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Ninth-grade football becoming thing of past

The two biggest high schools in the area, Altoona and Hollidaysburg, have decided to move up all ninth-grade football players to the varsity and junior varsity level. The Blair County rivals are the latest to move away from ninth-grade football games, a trend that has been moving through the ...

League taking week off

The Central Blair Recreation and Park Commission has suspended all games scheduled for the coming week in the Lakemont Park Summer Basketball League due to the positive coronavirus test result for a player who participated in a game on Wednesday. “We will be working on developing a plan of ...

Sad to see RMU leave NEC, but it’s not all bad for Flash

Saint Francis lost not only its biggest rival, but also its biggest ally earlier this week when Robert Morris announced it’s leaving the Northeast Conference to join the Horizon League. While the Colonials’ departure is sure to bring about some sadness for longtime Saint Francis fans, the ...

Sheetz takes Teener top spot

Sheetz improved to 7-1 in the Altoona Teener Major League, thanks to a 13-3 win over Eldorado Kiwanis in the late game from Thursday night at Seitz Field. Sheetz is now sitting in first place in the Major League. Winning pitcher Payton Hartman gave up just three hits and struck out six. He ...

Sunday Bulletin Board

Camps Golden Tiger Soccer Camps: The Hollidaysburg Golden Tiger Soccer Camps will run from July 6-10 at Tiger Stadium. Grades 1-4 runs from 4:30-6 p.m. followed by grades 5-7 from 6:30-8 p.m. Cost is $60. To register or for more information, email Craig Shale at craig.shale@hasdtigers.com ...

Steelers to remain united if they opt for protests

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Cam Heyward is well-versed in the sometimes messy optics associated with taking a stand against social injustice. The Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end and his teammates met it head on in 2017, when a miscommunication with left tackle and ...

Heights grad uses technology to reach his wrestlers

Since Jody Strittmatter brought the Young Guns Wrestling Club to Pennsylvania 16 years ago, the program has served thousands of wrestlers from the elementary school through high school levels, and provided tutelage for the state’s top talent. Penn State University NCAA champions Nico ...

Pitt-WVU series is extended

From Mirror reports PITTSBURGH — The University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University have signed a contract to extend the “Backyard Brawl” through the 2022-23 college basketball season, adding two additional games to a series that resumed during the 2017-18 season. “The ...

Barton’s picks up fourth Teener victory

Aaron Chaplin’s sacrifice bunt in the sixth inning scored a run to propel Barton’s Plumbing and Heating to a 10-9 win over Cumming Motors in an Altoona Teener Major League game at Seitz Field Thursday night. Bryce Eberhart and Chaplin each finished with two hits as the team improved to ...

College signing

Logan Margroum: IUP baseball Name: Logan Margroum High school: Hollidaysburg Hometown: Duncansville Sport: Baseball Position: Utility College choice: IUP Other colleges considered: Ball State, Rhode Island, Army Why I picked IUP: “Because it is a great school and has a ...

MLB could be returning soon

The Associated Press NEW YORK — After days of angry exchanges over money between Major League Baseball and the players’ association, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred started to doubt whether there would be a 2020 season and said as much on national television. He then called union head ...

Area football teams finally get summer workouts going

Several schools across the area have started up football activities ahead of the 2020 season this week after the door was opened for a return to play by Gov. Tom Wolf and the PIAA last Wednesday. “We tried to get in front of it and tell the schools that something was coming,” PIAA ...

Little League game will get spotlight on radio

Since the COVID-19 pandemic invaded this country in March, bringing with it a surreal state of existence, there has been an overriding quest for a return to normalcy. The Lightner Communications organization is doing its part to satisfy that quest with the radio broadcast of an Altoona Area ...

PSU men invited to play in HOF invitational

From Mirror reports BROOKLYN, New York — The Penn State men’s basketball team will play Florida on Sunday, Dec. 13, at Barclays Center in the Basketball Hall of Fame Invitational. The game between the Nittany Lions and Gators is part of a quadruple-header with Purdue vs. West Virginia, ...

Early lead helps BCO gain victory

Blair County Oil jumped out to a 9-1 lead after three innings Wednesday night en route to a 10-4 win over Cumming Motors in an Altoona Greater City League baseball game at Juniata. Matt Massaro, Tyler Sweeney, Sean Steffy and Jordan Mesoraco each had two hits and two RBIs for BCO, which ...

Summer League Basketball

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Nittany Lions easing back into workouts

Penn State football players have been cleared by the university for voluntary workouts, and the key word is voluntary. Two of the team’s top players, linebacker Micah Parsons and tailback Noah Cain, were made available to the media via Zoom the last two days. Parsons is not yet back on ...

Three PSU stars up for Hall of Fame honor

From Mirror, wire reports Penn State football stars D.J. Dozier, Bobby Engram and Steve Wisniewski were selected on Tuesday as a part of the national ballot for the National Football Foundation’s College Hall of Fame’s Class of 2021. A total of 78 players and seven coaches from FBS are ...

MLB season should be laid to rest

I have always loved the Major League Baseball season. The excitement of the pennant races that begin in earnest each Memorial Day, heat up with the mid-summer temperatures and reach a frantic intensity down the stretch each September provide a captivating drama that is much a part of the ...

Summer basketball

CBRC LAKEMONT PARK SUMMER LEAGUE DIVISION 1 W-L Dairy Queen 1-0 MRB 1-0 Penstan HVAC 1-0 Superior Detailing & Accessories 1-0 Okonak, Dean & Lechner, PC 0-1 Mayhue’s Garage/Charlton Motors 0-1 IMS/R Beer House 0-1 Colledge Construction 0-1 DIVISION 2 W-L Schon ...