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Juniata inducts 2017 class

HUNTINGDON — Hollidaysburg’s Joe Montrella and Altoona native and Bishop Guilfoyle graduate Nicole Mueller-Gioiosa were inducted into the Juniata College Sports Hall of Fame on April 8. Montrella, a quarterback for the Juniata football team, was named all-conference twice and set ...

Curve coach has fascinating past combining sport with ministry

Bryan Hickerson played on teams that included Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa, Larry Walker and Will Clark, so he undoubtedly has some great stories to tell about life in the major leagues. Those are not the stories, however, that make Hickerson one of the more fascinating people you’ll find ...

Nine area girls voted all-state

As her team practiced for the Altoona Mirror Classic last month, Bedford Area all-time leading scorer Allison Shuke joked about how she seemed to be a fixture on the newspaper’s list of second team girls basketball all-stars. On Saturday, it became a lot easier for Shuke to ...

Espinal’s blast, Anderson’s pitching lead Curve

The Curve now have the Eastern League’s best record and a four-game winning streak, thanks to one big hit and some outstanding mound work Saturday afternoon. “Like I said before, these guys know how to win,” manager Michael Ryan said. “They’re going to do whatever it takes to win, ...

Opening day perfect for anglers

PAVIA — For the second straight spring, 9-year-old Parker Miller caught a trout to remember. Parker, a third-grade student at Forest Hills Elementary School, fooled a trophy rainbow trout that measured over 20 inches early Saturday morning in a popular fishing hole on Bobs Creek near Pavia ...

Penn State Altoona men win NEAC title

The Penn State Altoona men’s volleyball team won its first-ever North Eastern Athletic Conference championship on Saturday, defeating Wells College, 3-1, in the Adler Gym. The Lions (26-6, 15-1 NEAC) earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament, which will be held in ...

C-K baseball defeated at home

CLAYSBURG — Kyle Glass had a pair of hits, scored a run and had an RBI, but Claysburg-Kimmel lost to Penns Valley, 7-3, in high school baseball Friday. The Bulldogs, down 2-1 after three innings, fell to 1-6. Penns Valley, which was out-hit, 9-6, got its first win (1-7) of the ...

Kramer’s homers lead Curve in home opener

Kevin Kramer had not hit two home runs in a game since Little League, and in 693 professional at-bats prior to Thursday, he had belted only five balls out of the yard. The Curve second baseman picked a perfect time to drill two long balls, helping cap an all-around perfect night for the club ...

Hollidaysburg Area High School senior dies in apparent ATV accident

A Hollidaysburg Area High School senior is dead after an apparent ATV accident near Blue Knob. Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross confirmed that Mikayla Focht, 18, of Duncansville, was killed by blunt force trauma and the investigation into what killed the high school girls softball standout ...

Anglers stick with their favorite baits

In early spring, trout aren’t particularly picky about what type of bait they’ll snap at and swallow. Freshly-stocked hatchery trout are as likely to gobble up a nightcrawler as they are to chase a spinning lure, and they’re as prone to be fooled by a minnow or a piece of PowerBait as ...

Coonelly pleased with AA affiliate

Home opening day for the Altoona Curve dawned with sunny skies, mild temperatures and an expressed love for baseball from Pittsburgh Pirate President Frank Coonelly, who in an address to the Blair County Chamber of Commerce, praised local ownership and the way the community supports the ...

Bowler of the week

Name: Phil Ringler Series: 763 League: PBR Old School at Holiday Bowl Residence: Bellwood BOW history: Eight times Previous series high: 832 Previous single-game high: 300 Reaction to being BOW: I was surprised. The key to your bowling success is: Practice. You have been ...

The best of the rest

FRANK GERHART LANES MEN HIGH SERIES: Marshall Dick 766, B.J. Troutman 766, John Turiano 758, Scott Russell 754, John Shuma 742, Justin Horton 735, John Roseberry 706, Greg Lee 702 HIGH GAMES: Justin Horton 300, B.J. Troutman 287, Mike Jones 280, Rodney Patterson 280, Marshall Dick 279, ...

Garver shines for C-K

CLAYSBURG — Courtney Garver drove in all three runs and limited Moshannon Valley to one run in Claysburg-Kimmel’s 3-1 win in high school softball action on Thursday. Garver delivered an RBI single in the first inning and added a two-run triple in the fifth inning. Sidney Lewis and Kendra ...

Bearcats nip P-O

HUNTINGDON — Down 3-1 in the bottom of the seventh inning, Huntingdon freshman pinch-hitter Casey Conner’s RBI single with runners on second and third and no outs tied the game at three. Jack Ritchey pinch-ran for Conner, stealing second and eventually scoring on a walk-off, sacrifice fly ...

Everett girls, B-A boys go 2-0

EVERETT — Alexis Gerwert broke the Bellwood-Antis school record in the pole vault in helping the B-A girls beat Central, 82-68, in high school track and field action on Thursday. The Everett girls swept the tri-meet, beating B-A, 82-68, and Central, 83-66. Gerwert cleared 11 feet to ...

Altoona beats Huntingdon; Bedford wins two

Altoona swept all five singles matches en route to a 6-1 victory over Huntingdon at the Leopold Courts in high school boys tennis Thursday. Jonah Brandt, Kyle Good, Tyler Rispoli, Jarod Marasco and Casey Rispoli each won their singles matches for Altoona, which improved to 8-2. The Altoona ...

Altoona, Huntingdon lose in road matches

SAEGERTOWN — The Altoona Area High School boys volleyball team traveled to Saegerstown on Thursday afternoon, and fell in straight sets, 25-8, 25-18, 25-21. Phillip Swartz had eight kills and 10 digs for Altoona. In addition, Dalton Keller had seven kills and nine digs, Chris Ball had nine ...

PSU Altoona players honored

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. — Penn State Altoona outside hitter Bradley Colditz was voted the North Eastern Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, and libero Waldemar Rivera-Berrios was selected the NEAC Defensive Player of the Year. Both players were also voted to spots on the first team ...

Steelers chairman Dan Rooney dies

The Associated Press Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney, one of the NFL's most influential and popular executives, has died. He was 84. Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said Rooney died Thursday. No further details were immediately available. Rooney took over operation of the team in ...