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Unsung Brinkhoff gives Saint Vincent optimism

LATROBE — Saint Vincent College football fans may not be very familiar with Reid Brinkhoff’s name. High-powered receivers Dalton Dietrich, D.J. Oceant-Kelly and Damon Black grab most of the headlines for the Bearcats. However, Brinkhoff, a Hollidaysburg graduate, may be the team’s ...

Bavarian Hall wins, moves into finals

Donnie Moyer hit a grand slam and finished with seven RBIs as Bavarian Hall knocked off Private Care Resources, 17-2, in five innings in the Altoona Teener League 15-year-old playoffs at Seitz Field on Wednesday. Bavarian, which scored 11 runs in the fourth, won the best-of-3 semifinal ...

Area softball team wins World Series

SALISBURY, Md. — Winning Edge Energy 18U, an area traveling softball team, won the 2017 USSSA Fastitch 18U B Eastern World Series last week with an 8-0-1 record. Winning Edge, based in Bedford, finished the season ranked No. 5 in the USSSA National 18U B Power Ratings. The players range in ...

Ickes powers Lilly into finals

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Lilly Conrad Chiropractic American Legion has won the Greater Altoona City Baseball League in 13 of the past 14 seasons, and Brandon Ickes has been part of all of those teams. He wasn’t in the starting lineup Monday when Lilly was pushed to ...

Barton’s rallies to win state championship

CLEARFIELD — With just 10 players on its roster, the Altoona 15-16 Teener League all-stars should’ve been at a disadvantage heading into Tuesday’s Pennsylvania VFW Teener League title game at Lawrence Township Rec Park against undefeated Clearfield. But the team sponsored by Barton’s ...

Bavarian Hall rolls to victory

Bavarian Hall erupted for seven runs in the first inning en route to a 14-0 five-inning semifinal win over Private Care Resources to take game one in the best-of-three Altoona 15-year-old Teener League series at Seitz Field Tuesday. Logan Margroum led the Bavarian attack with two hits and ...

Blair County Oil takes Lilly to the limit

Christian Helsel helped Blair County Oil nail down its Greater Altoona City Baseball League playoff game against Lilly Monday night and then wished the best for his now ex-teammates. Earlier in the day, Helsel, an Altoona Area High School and Penn State graduate, accepted an offer to play ...

August brings anticipation in the air

Some summertime sports observations, while wondering how August came upon us so fast… While we don’t want to wish away these beautiful summertime days, fall and football is fast approaching. As soon as July 4 is over, stores are brimming with back-to-school displays and the new styles of ...

Locker Room eliminates BMG

Undefeated Locker Room doesn’t need any help to win most of its games, but the team got a big break that helped create some separation in its Greater City Baseball League semifinal series-clinching victory over BMG Construction at Vets Field Monday night. Ahead 4-1 in the top of the second ...

Barton Plumbing reaches state final round

CLEARFIELD — Altoona Barton Plumbing and Heating moved into the championship round of the Pa. State VFW 15-16 Teener Baseball Tournament by knocking out Hollidaysburg on Monday. Barton Plumbing, the Section 4 runner-up, beat Hollidaysburg, the Section 4 champ, 17-8, in an elimination ...

Penn State men’s Big Ten opponents announced

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State men’s basketball team will meet Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, Northwestern and Ohio State for home and away games during the 2017-18 season, as announced by the Big Ten Conference on Monday. The Nittany Lions will play a single contest with each of the ...

Watkins gets wire-to-wire Bedford win

BEDFORD — Due to the weather, it took three tries to get a racing program in during the 2017 Great Bedford Fair, but it finally happened at Bedford Speedway. It was a unique event as the third try produced three first time Bedford winners — each coming in unique ways — and almost ...

ERA Sports edges M&T

Trevor Palladini collected three hits and two RBIs to help ERA Sports move to 3-0 in the double-elimination Altoona Teener League 13-year-old playoffs with a 7-5 win over M&T Bank late Sunday at Seitz Field. Aidan Reimer had two RBIs for ERA, which will play in the championship Sunday at ...

Classic goes down to the wire

By Jon Fleck For the Mirror ORE HILL — The Iron Masters Classic nearly went to a three-way playoff. Dan Brown and Brian Auman finished at 13-under par and had to watch as the teams of Artie Fink Jr. and Todd Homan, and Chris Perry and Mike Macionsky, putted on 18 with a chance to tie ...

Swogger wins Williams award

By Matt Michelone For the Mirror HOLLIDAYSBURG — Bellwood-Antis graduate Karson Swogger enjoyed one of the most decorated careers in Blair County basketball history. The granddaughter of the late legendary basketball coach John Swogger added another accolade to her resume Sunday as she ...

Servello leads Johnston to AAABA championship

By Jim Lane For the Mirror Two years ago, as a 16-year-old, John Servello made a game-saving catch in the Altoona Greater City League’s AAABA Division playoffs that propelled Wise Trailer Sales to the local championship and a berth in the National AAABA Tournament in Johnstown. Servello ...

LR, Lilly both get playoff openers

Locker Room, which went undefeated in the regular season, had to work extra in its first game of the Altoona Greater City Baseball League playoffs on Sunday at Vets Field. Ryan Pollicino’s walk-off one-out single to left field drove in Brett Hileman with the winning run in the bottom of the ...

Hollidaysburg makes it to VFW semis

CLEARFIELD — Michael Turiano fired a two-hitter to help Hollidaysburg advance to the semifinals of the Pa. State VFW 15-16 Teener Baseball Tournament with a 14-0 win over Huntingdon. Turiano also collected two hits. Seth Bossinger led the offense with three hits and three RBIs, Sam Mierly ...

Hollidaysburg makes it to VFW semis

CLEARFIELD — Michael Turiano fired a two-hitter to help Hollidaysburg advance to the semifinals of the Pa. State VFW 15-16 Teener Baseball Tournament with a 14-0 win over Huntingdon. Turiano also collected two hits. Seth Bossinger led the offense with three hits and three RBIs, Sam Mierly ...

Altoona’s Ott back home after poker success

If Dan Ott needed any help staying grounded when he returned to Altoona this week following his runner-up finish in the World Series of Poker’s Main Event at the Rio in Las Vegas, he got it when his grandmother welcomed him back. “The first thing she said was ‘why did you give him the ...