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Today’s PIAA basketball playoff preview capsules

Scholastic Sports

PIAA Class 6A girls second round North Allegheny (7-1) vs. Altoona (6-2) Teams: Altoona Lady Lions (21-4) vs. North Allegheny Lady Tigers (26-0). Site, time: Hempfield High School, Greensburg, 6:30 p.m. The coaches: Altoona — Miriam Colledge (63-32, four years). North Allegheny — ...

Wolfe prevails in Williams Grove season opener

Local Sports

By Dottie Bird For the Mirror MECHANICSBURG — Lucas Wolfe of Mechanicsburg led from start to finish to pick up the prestigious Williams Grove Speedway season opener for sprint cars on Sunday afternoon. Wolfe’s first victory in the oval opener was worth $3,600. It was the 18th overall ...

Loyola of Chicago returns to dance after drought

National Sports

CHICAGO — As the players walked into the video room at the end of a grueling boot camp last fall, Loyola of Chicago coach Porter Moser made sure “One Shining Moment” was playing. He wanted his team to hear that anthem of the NCAA, to see what the payoff could be for their sweat, their ...

Flash dancing again

Local Sports

LORETTO — They’re back! After a six year absence, Saint Francis is headed back to the NCAA Tournament as the Red Flash punched their ticket with a 66-56 Northeast Conference championship game victory over Robert Morris on Sunday afternoon at DeGol Arena. “I’m so excited for our ...

Altoona girls get third shot at WPIAL champ

Local Sports

The Altoona girls basketball team will get its third shot at undefeated WPIAL champion North Allegheny Tuesday at Hempfield Area High School in Greensburg. The Lady Lions lost by a point in Wexford, 45-44, in their third game of the season. They also lost, 54-43, in a home game on Jan. ...

Altoona’s Nedimyer ‘was great team player’

Local Sports

Football. Basketball. Baseball. Vince Nedimyer played them all at Altoona High School. Football coach. Athletic director. Teacher. Principal. Nedimyer held all those positions in the Altoona Area School District, too. And except for a couple years when he was coaching college ...

PSU men hosting NIT game

PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State men’s basketball team has been selected for its 21st postseason appearance, accepting an invitation to play in the 81st National Invitation Tournament. The Nittany Lions (21-13) will host in-state foe Temple (17-15) Wednesday at 8 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan ...

Capping off a family legacy

Local Sports

Isaac Vescovi walked on to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown men’s basketball team after getting almost no attention from any collegiate programs following his senior season at Cambria Heights. He’s graduating after earning a full scholarship and making the first team of the ...

Penguins return to winning ways

Professional Sports

PITTSBURGH — Jamie Oleksiak scored a goal against his former team to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Dallas Stars, 3-1, on Sunday night. Oleksiak scored his fifth of the season, while Evgeni Malkin got his 39th and added an assist. Patric Hornqvist scored a power-play goal, his 20th, ...

Tiger one stroke short

National Sports

PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Right when Paul Casey felt he was a winner in the Valspar Championship, he looked up at the TV and saw a scene that was all too familiar. Tiger Woods, red shirt blazing on Sunday, holed a 45-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole at Innisbrook that pulled him to within one ...

Saint Francis men in CIT

Local Sports

Saint Francis will travel to the University of Illinois-Chicago (17-15, 12-6 Horizon League) in a CIT tournament game on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Red Flash finished the regular season with a record of 18-12. The Red Flash went 12-6 against NEC foes in the regular season, entering the ...

Harvick wins again

National Sports

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kevin Harvick is at his best when he’s mad, so much so that former crew chief Gil Martin used to try to rile him up during races. Harvick was running extra hot when he got to ISM Raceway after penalties for technical violations marred his victory last week at Las Vegas. ...

Altoona sending fan bus

Local Sports

A fan bus will be transporting those interested in traveling to the Altoona Lady Lions’ PIAA second-round basketball playoff game with North Allegheny on Tuesday. The game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. at Hempfield Area High School in Greensburg. Cost is $20 per person to be paid when entering ...

First Four games could mean a lot

National Sports

Ordinarily, the rule when filling out brackets is that the First Four games in Dayton should be ignored because those teams are all incapable of winning a game when the “real” tournament starts on Thursday. Oops. Welcome to 2018, where two of the last three teams picked for this ...

Silver lining: Altoona’s McClellan drops title match, 7-5

Local Sports

HERSHEY — Some raised their eyebrows when Altoona’s Parker McClellan moved up to 220 pounds late in the season. The move nearly put him at the top of the medals podium at the PIAA Class 3A Championships on Saturday night at the Giant Center. McClellan, a senior in his second state ...

McCoy upset in 2A final

Local Sports

HERSHEY — Chestnut Ridge senior 152-pounder Justin McCoy walked slowly to his corner and shared a long embrace with coach Greg Lazor. This one hurt. McCoy, a 2017 state champion, suffered a shocking 8-1 loss to Frazier sophomore Thayne Lawrence in the PIAA Class 2A Championships Saturday ...

Ruggery, BG savor moment

Local Sports

HOLLIDAYSBURG — There weren’t many key moments in Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s PIAA Class 2A 80-45 drubbing of Brockway at Hollidaysburg Area High School Saturday, but when there were, Luke Ruggery was at the center of them. Ruggery drilled a 3-pointer to kick off the scoring, added ...

Lady Tigers’ momentum zapped

Local Sports

The Hollidaysburg Lady Tigers talked at halftime of Saturday’s PIAA Class 5A first-round game against Palmyra about momentum, and how it can affect a team this late in the season. The momentum that the Lady Tigers carried over from an exciting end to the first half, however, didn’t ...

Ready to Flash forward: SFU hosts Colonials for NCAA bid

Local Sports

LORETTO — Saint Francis and Robert Morris were picked first and second, respectively, in the preseason poll of the Northeast Conference and as the conference season moved along, there was no doubt who the top two teams were as the Red Flash and Colonials ran away from the rest of the pack ...

Calling a foul on Tyrone-Central reporting

Voice of the Fan

I am writing to express my disappointment in the article in the March 2 Mirror concerning the Tyrone-Central girls basketball game. While everyone is entitled to an opinion about the officiating at a sporting event, I feel that it is highly inappropriate for a writer to lead off an article ...