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Depth issues catch up with Lady Titans

JOHNSTOWN — Playing with just eight players is tough. The Tussey Mountain girls basketball team proved it isn’t impossible, though, by putting together a 16-8 record going into Friday’s District 5 Class 2A championship game at the Pitt Johnstown Sports Center. Winning with just seven ...

P-O, Altoona start strong

It was a very good first day for Philipsburg-Osceola and Altoona at the Northwest Regional Class 3A Tournament on Friday night at the AAHS Fieldhouse. The Mounties advanced six wrestlers to today’s noon semifinals, while the Mountain Lions pushed four into the semis, including District 6 ...

Nittany Lions gain advantage in best-of-3

UNIVERSITY PARK — Following last weekend’s sweep of Minnesota with all the goals, physicality, taunting and with home-ice in the Big Ten tournament on the line, this weekend’s Big Ten quarterfinals between Penn State and Minnesota was expected to be intense. Game 1 didn’t disappoint, ...

PSU set to battle for Big Ten wrestling title

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Cael Sanderson has said repeatedly that he and his Penn State wrestling team want to win every competition they enter. The same applies to this weekend’s 2018 Big Ten Wrestling Championships at Michigan State’s Breslin Center. However, Sanderson said that winning ...

Juniata falls in round 2 of playoffs

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. — The Juniata College women’s basketball team saw its season come to an end on Saturday, losing to Thomas More, 83-50, in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Morgan Instone had 11 points and two steals for the Eagles, who finished the year at ...

Hoops du Jour

Wagner at SFU women Tipoff: 2 p.m. at DeGol Arena, Loretto Records: Wagner (6-22 overall, 4-13 Northeast Conference); Saint Francis (20-9, 15-2). All-time series: Saint Francis leads 45-22. Coaches: Joe Haigh is 90-97 in his sixth season at Saint Francis; Heather Jacobs is 10-47 in her ...

Huntingdon’s Goldstone captures two golds

UNIVERSITY PARK — Huntingdon Area High School’s Haley Goldstone punched her ticket into the state meet both individually and as part of a relay team during the first day of competition at the District 6 Swimming & Diving Championships on Friday at Penn State. Huntingdon also qualified ...

Juniata women reach 2nd round

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Kent. — The Juniata College women’s basketball team jumped out to a double-digit advantage by the end of one quarter and led by 27 at halftime as the Eagles punched their ticket into the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament with a 63-52 victory over Piedmont at ...

Flash win on road

EMMITSBURG, Md. — Saint Francis opened the second half on an 8-0 run and held off a Mount Saint Mary’s fourth-quarter charge in a 79-69 win on Friday night inside Knott Arena. Saint Francis’ incredible balance continued as Jessica Kovatch led four players in double figures with 22 ...

Mtn. Lions don’t go down without a fight

PITTSBURGH — Nobody told the Altoona Mountain Lions they entered Friday’s District 6-8-10 Class 6A consolation game as an underdog against Pittsburgh City League champion Taylor Allderdice. Altoona hustled throughout the game and trailed by only four points with less than three minutes ...

Second-half start sparks BG

CRESSON — Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic coach Chris Drenning clutched the District 6 Class 2A boys basketball trophy as he quickly made his way over to some former players following the Marauders’ title win Thursday night. After some hugs and high-fives, Drenning smiled at the group and told ...

Area stars look to advance

At this point in the postseason, the wrestlers are so close to qualifying for the PIAA Championships in Hershey that they can almost taste the chocolate. Well, better not mention anything fattening around weight-cutting wrestlers. All the hard work, sweat and cutting weight could pay off ...

Lady Devils rout Penns Manor

The Bellwood-Antis girls basketball team made a deep run in the 2A state playoffs a year ago as the second place team out of District 6. They’ll have to do it from the third spot this year. After losing to Blairsville in the district semis Monday, the Lady Devils rebounded to take third ...

Portage rolls to easy win

HOLLIDAYSBURG — For those of who were there a year ago, the Portage girls basketball team remembered what it was like to lose in a District 6 1A consolation game. You could tell just by how the Lady Mustangs played Thursday night in a dominating 65-24 win over Saint Joseph’s. “Last year ...

Lady Lions routed by Michigan

INDIANAPOLIS — Penn State saw its Big Ten Tournament come to an end late Thursday night with a 77-48 loss to Michigan in the second round. The 11th-seeded Lady Lions fell behind early, trailing 15-10 after one quarter and 32-20 at the half, and they were never able to cut into the deficit ...

College basketball preview capsules 3-2

PSU men vs. Ohio State Tipoff: 6:30 p.m. Madison Square Garden Records: Penn State (20-12, 10-9 Big Ten); No. 13 Ohio State (24-7, 15-3 Big Ten) Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 107-121 in his seventh season at Penn State and 149-149 in nine seasons overall. Chris Holtmann is 24-7 in his ...

Colon still throwing strikes in spring debut

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Texas Rangers manager Jeff Banister remembers the first time he saw Bartolo Colon pitch was in Class A ball in 1995. “He was young and throwing a million it seemed like,” Banister said. “Hitters didn’t really enjoy getting into the batter’s box.” Colon is no ...

Devils punch ticket to states for 3rd straight year

HOMER CITY — Central Cambria sewed up its third consecutive berth in the PIAA Class AAA girls’ basketball state playoffs on Thursday night with a 52-47 victory against West Shamokin in the District 6 Class 3A fifth-place consolation game at Homer-Center High School. Cassidy Bezek’s ...

Hornets ousted

HOLLIDAYSBURG — With its offense sputtering at times in the second half, the Juniata Valley defense led a valiant comeback effort in the fourth quarter. The Hornets caused seven turnovers alone in the fourth against Blacklick Valley in a battle for the third and final PIAA playoff bid coming ...

Swimmers set sights on districts

By Scott Franco sfranco@altoonamirror.com When the District 6 Class 3A and 2A Swimming and Diving Championships get under way today at Penn State University, there will be several area swimmers from the Mirror coverage area who will have their sights set on a trip to states. In particlar, ...