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Mansion champions: Mertiff’s FTs help Okonak to D1 title

In the CBRC Mansion Park Summer Basketball League Division 1 championship game Monday night, Tyler Mertiff looked as if he spends part of every day shooting free throws. That’s because he does, especially during the winter scholastic basketball season. Mertiff is an assistant varsity coach ...

Offense silent for Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Bryse Wilson was pitching for his high school team in Hillsborough, North Carolina, barely two years ago. Now, he’s 1-0 in the major leagues. Wilson worked five solid innings, becoming the third 20-year-old pitcher to start in his big league debut for Atlanta this season in ...

Mtn. Lions open with win

Altoona opened its season on its home court at Penn State Altoona with a 7-0 victory over Huntingdon in high school girls tennis Monday. Alese Rinker, Emma Skelley, Zoe Wilson, Eve Hogan and Isabella Frank each recorded singles victories in straight sets. Alyson Hollingsworth and Lauren ...

By the numbers: NASCAR heads toward playoffs

With summer quickly winding down, NASCAR’S Monster Energy Cup Series is gearing up for what could be an exciting post-season. The only question will be — will anyone care? Two regular-season races remain with Kevin Harvick leading the playoff standings as one of a dozen teams whose spot ...

Altoona second at Mayapple

CARLISLE — Altoona finished 6-1 at a Mid-Penn multi-team high school golf match Monday at Mayapple Golf Course. Derek McAlkich’s 75 led the way for the Mountain Lions, who finished with a score of 327, second only to Trinity’s 313. Palmyra (334), Bishop McDevitt (377), Boiling Springs ...

Red Flash naming student section

LORETTO — Saint Francis Athletics is looking for a new nickname for its student section at its athletics events. Saint Francis students and student groups, including clubs, organizations, fraternities and sororities, are encouraged to submit their ideas. Submissions for the new nickname ...

Montieth keeps up his winning ways

ABBOTTSTOWN — After celebrating his 44th birthday earlier in the week, Phoenixville racer Brian Montieth sat in victory lane once again on a Saturday night at the Fabulous Lincoln Speedway. In just under six and a half minutes, the driver affectionately called “The Edge” by his legion ...

Hollidaysburg, CC try to defend titles

PSU Altoona to host AAHS matches, D6 From Mirror reports The Hollidaysburg Area High School girls tennis team appears to have the pieces in place to continue its tradition. The Lady Tigers have won the District 6 Class 3A team championship eight of the last nine seasons, and seven ...

2018 scholastic soccer season brings change, hope

As a rainy, dreary summer comes to an end, the curtain opens on an exciting fall soccer season. In scholastic action, the Class 4A Altoona Mountain Lion boys soccer squad is looking to repeat as District 6 champs. Head coach Dave McCarter has 28 players out for this year’s team, a number he ...

Carroll, Chestnut Ridge find new homes this year

After several years traveling all across Pennsylvania and several other states to play its high school football season, Chestnut Ridge will begin play in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference when football season kicks off Friday. The Lions just happen to be taking the place of another ...

Curve offense quiet in defeat

PORTLAND, Maine — The Curve offense was held hitless the first five innings and continued to struggle the rest of the night in a shutout loss Saturday. Portland held Altoona to four hits in a 3-0 win at Hadlock Field, dropping the Curve back to 1 ¢ games behind Akron for first place in the ...

Bucs tie record with 7 double plays

PITTSBURGH — The Chicago Cubs tied a major league record by turning seven double plays Friday night, including a game-ending effort by rookie third baseman David Bote on a grounder by David Freese to finish off a 1-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cubs got six double plays on ...

Mehno: Pirates’ next TV deal needs to be fruitful

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates’ TV deal is up for renewal after next season, and what happens with that could have an impact on franchise finances for at least a decade. The Pirates are currently in a contract with AT&T Sports Net. It’s been reported — but never confirmed — that it ...

Musgrove leads way in victory

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates held the Chicago Cubs to one run for a third straight game. This time, the Pirates scored enough to win it. Joe Musgrove cruised through seven innings and the Pirates snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory on Saturday night. Musgrove ...

Packers pummel shaky Steelers

GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers needed just one drive to look at home in his first action at Lambeau Field in almost a year. Rodgers connected with tight end Jimmy Graham for an 8-yard score , and Tramon Williams had a 25-yard interception return for a touchdown on the first play from ...

Shamrock wins Division 2 title

Shamrock Electric and Co“BRH”s Green played a close first half in the Mansion Park Summer Basketball League Division 2 championship game, and both teams came out hot to start the second half. At one point, the two teams combined to knock down 3-pointers on five consecutive possessions. ...

Lester, Cubs slip past slumping Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Jon Lester wasn’t overly excited about winning for the first time in just over a month. However, Cubs manager Joe Maddon couldn’t have been happier with his performance. Lester pitched six innings and Ian Happ homered as the Chicago Cubs beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 1-0 on ...

McAlkich shoots 76

STATE COLLEGE — Derek McAlkich’s 76 was good enough to place fourth individually and help Altoona to a tie for fifth place at the Happy Valley Invite in high school golf Monday. Sanit Joseph’s Jack Mangene won the individual title with a 74 and helped the Wolves win the team title with ...

Rain halts final

Rain has played havoc with the CBRC Mansion Park Summer Basketball League championship finals schedule all week, and it did so again with the Division I title game on the line at the Pleasant Valley Elementary School courts Thursday night. Ominous dark clouds throughout the evening gave way ...

Win keeps Koepka in midst of amazing stretch

Just a couple of years ago, even the most ardent of golf fans would have been hard-pressed to recognize the name Brooks Koepka. How times have changed. By winning last week’s PGA Championship, Koepka has actually captured three of the last seven major championships conducted — an amazing ...