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Dibert part of Williamsburg lore

Although not surprising, it was still a shock when I picked up the paper several weeks ago and learned of Dick Dibert’s passing. Like many my age, I first check the obituary page before turning to the Mirror’s award-winning sports coverage. Dibert’s health had been steadily ...

Meyer’s departure perfectly timed

Urban Meyer stood before Ohio State boosters seven years ago with one goal in mind as he returned to the state he grew up in and the university where he got his first job. “Our objective is simple: to make the state of Ohio proud,” Meyer said. As Meyer walks away from coaching — ...

Rural schools need own league

First, I find the Altoona Mirror to be very insightful with the Thursday, Nov. 15 presentation of the boundary schools (public schools) vs. the non-boundary schools (private schools) for sports purposes within the PIAA. Namely, that the article was presented on the obituary page as the PIAA ...

For Hackenberg, another chance

Hack’s back, or at least he’s getting another shot, and he could be playing football on TV by mid-February if things go well. Former Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg was selected in the second round of the inaugural quarterback draft conducted by the Alliance of American ...

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Name: Aidan Balasco Age: 17 Residence: Wilmore High school: Forest Hills College: Will play football at Edinboro My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My teammates from school Favorite high school team: Forest Hills Favorite college team: Ohio ...

For LeBron, a respectful return

The last time I was in Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, LeBron James and the Cavaliers were trying to hold off the Golden State Warriors from sweeping them in the NBA Finals. The crowd was hoping James, the hometown star who just two years prior had willed the Cavaliers from a 3-1 ...

Bailey has always been a winner

The following story was published by David Potchak in 2005. It is being republished in recognition of Don Bailey’s retirement as head football coach at Forest Hills. In the midst of the boney piles, coal dust and mine sulfur drainage, the town of St. Michael is neatly tucked away as part of ...

MNF makes the right decision

One of TV’s top-rated and most-watched programs changed its studio location and sports fans can see the result on “Monday Night Football” this week. Monday night’s game between the Chiefs and Rams was to be played in Mexico City, part of the NFL’s effort to help the sport’s ...

Michigan trip less than enjoyable

From the moment that my family and I arrived on the campus of the University of Michigan, we were treated kindly and even welcomed. We spoke to several Michigan fans as we walked and shopped their beautiful city. One gentleman took a family photo for us and asked if we were being treated ...

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Name: Jane Burget Age: 64 Residence: Altoona High school: Bellwood-Antis College: Penn State My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My sons and friends Favorite high school team: Bellwood-Antis Favorite college team: Penn State Favorite pro team: ...

First half of season filled with drama

Michael Thomas reached behind a goal post to pull out a flip phone in homage to a memorable touchdown celebration of the past. Benjamin Watson used his touchdown catch to let everyone know that he and his wife are expecting — and it’s going to be twins. That was cause enough for ...

Penn State needs more than talk

I have never written a letter to the editor in my 72 years. Given that fact, I find it necessary to write regarding the present Penn State football team. First, I would like to point out that I do not have the necessary skills to evaluate the coaching ability of any coach, but I was in ...

World Series was a true ‘classic’

The World Series is named the “Fall Classic.” However, as I watched Games 3, 4, and 5 of the series in Dodgers Stadium in 80-degree, sunny weather with the mountain surrounding Chavez Ravine serving as a picturesque backdrop, it did not feel like “fall,” but the series clearly had its ...

Browns not so easy anymore

PITTSBURGH — The Cleveland Browns are in town today, and their visits have usually been as welcome as those from Santa Claus. It’s generally been a nice way for the Steelers to pick up an easy win. Maybe not now, though. The Browns still aren’t good, but they aren’t awful, ...

Raiders checking out of Oakland

By Tim Dahlberg The Associated Press Raiders quarterback Derek Carr tweeted Tuesday to, among other things, assure loyal fans he was fighting for their team and their city. To which one user with twitchy Twitter fingers fired off a quick reply. “Which city are you fighting back for, ...

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Name: Sean Isenberg Age: 20 Residence: Tyrone High school: Tyrone Area College: Mount Aloysius My favorite sport: Basketball I usually attend games with: My friends Favorite high school team: Tyrone Favorite college team: Penn State Favorite pro team: Chicago Bulls My ...

PSU, WVU team for good cause

Kudos to all involved with the Penn State-West Virginia men’s basketball exhibition game Nov. 3 in Morgantown, W.Va., that will be televised by AT&T Sportsnet Pittsburgh. The made-for-charity and scooped-up-for-TV event offers a nice feel-good vibe. While game time remains up in the ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag

Franklin will continue to improve In our professional careers, and in life, we generally improve over time with the benefit of experience and learning from our mistakes. James Franklin is a better coach now than he was in 2011, or in 2014. Similarly, he’ll be a better coach in 2023 ...

Some alerts for hunting season

Individuals planning to hunt in the state of Pennsylvania should double-check the regulations that pertain to their hunting spot. Since this time last year, Disease Management Areas 2 and 3 have been expanded and the new DMA 4 was established due to the detection of new chronic wasting ...

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Name: Hunter Ollinger Age: 24 Residence: Hollidaysburg High school: Hollidaysburg College: Penn State My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My family, my girlfriend and many friends. Favorite high school team: Hollidaysburg Favorite college team: Penn ...