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Father Jack O’Malley considers it the finest moment of his time at Saint Francis College. The Frankies had just scored a major triumph over Fordham in a tournament in Charlotte. It was 11:30 p.m., New Year’s Eve, 1958, and the team was departing by plane for Pittsburgh and then on by ...

Mailbag: Empty Beaver Stadium leaves sad, surreal feeling

The word surreal is one of those terms vastly overused by so many. Yet I can’t think of a better descriptor as I drove past Beaver Stadium drenched in sunshine with a whiff of early autumn in the air. I should have been among the 100,000-plus in the stands. I deserved it. Don’t I? ...

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Social distancing doesn’t exist in game of football I appreciated Neil Rudel’s commentary on the PIAA and high school sports last weekend (“PIAA needs to keep using common sense.”) I would like to share a couple of my thoughts on the subject. Fact 1: Gov. Wolf’s position is ...

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Parsons could have delayed announcement Neil Rudel mentioned that he can’t blame Micah Parsons for making the decision for forgoing this season. I only wish Parsons would have waited more than one day to announce his decision just to pretend that he was a team leader of one of the ...

PIAA makes right decision with no-spectator policy

I’m writing this in response to Neil Rudel’s column on July 31 advocating that parents be permitted to attend PIAA sporting events this fall. I have been a track and field coach since 1978. I am currently the head girls track and field coach at Hughesville High School, a Class 2A school ...

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For kneeling players, here’s another option The emphasis of the NFL games could always be summarized in one word: winning. I do believe this is about to change after reading excerpts in the Mirror and listening to Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. The new emphasis will be on which ...

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Athletes shouldn’t take precedence At a time when the Trump administration is measurably failing the American public when it comes to the availability to get a COVID test and the long turnaround time to receive the test results, I was appalled to learn that the NCAA issued the following ...

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Kneeling for anthem not way to show unity In ranking the top coaches of the NFL, the name of Pittsburgh Steelers coach, Chuck Noll would certainly be in the top 10. Four Super Bowl wins in less than 10 years during his tenure is quite an accomplishment. To those close to him, he was ...

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Teener League decision is letting kids down Since when are local sports officials an adequate substitute for state and federal health officials? How is it possible that the Altoona Teener League will allow sporting events to take place at the Eldorado Kiwanis field while still in the yellow ...

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I enjoyed last Wednesday’s article from the Mirror archives about Augie Donatelli, the former Major League Baseball umpire. It’s nice reading about people you knew a long time ago. Donatelli was very popular in Ebensburg. He was a plain-spoken person who said hi to everyone. I don’t ...

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Why don’t many Americans take advantage of their outdoor parks? Every summer my family and I enjoy visiting campgrounds and spending time outdoors. My family considers camping a chance to experience a “mini vacation” nearly every weekend of summer. However, when we get to our next ...

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Speck won, handled himself with class The overwhelming tragic news of Southern Huntingdon’s Phil Speck’s passing last week and subsequent Mirror article “Southern’s coach fondly remembered” featured four area coaches’ perspectives. I felt compelled to offer my ...

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Altoona’s win at Massillon was one for the ages With all the bad news being reported lately, it is refreshing to see some good, old news reprinted in the Mirror, thanks to Sports Editor Buck Frank. With sports shut down, it’s great to see Frank find a way to make you want to read the ...

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Golf being shortchanged by governor’s orders As an avid golfer, I was upset by Gov. Wolf’s recent order to shelter in place, which caused all of the golf courses in the state to close. I was particularly annoyed since this time of year, I usually either walk my home course, Sylvan Hills ...

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Snakes serve important role in our ecosystem Mention snakes, and most people will cringe in fear and disgust. Snakes are some of the most feared, misunderstood organisms on the planet. Many people think of those in movies like the ridiculous “Snakes on a Plane” film or even the vicious ...

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Penn State’s 2020 team deserves an NCAA banner This is in response to the March 29 question of the week of whether Penn State should hang an NCAA banner for this year’s men’s basketball team. Can anybody think why the banner should not be hung? My answer is a thundering yes that ...

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Link upheld standard for area officials In my 45 years of basketball officiating, I had the pleasure to know Tom Link. My first encounter was many years ago when he was the athletic director at Cambria Heights High school and had called me to officiate junior high and junior varsity ...

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Syracuse played great football, too I just read Cory Giger’s piece (March 19) on Pearl Washington and how he started following Syracuse. Giger said that Washington put Syracuse on the national map. I am sorry that none of his family members never mentioned Syracuse as the university ...

Berardinelli was ‘bear’ of a coach

“B ... Bear ... Barbell ... Beerbelly ... Berardinelli!” This was the chant echoed by many Bishop Guilfoyle football players during the 1970s to honor our iconic line coach/defensive coordinator, Lou Berardinelli, and he loved it. The chant began during my junior year and was arguably ...

Fandom: Joe Landolfi

Name: Joe Landolfi Age: 69 Residence: Altoona High school: Bishop Guilfoyle College: UMass My favorite sport: Basketball I usually attend games with: My friends Favorite high school team: Altoona and Bishop Guilfoyle Favorite college team: Duke Favorite pro team: Boston ...