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  • Analyzing The Deer Harvest Figures

    RICHARD TATE, Sports Correspondent|Jul 11, 2024

    With hunters now purchasing their hunting licenses and their antlerless deer tags, it might be a good time to take a look at last year’s Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) harvest estimates. Based on a total of 134,000 harvest reports from Pennsylvania hunters, the PGC deer biologists have come up with a total harvest of 430,010 animals for the 2023-2024 deer-hunting seasons. This includes an estimated 171,600 bucks and 258,410 antlerless deer for the year. As you can see, the PGC biologists have essentially tripled the reported harvest. Their...

  • Gonzalez Makes His Own Call

    Jul 11, 2024

    The Curve's Tres Gonzalez makes his own call as Harrisburg Senator shortstop Cortland Lawson attempts to make the tag at second base during the last game of a home stand with the Senators Saturday, July 6 at PNG Field....

  • Dragons FC Soccer Team Competes on the Beach

    Miranda Madden, Intern|Jul 11, 2024

    Last weekend, a club soccer team based in the Cove traveled east to Wildwood, New Jersey to compete in their Beach Blast Sand Soccer Tournament. It was an open tournament hosted by the Cape Express Soccer Club, and hundreds of teams from the east coast were invited to come and play on the sandy beach. The Dragons FC soccer team, from June 29 to June 30, competed in three games in the U19 male division. Each game was five against five. The tournament also had a "no shoes allowed" policy, so...

  • Three Billion Birds

    RICHARD TATE, Sports Correspondent|Jul 3, 2024

    One of the most horrifying statistics I have run into during the past couple of years is that there are three billion (yes, billion) fewer birds in America than there were fifty years ago. I do not know exactly how researchers have arrived at this figure, but I do know that I encounter fewer birds afield than I once did. There are many reasons for the decline of bird numbers. Various chemicals and pesticides that have been introduced into the environment have taken their toll, either directly or through the plants and bugs that birds ingest....

  • District 6 Hall of Fame Game

    Jul 3, 2024

    From left, Central's Madison Kennedy, Alexis Spencer, Claysburg's Bella Francona, Central's Aubrey Rhodes and Bralyn Ellis were recognized as under class all stars during the PSBCA District 6 Hall of Fame Game held Tuesday, June 25 at Penn State Altoona....

  • District 6 Pennsylvania Association Hall of Fame All Star Game

    Jul 3, 2024

    Photos from the District 6 Pennsylvania Association Hall of Fame All Star Game (PSBCA) held at Penn State Altoona on Tuesday, June 25....

  • Public Asked To Report Turkeys

    Travis Lau, PA Game Commission|Jun 27, 2024

    The Pennsylvania Game Commission is seeking input from the public in surveying wild turkeys this summer. The Annual Pennsylvania Wild Turkey Sighting Survey runs July 1 through Aug. 31. Public participation is important for turkey population management. Survey data allow the agency to determine total wild turkey productivity and compare long-term reproductive success within Pennsylvania and across states, as this is a standard methodology used across the country. Data also are used in the turkey population model to track population trends....

  • A Few Random Thoughts

    Richard Tate|Jun 27, 2024

    Many years ago, sportswriter Phil Musik penned columns where he told us, “Here’s what I think, I think.” Anyhow, here’s my version of Musik’s idea. The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) has control of the state’s deer herd and other game animals. In fact, I have occasionally read that the state owns the deer herd. Well, if that’s the case, what’s to prevent landowners from charging the PGC rent for the deer that inhabit their properties? This only makes sense, since the landowners, who are often farmers, essentially feed the deer and provide s...

  • Two Spring Cove Athletes Place at Hollidaysburg Youth Summer Baseball League 50/70 Home Run Derby

    Jun 27, 2024

    The Hollidaysburg Youth Summer Baseball League hosted their annual home run derby on Sunday, June 23 at their little league complex. To be eligible for the contest, a 50/70 player must hit an over the fence home run during the season. Over 20 youth participated in the event. Colby Gojmerac (center), a rising 8th grader at Spring Cove Middle School won the championship contest with 10 home runs on 15 attempts in the final round. Landon Ketner (right), a rising 8th grader at Hollidaysburg Jr....

