Sports Columns

Rudel: Nevins concludes it’s time

Central High School is expected to name Paul Frederick as its new boys basketball coach Monday night. Which means after 27 seasons and 452 victories — most in Blair County boys scholastic basketball history — the Reggie Nevins era is over. Nevins’ last three months as Central’s ...

Bedford HOF call extending Nastasi’s legacy

The Bedford County Sports Hall of Fame has a unique process: It generally waits 25 years following an athlete’s career before enshrinement. Reasoning is simple: The mission is designed to be a career honor but also to extend the understanding and provide full appreciation of ...

Hoping to help a young player get back a game ball

I need some help trying to find the owner of this baseball. As you can see in the picture, it’s a game ball from two years ago in the Altoona Area Baseball Association. Somehow, the ball ended up in my batting practice bucket of balls two weeks ago. While not certain where it came from, ...

Memories of Father’s Day and fishing

This weekend, many celebrated Father’s Day. The holiday is full of memories and traditions, including Jim Lane’s beautiful tribute column to his dad that is printed in the Mirror each year. For some families, Father’s Day means a day at the ballpark; for others, it’s a backyard ...

Reliving the scholastic year’s best moments

The 2018-2019 scholastic sports season has come to a close, and plenty of memories made in communities across the Mirror’s coverage area will live on forever. Selecting just the top 10 moments was challenging, as seven PIAA state champions made the list, but none of those earned the top ...

Father’s Day memories never fade

Editor’s note: Retired Mirror sports editor Jim Lane wrote this column after his dad, Kermit, passed away in 1987. It’s reprinted every Father’s Day. Today is Father’s Day. It’s a chance to tell your favorite guy thanks for all he’s been and done for you over the years. It’s ...

US women’s team a soccer powerhouse

Those who have cried for more scoring in the game of soccer got exactly that as the U.S. Women’s National Team came out in its opening World Cup game in France against Thailand and buried 13 goals in the back of the nets in a 13-0 pounding of the Thai Women’s Team. The game was ...

New bill not the answer

Pennsylvania State Representative Aaron Bernstine unveiled House Bill 1600 Tuesday in Harrisburg in an attempt to bridge the concerns of both public and private schools in regard to the PIAA playoffs in several sports. The bill would separate playoff brackets in football, boys and girls ...

Online sports betting now live in PA

Legal online sports betting has finally arrived in Pennsylvania after longer-than-expected delays. There’s only one available online casino option for people to wager at so far. There also are still technology and legal issues that have to be addressed within the industry to make the ...

Women’s soccer has earned its keep

Women’s soccer season — specifically, the once-every-four-years “season” that coincides with the Women’s World Cup — has started and games will air on Fox, Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 through the conclusion of the tournament on July 7. Team USA, the perennial tournament favorite ...

Warriors need Durant

OAKLAND, Calif. — When Game 4 was over, while Toronto fans were waving Canadian flags in celebration inside an otherwise-stunned Oracle Arena, a glum-faced Kevin Durant was outside the Golden State locker room to greet equally glum teammates as they sauntered off the floor. That’s been ...

Giger: Stevens’ decision great news for Chambers

UNIVERSITY PARK — Good for Patrick Chambers. He deserved this. Make no mistake about what happened last week, when Lamar Stevens decided to return for his senior season of Penn State basketball. That decision saved Chambers’ job. Or at least, it gives Chambers a fighting chance to ...

End of school year observations abound

The region’s final graduation ceremonies are taking place this week, with all of the pomp and pageantry, tears and cheers we’ve come to expect from the traditional, transitional ceremonies. Called “Commencement,” for many high schools and colleges, meaning “a beginning or start,” ...

Net results: Ballparks becoming much safer these days

Crack! Blink. Smack. Ooouuuccchhh!!! It happens so fast. Lightning fast. Even if you’re paying close attention at a baseball game, it can be tough to avoid getting hit by a screaming foul ball aimed at you in the ...

USGA raises stakes for upcoming US Open

The USGA announced Tuesday that it has raised the total prize money for this year’s U.S. Open to $12.5 million. The increase will result in a check of $2.25 million going to this year’s winner, making the tournament this year’s most lucrative major championship. The move may, in ...

Nicklaus enjoying renewed attention to record

DUBLIN, Ohio — Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods had their first conversation about rivalries while in South Africa for the Presidents Cup in 2003, right around the time Woods was about to get his fourth rival in Vijay Singh. The message Nicklaus preached from experience that day: Make sure ...

Koepka finally might be starting to warm up

With four major championships in his last eight major starts, you have to tip your cap to Brooks Koepka for winning last week’s PGA Championship held at Bethpage Black on Long Island. Up to this point, there’s been a running narrative that Koepka, known for his powerful swing and ...

Daly, cart have no place at Bethpage

Next week, there will be a legitimate major championship at Bethpage Black. We’ll also get a ridiculous sideshow, at least for the first couple of days. John Daly will rip it up in the PGA Championship — while gripping the wheel of a golf cart. Yep, the guardians of the game are ...

Reflections on PSU’s graduation

I had the honor of attending a Penn State University graduation over the weekend. The Bryce Jordan Center floor, where we’ve watched so many basketball games was transformed into a pseudo-ceremonial auditorium. Hundreds of blue and white seats faced the dais, decorated with what looked ...