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  • The Windup ...

    Apr 4, 2024

    Claysburg’s Emalee Cavender works against Glendale in a game on Wednesday, March 27, at Claysburg High School. The Bulldogs won the game against the Vikings, 11-1....

  • A Coach's Instructions

    Apr 4, 2024

    Claysburg softball Coach Mike Barbarini gives batting instructions to McKenna Black in a game against Glendale Wednesday, March 27. The Bulldogs won the game against the Vikings, 11-1....

  • Central Softball Team Works to 'Sideline Cancer'

    Apr 4, 2024

    Central Softball team preparing for their Sideline Cancer game with Altoona on April 9. The effort was in support of Tana Byler, who is battling breast cancer. The Sideline Cancer program is part of the Griffith Family Foundation. The foundation states, “At Sideline Cancer, we harness the uplifting power of high school and college sports to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those facing cancer, fostering an ‘I Can Attitude and Believe Always Spirit!...

  • CONGRATULATIONS, WILLIAMSBURG!

    PHILIP CMOR, For the Herald|Mar 28, 2024

    Laney Prough and her peers grew up idolizing players like her mother. The former Mandi Holland was a player on the Williamsburg High School 1997 PIAA championship girls' basketball team. Now, after a second run to the state semifinals in three years, Prough is finding out what it's like living in her mom's shoes. "I'm a student aide with a first-grade class," Prough said. "My dad (Travis) was talking to some of the girls. He made the comment that one of them said I was the reason the team went...

  • Mentored Youth Day Saturday

    RICHARD TATE, Outdoor Sports Columnist|Mar 28, 2024

    “Helen, it’s time to get up,” said Ted, her dad. “We should eat our breakfast and then get out to the creek. I think I know a good spot for us to fish.” Ten-year-old Helen was excited. This was going to be her first trout-fishing experience. Ted had taken her fishing in ponds for sunfish, and she knew how to operate her small spincast fishing outfit. In addition, he had bought her a voluntary youth fishing license, and he had placed his own required license and trout stamp in a license holder. Making sure they had packed all their gear in the b...

  • -Northern Bedford Boys Baseball-

    Mar 28, 2024

    Ryan Cherry Head Coach What year is this for you as head coach?: 3rd Year Career record: 20-20 League:Inter-County Conference Last year’s record: 12-8 Strengths: Work ethic, experience and a team-first mindset. Concerns: Staying healthy throughout the season. Team Goals: Win a District Championship. Returning starters: Josiah Bowser, 12, INF/P Eion Snider, 12, INF/P Ben Gable, 12, INF Noah Kochara, 12, C/OF Rece Dibert, 12, OF Aaron Bowers, 11, INF Reece Musselman, 11, OF/P Wesley Horsh, 11, UTL Alex Kochara, 11, UTL Returning Letter winners a...

  • -NB Girls Softball-

    Mar 28, 2024

    By Shane Suter Head Coach Years as head coach: Second Season League: ICC East Last year's record: 8-13 Returning starters/letterwinners: Seniors: Lindsey Bolinger, P/3B Miranda Brown, C Lacy McIlnay, 3B Leah Swanseen, OF Lacie Zelanko, 2B/3B Juniors: Ava Helsel, Utility Newcomers: Sophomores: Kaylee Ebersole, OF Madison Lemin, IF/OF Kasey McElgin, P/IF/OF Kamryn Plotts, IF/OF Justina Thomas, IF/O Freshman: Callie Miller, C/IF Mylee Mitchell, P/OF Strengths: Leadership from the senior class. We...

  • -C-K Girls Varsity Softball­­-

    Mar 28, 2024

    Mark Barbarini Head Coach Number of years as head coach: 24 years League: ICC East Last year's record: 23-4 Conference Record: 14-2 Career Record: 339-138 Returning starters/letterwinners: Emalee Cavender, (P,OF), (3) Jenna Helsel, (OF)(3) Bella Francona, (INF)(2) Zakera Bush, (INF)(2) Ryleigh Lehman, (OF)(2) McKenna Black, (C,OF)(1) Alicia Musselman, (OF)(1) Payton Hinish, (INF)(1) Caitlyn Helsel, (INF,OF)(1), Jaylee Swindell, (INF)(1) Launa Musselman, (P,OF)(1) Eleah Diehl, (INF)(1)...

  • -Claysburg Baseball-

    Mar 28, 2024

    Ross Helsel Head Coach Number of years as head coach: 2 League: ICC East Last year’s record: 6-15 Returning starters/letterwinners: Aidan Simpson, Senior, IF/P, Zach Campagna,Senior,IF/P, Riley Ebersole, Senior, OF Landon Douglas, Junior, IF/P, Quinton Bush, Junior, IF/P, Bradon Furry, Junior, IF/P, Porter Weise, Junior, OF, Bayden Haney, Soph, IF/P, Mason Campagna, Soph, IF/C. Newcomers: Paul Strayer, Landon Woods, Tyler Mowry, Paydden Knisely, Matthew Lehman, Dustin Slowik Strengths: Our new facility, overall game experience, Pitching d...

