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Julius leading the pack

With a nickname like "Big Toe," he has to be a good kicker. Right?That's what coach James Franklin is hoping with Joe Julius, a former soccer player who appears to have the best chance to replace Sam Ficken as Penn State's place-kicker.Ficken turned out to be very reliable as his career ...

Nassib could be headed for the spotlight

By Cory Gigercgiger@altoonamirror.comUNIVERSITY PARK - This is the time of year, with the Blue-White Game approaching Saturday, when Penn State fans start wondering which under-the-radar players could be on the verge of a big breakout season this fall.Perhaps the best candidate for such a ...

Franklin excited about defensive ends

UNIVERSITY PARK - One of the biggest developments for the Penn State football team this spring has been the improvement at the defensive end spots.The Nittany Lions have to replace Deion Barnes and C. J. Olaniyan, and even coach James Franklin wasn't sure what to expect at the start of spring ...

Hack hopes lessons pay off

By Cory Gigercgiger@altoonamirror.comUNIVERSITY PARK - Christian Hackenberg could be one of the darlings of the 2016 NFL draft, so there's a good chance that next year at this time we'll be seeing him all over the extensive pre-draft coverage.Just like the current wall-to-wall coverage of ...

Penn State Altoona parts ways with Clapper

By Michael Boytimmboytim@altoonamirror.comBilly Clapper, who just wrapped up his sixth year as the head coach of the Penn State Altoona men's basketball team, will not be back with the Lions next season."My contract has not been renewed to be the coach next year at Penn State Altoona," Clapper ...

Franklin’s Lions getting physical

From Mirror reportsOne byproduct of Penn State getting its full allotment of scholarships back is the program's ability to be more physical in practice, and that's what the Nittany Lions are doing this spring.The team held its fifth practice of the spring on Saturday, three weeks before the ...

Lions excited for future

ST. LOUIS - Even as Ohio State was supplanting four-time defending champion Penn State as the champion at the 2015 NCAA Div. I Wrestling Championships at Scottrade Center on Saturday, talk among fans and media alike turned to next year.The 2016 tournament is scheduled for March 17-19 at Madison ...

PSU’s Bailey signs with Toronto

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State men's hockey junior forward Casey Bailey (Anchorage, Alaska) will forgo his senior season in Hockey Valley, signing with the NHL's Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night on a two-year entry level deal.Bailey is the first Nittany Lion to sign an NHL contract and could be ...

Brown wins title in final seconds

ST. LOUIS - Who knew that Matt Brown had such a highly developed and highly relevant sense of humor.Fresh off winning the 174-pound championship at the 2015 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships on Saturday at Scottrade Center, in St. Louis, the home of baseball's Cardinals, the Penn State ...

Competition already at the forefront for Franklin

From Mirror reportsIt's taken just two days of spring practice for Penn State coach James Franklin to realize there's a lot more competition among players across the board than there was a year ago at this time.Three years' worth of NCAA sanctions badly deteriorated the Nittany Lions' depth in ...

Brown has shot at title; Schopp an All-American

By Andy ElderFor the MirrorST. LOUIS - Penn State will return home with five All-Americans and, potentially, one national champion.Tyrone grad A.J. Schopp of Edinboro is an All-American once again.Matt Brown is into the finals and will wrestle for a championship. Jordan Conaway, Jimmy Gulibon, ...

Scranton lineman commits to Lions

Spring practice has the chance to kick off a 2015 Penn State football recruiting class that's already come out of the gate pretty well into overdrive, and the Nittany Lions got a nice boost on Friday when Scranton area offensive lineman Connor McGovern became the fifth recruit to make a verbal ...

Five Nittany Lions reach quarters

ST. LOUIS - Cael Sanderson said his seven Nittany Lions had enough talent to win a fifth NCAA wrestling championship, all they had to do was believe.Well, after the first day of the NCAA Div. I Wrestling Championships at Scottrade Center, Penn State is in the thick of the team race.All seven ...

Ohio State finishes Lions’ breakout season

DETROIT - The historic 2014-15 Penn State men's hockey season came to an end Thursday against Ohio State, 3-1, in the Big Ten quarterfinals at Joe Louis Arena. Redshirt-senior Max Gardiner ended his collegiate career with Penn State's lone goal."You know, you look at the game and you certainly ...

Penn St. extends Chambers

From Mirror reportsUNIVERSITY PARK - Patrick Chambers, coach of the Penn State men's basketball team, has received a two-year contract extension, Sandy Barbour, Director of Athletics, announced Thursday. The extension will keep him at the helm of the Nittany Lions through at least the 2018-19 ...

Lions’ Sanderson says title possible

UNIVERSITY PARK - For four years, Penn State wrestling coach Cael Sanderson has been a sculptor, molding fine lumps of clay into museum-quality sculptures over the course of a five-month season.Sanderson and his staff produced four consecutive NCAA championship teams, using the power of ...

Penn State begins Big Ten title quest

UNIVERSITY PARK - The fourth-seeded Penn State Nittany Lions men's hockey team begins its quest for an NCAA Tournament automatic berth when it takes on fifth seeded Ohio State in a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal today.Game time at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit is 4:30 p.m. The Penn State-Ohio ...

Franklin excited about offensive line depth

James Franklin was at his best with one-liners Tuesday, coming up with some gems during his press conference discussing the start of Penn State spring football.The coach is in his second year on the job, so he's much more acclimated to everything than he was a year ago."It's amazing to think ...

Coaches to attend Spring Chalk Talk

UNIVERSITY PARK - Penn State football coach James Franklin and his staff will welcome high school and middle school coaches for the Penn State Football Spring Chalk Talk, set for Friday and Saturday on the University Park campus.The clinic will feature two days of lectures and demonstrations by ...

‘Why not us?’: Lions post best win of season against Iowa to advance

CHICAGO - D.J. Newbill and Penn State are used to playing tight Big Ten games, and all that experience is paying off right now.Newbill scored 18 points, and the Nittany Lions shut down Iowa in the second half of a 67-58 victory on Thursday in the conference tournament."We've been in too many ...