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Harrisburg team edges Fink Jr., Homan by a stroke

When it comes to area golf, Artie Fink Jr. and Todd Homan are among the better two-man teams. Four-time champions of the Park Hills Classic, Fink and Homan were in good position to make a run for their fifth title Sunday before losing a heartbreaker to Dan Brown and Patrick Rohrbaugh of ...

Makdad, Beauchamp’s move to 2-0

WILLIAMSBURG — Makdad Supply improved to 2-0 in the 21-team, single-elimination Dean Patterson Little World Series on Sunday at Williamsburg Little League field. Makdad Supply of the Altoona Independent Youth Baseball League, received three hits from Jeff McCoy and two each from Jacob ...

Hollidaysburg humbled in opener

FLEETVILLE — Hollidaysburg manager Jarrett Storm said his team is most successful when the offense can drive the ball and hit home runs. But on Sunday, that same philosophy worked against his squad in a big way. Section 5 champion Kingston/Forty Fort slugged four home runs over four ...

Medicine Shoppe triumphs

Cody Henderson homered and drove in five runs, Casey Wombacher doubled and Corey Myers had three RBIS as Medicine Shoppe pounded Sheetz, 17-3, in a Greater City League game at Juniata on Sunday. Matt Riley drove in a pair of runs for Sheetz. SCORE BY INNINGS Medicine Shoppe 323 70X ...

Blair Hall inducting five more

The next class to be inducted into the Blair County Sports Hall of Fame has a distinct basketball flavor. Three members of the 2018 class, to be enshrined on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at the Blair County Convention Center, were outstanding basketball players. They’ll join a football and ...

Altoona’s Ott finishes second, wins $4.7 million

Dan Ott finished second at the 48th annual World Series of Poker’s Main Event in Las Vegas early Sunday. Ott, 25, an Altoona Area High School and Penn State Altoona graduate, captured a prize of $4.7 million. Prior to the start of Saturday night’s activity, Ott told ESPN winning would be a ...

LL intentional walks don’t seem right

Think back to your Little League days. For some of us that was a long time ago, but I can still remember pulling on my stirrups and hauling my worn-out batting gloves, mitt and bat down to the field. Imagine what it would feel like to wonder if you were even going to need two thirds of ...

Six teams advance on day one

WILLIAMSBURG — Opening day of the Dean Patterson Little World Series is in the books as six teams advanced in the bracket of the single elimination tournament. Kabello Contracting (East End) began play by doubling up Masonic Lodge (Altoona Area), 4-2, in a low-scoring contest. In game ...

Park Home finishes NABF tourney at 2-2

STRUTHERS, Ohio — Park Home, the George B. Kelley Federation champion, finished 2-2 in the NABF Senior World Series following a 4-1 win over Baird Brothers on Saturday. Ian Yon doubled and drove in two runs on three hits for Park Home while Jacob Plunket had two hits and drove in a run. ...

Fink, Homan in place to defend Park Hills Classic title

The defending champions in the championship flight — Artie Fink Jr. and Todd Homan — are in contention to capture the Park Hills Classic title again this year. The second round of the 50th annual Park Hills Classic was completed Saturday — despite some significant rainfall — with ...

Ott still alive, guaranteed $3.5 million

From Mirror reports Altoona’s Dan Ott surged into second place and is guaranteed of at least a third-place finish and a $3.5 million payday at the World Series of Poker’s Main Event Friday night as play concluded for the day past 1 a.m. Saturday. Only chip leader Scott Blumfield, Ott ...

Hollidaysburg prepares for first state tournament

Hollidaysburg reached uncharted waters by winning the Section 4 Little League championship earlier this week and advancing to the state tournament, which begins Sunday. But Hollidaysburg head coach Jarrett Storm maintains that his team is not content to rest upon its laurels, lofty though ...

Series begins 25th year

The Dean Patterson Little World Series will be celebrating its 25th anniversary with a 21-team tournament in Williamsburg. The annual youth baseball extravaganza that pits the top teams from leagues in Blair County and surrounding areas in a single-elimination format opens at 11:30 a.m. ...

Park Home stays alive at nationals

STRUTHERS, Ohio — Park Home, the George B. Kelley Federation representative in the National Amateur Baseball Federation 18U World Series, went 1-1 in the tournament on Friday at Bob Cene Park. Park Home defeated the Ohio Longhorns, 2-1, but then fell to the SAYO Grays of Brooklyn, N.Y., ...

Ott currently fifth place after first day of poker final table

LAS VEGAS — Altoona resident Dan Ott suffered a tough beat just before play ended Thursday night during the World Series of Poker's final table but managed to escape the hand with his tournament life still in tact. Ott entered Hand 75 with the third-highest chip stack, and it appeared as ...

Bucs right back in it: Pirates sweep Brewers, now 3 back

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates spent a good portion of the first half of the season trying — and failing — to find any sort of traction. Once they’d figure out one problem, another would pop up. If it wasn’t the bullpen, it was the mess left by outfielder Starling Marte’s ...

Closer Rivero ‘very, very impressive’

PITTSBURGH — In an age in which just about every pitcher in every bullpen around Major League Baseball routinely reaches 95 to 99 mph on the radar gun, running a baseball up to the plate at over 100 still gets everybody’s attention. It’s a magic milestone that raises eyebrows, and one ...

Nelson now has new perspective

UNIVERSITY PARK — Andrew Nelson’s perspective on what’s important in college football is as enlightened and refreshing as you’ll hear. It’s unfortunate that Nelson has missed significant playing time in his Penn State career because of various injuries, but not being able to play ...

Curve blow another late lead against Bowie

BOWIE, Md. — No matter what they do, no matter how much it appears they’re on the way to victory, the Curve just continue to get stung time and again by Bowie. It happened again Thursday night, once again in deflating fashion. Altoona blew a four-run lead, Bowie tied it in the eighth ...

Bowman to take over No. 88 car

INDIANAPOLIS — Dale Earnhardt Jr. got the replacement he wanted. Alex Bowman got his dream job. Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday that the 24-year-old Bowman will replace one of the series’ biggest stars in the No. 88 car next season after Earnhardt retires. Bowman has big shoes ...