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AAABA will have different format

Due to the departure of several teams from the All-American Amateur National Baseball organization, the format for the 2018 National AAABA Tournament will be altered a bit. John Austin, who serves as the AAABA’s national executive director, national franchise chairman and national ...

Mansion playoff games go OT

Four teams saw action extend into overtime Thursday afternoon as the Mansion Park men’s summer basketball league continued first-round playoff action. Division 2 saw L.B. Trucking get 24 points from Liam Wholaver as it was able to outlast Thirsty Dawg Tavern, 67-63 in overtime. Kevin Lacue ...

PennCrest advances past Furrer

Braden Callahan pitched five innings, surrendering just four hits and one run to get the win and help PennCrest Bank pull off a 7-1 victory over Furrer Beverage in Game 2 of the best-of-three Altoona Teener League Deremer Division semifinal series Thursday night at Seitz field. Penncrest won ...

Use of green-reading books will be limited

On Tuesday, the USGA and R&A announced plans to limit the use of green-reading booklets, beginning in 2019. These booklets, which provide detailed diagrams that indicate the slopes of putting surfaces, are available at nearly every major course across the country. Every weekend you can ...

Volcano hole time-tested

BEDFORD — The Old Course at Bedford Springs is steeped in history. At more than 120 years old, the celebrated course is ripe with many unique and interesting features, among them one of the most difficult, par-3 holes ever designed. Bedford Springs’ fourth hole, aptly named the ...

53 top score at Summit scramble

CRESSON — The team of Scooter Ronan, D.J. Michina, Mike Reese and Rick Slebodnik shot a score of 53 to win the Summit Country Club’s Penn Cambria Basketball Boosters benefit golf outing’s four-player scramble this past Sunday. The team of Ryan Link, Collin Reese, Crippen Taylor and ...

Cubs pound Kingham, Bucs

PITTSBURGH — Cole Hamels had little trouble in his return to the National League, keeping the Pittsburgh Pirates in check over five innings to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 9-2 victory on Wednesday night. Hamels (6-9), acquired in a trade with Texas last week, gave up one unearned run on three ...

Diehl still making bats at age 101

ROARING SPRING — As you approach the apartment door of Karl Diehl on the first floor of the Graystone Court, the first thing that comes into focus is the “Diehl Slugging” sign that seems out of place in a retirement community. Once inside, you’ll find something even more ...

Curve stretch lead back to 3 over Senators

HARRISBURG — Ke’Bryan Hayes homered in the first inning, and that’s all the offense the Curve needed in a rain-shortened game Wednesday night. Austin Coley tossed five shutout innings, then two relievers finished off what turned out to be a seven-inning shutout as Altoona beat ...

Carroll edges PC for championship

Penn Cambria and Bishop Carroll have a spirited girls basketball rivalry as members of the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference during the winter months. That rivalry apparently knows no offseason. It continued this summer in the Building II Rec Hall Girls Basketball League, where the two ...

AASD athletes earn Keystone Games gold

HAZELTON — Three area Altoona Area School District athletes earned gold medals at the 2018 Keystone State Games at Hazelton Area High School on Saturday. Mia Sassano won the 13-14 Youth Girls pole vault event with a height of 7 feet, 6 inches, Chadric Flarend won the 15-16 Intermediate Boys ...

PennCrest takes opener

PennCrest Bank dominated the first game of the Altoona Teener Major League best-of-three semifinal series with Furrer Beverage, winning, 14-4, in five innings at Seitz Field on Wednesday. Matt Moyer had three hits and two RBIs, Hunter Emerick had two hits and two RBIs, Nathan Sell had two ...

Ray of hope: Pirates make big moves at deadline

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington remained bullish on his team even after parting with stars Gerrit Cole and Andrew McCutchen in the offseason. Even after a swoon through June wiped out a hot start. Even after his club found itself floundering in early ...

Mehno: Huntington makes bold moves this time

PITTSBURGH — Neal Huntington did more than just acquire two pitchers on Tuesday. He jolted the team’s fan base, and he destroyed the myth that he is unwilling to trade prospects to get help for the major league club. The Pirates added starter Chris Archer and reliever Keone Kela at the ...

Curve LHP Hearn going home to Texas

Taylor Hearn grew up an hour away from Arlington, Texas, so if he makes it to the big leagues with the Rangers, the hard-throwing lefty will have the luxury of pitching for his hometown team. “The biggest thing is my mom, she hasn’t seen me play in a while. I think this is the answer to ...

Bucs slide past Cubs

PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon spent the hours before the trade deadline doing some detective work. The Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher scoured Twitter for updates, asked team trainers if they were scanning medical records and touched base with acquaintances of potential targets for a brief ...

Backup RBs get extra reps

LATROBE — Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner knows what to expect. Two-time All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell is skipping training camp at St. Vincent College for the second straight season because of a contract dispute. Bell’s absence last summer meant Conner saw additional ...

Curve roughed up by Senators in series opener

HARRISBURG — The Curve lost one of their best pitchers at the trade deadline, then saw another one of their best starters endure a rough outing Tuesday night. Cam Vieaux gave up seven runs in six innings, and Harrisburg cruised to an 11-3 win in the opener of a key three-game series at FNB ...

Mansion League games moving

The Mansion Park Summer Basketball League’s 50th and final season at Mansion Park will wind up at the Pleasant Valley Elementary School’s outdoor courts. Renovation to the Mansion Park tennis courts is expected to begin this morning, and part of that renovation includes tearing down the ...

Altoona takes Building II title

When Corbin Moon scored on the fast break early in the second half of the Building II High School Boys League championship game, it pulled his Tyrone team even with Altoona at 20-20. The Mountain Lions answered with an 11-0 run, however, and went on to take the title game, 43-29. “We ...