  • Doe License Time

    RICHARD TATE|Jun 20, 2024

    Next Monday, June 24, at 8:00 a.m., the first resident Pennsylvania antlerless deer hunting licenses go on sale in WMUs 1B, 2G, and 3A. There will probably be a rush for them, since antlerless licenses sell quickly in these WMUs. However, antlerless licenses will not go on sale in the other 19 Wildlife Management Units until Thursday, June 27, at 8:00 a.m., a week from now. According to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, resident hunters in these 19 WMUs will be guaranteed an antlerless license if they purchase it before July 8. This seems to...

  • CWD Changes For 2024-25 Seasons

    Travis Lau, Pa Game Comission|Jun 20, 2024

    The Pennsylvania Game Commission today announced the expansion of several Chronic Wasting Disease Management Areas (DMAs) due to new detections of the disease. Disease Management Area 2 (DMA 2) will expand following the detection of CWD in several road-killed deer along the eastern boundary. The boundary will generally expand east to state Route 94, east along U.S. Route 30, and north along the west shore of the Susquehanna River to meet the current boundary. DMA 2 is located in southcentral Pennsylvania and includes all or portions of Adams,...

  • Nice Catch!

    Jun 20, 2024

    Claysburg second baseman Landon Weyandt, left, watches as Quinten Knott makes a nice catch on a ball hit to shallow right field during during an end of tournament championship game with Clearville Saturday, June 15, at Claysburg Area Community Park....

  • Central Soccer

    Jun 20, 2024

    Central High School Senior Lacey Ripka will be continuing her soccer career at Mount Aloysius next fall. From left, Coach Hannah Moore, Lacey Ripka, and Coach Randy Trexler....

  • New Hunting and Furtaker License for 2024-25 Season Begin July 1

    Travis Lau, Pa Game Commission|Jun 20, 2024

    Hunting and furtaker licenses for the 2023-24 license year will expire June 30, and hunters will need new licenses for the 2024-25 license year to begin July 1. New licenses go on sale Monday, June 24, and hunters no longer need to purchase a general license before getting an antlerless deer license – they can be purchased at the same time, anywhere licenses are sold. This year, when licenses go on sale at 8 a.m. on June 24, antlerless deer licenses will be available for only three Wildlife Management Units where demand is highest – WMUs 1B,...

  • The Fourth Quarter

    Richard Tate|Jun 13, 2024

    Two of Williamsburg High School’s greatest basketball players from the “Golden Age” of boys’ basketball during the 1960s recently reminded me that we are now in the fourth quarter of our lives. The first of these had just had a stent installed to help with his blood flow. He said, “We do what we have to do so that we can do what we want to do. After all, we’re in the fourth quarter now.” The man has exercised religiously his entire life and has eaten healthy foods. He has never abused himself with tobacco or alcohol, yet he needed the st...

  • Play Ball!

    Jun 13, 2024

    Aaron Brumbaugh, 7, Reed Forsyth, 9, and Nolan Davis, 8 with the Spring Cove Youth Baseball League’s Zimmerman Family Dentistry team get in some practice Sunday afternoon at the Morrison Cove Memorial Park little league field. They have three games left in their season....

  • Dragon Baseball

    Brady Albright, Sports Correspondent|Jun 13, 2024

    In the District 6 Class AAA Baseball championship, the Central Scarlet Dragons faced off against the Central Cambria Red Devils. A close early game left the score tied at two apiece after the third inning, when the Red Devils took off in the fourth with four runs scored. After the Dragons were able to cut their opponents’ lead to only three runs with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth, the Red Devils responded by pushing the lead back up to five runs in the top of the sixth by scoring two more runs. The Dragons were able to s...

  • Spring Cove Youth Baseball

    Jun 13, 2024

    Second baseman Nolan Davis, 8 with the Spring Cove Youth Baseball League’s Zimmerman Family Dentistry team fields a hard hit ground ball during a team practice Sunday afternoon at the Morrison Cove Memorial Park little league field. They have three games left in their season....

  • Claysburg Softball

    Jun 13, 2024

    Claysburg pitcher Emalee Cavender works against West Greene High School during first round Class 1A playoff game action Monday, June 3, 2024 in a home game....

