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Coach memorable for right reasons

I am probably the last person on earth who should be writing a sports column. My first Little League game was an abject failure. We lost 33-0, long before mercy rules were introduced. That team did not win a single game. Three years later, when playing in the “majors” — at least the ...

Ohio State continues troubling trend

I have been surprised over the years that Ohio State University hasn’t been hit with more allegations of improprieties with any of its sports programs. Well, as they say, “what goes around comes around” when a number of former wrestlers and a nursing student came forward in an ...

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Name: Ben Sosnowski Age: 13 Residence: Duncansville Junior high school: Hollidaysburg Future college: Penn State My favorite sport: Baseball I usually attend games with: My family and friends Favorite high school team: Hollidaysburg Favorite college team: Penn State Favorite ...

Moschella emphasized life’s values

I am writing to add perspective to Mark Moschella’s coaching career following his recent retirement as head coach of the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School girls basketball team. To the start the season off, Coach Moschella sat us down and listed our priorities on the board. With ...

Dog scared neighbor, Joe Namath

By Byron Lasser In 1970, my wife, Ronna, and I were living in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the home of the University of Alabama. One night we let our little dachshund, “Peaches,” outside to relieve herself. Within a few minutes, she was barking up a storm so I went outside to see what the ...

‘Get up’ needs holiday to polish act

It was early the morning of July 4, and ESPN’s Michelle Beadle, live on the air, asked a probably bigger-than-she-intended question: “Why are we here?” It was not a philosophical or religious query, and it really did not sound like a complaint, but with Beadle and co-hosts Mike ...

Steratore should handle transition

There’s a best time to buy just about everything, from airline tickets to mattresses and outdoor grills — and even on-air rules analysts for NFL games. The time for the last product was the past few weeks, with every network securing a recently retired official to hopefully provide ...

Sunday Sports Mailbag: PIAA changes are ‘decades overdue’

I most certainly support separate playoffs for public and private schools. All of my public school years were spent in District 6. Twenty years following graduation from high school were spent in the Philadelphia area, and five years after that were spent in District 4 while our son was a ...

Steelers’ time has got to be now

Over the past several years, the Pittsburgh Steelers have been considered one of the NFL’s elite teams. Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell are arguably the best quarterback, wide receiver and running back combination, and the defense is composed of young, talented ...

PIAA, unfairly, governs by fear

I strongly favor a plan that would level the playing field between the PIAA’s private and public schools. As a former head coach and current assistant varsity coach of a public school for a period of 23 years, this is an issue that needs to be addressed in some form. Also having been a ...

Barkley’s body of work just starting

So far Saquon Barkley has embraced, and seemingly thrived in, the media spotlight provided by his presence on the New York Giants’ roster. This week the former Penn State standout appeared in ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue,” with those images also available online. He was also ...

PIAA playing field needs to be level

Imagine if our beloved Steelers played in a league in which 95 percent of the teams were limited to a geographic region for finding players and the other 5 percent of teams had no such restrictions. Those teams could receive talent from anywhere — even the areas in which the 95 percent of ...

US Open golfers are fan-friendly

What if the Super Bowl was played on a 150-yard field with hills and valleys or the NBA Finals was held on an outside court with 30-mph winds? The U.S. Open, one of golf’s four majors, is considered the national championship of golf, but the course conditions are so unlike the course on ...

Fandom: Nick Hogan

Name: Nick Hogan Age: 13 Residence: Altoona Junior high school: Altoona Area College (would like to attend): Tennessee My favorite sport: Football I usually attend games with: My dad, Al Hogan Favorite high school team: Altoona Favorite college team: Tennessee Favorite pro ...

49ers primed for Super Bowl charge

It may seem like a stretch to place the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl nearly three months before the season even starts, but it appears as if things are falling into place for this team to appear on football’s biggest stage. As of now, the 49ers hold 25-1 odds to win Super Bowl ...

Memories of dad will never fade away

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 usually celebrated with a small gift, perhaps a shirt or tie or wallet. In many cases, few words are expressed. And that’s a shame. I wrote this ...

Moschella taught more than game

As a little girl, my greatest hope was to play for the Bishop Guilfoyle Lady Marauders. I wanted to wear purple and gold and be coached by the legendary Mark Moschella. With hard work and help from my family, one day I achieved my dream, and I could not be more grateful. Coach Moschella ...

Brown carrying Pirates’ banner well

With basketball season now ­over and the first regular season NFL game 88 days away, it’s now clearly baseball season for slow adopters like me, and it’s going to be fun to enjoy it for a few weeks until the Pirates slip out of contention. In fairness, they’re not really in contention, ...

Fandom: Fuzz Frazier

Name: Fuzz Frazier Age: 48 Residence: Duncansville High school: Hollidaysburg College: Elizabethtown My favorite sport: Wrestling I usually attend games with: My wife, Lori, and my daughters, Darcie, Abby and Elizabeth Favorite high school team: Hollidaysburg Favorite college ...

Game 7 brings memorable experience(s)

“Game 7” has been called the most exciting two words in sports. The last time the NBA had two conference final series reach a Game 7 was 1979 (when Seattle won the title). This week both Boston and Houston hosted a Game 7 on Sunday and Monday, and I was fortunate enough to be one of ...