  • NB Wrestling Goes to States

    Mar 28, 2024

    The Northern Bedford County School District sent four students to states for wrestling in the PIAA State Wrestling Tournament AA Championship held in Hershey at the Giant Center March 9 and 10. The boys were seniors Rece Dibert (215 weight class) and Eion Snider (189 weight class). Both lost in the semi-finals. The NBC girls participating in the first-ever girls PIAA Wrestling Championship were Kaylee Ebersole (106 weight class) and Reagan Snider (155 weight class). Kaylee placed sixth overall...

  • Central Lady Softball

    Mar 28, 2024

    By Jeff Dodson Roster: Seniors: Bralynn Ellis, C; Madison Kennedy, OF-P; Ashlyn Renner, OF. Juniors: Alexis Fetzer, INF-P; Kaylee Kensinger, OF; Aubry Rhodes INF-P, Tasia Britton, OF; Marah Dickson, INF-P. Other returning players: Sophomores: Norah Bechtel, C-UTL; Lynnae Dibert, INF; Bailey Gearhart, UTL; Hannah Oakes, UTL; Riley Peterson, INF-P. Newcomers: Sophomores: Bailee Miller, UTL; Raylee Stock, UTL; Rylee Stultz, UTL. Freshman: Ava Brown, UTL; Keyla Diaz, UTL; Ellie Fisher, INF-UTL;...

  • -Central Varsity Boys Volleyball-

    Mar 28, 2024

    By Kenneth Streilein Number of years as head coach and career record: Six. 16-39 overall record. League: Mid-State Boys Volleyball League Last year’s record (overall and league): 0-15 overall, 0-8 league Returning starters: Juniors: Bryson Brooks, outside hitter RJ Daugherty, middle Logan Hummel, setter Sophomores: Christian Heuston, opposite Mason Kocsis, libero Blake Reynolds, defensive specialist Other returnees: Seniors: Jack Myers, Felix Diaz. Juniors: Collin Becker, Noah Grace; Sophomores: Tregan Butler, Bailey Wilt, Ian Hickey. N...

  • -Central Varsity Baseball-

    Mar 28, 2024

    AJ Hoenstine Head Coach Number of years as head coach: 17 (278-101) League: LHAC Last year’s record:19-3/ 15-1 League Returning starters/letterwinners: Seniors: Hunter Smith, C,1B Griffin Snowberger, 2B, P Baron Dionis, CF,P Britton Marko, C,P Juniors: Lukas Black, UTIL/P Mason Byler, 1B,P Kyle Klotz, C,P Jay Hoenstine, UTIL,P Sophomores: Colton Harbaugh, P Mason Sparks, P Troy McNichol, C, UTIL Newcomers: Seniors: Brycin Lapenna, 3B Zach Oakes, UTIL Juniors: Cortlyn Hetrick, P,1B Sophomores: Josh Beltz, INF Wyatt Dilling, INF,P Troy M...

  • Wrestler Battles Back to Win at States

    NATALIE GORSUCH, Williamsburg Correspondent|Mar 21, 2024

    Quick – name one thing associated with Williamsburg and wrestling. Up until last weekend, the words of Williamsburg and wrestling didn’t necessarily go together. Enter Williamsburg High School Senior Andrew McMonagle. McMonagle is the son of Dan and Tracy McMonagle and has two brothers, Austin and Aden, a sister Alexi, and a niece, Millie, and a nephew, Ellis. McMonagle’s father, Dan, encouraged him to try out the sport of basketball at a young age, and according to McMonagle, “I just didn’t...

  • More Short Takes

    RICH TATE|Mar 21, 2024

    Another PGC Controversy. Not long ago, I was directed to google “Spotlight PA” on the Internet and look for an article by Angela Couloumbis called “Former top Pa. Lawmaker’s lobbying firm paid $41K by Game Commission in unusual arrangement.” The article reports that the game commission hired Allegheny Strategy Partners at $10,000 per month to do lobbying work for it with the state legislature. “One of the three partners in the firm is Joe Scarnati of Jefferson County who held the top leadership post in the State Senate for more than a deca...

  • Williamsburg vs. Berlin

    Mar 21, 2024

    Williamsburg’s Leeanna Royer, right, and Berlin Brothersvalley’s Regan Lauer dive for a loose ball during the PIAA Class 1A quarterfinal game Saturday, March 16, at Richland High School. Williamsburg won 54-53. Williamsburg (27-3) advanced to the semifinal round for the second time in three seasons. The semifinal game was scheduled for Tuesday, March 19, after the Herald went to press....

  • Williamsburg vs. Berlin

    Mar 21, 2024

    Williamsburg girls celebrate their one point win over Berlin Brothersvalley in the PIAA Class 1A quarterfinal game Saturday, March 16 at Richland High School....