  • Claysburg Softball

    Jun 13, 2024

    Claysburg short stop Bella Francona cant make the tag in time on West Greene’s Kylee Davis at second base during first round Class 1A playoff game action Monday, June 3, 2024 in a home game....

  • Home Run!

    Jun 6, 2024

    Claysburg’s Bella Francona gets a fist bump from coach Mike Barabarini after belting a solo home run in the sixth inning action against West Branch. Claysburg won their District 6 Class 1A championship over West Branch Wednesday, May 29, in a game played at Ebensburg’s Central Cambria High School....

  • The Evening Hatch

    Richard Tate|Jun 6, 2024

    When Donna and I moved into our home many years ago, Charles Hauser, our next-door-neighbor, wondered why I left my lovely wife at home for a couple hours nearly every evening from early May until early June. “She’s alone at that house,” he scolded. “You need to be more attentive.” I tried to explain to Charles that I was traveling to one of the local creeks to fly-fish for trout during what fly-fishermen call the evening hatch. “That’s the best time for dry-fly fishing to rising trout,” I said. However, he did not really understand what...

  • Claysburg Champs!

    Jun 6, 2024

    The Claysburg softball team celebrate their District 6 Class 1A championship win over West Branch Wednesday, May 29, in a game played at Ebensburg’s Central Cambria High School....

  • Dragons Top Bearcats

    Brady Albright, Sports Correspondent|Jun 6, 2024

    The Central Scarlet Dragon Baseball team faced the Huntingdon Bearcats in the District Six Class AAA semifinal game, earning their spot in the district championship match after a 10-0, five inning mercy-rule victory for the Dragons. Despite the scoreboard coming up empty for the Dragons in the opening two innings of the night, things really picked up when Jay Hoenstine hit a three-run triple. The following inning brought one run for the Dragons, but they truly cemented their victory in the bottom of the fifth with five straight hits by Wyatt...

  • Class of 2019 Players Recognized

    Jun 6, 2024

    The PSBCA Pennsylvania Softball Coaches Association is an organization open to all District 6 schools and was established in 2000. The Association selects outstanding players in District 6 and organizes a Hall of Fame Game for the seniors to play a final game in their high school career. Ashley Neagley, Maddi Metzler, and Dylan Claycomb of the Central High School class of 2019, and Emily Claar of Claysburg-Kimmel High School class of 2019 are among the players being recognized. PSBCA is proud to announced that Central High School and...

  • Central Baseball

    Jun 6, 2024

    Central Cambria’s Logan Black scores ahead of the tag by Central catcher Britton Marko in the District 6 3A championship game with Central High School Thursday, May 30, 2024 at Mount Aloysius College....

  • CWD SCARE

    Richard Tate|May 30, 2024

    One recent weekend, Channel 10 News ran a story detailing that two Texas hunters had died from eating CWD-tainted venison. Since the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) has told us that one of every three deer in our area is infected with Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) from the tests that the commission runs on samples of deer taken during hunting seasons and that are taken from road-killed deer, the possible transfer of CWD to humans is chilling. Being frightened by this possibility myself, I went to the Internet to locate the whole story. Two...

  • Playoff game at Conemaugh, Thursday, May 23

    May 30, 2024

    Conemaugh Valley playoff game Thursday, May 23...

  • My 2023 Spring Gobbler

    RICHARD TATE|May 23, 2024

    Recently I described the debacle that occurred during the opening day of the 2023 spring gobbler season when another hunter shot at gobblers that Bob, my son, had running our way. I also told you that Bob killed one in a difficult position the following Saturday. Unfortunately, my opening week of gobbler season had gone about as usual. As the “worst turkey hunter in the Cove,” I had a variety of excuses for not tagging a gobbler that week, including bad weather and several medical app...

  • Mobbed!

    May 23, 2024

    Claysburg’s Quinton Bush (center) is mobbed by teammates including Matthew Lehman (left) and Brayden Haney after Bush walked with bases loaded in the seventh inning to give Claysburg a 2-1 win over Bishop Guilfoyle in the first round of District 6 1A Playoffs....

  • Central Track

    May 23, 2024

    Track and Field Championships at Mansion Park on Wednesday, May 15....

  • Williamsburg Baseball

    May 23, 2024

    Williamsburg catcher Luke Uplinger cant make the tag in time on Moshannon Valley's Tanner Kephart Monday in a Class 1A Quarterfinal playoff game...

