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Coaches, players happy to be back on diamond

Furrer Beverage defeated Professionals Auto Body, 8-2, in nine innings in what was believed to be the first baseball game played in the area this summer Monday evening at Seitz Field. Furrer third baseman Carter Sheehan, who tied the game with an RBI single in the top of the seventh to force ...

Good company: Davis starting to break out on the links

Editor’s note: This is the first of eight awards leading up to the Mirror’s male and female athlete of the year annoucements. Hollidaysburg junior Eric Davis wasn’t sure whether golf was his sport a year ago while preparing for the Wheeling Invitational at Sunnehanna Country Club. A ...

Sports at a glance

B-A AD clarifies his comments Bellwood-Antis athletic director Charlie Burch made it clear Monday that he had plenty of respect for all previous members and coaches of the school’s softball program. In a story about Jim Payne, who had been the school’s softball coach the past 13 ...

Trout gets dominating Lincoln ‘W’

By Dottie Bird For the Mirror ABBOTTSTOWN —Chad Trout led every lap of the 30-lap feature for his third career 410 sprint car victory at the Lincoln Speedway this past weeekend. With 46 410 sprint cars on hand, Trout qualified for the main event through his heat and selected the pole ...

‘Payne’ful farewell: Successful B-A coach steps down after 13 years

Bellwood-Antis softball coach Jim Payne announced his resignation from the program he led for the past 13 years over the weekend. Payne engineered one of the more impressive turnarounds in the area softball scene during his time coaching the Lady Blue Devils. “Jim did an amazing job in ...

Local AAU players stay hopeful

High school basketball season is still a long way away, so any potential worries about that season starting on time have been pushed to the back of players’ minds. But for many of those athletes, the season never really stops. Well, until now. The COVID-19 pandemic has already ...

For 20 years, Wilson keeps CC program at high level

Randy Wilson wasn’t even five years into his now 20-year tenure as Central Cambria’s high school cross country coach when he encouraged the younger sister of one of his athletes to join the team for a run. The girl didn’t really want to at first. She had dreamed of being a track star ...

‘Soft’ spot for tennis going away

The local tennis community will experience a void this summer that unfortunately may become permanent. Matt Stopp, tennis professional at the Gorilla House, confirmed last week that his facility’s outdoor courts will not open this year. There were only two — down from six as recently a ...

City League, Federation set opening days

Play ball! That’s what you’ll be hearing at area baseball fields soon after pandemic restrictions will be lifted in Blair County beginning next Friday. The Altoona Greater City Baseball League will open its 2020 season on Monday, June 8, according to league president Dale Snyder. He ...

Pens part of 24-team playoff

By Stephen Whyno The Assoociated Press The NHL’s regular season is over and the chase for the Stanley Cup is on if hockey returns this summer. The league settled on a 24-team postseason format earlier this week that Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano supported back in March as the ...

Local trio captures event in the Hills

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The team of Karen Duffet, Carol Young and Pam Riley recently won the Ladies Golf Association Tournament held this past week at the Sylvan Hills Golf Club. Second-place honors went to the team of Cathy Beam, Janet Grove, Karen Hosey and Linda Wise. Third place was won by ...

Chestnut Ridge golf course for sale

From Mirror reports BLAIRSVILLE — Chestnut Ridge Golf, LP, owner of Chestnut Ridge Golf Resort in Blairsville has announced that the property is for sale and will be auctioned on July 25. Tom and Jim Usher originally purchased the course in 2008 and seek to simplify their investments and ...

Words of wisdom: Tyrone star will pass on lessons in life someday

The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the final installment in the series. One day, Nick Vasbinder is going to have one heck of a story to tell his students. Or his team. ...

Wolf: Pro sports can resume in state

The Associated Press HARRISBURG— Professional sports can resume in Pennsylvania where the governor’s stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the coronavirus is no longer in force, but without spectators, Gov. Tom Wolf’s administration said Wednesday. Those teams and competitors will ...

Taking the high road: CHS star won’t let virus bring her down

The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior Tori Longenecker has enjoyed an exemplary academic and athletic career at Central High School. While compiling a 97 average in her ...

Pens must move on without Bjugstad

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins will head into whatever becomes of the NHL postseason without forward Nick Bjugstad. The team announced Wednesday that Bjugstad underwent spinal surgery to repair a herniated disk. General manager Jim Rutherford said the surgery was necessary after ...

Sports at a glance

Duo post 2-0 mark at HCC HUNTINGDON — The team of Phil Thompson-Jim Lakso are 2-0 after two weeks of action in the Big Orange Golf League at the Huntingdon Country Club. The teams of Larry Newton and Gerald Huggler, along with Bob Lamey and Rick Bayer, are both 1-1. Ed Gargula and ...

Steelers’ DB thinks new format could be beneficial

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Minkah Fitzpatrick is missing the somewhat leisurely pace of the NFL’s organized team activities, when free time in the evenings allows teammates to develop the chemistry the Steelers safety considers critical to success. “You’re ...

Sarah makes Tigers smile

Senior salute The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Usually because of the distance between the high jump and the pole vault events in high school, it’s quite a long distance ...

Ex-Valley coach hired to take over at Philipsburg-Osceola

The Philipsburg-Osceola Area School District Board of Directors approved T.J. Anderson as the school’s new boys basketball coach in a virtual meeting Tuesday evening. Matt Curtis, who had led the team the past six years, stepped down earlier this month after accepting a new position as the ...