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Steelers’ future bright, but concerns loom

PITTSBURGH — The roll that carried the Pittsburgh Steelers from adrift at midseason to the cusp of the Super Bowl came to a sudden and emphatic stop in New England. The pain of the one-sided 36-17 loss to Tom Brady and the Patriots will linger. If the Steelers want to find a way to take the ...

Mtn. Lions throttle Bearcats

It was a tale of two quarters for the Altoona Mountain Lions Monday night. Altoona came out of the locker room strong before both the first and third quarters, and rode dominant play in those two periods to a 74-42 high school boys basketball rout of Huntingdon at the Altoona Area High School ...

Male Athlete of Week: McKeirnan coachable, versatile

Name: Conor McKeirnan School: Hollidaysburg Age: 15 Grade: Freshman Sport: Swimming Athlete of the week achievement: McKeirnan won the 50-yard freestyle, 100 butterfly and was part of the winning 200 medley and 400 free relays in a 105-64 win over Tyrone. He also won the 50 free, 200 ...

Female Athlete of Week: Cannistraci a big key for Tyrone

Name: Alexis Cannistraci School: Tyrone Age: 17 Grade: Senior Sport: Girls basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Cannistraci scored 13 points in a 66-35 win over Ligonier Valley, scored 25 points in an 81-46 win over Philipsburg-Osceola in which she hit six 3-pointers, and had ...

PSU recruiting hits some speedbumps late

The smooth ride Penn State football seemed to be enjoying on the recruiting front just 48 hours ago has gotten a bit bumpy. In the wake of the decommitment of prized Virginia linebacker Dylan Rivers during his official visit to University Park on Sunday, four-star cornerback Tariq ...

Playoffs filled with duds

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — There’s this football game planned for Feb. 5 in Houston. Let’s hope it turns out much better than most of the postseason matchups the NFL has provided this year. To say Sunday’s championship games were duds is being kind. Blame the two losing teams, the Packers ...

Balanced scoring leads Flash to victory

LORETTO — During Saturday’s win over Central Connecticut State, Saint Francis got a career game from Jess Kovatch, who scored 45 points. On Monday night against Bryant, the Red Flash got a balanced scoring attack as six players scored in double figures, and they turned 24 turnovers into ...

Lady Lions fall on road to Hoosiers

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — The score sheet was not indicative of the outcome in the Penn State women’s basketball team’s 72-66 setback at Indiana on Monday. The Lady Lions owned the rebounding edge and turned the ball over only 10 times in the game, but the Hoosiers’ 28 free throws were the ...

College basketball preview capsules

PSU men at Wisconsin Tipoff: 9 p.m., Kohl Center, Madison, Wis. Records: Penn State (11-9, 3-4 Big Ten); Wisconsin (16-3, 5-1 Big Ten) Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 83-100 in his sixth season at Penn State and 125-128 in eight seasons overall. Greg Gard is 31-11 in his second season at ...

Penn State’s Helsel wins ‘We Are’ honor

From Mirror reports UNIVERSITY PARK — Senior Christian Helsel of Altoona became the first recipient of Penn State baseball’s inaugural We Are Award which was presented to him recently at the fifth annual First Pitch Dinner. Wyatt Shaffer, the youngest member of Penn State’s team ...

Tigers sweep Richland at home

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg boys and girls swim teams both picked up victories over Richland on Monday in high school action. The Tiger boys are now 8-2 after a 107-62 victory. Alex Gehringer won the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly. The Tiger girls are 7-3 after their 113-57 triumph. ...

Mounties recognized for event

CRESSON — Mount Aloysius College has been notified by the National Association of Division III Athletics Administration and Jostens Community Service awards that its participation in the recent “Night to Shine” has earned it an honorable mention Award. This is only the second time a ...

Deflated: Hogan’s a hero as Patriots rout Steelers for AFC title

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Tom Brady redemption tour is headed to the Super Bowl. After beginning the 2016 season suspended for four games for his role in the “Deflategate” scandal, the New England quarterback relentlessly carried the Patriots to an unprecedented ninth appearance in the ...

Mehno: New England just flat out better

PITTSBURGH — The Patriots were better. I’ll have to expand on that for another 550 or so words, but that’s the quick version of what happened in the 36-17 blowout that sent New England to the Super Bowl and ended the Steelers’ season Sunday night. The Patriots were better on ...

Curtains for Steelers’ defense as Patriots roll

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — LeGarrette Blount burst through the line at the Pittsburgh 19, slipped one tackle and bulled into another defender at the 9. Cornerback William Gay wrapped him up, but just got pushed backward. Three more Steelers pitched in, still unable to bring the New England running ...

Falcons cruise past Packers

ATLANTA — Matt Ryan tumbled into the end zone, slammed the ball to the turf with a thunderous spike, and let out a scream that showed just how much he wanted this game. He wants the next one even more. With another MVP-worthy performance and plenty of help from Julio Jones, Matty Ice ...

Big difference: Hungary native Barhacs helping Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG — One of the most fun things about getting to know Laura Barhacs is listening to her speak. “She went to say ‘ego’ one time,” Kassidy McChessney recalled. “She said ‘Eggo.’” It’s understandable. Hungarian is an unusual tongue even by European standards, and ...

Juniata, Saltsburg remain unbeaten

The number of the region’s undefeated scholastic basketball squads was cut in half on area courts last week, as the Moshannon Valley boys fell at home to Bellwood-Antis on Friday, one night after Bishop Guilfoyle handed the Forest Hills girls their first defeat at the Pleasant Valley ...

Pens rout Bruins for 4th straight win

PITTSBURGH — Conor Sheary is in the midst of a career-best stretch — and he enjoyed another big game against his hometown team. The Pittsburgh forward scored two goals, Sidney Crosby added his league-leading 28th and the Penguins won their fourth straight game, 5-1 over the Boston Bruins ...

Penn State loses LB recruit to Virginia Tech

Penn State has had almost a dozen of the class of 2017 football recruits verbally committed to it this weekend with the idea of solidifying the group and bringing them closer together. Instead, the opposite happened. The Nittany Lions’ recruiting class has one fewer player today as ...