  • Dragon Baseball Downs Rams

    Brady Albright, Sports Correspondent|May 16, 2024

    In two matches this week, the Dragon Baseball team found one victory over the Penns Valley Rams with a score of 7-6. An 8-3 loss befell the Dragons earlier in the week, however, to the Clearfield Bison. Against the Bison, the Dragons started the game off well with a 3-1 lead after four innings of play. However, the Bison were able to rally back with four runs in the fifth inning and three in the sixth. A scoreless seventh inning ended the game with a loss for the Dragons. Despite only giving up four hits to the Bison, the Dragons still ended...

  • Dragon Softball finds a Victory

    Brady Albright, Sports Correspondent|May 16, 2024

    In a week containing four matches for the Central Lady Dragon Softball team, they were able to down their first opponent of the week, the Bellwood-Antis Lady Blue Devils with a score of 11-1. Sadly, the other matches of the week came with losses. Against the Clearfield Lady Bison, a 7-6 loss. Against the Hollidaysburg Lady Golden Tigers, a 2-1 loss, and against the Penns Valley Lady Rams, an 18-6 loss. Against the Blue Devils, the Dragons started strong with a 6-0 lead after four innings. The Dragons added another four in the sixth and one...

  • Mushroom Time Winding Down

    RICHARD TATE|May 16, 2024

    Morels, commonly called “mushrooms” in our area, are considered a delicacy. The sportsmen who seek these spongy fungi are more secretive about the location of the mushrooms than big-trout specialists and turkey hunters are about their favorite spots. I have run into numerous mushroom hunters over the years while I have been fishing or scouting for turkeys. Generally most of them give me a grunt and ease out of sight. Some probably think I am spying on them. I have been fortunate over time. Donna enjoys morels, and often several mushroom hun...

  • Great Catch!

    May 16, 2024

    Central right fielder Britton Marko pulls in a fly ball hit down the first base line in a home game Wednesday, May 6...

  • Dragons Downed by Wolves

    Brady Albright, Sports Correspondent|May 16, 2024

    The Dragon Volleyball team had a singular match against the West Shamokin Wolves, ending in the Dragons’ 3-0 defeat. Later in the week, the Dragons traveled to play in the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Volleyball tournament. Against the Wolves, the Dragons were defeated in just three quick sets of 25-13, 25-23 and 25-18. Christian Heuston had three kills and three blocks. Bryson Brooks had three kills and six good digs, while Logan Hummel had seven assists in the losing effort. With the weekend came a tournament for the Dragons. In pool play, th...

  • Play Ball!

    May 16, 2024

    In extra innings with the bases loaded Williamsburg’s Luke Uplinger (left) scores on a pass ball with Claysburg pitcher Brayden Haney attempting to make the tag Monday, May 13 at Claysburg High School....

  • High School Sports Action

    May 9, 2024

    High School Sports Action...

  • PGC Appoints New Executive Director

    RICHARD TATE|May 9, 2024

    On April 30, 2023, the Pennsylvania Game Commission announced that it had a new executive director. Stephen Smith, who had served as Deputy Executive Director since February 17, was selected to replace Bryan Burhans by the Board of Commissioners who met in executive session. Burhans had resigned his position the day before the selection of the new executive director was made. Commissioner Scott Foradora explained the decision and tried to put a good light on the change. He said that Burhans had a hand in many decisions that affected...

  • CHS Softball Senior Night

    May 9, 2024

    CHS Varsity Softball Senior Night was held on Tuesday, April 30. Three seniors were recognized (from left): Madison Kennedy, Ashlyn Renner and Bralyn Ellis. The Lady Dragons defeated Bellwood-Antis 7-2. Winning pitcher Madison Kennedy had six strikeouts and only allowed three hits....

  • He's Out!

    May 2, 2024

    Claysburg third baseman Braden Furry tags third base for the out ahead of the slide by West Branch’s Isaac Tiracorda in a home game Thursday, April 25....

