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West, Colledge stepping down

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Altoona Area High School will have new basketball coaches next season. Doug West and Miriam Colledge have informed their teams of their intentions to step down from the boys and girls jobs, both confirmed. West coached the Mountain Lions for three seasons, and Colledge guided the Lady Lions ...

Penn State’s Parsons, Luketa share unbreakable bond

PSU

UNIVERSITY PARK — It all began in Beaver Hall. The dorm Micah Parsons called “legendary” is the site where the friendship between Parsons and fellow linebacker Jesse Luketa first started. Together, Parsons and Luketa enrolled early during the 2018 spring semester and their college ...

BC coach Gongloff retiring

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EBENSBURG — Bishop Carroll Catholic High School announced on Wednesday that long-time girls basketball coach Bob Gongloff is retiring after 19 seasons at the helm. Gongloff was head coach from 1991-2004, and returned to the bench in 2015 until this past season. He had a career record of ...

Mtn. Lions upended by State College

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Trailing State College by two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning during Wednesday’s District 6 Class 6A championship game, Altoona’s Adam Sinisi was called out at the plate trying to score from second on a two-out single by Jake Hunter. Mountain Lions coach Tom Smith sprinted from his ...

Walks doom Tigers

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Walks are as good as a hit. Ask the Central Mountain baseball team. Walks also kill. Ask the Hollidaysburg baseball team. Central Mountain benefited from 10 walks and scored 10 runs on only five hits Wednesday night to win the District 6 Class 5A championship game, 10-3 over Hollidaysburg ...

Janosik, Pfister hope for good start

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Penn Cambria’s Lyric Janosik could be in for a big first day when the PIAA track and field championships begin in Shippensburg Friday morning. Janosik, along with Bishop Carroll’s Caroline Ratchford, is seeded fourth in the girls high jump that begins at 9 a.m. and then is the top seed in ...

JuJu ready to takes center stage

National Sports

PITTSBURGH — JuJu Smith-Schuster chose his words carefully. Smith-Schuster was trying to find some middle ground between being appreciative for Antonio Brown’s influence while also acknowledging things should be considerably calmer for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019. The prolific but ...

Blues-Bruins Cup final long-awaited

National Sports

Seeing the famous photo of Bobby Orr scoring the 1970 Stanley Cup-winning goal to beat his St. Louis Blues doesn’t bring back bad memories for Scotty Bowman. “Not really,” the legendary coach said. “Because we didn’t have a big opportunity to win that series.” Orr and the big, ...

Michigan hires Howard for hoops

National Sports

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Juwan Howard is coming back to Michigan. The former member of the Fab Five agreed to a five-year deal, which will pay him $2 million in his first year, on Wednesday to lead the Wolverines. “As a ‘Michigan Man’ I know the place our program has in college basketball ...

Warriors eliminated

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MEYERSDALE — The 2019 high school baseball season came to an end on Wednesday for Everett, which lost, 5-2, to Meyersdale in the District 5 2A semifinals. Meyersdale, which will play Conemaugh Township in the finals, scored three times in the bottom of the sixth to break a 2-2 tie. The ...

Bucks need better bench play vs. Raptors

National Sports

MILWAUKEE — The Bucks are back in Milwaukee looking to regain momentum in the Eastern Conference finals. Coach Mike Budenholzer believes the play of his bench will be a major factor in what happens in Game 5 on Thursday. The Bucks reserves played so well in the first two games of the ...

Pirates keep up struggles at home

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The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell reached the Allegheny River on the fly for the second time in two weeks, the only notable blemish for the Colorado Rockies in a 9-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night. After Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer to put Colorado ...

Offense continues to struggle

Altoona Curve

Next stop Today: Altoona at New Hampshire, 11:35 a.m. Pitchers: Curve RHP Scooter Hightower (2-4, 5.63) vs. Fisher Cats RHP Patrick Murphy (2-4, 3.35) Record: 22-22 From Mirror reports MANCHESTER, N.H. — The Curve offense couldn’t do much of anything against a pitcher with an ...

Gingrich hands ERA second loss

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Gingrich Insurance knocked off ERA, 7-6, Wednesday night in an Altoona Teener League Lowey Division game at Seitz Field. Gingrich improved to 6-2 while ERA fell to 7-2. The winners got two hits from Eli Steward and an RBI. He also scored a run. Winning pitcher Brennen Freiwald worked into ...

Big Ben eager to move past AB saga

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By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Ben Roethlisberger heard the noise. How could he not? At times, it was deafening. Antonio Brown. Le’Veon Bell. A handful of other former teammates long since gone from the Pittsburgh Steelers locker room. The talking heads on TV. They ...

Learning German is hard

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By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — German Marquez could sense his delivery speeding up. So the Colorado Rockies pitcher made a concerted effort to slow things down, putting a halt to his team’s four-game losing streak in the process. The 24-year-old struck out seven over ...

Despite loss, BG positive about its future

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SIDMAN — Bishop Guilfoyle volleyball coach Branden McGarvey has lots to look forward to next season. Lots of height, to be specific. The Marauders expect junior hitter Connor Ebersole (6-foot-0), sophomore right side hitter Michael Woolridge (6-foot-8) and freshman hitter Nick Anderson ...

No deficit too big for Bedford

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BEDFORD — Entering the bottom of the fifth inning of the District 5-9 Class 3A baseball semifinals, Bedford found itself trailing, 12-5, to Chestnut Ridge with its postseason life on the line. The Bisons’ coaching staff gathered the team around, reminding them of one simple message ...

Owners to consider PI review tweaks

National Sports

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — NFL owners meeting Wednesday will consider a proposal to refine the new rule that allows challenges involving pass interference, and may also announce locations to host upcoming drafts. Owners voted in March to allow interference calls or non-calls to be challenged by ...

Why it took four majors for Koepka to get his due

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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Majors matter more than any other golf tournament. They are not the sole measure of greatness. And that might be one reason it took Brooks Koepka winning four majors — as many as Rory McIlroy, one more than Jordan Spieth among his contemporaries — for the ...