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Pink salmon listed as threats to orcas

Outdoors

SEATTLE — Over the years, scientists have identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest’s resident killer whales. Now, they may have found a new and more surprising culprit: pink salmon. Four salmon researchers were perusing data ...

Family mat-ters: Niebauer brothers go head to head

Local Sports

EBENSBURG — Matt Niebauer assisted his brother, Todd Niebauer, for many years at Penn Cambria, coaching many wrestlers, including some of the current Panthers. Matt, though, became the head coach at Central Cambria in the offseason after the departure of Bob Nikolishen. So, it was kind of ...

PSU recruit: Smith Vilbert

PSU

Smith Vilbert Position: Defensive end Recruiting class (size): 2019 (19 players) Hometown/School: Montvale, N.J./St. Joseph Regional Height/Weight: 6-6/250 Stars: 3 (247); 3 (Rivals) Other top offers: Florida, Florida State, Oregon, Miami, Nebraska, North Carolina, Pitt, Virginia, ...

Hanrahan, Nunnally to join Ryan’s Curve staff

Altoona Curve

Michael Ryan will return for a third season as manager of the Curve, and he will have perhaps the most impressive coaching staff in franchise history. “It’s exciting,” Ryan said of returning to Altoona. “In my opinion, it’s the best-run franchise in minor league baseball.” Ryan, ...

Altoona gets some revenge

Local Sports

Almost exactly one month ago, the Altoona girls basketball team lost by 11 at Central Dauphin. The second meeting between the two teams went much for the Lady Lions. Altoona got 22 points and 14 rebounds from Bridgid Fox in a 54-35 win over the Lady Rams Friday at the AAHS ...

Healthy Ruggery comes up big in BG rout

Local Sports

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School’s standout senior guard, Luke Ruggery, missed playing time for most of the month of December with a back injury. Three weeks into January, Ruggery is completely healthy, and he’s making opposing teams feel ill at ease. Ruggery — who is headed to ...

Lightner wants Everett to win consistently

Local Sports

Dave Lightner has worked on the staff of some area coaching legends in Bishop Carroll’s Craig Sponsky and Central’s Dave Baker and is looking forward to getting the chance to form his own staff. Lightner is the new head football coach at Everett Area High School, taking over for the ...

Lions win at Central Dauphin

Local Sports

HARRISBURG — P.J. Charles had a double-double with 21 points and 15 rebounds as Altoona knocked off Central Dauphin, 62-59, Friday night in high school boys basketball action. Altoona (5-8) trailed 18-14 after one quarter, but cut that lead to two at halftime, 33-31. Tyler Robinson had 12 ...

Tigers’ offensive woes continue

Local Sports

By Jim Lane For the Mirror HOLLIDAYSBURG — In most sports, you don’t win unless you can score. The Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers had trouble putting the ball in the basket Friday night and suffered a 39-32 loss to visiting Richland at the HAHS gym. “We couldn’t throw one in the ...

Orange squeeze Pitt in 2nd half

Local Sports

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim breathed a sigh of relief. Five days after his Orange’s biggest win of the season, there was no letdown. Tyus Battle scored 22 points, Boeheim’s son Buddy had a season-high 13 points, and Syracuse beat Pittsburgh 74-63 on Saturday, the ...

Flash men post key road victory

Local Sports

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Keith Braxton recorded 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, senior Andre Wolford hit a season-high five 3-pointers en route to 16 points and six rebounds, and senior Jamaal King pitched in with 16 points, five assists and five rebounds as the Saint Francis men ...

Patriots a rare underdog vs. Chiefs

National Sports

The Associated Press FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — It may have been hard to hear him over the noise of the New England fans celebrating an eighth straight trip to the AFC title game, but Tom Brady is feeling disrespected. That’s right: The three-time NFL MVP and five-time Super Bowl champion told ...

McDannell picks up valuable face time for Huskies

Local Sports

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com EBENSBURG — Superheroes often wear masks, but Tristan McDannell must be more of a Bruce Wayne type of guy. The 5-foot-8 inch junior broke his nose recently and has been playing with the protective shield for the past four games, but Friday ...

Miller sparks Lady Cats past Mounties

Local Sports

HUNTINGDON — Kynnedy Miller scored a team-high 17 points to lead Huntingdon to a 49-44 win over Philipsburg-Osceola Friday night in high school girls basketball action. The Lady Bearcats (9-3) also got 14 points from Allie Troup and 13 from Kait McElroy. P-O (5-8), down 22-19 at ...

Kovatch reaches 2nd in career 3s

Local Sports

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Saint Francis came up short in a 73-62 defeat to Central Connecticut State on Saturday at the Detrick Center. Jess Kovatch led the Red Flash with 24 points, while Aunesha Williams added 10 points and five rebounds. Kovatch moved into second place all-time in NCAA ...

Serena wins big in third round

National Sports

MELBOURNE, Australia — Maybe Serena Williams will be tested in the Australian Open’s fourth round, because no one has come close to making her work too hard so far. Playing clean and powerful tennis, Williams overwhelmed 18-year-old Dayana Yastremska of Ukraine 6-2, 6-1 on ...

Golden Tiger boy swimmers triumph again

Local Sports

MILL HALL — The Hollidaysburg boys and girls swim teams had a successful trip north on Fridaynight in high school action at Central Mountain. On the boys side, Hollidaysburg improved to 9-0-1 with a 118-47 win over Marion Center. The Lady Tigers are 9-2 after a win over Penns Valley (59-32) ...

Record 135 enter draft early

National Sports

NEW YORK — A record number of college football players will bypass their remaining years of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. The 135 players forgoing eligibility surpasses the 119 from last year. The NFL released the official list on Friday. There are 103 underclassmen eligible for the ...

Virginia ready to challenge Duke

National Sports

DURHAM, N.C. — Top-ranked Duke hopes its team defense doesn’t slip without point guard Tre Jones — for however long he’s out. The Blue Devils were just getting back to playing the kind of tough man-to-man defense that had been their trademark after several years of struggles. Now ...