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For 20 years, Wilson keeps CC program at high level

Randy Wilson wasn’t even five years into his now 20-year tenure as Central Cambria’s high school cross country coach when he encouraged the younger sister of one of his athletes to join the team for a run. The girl didn’t really want to at first. She had dreamed of being a track star ...

‘Soft’ spot for tennis going away

The local tennis community will experience a void this summer that unfortunately may become permanent. Matt Stopp, tennis professional at the Gorilla House, confirmed last week that his facility’s outdoor courts will not open this year. There were only two — down from six as recently a ...

City League, Federation set opening days

Play ball! That’s what you’ll be hearing at area baseball fields soon after pandemic restrictions will be lifted in Blair County beginning next Friday. The Altoona Greater City Baseball League will open its 2020 season on Monday, June 8, according to league president Dale Snyder. He ...

Pens part of 24-team playoff

By Stephen Whyno The Assoociated Press The NHL’s regular season is over and the chase for the Stanley Cup is on if hockey returns this summer. The league settled on a 24-team postseason format earlier this week that Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano supported back in March as the ...

Local trio captures event in the Hills

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The team of Karen Duffet, Carol Young and Pam Riley recently won the Ladies Golf Association Tournament held this past week at the Sylvan Hills Golf Club. Second-place honors went to the team of Cathy Beam, Janet Grove, Karen Hosey and Linda Wise. Third place was won by ...

Chestnut Ridge golf course for sale

From Mirror reports BLAIRSVILLE — Chestnut Ridge Golf, LP, owner of Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort in Blairsville has announced that the property is for sale and will be auctioned on July 25. Tom and Jim Usher originally purchased the course in 2008 and seek to simplify their investments and ...

Words of wisdom: Tyrone star will pass on lessons in life someday

The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the final installment in the series. One day, Nick Vasbinder is going to have one heck of a story to tell his students. Or his team. ...

Wolf: Pro sports can resume in state

The Associated Press HARRISBURG— Professional sports can resume in Pennsylvania where the governor’s stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the coronavirus is no longer in force, but without spectators, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration said Wednesday. Those teams and competitors will ...

Taking the high road: CHS star won’t let virus bring her down

The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior Tori Longenecker has enjoyed an exemplary academic and athletic career at Central High School. While compiling a 97 average in her ...

Pens must move on without Bjugstad

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins will head into whatever becomes of the NHL postseason without forward Nick Bjugstad. The team announced Wednesday that Bjugstad underwent spinal surgery to repair a herniated disk. General manager Jim Rutherford said the surgery was necessary after ...

Sports at a glance

Duo post 2-0 mark at HCC HUNTINGDON — The team of Phil Thompson-Jim Lakso are 2-0 after two weeks of action in the Big Orange Golf League at the Huntingdon Country Club. The teams of Larry Newton and Gerald Huggler, along with Bob Lamey and Rick Bayer, are both 1-1. Ed Gargula and ...

Steelers’ DB thinks new format could be beneficial

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Minkah Fitzpatrick is missing the somewhat leisurely pace of the NFL’s organized team activities, when free time in the evenings allows teammates to develop the chemistry the Steelers safety considers critical to success. “You’re ...

Sarah makes Tigers smile

Senior salute The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Usually because of the distance between the high jump and the pole vault events in high school, it’s quite a long distance ...

Ex-Valley coach hired to take over at Philipsburg-Osceola

The Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District Board of Directors approved T.J. Anderson as the school’s new boys basketball coach in a virtual meeting Tuesday evening. Matt Curtis, who had led the team the past six years, stepped down earlier this month after accepting a new position as the ...

NHL moves ahead with 24-team format

The Associated Press The NHL will abandon the rest of the regular season and go straight into the playoffs with 24 teams instead of 16 — if it is able to resume play. The decision, announced Tuedsay by Commissioner Gary Bettman, is no guarantee that games are coming back. The NHL and the ...

Reminiscing while exercising

While I was out on my daily walk recently pondering how competitive the Blair Regional YMCA 2-mile walks will be after so many people have picked up the hobby during the corona-virus pandemic, I saw a kid at a baseball field. He had just one ball and a bat. During my circle around the outside ...

Strong work ethic propels Lady Devil to many successes

Senior Salute: The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Bellwood-Antis High School senior hurdler Jamyson Focht has a heart of gold that extends to the track and field arena. Focht, ...

College signing: Braden Kitt: Lock Haven basketball

Name: Braden Kitt High school: Central Hometown: Roaring Spring Sport: Basketball Position: Multiple positions College choice: Lock Haven Other colleges considered: Penn State Altoona, Franciscan Why I picked Lock Haven: “LHU has a lot of great things going for them ...

College signing: Mitchell Miko: Saint Francis track and field

Name: Mitchell Miko High school: Portage Area Hometown: Portage Sport: Track and field Events: Throws College choice: Saint Francis Other colleges considered: Washington and Jefferson Why I picked Saint Francis: Physician Assistant program and for the track and field coaches ...

AAHS announces signings

Altoona Area High School recently honored several student-athletes who will heading to college in the fall and will play a sport at a Division II or Division III school. The ceremony was held outside last week. Among the seniors honored were Alese Rinker, who is headed to Bloomsburg ...