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PSU’s Franklin paying big price this season

As the cloud of the coronavirus darkens the entire sports world with uncertainty, James Franklin is planning a major sacrifice. He confirmed earlier his week that he will coach the football season without his family in State College. In an interview with Bryant Gumbel of HBO Sports, ...

B&M undefeated in City

B&M Contracting improved to 6-0 in the Altoona Greater City Baseball League Thursday night, thanks to a 6-0 win over Cumming Motors at Juniata. Winning pitcher Will Lozinak and Rich Ball combined on a three-hitter. Lozinak struck out five and walked one while giving up two hits in five ...

U.S. Elite in town this weekend

U.S. Elite Baseball will be staging a tournament for 13 of the program’s teams this weekend in the Altoona-State College area. Altoona’s Mark Helsel, the national director of the program, organized the tournament that will have high school-age players coming from states such as Georgia, ...

College signings

Name: Emily Kasun High school: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Hometown: Altoona Sport: Volleyball Position: Setter College choice: La Roche Other colleges considered: None Why I picked LaRoche University: “La Roche was the perfect fit for me. I found that La Roche has one of the best ...

Sporting News honors two Panthers

PITTSBURGH — Two members of the Pitt football team this fall — Paris Ford and Jaylen Twyman — received national preseason recognition when the Sporting News named them to its 2020 Preseason All-American team Thursday. The Sporting News selected Twyman as a first-team All-American at ...

Top pick signs with Pirates

From Mirror reports The Pittsburgh Pirates signed shortstop Nick Gonzales on Thursday, the club’s first-round selection and seventh overall from the 2020 Major League Baseeball draft held earlier this month. The 21-year-old Gonzales was named the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s ...

Pirates’ taxi squad to train in Altoona

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Altoona Curve have reached an agreement to have Altoona’s Peoples Natural Gas Field serve as the Pirates’ alternate training facility during the 2020 Major League Baseball season. “It says a lot about the relationship the Altoona Curve has with the Pittsburgh ...

Miller’s time with Bellwood valuable

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Just 20 minutes before the scheduled first pitch of Martin Oil’s George B. Kelley Federation game against Barton’s Plumbing & Heating Sunday afternoon, Bob Miller arrived at Hollidaysburg Area High School’s baseball field. Miller, Martin Oil’s scorekeeper and ...

Guilfoyle’s Cacciotti takes on private school role with PIAA

Mike Cacciotti, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s assistant principal, was recently selected as the PIAA’s private school chairman, a role he will serve in for the next two years. “I am confident Mike will represent the importance and integrity of all PA athletic programs,” Bishop Guilfoyle ...

Central fishing duo in third

From Mirror reports STODDARD, Wisc. — Central High School students Hunter Koltz and Jerry Brumbaugh Jr. are in the hunt once again at the Student Anglers Federation High School Fishing World Finals. After the first day of the three-day tournament on Wednesday, the Central Dragons stand in ...

Curve ballpark may host future Pirates

From Mirror reports A report surfaced Tuesday morning from The Athletic's Rob Biertempfel that the Pittsburgh Pirates were considering using Altoona's PNG Field as a workout site for a squad of their top minor league players who could be called up to join the Pirates throughout the 60-game ...

Pens’ Murray ready to get things started

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Matt Murray’s legacy with the Pittsburgh Penguins — such as it is at age 26 — is secure, as. That tends to happen when you have your name on the Stanley Cup. Twice. It’s the goaltender’s future, however, that is murky. Not ...

Tomlin to support Steelers no matter what

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wants his players to feel comfortable speaking out about social justice in any way they see fit, provided it’s done “thoughtfully and with class.” Kneeling included. Tomlin said Tuesday the ...

Sports at a glance

Light leaving PSU for IUP Tyrone graduate Denver Light, who was listed as a third-team linebacker for Penn State when the team released its spring depth chart, announced Tuesday on Twitter that he will transfer to IUP. “After a couple weeks in the portal I’ve decided to commit to ...

Georgiana leads Furrer/Star to upset

Furrer Beverage/Star Beverage got its first win of the season Tuesday night, thanks to a 3-1 victory over Johnston Realty in an Altoona Greater City League baseball game at Juniata. Furrer/Star (1-6) won it with three runs in the bottom of the seventh. Winning pitcher Dominic Georgiana ...

Late flurry lifts Johnston to victory

Johnston Realty scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull away from Sheetz in a 9-3 victory in a Greater City League game at Juniata Wednesday night. Frank Montecalvo had three hits for Johnston Realty. Lennox Pugh and Allen Mackey each drove in two runs. Chris Tromm drove ...

Commish ordering 60-game schedule

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Major League Baseball plans to unilaterally issue a 60-game schedule for its shortest season since 1878 after the players’ association rejected a negotiated deal of the same length, putting the sport on track for a combative and possibly unhappy return to ...

Young Batzel gets Southern football job

Aaron Batzel may be just 24 years old, but his coaching resume reads as someone with much more experience. The 2015 Northern Bedford graduate, who played for his father Jeff with the Black Panthers, was named Southern Huntingdon’s new head football coach last week. “Growing up with my ...

Texas still going through plans for football this fall

By Jim Vertuno The Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas — High schools across the country are trying to figure out how and when students might return to classrooms this fall. Many are also making sure their star quarterbacks and other athletes will be in shape when they do. While states ...

Kieger brings in 10 for her program

From Mirror reports UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State women’s basketball head coach Carolyn Kieger has announced the addition of five newcomers, two transfers and three incoming freshmen, who will join the Lady Lions ahead of the 2020-21 season. Niya Beverley will join the team after playing ...