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I&Y, Dodson steamroll into title game

HOLLIDAYSBURG — I&Y Construction will be shooting for another championship in the Alumni Division of the Hollidaysburg YMCA Summer Basketball League when it faces Dodson Electric on Thursday night. Led by Lindsay Shuke’s 17 points, I&Y turned back Haulman PT/Dorman’s ...

Covering the bases

LEADING OFF: It was raining, but Oneil Cruz was about to step into the batter’s box to start the bottom of the second inning. Then it began to rain harder. Soon it was down pouring. Tuesday’s night contest between the Curve and the Flying Squirrels was stopped at 6:50 p.m. and never resumed ...

Saving Michael Ryan: Curve manager returns after major health scare

Curve manager Michael Ryan could have died eight days ago, had he waited just a little bit longer to go to the hospital. “The doctor told me that if I would have waited another hour to go, I could have died,” Ryan said Monday night, following his first game back with the team after missing ...

League doing well at Lakemont

For 50 years, summer for many residents of Altoona and the surrounding areas has included nights spent at the courts of Mansion Park or Leopold either watching or participating in the summer basketball league. This year, the league continued, but with a new look at a new home. With ...

Johnston Realty opens with dud

CRESSON — Altoona’s Johnston Realty team ran into a two-headed buzzsaw in the opening round of the 2019 AAABA National Tournament Monday. Matrix of New Brunswick, N.J. unleashed an 18-hit attack against three Altoona pitchers, and got combined five-hit shutout pitching itself from starting ...

Cruz hits go-ahead single

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com Oneil Cruz is a huge prospect for the Pirates. Literally. He’s 6-foot-6 and plays shortstop, a sight you pretty much never see in baseball, and he enjoyed a memorable home debut for the Curve on Monday. Cruz hit a go-ahead two-run single in the ...

Hollidaysburg wraps up solid season

The Hollidaysburg 15/16U baseball team recently finished off a banner summer season with a trip to the Perfect Game Super 25 Qualifier in Virginia, where it finished third after losing to Tidewater Drilling. Hollidaysburg, which posted a 22-6-1 record this past season, won two tournaments ...

IUP slotted third in PSAC West preseason poll

LOCK HAVEN — The IUP football team wants to get back on top in the West. The Crimson Hawks are a contender to do that as they were slotted to finish third in the PSAC Western Division in the preseason poll. The Crimson Hawks received one of the eight possible first-place votes to finish ...

Resurrection Lilly: Team back on top of league after rallying from deficit

Sinclair fires five-hit shutout After taking the first two games of the Altoona Greater City Baseball League best-of-five finals, Locker Room was one win away from securing its third straight league crown. Lilly Conrad Chiropractic/American Legion didn’t flinch, however. League champs 13 ...

DeGol, Fink Jr. win again

Duo triumphs in tourney after two extra holes CRESSON — The result was the same. It just took a little longer this time. Artie Fink Jr. and Anthony DeGol captured another two-man best-ball championship Sunday, winning the 26th annual Summit Country Club Invitational. However, it took the ...

Mets rout Pirates despite Cano injury

PITTSBURGH — Just when Robinson Cano is starting to hit, the New York Mets star appears headed back to the injured list. Cano limped off with a strained left hamstring, an injury that overshadowed Noah Syndergaard’s sparkling outing in a 13-2 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday that ...

Davis, Sibley hope to keep tradition for Pitt RBs

PITTSBURGH — Andre Powell could exaggerate. Or maybe the Pittsburgh running backs coach could flat-out lie. That’s simply not his style. If Powell is being honest, he is not quite sure what to make of A.J. Davis and Todd Sibley Jr., the two players who will be given the first crack at ...

YMCA playoffs all set

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Defending champions DelGrosso’s and I&Y Construction earned the top seeds for the 2019 Blair Regional YMCA Women’s Summer Basketball League playoffs. The semifinals are set for Tuesday with the High School Division semifinals up first with a doubleheader of rivalry ...

Love it ‘OR’ not?: LB Parsons looking forward to being on kickoff return

UNIVERSITY PARK — Micah Parsons can’t wait to do it, and especially for a chance to carry the ball, but the question still remains of whether it’s a good idea or not. Penn State’s standout sophomore linebacker has been working out as a kickoff returner, and there seems to be a good ...

PSU’s ‘D’ will accept challenge

UNIVERSITY PARK – Two words are being embraced and emphasized in Penn State’s defensive meeting room: Finishers and closers. “Just having a finisher’s mentality — a mentality to close out teams when we’re up on them,” defensive coordinator Brent Pry said Saturday during PSU’s ...

Old days: Good times they remember for 1969 baseball team

ltoona Area High School’s 1969 baseball team was just about foolproof — with a solid, potent batting order from top to bottom, two outstanding starting pitchers who gave the team a chance to win every game they pitched and a stellar defense. That District 6 champion Mountain Lions team ...

Historic NASA test capsule coming to AASD

A 9,000-pound cone-shaped hunk of metal rusting away on a Mercer County farm for about 25 years is as substantial for its historical importance as it is for its weight, though it has been long overlooked until now. The object is a capsule that was designed by NASA as a test dummy for what ...

Mets rally to beat Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Marcus Stroman’s debut with the New York Mets didn’t quite go as planned. Wilson Ramos made sure it didn’t matter, hitting a go-ahead two-run home run in the eighth inning and adding a three-run double in the ninth to lift the Mets to a 7-5 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates ...

Curve fall to under .500

READING — Not long ago, the Curve were playing well and talking about being in meaningful games late in the season as part of a playoff push. Now, the only goal the team has left is trying to finish above .500, and it looks like that could be tough. Altoona dropped below .500 on Friday ...

Baseball brings Fiochetta family together for HOF

JOHNSTOWN — The Fiochetta family grew up around baseball, so when Ron Fiochetta’s widow, Joy, told her son Matt that he would need to induct the late L.S. Fiore manager into the AAABA Hall of Fame, because she knew she would break down in tears, the response was somewhat ...