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B-A, Valley could be on collision course

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Last season, the Mirror’s coverage area had two teams make the high school state basketball championship games in Hershey, and Bellwood-Antis claimed the school’s first title. The Lady Blue Devils are a good bet to make it back to the PIAA ...

It’s the ‘W’ that matters

LORETTO — Saint Francis played such a great first half, it didn’t matter that there was a sloppy dropoff in the second half of its Northeast Conference Tournament opener. Style points don’t mean anything at this time of year, only the result. “Survive and advance,” Red Flash coach ...

4 from Blair are set to go

By Todd Irwin tirwin@altoonamirror.com They have gone to the extra workouts, experienced the highs and lows of the wrestling season and have made it to the PIAA Class 3A Championships. The four area wrestlers, including two from Altoona and two from Hollidaysburg, are few in numbers, but ...

Penn State survives final seconds

By Everett Merrill The Associated Press PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Penn State coach Pat Chambers says he doesn’t pay attention to the Big Ten standings. With the conference tournament starting next week in Chicago and his team peaking, maybe it’s time he should. The Nittany Lions (13-17, ...

Kingham goes four scoreless in win

FORT MYERS, Fla. —Nick Kingham struck out the first nine batters he faced in a scoreless four-inning day on the mound, and Colin Moran went 2-for-2 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox in spring training action ...

Hoops du Jour

SFU women at Robert Morris Tipoff: 6 p.m. at North Athletic Complex, Moon Township, PA Records: Saint Francis (14-15 overall, 11-6 Northeast Conference); Robert Morris (18-10, 15-2). Coaches: Susan Robinson-Fruchtl, returning on an interim basis, is 87-96 in her sixth year at Saint ...

Lady Lions’ season ends at tournament

From Mirror, wire reports INDIANAPOLIS — Imani Lewis scored 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting, and Marsha Howard added 15 points and 14 rebounds, to help No. 13 seed Wisconsin beat Penn State, 65-57, on Wednesday in the first round of the Big Ten tournament. Lewis grabbed nine boards and ...

Todd Irwin’s 3A state picks

The following are Mirror wrestling writer Todd Irwin’s picks for this weekend’s PIAA 3A state wrestling tournament in Hershey: 106 POUNDS: Finalists: Aiden Lewis, Cedar Cliff vs. Dylan Chappell, Seneca Valley. Champion: Chappell. Comment: Mifflin County’s Nic Allison could meet Chappell ...

The turning point: SFU ignited surge with halftime drills

This has been the best Saint Francis men’s basketball season in 28 years, but everything was teetering on spinning out of control at halftime on the evening of Jan. 26. We always like to look for turning points in sports — those situations when something finally clicks and sparks a team ...

Braxton, Krimmel honored by NEC coaches

Keith Braxton already has entered rare air for a basketball player at Saint Francis, and he added another historic chapter to his legacy Tuesday. Braxton, a do-it-all guy on the court, became just the second Red Flash player to be named Northeast Conference Player of the Year. He joins the ...

Glendale star hoping to take next step at Hershey

Glendale’s Brock McMillen has come as close as a wrestler can get to standing on top of the medals stand at the PIAA Class 2A Championships. McMillen finished second at 113 as a freshman in Hershey last season, dropping a 7-3 decision to Mount Union nemesis Josh Boozel in the finals. “I ...

The Pens can win, but will they win?

PITTSBURGH — It looks like the Penguins are going down to the wire, which is not what management had in mind. They’re in a fight for a playoff spot, but they can take an important stride this week with back-to-back games against the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Penguins seem to have the ...

Special night ends with special victory

On the ice Tonight: Idle Next up: Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins, Thursday, 7 p.m. TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The night began with a tribute to Matt Cullen’s longevity. It ended with another sparkling play that highlighted Pittsburgh ...

Todd Irwin’s 2A state picks

The following are Mirror wrestling writer Todd Irwin’s picks for this weekend’s PIAA 2A state wrestling tournament in Hershey: 106 POUNDS: Finalists: Gary Steen, Reynolds vs. Joey Fischer, South Park. Champion: Steen. Comment: Returning state champ Steen will possibly have go through ...

Bryant at SFU men

First round NEC Tournament Tipoff: 7 p.m., DeGol Arena Records: Saint Francis (16-13, 12-6 NEC, No. 1 seed); Bryant (10-19, 7-11, No. 8 seed) Coaches: Rob Krimmel is 95-120 in his seventh season at Saint Francis and overall. Jared Grasso is 10-19 in his first season at Bryant and 11-41 in ...

Archer has strong outing for Pirates

From Mirror, wire reports SARASOTA, Fla. — Chris Archer started and struck out four of the seven batters he faced over two shutout innings as the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Baltimore Orioles, 10-4, Tuesday in grapefruit league action. The Pirates (5-5-1) trailed 2-1 before scoring five ...

Martinazzi named all-conference

Juniata senior Brandon Martinazzi ended his Eagles basketball career on a high note when the 5-foot-11 guard was recently named to the Landmark All-Conference second team. A Bishop Carroll graduate, Martinazzi started all 25 games his final season for Juniata. He was the team’s scoring ...

Dream job: Nedimyer Jr. lands spot at alma mater Altoona

Vince Nedimyer Jr. clutched an Altoona polo shirt in his hand and struggled to keep his emotions in check as he addressed the Altoona Area School District’s Board of Directors and a small gathering in the William P. Kimmel Board Room Monday night. According to the son of former AAHS head ...

Female Athlete of Week: Competitive drive fuels Huntingdon’s Goldstone

Name: Haley Goldstone School: Huntingdon Area Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Swimming Athlete of the week achievement: Goldstone won the 50-yard freestyle event and 100 freestyle in the District 6 Class 2A Swimming and Diving Championships. She also was second in the 400 free relay ...

Male Athlete of Week: Mountain Lions’ Sarbo ‘true student of sport’

Name: Matt Sarbo School: Altoona Area Age: 16 Grade: Sophomore Sport: Wrestling Athlete of the week achievement: Sarbo won the PIAA Class 3A Northwest Regional Wrestling Tournament at 126 pounds. It was his second straight regional title. Season update: Sarbo heads to the state ...