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JV similar to its opponent

Scholastic Sports

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com With 96 wins in her first six years coaching the Juniata Valley High School girls basketball team, Rachelle Hopsicker has done pretty well. That’s still 615 victories behind Patti Hower’s 711, though. “I think it’s amazing,” Hopsicker ...

Bucs, Curve to extend their protective netting

Altoona Curve

It takes baseball a long time to make changes, as we all know, but there finally will be a big and very welcome change coming to some local ballparks. The Pirates announced earlier this week that they will be extending the protective netting to the end of each dugout at PNC Park. The Curve ...

Head coaches announced for upcoming Classic

Scholastic Sports

The head coaches are set for the 12th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic. Reggie Nevins of Central High School and Miriam Colledge of Altoona Area High School will guide the Blair County boys and girls teams, respectively, while Adam Stephan of Central Cambria High School and John ...

Sweet 16 begins tonight

National Sports

The Associated Press The NCAA Tournament’s first weekend closed with a flourish, a Sunday full of scintillating games after three days of good-not-always-great basketball. That put the madness back in March and should carry over into a regional round filled with great matchups and ...

Former Phils manager Green dies

Local Sports

PHILADELPHIA — As a big league pitcher, Dallas Green was pretty mediocre. “I was a 20-game winner,” he would joke, “it just took me five years to do it.” Instead, it was in another role where the imposing, 6-foot-5 Green really made noise. “When you think of big, with that ...

Badgers’ Hayes makes statement in tourney

Local Sports

MADISON, Wis. — Nigel Hayes didn’t have to say a word to make his loudest statement in the NCAA Tournament. The verbose forward’s reverse layup with 12 seconds left to help beat top overall seed Villanova sent a resounding message to any doubters. The Badgers are back in the Sweet 16 ...

NFL wants to speed up games

Local Sports

NEW YORK — For all those NFL fans longing for more action, fewer interruptions and a better flow to games, Commissioner Roger Goodell is with you. The NFL is making plans to speed up the pace of games, including changing how video replays are handled and using a time clock for extra points. ...

SEC shows hoops progress

Local Sports

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Tennessee’s Rick Barnes has coached in the Big East, the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big 12. He’s made the NCAA Tournament nearly two dozen times and advanced to the Final Four. He’s been around. He’s seen it done a number of different ways. So Barnes has ...

New playoff format could be trouble

Professional Sports

The Associated Press In a cruel twist of the NHL’s divisional playoff format, say goodbye to one of the three best teams in the league in the first round. “I don’t think it was designed for this,” Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “I don’t think it was ...

Cove will spend more than $438,000 on track

Local Sports

By Ryan Brown rbrown@altoonamirror.com The Spring Cove School Board voted Monday to spend more than $438,000 on track upgrades and resurfacing, ending an extended period in which the district’s track team couldn’t compete on home territory. The board voted 6-2 to accept a bid from New ...

Border Brawl slated for UPJ Friday night

Local Sports

JOHNSTOWN — The second annual Border Brawl Mason-Dixon Wrestling Classic, which will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Pitt-Johnstown’s Sports Center, features wrestlers from Cambria, Somerset, Bedford and Blair counties. In all, 10 Pennsylvania school districts will be represented in the dual ...

Juniata Valley to play for state title

Local Sports

Juniata Valley’s massive gathering of fans serenaded Maddie Mattas prior to Tuesday’s PIAA Class 1A high school girls basketball semifinal against Bishop Carroll Catholic with a rendition of “Happy Birthday.” It was fitting, considering how much Mattas and the rest of her Lady Hornets ...

BC endures tough night

Local Sports

Bishop Carroll Catholic had a high school girls basketball season that would satisfy almost anyone else, and there were a lot of outstanding performances to celebrate. Tueday night’s was not one of them. The District 6 Class 1A champion Lady Huskies were unable to solve Juniata Valley’s ...

PSU set to focus on future

PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s 2016 season was remarkable by any measure, but coach James Franklin has a clear message about the team’s focus as spring practice begins today. “We understand that 2016 was nice and it was a great experience, but 2017 is a completely different animal,” ...

Message to new Pitt athletic director: Sell, sell, sell

Sports Columns

Commentary PITTSBURGH — New Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke has a complex job, but a simple mission: Sell tickets. She will take on the challenge that has baffled so many of her predecessors. She needs to get people to fill Heinz Field for Pitt games the way they do for Steelers ...

Pens clinch playoff berth

Professional Sports

The Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — After losing a pair of front teeth, Sidney Crosby wasn’t available to discuss the highlight-reel, one-handed goal he scored in helping the Pittsburgh Penguins clinch their 11th consecutive playoff berth. Crosby’s teammates had plenty to say about ...

Alualu seeking a clean slate

Professional Sports

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Tyson Alualu spent seven years in Jacksonville trying to help revive a struggling franchise while simultaneously trying to live up to his draft pedigree. Neither really happened. Alualu, the 10th overall pick in the 2010 draft, never registered more than ...

Audition for Kuhl continues with Bucs

National Sports

From Mirror, wire reports BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates were clutch in the late innings Tuesday afternoon and it got the team another victory. Jacob Stallings hit a game-tying home run in the eighth inning and Gift Ngoepe delivered a walk-off single in the ninth, helping the ...

Endless optimism awaits the Sweet 16

National Sports

The Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin’s win over defending national champion and overall No. 1 seed Villanova shook up office pools around the country, though the tested Badgers aren’t a typical No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Eleventh-seeded Xavier might be a surprise ...

Michigan win could create ‘Madness’

National Sports

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — This is March Madness on a whole different level. A bet between two Las Vegas casino owners will cost one of them $1 million if Michigan wins the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Derek Stevens, who owns The D Las Vegas and Golden Gate casinos, plunked down $12,500 ...