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From young age, Kagarise lived basketball

Editor’s note: This is the second in a series on the 2018 Blair County Sports Hall of Fame inductees. Basketball became an obsession very early for Bill Kagarise. “I would say around ninth grade, I fell in love with everything about it,” Kagarise said. “I wasn’t a great athlete, ...

McCabe makes history for UPJ women’s hoops

From Mirror reports Olivia McCabe, a Portage graduate, made history at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown by becoming the school’s first-ever first team selection to the All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West team since the school joined the conference in 2013. McCabe led ...

Manley wins junior state title

JOHNSTOWN — Altoona’s Trevor Manley captured a state title in the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling Junior High Championships on Sunday. Manley, competing at 252 pounds, pinned Southern Columbia’s Dyer Stine in 4 minutes, 11 seconds in the championship match. Manley, who finished third a ...

Lions fall in Big Ten semis

NEW YORK — The game was already out of hand, but Shep Garner refused to throw in the towel against Purdue. “I knew I didn’t want this to be my last game tonight,” Garner said. “And I told my teammates, you know, I’ll give it everything I’ve got to get this win.” His ...

Sarbo captures NW title

Altoona freshman 106-pounder Matt Sarbo says he doesn’t pay attention to state rankings. He certainly didn’t appear to give a hoot about General McLane’s Andrew Brest’s No. 3 ranking by PA Power Wrestling in the Northwest Regional Class 3A tournament finals on Saturday night at the ...

Penn State trails Buckeyes after first day

EAST LANSING, Mich. — When Ohio State beat Penn State for the Big Ten team title in 2017 and the Nittany Lions rebounded by winning the NCAA title, Buckeyes coach Tom Ryan said his team had obviously kicked a hornets’ nest by winning Big Tens. Ryan and the Buckeyes are at it again. After ...

Mehno: Some athletes still struggle on social media

PITTSBURGH — The NFL scouting combine was in full swing last week, a chance for potential buyers to size up the livestock. Aside from measuring the measurables, the NFL teams try to get some insight into the character of the players they’ll soon be drafting. Is he a hard worker? Is he a ...

Lady Lions advance to PIAAs

SLIPPERY ROCK — Altoona surrendered 18 first-half points to Erie High star Jamiya Eaddy, but an unfazed group of Lady Lions stuck to their game plan. When the final buzzer sounded, the more complete team came away with the victory and a spot in the PIAA Class 6A playoffs. Altoona ...

Bearcats win team titles

UNIVERSITY PARK — It was a bright and sunny day in central Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon at the District 6 Swimming & Diving Championships at Penn State, but it couldn’t have been any brighter than the gold the Huntingdon Area High School swim team was wearing at the end of the ...

Lane: Leiper having fun with Jays

BRADENTON, Fla.— There aren’t many divisions stronger than the American League East, and former Curve manager Tim Leiper feels fortunate to be part of it. Leiper has been in the Blue Jays’ organization for six years and is beginning his fifth season as first base coach for the major ...

Osuna’s homer gives Bucs win

BRADENTON, Fla. — Jose Osuna hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the seventh inning to lift the Pirates to a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in spring training action Saturday afternoon. Kevin Newman doubled home Jacob Stallings to bring the Pirates within 3-2 in the seventh, then ...

Tebow loving life as baseball player

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Tim Tebow made his first spring training start this year, struck out against reigning NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer and then singled off Washington’s Erick Fedde in a 2-1 loss to by a New York Mets’ split squad to the Nationals on Friday. Batting fourth as ...

Reaves’ slam lifts PSU past Buckeyes

NEW YORK — With less than 10 seconds on the clock and a one-point deficit, Tony Carr drove to the heart of the Ohio State defense. Two defenders leapt to defend the guard that had made heroic plays throughout the contest. Carr saw Josh Reaves, who had missed all but one of his 11 shot ...

Everett girls rally but fall short

CRESSON — The Everett High School girls basketball team’s magical run through the District 6 Class 3A playoffs finally hit a roadblock Friday night, but not before the Lady Warriors lived up to their nickname and put forth a spirited fight. Everett — which entered the tournament as the ...

Depth issues catch up with Lady Titans

JOHNSTOWN — Playing with just eight players is tough. The Tussey Mountain girls basketball team proved it isn’t impossible, though, by putting together a 16-8 record going into Friday’s District 5 Class 2A championship game at the Pitt Johnstown Sports Center. Winning with just seven ...

P-O, Altoona start strong

It was a very good first day for Philipsburg-Osceola and Altoona at the Northwest Regional Class 3A Tournament on Friday night at the AAHS Fieldhouse. The Mounties advanced six wrestlers to today’s noon semifinals, while the Mountain Lions pushed four into the semis, including District 6 ...

Nittany Lions gain advantage in best-of-3

UNIVERSITY PARK — Following last weekend’s sweep of Minnesota with all the goals, physicality, taunting and with home-ice in the Big Ten tournament on the line, this weekend’s Big Ten quarterfinals between Penn State and Minnesota was expected to be intense. Game 1 didn’t disappoint, ...

PSU set to battle for Big Ten wrestling title

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Cael Sanderson has said repeatedly that he and his Penn State wrestling team want to win every competition they enter. The same applies to this weekend’s 2018 Big Ten Wrestling Championships at Michigan State’s Breslin Center. However, Sanderson said that winning ...

Juniata falls in round 2 of playoffs

CRESTVIEW HILLS, Ky. — The Juniata College women’s basketball team saw its season come to an end on Saturday, losing to Thomas More, 83-50, in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament. Morgan Instone had 11 points and two steals for the Eagles, who finished the year at ...

Hoops du Jour

Wagner at SFU women Tipoff: 2 p.m. at DeGol Arena, Loretto Records: Wagner (6-22 overall, 4-13 Northeast Conference); Saint Francis (20-9, 15-2). All-time series: Saint Francis leads 45-22. Coaches: Joe Haigh is 90-97 in his sixth season at Saint Francis; Heather Jacobs is 10-47 in her ...