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PIAA wrestling pairings

Class 3A Preliminary and first round pairings for the PIAA Class 3A wrestling championships which begin Thursday at the Giant Center in Hershey. Wrestlers’ names are followed by school, regional finish, grade and record. (x-denotes returning champion). Preliminary Round 106: Ryan ...

Indoor popularity continues to rise around the region

Indoor soccer has hit a fevered pitch with the number of sites, tournaments and leagues now available. The Summit Tennis and Athletic Club ran its two league sessions with the second session set to wrap up on March 8-10. It also held its standard indoor tournaments, except they are all played ...

‘Enjoyable’ evening: Sarbo captures 126 title

It wasn’t as flashy or as easy as his Northwest Regional Class 3A title in 2018, but Altoona’s Matt Sarbo will enjoy his second regional title just as much. Sarbo, who shocked many in the state by pinning General McLane’s Andrew Brest in last year’s finals, earned a hard-fought 7-4 ...

Red Flash get top seed for NEC tourney

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Saint Francis had a rough finish to the regular season on the court Saturday afternoon, then got some big-time help a few minutes later that could play a big role in paving the way to an NCAA Tournament berth. The Red Flash started the game flat and got steamrolled early ...

Mirror sports staff earns APSE national honors

The Mirror sports department has earned recognition in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors contest for the 17th consecutive year. Top-10 status was awarded to the Mirror for its daily sports section and in the special section category, which recognized the annual Altoona ...

Mehno: Steelers keep making news in bad ways

PITTSBURGH — Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert tries to avoid public comment, and now we know why. He isn’t very good at it. His assessment of the team as Ben Roethlisberger and “52 kids” didn’t go over well with anyone, especially the players who aren’t Roethlisberger and ...

Reasons to end Sunday hunting ban

After reading Wayne Campbell’s commentary in the Mirror (Feb. 22, “Compromise: Let’s share outdoors”), I thought your readers deserved to hear some Pennsylvania specific facts about Sunday hunting. I found it curious as to why Campbell would attempt to confuse readers by using a ...

Crispin fitting in nicely with BTN

Hundreds of men and women handle color commentary duties on major college basketball games for dozens of radio and TV networks across the country, and the comparisons about who’s good and who’s not or who works at some major network as opposed to a regional outlet can consume some of ...

Crosby, Penguins crush Canadiens

MONTREAL — Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins started quickly — and then just kept going against the Montreal Canadiens. Crosby had a goal and three assists, Jake Guentzel scored two goals and had two assists and the Penguins cruised to a 5-1 victory Saturday night. Evgeni Malkin ...

Pitt no match for stingy Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — With sore knees and another game Monday night, Kyle Guy was fine playing just 25 minutes. He did more than enough with that action, hitting five 3-pointers and scoring 17 points as No. 2 Virginia beat Pittsburgh 73-49 on Saturday for the Panthers’ 12th straight ...

Tussey pulls away in 2nd half for consolation win

Postseason picture FRIDAY 3A BOYS 6-4 Bellwood-Antis vs. 7-1 Lincoln Park 1A BOYS 6-1 Juniata Valley vs. 9-3 Clarion-Limestone 6-2 Bishop Carroll vs. 9-2 North Clarion 6A GIRLS 6-1 Altoona vs. 7-4 Norwin 4A GIRLS 6-2 Huntingdon vs. 7-2 Central Valley 2A GIRLS 6-1 ...

Huntingdon boys win third in a row

From Mirror reports UNIVERSITY PARK — The Huntingdon boys swim team made it three in a row on Saturday, capturing the 2A title again at the District 6 Swimming and Diving Championships at the Penn State Natitorium. “I figured it was going to be harder to do this year than the last two ...

Saint Francis women fall to 13-14 after big road defeat

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — The Saint Francis women were unable to overcome hot-shooting Sacred Heart in a 77-51 defeat on Saturday at the Pitt Center. Jess Kovatch led the Red Flash with 14 points, while Courtney Zezza added 10 points and eight rebounds. Sacred Heart jumped out to an early 8-5 ...

Two media groups capture top honors

The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — Two media groups won “Grand Slam” honors in the annual Associated Press Sports Editors’ writing and sections contest that was held this week. The New York Times, competing in the A Division (over 88,000 circulation) earned top-10 recognition for ...

Spring training games mean different things to different folks

BRADENTON, Fla. — Spring training means different things to different teams. Take the Pirates, for example. The Bucs’ first week of Grapefruit League action featured both highs and lows. The Pirates started with three straight wins over the Phillies, Marlins and Red Sox then lost four in ...

PC girls turn it up a notch in earning title

CRESSON — Penn Cambria girls basketball coach Keith Saleme doesn’t know where he will eventually rank his Friday night halftime speech, but one would think it will be near the top of his list someday. Trailing Penns Valley by two points at the break after squandering a 10-point lead at ...

Everett reigns in D5 again

JOHNSTOWN — Even the fiercest competitors can find time to enjoy a championship. Everett’s Kaitlyn Maxwell, who scored a combined 75 points in the Lady Warriors’ two playoff wins, allowed her usual serious look to melt away as she shrieked a tiny bit and quickly jumped in the air while ...

Tigers’ Fisher gets spot in semis

Hollidaysburg’s Nate Fisher wasn’t satisfied with the way he wrestled in his Northwest Class 3A Regional preliminary bout against Clearfield’s Brett Zattoni, a 2-1 victory. But the Golden Tiger senior had plenty of offense in his quarterfinal on Friday night at the AAHS ...

McKeirnan earns two first places

UNIVERSITY PARK — Hollidaysburg Area High School junior Conor McKeirnan enjoyed a big day in the District 6 Swimming Championships on Friday at the Penn State Natatorium. Huntingdon also had a solid day, taking home three gold medals, while Tyrone also had a first-place finish. McKeirnan ...

Pens fall in overtime

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Conor Sheary and the Buffalo Sabres aren’t ready to be counted out of the Eastern Conference playoff race just yet. With Buffalo in jeopardy of fading further down the standings, Sheary assisted on Brandon Montour’s tying goal with 2:32 left in regulation and scored his ...