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Name: Ethan Hullihen Age: 28 Residence: Fallentimber High school: Glendale College: Saint Francis University My favorite sport: Baseball I usually attend games with: My wife Favorite high school team: Don’t follow high school sports Favorite college team: Saint Francis ...

Measure Woods on his comeback

Tiger Woods once said it could not be considered a truly great year without winning a major. Five years ago, he never would have said it could be a good year without winning any tournament. This year is an exception. Woods closed with a 64 on Sunday at Bellerive, his lowest final round in ...

‘Howling noises’ disrupt Pirates games

I have been a fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates all my life, but I’ve lived away for 50 years. I moved back to the area in 2016 and was excited about watching Pirates games. Usually at the end of the games, some people in the stands start what sounds like howling noises. It is quite ...

Some college football games to circle

There are just three Saturdays, or 21 days overall, however you prefer to count, until the college football season begins. For Penn State, the season opener comes on Sept. 1 when the Nittany Lions play host to Appalachian State at Beaver Stadium. For some fans looking forward to the season, ...

Portland grew women’s game locally

Sometimes the passing of time enhances our appreciation of people and the good they have done. Such is the case of Penn State longtime women’s basketball coach Rene Portland. I’ll not let the controversy that plagued her last few seasons diminish the contributions she made to female ...

Keystone baseball doing itself proud

The Keystone kids are making another run to play on Little League’s biggest stage. Keystone Little League, based in Beech Creek, Clinton County, claimed the Pennsylvania championship by sweeping four games at the state tournament held last week in Berwick. Keystone’s next stop is the ...

Ohio State case ‘tip of the iceberg’

Well the Ohio State slogan of “Just win baby, win” has come back to haunt coach Urban Meyer and the entire Columbus and Ohio State communities. My questions, among many, are: 1. In 2015, police investigated an incident of domestic abuse of the victim. Who stopped the police report of ...

There’s no room for politics in sports

In May, the team owners of the National Football League (NFL) instituted some new rules for football players and teams. This new rule was a reaction to protests some players have made during the playing of the national anthem. There are many strong opinions on this issue expressed by ...

Curve, MLB know how to show class

On Wednesday, July 18 at the Altoona Curve game at noon, patriotism and the respect for our nation’s flag and veterans were at an emotional high, and my friends and I were proud to be a part of it. The Curve, as always, honor our veterans each game and this particular Wednesday’s salute ...

Fandom: Ben Eberhart

Name: Ben Eberhart Age: 27 Residence: Hollidaysburg High school: Claysburg-Kimmel College: Penn State Altoona My favorite sport: Baseball I usually attend games with: My family and my girlfriend. Favorite high school team: Claysburg-Kimmel Bulldogs Favorite college team: Penn ...

Coach memorable for right reasons

I am probably the last person on earth who should be writing a sports column. My first Little League game was an abject failure. We lost 33-0, long before mercy rules were introduced. That team did not win a single game. Three years later, when playing in the “majors” — at least the ...

Ohio State continues troubling trend

I have been surprised over the years that Ohio State University hasn’t been hit with more allegations of improprieties with any of its sports programs. Well, as they say, “what goes around comes around” when a number of former wrestlers and a nursing student came forward in an ...

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Name: Ben Sosnowski Age: 13 Residence: Duncansville Junior high school: Hollidaysburg Future college: Penn State My favorite sport: Baseball I usually attend games with: My family and friends Favorite high school team: Hollidaysburg Favorite college team: Penn State Favorite ...

Moschella emphasized life’s values

I am writing to add perspective to Mark Moschella’s coaching career following his recent retirement as head coach of the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School girls basketball team. To the start the season off, Coach Moschella sat us down and listed our priorities on the board. With ...

Dog scared neighbor, Joe Namath

By Byron Lasser In 1970, my wife, Ronna, and I were living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the home of the University of Alabama. One night we let our little dachshund, “Peaches,” outside to relieve herself. Within a few minutes, she was barking up a storm so I went outside to see what the ...

‘Get up’ needs holiday to polish act

It was early the morning of July 4, and ESPN’s Michelle Beadle, live on the air, asked a probably bigger-than-she-intended question: “Why are we here?” It was not a philosophical or religious query, and it really did not sound like a complaint, but with Beadle and co-hosts Mike ...

Steratore should handle transition

There’s a best time to buy just about everything, from airline tickets to mattresses and outdoor grills — and even on-air rules analysts for NFL games. The time for the last product was the past few weeks, with every network securing a recently retired official to hopefully provide ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag: PIAA changes are ‘decades overdue’

I most certainly support separate playoffs for public and private schools. All of my public school years were spent in District 6. Twenty years following graduation from high school were spent in the Philadelphia area, and five years after that were spent in District 4 while our son was a ...

Steelers’ time has got to be now

Over the past several years, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been considered one of the NFL’s elite teams. Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell are arguably the best quarterback, wide receiver and running back combination, and the defense is composed of young, talented ...

PIAA, unfairly, governs by fear

I strongly favor a plan that would level the playing field between the PIAA’s private and public schools. As a former head coach and current assistant varsity coach of a public school for a period of 23 years, this is an issue that needs to be addressed in some form. Also having been a ...