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Niagara at Pitt men preview

Niagara at Pitt men Tipoff: 7 p.m., Petersen Events Center Records: Niagara (2-4); Pittsburgh (7-1) Coaches: Chris Casey is 53-114 in his sixth season at Niagara and is 142-185 in his 12th season overall. Jeff Capel is 7-1 in his first year at Pittsburgh and is 169-111 in his 10th season ...

2018 Mirror girls volleyball all-stars

FIRST TEAM Emily Albright, sr., Altoona, setter: PVCA District 6 first-team all-star … Independent Volleyball League all-conference team in 2017 and 2018 … Three-year varsity starter/letterwinner and team captain in 2018 … Led team with 794 assists, including her 1,000th career … ...

2018 Mirror golf all-stars

FIRST TEAM Andrew Ferguson, sr., Tyrone: Three-time Mirror first-team all-star and second team as a freshman ... Mountain League boys golf MVP ... Tied for 19th at PIAA 2A championships ... Finished tied for second at PIAA Class 2A Western Regional after shooting a 74 ... Helped Tyrone finish ...

Braxton clutch in victory for Flash

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com LORETTO — Junior guard Keith Braxton is one of the leaders on the Saint Francis University men’s basketball team, and he played the role to the hilt Friday night. After Saint Francis let an early 26-7 lead against Niagra slip away, Braxton ...

Hoops du Jour

PSU at No. 24 Maryland men Tipoff: 5 p.m., Xfinity Center Records: Penn State (4-2); No. 24 Maryland (6-1) Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 117-124 in his eighth season at Penn State and 159-152 overall. Mark Turgeon is 163-81 in his eighth season at Maryland and 413-240 in 12 seasons ...

Central Cambria ends three-year drought

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com Central Cambria had more than enough incentive to win its Laurel Mountain Hockey League game with Altoona on Thursday night at Galactic Ice. Altoona is the league’s two-time defending champion, and it’s been three years since Central ...

Hoops du Jour

Duquesne vs. Pittsburgh Tipoff: 7 p.m., PPG Paints Arena Records: Duquesne (4-1); Pittsburgh (6-1) Coaches: Keith Dambrot is 20-17 in his second season at Duquesne and is 433-226 in his 21st season overall. Jeff Capel is 6-1 in his first year at Pittsburgh and is 168-111 in his 10th ...

Crosby’s natural hat trick wasted

DENVER — Sidney Crosby and Nathan MacKinnon put on a show that made Cole Harbour proud, and it was MacKinnon who walked away with bragging rights for the Nova Scotia town. MacKinnon had a goal and three assists, including one on Gabe Landeskog’s tiebreaking score midway through the third ...

Long-range shooting key for PSU Altoona

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com Three-point goals are to basketball what home runs are to baseball. They both provide instant offense, and a big spurt to a team’s momentum. The Penn State Altoona women’s basketball team rode five 3-pointers — two apiece by Tyrone grad ...

Mount men top Lions

Area men’s basketball rivals Penn State Altoona and Mount Aloysius opened the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference season Wednesday night with the Mounties posting a 79-67 victory at the Adler Arena. Penn State Altoona took 13 more shots and made six more field goals (25-19), but the ...

Two goals in third lift Pens

WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Zach Aston-Reese scored the tiebreaking goal with 5:12 remaining off a perfect pass from Phil Kessel, and the Pittsburgh Penguins rallied past the Winnipeg Jets 4-3 on Tuesday night. Derek Grant’s first of the season pulled the Penguins even 5:08 into the third period. ...

Pirates sign Chisenhall to 1-year, $2.75 million

PITTSBURGH — Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall has agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, leaving the Cleveland Indians after eight seasons. The Pirates are in need of help in the outfield while right fielder Gregory Polanco recovers from surgery on his left ...

2018 Mirror girls cross country all-stars

FIRST TEAM Jenna Bartlett, sr., Bellwood-Antis: Two-time Mirror first-team all-star and honorable mention as a sophomore ... Finished 18th in the District 6 Class 1A meet (22:45) ... Ran 22:57 at states ... Inter-County Conference runner-up Grace Gerlach, sr., Central Cambria: District 6 ...

2018 Mirror boys cross country all-stars

FIRST TEAM Garret Cornell, sr., Bedford: Three-time Mirror first-team all-star ... District 6 Class 2A seventh-place finisher (17:39) ... District 5 2A fourth-place finisher as a junior and third as a sophomore Ike Haycisak, jr., Central Cambria: Two-time Mirror first-team all-star ... ...

Red Flash finally get breather victory

By Rob Longo For the Mirror LORETTO — After nearly three weeks on the road facing elite competition the likes of No. 11 North Carolina, No. 13 Virginia Tech and No. 21 Buffalo, Saint Francis returned home to DeGol Arena Tuesday to face Division II Bloomsburg. And after the stiff ...

Signing off: Wilson much more than a broadcaster

The Curve are losing one of their most important employees, one who has done a marvelous job working in the present while making sure that the past will always be remembered in the future. What does all that mean? The job of a minor league broadcaster is one of the most tireless positions ...

It’s time to correct mistakes

PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger called the interception that ended Pittsburgh’s six-game winning streak fluky. On the surface, the Steelers quarterback is right. The only reason Denver defensive lineman Shelby Harris found himself in position to make a leaping grab of Roethlisberger’s ...

Pitt QB just focused on wins

PITTSBURGH — Kenny Pickett isn’t offended by the term “game manager.” Last the Pittsburgh sophomore checked, the phrase isn’t an insult but a job description. “Every quarterback needs to manage the game first,” Pickett said. Pickett’s pre-snap checklist is lengthy. Is the ...

Rand, Valley keep rolling

MIRROR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Name: Jaxson Rand School: Juniata Valley Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Football Athlete of the week achievement: Rand scored the opening touchdown and rushed for 60 yards as Juniata Valley topped United to win the District 6 Class 1A championship. He also ...