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A ‘Classic’ case of ‘what if?’

Readers of our newspaper should be pulling out their sports pages to read about last night’s Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic. It could have been one of the most memorable yet, with at least seven future NCAA Division I girls players set to lace up their shoes and one of the strongest ...

Opener part of the great unknown

Penn State’s football season is scheduled to kick off in 162 days, which seems like a long time away, but the reality is there’s simply no way to know right now how the sports world — or the world in general — will look at that point because of the coronavirus. If things returned to ...

Reunited and it feels so good for Watt

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Turns out, Derek Watt’s reunion with younger brother T.J. has its limits. Like say, sharing a roof for the first time since college. “I know (T.J.) doesn’t want that,” Derek Watt said with a laugh on Thursday, about a week after ...

Keeping in line with online: Ott brothers still competing over the net

While the rest of the sports world has come to a screeching stop, Altoona’s Dan and Dillon Ott haven’t had to make many changes in their professional life. The twin poker pros have continued to grind away online even as Las Vegas’ casinos have shut down operations. “The best part is ...

Legendary Globetrotter dead at 77

The Associated Press Fred “Curly” Neal, the dribbling wizard who entertained millions with the Harlem Globetrotters for parts of three decades, has died. He was 77. The Globetrotters said Neal died in his home outside of Houston on Thursday morning. “We have lost one of the most ...

Victory for Altoona marks field opening

By Zip Milburn Altoona High opened a new athletic field and conquered an ancient and highly respected rival on Saturday afternoon, the Maroons of coach Snaps Emanuel handing out a 20-6 licking to the Centre County Reds while a crowd of 7,000 was entertained on an inspection party to the new ...

Unkel Joe’s still working online

Despite a limited staff due to Gov. Tom Wolf’s mandated shutdown, the remaining employees at Unkel Joe’s Woodshed are working on adjustments to their store to continue their presence within the community. As of Wednesday afternoon, the store had puzzles and plastic model kits available ...

Close to home: Virus has Franklin family on lockdown

James Franklin’s daughter, Addison, celebrated her 12th birthday Wednesday, and the Penn State coach discussed how the coronavirus pandemic engulfing the nation and world hits home with his family. “My youngest daughter has sickle cell (anemia), which is an autoimmune disease,” Franklin ...

New free agents sign on dotted line

PITTSBURGH — Stefen Wisniewski is finally home. And the Pittsburgh Steelers now have the most Watts per capita of any team in the NFL. The Pittsburgh Steelers officially signed the well-traveled Wisniewski to a two-year deal on Wednesday, bringing the veteran offensive lineman to his ...

Injured Penguin on schedule for possible return to ice

When it all stopped When the NHL shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak, the Pittsburgh Penguins were 40-23-6 in the Metropolitan Division, good for third place behind the Philadelphia Flyers (41-21-7) and the Washington Capitals (41-20-8). The Associated Press PITTSBURGH ...

Stokes first unanimous choice for MVP

Maurice Stokes, St. Francis College’s 6-foot-6 center who amazed Madison Square Garden fans with his all-around brilliance on both offense and defense in four National Invitation Tournament games, is the first player to win the most valuable player award by a unanimous vote. In addition, it ...

Transgender lawsuit goes national

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is getting involved in a federal civil rights lawsuit that seeks to block transgender athletes in Connecticut from competing as girls in interscholastic sports. Attorney General William Barr signed what is known as a statement of ...

Fishing for answers: With trout season coming, retailers adjusting

TYRONE — Last week, at Ace Hardware’s Tyrone location, a male customer and the clerk discussed their plans for the upcoming fishing season as if nothing were out of the ordinary. The store was open for business, and there were a few people in line behind the pair to get their fishing ...

Memories shared on passing of CH’s Link

Tom Link, one of the most well-known officials in District 6 the past half-century, passed away Monday at the age of 77. Link was a former teacher, coach and athletic director but officiating and helping others excel once he got older was his passion. “Tom did so much mentoring for ...

PSU coach’s written challenge fired Lion cagers to NCAA semis

STATE COLLEGE — Coach Elmer Gross made it clear today that he and his Penn State players have been on speaking terms right along, even if they did reach the NCAA semifinals upon his written challenge. The Nittany Lions, an afterthought choice in the NCAA, astounded the experts last weekend ...

Winter championships still on hold by PIAA

After Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement Monday that all schools in Pennsylvania will be closed at least two more weeks, the PIAA released its first statement since Wolf’s last decree that schools would be closing on March 16. The PIAA announced that the start of spring sports will be pushed ...

Frosh starts: Hudson, Herrington help out in first season with Vulcans

The last time Olivia Hudson was playing in a competitive basketball game, she was playing at just about the highest level she’s ever performed. The Altoona graduate had the California University of Pennsylvania women’s basketball team on the verge of an upset over IUP in the quarterfinals ...

Pirates or the Tigers?: World championship baseball games start today

Both teams are confident Immense seating capacity of Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, entirely too small to accommodate the thousands who wish to view contest — Great crush when general admission ticket offices are opened this morning — Pittsburgh filled with visitors. PITTSBURGH — The ...

Penn State’s Stevens gets another honor

From Mirror reports UNIVERSITY PARK —Penn State senior forward Lamar Stevens was named to the 2019-20 National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District VII team as announced by the organization on Monday, March 23. The two-time All-Big Ten Conference selection earned NABC All-District ...

Picking favorites: Fan gives up on one, picks another

Editor’s note: This is part of the Mirror’s ongoing series “Picking favorites,’’ allowing sports fans to explain how they picked their favorite teams. When, if ever, is it OK to quit rooting for your favorite team and then pick a new team? Many sports fans will proclaim, ...