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Sports Columns

Time at home now vital to PSU’s future

Penn State has a chance to enjoy a great football season this fall — if there actually is football — but a lot of what happens months from now on the field will depend on what the players do at home over the coming weeks and months. There’s no spring practice, no Blue-White Game, no ...

A ‘Classic’ case of ‘what if?’

Readers of our newspaper should be pulling out their sports pages to read about last night’s Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic. It could have been one of the most memorable yet, with at least seven future NCAA Division I girls players set to lace up their shoes and one of the strongest ...

Giger: Sports may not return to normal for rest of year

This. Stinks. What we’re going through in this country because of the coronavirus is terrible, for tens of millions of people. And things still are expected to get worse before they get better. We're all looking for good news. For slivers of hope. For reasons to think that maybe some of ...

Pearl Washington’s shot changed my life, and I have no idea why

Today would have been the start of the magical two-day extravaganza of the first round of NCAA Tournament, the greatest sports event in our country. I love, love, love the tournament. Always have. But we won’t get to see it this year because the coronavirus has forced a nationwide shutdown ...

No ‘Mania’ for this fan of wrestling

I’m never quite sure whether professional wrestling stories belong in the sports or lifestyle section of the newspaper, but with concerns over the coronavirus, pro wrestling may be the closest thing to sports still appearing live on our televisions every week. Friday’s Smackdown on Fox ...

How to Flash forward: SFU will face future challenges

Judging a sports team or a coach can be a tricky thing. Like with anything in life, you pick the criteria you prefer and then make judgments based on that. Using one set of criteria, the good news is that a team or coach can look fantastic. Using other criteria, the bad news is that ...

Area seniors fretting over possible loss of spring sports season

Friday’s announcement by several school districts that spring sports will not take place until at least April was just another in a string of postponements across the world of athletics. The shock of a few baseball, tennis, softball and track and field events being postponed or canceled ...

Giger: Sports world sets leadership example by shutting it all down

Let’s try to catch our breath here. I mean, the world as we know it — particularly in sports — has been thrown into upheaval over the past 48 hours, as we’ve been hit with one knockout punch after another with cancelations because of the coronavirus pandemic. This thing has changed our ...

Giger: Tough to have confidence in PSU right now

UNIVERSITY PARK — Be honest: No matter how much you’ve enjoyed this Penn State season, no matter how excited you’ve been for the great possibilities, there’s always been that nagging voice in the back of your mind saying, “They’re gonna blow it.” That is incredibly unfair to the ...

Chip off the old block: Klausman pilots Lions with dad on journey

Jarrod Klausman has spent his life in sports, often alongside his dad, Jim. They were part of a championship team in Little League, including the prestigious Dean Patterson Little World Series, and later coached in the Hollidaysburg basketball program under Mick Pentoney and Brad Lear. ...

Nittany Lions jumping through high hoops

(This column was published Saturday and updated with the latest AP ranking today.) There’s never been a Penn State basketball season quite like the one that’s developing before our eyes. Yes, the Nittany Lions have had great players (Jesse Arnelle, Joe Crispin, Talor Battle), and yes, ...

Black coaches still a rarity in NCAA football

Colleges around the country wrapped up their football signing classes this week, proudly touting scores of African-American athletes as the next big stars. It’s a whole different situation on the sideline. Segregation still rules the coaching ranks. And not just the top guys. A review ...

Powerful messages for women

What a week it was. Sports headlines should have been dominated by preparations for the Super Bowl, but instead, the biggest show on earth was overshadowed by the tragic death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others in a California helicopter crash. In the days that followed, Bryant, ...

BG deserves homecourt edge, too

Perhaps the most interesting boys basketball game of the season in Blair County is set to be played Monday night. The concern centers around how many people will actually get to watch it. Altoona will visit Bishop Guilfoyle’s Pleasant Valley Gymnasium for the first time in four years, and ...

He’s seen it all in KC: Altoona native Moore part of Chiefs’ lore

Bob Moore’s cell phone has been blowing up lately. That’s what happens when you work for a team set to play in the Super Bowl. Moore has spent 40-plus years with the Kansas City Chiefs organization, first as its public relations director and the last 10 as the team’s ...

Excitement builds with start of D6 2A Duals

The excitement of the 2019-2020 wrestling season gets ramped up a little bit more tonight when the first round of the District 6 Class 2A Duals begins. Glendale (13-1) enters the Duals as the No. 1 seed, while returning runner-up Huntingdon (11-3) is the second seed. Yes, Huntingdon beat ...

BTN continues to pay off for PSU

It’s a big night of back-to-back Penn State action Friday on the Big Ten Network. A home hockey game against Notre Dame (6 p.m.) starts the evening and a wrestling match at top-ranked Iowa (9 p.m.) completes the doubleheader. Sure, football drives BTN — the popularity of that sports ...

Bellwood-Antis displays good sportsmanship

Sometimes you hear about the ugly side of high school sports like riots, shootings, trash-talking fans and fights in the stands. Then there’s the good side, like what happened at Thursday’s wrestling match at Bellwood-Antis. I figured there was going to be a big crowd for the Blue ...

Zero tolerance policy needed in pro sports

I grew up with a hard-core, old-school coach. My Dad preached the values of athletics to us from a very young age. While participating in sports, we were to learn skills, but also values; good habits, but also important lessons; and the biggest lesson of all was sportsmanship. We were to ...