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Title a great finish for Ridge’s McGill

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HERSHEY — When Chestnut Ridge’s Jared McGill beat McGuffey’s Christian Clutter, 8-2, in the 170-pound finals of the PIAA Class 2A Championships, it marked the end of an outstanding career. The only thing missing on his wrestling resume was a state title. He finally added that to his ...

College basketball preview capsules 3-12

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FDU at SFU men NEC Tournament finals Tipoff: 7 p.m., DeGol Arena Records: Saint Francis (18-13, 12-6 NEC, No. 1 seed); Fairleigh Dickinson (19-13, 12-6, No, 2 seed). Coaches: Rob Krimmel is 97-120 in his seventh season at Saint Francis and overall. Greg Herenda is 79-107 in his sixth ...

Hillegas, Chlebove should have been a finals match

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The most anticipated bout of the state tournament was the Class 3A 132-pound semifinal bout between North Hills two-time state champion Sam Hillegas and Northampton two-time state champion Julian Chlebove. Why were two-time state champions meeting in the semifinals when they could have ...

Thomas gets shot as Bearcats coach

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By Scott Franco sfranco@altoonamirror.com Shane Thomas has wanted to be a high school head football coach since his scholastic days ended at Southern Huntingdon in the fall of 2006. After Monday night’s schoolboard meeting at Huntingdon Area High School, he can now cross it off his bucket ...

Tigers open with win

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Hollidaysburg boys tennis team opened the 2019 season with a 3-2 win over Penn Trafford Monday in high school action at the Tiger Tennis Center. Rami Alkhafaji won in singles action for the Golden Tigers, while the teams of Anthony Martinelli and Nathan Ferris, and ...

Road to Hershey could be tougher

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Last season, all four District 6 Class 2A teams that made the state playoffs won in the first round, and Bellwood-Antis, Blairsville and Penns Manor all made it to the PIAA Class 2A semifinals. Of course, Bellwood-Antis won the state championship, leading many to speculate, including myself, ...

PIAA preview basketball capsules

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Tuesday’s girls games PIAA Class 3A second round Teams: Central Cambria Lady Devils (18-7); Shady Side Academy Lady Indians (20-4) Site, time: Greensburg-Salem High School, Tuesday, 6 p.m. The coaches: Central Cambria — Brittany Sedlock (80-50, fifth year); Shady Side Academy — ...

Braves rough up Kingham

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Nick Kingham, who is trying to win a spot in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ rotation, was roughed up on Monday in the team’s 6-2 loss to Atlanta in Grapefruit League action. Kingham went three-plus innings, giving up six hits and five runs, all earned, with four walks and ...

SFU’s Kovatch, PSU players honored

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SFU’s Kovatch NEC Player of Year LORETTO — Saint Francis senior guard Jess Kovatch has been named Northeast Conference Player of the Year, as announced Monday. Kovatch receives one of the NEC’s top awards for the second straight year after also taking home Player of the Year ...

Foles, Collins, Brown moving on

National Sports

NEW YORK — Nick Foles is headed to Jacksonville, Landon Collins to Washington and Trent Brown to Oakland. The big-money offers for NFL free agents began Monday, two days before they can sign contracts. Foles brings a Super Bowl pedigree to quarterbacking the Jaguars, and Brown has a ...

B-A, PC girls part of playoff twinbill

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Ten area high school basketball teams will begin round 2 of play in the PIAA state tournament this week, with seven games scheduled for Tuesday night and three more on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Mifflin County High School will host a twinbill beginning at 6 p.m. with Penn Cambria (6-1) taking on ...

Going, going gone

Professional Sports

By Josh DuBow The Associated Press ALAMEDA, Calif. — The Oakland Raiders agreed on a deal late Saturday night to acquire prolific but disgruntled receiver Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers and will give him the lucrative new contract he wanted. A person with direct knowledge of ...

Despite title, Lions focusing on nationals

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By Andy Elder For the Mirror MINNEAPOLIS — It seems like the only ones not getting excited about Penn State failing to win a Big Ten tournament championship the past two seasons were the Nittany Lions. They were poked and prodded and queried and questioned about that one blank spot on ...

Head coaches selected for annual all-star basketball game

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The head coaches for the 14th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic are set. Claysburg-Kimmel High school coaches Mike Harris and Jess Veverka will guide the Blair County teams while the Central PA teams will be led by T.J. Anderson of Juniata Valley High School and Brittany Sedlock of ...

Busch in a sweeping mood again

National Sports

The Associated Press AVONDALE, Ariz. — Kyle Busch made it a weekend sweep at ISM Raceway in the Arizona desert. Just like he nearly did last week at Las Vegas. Busch tracked down Ryan Blaney over a long green-flag run before passing his Team Penske rival for the lead with 16 laps to go, ...

The long wait is worth it for Molinari

National Sports

The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — Francesco Molinari had seen so many clutch birdie putts on the 18th green at Bay Hill, most of them by Tiger Woods in the final group, usually with Arnold Palmer standing next to the green expecting like everyone else for them go in. It was ...

How about a little roundball talk in Grapefruit League?

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BRADENTON, Fla. — This is supposed to be a weekly update on the Pirates and spring training baseball, but first ... how about a little basketball? Basketball legend Rick Barry attended the Pirates-Orioles game Thursday at LECOM Park and I had a few minutes to chat with him. And, thanks to ...

Chisenhall ready to help Bucs anywhere

Professional Sports

The Associated Press BRADENTON, Fla. — Lonnie Chisenhall knows his new gig as the Pittsburgh Pirates’ starting right fielder is likely temporary. Gregory Polanco is recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and the Pirates say he will be out until sometime ...

Archer feeling good in Pirates’ camp

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By Mark Didtler The Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — Chris Archer had success against the high-powered New York Yankees and more importantly felt great afterwards. Archer allowed just two hits and struck out four over three scoreless innings in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 6-5 loss on ...

PSU hockey on to semifinals thanks to Big Ten series win

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UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State ice hockey team advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Sunday night, winning game 3 in its best-of-3 series with Wisconsin, 4-3, at the Pegula Ice Arena. Penn State (21-14-2) will play at Ohio State this Saturday in the ...