PirateFest dates announced

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates announced the dates for the 2016 PirateFest, presented by Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh. The event will take place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh on Dec. 10 and Dec. 11. Admission is free to the general public.

Hermann named co-offensive POY

STEUBENVILLE — Franciscan University of Steubenville junior soccer player Leo Herrmann earned his second-straight offensive player of the year honor for the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.

Herrmann is a three-time All-AMCC first team honoree and two-time offensive player of the year for the AMCC. Following Herrmann’s freshman year, the Wintersville native was named the newcomer of the year. Herrmann led the conference and team with 39 points during the regular season and added a goal in the conference tournament to finish with 41 points.

The junior scored 18 goals and handed out five assists for the Barons. Against La Roche in the conference tournament, Herrmann scored his 50th career goal. Herrmann became the fastest player in Barons history to hit the 100-point mark as he registered his 100th point against Hilbert on Sept. 24.

The junior now has 116 points in his career. Herrmann was first in the conference in shots (86) and was 2-2 in penalty kicks. Herrmann leads the conference with six game-winning goals.

He is the Barons’ all-time points (116), goals (50), and is second all-time at FUS with 16 assists. Herrmann earned AMCC offensive player of the week honors three times and started every game this season for the Barons. Herrmann earned a spot on the 2016 AMCC all-tournament team.

Joe Francis, Dominic Vander Woude Joseph Duran and Thomas Dosedel also made the conference selections.

FUS soccer players make list

STEUBENVILLE — Franciscan University of Steubenville freshman soccer player Emma Cross earned her first All-AMCC honor as she earned a spot on the second team as a defender. Cross was the center back in statistically one of the best defenses in the AMCC. The Lady Barons finished the year with a 1.29 GAA in conference action and allowed just 12 goals in nine games.

Junior Megan Luiso earned her first all-conference nod as well as she was named to the All-AMCC third team as a forward. Luiso led the Lady Barons with four goals this season, two against conference opponents.

Franciscan wrapped up its season with a 6-10-1 record and a 3-5-1 slate in AMCC action.

Huggins signs recruits at WVU

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia has signed three men’s basketball recruits for the 2017-18 season.

Coach Bob Huggins says the signees include Teddy Allen of Mesa, Ariz., D’Angelo Hunter of Louisville, Ky., and Brandon Knapper of South Charleston.

The 6-foot-5 Allen averaged 26.6 points and 12.4 rebounds last season at Boys Town High in Omaha, Neb.

The 6-6 Hunter averaged 8.4 points and 4.1 rebounds last season at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas.

Knapper originally signed with WVU a year ago. He’s currently enrolled at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. The 6-1 Knapper is averaging 24.4 points and 5.1 assists through five games this season. He was a three-time all-state selection at South Charleston High.

Diamondbacks won’t retain coaches

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Two of the Diamondbacks’ best-known former players will not be retained on the team’s coaching staff under new manager Torey Lovullo.

Arizona general manager Mike Hazen confirmed Tuesday that third base coach Matt Williams and assistant hitting coach Mark Grace will not return.

Williams was the third baseman and Grace the first baseman on the Diamondbacks’ 2001 World Series championship team. Hazen was assistant general manager of the Boston Red Sox before he was hired by the Diamondbacks three weeks ago to replace the fired Dave Stewart. He says he’s well aware of the place Williams and Grace have in Diamondbacks history.

Former Marshall player to speak

HUNTINGTON — A former Marshall University football player whose teammates died in a plane crash will be the featured speaker at this year’s memorial service.

The school says Dennis Foley, who wasn’t on the flight due to an injury, will speak Monday at the Marshall Memorial Student Center plaza in Huntington.

The DC-9 jetliner crashed into a hillside not far from its destination in Kenova on Nov. 14, 1970, killing all 75 people aboard. The team plane was returning from a game at East Carolina.

Foley, who was sidelined due to a compounding injury, said speaking at the event would be a great honor and an opportunity to share the true story surrounding the crash.

Russia seeks reinstatement

LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The head of Russia’s Olympic committee has called for the prompt reinstatement of the country’s national anti-doping agency and drug-testing laboratory.

The Russian agency and the Moscow lab were stripped of their accreditation by the World Anti-Doping Agency amid evidence of systematic doping. WADA assigned Britain’s anti-doping agency to take over the testing of athletes in Russia.

Russian Olympic Committee president Alexander Zhukov says the situation is “totally unacceptable” because UK Anti-Doping plans to collect only 6,000 samples in 2017, compared to the 20,000 collected by the Russian agency at its peak. He says only national team athletes are being targeted for testing, leaving youth and junior athletes out of the system.

From staff, wire reports