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Johnson searching for answers

National Sports

AVONDALE, Ariz. — Jimmie Johnson is fighting a cold. It’s the kind of debilitating, in-your-throat cold that makes it painful to swallow, much less go for a run. The seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion tried on a cool morning in the desert but quickly bailed, putting off the resumption ...

Carroll easily moves on to round 2

Local Sports

EBENSBURG — Bishop Carroll Catholic forced Veritas Academy to turn the ball over on its first four possessions, and the Lady Monarchs didn’t take a shot that wasn’t an air ball for the first six minutes of the game. The Lady Huskies put it on cruise control from there in a 60-22 victory ...

Tussey plays smart down stretch in win

Local Sports

EBENSBURG — A quick glance at the final score in Tussey Mountain’s 56-38 triumph over Purchase Line in the first round of the PIAA Class 1A playoffs Saturday doesn’t really tell the tale of the contest. The Lady Titans were up by just four points early in the fourth quarter, and three ...

B-A puts up effort in defeat

Local Sports

NEW CASTLE —- Saturday night as they hopped on a bus for a two-and-a-half hour ride home, the Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils did so with a sense of accomplishment. Their season had just ended with a 73-55 loss to Lincoln Park in the first round of the PIAA Class 3A tournament. But they hardly ...

Bad start too much for ’Cats

Local Sports

MOUNT LEBANON —Huntingdon had no answer for Central Valley’s pressing defense in Saturday’s PIAA Class 4A first round playoff game and committed 22 turnovers in a 66-42 loss at Mount Lebanon High School. Lady Bearcats coach Pat-rick Cassidy hopes the game and this season can be a ...

Hoops du Jour

PSU

Illinois at PSU men Tipoff: Noon, Bryce Jordan Center Records: Penn State (13-17); Illinois (10-19) Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 126-138 in his eighth season at Penn State and 167-167 overall. Brad Underwood is 25-37 in his second season at Illinois and 134-64 overall. TV: Fox Sports ...

Panthers put an end to 13-game losing skid

Local Sports

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — In two of the first four games of the 2019 ACC season, Pittsburgh guard Trey McGowens scored 30 points and looked like a budding superstar. Since then, the freshman has downright struggled, averaging just over eight points per game as the Panthers went on ...

Buckeyes standing in Lions’ way of title

PSU

MINNEAPOLIS — As expected, Penn State is going to have earn the team championship at the 2019 Big Ten Wrestling Championships and it’s going to have to hold off two-time defending champion Ohio State to do it. The Nittany Lions sit in first place in the team race with 131 team points, six ...

Cassidy, Brown return home with bronze medals

Local Sports

HERSHEY — Coming off of a dominant Southwest Regional Tournament title, Bedford’s Kaden Cassidy was one of the favorites to win the 132-pound title at the PIAA Class 2A Championships. But when he suffered a 3-2 loss in the semifinals on Friday night to Saucon Valley’s eventual champion ...

Gobblers won’t let winter keep them from following nature

Outdoors

Wild turkeys are usually about their March flock adjustments and gobbling exercises, but it’s all more difficult this year than usual. They are still battling snow banks, snow and ice frozen solid in much of their woodland habitat, making food hard to find and frozen solid when it is ...

It’s time for bluebird weather

Outdoors

For several years, I was a volunteer at Canoe Creek State Park to monitor a group of bluebird nesting boxes in part of the park. That fascinating project provided me with day-by-day access to dozens of bluebirds and tree swallows as they built nests, laid eggs and tended the young birds ...

Wild horses need more room

Outdoors

By Meadd Gruver The Associated Press CHEYENNE, Wyo. — If you ever wished to gaze at a stomping, snorting, neighing panorama of Western heritage from your living-room window, now could be your chance. A classic image of the American West — wild horses stampeding across the landscape ...

Going for the gold: McGill, McMillen advance to finals

Local Sports

HERSHEY — When he gave up the opening takedown in his Friday night semifinal against Valley’s Noah Hutcherson, Chestnut Ridge’s Jared McGill didn’t think about last year’s PIAA Class 2A Championships. He didn’t think about when he gave up an early five-point move to Port ...

PSU cuts ties with Washington

PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State athletics and women’s basketball head coach Coquese Washington have agreed to a change in leadership for the women’s basketball program. The decision was announced Friday afternoon. “I am very appreciative of Coquese’s contributions to the Lady Lion ...

Altoona falls to Norwin

Local Sports

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Altoona Lady Lions ran into a buzzsaw in their first-round PIAA Class 6A basketball playoff game Friday night. Norwin of the WPIAL used a ball-hawking, pressure defense and pinpoint long-range shooting that produced a dozen 3-point field goals, to erase an early deficit ...

Bearcats top Highlands to remain perfect

Local Sports

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Highlands started four scrums, committed two technical fouls, had a player ejected two minutes into the game and got a warning on its bench. Huntingdon got what it always has this season, a win. The Bearcats kept their cool during a wild first half that seemed like it ...

Flash get big test today in NEC semis

Local Sports

LORETTO — As fate would have it, some postgame comments two weeks ago by Saint Francis point guard Jamaal King could turn out to be prophetic this afternoon. The Red Flash had their senior day spoiled by LIU Brooklyn on Feb. 23 in a 69-66 loss at DeGol Arena. SFU had a chance to clinch at ...

Area’s Class 3A wrestlers have tough day

Local Sports

HERSHEY — Nothing is a given at the PIAA Championships. It’s why the tournament is regarded as the toughest tournament in the nation and why college coaches flock to it. Three top-ranked Class 3A wrestlers lost on Friday at the Giant Center, and many more returning medal winners didn’t ...

Taylor helps JV survive

Local Sports

Talk about saving your best for last. That’s what Juniata Valley junior Hayden Taylor did Friday night in the first round of the PIAA Class 2A girls basketball playoffs at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse. With her team down 40-37 with 54 seconds to play in the game, Taylor, who had ...

Leidig, Bellwood bounce back in second half

Local Sports

HOLLIDAYSBURG — For one half Friday night, Windber was on track to shock the state and knock off the defending PIAA Class 2A champions, Bellwood-Antis. That didn’t set well with the Lady Blue Devils and Emilie Leidig. The junior guard drilled six second-half 3-pointers and finished with ...