Cory Giger

On the upswing: Hitters changing with the times

Baseball is changing right before our eyes, and will continue to do so, as more and more hitters begin to understand that a once-seemingly dumb idea is now the smart way to go. Hit the ball in the air. Don’t swing down or necessarily even level, as we were all taught when we first picked ...

Espinal overlooked, valuable

HARRISBURG — The start of any minor league baseball season includes frequent — and quite often meaningless — discussions about where so and so falls on a list of prospect rankings. Those are important, and can be a starting point to determine which players to watch for. But in a lot of ...

Bucs, Curve to extend their protective netting

It takes baseball a long time to make changes, as we all know, but there finally will be a big and very welcome change coming to some local ballparks. The Pirates announced earlier this week that they will be extending the protective netting to the end of each dugout at PNC Park. The Curve ...

Giger: Can PSU pull off its master plan?

Ambition is a wonderful thing. To be the best, it takes courage to try new things, to take risks, to think big and never settle for the status quo. Thinking outside the box and trying something different are how you become great. If you can pull it off. Penn State is attempting to do ...

Chambers’ seat will be hot next season

Welcome to the glorious national holiday known as Selection Sunday, which unfortunately and sadly once again means nothing to any of our local Division I college basketball teams. As someone who loves the college game and watches hundreds of hours from around the country each season, here are ...

Flash can remain strong for the upcoming future

Commentary EMMITSBURG, Md. — Let’s get the easy stuff out of the way first: Rob Krimmel has done a fantastic job bringing Saint Francis basketball back to a level of prominence, and the program is in very good shape with a ton of young talent. Saint Francis was picked to finish ninth in ...

Giger: Red Flash, one win away from NCAAs, have made huge strides on road

Young people often are oblivious to the past, which can create some problems in the real world, especially when the youngsters repeat the same mistakes others made before them. In sports, though, being young and oblivious can have major benefits. Young athletes don’t worry about whatever ...

Giger: Krimmel has Red Flash on rise by finding, luring more quality players

LORETTO — The Saint Francis men’s basketball program has almost always, even during its leanest years, had one or two really good players. The problem, though, is that there usually was a significant dropoff in the team’s talent after those one or two guys. The Red Flash lost a lot of ...

Mountain Lions pick up victory over MC

Altoona closed its match strong, winning the final four bouts, including three by fall, to carve out a 42-36 victory over visiting Mifflin County Wednesday night in high school wrestling action. With Altoona trailing 36-24 the Mountain Lions’ Jerrell Kephart (138 pounds), Kobe Harr (145) ...

Rose Bowl memorable, disappointing

LOS ANGELES — If you’re a sports fan, it would be nearly impossible not to have been enormously entertained by the thrilling Rose Bowl game between Penn State and USC. However, if you’re a Nittany Lion fan, you probably fall into one of the following two categories: 1. The game was so ...

Giger: Moorhead drawing heavy interest

LOS ANGELES — It’s a wonderful feeling being wanted, having others covet you professionally or personally and being able to take pride in knowing you have something very good to offer. Right now, Joe Moorhead is a hot name in college football. That’s what happens when, in less than a ...

Here’s why Nittany Lions probably won’t make it

Well, this stinks, but I’m here to give you the bad news. No matter how much we want to gripe or rip the process, all indications point to Penn State not getting into the College Football Playoff even if it beats Wisconsin for the Big Ten title. Our question here is whether the Big Ten ...

Coordinators play big role in success

Commentary No assistant coach in the country has done a better job this season than Joe Moorhead. Take that to the bank, regardless of what the folks say with the Broyles Award, which egregiously omitted Penn State’s offensive coordinator from its list of finalists for top assistant in ...

Giger: Bonifay, now MLB coach, finally gets his promotion

Josh Bonifay was never fully rewarded as a player, but one of the best players in Curve history is finally getting his just due -- as a coach. "It's very unexpected and just overwhelming," Bonifay said of his terrific opportunity. The Texas Rangers hired Bonifay earlier this week for ...

CFP berth preferable, even if it means ’Bama

Commentary There’s a ridiculous notion that’s been debated in some circles over the past week that goes like this: Would you rather see Penn State get to the College Football Playoff and be crushed by Alabama, or go to the Rose Bowl and have a real chance to win? It’s the dumbest ...

Franklin’s approach paying off for PSU

James Franklin might have set a world record two weeks ago when he said the word “Indiana” 15 consecutive times. I’m not sure why anyone ever would have said it 16 or more times, but we’ll check with the folks at Guinness. Last week, Franklin cleverly offered up a unique answer that ...

LB Smith a great story

Neil wouldn’t let me pick Marcus Allen, questioning whether the safety who blocked the field goal against Ohio State can be considered unsung, and yet he was able to choose a three-year starter in Brian Gaia. I’m beginning to think Neil is rigging this point/counterpoint! In all ...

Giger: Stunning sequence of events a dream scenario for PSU

Cue Rod Serling. "It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area ...

Rankings useless this season

Commentary The most incredible thing I saw all weekend was someone who pointed this out on Twitter: Penn State (7-2) has more wins than Notre Dame (3-6) and Michigan State (2-7) have combined. The Fighting Irish started at No. 10, while the Spartans were No. 12 in the preseason AP poll. ...

Indiana PSU’s biggest challenge

Penn State is better than each team left on its schedule, which is why everyone is talking about a possible 10-2 season and perhaps even a Rose Bowl appearance. When trying to figure out the toughest game left, we have to consider all factors. The Iowa game on Saturday is a night contest at ...