Sports

Covering the bases

Altoona Curve

LEADING OFF: The Curve were rained out Sunday at Erie. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader June 23 at 4:35 p.m. SAFE AT FIRST: The Curve begin a four-game series tonight at Akron at 6:35. RHP Mitch Keller (1-0, 0.00) will start for the Curve against RubberDucks RHP Shao-Ching ...

Explosive ‘Cats garner title

Scholastic Sports

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com The last Huntingdon team to win the Curve Classic made it all the way to the state championship game in 2004. This year’s Bearcats are hoping to at least match that feat. Huntingdon outscored its semifinal and championship opponents by a ...

Lafferty honing his skills in minors

Professional Sports

By Tom Venesky Special to the Mirror WILKES-BARRE — Jarrod Skalde noticed something about Sam Lafferty ever since he joined the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in early March. On the ice, the Hollidaysburg native displayed the speed and offensive prowess that allowed him to lead Brown ...

Pens, Caps sticking with hot goalies

Professional Sports

On the ice Today: Pittsburgh Penguins at Philadelphia Flyers, 3 p.m. TV: NBC Best-of-7 series: Tied at 1-1 The Associated Press By sticking with Philipp Grubauer in net for Game 2, the Washington Capitals are taking a page from the Philadelphia Flyers’ most recent goaltending ...

Conditions are conducive for area fishermen

Outdoors

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com HOLLIDAYSBURG — Sunny skies and warm, very comfortable temperatures greeted area fishermen for the opening of the 2018 trout season in Blair and surrounding counties Saturday morning. It was optimal weather for fishing, and Eric Mortimer ...

Bucs’ Hurdle walking a fine line

Sports Columns

PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle has gray hair, two artificial hips and a fondness for 1970s rock anthems like Grand Funk’s “We’re An American Band.” But he never seemed older than he did the other day when he invoked the unwritten “respect for the game” statute against the Chicago ...

New ESPN shows are underwhelming

Voice of the Fan

You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone, and for some sports-talk fans in our region the absence of any compelling national programming on weekday mornings remains a problem — even though more options than ever exist. At one time, for nearly two decades actually, ESPN Radio ...

Ritchey no-hits BG in semifinal game

Local Sports

From Mirror reports Rece Ritchey tossed a five-inning no-hitter, missing a perfect game only because of Danny Carrieri’s fourth-inning walk, to pitch Huntingdon past Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic in the 16th annual Curve Classic semifinals at Peoples Natural Gas Field on Saturday. Nick Holesa ...

B-A boys capture meet

Local Sports

ARMAGH — Clay Engle led the Bellwood-Antis boys to the team title in the United High School Track and Field Invitational on Saturday. Engle won the high jump at 6 feet, 0 inches and the triple jump at 43-1.75 to help Bellwood amass 106 team points to edge second-place Forest Hills by less ...

Lions select captains

PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State football coach James Franklin announced seniors Trace McSorley and Nick Scott and junior Blake Gillikin have been voted as team captains for the 2018 season by their teammates. McSorley and Scott are team captains for the second-straight season. “Trace and ...

Maddon fires back at Hurdle

Professional Sports

CHICAGO — Cubs manager Joe Maddon fired back at Pittsburgh Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle for criticizing Chicago star Javier Baez’s bat flip on a popup. Maddon was “surprised” and didn’t “really understand” why Hurdle criticized Baez. He also said he believes “in not ...

Heads-up play sparks Bucs

Professional Sports

On deck Today: Pittsburgh Pirates at Miami Marlins, 1:10 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Ivan Nova (1-1) vs. Marlins RHP Jose Urena (0-2) TV: AT&T SportsNet The Associated Press MIAMI — Corey Dickerson has been one of the hottest hitters in the National League. So when ...

Tussey’s Germaux shines at Bedford Invite

Local Sports

BEDFORD — Tussey Mountain’s Evan Germaux won three events on Saturday at the Bedford Giant Eagle Track and Field Invitational at Bedford Area High School. Germaux won the 100-meter dash in 11.1 seconds, the 200 dash in 22.9 and combined with Tyler Rhodes, Zach Sumner and Jarred Sipes to ...

Ohtani’s start a big hit in Japan

National Sports

By Jim Armstrong The Associated Press TOKYO — Shohei Ohtani’s games are shown live in the morning by national broadcaster NHK. For the rest of the day, talk shows dissect his every move and sports programs feature highlights of his latest accomplishments. A recent afternoon news ...

Curve win in ugly conditions

Altoona Curve

From Mirror reports ERIE — The Curve played an extra-inning game for the first time under baseball’s new rule that starts each half inning with a runner on second base, and the prolonged contest took place on a miserable cold and rainy Saturday afternoon that saw the game end with no fans ...

MLB fights looking like UFC

National Sports

By Dan Gelston The Associated Press The fights seemed more at home inside an octagon than a diamond. Baseball showed some moxy this week — take me out to the brawl game! — with a pair of bench-clearing melees that had players swinging, striking and settling scores as violently as a ...

Altoona boys take third place

Local Sports

Dallastown won the 16th annual Altoona Mountain Lion Boys Tennis Invitational, held Friday and Saturday. Dallastown edged out Cathedral Prep for the team title with Altoona finishing third in the eight-team field. Altoona’s Jarod Marasco finished third at No. 2 singles, Casey Rispoli was ...

Huntingdon wins own tourney

Local Sports

HUNTINGDON — Huntingdon beat Williamsburg, 13-0, in five innings in the opener and Hollidaysburg, 11-2, in the finals to win its own tournament in high school softball on Saturday. In the opener, the Lady Bearcats (2-4) scored all 13 runs in the first three innings. Chrislyn Patrick had two ...

Penn Cambria’s Perrone tosses gem in 15-0 rout

Local Sports

LILLY — Tanner Perrone came a walk away from a perfect game, and Salvador Cabrera went 2-for-2 with four RBIs as Penn Cambria belted visiting Cambria Heights, 15-0, in a Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference contest in high school baseball action on Saturday. Perrone helped his own cause by ...

Tampa takes 2-0 series lead

National Sports

TAMPA, Fla. — It’s great to play well, even better to win. That’s how the Tampa Bay Lightning view a 2-0 series lead over the New Jersey Devils. “As a coach, you care about everything. You’d like to say you played the perfect game, but somebody else has a vote out there,” coach ...