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The Bryce is right: Leadership a big part of Helmer’s makeup

Senior salute The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. HOLLIDAYSBURG — According to Hollidaysburg Area High School baseball coach Jon Szynal, Golden Tigers senior left-handed ...

Alianiello meant a lot to soccer community

The memorial to recently deceased Altoona Deputy Police Chief Tony Alianiello noted his outstanding service protecting and serving the city for more than half a century, but his contributions to the area soccer community were equally as impressive. Alianiello was one of the pioneers of soccer ...

Everett head coach excited about co-op opportunity

The Everett football program announced Thursday it is entering into a co-op with Southern Fulton, starting with this season. “There were talks between Southern Fulton and our new AD Chris McCahan about this,” Everett high school football coach Dave Lightner said. “Chris approached me ...

Little League World Series canceled

The Associated Press WILLIAMSPORT — This year’s Little League World Series and the championship tournaments in six other Little League divisions have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Little League President Stephen Keener announced the cancellations in a Facebook Live ...

Sports at a glance

PIAA wrestling down to 13 There has been a proposal approved by the PIAA wrestling steering committee for a reduction to 13 weight classes for the 2020-21 wrestling season. This proposal must be approved by the PIAA Board of Directors before taking effect. It is scheduled to be voted at ...

PSU football gets heralded recruits

From Mirror reports Penn State added four-star quarterback Christian Veilleux to its list of 2021 commitment class Wednesday afternoon. The Canada native, who will play his senior season of high school at The Bullis School in Maryland, is a 6-foot-3-inch quarterback. He picked the Nittany ...

Success interrupted: AAHS grad goes from coach to counselor

Both the Colgate University men’s and women’s tennis teams were enjoying very successful, potentially breakthrough seasons in the spring semester of 2020. Then the COVID-19 pandemic, as it has for collegiate and high school athletic programs all over the country, put an end to their ...

Backup plans in place for SOPA

The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Summer Games have been a fixture at Penn State University for over three decades. Representing the state’s largest Special Olympics competition that typically involves more than 2,000 athletes, 750 coaches and more than 1,000 volunteers, the SOPA Summer ...

Ressler’s hard work on the hardwood gets state recognition

Bedford junior guard Steven Ressler was named to the third team of the Pennsylvania Sportswriters Class 4A All-State boys basketball squad earlier this morning. “It’s satisfying to me to see all his hard work paid off,” Steven’s father and Bedford coach Jason Ressler said. “He spent ...

No lawsuit against PSU’s Franklin, others

From Mirror reports A lawsuit filed by a former Penn State team doctor against Nittany Lion coach James Franklin, two athletic directors and the university was dismissed Wednesday. Dr. Scott Lynch missed the 180-day deadline by three days in filing a whistleblower suit alleging he was fired ...

Courses prepping for reopening Friday

Most of the area’s golf courses will reopen Friday after Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s announcement allowing them to do so on Monday. But after being closed for more than a month, many courses are trying to pinpoint exactly how the reopening will proceed. “I think a lot of people are ...

Option picked up for Watt

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have picked up the fifth-year option on All-Pro outside linebacker T.J. Watt. Watt, Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in the 2017 draft, is coming off a stellar 2019 in which he had 141/2 sacks and was selected to the Pro Bowl for ...

Clearing all the hurdles: Altoona’s Caputo stands out in classroom, on track

Senior salute The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Being ranked No. 1 academically in a class of more than 500 students, one would think Altoona Area High School senior Gianna ...

Pirates temporarily suspend 401k benefits amid pandemic

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Pirates are suspending retirement benefits for members of Pittsburgh’s baseball operations staff in an effort to cope with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. General manager Ben Cherington said Tuesday the team has been searching for ...

Sports at a glance

Westry gets 3A hoop honor Trinity junior guard Chance Westry was named the Pennsylvania Sportswriters Class 3A All-State boys basketball Player of the Year earlier this morning. Westry was joined on the first team by Neumann-Goretti’s Jordan Hall and two players each from Westtown (Jalen ...

Ravens still the team to beat in AFC North

The Associated Press Following a season in which Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens ran away with the AFC North title, the rest of the division has been working diligently to narrow the gap. The Ravens, however, show no signs of slowing down. After a whirlwind of free agent signings ...

Southern’s coach fondly remembered

Longtime Southern Huntingdon girls basketball coach and athletic director Phil Speck died Saturday at the age of 62 after a battle with cancer. “He did things the right way,” Tussey Mountain girls basketball coach Todd Gates said. “That’s why he was so respected. You look at his ...

Been there, done that: ’Cats star used to rolling with the punches

Senior salute The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As students across Pennsylvania adjusted to learning from home this past month, Huntingdon senior Bruce Perow must have felt a ...

BG’s Witherspoon named to all-state boys basketball team

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s Jessiah Witherspoon was named to the third team of the Pennsylvania Sportswriters Class 2A All-State boys basketball squad for the second year in a row earlier this morning. “I’m very happy for him,” Bishop Guilfoyle coach Chris Drenning said. “He’s ...

BC’s McDannell earns first-team all-state

Tristan McDannell ended his on-court high school basketball career by making three free throws with 1.6 seconds left and his team down by two points to win a hard-fought PIAA Class 1A second-round game against Shade at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Earlier this morning, he ...