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Transfers big part of changing times in college FB

One of my favorite shows growing up was the spectacular “Quantum Leap.” In fact, give me pretty much any TV show or movie that centers on alternate reality, and I’m instantly hooked. We get used to the world we live in and the way things are, so it’s cool to see how the world could be ...

Family mat-ters: Niebauer brothers go head to head

EBENSBURG — Matt Niebauer assisted his brother, Todd Niebauer, for many years at Penn Cambria, coaching many wrestlers, including some of the current Panthers. Matt, though, became the head coach at Central Cambria in the offseason after the departure of Bob Nikolishen. So, it was kind of ...

Hanrahan, Nunnally to join Ryan’s Curve staff

Michael Ryan will return for a third season as manager of the Curve, and he will have perhaps the most impressive coaching staff in franchise history. “It’s exciting,” Ryan said of returning to Altoona. “In my opinion, it’s the best-run franchise in minor league baseball.” Ryan, ...

Altoona gets some revenge

Almost exactly one month ago, the Altoona girls basketball team lost by 11 at Central Dauphin. The second meeting between the two teams went much for the Lady Lions. Altoona got 22 points and 14 rebounds from Bridgid Fox in a 54-35 win over the Lady Rams Friday at the AAHS ...

Healthy Ruggery comes up big in BG rout

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School’s standout senior guard, Luke Ruggery, missed playing time for most of the month of December with a back injury. Three weeks into January, Ruggery is completely healthy, and he’s making opposing teams feel ill at ease. Ruggery — who is headed to ...

Lightner wants Everett to win consistently

Dave Lightner has worked on the staff of some area coaching legends in Bishop Carroll’s Craig Sponsky and Central’s Dave Baker and is looking forward to getting the chance to form his own staff. Lightner is the new head football coach at Everett Area High School, taking over for the ...

Lions win at Central Dauphin

HARRISBURG — P.J. Charles had a double-double with 21 points and 15 rebounds as Altoona knocked off Central Dauphin, 62-59, Friday night in high school boys basketball action. Altoona (5-8) trailed 18-14 after one quarter, but cut that lead to two at halftime, 33-31. Tyler Robinson had 12 ...

Tigers’ offensive woes continue

By Jim Lane For the Mirror HOLLIDAYSBURG — In most sports, you don’t win unless you can score. The Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers had trouble putting the ball in the basket Friday night and suffered a 39-32 loss to visiting Richland at the HAHS gym. “We couldn’t throw one in the ...

Orange squeeze Pitt in 2nd half

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim breathed a sigh of relief. Five days after his Orange’s biggest win of the season, there was no letdown. Tyus Battle scored 22 points, Boeheim’s son Buddy had a season-high 13 points, and Syracuse beat Pittsburgh 74-63 on Saturday, the ...

Flash men post key road victory

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Keith Braxton recorded 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, senior Andre Wolford hit a season-high five 3-pointers en route to 16 points and six rebounds, and senior Jamaal King pitched in with 16 points, five assists and five rebounds as the Saint Francis men ...

McDannell picks up valuable face time for Huskies

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com EBENSBURG — Superheroes often wear masks, but Tristan McDannell must be more of a Bruce Wayne type of guy. The 5-foot-8 inch junior broke his nose recently and has been playing with the protective shield for the past four games, but Friday ...

Miller sparks Lady Cats past Mounties

HUNTINGDON — Kynnedy Miller scored a team-high 17 points to lead Huntingdon to a 49-44 win over Philipsburg-Osceola Friday night in high school girls basketball action. The Lady Bearcats (9-3) also got 14 points from Allie Troup and 13 from Kait McElroy. P-O (5-8), down 22-19 at ...

Kovatch reaches 2nd in career 3s

NEW BRITAIN, Conn. — Saint Francis came up short in a 73-62 defeat to Central Connecticut State on Saturday at the Detrick Center. Jess Kovatch led the Red Flash with 24 points, while Aunesha Williams added 10 points and five rebounds. Kovatch moved into second place all-time in NCAA ...

Golden Tiger boy swimmers triumph again

MILL HALL — The Hollidaysburg boys and girls swim teams had a successful trip north on Fridaynight in high school action at Central Mountain. On the boys side, Hollidaysburg improved to 9-0-1 with a 118-47 win over Marion Center. The Lady Tigers are 9-2 after a win over Penns Valley (59-32) ...

College basketball previews 1-19

PSU at Minnesota men Tipoff: 8:30 p.m., Williams Arena, Minneapolis, Minn. Records: Penn State (7-11, 0-7 Big Ten); Minnesota (13-4, 3-3) Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 120-132 in his eighth season at Penn State and 162-160 overall. Richard Pitino is 103-82 in his sixth season at Minnesota ...

Juniata Valley gets defensive in rout of C-K

ALEXANDRIA — Back on Dec. 19, Juniata Valley escaped Claysburg-Kimmel’s gym with a four-point victory as it hit a few free throws down the stretch to seal it. Thursday night, the rematch was on the Lady Hornets’ home floor, and rather than wait until the end, JV put the proverbial ...

Emotions run high in Penn Cambria win

CRESSON — With the score deviating by only single digits Thursday night, things started to get a little chippy between the Central Cambria and Penn Cambria girls basketball teams. One fan was ejected, Red Devils coach Brittany Sedlock was forced by the officials to take a seat on the bench, ...

Vikings knock off Bellwood

FLINTON — When the pre-match weight draw came up at 106, it was not only an old-school start to Glendale’s home dual meet against Bellwood-Antis, but it also meant starting in the meat of the Viking lineup. The Vikings made the most out of that start, picking up bonus points in the first ...

Steelers hire RB coach Faulkner

PITTSBURGH — Eddie Faulkner is the new running backs coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers. The team announced Faulkner’s hiring on Thursday. Faulkner replaces James Saxon, whose contract was not renewed after the Steelers finished 9-6-1 and missed the playoffs. Faulkner comes to the ...

Strong defense not enough for Lady Huskies

SIDMAN — Points were at a premium Thursday night as Bishop Carroll Catholic battled Forest Hills in high school girls basketball action. Both teams’ defenses controlled the game most of the night. However, the Lady Rangers were able to hit some key shots in the fourth quarter to earn a ...