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AAHS boys enjoy strong start to season

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The 2019 Altoona Area High School boys track and field team boasts several standout seniors this year that have raised their expectations. They’re not going to let any young newcomer show them up, even if it’s a teammate or even if it’s a younger brother. Asked who the teammate with ...

PC’s Lyric Janosik ties meet record in long jump

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Lyric Janosik was a pre-schooler when Rachel Gehret was dominating the area girls track and field scene. Gehret graduated from Altoona Area High School in 2006 with one PIAA Class 3A gold medal, four silver and two bronze in jumping events. Janosik, now a Penn Cambria High School junior, ...

Virginia survives, reaches Final 4

National Sports

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — From embarrassment to exhilaration. From early exit to regional champ. From bracket busters to net cutters. Virginia, the first No. 1 seed to lose to a 16 seed a year ago, survived overtime and Carson Edwards’ staggering 3-point show Saturday night to make it to the ...

B-A title fuels community pride

Voice of the Fan

The shrill of the volunteer fire whistle cut through the cold and rainy night air like a knife. Normally, a call to duty for the local firefighters is a concern, but on this night the blast was a call of celebration. Twice in as many years, the Bellwood-Antis High School girls basketball ...

Step into batter’s box for some trivia

Voice of the Fan

WASHINGTON — When umpire Dutch Rennert blew a call at first base, then-St. Louis Cardinals manager Joe Torre trotted out and asked, “How come you’re such a good ball-strike umpire and such [expletive] on the bases?” Rennert, equally puzzled, amiably replied, “Isn’t that ...

Woods finally meets match in Bjerregaard

National Sports

AUSTIN, Texas — Tiger Woods finally met his match Saturday, and it wasn’t Rory McIlroy. Lucas Bjerregaard delivered the clutch shots so often seen from Woods to tie the match on the 16th hole and beat him on the 18th hole in a shocking conclusion when Woods missed a 4-foot putt. The ...

Johnson in need of a win

National Sports

FORT WORTH, Texas — Maybe Jimmie Johnson can do something old at Texas, and get back into Victory Lane. “I think the term ‘new’ is the thing that has hurt us the most this year. We know and acknowledge that what we were trying last year didn’t work,” Johnson said. “Us trying new ...

Leclerc gets first pole at Bahrain GP

National Sports

SAKHIR, Bahrain — Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc confirmed he is a driver to be reckoned with by taking his first career pole position at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday. Leclerc topped all three sections of qualifying, having already been quickest in two of the three practice ...

Game 2 postponed by weather

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CINCINNATI — The Reds got a game deeper into this season before having to call one off. The second game of their series against the Pittsburgh Pirates was called off Saturday because of rain. The start was delayed 40 minutes before it was postponed with storms forecast all evening. It’ll ...

Youngster pitches Bulldogs to victory

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CLAYSBURG — Sophomore Olivia Bushore pitched a one-hit shutout in leading Claysburg-Kimmel to a six-inning 10-0 win over Southern Huntingdon Saturday in high school softball action. Bushore struck out six in helping C-K improve to 2-1. Harleigh Cavender led the Lady Bulldogs with four ...

Bearcats go extra frame to win at Hollidaysburg

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HOLLIDAYSBURG — Huntingdon scored four times in the top of the seventh to force extra innings, then scored two more in the top of the eighth for an 8-6 win over Hollidaysburg in high school baseball action Saturday. The Bearcats (2-2) got two hits and two RBIs each from Casey Connor and ...

Utility roles more important today

National Sports

LAKELAND, Fla. — In his rookie season with the Detroit Tigers, Niko Goodrum spent time at first base, second base, third base, shortstop and both corner outfield spots. The next logical step was to try him in center field, and manager Ron Gardenhire did just that during spring training this ...

Texas Tech headed to Final Four

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Texas Tech is heading to its first Final Four thanks to a kid from Italy who made the big shots and a defense that refuses to rest. Davide Moretti opened up a late lead with the two most important 3-pointers of his life, Tariq Owens came up with a big rejection and the Red ...

Notre Dame women heading to Elite Eight

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The Associated Press CHICAGO — Arike Ogunbowale scored a career-high 34 points, Jessica Shepard added 24 points and 14 rebounds, and defending national champion Notre Dame beat Texas A&M in the Sweet 16 for the second straight year, 87-80 on Saturday. Ogunbowale scored 12 in the final ...

ACL tear ends Auburn star’s season

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Auburn coach Bruce Pearl knew the moment sophomore forward Chuma Okeke landed on the floor, his left knee having buckled at a gruesome angle, that something serious had happened. Pearl learned the extent of the damage Saturday. An MRI exam revealed that Okeke tore his ...

Mentored Youth Trout Day is right around the corner

Outdoors

The statewide Mentored Youth Trout Day is this Saturday, April 6. Fishing hours will be from 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. All stocked trout waters are included in the Mentored Youth Trout Fishing Day. Special regulation areas, such as catch and release fly-fishing only or delayed harvest artificial ...

Hunting with my guardian angels

Outdoors

March is over so now we can get down to business, which for the outdoorsmen is trout and spring gobbler openings. Trout stocking dates and preseason gobbler scouting consumes the thoughts and planning of enthusiasts statewide. Including mine. Wearing fluorescent orange during spring turkey ...

Saving her best for last

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By Nate Ritchey nritchey@altoonamirror.com Hollidaysburg’s Sierra McClain of the Blair County team hadn’t scored all game. When she got her chance late in the contest at the free throw line, the Lady Tiger knocked down 3-of-4. Altoona’s Olivia Hudson came up with a block on Kate ...

Central PA stars are able to play fast in win over Blair

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By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Luke Ruggery let Blair County’s strategy for Friday’s 14th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic out of the bag during practice Wednesday night. He was hoping his much-smaller squad could push the pace and shoot Central PA out of Penn ...

Rinne gets one over on the Pens

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PITTSBURGH — Pekka Rinne’s difficulties against the Penguins, particularly in Pittsburgh, have been well documented. So, it felt good for the Nashville Predators’ star goaltender to put those questions to rest — at least for one night. Rinne stopped 42 shots to lead the Predators to ...