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Kicking it to KC

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chris Boswell’s pinpoint right leg and Le’Veon Bell’s two dancing feet. They do call it football, after all. Indeed, Bell spent much of Sunday watching the film “Happy Feet.” “I wasn’t nervous about the game,” Bell said. “I don’t watch ESPN or NFL ...

Winning at Patriots will be much tougher

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PITTSBURGH — The Steelers are headed to Foxborough this Sunday, but that trip to Kansas City was awfully bumpy. The Steelers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 18-16 Sunday night to advance to the AFC championship game. That’s Tom Brady against Big Ben, and another confrontation with the ...

Nittany Lions working to keep commitments

PSU

While the journey might have reached a happy destination for Journey Brown, it appears there still are going to be a few twists and turns for Penn State football recruiting before signing day on Feb. 1. The verbal commitment of Brown, the super-fast, record-setting running back from ...

Recruiting update

PSU

PENN STATE Player    Ht.    Wt.     Pos.    Hometown Damion Barber     6-3    245    DE    Harrisburg, Pa. Chose PSU over: Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Temple Assistant coach who opened the door: Brent Pry FYI: Formed formidable bookend combination ...

Good Knights

Local Sports

Perhaps more so than do most head coaches, first-year Moshannon Valley Area High School boys basketball coach Derrik Eckenrode gives his players a proverbial ‘A’ grade for putting out superior effort. ‘‘We set our goal to compete to the best of our ability every time that we’re out ...

Big changes to D6 playoff format

Local Sports

District 6 basketball fans won’t have to celebrate having a great season with a first-round playoff trip to Ebensburg or Hollidaysburg anymore. With the addition in classifications to the PIAA tournament this year, District 6 thought it was a good time to make some changes to its own for ...

Chiefs look for revenge vs. Steelers

Local Sports

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Smith endured watching film of the Kansas City Chiefs’ meltdown in Pittsburgh earlier this season “a bunch of times” this week, still trying to figure out where everything went wrong. As if he hasn’t relived it enough in his nightmares. Ben Roethlisberger ...

Benzel sets mark for career points at BG

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Lili Benzel has had a lot of big days and big nights on the basketball court, but Saturday was even more special than most. A three-time all-state selection, Benzel became Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s all-time scoring leader when she poured in 28 points during a 74-30 mercy-ruling of Penns ...

Lions knock off Gophers on late FTs

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UNIVERSITY PARK — Tony Carr, who missed every one of his seven shots up to that point, went the free-throw-line with 5 seconds left and Penn State tied with No. 24 Minnesota. “I just looked at him, patted him on the butt, and said, ‘You got this,’” coach Patrick Chambers ...

Baker, Wheeler guide teams to huge years

Scholastic Sports

With 37 years under his belt, Dave Baker is one of the most experience football head coaches in the area. Having just completed his sixth season, Justin Wheeler is one of the least. Baker and Wheeler have one important thing in common, though: They know how to put good teams on the ...

Central’s Hoenstine enjoys record-breaking season

Scholastic Sports

In 2015, it was a bit understandable if someone would have underestimated Alex Hoenstine’s value to the Central High School football team. Those Scarlet Dragons not only had Hoenstine carrying the ball, but quarterback Noah Benton threw for 25 touchdowns and more than 2,000 yards, and ...

Mehno: Big Ben has improved off the field

Local Sports

PITTSBURGH — Your opinion of Ben Roethlisberger probably hinges on how he plays tonight in Kansas City. If he plays well and leads the Steelers to the AFC Championship game, he’s the greatest. If the Steelers lose, his approval rating will fall accordingly. That’s how it goes with ...

2016 all-area Mirror football all-stars

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First team offense Name    School    Pos.    Yr.    Ht.    Wt. Jack Vyborny    Hollidaysburg    TE    Sr.    6-4    220 Nick Leamer    Bishop Guilfoyle    T    Sr.    6-2    311 Maverick Woodling    Williamsburg    T    Sr.   ...

2016 Blair County football all-stars

Scholastic Sports

First team offense Name    School    Pos.    Yr.    Ht.    Wt. Jack Vyborny    Hollidaysburg    TE    Sr.    6-4    220 Nick Leamer    Bishop Guilfoyle    T    Sr.    6-2    311 Maverick Woodling    Williamsburg    T    Sr.   ...

Marauders knock off Devils

Local Sports

BELLWOOD — Junior forward Nick Scaramozzino doesn’t think his Bishop Guilfoyle High School boys basketball team has reached its potential yet. “There’s always something you can improve on,” Scaramozzino said. “Coach always finds something.” Scaramozzino laughed, but Marauder ...

Rough 4th quarter dooms Lady Tigers

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — When the buzzer sounded on the third quarter of the Hollidaysburg girls basketball game with Red Lion, it appeared that the Lady Tigers may have taken control of the afternoon. The Lady Lions meanwhile had other ideas, going on a 12-0 run in the fourth as they shut out ...

Miami routs Pitt at home

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PITTSBURGH — Davon Reed didn’t think to look up even as the minutes passed and Pittsburgh struggled to find any sort of open look against Reed and the rest of his Miami teammates. “We weren’t even playing the score,” Reed said. “We were just playing defense and the score just ...

Red Flash men fall at Mount

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EMMITSBURG, Md. — Keith Braxton and sophomore Jamaal King both went over 20 points on the day, but the Saint Francis men's basketball team fell, 78-72, at Mount St. Mary's on Saturday. The Red Flash led at halftime, but a hot-shooting Mount team fought back in the second half. SFU dropped ...

Chambers has PSU on the right track

Voice of the Fan

Penn State men’s basketball coach Pat Chambers appears to have turned the program around. He has changed the culture of a losing program to some semblance of respectability and competitiveness in the Big Ten. Last Saturday at the Palestra on the University of Pennsylvania campus, Chambers ...

Kovatch, Reese lead SFU to win

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EMMITSBURG, Md. —  Jess Kovatch led a balanced offensive effort and Saint Francis held off a hard-charging Mount Saint Mary’s squad in a 97-88 victory at Knott Arena on Saturday afternoon. Kovatch led four players in double figures with 27 points four assists, and two rebounds. Katie ...