Sports Columns

Strange audible: Stevens’ stunning transfer leaves no winners

Those of you from the 1970s — much of the Mirror’s readership — may recall a Penn State tradition called “Gentle Thursday.” Students would gather on the HUB lawn, bringing blankets and refreshments, to enjoy the dawning of spring and all that came with it. There were good feelings ...

Penn State packs a perfect punch with its B-W weekend

Some general observations while enjoying the springtime weather and the springtime sports. n Could Penn State pack any more into the Blue-White weekend? The spring football scrimmage highlights what has become over the last two decades a showcase for all things sports and all things Nittany ...

Magical victory will be a part of history

AUGUSTA, Ga. — They crowded hundreds deep around the 18th green, roaring when those lucky enough to be in front signaled the first sight of Tiger Woods in his familiar red coming up the fairway. Up by the clubhouse, the kitchen help stood in white jackets and hats, much like a previous ...

O-line challenge heads into fall

UNIVERSITY PARK — It’s not wise to emerge from the Blue-White Game armed with sweeping conclusions. The game is less than a glorified scrimmage because the playbook is “vanilla,” according to James Franklin, who also stacks the roster heavily in favor of the Blue team. The first ...

Can Tiger Woods still win the Masters at age 43?

AUGUSTA, Ga. — Tiger Woods had the putting green pretty much to himself as storms approached Augusta National on Monday. As a handful of fans lingered to watch, he stroked the 5-footers that always seemed to go in during his prime. It’s been 14 years since enough went in to win on the ...

Giger: Kieger looks like great hire for Penn State

Penn State made what looks like a terrific hire in selecting Carolyn Kieger as the new women’s basketball coach. Kieger’s background is exactly what the Lady Lions should have been looking for. She was a very good college player herself at Marquette, put in several years as an assistant ...

McHugh, teammates celebrate title

With much of the country focused on basketball’s March Madness, and much of our region avidly following the Nittany Lion Wrestling team’s dynastic eighth national title in nine years, Penn State swimmer Ally McHugh quietly made program history, capturing the women’s swimming and diving ...

Star junior sets goal to three-peat

HERSHEY — Perhaps it was the bravado that comes with youth or the thrill of reaching the peak of your sport for the first time, but a year ago some of the first words out of the newest PIAA Class 2A girls champions’ mouths were talk of a repeat. When Bellwood-Antis captured its second ...

Rudel: Tournament dreams not so sweet for Macklin

In 1970, NCAA danced without Florida State With March Madness in high gear, Kenny Macklin finds himself bittersweet. When the former Penn State Altoona head basketball coach and current Mountain Lion assistant was a player at Florida State in 1969-70, the Seminoles thought they had Final ...

Thumbs up on brilliant career: Ruggery leaves impressive legacy at Guilfoyle

HERSHEY — When Bishop Guilfoyle was huddling in its final timeout with 5.2 seconds left down by two points, every person wearing purple in the Giant Center thought Luke Ruggery was going to hit a miraculous game-winning 3-pointer to win the state title. His clutch fourth quarter against ...

Rudel: BG boys look to make history

One of the many great things about the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic boys basketball team’s charge to its first PIAA championship game is now the Marauder faithful not only have a storied past but a team to celebrate today. And sometimes it takes a team like this one to shine that light. For ...

Chambers not PSU hoops’ big problem

Welcome to the greatest two days of the sports year — the beginning of the NCAA Tournament. Enjoy the madness, folks. I know I will. Once again, Penn State is nowhere to be found. What else is new? Did you know the Nittany Lions have been in the NCAA Tournament just five times in the ...

Krimmel has SFU program going strong

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Saint Francis showed all season, and especially in the first half Tuesday night, that it has a very good team. Much more important, though, is this: Saint Francis has a very good program. There are many reasons why that should not be the case. The Red Flash program was ...

Celebrating chances to ‘Dream Crazier’

It was one of the most talked-about commercials to air during the Academy Awards broadcast: Serena Williams narrating Nike’s “Dream Crazier” message featuring women in sports. The commercial opened with the tennis legend describing common labels about women: emotional, dramatic, ...

John Mehno always delivered the right touch

When the chapter on the best and longest tenured sportswriters in Pittsburgh sports history over the last 50 years is someday authored, the names of Bob Smizik, Ron Cook, Gene Collier and Ed Bouchette will surely be mentioned. One name who won’t be on that list but deserves an honorable ...

Back to basics for selection show

CBS plans to utilize a little common sense when it reveals the NCAA Tournament field at 6 p.m. tonight. The televised special will unveil the 68-team field by showing where teams fit in the tournament’s ubiquitous bracket. Of course, that makes all the sense in the world. Last year, TBS, ...

Red Flash family is filled with pride

The good people at Miriam Webster have a very broad definition of the word “pride.” Among the many descriptions one stands out: “delight or elation arising from some act, possession, or relationship.” For those that needed to see this definition with their own eyes, the 2,610 people ...

Electric crowd not enough to produce magical win

LORETTO — Rob Krimmel arrived at Saint Francis as a player in 1996, and he’s always wanted to see the school enjoy the kind of basketball atmosphere that was on display Tuesday night. DeGol Arena was electric. It was magical. The phenomenal, high-energy, high-basketball-IQ crowd should ...

Penske still on top of racing world

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Somewhat overshadowed by the stifling scrutiny of NASCAR’s new rules package was another Team Penske victory. Joey Logano held off teammate Brad Keselowski’s last-lap push to win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway — the fourth victory for a Roger Penske car in seven ...

Dellinger takes successful journey through consys

Hollidaysburg’s Gus Dellinger traveled a stressful road through the consolation rounds of the Northwest Regional Class 3A Tournament. The road ended up taking him to Hershey. Dellinger won three straight consolation bouts on Saturday to reach the third-place bout. He pinned Bellefonte’s ...