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Kovatch signed to play pro hoops in Germany

LORETTO — Jess Kovatch, a Saint Francis graduate and former standout basketball player on the women’s team, has signed a professional contract to play with the TV Saarlouis Royals out of Germany. The Northeast Conference Player of the Year, Kovatch averaged 21.7 ppg and 3.7 three-pointers ...

Seeking a safety net: Concerns grow after young girl hit by ball

HOUSTON — Major League Baseball said Thursday it will keep examining its policy on protective netting at stadiums a day after a young fan was struck by a foul ball and hospitalized. The girl was hit Wednesday night during the game between the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros, an incident MLB ...

Softball games postponed

Two more District 6 softball championship games were postponed Thursday. That means there will be four titles on the line today in Cambria County on what is forecasted to be a rain-free day. Glendale and Claysburg-Kimmel will meet in the Class 1A title game for the third year in a row at ...

Curve end bad trip on good note

TRENTON, N.J. — The Curve didn’t win the final game of their long road trip, but they were well on the way to doing so before Mother Nature intervened Thursday night. Altoona led Trenton, 6-0, when play was suspended in the top of the third inning because of heavy rain at Arm & Hammer ...

Pirates’ struggles at home continue

PITTSBURGH — Mike Moustakas homered twice among his four hits and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-5 Thursday night. Yasmani Grandal also homered and had four hits to help the Brewers win for the third time in four games. Moustakas hit a two-run shot over the ...

Moorehead Jr. helped rise of golf in Altoona

John Moorehead Jr, pioneer of golf in western Pennsylvania, first introduced the game to the city of Pittsburgh in 1893. The sport created such a stir that it quickly spread to nearly every corner of the state. During the late 1890s, Moorehead would also help the sport gain a foothold in our ...

Iron Masters Senior Men’s Classic ends in four-way tie

ORE HILL — Iron Masters Country Club held its Senior Men’s Classic this past weekend, and there was a four-way tie for first place in the age 50-59 net category. The teams of Ken Love and John Bolger, Rick Lee and Randy Jarratt, Steve Stroup and Brent Diehl and Ralph Pacifico and Keith ...

Welcome to the club

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School athletic teams and championship hardware go hand in hand. When it comes to district and state sports titles, BG has more than its share of banners, plaques and trophies on display at the Pleasant Valley school. Another was added Wednesday morning. And, ...

Bedford going back to states

PUNXSUTAWNEY — With confidence in his starting pitcher and some sage advice for his hitters, Bedford Bisons coach Adam Arnold got just about everything he wanted from Wednesday’s District 5/9 Class 3A Sub-Regional finals matchup with Brookville. The most important result was the 6-3 win ...

Stevens to return for Lions

Patrick Chambers and the Penn State basketball program picked up their biggest win of the year Wednesday night — in late May, with the season still five months away. Lamar Stevens, a first-team all-Big Ten performer last season, decided to remove his name from the NBA draft and return to ...

Bell ties record in victory

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Josh Bell is finishing off one of the best power-hitting months in Pirates history. The switch-hitting first baseman tied the club record with his 12th homer in May , and Pittsburgh beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-2 Wednesday for a split of their four-game ...

Covering the bases

Covering the bases LEADING OFF: The Curve were rained out Wednesday night at Trenton. The teams will play a doubleheader tonight beginning at 5. SAFE AT FIRST: Pitchers tonight: Curve RHP James Marvel (4-5, 3.81) and RHP Austin Coley (0-0, 4.50) vs. Thunder RHP Deivi Garcia (2-2, 3.46) and ...

Trojans edge P-O in pitchers’ duel

For senior right-handed pitcher Dylan Gearhart and the rest of the Mount Union High School baseball team, Tuesday afternoon’s District 6 Class 3A championship win was more than just a single victory. It was the completion of a mission, and the fulfillment of a dream. “Nobody worked ...

BG re-scheduled for this morning

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s District 6 Class 2A baseball championship game against top-seeded West Shamokin was postponed Tuesday. The game is scheduled to be made up this morning at PNG Field at 10 a.m., but the importance of getting the game in as quickly as possible is significant as the ...

Braxton returns to Flash

Saint Francis standout Keith Braxton removed his name from the NBA draft on Tuesday, but not until after he was able to learn a lot about what it will take for him to play professionally someday. Braxton, a rising senior who was Northeast Conference Player of the Year last season, landed a ...

College signing: Owen Kravetz: Chatham baseball

Name: Owen Kravetz High school: Altoona Area Hometown: Altoona Sport: Baseball Position: Outfielder College choice: Chatham Other colleges considered: Kings College, Arcadia University Why I picked Chatham: “I loved the campus, and I felt that it was a perfect fit for academics ...

Local volleyball players honored

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic and Altoona Area had multiple players named to the 2019 Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association All-District Team. In Class 3A, Altoona was represented by senior outside hitter Dalton Keller and senior middle blocker Andrew Cassidy. BG had three players named ...

Cavender shows off power

Name: Harleigh Cavender School: Claysburg-Kimmel Age: 16 Grade: Sophomore Sport: Softball Athlete of the week achievement: Cavender went 2-for-3 with two home runs and three RBIs in a 6-4 victory over Williamsburg in the District 6 Class 1A quarterfinals. She then went 3-for-4 ...

DE Oweh appears set for breakout season

UNIVERSITY PARK — Jayson Oweh’s freshman season went by in a flash. After playing in four games — the maximum amount allowed while still being able to redshirt — Oweh’s season was defined by his performance in Week 3 against Kent State. While the Nittany Lions were up big ...

Lewis displays versatility

Name: Austin Lewis School: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Age: 16 Grade: Sophomore Sport: Baseball Athlete of the week achievement: Lewis fired a one-hitter with six strikeouts in a 2-0 victory over Claysburg-Kimmel in the District 6 Class 2A quarterfinals and also went 2-for-3 with an ...