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Second-half goals lift Bedford past Juniata

BEDFORD — Patience would have to be a virtue if usually high-scoring Bedford was going to crack visiting Juniata’s smothering defense. Paradoxically, it was one of the youngest Lady Bisons — but one who has diligently waited for her opportunity — who made that patience pay ...

Maxwell’s hat trick saves Everett

Although she’s only a sophomore, Everett’s Kaitlyn Maxwell is a scoring machine on the soccer field. Maxwell scored a hat trick Thursday, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead the Lady Warriors to a 3-2 victory over Penns Valley in a District 6 Class 2A quarterfinal game at ...

Vikings opt out of playoffs

The number of teams participating in this year’s District 6 Class 1A football tournament already has diminished by one. Glendale, which qualified for one of the 12 slots, has decided not to enter the postseason. The Vikings enter tonight’s game at Southern Huntingdon with a 3-6 record. ...

Ridge volleyball moving on

NEW PARIS — Chestnut Ridge defeated Everett for the third time this season on Thursday to earn a trip to the District 5 Class 2A volleyball championship match. The set scores were 25-19, 25-21, 25-14. No other details were available. Ridge will meet top seeded North Star in the finals on ...

Not much jockeying for final week

Bellwood-Antis’ high school football game at Northern Bedford on Friday night has the makings of one of the best matchups this season. The Inter-County Conference clash pits two of the region’s best defensive teams against each other, and two squads that might lack a true standout star ...

The master plan: Franklin’s vision for PSU comes true

UNIVERSITY PARK — Every aspiring head coach in college football seemingly has a master plan, copious notes and ideas about how to run a program gathered over years as an assistant. Maybe it is written in a notebook or scratched out on legal pads. Could be printed out and stacked in a file ...

Flash men, women earn NEC top rankings

For the first time ever, the Saint Francis men’s basketball team has been picked as the preseason favorite to win the Northeast Conference, yet another major step in the program’s impressive turnaround under coach Rob Krimmel. “It’s an exciting time for our program and certainly for ...

Guilfoyle’s size up front big part of success

The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School football program has now won 56 straight games over four seasons, boasts outstanding offensive firepower, stellar defense and a great kicking game. But the thing that stands out for Somerset coach Bob Landis about the Marauders is their imposing ...

RB Bell on record pace for touches

PITTSBURGH — The request comes near the end of practice most Wednesdays. Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley will be standing off to the side when running back Le’Veon Bell inevitably jogs by to make an all-too familiar plea. “I’ll take another 35 (carries),” Bell ...

Central slips past Ligonier Valley

Ashley Negley and her Central teammates peppered Ligonier Valley with shot after shot Thursday in the District 6 2A quarterfinals but for more than 77 minutes could not score. Negley finally put one in the back of the net with 2:51 to give the Lady Dragons a 1-0 win at Mansion Park. From ...

Penn Cambria gets its revenge

EBENSBURG — The third time proved to be the charm last night for the Penn Cambria girls soccer team. After two close losses to Central Cambria during the regular season, the Panthers notched the most important win of their season last night in Ebensburg. Penn Cambria earned their first ...

Lady Lions’ offense breaks out

The Altoona girls soccer team closed out the regular season playing solid soccer but struggled to finish plays, scoring just two goals in the final four games. The Lady Lions broke through just in time, finding the back of the net more than enough times for a 5-2 win over Mifflin County ...

Lady Lions’ offense breaks out

The Altoona girls soccer team closed out the regular season playing solid soccer but struggled to finish plays, scoring just two goals in the final four games. The Lady Lions broke through just in time, finding the back of the net more than enough times for a 5-2 win over Mifflin County ...

Ohio State’s tempo a concern for PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — When Saturday’s game kicks off in the Horseshoe, Penn State’s defense will be facing a challenge unlike anything it has seen this season. The Nittany Lions have the nation’s top scoring defense (9.6 points allowed per game) but will be tasked with slowing the ...

Lady Lions hoping to build off last year’s WNIT success

UNIVERSITY PARK — It has been over seven months since the Penn State Lady Lions last stepped on the court in a losing effort during the third round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament, but the young team could not be more ready to finally start the new season building off the ...

Lions get QB commit

A quarterback just north of 6-feet tall who is nimble on his feet and throws a really good slant or deep fade — sounds a lot like Trace McSorley, doesn’t it? Yes, but it also would be an ideal description of New Jersey junior Taquon Roberson, who announced on Thursday that he was going to ...

PSU Q&A: D-line coach Sean Spencer

Sean Spencer answered questions on a number of topics Thursday, including Altoona product Kevin Givens. Q: What does Givens bring to the table? A: “(He) gives us a changeup guy where you can go, from having, nothing wrong with our ends at 255-260 (pounds), but you play at 285-pound end ...

Hawn’s goal lifts Bearcats over rival Eagles

HUNTINGDON — Mountain League rivals met up again in a District 6 Class 3A boys soccer quarterfinal match at Detwiler Field Wednesday. Robby Hawn netted the lone goal of the night, and the Bearcats edged Tyrone, 1-0. The teams are very familiar with each other and have a history of playing ...

Hawn’s goal lifts Bearcats over rival Eagles

HUNTINGDON — Mountain League rivals met up again in a District 6 Class 3A boys soccer quarterfinal match at Detwiler Field Wednesday. Robby Hawn netted the lone goal of the night, and the Bearcats edged Tyrone, 1-0. The teams are very familiar with each other and have a history of playing ...

West Branch wins for shot at McCort

West Branch had the right mix — a veteran scorer and a first-year coach — and beat Cambria Heights, 1-0, on Wednesday night at Mansion Park to advance to the finals of the District 6 Class 1A girls soccer tournament. The Warriors will face top-seed Bishop McCort in the championship game ...