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Patrick enters new phase of life

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Danica Patrick blazed her way through motorsports like no woman ever had. She was fearless in an Indy car at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, a white-knuckle track that has shaken the nerves of many a driver. With marketing savvy and strong sponsorship support, she built a ...

Marauders latest victim of Mountain Lions’ hot start

By Rob Longo For the Mirror Early in any season, it’s extremely beneficial to start off hot; looking unknowingly ahead at what may come as the season progresses. The Altoona ice hockey team was already off to a hot start, accumulating a 5-0-1 record in its first five games of this year. ...

Great Commission knocks off Grier

The Great Commission girls basketball team opened its season Thursday night with a 43-25 win over Grier School in high school action at the Northern Blair Recreation Center. The Lady Bears, up 13-6 at halftime, got 14 points and 16 rebounds from Leah Tofano, including nine points in the ...

Bedford girls, Altoona boys highlight season

As the curtain closes on an incredibly exciting scholastic soccer year, fans were treated to some tremendous high school games, and several teams exceeded all expectations. n The most memorable may be the season put together by the Bedford girls. Not only did they grab their second ...

Mount’s Gebhart honored on third team

CRESSON — Mount Aloysius junior Jordan Gebhart was named to the United Soccer Coaches Great Lakes All-Region Third Team on Tuesday. The honor is the second of Gebhart’s career, as she earned All-Region honors after her freshman season. Funez named to team Cresson — Mount Aloysius ...

Saving the best for last

Altoona Area High School won the Laurel Mountain Hockey League championship last March, and the Mountain Lions returned all but four players from that team this season. “They’re one of the teams to beat in this league,’’ Hollidaysburg coach Sean McTigue said of the Mountain Lions late ...

Foor puts in resignation as C-K coach

Dan Foor turned around the Claysburg-Kimmel High School football program. If the Bulldogs are to continue on that track, though, or to continue to build upon it, it will have to be a job done by someone else. Foor submitted his resignation as Bulldogs football coach last week following a ...

Saint Francis upsets Cincinnati

CINCINNATI — Saint Francis erased a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit and closed on a 23-5 run to knock off the Cincinnati Bearcats, 77-73, in a game played at Cincinnati State Monday night. Jessica Kovatch had 33 points and drained five 3-pointers to lead the way. Ace Harrison cashed in a ...

BG’s Bilka steps down

In his 20 years as head cross country coach at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, Joe Bilka often faced an uphill battle as far as numbers were concerned. Even this past fall, BG was unable to field a full girls team for meets. Nonetheless, Bilka always found significance in the ...

Pitt plays sloppy but still wins

PITTSBURGH — Winning while committing 22 turnovers is winning the hard way, but that’s exactly what Pittsburgh did, as the Panthers overcame their offensive miscues and survived a second-half scare to defeat High Point 71-63 on Tuesday. Freshman point guard Marcus Carr scored a ...

Tiger’s back, but different guy now

NASSAU, Bahamas — Tiger Woods couldn’t have scored more points with his two children than when he took them to Miami this summer to watch Barcelona in a friendly, and then arranged for them to meet Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in the locker room. He described it as a surreal moment to ...

Clippers’ Griffin out with knee injury

LOS ANGELES — Blake Griffin has a sprained left knee and could miss up to eight weeks, dealing a stunning blow to the injury-riddled Los Angeles Clippers. The team said Tuesday that an MRI revealed a medial collateral ligament sprain, but there is no other structural damage to the ...

Local investigator: Schiano treatment ‘unfair’

By Russ O’Reilly roreilly@altoonamirror.com Former Pennsylvania Attorney General agent Randy Feathers, who supervised the criminal investigation of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, Monday said Tennessee’s treatment of former Penn State assistant coach Greg Schiano is unfair. According to ...

Flash football honored by league

LORETTO — The Saint Francis football team landed nine players on the All-NEC teams, released on Wednesday. The Red Flash earned four first team selections and five second team selections. SFU had three All-NEC players on offense, four on defense and two on special teams. Saint Francis has ...

Hoops du Jour

SFU women at Cincinnati Tipoff: 7 p.m. at Cincinnati State University Records: Saint Francis (2-2); Cincinnati (4-2). All-time series: Cincinnati leads 5-0. The Bearcats won the last meeting, 93-86, on Nov. 14, 2015. Last time out: Saint Francis defeated Seton Hill, 103-71, on Tuesday; ...

Gateway closes out Tigers

Playing Gateway is like watching for a bolt of lightning — blink, and you might miss something. “You can’t take any plays off,” Hollidaysburg Area senior cornerback Trevor Miller said. Miller and the Golden Tiger were able to keep pace with the high-flying WPIAL Class 5A champs for ...

Second half sinks State

GREENSBURG — State College headed to the second half against Pine-Richland happily deadlocked on Saturday, just like the teams had begun the game. Then all of a sudden, the Little Lions were down a pair of touchdowns and never recovered. Phil Jurkovec passed for 252 yards and three ...

Sharon pulls away from Rangers

CLYMER — It was an offensive outburst between Forest Hills and Sharon in the first half as they combined for 474 yards and 39 points. Sharon took a 21-18 lead in Saturday’s PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal as both teams scored on six straight possessions. Sharon’s defense stemmed the tide to ...

Eagles slip past Bearcats

LATROBE — The Juniata College women's basketball team narrowly edged Saint Vincent, 79-76, Saturday afternoon at the Carey Center. Morgan Instone had a career-high 20 points and added six rebounds, Dani Atkinson collected 17 points and five assists while Rachael Anstine added 14 points and ...

Rams start fast, fail to rally late

HERSHEY — Even after watching a handful of regulars shuffle to the sidelines at various points of a hard-hitting contest, Ligonier Valley’s resourceful Rams still had a chance to win it at the end. Yet when John Caldwell’s fourth-down pass inside the red zone fluttered to the turf, just ...