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Altoona captures league crown

JOHNSTOWN — The Altoona Area High School varsity ice hockey team claimed the Laurel Mountain Hockey League championship with an 8-1 win over Johnstown at the Cambria County War Memorial on Monday. Owen Kravetz and Cole Yeckley each scored four goals for the Mountain Lions. Altoona broke ...

2nd-round games all Thursday

The big winner in the second round of the PIAA basketball playoffs is Winter Storm Stella. The snowstorm, which is expected to dump about a foot of snow on our area and even more on eastern Pennsylvania, leading Gov. Tom Wolf to declare a state of emergency before one flake fell, forced the ...

Lee steps up her game

Name: Darcy Lee School: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Age: 17 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Lee scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the Lady Marauders’ 52-45 PIAA Class 2A first-round victory over Kane. She had seven points in the ...

Oliver dominates again

Name: Jacob Oliver School: Huntingdon Area Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Wrestling Athlete of the week achievement: Oliver won his second straight PIAA Class 2A wrestling championship with a 9-2 decision over Susquenita’s Dalton Group in the finals. He had two pins and two ...

DeSanto-Lee match was roof-rattling bout for the ages

There were two championship finals bouts in the Class 2A and Class 3A state tournaments that had the crowd buzzing well after they ended, and one rattled the roof because of the crowd reaction. I thought nothing could beat the intensity, drama and crowd noise of the Class 2A 138-pound finals ...

Gill puts competition in proper perspective

HERSHEY — Canon-McMillan’s Brendan Furman, who went on to win the 285-pound title at the PIAA Class 3A Championships, had just pinned Hollidaysburg’s Hunter Gill in 40 seconds in the quarterfinals. Most wrestlers obey an unwritten tournament sportsmanship tradition by shaking the hands ...

Final wrestling leaders

WINS 1. Oliver Hunt 44-1 2. McCoy CR 43-3 3. McGill CR 43-7 4. Murin CC 40-0 5. Brown MV 39-3 6. Biddle Cent 39-6 7. Baney Hunt 39-6 8. Deremer CR 35-8 9. Brown PC 34-12 10. Fisher Hunt 34-13 PINS 1. Oliver Hunt 26 Biddle Cent 26 3. Murin CC 25 4. ...

Mirror final wrestling rankings

106 POUNDS 1. Allen Simmons Cambria Heights So 33-10 2. Caleb Holderbaum Chestnut Ridge Jr 22-11 3. Hunter Dively Claysburg-Kimmel So 21-7 4. Chase Chapman Philipsburg-Osceola Fr 21-14 5. Micah DeLattre Moshannon Valley So 17-8 Ones to watch: Joey Dignan, PC; Roland Mills, Hunt; ...

District 5 all-star games set

BEDFORD — Everett and Northern Bedford will be well represented in the District 5 AD Association All-Star Basketball Games this year. Everett will have three girls and two boys, as well as the East boys coach, and Northern Bedford will have three girls and three boys in the annual event. ...

Defending champ Villanova top overall seed

For pure drama, best wait ’til the shots start flying. For sheer excitement, Selection Sunday belonged to Northwestern. Though it was no surprise when that school’s name popped into the NCAA Tournament bracket, it was a reminder that, yes, this is March Madness — that time of year ...

Area basketball teams will be hitting the road

The eight remaining high school basketball teams from the Altoona Mirror coverage area have gotten their marching orders for this week’s second-round PIAA playoff games, and only two of them will be playing close to home. They are both Class 1A girls squads. The District 6 champion Bishop ...

NFF honors Baker’s lifetime of service

UNIVERSITY PARK — In 1967, Dave Baker arrived at Williamsburg Community High School right out of college and immediately became the junior high football coach. “At that time, to coach, you had to be a teacher. They had to get people for coaching who were teaching,” Baker said. He’s ...

Mehno: Pens wrong for handling of fight game

PITTSBURGH — It wasn’t a proud day for the Penguins when they brought Tom Sestito up from the minor leagues to serve as hired muscle in a potentially contentious game in Winnipeg last week. Sestito got into a fight with Chris Thorburn, then earned a four-game suspension from the NHL for ...

Canseco appearance part of promotions

The Curve unveiled their 2017 promotions schedule filled with giveaways, appearances, entertainment and fireworks to fill the upcoming season. The promotional schedule begins with a fun-packed opening day on April 13 at Peoples Natural Gas Field. Cresson native and finalist on NBC’s “The ...

Michigan upsets Wisconsin for Big Ten title

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Michigan completed a magical run to its first Big Ten Tournament title, using a swarming defense and accurate shooting to beat No. 24 Wisconsin 71-56 on Sunday for its fourth victory in four days. The eighth-seeded Wolverines (24-11) began their journey ...

Always good catching up with reliever Hughes

BRADENTON, Fla. — Jared Hughes was a key part of the Altoona Curve’s Eastern League championship run in 2010 and still regards that season as one of his best times in pro ball. “We still talk about it a lot,” Hughes said recently before a Pirate spring training game. “Altoona is ...

Truex Jr. wins wild Vegas race

LAS VEGAS — Martin Truex Jr. passed Brad Keselowski with two laps to go and avoided a last-lap wreck that led to a pit-road brawl and left Kyle Busch bloodied in a wild finish to the NASCAR Cup race Sunday. An aggressive Joey Logano got into Busch, sending him spinning down pit road at Las ...

Murray, Penguins blank Vancouver

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The Pittsburgh Penguins had too much firepower for Vancouver on Saturday night, even with an outstanding performance from Canucks goalie Ryan Miller. Matt Murray made 27 saves and Pittsburgh pelted Miller with 47 shots on goal, helping the Penguins beat the ...

Leamer has big season at FT line

From Mirror reports Katy Leamer, a Bellwood-Antis graduate, finished second in the landmark conference in free-throw percentage with a success rate of 89.5 percent, which also ranked seventh nationally in Division III. The mark set the single-season record for free-throw percentage at ...

Mount baseball team mixes experience, youth

CRESSON — The Mount Aloysius College 2017 baseball team was ranked third in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference preseason poll. Under the leadership of coach Kevin Kime, the Mounties look to build on the success from previous seasons. Seven returning seniors will lead the Mountie ...