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Defense keys Williamsburg girls to win

WILLIAMSBURG — Due to the mask policy where all players must wear one while competing, Williamsburg coach Amy Hileman was unsure of exactly how much that would impact her team on opening night. With the uncertainty, Hileman opted not to press in the first half, and as a result, Northern ...

Musgrove traded to San Diego

From Mirror, wire reports SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Padres are adding yet another pitcher to their rotation, agreeing to bring right-hander Joe Musgrove to his hometown in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated ...

Franklin keeping eye on QB spot

The game of musical chairs within college football — coaches and players — never seems to stop these days, and that’s been true at Penn State. The Nittany Lions have added and subtracted personnel with the biggest change being the hiring of new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich, who ...

Lady Lion senior off to strong start

Mirror Athlete Of The Week Name: Adalynn Cherry School: Altoona Area Age: 17 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Cherry scored 16 points in a 56-11 victory over Central Dauphin East and led all scorers once again with 21 points in a 50-16 victory over ...

Trophy business learns to adapt

Like just about every segment of society, businesses that manufacture and supply sports awards and trophies have been stiffly challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic since last March. But those business owners in the Altoona area have also done their best to improvise, think outside the box, and ...

Hoops du Jour

Men: Penn State at Illinois Tipoff: 8:30 p.m.; Champaign, Illinois; State Farm Center Records: Penn State (3-5, Big Ten 0-4); Illinois (9-5, Big Ten 5-3) TV: Big Ten Network Radio: TOONA 1430-AM & 99.7-FM Internet: GoPSUsports.com Notable: Nittany Lions coming off 8-point loss ...

Portage boys have good first night

SIDMAN — The Portage boys basketball team outscored Forest Hills, 22-7, in the second quarter Monday night en route to an 82-59 win on the road in high school action. It was the season opener for both teams. Preston Rainey’s 19 points were tops for Portage, which also got 18 from Kaden ...

Altoona says it’s complying with Mid-Penn mask rule

Friday night turned out to be a tough one for the Altoona boys basketball program. The Mountain Lions traveled to Carlisle and lost their season opener, 83-45. Later that night, two pictures of players on their bench not wearing their masks properly were posted on Twitter by Jake Adams, the ...

Expecting plenty of bumps in the road

Last Monday, it seemed like the sun was shining a little bit brighter than usual. As the day went on, and I received no word of a cancellation of Tyrone’s boys basketball game against Mountain League rival Central, my anticipation of being back in a gym and covering high-quality high school ...

Tyrone boys working toward winning D6 title this time

TYRONE — Cortlynd Rhoades scored the first basket for the Tyrone boys basketball team in 2021 with a 3-pointer on the team’s first possession last Monday against Central. Rhoades also scored the last basket of the season on a 3-pointer last February. Unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, ...

Tyrone girls even record

INDIANA — Tyrone broke open a game that was tied at the half with a 17-8 advantage in the third quarter in a 51-41 triumph over non-conference opponent Indiana on Saturday in high school girls basketball action. Kayelin Gibbons scored 14 points to lead the Lady Eagles. Jaida Parker added 12 ...

Northwestern beats Lady Lions

UNIVERSITY PARK —The Penn State women’s basketball team couldn’t find its offensive rhythm Sunday afternoon as the Lady Lions suffered a 67-50 loss to No. 22 Northwestern in Big Ten action inside the Bryce Jordan Center. Penn State played without its leading scorer and second-leading ...

Locals have watched Nits’ new OC grow

Two local high school football coaches have first-hand experience with new Penn State offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. R.J. Albarano roomed with him in the late 1990s while the two were on the football team at California (Pa.) University. “He played QB for us at Cal,” Albarano, a ...

Lady Lions doing the little things in their 2-0 start

While opening their season with two Mid-Penn Conference victories by a combined total of 79 points, it’s been abundantly clear that the Altoona Area High School girls basketball team has answered the bottom line on the scoresheet. But what is even more encouraging to second-year Lady Lions ...

Not much brotherly love for Pens in Philly

On the ice Saturday: Idle Next up: Pittsburgh Penguins (0-2) at Washington Capitals (2-0), Sunday, noon TV: NBC Radio: WFBG-AM 1290 & 104.5-FM The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Gritty’s hat trick was that the mascot had one at all, a comically oversized Flyers cap he flung, ...

Pirates avoid arbitration with nine on roster

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates avoided arbitration with right-handed pitcher Joe Musgrove and eight others on Friday as the club tries to bounce back after finishing with the worst record in the majors in 2020. Musgrove, the team’s opening day starter in 2020, ...

Tyrone navigating its jam-packed schedule

TYRONE — While most high school basketball teams across the area are still waiting to get started, the Tyrone girls played their third game of the season Friday night, topping Bellefonte, 50-17. It’s not an early-season scheduling quirk either. Many teams are hoping to simply play ...

Flash prevail again

SMITHFIELD, R.I. — Backed by local products Karson Swogger and Lili Benzel, the Saint Francis University women’s basketball team extended its win streak to eight games with a 70-66 win over Northeast Conference foe Bryant on Friday afternoon at Chance Athletic Center. The win completed a ...

Altoona boys fall in opener

CARLISLE — The Altoona Area High School boys basketball team dropped its first game of the season, falling to Carlisle, 83-45, on Friday night. Dylan Young led the Herd with 25 points. Colin Lear scored 14 points for Altoona, and Ashton Bardell had 10. Carlisle jumped out to a 21-10 lead ...

Bryant avenges loss to SFU

LORETTO — Despite coming into Friday’s game off the back of Thursday night’s triumph over Bryant, the Saint Francis men’s basketball team was unable to replicate that victory on Friday. The two Northeast Conference teams concluded their two-game series with a 72-63 victory by the ...