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Sports Columns

Bowen latest broadcaster turned GM

By Cory Giger For the Mirror Rob Egan pulled it off. So did Jason Dambach. It’s something that’s rare in professional sports, but not when it comes to the Altoona Curve. Now, Nate Bowen will get his opportunity to do the same thing. Bowen came to Altoona eight years ago to be a radio ...

Iowa exposes QB depth at Penn State

By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com Football has long operated with the premise that the coaches and the quarterbacks get too much credit and too much blame. Saturday’s Penn State-Iowa game at Kinnick Stadium exhibited that competent quarterbacking — and quarterback preparation — ...

WR Dotson has caught Hawkeyes’ attention

The biggest subplot of Penn State’s game within the game (of the year, so far) at Iowa will be Jahan Dotson. The standout receiver has been outstanding, easily the biggest difference maker fueling the Nittany Lions’ resurgence from their nightmare season of 2020. Dotson’s 35 ...

Arizona trail cam ban raises questions

On June 11, the five-person Arizona Game and Fish Commission voted unanimously to ban the use of trail cameras. This regulation is clearly focused on hunters as it specifically prohibits the use of trail cameras “for the purpose of taking or aiding in the take of wildlife, or locating ...

Something has to give in Class 3A

More than halfway through the high school football season, it’s still tough to know which teams in the area are the best of the best. Seven teams — Bedford, Central, Clearfield, Bellwood-Antis, Juniata Valley, Portage and Cambria Heights — in the Mirror’s regional coverage area remain ...

Defense must continue to hold down Nits’ fort

What unit needs to carry the day at Iowa? By Neil Rudel nrudel@altoonamirror.com We can make a case for both, which is what makes for a good topic. In fact, I gave Cory the first pick this week, and he took offense. Shocker. But I’m fine suggesting Penn State’s defense must ...