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Bearcats rally to stun Golden Eagles

CRESSON — It’s hard to beat a champion. Tyrone found that out the hardest way possible Saturday night at Mount Aloysius College in the District 6 Class 4A boys championship game when Huntingdon rallied from a nine-point deficit with less than four minutes left to claim its ...

Portage caps mission

CRESSON — Lance Hudak has been chasing a district title at Portage for more than two decades. There were dark days, close calls and what ifs over that time, but Saturday was finally the Lady Mustangs’ day. Playing three classifications higher than the size of its school, Portage upset ...

Altoona’s Sarbo earns third crown

Matt Sarbo wasn’t gambling, but he hit the jackpot nonetheless Saturday night. Altoona Area High School’s junior wrestling standout pulled off an impressive trifecta in the District 6 Class 3A tournament at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse, capturing his third consecutive district ...

Ridge’s Knisely delivers

McMillen, Bollman, Cassidy, Moore win INDIANA — Chestnut Ridge’s Duane Knisely knew going into the Southwest Regional Class 2A Tournament that his road to a title was going to be a hard one. But the senior traveled the road to a gold medal. Knisely got by Mount Union’s returning state ...

Eichel, Sabres race past sluggish Penguins

PITTSBURGH — Plenty of work remains for the Buffalo Sabres as they try to claw their way into the playoff picture. Streaking past the suddenly listless Pittsburgh Penguins is a pretty good way to start. Jack Eichel scored twice and Sabres jumped on the Penguins early in a 5-2 victory on ...

Lady Rangers reign again in 4A

CRESSON — Forest Hills won its sixth consecutive District 6 title Saturday at Mount Aloysius, overwhelming Huntingdon, 83-44, in the Class 4A girls championship. Jordyn Smith led the way with 25 points, and the Lady Rangers forced 15 first-half turnovers to beat the Lady Bearcats in the ...

BC secures spot in Class 1A final

EBENSBURG — Savannah Smorto did the one thing she possibly could to make Mara Yahner’s birthday easier, and that was to shoot lights out from 3-point range. The sophomore guard rained down five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 19 points to help the Lady Huskies race to a 61-39 win over ...

Pirates open spring training with loss

BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates kicked off their Grapefruit League season at home Saturday afternoon and got strong pitching in a 2-1 loss to the Minnesota Twins at LECOM Park. Mitch Keller started for the Pirates and pitched two scoreless innings, allowing two hits with no ...

Tigers fall short to Trojans

CRESSON — When Hollidaysburg’s Ryan Stevenson drilled a 3-pointer with two minutes to play that cut the Golden Tigers’ deficit to just two points against Johnstown, the District 6 Class 5A boys title was up for grabs. Unfortunately for Hollidaysburg, the biggest man on the court went ...

Altoona’s Weaver claims second straight state title

CORAOPOLIS — Altoona Area High School junior Gracie Weaver is now a two-time state champion. Weaver won the all-around competition in the Diamond Division for the second straight year in the Pennsylvania Classic Individual Championships on Saturday at Moon Area High School. Weaver, in a ...

College basketball preview capsules

PSU men at Indiana Tipoff: Noon, Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Ind. Records: Penn State 20-6 (10-5 Big Ten), Indiana (17-9, 5-4) Coaches: Patrick Chambers is 147-146 in his ninth season at Penn State and 189-174 in 11 seasons overall. Archie Miller is 52-40 in his third season at Indiana ...

Panthers’ rally falls just short

PITTSBURGH — The finish was not what Virginia was looking for, as the Cavaliers allowed a 14-point lead to whittle down to two thanks to a late-game charge by Pittsburgh. But they’re not going to complain about the victory, as the Cavaliers held on for a 59-56 victory at Pitt for their ...

Area college basketball roundup

PSU Altoona men finish fourth in AMCC Penn State Altoona men's basketball pulled away early for an overwhelming victory over Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent Hilbert College on Saturday, winning 97-74 in the team’s final regular-season game. Penn State Altoona (15-10, ...

It’s simply safer to let deer find their own food

My hunting buddy from Armstrong County recently called me to tell me about finding a dead deer by her front pond. She went out to examine it, saw it had not been shot so she called the local game protector who came out and examined it. As Joanie and the game warden suspected, it had died a ...

Offers for preseason trout fishing are out there

As we enter the final week of February, it’s almost safe to think that winter should be making a quiet exit relatively soon. That cautious optimism is based somewhat on the exceptionally mild winter we have experienced so far. A few of the unseasonably nice days last month and this ...

Altoona girls beat SC when it counts

CRESSON — After a first half with not a lot of scoring, State College’s Maya Bokunewicz tried to get things going in the third quarter. The Division I Rice commit scored six early points to help the Lady Little Lions tie Altoona at 23 near the end of the third quarter of the teams’ ...

Mountain Lions down Little Lions for title

CRESSON — Altoona played just six players in its District 6 Class 6A boys championship game against State College at Mount Aloysius. Each of those players were seniors who have been chasing State College for a gold medal for four years unsuccessfully. Until Friday. The Mountain Lions ...

Horton posts big ‘W’

INDIANA — Tussey Mountain junior 126-pounder Hunter Horton seems to have saved his best wrestling for the postseason. Last week, Horton, ranked third in the Mirror rankings at the time, knocked off Chestnut Ridge’s second-ranked Ross Dull to win a District 5 title. On Friday night, in ...

Basketball playoff capsules

District 6 Class 5A boys final Teams: Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers (14-8); Johnstown Trojans (21-3) Site, time: Mount Aloysius Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center, 1:30 p.m. The coaches: Hollidaysburg — Brad Lear (96-46 in six years at Hollidaysburg and 168-96 in 11 years overall); ...

Hoops du Jour

Virginia at Pitt men Tipoff: Noon, Petersen Events Center Records: Pittsburgh (15-12, 6-10 in ACC); Virginia (18-7, 10-5 in ACC) Coaches: Jeff Capel is 29-31 in his second season at Pitt and is 191-141 in his 11th season overall. Tony Bennett is 272-96 in his 11th season at Virginia and ...