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Neil Rudel

Local team shines on grandest of stages

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com BRISTOL, Conn. — Hollidaysburg is advancing to the Little League World Series — a first for any Blair County team — and boy is it ever deserving. The little guys from the county seat punched their ticket Friday in decisive fashion by beating ...

Middle LB 1 of 2 top priorities

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com Shaking out the notebook (yes, I still use one) from Penn State football media day: Linebacker U James Franklin’s top priority is replacing punter-kickoff man Jordan Stout, who was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth round. His second ...

Clifford needs to prove he’s worthy of trust

When Sean Clifford decided to come back for a sixth season at Penn State, it seemed like a good idea both for the Nittany Lions and for him. He’s not viewed as a high-round NFL prospect, and his experience — he’s started 33 games — would presumably give the Lions their best chance to ...

Vesnesky ‘bled red and white’

When he was informed a few months ago, in his home, by radio colleague Bernie Jubeck that he’d be enshrined in the Saint Francis Athletics Hall of Fame, Joe Vesnesky’s reaction was immediate. “I started bawling,” he said. Vesnesky was under the impression Saint Francis wanted to tape ...

Expansion leaves a green footprint

Of the Big Ten’s five expansions over the last 70 years — Michigan State in 1950, Penn State in 1990, Nebraska in 2011, Maryland and Rutgers in 2014 — Thursday’s blockbuster announcement that Southern Cal and UCLA would join the league starting in 2024 is the biggest. It converts the ...

Is Franklin’s stance falling on deaf ears?

UNIVERSITY PARK — Without mentioning names — hint, hint — there have been some former Penn State football coaches known to snap at the media every now and then. James Franklin, for the most part, hasn’t been one of them. In fact, at least in the press conferences I’ve attended ...