  • Dragon Baseball Finds One In Three

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Sports Correspondent|May 2, 2024

    The Central Dragon Baseball team faced the Huntingdon Bearcats, the Phillipsburg-Osceola Mountaineers, and the Forest Hills Rangers throughout the week, finding a 6-3 victory over their first opponent, but falling 4-0 and 9-8 respectively to the other two. Against the Bearcats, the game started even with each team scoring one in the first inning. The Bearcats followed with two in the fourth, but the Dragons responded with two of their own in the fifth. The Dragons then exploded in the eighth with three more runs and the game. Winning Pitcher...

  • Bob's 2023 Spring Gobbler

    RICHARD TATE, Outdoor Sports Correspondent|May 2, 2024

    Last spring’s opening day of spring gobbler season did not go well. My son, Bob, and I had decided to spend the morning hunting a ridge where several gobblers had been regularly hollering prior to the season. It is a ridge Bob is familiar with. I had hunted there with him several times in other years. We were set up before daybreak; and when a tom began gobbling not far above us, I thought we were in business. A couple more began gobbling shortly afterwards, and they approached us quickly. Bob called each time these birds gobbled, and he s...

  • Dragon Volleyball Take Home Two

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Sports Correspondent|May 2, 2024

    Facing both the Forest Hills Rangers and the Bishop Guilfoyle Marauders, the Central Dragon Volleyball team was able to take home two victories this week with scores of 3-1 and 3-0 respectively. Against the Rangers, the Dragons found victory in the first two sets 25-23 and 25-13. After losing just one set in the third, the Dragons won the fourth 25-21 for the victory. Bryson Brooks had 14 kills and 14 good digs, while Christian Heuston had 11 kills. Hayden Smith had 10 kills, Blake Reynolds had 16 good digs, and Logan Hummel had 30 assists....

  • Lady Dragons Softball Takes One of Three

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Sports Correspondent|May 2, 2024

    In a three-game week, the Lady Dragon Softball team managed to win one of three against the Huntingdon Lady Bearcats with a score of 3-2. Against the Philipsburg-Osceola Lady Mountaineers and the Forest Hills Lady Rangers, the Dragons took 12-2 and 5-0 losses respectively. Against the Bearcats, the Dragons fell into an early deficit that was extended in the sixth before the Dragons tied the game that same inning. In extra innings, the Dragons were able to score one in the bottom of the eighth with a walk off single by Aubrey Rhodes for the...

  • The Ref in the Right Place

    Apr 25, 2024

    Central’s Ashlyn Renner slides under Penn Cambria’s catcher Marlee Shaeffer to score during a home game Friday, April 19. The Central Varsity Girls Softball team won the game against Penn Cambria High School by a score of 14-3....

  • Lady Dragon Softball Finds One

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Herald Sports Correspondent|Apr 25, 2024

    In a three-game week, the Lady Dragons faced the Glendale Lady Vikings, the Hollidaysburg Lady Golden Tigers and the Penn Cambria Lady Panthers. The Dragons had two losses and a victory, 3-2, 5-3, and 13-3 respectively. Against the Vikings, a low-scoring game befell the Dragons. After their opponents started the match with a run in the second inning, the Dragons responded with a run of their own in the fourth. The Vikings scored two more in the same inning to take the lead. The Dragons were able to score another in the fifth, but a scoreless...

  • Dragon Baseball Competes in Curve Classic

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Herald Sports Correspondent|Apr 25, 2024

    The Dragons started their Curve Classic run this year with a match against the Northern Cambria Colts. A combination of 14 hits, five hit batters and six Northern Cambria errors led to a 14-1 Dragon victory. Dragon pitcher Mason Sparks threw a no-hitter, though that didn’t stop them from getting baserunner through six hit batsmen and three walks. The Dragons offense really took off in the third and fourth innings, where they scored four and eight runs respectively. The Dragons continued with a match against the Northern Bedford Panthers. A...

  • Four Gobblers in One Day – Legally

    RICHARD TATE|Apr 25, 2024

    In late March I was looking at a Swap Forum on an Internet site when I came across an offer of a gobbler. I looked at the photo of the bird. He was an admirable long-bearded, full-fan tom. I posted a comment about the offer and said that I would be interested in a similar offer for four gobblers I knew about. Several weeks later another respondent to the topic posted that he could offer me the four big toms about which I had posted. It took us several emails to settle on a price, and we arranged for April 10 for me to claim the big turkeys....

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