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Altoona downs SC for district title

TYRONE — Altoona senior Madison Shetrom burst into tears and repeated, “I’m so happy,” over and over again Friday night after receiving her District 6 Class 6A championship medal following the Lady Lions’ 54-42 win over State College. “In my sophomore year, having that medal in my ...

Lions not able to keep pace with State

TYRONE — Doug West knew his Altoona Area High School boys basketball team was going to have its hands full in the District 6 Class 6A boys championship game with State College as soon as the brackets came out. When he found out the morning of the game that starting two guard Max Crownover ...

Ridge second after day one

INDIANA — Chestnut Ridge started off a little bit slow in the first session on the opening day of the Southwest Regional Class 2A Tournament, but the Lions picked it up from there. Ridge advanced four, and nearly a fifth, into the semifinals on Friday in the Ed Frey Arena at the Kovalchick ...

Mtn. Lions looking for strong showing

Altoona has been knocking on the door leading to the District 6 Class 3A Tournament team leaders the last couple of years. Two years ago, the Mountain Lions had an historic day, crowning four champions out of five finalists — the most titles by an Altoona team since 1981 — finished fourth ...

High school basketball preview capsules

TODAY District 6 Girls Class 4A championship Teams: Bedford Lady Bisons (18-5); Forest Hills Lady Rangers (22-1). Site, time: Mount Aloysius College Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center, Cresson, 12:30 p.m. The coaches: Bedford — Mark Dillow (43-48 in four years at Bedford, 53-61 ...

Pitt not making any excuses

PITTSBURGH — The four players tasked with overseeing a transition they never asked for and never saw coming can’t quite explain what went wrong. It wasn’t, Pittsburgh seniors Jamel Artis, Mike Young, Sheldon Jeter and Chris Jones insist, longtime head coach Jamie Dixon’s abrupt ...

College basketball preview capsules

PSU men at Minnesota Tipoff: 3 p.m. Williams Arena, Minneapolis Records: Penn State (14-14, 6-9 Big Ten); Minnesota (21-7, 9-6 Big Ten) Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 86-105 in his sixth season at Penn State and 128-133 in eight seasons overall. Richard Pitino is 72-58 in his fourth season ...

Snyder’s return pushes Lady Panthers past Tussey

SAXTON — Sydney Snyder was the best player on the court Wednesday night at Tussey Mountain High School. Unfortunately for Northern Bedford, she couldn’t stay there much as she dealt with foul trouble throughout the District 5 2A quarterfinal matchup against the Lady Titans. Without ...

Second-seeded Black Knights out in quarters

HOUTZDALE — Sizable remnants of the capacity crowd that packed intimate Monte Close Gymnasium 20 minutes earlier still mulled about. The remaining fans applauded their heroes as they emerged sporadically from the locker room. Hugs were given. Tears flowed. It wasn’t supposed to end like ...

SFU in good position for home playoff game

LORETTO — Saint Francis has a chance in its final regular-season home game Saturday to do something the program hasn’t done in 26 years. If the Red Flash beat Fairleigh Dickinson tomorrow, they will clinch a first-round home game in the Northeast Conference Tournament. Saint Francis ...

St. Clair hits mark but Portage ousted

JOHNSTOWN — Bishop McCort had too many weapons for Portage to handle in Thursday night’s District 6 Class 2A boys basketball quarterfinal contest as the Crimson Crushers led from start to finish and put an end to the Mustangs’ season with a 69-40 victory. The top-seeded Crimson Crushers ...

Johnstown knocks out Huntingdon in semifinals

HUNTINGDON — Johnstown came up with a game plan and executed it very well at Huntingdon in a District 6 4A semifinal contest Thursday. The defense shut down the 3-point shooting of the Bearcats, and Tavis Price scored 21 points to lead the Trojans to a 63-46 win. The Trojans (14-10) ...

Lions go down to the wire in playoff win

By Dan Isenberg For the Mirror Jalen Smith’s desperation shot from the corner to give the Hilbert Hawks a possible road win soared over the rim, and Penn State Altoona escaped with an 80-79 win at the Adler Gymnasium Wednesday night in the first round of the Allegheny ...

Pitt can’t hold 19-point lead

The Associated Press WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Wake Forest has blown a few big leads this season. The Demon Deacons had much more fun flipping that script against Pittsburgh. John Collins tipped in a rebound with 18.8 seconds left, and Wake Forest staged its biggest comeback in 18 years, ...

Behrend just too hot for Mounties

By Jamie Eichenlaub For the Mirror CRESSON — Penn State Behrend spoiled any chance of home cooking for the host Mount Aloysius women’s basketball team Wednesday night. Katie Chess scored the first basket of the game early in the first quarter, and the Lions never looked back, running ...

McCort stops C-K’s run in quarters

JOHNSTOWN — Claysburg-Kimmel was not able to build on its recent success, as its season came to an end at the hands of Bishop McCort on Wednesday night. The Lady Crushers came away with a 63-41 victory, but it wasn’t entirely smooth sailing for them. The Lady Bulldogs opened up the ...

PSU caravan set for May 11 Altoona stop

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State Coaches Caravan will return to the roads of Pennsylvania in May with seven stops across the Commonwealth. One of the stops will be a lunch stop in Altoona on May 11. James Franklin, the 2016 Big Ten football coach of the year, Director of Athletics Sandy ...

Williamsburg’s defense fuels victory

WILLIAMSBURG — With a one-point lead early in the second quarter, Williamsburg rattled off 16 straight points against visiting Blacklick Valley to create all the separation it needed. The Blue Pirates led by as many as 31 and defeated the Vikings, 61-41, in the first round of the District 6 ...

Streaking CC pulls off upset

JOHNSTOWN — Neither Central Cambria nor Westmont Hilltop was able to generate a prolonged run Wednesday night in the District 6 Class 3A quarterfinals. The two Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference foes went toe-to-toe through the first three-plus quarters. All of a sudden, Central Cambria ...

Juniata Valley moves on to semis

ALEXANDRIA — The Juniata Valley boys made the most of a home District 6 Class 1A playoff game Wednesday against Saint Joseph’s Catholic Academy. A steal under the basket on an inbound pass by Matt Grissinger started a 10-4 run the last 2 minutes of the game, and the Hornets beat the ...