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Delany says college woes linked to old mistakes

CHICAGO — Outgoing Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany kicked off his final Big Ten football media days Thursday by saying he thinks some serious mistakes made in the 1970s created problems today in college athletics. Delany, who is in his 31st and final year as commissioner, said the loss of ...

Reliance boosting Park Hills Classic

Play begins this morning at Park Hills Country Club, where golfers are competing in the area’s oldest best-ball tournament. While there’s still plenty of work to be done over the weekend at an event this big, a tremendous amount of pre-tournament preparation has already been completed by ...

Tyrone Legion, Park Home triumph

Tyrone Legion jumped out to a 5-0 lead after three innings thanks to two RBIs from Cory Lehman in a 7-3 win over Barton’s Plumbing & Heating in the first of a best-of-three semifinal series in Kelley Federation action Thursday at Vets Field. Rodney Shultz struck out five and walked one ...

Homan captures Park Hills Match Play title over Burd

Todd Homan won the Park Hills Match Play Event’s championship flight recently, edging out Terry Burd. Damian Williams nipped John Koury in 19 holes to win the first flight, and Dr. Dave Cowger won the second flight with Leonard Fiore Jr. finishing runner-up. Summit CRESSON — The team ...

Joyce made her mark on program

Note: This is the fifth in a series of profiles of 2019 Saint Francis University Hall of Fame inductees. The induction ceremony is scheduled for July 26: LORETTO — Former Saint Francis women’s basketball coach Jenny Przekwas knew Colleen Joyce was special from the first moment she saw her ...

Curve respond with rally, satisfying win

Challenge answered. And the dramatic result was the Curve’s biggest win of the season so far. “This was a great win, and I think it will get us back on track,” outfielder Jared Oliva said. A day after manager Michael Ryan held a team meeting and challenged his club with pointed ...

Williamsburg, Juniata Valley form junior high football co-op

WILLIAMSBURG — Dan McMonagle of Williamsburg said his son, Andrew, has done well wrestling as part of a co-op agreement with an area school, so he expects the same success when Andrew plays football with another local school when a similar pact kicks off this fall. School boards at both ...

Alabama, Bucknell on PSU home slate

UNIVERSITY PARK — The Penn State men’s basketball team tips off its 2019-20 slate with two home games the first week of the season, with the opener on Tuesday, Nov. 5 vs. Maryland Eastern Shore. The Bryce Jordan Center will play host to eight of the Nittany Lions’ 11 nonconference games ...

Hamilton made up for his lack of size

Note: This is the fourth in a series of profiles of 2019 Saint Francis University Hall of Fame inductees. The induction ceremony is scheduled for July 26: LORETTO — Speak to anyone about Jeff Hamilton and the same words consistently come up: intense, warrior, relentless. The third ...

Local girl to compete at nationals

CRESSON — The Mountain Top Track and Field Club will have a representative in next weekend’s USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in Sacramento, Calif. Altoona’s Reese Wilber of the Mountain Top team will be competing in the 3,000-meter run next Saturday. A student at Altoona ...

Trenton topples Curve

Logan Hill had just found the hole between the shortstop and third base for his fourth hit of the night. The ball was hit so sharply that the runner on second, Chris Sharpe, was held up at third base. But trailing by a score of 4-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning, the Curve found ...

Ryan critical of club’s focus

Following a particularly brutal loss to Trenton on Tuesday night, perturbed Curve manager Michael Ryan pointed across the field to the opposing club and said, “Playoff team.” Then the manager pointed into his own clubhouse and said, “Non-playoff team, right now.” Ryan made numerous ...

Hollidaysburg’s Grassi will get chance at Miami, Ohio

For the second time in as many days, a Blair County baseball product has committed to a Division I program. Hollidaysburg senior-to-be Joey Grassi announced on Twitter late Monday night that he’d continue his baseball career at Miami University in Ohio. “I like the facilities there, and ...

Martin Oil, Barton’s advance

Martin Oil rode a seven-run second inning to a 9-2 win over Sheetz Tuesday night at Vets Field to win its Kelley Federation quarterfinal series, 2-1. Alex Schmoke drove in two runs and scored twice for Martin Oil, which will play Park Home tonight to start the best-of-three quarterfinals at ...

Nearly half a century later, Phelan’s game still remembered

Note: This is the third in a series of profiles of 2019 Saint Francis University Hall of Fame inductees. The induction ceremony is scheduled for July 26: LORETTO — It’s been 42 years and six months, or more specifically 15,524 days since DeGol Arena witnessed its greatest individual ...

Luensmann commits to South Carolina

Travis Luensmann has spent most of his high school athletic career traveling anywhere he was given the opportunity to throw a baseball. But that entire journey, as well as the success he’s experienced on the Bellwood-Antis varsity team and with personal coaches like State College’s Troy ...

Curve falter in 7th

Michael Ryan leaned back in his chair and let out a long sigh. Shortly after his team suffered another loss in which they were winning going into the seventh inning, the Curve manager was tasked with trying to describe one of the more bizarre plays of Altoona’s season. After allowing two ...

Claysburg wins Legion title

CLAYSBURG — En route to compiling a 26-1 record and winning the Cambria County American Legion baseball championship this summer, Claysburg put together a balanced batting attack in which every player contributed. Claysburg did so again Monday night on its home field, forging a 12-hit ...

Fed’s Shirley’s Cookies, Martin Oil force Game 3

Shirley’s Cookies pulled even with Barton’s Plumbing & Heating in their George B. Kelley Federation quarterfinal playoff series with an 8-3 win at Vets Field on Monday night. With the score tied 3-3, Shirley’s scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the game ...

Somerset’s Wiltrout picks up first win of season

By Dottie Bird For the Mirror JENNERSTOWN — Defending Jennerstown Speedway Complex Champion Garry Wiltrout, of Somerset, earned his first victory of the season in the Martella’s Pharmacies Late Model division of racing on Saturday. R.J. Dallape won for the second time in the ...