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Franklin gets an eyeful of Nittany Lions’ depth

PSU

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — When injuries decimated the Penn State football team’s linebacking corps early last season, Cam Brown got thrown into the fire. Literally, in a sense, as his redshirt had to be burned. “Developmentally, (I was) not ready,” ...

Coach looking ahead, not back at 2016

PSU

Commentary UNIVERSITY PARK — It would stand to reason that the biggest intangible challenge facing the 2017 Nittany Lions will be to manage expectations they haven’t faced since, oh, say the mid-1990s. James Franklin, however, doesn’t see it that way. After Saturday’s Blue-White ...

Blue-White highlights, lows

PSU

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — Following are the highlights and lowlights from the Blue’s 26-0 victory over the White on Saturday at Beaver Stadium: Play of the game: Brandon Polk tipped the ball to himself, snared it as he stepped past the defensive back and ...

Time will only tell with Art II

Sports Columns

Commentary PITTSBURGH — Art Rooney II has been running the Steelers for a while now, so there’s no official change in leadership with the team. The difference is he can no longer walk down the hall and tap into the knowledge his father accumulated over a lifetime in the game. Dan ...

McKnight’s big day propels Central

Local Sports

There isn’t usually much to worry about when it comes to the Central High School baseball team, but coming into Saturday’s Curve Classic semifinal game against Claysburg-Kimmel, the Dragons had a few concerns. Star Alex Hoenstine was attending Penn State’s Blue-White Game where he will ...

Steelers draft capsule: WRs/TEs

Professional Sports

The following is the fourth of seven Pittsburgh Steelers 2017 NFL draft position-by-position analyses: WIDE RECEIVERS Currently on roster: Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Sammie Coates, Eli Rogers, Justin Hunter, Cobi Hamilton, Demarcus Ayers, Canaan Severin, Marcus ...

Altoona tennis team wins invite

Local Sports

CEDAR CREST — The Altoona Area High School boys tennis team won the Cedar Crest Invitational on Saturday with a 3-2 win over Cedar Crest in the finals. Altoona (12-2) beat Red Lion, 5-0, in the semifinals. In the finals, Altoona got a singles win from Tyler Rispoli and doubles wins from ...

Sidelines are filled with PSU’s future

PSU

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com UNIVERSITY PARK — If building depth was the theme for the Penn State football team during spring practice, it certainly appears to have crossed over the recruiting side, too. The Nittany Lions’ lost a highly-regarded offensive tackle prospect on ...

Outfield has a day to forget

Professional Sports

By John Mehno For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — Saturday’s pre-game session in the manager’s office centered on the detailed way the Pirates position their outfielders. What seemed merely pedantic at the time turned ironic hours later when several horrid misplays figured prominently in ...

JV, P-O take consy games

Local Sports

Jacob Hensor and Quinn Zinobile each drove in two runs for Juniata Valley in its 7-6 eight-inning win over Bishop Guilfoyle in a consolation game it the Curve Classic at PNG Field on Saturday. JUNIATA VALLEY (7): S. Derugen cf 320, J. Hensor 2b 413, Grissinger pr 000, B. Hensor p-ss 211, ...

PSU sweeps Flash

Local Sports

UNIVERSITY PARK — For the 28th time in program history, Penn State is the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association champion following a 3-0 sweep of Saint Francis (25-19, 25-14, 25-20) Saturday night in Rec Hall. The atmosphere was electric as more than 1,300 fans packed Rec Hall to ...

Curve suffer first two-game skid

Altoona Curve

From Mirror reports AKRON, Ohio — Winning here has always been difficult for the Curve, and this year’s young team is finding that out in the early going of the season. Akron won in walk-off fashion in the 11th inning, 3-2, at Canal Park on Saturday afternoon to hand Altoona its first ...

ERA, others open season with wins

Local Sports

Trevor Palladini had two hits and drove in three runs to lead ERA Sports to an 11-1 win over J&P Auto Mart in Altoona Teener League 13-year-old action Saturday at Seitz Field. n Nate Sell had three hits and drove in three runs to lead M&T Bank to a 15-5 win over Gingrich Insurance. ...

Sometimes you have to give thanks for wild trout

Outdoors

As we enter the second week of trout season, the carnival of opening morning is now over as the crowds of anglers who flocked to most stocked streams in search of gullible hatchery trout have dissipated dramatically. Unless a particular waterway has received a recent in-season stocking, the ...

Turkey hunters getting anxious

Outdoors

Last spring, hunters took 35,966 spring turkeys in Pennsylvania, which is lower than the previous two spring harvests of about 41,200 each. But the 2016 harvest still was similar to spring harvests from 2010 to 2013. “A light turkey harvest last fall and a mild winter have set the stage for ...

Castle left a legacy at Saint Francis

Voice of the Fan

Commentary By Robert Moore John “Harry” Castle never played a minute of college basketball for Saint Francis, nor do most fans who have followed the sport at the school likely have any memory of him. For the most part, he operated just behind the scenes, acting in the role as team ...

Central senior Liebal delivers game-winning hit

Scholastic Sports

By Jon Fleck For the Mirror With his team leading Juniata Valley 2-1 in the third inning, Central’s Hunter Liebal stepped to the plate with a chance to extend the lead. The bases were loaded with no outs, but Liebal popped out to the catcher. Central scored just one run in the inning. ...

Pens put Jackets away

Professional Sports

PITTSBURGH — The puck fluttered into the net and the Columbus Blue Jackets thrust their arms into the air, certain they had tied the Pittsburgh Penguins early in the third period of Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. One problem. They weren’t the only ones with their arms ...

Potential there for OL this season

PSU

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Center Connor McGovern made a bold prediction about the offensive line that should come as great news to Penn State fans. “We’re going to be one of the strong points this year on the team,” McGovern said. “We’re going to be a lot more ...

Coach looking ahead, not back at 2016

PSU

Commentary UNIVERSITY PARK — It would stand to reason that the biggest intangible challenge facing the 2017 Nittany Lions will be to manage expectations they haven’t faced since, oh, say the mid-1990s. James Franklin, however, doesn’t see it that way. After Saturday’s Blue-White ...