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Charles back in charge: Lions’ big man makes Altoona real threat

After being named a first-team all-star by the Mid-Penn League as a junior, P.J. Charles had some big goals in mind for his senior year. Things haven’t gone exactly the way Charles envisioned, but thanks to his leadership on and off the court, everything is still possible for both Charles ...

New Bellwood boys coach was inspired by Pentoney at young age

Patrick Cassidy is in his first year as the Bellwood-Antis boys basketball coach after leading the Huntingdon girls program to a record of 45-47 in four years. Cassidy got the Lady Bearcats into the District 6 Class 4A title game a year ago before departing for a job closer to home. The ...

Chernisky race scheduled

EBENSBURG — Early-bird discounted online registration has begun for the sixth annual Chernisky Classic race and will run until June 1. Registration for the July 11 5K run/walk and 10K run increases on June 1 to $28 per person and will be in effect until the close of online registration on ...

Lafferty, fellow rookie build strong bond

PITTSBURGH — For the Penguins rookies, there’s one rule of thumb that helps them in most situations. “We pretty much have the routine down at this point — me and Johnny Marino just go to the front of wherever we are and sit,” joked Sam Lafferty. While that works on the team plane, ...

Ridge’s Moore pins way to 160 title

BEDFORD – Chestnut Ridge’s Daniel Moore came into the Thomas Chevrolet Tournament as the fifth seed at 160 pounds. So much for seeding. All Moore did was pin his way through the tournament, including pinning the fourth seed, the top seed in Meyersdale’s Austin Broadwater in 5:00 in ...

Miller leads Lady Tigers to victory

LORETTO — Hollidaysburg Area High School Lady Tigers sophomore Marin Miller is a stickler for practicing free throws. “I make about 500 a day, five to seven days each week,’’ the 5-foot-1 point guard said Saturday afternoon. In Miller’s case, it’s truly a matter of practice ...

Taillon upbeat as he rehabs from surgery

PITTSBURGH — Jameson Taillon has plenty of experience when it comes to rehabbing from injuries. The Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander has had two Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgeries during his professional career. He’s also undergone surgeries to repair a sport hernia and remove ...

Maxwell sets mark at Everett

EVERETT — Kaitlyn Maxwell became Everett Area High School’s new all-time leading scorer with 32 points in a 69-49 win over James Buchanan Saturday in girls basketball action. Maxwell hit two free throws early in the fourth quarter to surpass the previous mark set by Krista Jay in 1994 ...

Mustangs eke out overtime victory

LORETTO — Portage Area High School boys basketball coach Travis Kargo challenged sophomore guard Kaden Claar to amp up his game earlier this week. On Saturday afternoon, Claar answered the bell quite vigorously. After a so-so performance in Portage’s WestPAC Conference loss to Windber ...

Panthers can’t get past ’Cuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y.— When the game was on the line, Marek Dolezaj stood tall for Syracuse. The slender 6-foot-10 native of Slovakia had 17 points and seven rebounds, Buddy Boeheim added 21 points, and the Orange held off Pittsburgh 69-61 on Saturday. The Orange won despite off nights for two ...

Walk, Finnegan get ‘Ultimate’ crowns

MORRISDALE — Two area wrestlers — Tyrone’s Hunter Walk and Altoona’s Damion Finnegan — captured titles at the 34-team Ultimate Warrior Wresting Tournament hosted by West Branch High School on Saturday. Walk won the 113-pound weight class by earning a 6-2 decision over Mount ...

Glendale repeats as Fred Bell tourney champion

GROVE CITY — Glendale captured the team title for the second straight year at the 37th annual Fred Bell Wrestling Tournament at Grove City High School on Saturday. Suds Dubler and Cory Johnston repeated as individual champions, and Zeke Dubler also won a title for the Vikings in the 38-team ...

Krise sets career high in leading Lions to win

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Penn State Altoona men’s basketball earned its fourth road win of the season on Saturday afternoon, defeating Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference opponent D’Youville College 98-85 in the College Center Gym. The Lions (11-5, 7-5 AMCC) used a steady dose of offense to ...

Red Flash defensive struggles continue in loss

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. — The Saint Francis men's basketball team (12-8, 5-4 NEC) dropped its third consecutive game on Saturday with an 86-79 loss at St. Francis Brooklyn (10-10, 4-4 NEC). Isaiah Blackmon continued his torrid scoring pace with a game-high 24 points, while Keith Braxton and ...

Penn Cambria girls prevail in OT

CRESSON — Penn Cambria beat Richland, 70-65, in overtime in high school girls basketball action on Saturday afternoon. Lora Davis led the Lady Panthers (9-7) with 26 points. RICHLAND (65): Burke 4 9-13 20, Stem 1 3-4 5, Roman 7 3-6 21, Kinsey 5 2-4 12, Bowser 1 0-0 3, Marshall 1 4-4 6, ...

SFU women win on road

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y. – Saint Francis women's basketball (8-11, 6-2 NEC) used a well-balanced team effort to surge past St. Francis Brooklyn (5-13, 1-6 NEC) in a 67-59 win on Saturday at the Pope Center. Katie Dettwiller (Portsmouth, Ohio/Notre Dame) recorded a career-high 17 points and nine ...

Balanced Bearcats avenge loss to Tyrone

HUNTINGDON — On balance, Friday was a very good night for the Huntingdon Area High School boys basketball team. The Bearcats placed all five of their starters in double figures and forged a tie atop the Mountain League standings with visiting Tyrone by posting a 71-64 victory over the ...

BG boys roll past Richland

RICHLAND — Michael Montecalvo made sure what stood to be a game turned out to be anything but. The Bishop Guilfoyle senior hit five 3-point field goals, and the Marauders made good on 11 from beyond the arc en route to a 66-43 victory at Richland in a Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference ...

True freshman leads Penn State to road victory

From Mirror reports LINCOLN, Neb. — The Penn State Nittany Lion wrestling team downed Nebraska Friday night, 20-18, to begin a rugged 16-day stretch of Big Ten road action. Penn State won in front of a record-Nebraska crowd with true freshman Seth Nevills sealing the deal with a win in ...

Ridge in good shape at Bedford

BEDFORD — Many area wrestlers are still alive to take the medal stand when the Thomas Chevrolet Tournament resumes today at Bedford High School. Chestnut Ridge leads the team standings with 155.5 points and 10 wrestlers in the semifinals, while Huntingdon comes into today with 87 points at ...