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Mount bowling team keeps winning

The Mount Aloysius College women’s bowling team has won the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference regular season championship for a second consecutive season, thanks to an 8-0 mark at Pitt-Bradford this past weekend. The team is coached by Barbara Jones and assisted by Robert Jones. Last ...

Good Knights

Perhaps more so than do most head coaches, first-year Moshannon Valley Area High School boys basketball coach Derrik Eckenrode gives his players a proverbial ‘A’ grade for putting out superior effort. ‘‘We set our goal to compete to the best of our ability every time that we’re out ...

Big changes to D6 playoff format

District 6 basketball fans won’t have to celebrate having a great season with a first-round playoff trip to Ebensburg or Hollidaysburg anymore. With the addition in classifications to the PIAA tournament this year, District 6 thought it was a good time to make some changes to its own for ...

Chiefs look for revenge vs. Steelers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Smith endured watching film of the Kansas City Chiefs’ meltdown in Pittsburgh earlier this season “a bunch of times” this week, still trying to figure out where everything went wrong. As if he hasn’t relived it enough in his nightmares. Ben Roethlisberger ...

Benzel sets mark for career points at BG

Lili Benzel has had a lot of big days and big nights on the basketball court, but Saturday was even more special than most. A three-time all-state selection, Benzel became Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s all-time scoring leader when she poured in 28 points during a 74-30 mercy-ruling of Penns ...

Lions knock off Gophers on late FTs

UNIVERSITY PARK — Tony Carr, who missed every one of his seven shots up to that point, went the free-throw-line with 5 seconds left and Penn State tied with No. 24 Minnesota. “I just looked at him, patted him on the butt, and said, ‘You got this,’” coach Patrick Chambers ...

Mehno: Big Ben has improved off the field

PITTSBURGH — Your opinion of Ben Roethlisberger probably hinges on how he plays tonight in Kansas City. If he plays well and leads the Steelers to the AFC Championship game, he’s the greatest. If the Steelers lose, his approval rating will fall accordingly. That’s how it goes with ...

Marauders knock off Devils

BELLWOOD — Junior forward Nick Scaramozzino doesn’t think his Bishop Guilfoyle High School boys basketball team has reached its potential yet. “There’s always something you can improve on,” Scaramozzino said. “Coach always finds something.” Scaramozzino laughed, but Marauder ...

Rough 4th quarter dooms Lady Tigers

HOLLIDAYSBURG — When the buzzer sounded on the third quarter of the Hollidaysburg girls basketball game with Red Lion, it appeared that the Lady Tigers may have taken control of the afternoon. The Lady Lions meanwhile had other ideas, going on a 12-0 run in the fourth as they shut out ...

Miami routs Pitt at home

PITTSBURGH — Davon Reed didn’t think to look up even as the minutes passed and Pittsburgh struggled to find any sort of open look against Reed and the rest of his Miami teammates. “We weren’t even playing the score,” Reed said. “We were just playing defense and the score just ...

Red Flash men fall at Mount

EMMITSBURG, Md. — Keith Braxton and sophomore Jamaal King both went over 20 points on the day, but the Saint Francis men's basketball team fell, 78-72, at Mount St. Mary's on Saturday. The Red Flash led at halftime, but a hot-shooting Mount team fought back in the second half. SFU dropped ...

Kovatch, Reese lead SFU to win

EMMITSBURG, Md. —  Jess Kovatch led a balanced offensive effort and Saint Francis held off a hard-charging Mount Saint Mary’s squad in a 97-88 victory at Knott Arena on Saturday afternoon. Kovatch led four players in double figures with 27 points four assists, and two rebounds. Katie ...

Local digest: Juniata’s Lee reaches 1,000 career points

HUNTINGDON — Marcus Lee, a Bishop Carroll product, became the 17th player in Juniata College history to score 1,000 career points Saturday as he tallied 15 in the Eagles’ 88-73 loss to Drew. PSU Altoona men win Javon Wilson hit a long-range, buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of ...

Grenoble: Baity knows her stuff when it comes to coyotes

I tried to sneak quietly into the back of the room because I was a few minutes late arriving. I noticed at once that the audience was enthralled with the speaker, who was speaking confidently, obviously knew the subject well and how to communicate it. I also was thrown back in my mind about ...

Young: Resist the urge to feed wildlife in wintertime

Each winter, it seems prudent to remind folks that feeding wildlife during the winter might seem like a worthwhile and compassionate gesture, the conventional wisdom on this practice is simply “don’t do it.” In most cases, putting out food for wild animals usually does more harm than good ...

Conservancy purchases more than 18 acres of land near State College

STATE COLLEGE — ClearWater Conservancy recently finalized the purchase of 18.7 acres of property in Halfmoon Township from the Paul B. Smith Family Trust for the purpose of expanding the protected area of the Scotia Barrens. Conserving land in the area has been identified as a priority for ...

Ice storm forces time change for Steelers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The AFC divisional playoff game between the Steelers and Chiefs on Sunday has been moved from an early afternoon kickoff to primetime because of an ice storm due to hit the Kansas City area this weekend. The game was originally scheduled to kick off at 1:05 p.m. It will ...

Dodson delivers in clutch

MARTINSBURG — After seven consecutive victories, Central’s winning streak appeared to be coming to an end.  The Scarlet Dragons trailed Huntingdon by six with less than a minute remaining Friday night. Then Kyle Dodson took over. The senior scored the final six points of the quarter to ...

Tigers close with big 4th quarter

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg Area High School boys basketball team secured the type of morale-boosting, mid-January victory on Friday night that can help the Golden Tigers build some emotional muscle for the playoff season that begins in late February. Hollidaysburg bounced back from ...

BG rolls against PC, former teammate

CRESSON — The final score of Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s rout of Penn Cambria, 71-37, might suggest an uneventful contest, but there was plenty to pay attention to Friday night. Lili Benzel, who led all scorers with 25 points, tied the all-time Lady Marauder career points mark of Alli ...