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Juniata Valley coach ‘made everyone happy’

In the tense moments of Juniata Valley’s 9-3 victory over Bishop Guilfoyle in the District 6, Class 1A semifinals at Mansion Park in November, Green Hornets assistant coach Jimbob Johnson brought some needed levity to the sidelines. “Toward the middle of the fourth quarter, there was a ...

Suds, McMillen, Johnston all prevail in the finals for the Vikings

Glendale freshman Suds Dubler was still a few years from being born the last time his program had a District 6 Class 2A champion — Thad Francisco in 2001. Dubler became the Vikings’ first district champion in 18 years when he beat Forest Hills’ Easton Toth, 6-0, in the 106-pound finals ...

District 6 basketball playoff analysis

District-6-basketball Click on "District 6 basketball.pdf'' for Michael Boytim's District 6 basketball tournament preview and analysis.

McGill gets No. 4; Ridge rules again

JOHNSTOWN — The story line for the 2019 District 5 Wrestling Tournament was a redundant but very enjoyable one for the Chestnut Ridge wrestling team, its head coach Greg Lazor, and its star senior 170-pounder Jared McGill, Saturday night at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown’s Sports ...

Campbell hits 2,000 in Lady Devils’ repeat

CLAYSBURG — Round five of the Inter-County Conference girls basketball championship between Bellwood-Antis and Everett went to the Lady Devils. On the same night B-A’s Alli Campbell became just the third girl in Blair County history to surpass 2,000 points, Bellwood beat the Lady Warriors ...

Marauders persevere to stand atop LHAC

JOHNSTOWN — Luke Ruggery didn’t have an amazing offensive or defensive game Saturday night in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference championship game. He just did what he’s done the past four years. Put Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic in a position to win it. Lined up at the free throw ...

Brown sounds off on Ben, Tomlin

PITTSBURGH — Antonio Brown’s laundry list of issues with the Pittsburgh Steelers appears to include a problem with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s leadership style and how head coach Mike Tomlin treated the Pro Bowl wide receiver during the regular-season finale against ...

Warriors savor ICC title at Devils’ expense

CLAYSBURG — For the first time in school history, Everett went undefeated in the Inter-County Conference. On Saturday night, the Warriors were making their first appearance in the conference’s title game when they clashed with another team playing well as of late — Bellwood-Antis, a ...

BC upsets its way to crown

JOHNSTOWN — As the final buzzer sounded to make Bishop Carroll Catholic’s Laurel Highland Athletic Conference championship win official, the Lady Huskies embraced coach Bob Gongloff. It likely meant a lot to the veteran coach. During a season Bishop Carroll struggled to stay above .500 ...

Lions struggle down the stretch in loss

The Associated Press WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Matt Haarms gave No. 12 Purdue a boost of energy. Carsen Edwards added the scoring punch. Together, they were a knockout combination. Edwards scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half Saturday and Haarms celebrated his return to the ...

Hoops du Jour

PSU women at Minnesota Tipoff: 2 p.m., Williams Arena Records: Penn State (10-14, 3-10 Big Ten); Minnesota (18-7, 7-7 Big Ten) Coaches: Coquese Washington is 207-165 in her 12th season at Penn State. Lindsay Whalen is off to a solid start in her first season as head coach of the Lady ...

SFU uses rival to pick up its 7th straight victory

By Dave Mackall For the Mirror LORETTO — It is a longstanding men’s basketball rivalry like few others. Two Western Pennsylvania schools about as familiar with each other as it gets. St. Francis got the best of Robert Morris this time, holding on Saturday night at DeGol Arena for a ...

Flash win 6th straight

TEANECK, N.J. — The Saint Francis women’s basketball team won its sixth game in a row Saturday afternoon, taking care of Fairleigh Dickinson, 77-65, in a Northeast Conference matchup at the Rothman Center. The win streak is the team’s longest of the season. The Flash evened their mark ...

Lady Lions moving on

Despite the Penn State Altoona women’s basketball team losing to La Roche, 73-64, on Saturday at home, the Lady Lions still have at least one more game coming up, a playoff game on Wednesday at home. Penn State will host Penn State Behrend on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the ...

Taillon is opening-day starter

BRADENTON, Fla. — Jameson Taillon will be the Pittsburgh Pirates’ opening-day starter. The right-hander will pitch March 28 against the Reds at Cincinnati, manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday. It will be the first opening-day start of Taillon’s four-year career. Taillon was 14-10 with ...

Pens collapse in 2nd period

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — A big second period ended up being just enough for the Calgary Flames. Michael Frolik had the first of four second-period goals for Calgary, and the Flames held on to snap a season-long four-game skid with a 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on ...

Tussey gets impressive win at C-K

CLAYSBURG — Tussey Mountain outscored Claysburg-Kimmel, 23-12, in the fourth quarter en route to its 15th win in 22 games, a 61-48, Saturday afternoon in high school girls basketball action. Alexis Weimert’s 25 points were tops for the Lady Titans, who led, 29-15, at halftime. Teammate ...

On to the semis: Simmons among 20 from area to keep title hopes alive

Cambria Heights’ Allen Simmons qualified for the PIAA Class 2A Championships two years ago as a sophomore, but he didn’t even go out for wrestling at the beginning of this season because of “personal issues.” Simmons has been working to catch up with his conditioning and wrestling ...

McGill sets sights on fourth D5 crown

Chestnut Ridge’s Jared McGill and Justin McCoy were always a tremendous 1-2 punch in the Lions’ lineup. McCoy, now a freshman at Virginia, became the third Ridge wrestler in program history to win four District 5 titles. A year later, McGill is a heavy favorite to join his former ...

Liriano hopes return sparks comeback

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Francisco Liriano had a handful of offers during free agency that were basically the same. Teams wanted him to come to spring training on a minor league contract. Realizing he was not getting a major league deal, he returned to the team where he had ...