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Finest in their finale: Akers helps South to win

JOHNSTOWN — In the week leading up to the game, Macen Akers wasn’t sure which side of the ball he’d play on in the 49th annual Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star Classic. Lucky for the South team that the coaching staff ultimately decided to put him at quarterback. The Everett graduate led ...

Pirates snap skid with rout

MIAMI — Steven Brault nearly had a very brief outing. Fortunately for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he stayed in the game. Brault scattered eight hits over six innings, and the Pirates stopped a seven-game slide by routing the Miami Marlins 11-0 on Friday night. Brault (3-1) was hit on his ...

Curve move 2 over .500

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — The Curve continue to excel this month as they improved to an Eastern League best 10-3 in June with a victory Friday night to open a road series at Binghamton. Hunter Owen went 3-for-3, and Robbie Glendinning belted a two-run homer for some insurance late as Altoona beat ...

US women’s team a soccer powerhouse

Those who have cried for more scoring in the game of soccer got exactly that as the U.S. Women’s National Team came out in its opening World Cup game in France against Thailand and buried 13 goals in the back of the nets in a 13-0 pounding of the Thai Women’s Team. The game was ...

BEA softball loses PIAA title game

UNIVERSITY PARK —- Bald Eagle Area’s quest for a state title ended in gut-wrenching fashion. The District 6 champion Lady Eagles surrendered five runs in the sixth inning, and Pine Grove went on to win the PIAA Class 3A title, 7-3, Friday at Beard Field at the Nittany Lion Softball ...

College reunion

On June 11, 2016, the Altoona Curve’s Jared Oliva and Portland Sea Dogs’ Bobby Dalbec, along with the rest of the Arizona Wildcats, found themselves in a position nobody thought they’d be in. In the middle of a huge dogpile on the field in Starkville, Mississippi, the only words that ...

Curve cap off solid homestand with win over Sea Dogs

Next stop Tonight: Altoona at Binghamton, 7 p.m. Pitchers: Curve LHP Domingo Robles (1-1, 2.50) vs. Rumble Ponies RHP Harol Gonzalez Record: 32-31 When Altoona’s lineup was released for Thursday night’s game, a familiar face was missing — Logan Hill. He wasn’t injured or ...

Pirates drop 7th in a row

The Associated Press ATLANTA — One year after he was left off Atlanta’s postseason rotation, Julio Teheran has re-emerged as a reliable leader on a young staff. Teheran’s roll of superb starts is a big reason the Braves are back in first place in the NL East. Josh Donaldson drove in ...

U.S. Open featuring late-night television

Here are a few thoughts on this week’s major golf event — our national championship, the U.S. Open: The course This year’s tournament is being held at Pebble Beach Golf Links, perhaps the most famous golf course in the world. June 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the course’s ...

Altoona’s mini-golf history launched in 1930

The grand re-opening of Blair County’s historic Lakemont Park has introduced not just one but two new miniature golf courses to local enthusiasts. The layouts are the latest in a long-run of mini-courses our area has seen going back nearly a century ago, to the game’s beginnings. In ...

Summitt CC team wins on card-off

CRESSON — The first-place team of Hap Lacue, Neal Zumovitch, April Oswalt and Steve Oyler won a card-off after tying the second-place team of Jim Jacobs, Brady Eckenrode, Charlie Horten and Neil Rapski with identical scores of 58 in the St. Augustine’s Church Benefit Outing at the Summit ...

Bell’s heroics aren’t enough for Pittsburgh

The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Rookie Austin Riley Riley tied the game with a solo homer in the ninth inning and scored the winning run on an Oscar Albies’ double off reliever Michael Feliz in the 11th, leading the Atlanta Braves past the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 for their sixth ...

Wrestling helped Lantzy All-Stars hone football skills

Lantzy All-Star Football Game When: Tonight, 7 p.m. Where: Johnstown High School’s Trojan Stadium. Teams: Both the South and North have several players from the Mirror coverage area on their rosters. On the net: Render Broadcasting will carry the Lantzy game online at ...

High profile recruit decommitts

From Mirror reports Penn State’s rough recruiting week got even worse Thursday when yet another high-profile prospect decommitted from the Nittany Lions. Four-star cornerback Josh Moten announced his decision to decommit, saying he made his initial decision too soon. “After talking ...

Pitt announces 2019 HOF class

PITTSBURGH — University of Pittsburgh Director of Athletics Heather Lyke announced Thursday the 2019 Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame induction class, a highly distinguished 12-member group composed of All-Pros, All-Americans and legendary all-time greats. The ceremoney for the event will be ...

Franklin talks Stevens transfer for 1st time

UNIVERSITY PARK — We may never know exactly what happened with Tommy Stevens or why the quarterback transferred from Penn State, and coach James Franklin didn’t offer any specifics when speaking publicly on the subject for the first time Wednesday. Franklin mentioned that he’s been ...

Offense takes the night off

Next stop Tonight: Portland at Altoona, 6:30 p.m. Pitchers: Curve RHP James Marvel (5-5, 3.68) vs. Sea Dogs LHP Matthew Kent (1-1, 3.13) Record: 31-31 The Curve — literally — couldn’t get out of their own way on Friday night. Trailing by four runs with two outs in the bottom of ...

Four Marauder veterans getting together one last time

Lantzy All-Star Football Game When: Friday, 7 p.m. Where: Johnstown High School’s Trojan Stadium Opponents: Both the South and North teams have players on their rosters from the Mirror coverage area. There will be a prominent Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School influence in the Ken ...

Backup QB job wide open behind Ben

PITTSBURGH — Josh Dobbs did all the right things last summer, or at least enough of them for the Pittsburgh Steelers to cut veteran backup quarterback Landry Jones at the end of the preseason and promote Dobbs to the spot behind Ben Roethlisberger. Nine months later, none of it ...

Colgate hikes Pennington tenure

From Mirror reports Colgate University head tennis coach and Altoona native Bobby Pennington has signed a five-year contract extension, the school announced Tuesday. Pennington recently completed his 13th season as the head coach of both the Colgate men’s and women’s teams. He stands ...