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Roberts helped put football on map

Note: This is the second in a series of profiles of 2019 Saint Francis University Hall of Fame inductees. The induction ceremony is scheduled for July 26: LORETTO — According to current SFU head football coach Chris Villarrial, Jay Roberts helped put Saint Francis football on the ...

Oliva finding groove in middle of order

Jared Oliva always tries to keep things in perspective. He knows that one game, one at-bat, one pitch won'’ define his baseball career. It’s probably a reason why one of his favorite quotes is the oft-used, “Baseball is a marathon, not a sprint.’’ That quote is often used to ...

Big SeaWolves home run does in Curve

ERIE — The Curve played another back-and-forth game with Erie on Sunday afternoon, but this time the SeaWolves got the big hit to win and split the four-game series between Western Division playoff contenders. Jose Azocar belted a go-ahead two-run homer in the eighth inning to lift Erie to ...

DeGol, Fink chalk up ninth title

TYRONE — The pin placements and firm greens made Sunday’s final round of the 47th annual Sinking Valley Classic two-man best-ball tournament a challenge for most competitors. But it actually helped championship flight winners Artie Fink Jr. and Anthony DeGol. The pair, who won their ...

Lilly romps over Locker Room

LILLY — Shane Suter threw five innings of two-hit ball to help Lilly Conrad Chiropractic/American Legion strengthen its hold on first place in the Altoona Greater City Baseball League with a 10-0 rout of second-place Locker Room on Sunday. Suter had eight strikeouts and one walk. Lilly ...

Sheetz, Barton’s triumph

Sheetz upset Martin Oil, 4-2, in the first game of their George B. Kelley Federation quarterfinal playoff series on Sunday night at Vets Field. Brendan Kuhns and Michael Boston each had two hits for Sheetz, which scored three runs in the top of the fourth inning. Sam Homan, Lane Sell and Kyle ...

Area youth baseball

AABA Altoona Area Baseball Association CHAMPIONSHIP Best-of-three series GAME 1 L.S. Fiore 5, Masonic 1: Multiple hits—Rodriguez 3, Swogger 2, Christman 2 (LSF); WP—Smearman, LP—V. Cacciotti; SO—Smearman 9 (LSF), V. Cacciotti 4 (ML). GAME 2 L.S. Fiore 3, Masonic 2: ...

Next man up: RB Slade brimming with confidence

UNIVERSITY PARK — It’s now Ricky Slade’s turn to take over the high-profile role of lead tailback at Penn State, and he can’t wait. Slade is supremely confident in his abilities and promises big things. “I’m looking forward to it a lot,” Slade said with a big smile. “It’s ...

Early hole too much for Pirates

By Matt Carlson The Associated Press CHICAGO — Jon Lester showed he still has got it all going on in his 14th major league season. Lester homered, tied a career high with three RBIs and pitched effectively into the seventh inning to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-4 ...

Giger: Robot umps should be welcomed

It’s time for robot umpires calling balls and strikes in baseball. No matter how much you may be against that change, you can bank on it coming to the major leagues in the not-too-distant future (say 3-5 years). In case you missed it, the independent Atlantic League debuted the robot umpire ...

Porter fondly remembered by local coaches

As a long-time manager and coach in the George B. Kelley Federation, Steve Porter made many valuable contributions in the lives of hundreds of area young men on the baseball field. Porter died this past Wednesday at his home in Juniata after a long battle with cancer. He was 70. Scott ...

Bedford, Claysburg make Legion final

BEDFORD — Bedford scored five runs in the first inning and got two hits each from Drew Hall and Ryan Mowry in a 9-8 victory over St. Michael to clinch a Cambria County Legion semifinal series victory Saturday. The Hurricanes won the series, 2-0, and will play at top-seeded Claysburg in the ...

Oliva, Hill key for Curve

Next stop Today: Altoona at Erie, 1:35 p.m. Pitchers: Curve LHP Domingo Robles (2-2, 4.50) vs. SeaWolves RHP Anthony Castro (3-2, 4.15) Record: 14-7 (second half); 49-39 (overall) From Mirror reports ERIE — A huge offensive night by Jared Oliva and another huge home run by Logan Hill ...

Fink Jr., DeGol lead at SVCC

Beautiful, sunny weather greeted golfers during yesterday’s second round at the 47th annual Sinking Valley Classic. At the end of Saturday’s play, the team of Artie Fink Jr. and Anthony DeGol held an impressive six-shot lead over Park Hills’ Todd Homan and Chambersburg’s William ...

Wanting a challenge: QB Clifford takes on work with Uplifting Athletes

UNIVERSITY PARK — Leadership doesn’t come naturally for everyone. Some people shy away from it, while others seek it out at every opportunity. While he’s doing everything he can to prepare himself on and off the field to be Penn State’s new starting quarterback, Sean Clifford decided ...

McGloin still miffed over his exit from NFL

PHILIPSBURG — Former Penn State quarterback Matt McGloin was at the Philipsburg Elks Lodge & Country Club Friday to help raise funds for the Emily Whitehead Foundation and provided an update on his playing career. “It seems like the NFL career is coming to a stop,” McGloin said. ...

Walk costs Bucs in 8th at Wrigley

By Matt Carlson The Associated Press CHICAGO — Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant rescued the Chicago Cubs with a clutch swing and some nifty baserunning. Heyward hit a tiebreaking RBI single with two out in the eighth inning, and the Cubs edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3 on Friday in their ...

Hill’s home run a big deal

Next stop Tonight: Altoona at Erie, 7:05 p.m. Pitchers: Curve RHP Cody Bolton (0-1, 7.71) vs. SeaWolves RHP Spencer Watkins (2-1, 4.08) Record: 48-39 From Mirror reports ERIE — The Curve offense stunk up Erie’s UPMC Park for pretty much the entire game Friday night — except for ...

Light leads Tyrone to huge win

Tyrone Legion out-scored Barton’s Plumbing & Heating, 12-1, in the first two innings in a five-inning 15-3 win in Kelley Federation action Friday night at Mansion Park. Nic Light was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored for Tyrone (15-4), and Michael Stoner was 2-for-3 with ...

Party of 5: Pirates part of crowded contenders

On deck Today: Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. Pitching matchup: Pirates RHP Chris Archer (3-6) vs. Cubs RHP Yu Darvish (2-4) TV: AT&T SN By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Joe Maddon didn’t let the free time created by a rare ejection go to ...