraska game, but they didn’t allow that slight to sour them on Penn State football—or the university. And now David ’94 and Matt ’91 have teamed to write The Great Book of Penn State Sports Lists, which they call “the book that will settle all those debates about Penn State sports … or is it (more…)

September 2, 2011 at 11:31 am Leave a comment

Tanisha Wright On The Verge of a WNBA Title

Tanisha Wright ’06 scored 17 points and added a game-high 5 steals Tuesday night to help the Seattle Storm take a 2-0 lead over Atlanta in the WNBA Finals. Wright, who was recently named to the WNBA all-defensive first team for the second straight season, is one game away from following Kelly Mazzante ’04 as a WNBA champion. Mazzante won a ring last season as a member of the Phoenix Mercury. posted a video interview with Wright earlier this week, and it’s worth a quick look. Game 3 of the best-of-five series is Thursday night in Atlanta.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

September 15, 2010 at 11:08 am 1 comment

Kelly Mazzante & Blue-Chip Recruits Shine Light on PSU Hoops

Hard to believe, but college basketball is about to tip off again. Both the Nittany and Lady Lions open their seasons Friday, and both received good news this week about the future of their programs.

3858318On Wednesday, the first day of the national early signing period for high school basketball players, Penn State recruits were able to make their verbal promises official. The Nittany Lions got their guy when Taran Buie (right), younger brother of current Penn State guard Talor Battle, signed his letter of intent; he’s arguably the most highly touted recruit in Nittany Lion history. I’ve had a chance to see him play the past couple of summers in Akron, Ohio at the LeBron James Skills Academy, an all-star camp for some of the nation’s best prep players. Buie, a 6-2 guard, recently relocated with his family to Centre County, and I imagine I won’t be the only one showing up at State High games this winter specifically to see him play.

The Lady Lions’ strong recruiting class is led by Maggie Lucas, a 5-8 guard from Narbeth, Pa., ranked as the 14th best senior in the nation by one prominent recruiting service. And, in a rare crossover of my old and new jobs that I’m happy to share here, a Lady Lion legend is getting some ink this week, too.

There’s a very cool Q&A on the Slam site this week with Kelly Mazzante ’04, who’s fresh off helping the Phoenix Mercury to their second WNBA title in the past three years. The interviewer describes Mazzante as “one of the most underrated players in the WNBA,” as well as “one of the nicest, funniest, and most supportive” — a description that should sound just right to longtime Lady Lion fans.

Ryan Jones, senior editor

November 12, 2009 at 4:42 pm Leave a comment

Uhhhh … Remind Me Who Joseph Garatti Was?

Fraser Street Deli menu

A section of the Fraser Street Deli menu. Click to enlarge.

I have a meeting at noon tomorrow, and they’re serving us food—a classic illustration of the “no such thing as a free lunch” concept. The good news is that we get to pick what we’re eating; we were invited to go to the online menu of the Fraser Street Deli and make our choices in advance.

Those of you who lived in State College, say, 10 years ago probably remember this same restaurant as the Stage Door Deli, with sandwiches like the Marlon Brando and the Kate Hepburn. I think the place changed hands a few years back, and the new owners have named all of their sandwiches after famous Penn Staters. There’s the George Atherton (corned beef), the Heinz Warneke (Genoa salami), the Kelly Mazzante (a veggie wrap), and the Jack Ham (ham, silly!), to name a few. Even the late radio mogul and occasional College of Communications lecturer Bob Zimmerman ’58 has a sandwich in his honor.

A sandwich named “The Ultimate Hero” honors, appropriately enough, Adam Taliaferro ’05, with a dollar of each purchase going to the Adam Taliaferro Foundation.

For a couple of the names, I had to do a quick Google search to figure out who they heck they were. You get extra-credit bonus points if you know—without looking it up—what Joseph Garatti’s Penn State-related claim to fame was.

Tina Hay, editor

May 26, 2009 at 1:13 pm Leave a comment

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