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Dziabo, Brown lead tourney

CRESSON — Sunny skies prevailed during Saturday’s opening round of the 25th annual Summit Invitational best-ball tournament in Cresson. However, significant rainfall from earlier in the week forced ‘lift, clean & place’ rules to be played throughout the fairways and rough. An ...

Big fourth inning helps propel Curve

The Curve have lost a bunch of crushing games in the late innings this season, but typically have bounced back and responded in impressive fashion the next day. Friday night, they held on to win a game that looked like it was slipping away, which can only serve as a confidence boost for the ...

Altoona’s Fox gives DI commitment

Altoona Area High School senior Bridgid Fox is all set to play Division I basketball. Fox, 6-foot versatile forward, committed to the University of Detroit Mercy via Twitter on Thursday. “I’m so grateful to be a part of the Titan family,’’ Fox wrote. “It’s truly a dream come ...

IUP football takes favorite’s role

The IUP football is back on top of the PSAC Western Division preseason poll. The Crimson Hawks received seven of the eight possible first-place votes to finish at the top of the list when the PSAC released its preseason polls online Friday. It marks the sixth time in the past seven years — ...

Tomahawks to play two in Ebensburg

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Tomahawks released their 2018-19 preseason schedule, team president and general manager Richard Bouchard announced recently. The schedule will feature four games against two opponents and will include two games played at the North Central Recreation Center and two ...

Curve bullpen fails to hold lead in ninth

HARRISBURG — There were extenuating circumstances this time with heavy rain falling, but the Curve bullpen let another lead slip away in a costly loss Thursday night. Altoona took a one-run lead into the ninth inning, only to see Harrisburg score twice for a 4-3 walk-off win at FNB Field. ...

Penn State No. 9 in preseason poll

Penn State is ranked ninth in the preseason coaches poll, released Thursday, and will play four of the top 14 teams during one daunting seven-week stretch this season. Defending national champion Alabama is the preseason No. 1, followed by Clemson, Ohio State Georgia and Oklahoma to round out ...

AAABA will have different format

Due to the departure of several teams from the All-American Amateur National Baseball organization, the format for the 2018 National AAABA Tournament will be altered a bit. John Austin, who serves as the AAABA’s national executive director, national franchise chairman and national ...

Mansion playoff games go OT

Four teams saw action extend into overtime Thursday afternoon as the Mansion Park men’s summer basketball league continued first-round playoff action. Division 2 saw L.B. Trucking get 24 points from Liam Wholaver as it was able to outlast Thirsty Dawg Tavern, 67-63 in overtime. Kevin Lacue ...

PennCrest advances past Furrer

Braden Callahan pitched five innings, surrendering just four hits and one run to get the win and help PennCrest Bank pull off a 7-1 victory over Furrer Beverage in Game 2 of the best-of-three Altoona Teener League Deremer Division semifinal series Thursday night at Seitz field. Penncrest won ...

Use of green-reading books will be limited

On Tuesday, the USGA and R&A announced plans to limit the use of green-reading booklets, beginning in 2019. These booklets, which provide detailed diagrams that indicate the slopes of putting surfaces, are available at nearly every major course across the country. Every weekend you can ...

Volcano hole time-tested

BEDFORD — The Old Course at Bedford Springs is steeped in history. At more than 120 years old, the celebrated course is ripe with many unique and interesting features, among them one of the most difficult, par-3 holes ever designed. Bedford Springs’ fourth hole, aptly named the ...

53 top score at Summit scramble

CRESSON — The team of Scooter Ronan, D.J. Michina, Mike Reese and Rick Slebodnik shot a score of 53 to win the Summit Country Club’s Penn Cambria Basketball Boosters benefit golf outing’s four-player scramble this past Sunday. The team of Ryan Link, Collin Reese, Crippen Taylor and ...

Cubs pound Kingham, Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Cole Hamels had little trouble in his return to the National League, keeping the Pittsburgh Pirates in check over five innings to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 9-2 victory on Wednesday night. Hamels (6-9), acquired in a trade with Texas last week, gave up one unearned run on three ...

Diehl still making bats at age 101

ROARING SPRING — As you approach the apartment door of Karl Diehl on the first floor of the Graystone Court, the first thing that comes into focus is the “Diehl Slugging” sign that seems out of place in a retirement community. Once inside, you’ll find something even more ...

Curve stretch lead back to 3 over Senators

HARRISBURG — Ke’Bryan Hayes homered in the first inning, and that’s all the offense the Curve needed in a rain-shortened game Wednesday night. Austin Coley tossed five shutout innings, then two relievers finished off what turned out to be a seven-inning shutout as Altoona beat ...

Carroll edges PC for championship

Penn Cambria and Bishop Carroll have a spirited girls basketball rivalry as members of the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference during the winter months. That rivalry apparently knows no offseason. It continued this summer in the Building II Rec Hall Girls Basketball League, where the two ...

AASD athletes earn Keystone Games gold

HAZELTON — Three area Altoona Area School District athletes earned gold medals at the 2018 Keystone State Games at Hazelton Area High School on Saturday. Mia Sassano won the 13-14 Youth Girls pole vault event with a height of 7 feet, 6 inches, Chadric Flarend won the 15-16 Intermediate Boys ...

PennCrest takes opener

PennCrest Bank dominated the first game of the Altoona Teener Major League best-of-three semifinal series with Furrer Beverage, winning, 14-4, in five innings at Seitz Field on Wednesday. Matt Moyer had three hits and two RBIs, Hunter Emerick had two hits and two RBIs, Nathan Sell had two ...

Ray of hope: Pirates make big moves at deadline

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington remained bullish on his team even after parting with stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen in the offseason. Even after a swoon through June wiped out a hot start. Even after his club found itself floundering in early ...