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FGs not enough for Lady Marauders

By Rick Weaver For The Mirror BLAIRSVILLE — Bishop Guilfoyle’s ending was all fouled up. The Lady Marauders held a 19-11 edge in field goals in their District 6 Class A quarterfinal-round girls basketball game against Blairsville. The Lady Bobcats connected on 32-of-44 free throws, ...

Tigers still perfect

The Hollidaysburg ice hockey team celebrated senior night with a 7-2 win over Richland Thursday night in high school action at Galactic Ice. The Golden Tigers, now 19-0, got a hat trick from Dan Larkin and two goals from Nate Nebelski. Zack Dunlap and Kolby Kirkham each added solo goals for ...

Huntingdon presses its way into title game

HUNTINGDON — After a solid performance in the middle quarters, Juniata saw its comeback attempt go away rather quickly in the fourth quarter of a 76-50 loss to Huntingdon in the District 6 Class 4A girls basketball opener. The Indians were only trailing by five entering the final frame, but ...

Valley’s defense too much for Bulldogs’ offense

By Dan Isenberg disenberg@altoonamirror.com ALEXANDRIA — The first steps on the long march back to the state finals were taken by Juniata Valley Thursday night. The Lady Hornets, the two-time Class 1A runner-up playing up in Class 2A this season, held Claysburg-Kimmel to 2-of-24 from ...

Injuries, Obama catch up to Portage

PITTSBURGH — Injury-riddled Portage stayed with Obama Academy for three quarters on Thursday night in spite of playing without three seniors due to injuries. The Mustangs went into a shooting slump late in the game however, and fell 45-38 as the Eagles pulled away midway through the fourth ...

Brumbaugh helps Tussey crush Jays

SAXTON — The Tussey Mountain girls basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the District 5 1A playoffs Thursday night, thanks to a 65-21 win over Johnstown Christian. Sophie Brumbaugh had a career night for the Lady Titans (16-7), scoring 28 points, including 16 in the first half as ...

Forest Hills dispatches of Bedford, again

SIDMAN — After defeating No. 4 Bedford Thursday night, 44-22, the Forest Hills girls basketball team will once again have a chance to earn a district crown this Saturday in the District 6 Class 4A title game. The returning finalists have won a District 6 title in seven of its last nine ...

Seniors are clutch for Warriors in playoff victory

By Nate Ritchey nritchey@altoonamirror.com EVERETT — Everett knew coming into Thursday night’s District 5-9 Class 3A semifinal that Chestnut Ridge’s record was deceiving. The Lions made the switch to the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference this year, so the matchup between the two ...

Win puts Central in district final

By Jon Fleck For the Mirror MARTINSBURG — After Central and Tyrone split two previous meetings, the Mountain League rivals played the rubber match Thursday, but a whole lot more than just bragging rights were at stake. Hopes of a district championship and a spot in the state playoffs ...

Todd Irwin’s D6 Class 3A wrestling picks

The following are Mirror wrestling writer Todd Irwin’s picks for Saturday’s District 6 Class 3A tournament: 106 POUNDS: Finalists: Luke Hileman, Altoona vs. Nic Allison, Mifflin County. Champion: Allison. Comment: It will be interesting to see how Hileman handles the weight drop. 113 ...

Rigby makes history in Bearcats’ victory

By Josh Yoder For the Mirror HUNTINGDON — Huntingdon’s pressure was too much for Juniata to handle as the Bearcats defeated the Indians, 69-39, in the first round of the District 6 4A boys basketball playoff game Thursday night. With this loss, Juniata finishes the season with a final ...

Forest Hills holds on in final seconds for win

SIDMAN -- Mitch Chunta and Zach Myers came up big for the Forest Hills boys basketball team in its 52-48 win over Penns Valley Thursday night in the District 6 3A playoffs. Chunta hit a 3-pointer with 20.6 seconds left for a 51-48 lead, then Myers made one of two foul shots to extend the lead ...

Bell will not be tagged

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell is free to go. Antonio Brown, maybe not so much. The Pittsburgh Steelers have no plans to place a transition tag on Bell, allowing the star running back to reach the open market when free agency begins next month. And ...

Franco brothers on Italy football team

Special to the Mirror The game of football has taken the Franco brothers — Johnny and Steve — all over America when they were playing collegiately at West Point, Akron and then at IUP. Now, their love of football has directed them to a new destination: Italy. Both were standouts at ...

Top 10 wrestlers want more

By Todd Irwin tirwin@altoonamirror.com The Southwest Regional Class 2A Tournament has always served as a launching pad to state titles and medals. If wrestlers win a title there or qualify for the PIAA Championships, they’ve done something special. This year should be no ...

Several locals will face tough road for shot at Hershey

The following are Mirror wrestling writer Todd Irwin’s picks for the Class 2A Southwest Regional Tournament. 106 POUNDS: Finalists: Joey Fischer, South Park vs. Kai Burkett, Chestnut Ridge. Champion: Fischer. Comment: Burkett gets by Glendale’s Suds Dubler in the semifinals, but Fischer ...

Nutting: Pricey free agent would imbalance Pirates payroll

BRADENTON, Fla. — Having watched the San Diego Padres reach a $300 million, 10-year deal with Manny Machado, Pirates owner Bob Nutting doesn’t think it makes sense Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington to add a pricey free agent. A huge salary could cause the portion paid to one ...

Two Lady Lions get preseason honors

Penn State Altoona softball’s senior shortstop Haley Giedroc was voted the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s 2019 Preseason Player of the Year, headlining the conference’s Preseason Coaches’ Poll that was released on Wednesday. Giedroc is coming off of a junior campaign in ...

District 6 Class 6A championship preview capsules

TONIGHT GIRLS District 6 Class 6A championship Teams: State College Lady Little Lions (16-5); Altoona Lady Lions (15-7). Site, time: Hollidaysburg Area High School, 6 p.m. The coaches: State College — Chris Leazier (41-31 in three years at State College; 64-72 in fifth year ...

Central avenges loss to P-O

MARTINSBURG — Since Central lost to Philipsburg-Osceola to begin the month, the Lady Dragons have turned things around, winning four of their final five regular-season games. Junior Kylie Metzger has been a big part of that, and she helped Central continue its momentum by avenging that loss ...