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Tyrone defeats tough competition to capture title

Local Sports

In Kevin Soellner’s five previous seasons as Tyrone Area High School’s head baseball coach, the Golden Eagles had never taken part in the annual Altoona Curve Classic at Peoples Natural Gas Field. This spring, Soellner’s Eagles finally made an appearance, and the sixth-year coach ...

Matsuyama wins one for Japan

National Sports

AUGUSTA, Ga. — The pressure was even more than Hideki Matsuyama could have imagined when he stood on the first tee Sunday at Augusta National. So was the emotion when he walked off the 18th green as the first Masters champion from golf-mad Japan. His arms securely inside the sleeves of the ...

Brubaker pitches, hits Bucs to second straight win

Professional Sports

PITTSBURGH — JT Brubaker pitched into the sixth inning and had the first three RBIs of his career to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Chicago Cubs, 7-1, on Sunday. Brubaker (1-0) allowed one run and four hits in 5• innings with four strikeouts and one walk. His two-run single down the ...

Sceviour proves himself

Professional Sports

NEWARK, N.J. — Colton Sceviour scored two, quick goals just hours after coming off waivers and the streaking Pittsburgh Penguins rolled to a 5-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night. Bryan Rust scored a controversial goal and Jake Guenzel added two late ones as the Penguins ...

Altoona defeats SC, Harrisburg

Local Sports

Brooke Long won the 100-meter dash in 13 seconds and the triple jump with a performance of 37 feet, 7 inches. She also helped the 400-meter relay team to a first-place finish as Altoona defeated State College, 88-59, and Harrisburg, 109-23, in high school track and field action Saturday at ...

Two-week deer season approved

Outdoors

HARRIBURG — The Pennsylvania Game Commission has approved concurrent hunting for antlered and antlerless deer through the duration of the 2021-22 firearms deer season. LNP newspaper reports that commission members acknowledged at their spring meeting Saturday that much of the feedback ...

Lady Eagles nip Bellwood-Antis; CC prevails

Local Sports

TYRONE — Tyrone scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning, and Bellwood-Antis did not respond in a 7-6 triumph for the Lady Eagles Saturday in high school softball. Beth Pearson homered and drove in three runs for Tyrone, and Maci Brodzina and Ella Pearson each had a ...

Mtn. Lions finish as runner-up team

Local Sports

Altoona finished second at the Mountain Lion Invitational high school tennis tournament on Saturday. Nick Schimminger finished as the runner-up in the No. 1 singles flight, and Kyle Murray was second in the No. 2 singles flight. Josh Adams finished third in No. 3 singles. The teams of ...

A reluctant star earns Green Jacket

Sports Columns

AUGUSTA, Ga. — His were the only pair of hands on the club. Millions of his countrymen will want a piece of Hideki Matsuyama now. Considering how much he values his privacy, it could be quite the interesting tug of war. Precious few people even knew Matsuyama was married until he and his ...

Truex outlasts teammate Hamlin

National Sports

MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Martin Truex Jr. admits to being surprised by his success at Martinsville Speedway. Truex won a stirring, laps-long duel for the lead with teammate Denny Hamlin in the rain-delayed NASCAR Cup Series race Sunday night, winning for the third time in the last four stops at ...

C-K wins close one against NB

Local Sports

CLAYSBURG — Corey Chamberlain tossed a complete-game seven-hitter, striking out nine and walking just one in leading Claysburg-Kimmel to a 2-1 win over Northern Bedford in high school baseball action Friday. Tough-luck losing pitcher Andrew Lazor gave up eight hits, struck out five and ...

Haigh, Kaack cap championship year

Local Sports

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic won its seventh PIAA girls basketball championship in March, but the Lady Marauders aren’t finished collecting hardware yet. Head coach Kristi Kaack and senior Teresa Haigh have been selected as the Altoona Mirror’s Coach and Player of the Year, ...

Gripp, Kargo help teams enjoy success

Local Sports

Tyrone’s high school boys basketball team didn’t get the chance to end the season as a team the way it hoped after the Golden Eagles were upset in the District 6 Class 4A semifinals by Bedford, but their best player is going out on top. Senior Damon Gripp was selected as the Altoona ...

Mtn. Lions enjoy Curve Classic opener, play Tyrone next

Local Sports

Scoring 10 runs in an inning is a huge accomplishment for any high school baseball team. To do it in the first inning of a Curve Classic quarterfinal game is even bigger. Altoona never allowed Huntingdon starter Josh Hollibaugh the chance to settle in, and everyone in the starting lineup ...

Mailbag

Voice of the Fan

Big Ten has overmatched Penn State basketball I have enjoyed reading Neil Rudel’s recent articles on the hiring of Micah Shrewsberry as new PSU men’s basketball coach. For sure, Shreweberry has been influenced by some great college basketball minds, e.g. Brad Stevens and Matt ...

Players anxious to start

Altoona Curve

Their game was taken away from them last year. Their passion. Their life’s work, by and large, since they were 4 or 5 years old. They are ecstatic to have it back. “No doubt,” new Curve manager Miguel Perez said. “The appreciation for the game definitely went up big time, just the ...

Elder can never be repaid in full for years of racism

Voice of the Fan

By Paul Newberry The Assoociated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — Lee Elder was 40 years old when he made history as the first Black player to tee it up at the Masters, after so many prime years had already been stolen from him by the scourge of racism. When Augusta National finally extended him ...

Wounded Penguins triumph

Local Sports

The Associated Press NEWARK, N.J. — Bryan Rust scored two goals and Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists in leading the streaking Pittsburgh Penguins to a 6-4 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night. Jared McCann, Brian Dumoulin and Colton Sceviour also scored as the ...

Rose holds on to l ead after day two

National Sports

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press AUGUSTA, Ga. — Justin Rose was happy enough to still have the lead Friday at the Masters, even if only by a fraction on a day when Augusta National was more forgiving and he had to rally just to shoot par. The two players right behind had reason to ...

Big bats put Tigers into semifinals

Local Sports

Hollidaysburg played an error-free game in an 18-3 triumph over Portage Friday in the quarterfinals of the Altoona Curve Classic at PNG Field. Well, unless you can give an error to a coach. The game was delayed slightly in the bottom of the fifth inning when Golden Tigers coach Jon Szynal ...