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Martin, Tyrone both win openers

Martin Oil went up 1-0 in its best-of-3 series with Park Home Monday night, thanks to a 12-4 win in the semifinals of the George B. Kelley Federation playoffs at Vets Field. Game 2 is tonight at 8 p.m. back at Vets Field. Martin Oil, which trailed, 3-0, after one inning, broke open a close ...

Macionsky, Perry get Valley win

Special for the Mirror TYRONE — The team of Chris Perry and Mike Macionsky came to the last hole of this year’s Sinking Valley Classic not quite sure how they stood against the field. As they approached the 18th green, the duo learned they had a one-shot lead over the team of Artie Fink ...

Four early runs help Shirley’s advance in playoffs

Corey Chamberlain had a pair of hits, and Parker Dibert drove in two runs as Shirley’s Cookies scored all the runs it needed in the first inning in a 4-3 triumph over Barton’s Plumbing & Heating to win its first round series, two games to one at Vets Field Sunday night. Garrett ...

Howsare wants, and gets, to play pro ball

By Cory Giger cgiger@altoonamirror.com There’s a very high level and fun style of football played in the Canadian Football League, and the money’s pretty good, too, which is an added perk. When Julian Howsare realized he wasn’t getting the kind of opportunities he wanted to stick ...

CFL offers different football elements

What is it like to play in the Canadian Football League? There are a lot of similarities to American football, but also many key differences. The most visual difference is the field is 110 yards long and 65 yards wide in Canada, compared to 100 yards long and 53 1/3 yards wide in the this ...

Martin Oil sweeps Dick’s in Federation playoffs

Martin Oil advanced to the second round of the George B. Kelley Federation playoffs on Saturday, thanks to a 6-5 win over Dick’s Pharmacy at Vets Field. Martin Oil took the best-of-3 series, 2-0. Caden Nagle got the win in relief. He struck out two. Mason Akers had two hits and three RBIs ...

Macionsky, Perry lead SVCC event

A total of 108 teams completed their second rounds yesterday at the 46th annual Sinking Valley Classic. At the end of Saturday’s play, the team of Chris Perry and Mike Macionsky held an impressive six-shot lead over Scotch Valley’s Jay Pheasant and Windber’s Dan Thompson. The team of ...

Portage mourns loss of legend Chappell

Great athletes who dream big and earn sports stardom can come from anywhere or any sized town, something Len Chappell proved five decades ago when he made it big from the small town of Portage. Chappell, a basketball legend at Wake Forest University and an NBA All-Star, died Thursday in his ...

Hoping for another shot: Raiders career now done, Condo waiting for a call

PHILIPSBURG — Jon Condo found himself in a familiar place in an unfamiliar situation at Friday’s Tee Off for T-Cells event at the Philipsburg Elks Lodge & Country Club. Condo hosted the event, which benefits the Emily Whitehead Foundation, for the fourth consecutive year, but he did ...

McGloin happy to be headed to Chiefs’ camp

PHILIPSBURG — Former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin made his third visit to the Emily Whitehead Foundation’s Tee Off for T-Cells at the Philipsburg Elks Lodge & Country Club Friday. McGloin is currently in his third different NFL camp in as many years with the Kansas City ...

Moran finds home at 3B with Pirates

PITTSBURGH — Prior to the start of 2018, Colin Moran was a member of the Houston Astros’ world championship team. But Moran wasn’t playing much, and the Pittsburgh Pirates changed all of that last Jan. 13, when they picked him up from the Astros in a five-player trade that sent ...

Bell helps lead Bucs past Brewers again

PITTSBURGH — Josh Bell has had a tough third season at the plate, with an overall drop in production and especially in extra-base hits. Bell might have turned the corner in that department on Friday, with two doubles and a triple as part of his four-hit night that helped Pittsburgh to a 7-3 ...

Emily Whitehead Foundation keeps helping save lives

PHILIPSBURG — The Emily Whitehead Foundation continues to grow year by year, and the guest speaker at this year’s Tee Off for T-Cells event at the Philipsburg Elks Lodge & Country Club Friday was evidence of the lives it is saving. The first life it saved was Emily’s, who made ...

Roberts helps Locker Room edge Lilly Conrad

George Roberts knocked in four runs, including three with a game-winning home run in the bottom of the sixth inning, to lead Locker Room to a 6-5 victory over Lilly Conrad Chiropractic/American Legion at Mansion Park in the Altoona Greater City Baseball League on Friday. Locker Room wiped out ...

Superintendents enter public-private debate

Superintendents from across the state, including some in District 6, are joining the fray in the debate about the separation of public and private school playoffs. “We got to where we’re meeting to talk, because we have to do what’s best for our students,” Portage Superintendent Eric ...

Curve start second half with 4th straight win

ERIE — The Curve picked up where they left off from before the Eastern League All-Star break by continuing their red-hot play Thursday night. Altoona led a tight game throughout, then poured it on with five runs in the ninth inning for a 10-2 win over Erie at UPMC Park. The Curve have won ...

Bucs take opener vs. Brewers

PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon let a lead get away in his last start. This time, he had the answer when he got in trouble. Taillon struck out a career-high 10 to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night. “You don’t want to live and die ...

Locker Room holds off Johnston

Locker Room improved to 14-2 Thursday evening, thanks to a 3-2 win over Johnston Realty in a Greater City League/AAABA baseball matcup Thursday night at Juniata. Winning pitcher Joe Glass went the distance and struck out seven. Brett Weibley and Ryan Slagenweit each drove in a run, while ...

USGA needs to lighten up

PGA-tour pro Bryson DeChambeau created a bit of a stir a few weeks ago when he was seen using a drawing compass during the Travelers Championship to ‘more accurately determine pin locations.’ Apparently, he had used the device when analyzing the pin location sheets which are given to ...

West Penn a springboard for future stars on the tour

By Ken Love For the Mirror One of the oldest golf championships in the country will be decided early next week, as the 2018 West Penn Open will be played at Pennsylvania’s most historic course, Oakmont Country Club, near Pittsburgh. The West Penn Open is one of 20 competitions run by ...