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Northern Cambria takes down Bulldogs

NORTHERN CAMBRIA — Logan Yonkoske scored a game-high 18 points in Northern Cambria’s 62-51 victory against Claysburg-Kimmel in a District 6 Class 2A first-round basketball playoff game on Tuesday night at Ted Kean Memorial Gym. The Colts (10-12) will visit Bishop Guilfoyle in a ...

Weather forces changes

Because of today’s impending winter storm, all District 6 basketball playoff games scheduled for tonight have been postponed until Thursday. With the exception of the Obama Academy-Portage game, all Thursday games will be moved to Friday and all Friday games will be moved to ...

Mehno: Steelers must hope to get value for AB

PITTSBURGH — The Steelers and Antonio Brown reached an important agreement on Tuesday. They apparently agreed that Brown shouldn’t play for the Steelers anymore. At least that was the version Brown released via social media after he and his representatives met with Steelers chairman Art ...

AAHS gymnasts still perfect

The Altoona Area High School gymnastics team finished the regular season at 11-0 Tuesday night, thanks to a 141.5-70.075 victory over Ridgway in high school action at the Fieldhouse. The Lady Lions were led by the tandem of Marissa Stouffer and Gracie Weaver, who finished 1-2 in all five ...

Tempo matters in Red Devils’ win

By Josh Yoder For the Mirror MOUNT UNION — Central Cambria held a slim 31-29 lead at the start of the third quarter of Tuesday’s District 6 Class 3A game matching the No. 9 Red Devils and eighth-seeded Mount Union. Central Cambria’s defense was wreaking havoc on Mount Union, putting ...

Brown, Rooney have meeting

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has ended his lengthy standoff with the team by meeting with president Art Rooney II, though any shot at reconciliation between the two sides appears to be out of the question. Brown, who has asked to be traded, posted a picture ...

Tigers’ season comes to an end in road OT defeat

By Ron Bracken For the Mirror BELLEFONTE — Hollidaysburg coach Brad Lear stood outside his team’s locker room and admitted he was in unfamiliar territory following his team’s 46-34 overtime loss to Bellefonte in the District 6 5A playoffs here last night. “It’s February 19 and ...

Playoff start much better this year for Valley

By Dan Isenberg disenberg@altoonamirror.com ALEXANDRIA — A year ago, the Juniata Valley boys basketball team had a nine-day layoff from the end of the season to its 71-54 playoff loss against Saint Joseph’s Academy. This time around, the Hornets started off the playoffs hungry and ...

Penguins finally find way to get past New Jersey

NEWARK, N.J. — The Pittsburgh Penguins seem to be getting their act together for a playoff push and one clear sign of that is finally finding a way to beat the New Jersey Devils. Bryan Rust scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the second period and the Penguins avoided the embarrassment ...

Tigers, Mt. Lions share top seeds

TYRONE — Two Hollidaysburg wrestlers and one from Altoona enter Saturday’s District 6 Class 3A Tournament as No. 1 seeds at their weight classes. Hollidaysburg’s Mason McCready is the top seed at 182, while Gus Dellinger was named the No. 1 seed at 220 at the seeding meeting on Tuesday ...

Heartbreaker: Moshannon Valley’s season ends on half-court shot at buzzer

HOUTZDALE — Moshannon Valley had just taken a two-point lead with less than five seconds to play in its District 6 Class 2A first round playoff game against Homer-Center Monday night. The Damsels had the gymnasium going wild as the student section prepared to mob the players at ...

Two are going for one spot

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Erik Gonzalez and Kevin Newman are competing to start at shortstop for Pittsburgh, the one open position in the Pirates’ everyday lineup. The job opened when Jordy Mercer left after seven seasons and signed with the Detroit Tigers. Gonzalez was ...

Boys of summer start in the spring

They are four of the most anticipated words in sports: pitchers and catchers report. Four months after the World Series, baseball’s best are back at it, reporting for spring training at warm weather venues, and pre-season play in leagues that even sound sunny: cactus and grapefruit. These ...

BC can count on Yahner

Name: Kate Yahner School: Bishop Carroll Catholic Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Yahner scored in double figures in three BC victories — 11 in a 42-27 win over Somerset, 12 in a 47-42 upset of Forest Hills in the Laurel Highlands ...

Cassidy excels off, on mat

Name: Kaden Cassidy School: Bedford Area Age: 18 Grade: Junior Sport: Wrestling Athlete of the week achievement: Cassidy won the 132-pound championship in the District 5 Class 2A championships by edging returning state medalist Garret Cornell of Everett in the final, 5-3. ...

Country music star in camp for a good cause

BRADENTON, Fla. — “Now batting for the Pirates, third baseman Garth Brooks!” No, that’s not going to happen, but the country music singing legend has signed a contract and is working out with the Pirates at their spring training complex in Pirate City. It’s not the first time ...

Marko takes winding road to Hall of Fame

By Todd Irwin tirwin@altoonamirror.com Dave Marko was a three-year starter on the Connellsville wrestling team, and he was a state qualifier as a senior in 1990. He went on to wrestle for Pat Pecora at UPJ. After graduating from UPJ, Marko was substitute teaching at Connellsville, when ...

Lady Pirates’ season ends

By Rick Weaver For The Mirror COMMODORE — Williamsburg girls basketball coach Shannon McCall knows from first-hand experience the Lady Blue Pirates have seen better days. McCall hopes a nucleus of three underclassman from the starting five will help Williamsburg regain respectability in ...

P-O has positive experience in first 2A appearance

Philipsburg-Osceola was one of the standards of the District 6 Class 3A Tournament since the inception of the class division in 1974. As schools around the district dropped to Class 2A over the years, P-O remained in 3A — even when every other sport in the school district went to 2A. ...

Swartz picks up volleyball honor

ST. CHARLES, Mo. — Altoona Area High School graduate Phil Swartz recently earned a national award for the Lindenwood University (Mo.) men’s volleyball team. Swartz was selected for the Off the Block National Position Player of the Week as an outside hitter. Swartz helped Lindenwood sweep ...