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Team Pennsylvania wins easily

JOHNSTOWN — Team Pennsylvania won 14 of 17 bouts — including four by fall — in a 57-12 victory over Team Maryland/West Virginia on Sunday in the Border Brawl Mason-Dixon Wrestling Classic at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Penn Cambria’s J.C. Smychynsky won the Nick Roberts ...

Unstoppable: PSU wins 8th national title in 9 years

PITTSBURGH — Maybe it was the regularity or the domination or the two finals losses out of five, but Penn State’s championship Saturday night in the 2019 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships in PPG Paints Arena lacked a certain flair. However, after last year’s tournament ended with ...

Haralson situation addressed

Following plenty of outcry over social media about replays aired on PCN showing West Middlesex junior Grace Mild connecting with a forearm/elbow to Bellwood-Antis’ Sakeria Haralson in the final moments of the first half of Thursday’s PIAA Class 2A title game, the PIAA has contacted WM coach ...

Rudel: Tournament dreams not so sweet for Macklin

In 1970, NCAA danced without Florida State With March Madness in high gear, Kenny Macklin finds himself bittersweet. When the former Penn State Altoona head basketball coach and current Mountain Lion assistant was a player at Florida State in 1969-70, the Seminoles thought they had Final ...

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D5 all-stars play tonight BEDFORD — The Nationwide Insurance/District 5 All-Star basketball games will be played tonight at Bedford Area High School. The girls game is at 6:15 p.m. and the boys game at 8 p.m. Altoona Mirror coverage area players playing for the East All-Star squad ...

2018-19 Mirror wrestling all-stars

It was a banner 2018-19 for many wrestlers and some teams in the Mirror coverage area, particularly for Glendale sophomore Brock McMillen and Chestnut Ridge senior Jared McGill. It was a golden year for McMillen and McGill. Spurred on by hard losses in the previous year’s PIAA Class 2A ...

McMillen, McGill each live up to expectations

Glendale 126-pound sophomore Brock McMillen and Chestnut Ridge 170-pound senior Jared McGill were expected to win state titles this season. McMillen was a returning state runner-up, and McGill was a three-time state placewinner who was very motivated after suffering a shocking loss in the ...

Winding down and getting ready to return home

BRADENTON, Fla. — It hardly seems possible but our annual winter fling in Florida is almost over. Spring training baseball is wrapping up and we should be back in Altoona on April 1. Hopefully, we can bring some of this great weather back north. The Pirates have been hot lately. Just a ...

McCann scores twice for Pens victory

DALLAS — Jared McCann scored twice, including the go-ahead goal on a spinning short-handed play in the third period, and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Dallas Stars 3-2 on Saturday night. McCann has 11 goals in 26 games since coming over in a trade with Florida, and now leads the Penguins ...

Bucs add 2 vets to roster

From Mirror, wire reports BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates made two important roster decisions on Saturday, announcing that outfielder Melky Cabrera and southpaw Francisco Liriano made the team for the upcoming season. Since both players were in camp on minor league contracts, ...

Altoona baseball returns 1-2

RICHMOND, Va. — The Altoona baseball team returned from its trip to Virginia on Saturday with a 1-2 record, following a 6-5 loss to Manchester High School. The Mountain Lions went 1-1 on Friday in their two games. On Saturday, Manchester scored twice in the bottom of the seventh on a ...

Lazor continues dominance with Chestnut Ridge program

While it has become expected that the Chestnut Ridge wrestling program will turn in great years under coach Greg Lazor, this year might have been his best coaching performance. Wrestling without Justin McCoy, the program’s career leader in wins, and with four freshmen in the starting ...

Bittersweet ending: Marauders fall just short in state title game

HERSHEY — Math, Civics & Sciences began Friday’s PIAA Class 2A state championship game holding poses after 3-point shots and jogging back on defense. The Mighty Elephants spent the moments after the final buzzer celebrating wildly, knowing they’d survived a dog fight to eke out a ...

Nittany Lions close in on another title

PITTSBURGH — Only a meltdown of epic proportions will prevent the Penn State wrestling team from leaving PPG Paints Arena tonight with its fourth straight NCAA championship and its eighth in the last nine years. The Nittany Lions ended the second day of competition Friday at the 2019 NCAA ...

Thumbs up on brilliant career: Ruggery leaves impressive legacy at Guilfoyle

HERSHEY — When Bishop Guilfoyle was huddling in its final timeout with 5.2 seconds left down by two points, every person wearing purple in the Giant Center thought Luke Ruggery was going to hit a miraculous game-winning 3-pointer to win the state title. His clutch fourth quarter against ...

Mountain Lions split to open up season

RICHMOND, Va. — The Altoona baseball team opened its season on Friday in Richmond, Virginia, losing to Benedictine High School, 6-2, in the first of a twinbill, while coming back to win 15-6 over St. Christopher’s in high school action. The Mountain Lions, who trailed 4-0 early to ...

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Tigers end Bisons’ streak The Hollidaysburg boys tennis team defeated Bedford, 3-2, on Friday in high school action at the Summit Tennis and Athletic Club. The victory for the Tigers (4-1) ended a 37-match regular-season win streak for Bedford (2-1) that dated back to the 2016 ...

Juniata College community mourns loss of Aurand

HUNTINGDON — Juniata College had a heavy heart this week. Memorial Gymnasium in Juniata’s Kennedy Sports & Recreation Center was filled with more than 600 student-athletes, coaches, campus employees and community members who came to honor Dave Aurand’s life. Aurand passed away ...

Marauders will return strong team

HERSHEY — When Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic lost four starters to graduation last season, a lot of people lowered their expectations for the Marauders. Even though BG blitzed its way through the District 6 Class 2A playoffs, there were still doubters when it came to playing state playoff ...

Berlin girls capture their first state championship

HERSHEY — Berlin Brothersvalley, a member of the WestPAC and the District 5 champions, won the PIAA Class 1A state title Friday with a 41-32 victory over Lourdes Regional at the Giant Center. The title was the first in the Somerset County school’s history. Lourdes Regional defeated ...