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Dragons too much for Tigers in their opener

MARTINSBURG — Central got a thoroughbred-like jump out of the gate Monday night in its non-league boys basketball matchup with archrival Hollidaysburg. That fast start, coupled with a very balanced scoring attack, helped the Scarlet Dragons cruise to a 69-42 victory at the Central High ...

BG suffers first loss of season

SIDMAN — Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic and Forest Hills were both still alive in the state quarterfinals last year when the PIAA canceled the rest of the season. Both teams have their sights set on returning to that point and getting even further this year with most of their respective squads ...

BG’s Homan off to fast start

Name: Leah Homan School: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Age: 16 Grade: Junior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Homan scored 19 points against Juniata Valley, 24 points against Bishop Carroll Catholic and 27 points against Central Cambria as the Lady Marauders went 3-0 for ...

Confident Claar sparks Portage

Name: Kaden Claar School: Portage Age: 17 Grade: Junior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Claar helped Portage finish 4-0 for the week by scoring 18 points against Forest Hills, 19 points against Ferndale, 13 points against Northern Bedford and 16 points against ...

Steelers make it official with Canada hiring

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers didn’t look very far to find a new offensive coordinator, promoting quarterbacks coach Matt Canada to the position on Monday to replace Randy Fichtner. The Steelers opted not to renew Fichtner’s contract ...

Big Apple looks tasty for Taillon

By Ronald Blum The Associated Press NEW YORK — Jameson Taillon’s trade from Pittsburgh to the New York Yankees started to soak in, and he thought about reuniting with former roommate Gerrit Cole. “Every night you get a five-star cooked meal,” Taillon said. “Even if he’s ...

Pirates sign minor league catcher

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pirates have signed catcher Joe Hudson to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. Pittsburgh announced the deal on Monday. The 29-year-old Hudson has appeared in 18 major league games for St. Louis, Seattle and the ...

Sports at a glance

Ex-Steeler to play in CFL Martavis Bryant, the former Steelers and Raiders wide receiver suspended multiple times by the NFL for substance abuse violations, signed with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts Monday. The ex-Clemson star drew an indefinite suspension in 2018 while with Oakland. He ...

Mountain Lion boys, girls take care of Richland

The Altoona Area High School swimming teams picked up victories over Richland at the AAHS Fieldhouse pool on Monday with the boys winning, 104-43, and the girls prevailing, 98-56. Patryck Webster led the Altoona boys with wins in the 200-yard freestyle and 500 free. Jacob Steinbugl won the ...

Wood leads BG boys in rout of Forest Hills

Senior Alex Wood poured in 22 points as the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School boys basketball team opened its season with a 72-42 rout of Forest Hills on Monday at Pleasant Valley Gymnasium. Sophomore Patrick Haigh scored 16 points for the Marauders, and senior Michael Woolridge added 11 ...

Lady Pirates earn win in fourth quarter at JV

ALEXANDRIA — Williamsburg pulled away from Juniata Valley in the fourth quarter to post a 58-48 victory in high school girls basketball on Monday. Freshmen Megan Palmer and Ayla Hileman led the way for the Lady Pirates with 14 and 11 points, respectively. Krista Simpson added nine ...

Cash, Marisa star, but Lady Lions lose

UNIVERSITY PARK — Fifteen days after beating Minnesota, the Penn State women’s basketball team fell to the Lady Gophers, 85-76, on Monday night at the Bryce Jordan Center. The Lady Lions won the first meeting, 69-60, on Jan. 10 in Minneapolis. Monday’s game saw 13 lead changes and 12 ...

Hollidaysburg teams hoping to finally get seasons started

Hollidaysburg became the final school in Blair County to begin the winter sports regular season after its girls basketball game against Altoona on Thursday and its boys basketball game against Johnstown on Friday were postponed due to cleaning being done at the school after COVID-19 ...

New Central coach adjusting to challenges

TYRONE — New Central girls basketball coach Drew Ebersole finally made his debut leading the young Lady Dragons in a Mountain League rivalry game against District 6 Class 4A power Tyrone on Wednesday. Ebersole has had to deal with taking over a team with just two returning letterwinners and ...

Tyrone girls clutch at line in beating Juniata Valley

TYRONE — Tyrone went 6-for-6 from the foul line in the final 48 seconds and 14-of-18 for the game to hold on and defeat Juniata Valley, 54-49, in a high school girls basketball game on Saturday. Jaida Parker led the Eagles with 17 points, and Emma Getz and Stephanie Ramsey each scored 11 ...

Lady Lions top Bellefonte

BELLEFONTE — Altoona edged Bellefonte, 133.55-127.13, in high school gymnastics on Saturday. Abby Donlan scored a 9.55 on beam and 35.25 in the all-around to help the Lady Lions clinch the victory. Altoona’s Hannah Shaffer was second in the all-around. Altoona will next compete in ...

Fasick captures title

Altoona’s Caleb Fasick won the 120-pound championship at the Big 7 Tournament in high school wrestling action at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse on Saturday. Fasick defeated Central Mountain’s Zane Cooper by an 11-1 major decision in the final. Bellefonte won the team title. ...

Altoona, Tyrone teams split

Jacob Steinbugl won the 100-yard butterfly and 100 backstroke to help Altoona top Tyrone, 91-44, in high school boys swimming Saturday. Spencer Dunklebarger won the 100 freestyle and 100 breastroke for the Eagles. Tyrone topped Altoona, 91-74, on the girls side with the help of victories ...

BG girls showing prowess

In rolling to a pair of home-court mercy-rule victories on the past two consecutive nights, the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Lady Marauders have enjoyed the best of two basketball worlds. BG bolted out to quick leads in both games, which permitted head coach Kristi Kaack to substitute ...

McDonald says it’s time to walk away

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Vance McDonald could sense last spring the end of his NFL career was in the offing. The Pittsburgh Steelers tight end’s urge to branch out beyond the football field — one that bubbled for years — came to a head during the early ...