Sports Columns

Giger: Curve resembling 2017 title team

There’s something about this year’s Curve team that’s starting to look more and more similar to the gritty, clutch 2017 Eastern League championship squad. That was my first thought following Altoona’s come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Erie on Sunday to wrap up the first half of the ...

‘Sports Central’ will be missed

And just like that, it was off the air. Fellow Mirror sportswriter Cory Giger was told on Monday that his long-running talk show — “Sports Central” — was no longer a part of the programming on Toona 1430 WVAM. Add that to the fact that ESPN Radio was removed from WVAM several months ...

Growth of rugby continues in Blair County

In early February, three boys from the Blair United/Hollidaysburg Rugby team visited Bishop Guilfoyle High School with an intent to recruit boys to rugby. Instead, girls expressed interest, and within a couple of weeks, a new girls high school rugby team was in formation. By March, Summer ...

US women celebrating on top stage

I vividly remember falling in love with women’s soccer. It was exactly twenty years ago when the USA women, led by the likes of Mia Hamm, Julie Foudy and Brandi Chastain captured the Women’s World Cup in a history-making moment for women’s athletics. The largest audience ever tuned in ...

Chiarella pulls off ‘one’ unique feat

Last weekend, 25-year-old Alex Chiarella captured his first victory on the Canadian Professional Golf Tour at the Lethbridge Paradise Canyon Open. The feat was understandably exciting for the young Chiarella, but not especially noteworthy in the world of golf — except for one unusual ...

Next month’s fortunes could define Pirates’ season

Things are sometimes not quite what they may appear to be. The Pittsburgh Pirates have recently been flirting with last place in the National League Central Division, but looks can be deceiving. Following a sweep of the San Diego Padres this past weekend at PNC Park, the Pirates were closer ...

Rudel: Nevins concludes it’s time

Central High School is expected to name Paul Frederick as its new boys basketball coach Monday night. Which means after 27 seasons and 452 victories — most in Blair County boys scholastic basketball history — the Reggie Nevins era is over. Nevins’ last three months as Central’s ...

Bedford HOF call extending Nastasi’s legacy

The Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame has a unique process: It generally waits 25 years following an athlete’s career before enshrinement. Reasoning is simple: The mission is designed to be a career honor but also to extend the understanding and provide full appreciation of ...

Hoping to help a young player get back a game ball

I need some help trying to find the owner of this baseball. As you can see in the picture, it’s a game ball from two years ago in the Altoona Area Baseball Association. Somehow, the ball ended up in my batting practice bucket of balls two weeks ago. While not certain where it came from, ...

Memories of Father’s Day and fishing

This weekend, many celebrated Father’s Day. The holiday is full of memories and traditions, including Jim Lane’s beautiful tribute column to his dad that is printed in the Mirror each year. For some families, Father’s Day means a day at the ballpark; for others, it’s a backyard ...

Reliving the scholastic year’s best moments

The 2018-2019 scholastic sports season has come to a close, and plenty of memories made in communities across the Mirror’s coverage area will live on forever. Selecting just the top 10 moments was challenging, as seven PIAA state champions made the list, but none of those earned the top ...

Father’s Day memories never fade

Editor’s note: Retired Mirror sports editor Jim Lane wrote this column after his dad, Kermit, passed away in 1987. It’s reprinted every Father’s Day. Today is Father’s Day. It’s a chance to tell your favorite guy thanks for all he’s been and done for you over the years. It’s ...

US women’s team a soccer powerhouse

Those who have cried for more scoring in the game of soccer got exactly that as the U.S. Women’s National Team came out in its opening World Cup game in France against Thailand and buried 13 goals in the back of the nets in a 13-0 pounding of the Thai Women’s Team. The game was ...

New bill not the answer

Pennsylvania State Representative Aaron Bernstine unveiled House Bill 1600 Tuesday in Harrisburg in an attempt to bridge the concerns of both public and private schools in regard to the PIAA playoffs in several sports. The bill would separate playoff brackets in football, boys and girls ...

Online sports betting now live in PA

Legal online sports betting has finally arrived in Pennsylvania after longer-than-expected delays. There’s only one available online casino option for people to wager at so far. There also are still technology and legal issues that have to be addressed within the industry to make the ...

Women’s soccer has earned its keep

Women’s soccer season — specifically, the once-every-four-years “season” that coincides with the Women’s World Cup — has started and games will air on Fox, Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 through the conclusion of the tournament on July 7. Team USA, the perennial tournament favorite ...

Warriors need Durant

OAKLAND, Calif. — When Game 4 was over, while Toronto fans were waving Canadian flags in celebration inside an otherwise-stunned Oracle Arena, a glum-faced Kevin Durant was outside the Golden State locker room to greet equally glum teammates as they sauntered off the floor. That’s been ...

Giger: Stevens’ decision great news for Chambers

UNIVERSITY PARK — Good for Patrick Chambers. He deserved this. Make no mistake about what happened last week, when Lamar Stevens decided to return for his senior season of Penn State basketball. That decision saved Chambers’ job. Or at least, it gives Chambers a fighting chance to ...

End of school year observations abound

The region’s final graduation ceremonies are taking place this week, with all of the pomp and pageantry, tears and cheers we’ve come to expect from the traditional, transitional ceremonies. Called “Commencement,” for many high schools and colleges, meaning “a beginning or start,” ...

Net results: Ballparks becoming much safer these days

Crack! Blink. Smack. Ooouuuccchhh!!! It happens so fast. Lightning fast. Even if you’re paying close attention at a baseball game, it can be tough to avoid getting hit by a screaming foul ball aimed at you in the ...