  • NB Girls Basketball

    Mar 21, 2024

    Northern Bedford’s Addie Love, right, comforts Leah Hall (44) in a PIAA IA playoff game Wednesday, March 13, at Hempfield High School. Union won 52-42, ending Northern Bedford’s season....

  • A First for Williamsburg

    Mar 14, 2024

    A First for Williamsburg...

  • Willamsburg Action

    Mar 14, 2024

    Willamsburg Action...

  • A Couple Of Short Items

    RICHARD TATE, Outdoor Sports Correspondent|Mar 14, 2024

    Dively wins again. Claysburg is the home of a good many serious sportsmen. Among these is ninth-grade student Aiden Dively. He is the most recent of a line of champion turkey callers hailing from the Claysburg area, continuing the success enjoyed by the Chamberlain family and others. During the weekend of February 16-17, Dively competed in the Junior Grand National Turkey Calling Contest at the convention of the National Wild Turkey Federation held in Nashville, Tenn. His grandfather, Ralph Baker of Roaring Spring, emailed a video of...

  • Williamsburg Girls Basketball

    Mar 14, 2024

    Williamsburg Girls Basketball...

  • Second-Half Struggles End Dragons' Season

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Sports Correspondent|Mar 7, 2024

    In the District Six 4A Championship match, the Central Scarlet Dragons were put up against the Johnstown Trojans, a team they had lost to twice before in the season. The game started off great for the Dragons, who nabbed a 9-4 lead with a little over four minutes left in the first quarter. By the end of the quarter, the Dragons led by three. The second quarter brought 11 points from both teams, keeping the Dragons lead with a 22-19 halftime score. But things fell apart for the Dragons in the...

  • In a tight spot

    Mar 7, 2024

    Williamsburg/Huntingdon’s Andrew McMonagle, left, wrestles Bald Eagle Area’s Caleb Close in the PIAA SW AA Regional Championship bout at 189 lbs. on Saturday at Altoona Area High School. McMonagle lost the match, earning the silver medal....

  • Coyote Hunts

    RICH TATE, Outdoor Sports Correspondent|Mar 7, 2024

    Regular readers of this column know I am concerned with fishing and hunting ethics and sportsmanship. I have little interest in fishing and hunting contests that award prizes for catching fish or killing game animals. One notable exception is bass-fishing tournaments that promote the live release of the fish after they are measured. This brings us to organized coyote hunts. According to the Jan. 19 issue of “Pennsylvania Outdoor News,” more than two-dozen coyote hunts were held in Pennsylvania during the past winter. The largest of these and...

  • PIAA District VI Class 1A Championship

    Mar 7, 2024

    PIAA District VI Class 1A Championship...

  • NBC Girls Basketball D5 Semi Final

    Mar 7, 2024

    NBC girls basketball game from the D5 semi final game held on Wed 2/28/24...

  • Wednesday Feb. 28 at Mount Aloysius in the District 6 1A championship game

    Mar 7, 2024

    Wednesday Feb. 28 at Mount Aloysius in the District 6 1A championship game...

  • PGC Finances Astounding

    RICH TATE, Outdoor Sports Columnist|Feb 29, 2024

    I am not one of the great financial wizards of our time. However, I think I understand enough about finances to know that the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) is sitting on a pile of money. For years, the commission lobbied the legislature to approve a license fee increase. However, that is something the commission did not need. The following comes from the February 2024 “Pennsylvania Game News.” License fees accounted for only 9 percent of the PGC’s income during the 2022-23 fiscal year. A whopping 73 percent was obtained through Natur...

  • Champions! Again!

    Feb 29, 2024

    The Williamsburg Junior High girls won the ICC Championship with a 58-35 win over Berlin. Bella Royer and Faith Detwiler were the high scorers with 19 each. B. Prosser was the high scorer for Berlin with 20 points. The JH girls have won the ICC championship game the last three years in a row. Their record this year was 22-1. Shown in the photo are (front row, from left): Manager Kaylee Prough, Manager Rylee Flaig, Bailey Fulton, Jordan Flaig, Ingrid Parks, Faith Detwiler and Manager Gracie...

  • Dragon Basketball Advances to Championship

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Sports Correspondent|Feb 29, 2024

    The Central Scarlet Dragon Basketball team faced the Juniata Indians at home last week for the District Six 4A semi-finals. With their 67-43 victory, the Dragons will advance to the championship for the third year in a row. Against the Indians, the Dragons’ fast-paced offense coupled with their defensive pressure made for an excellent game. The Dragons led by seven after the first quarter, and after making a few more shots in the second, led at halftime with a 32-14 advantage. Despite the I...

  • Going Up

    Feb 29, 2024

    Central’s Robert Long-Yarrison drives the baseline and dishes off a pass against Juniata in a District 6 4A playoff game on Friday, Feb. 23, at Central High School....

  • Playing Defense

    Feb 29, 2024

    Williamsburg’s Ethan Reffner, left, defends against Blacklick Valley’s Eli Sheesley during Williamsburg’s District 6-1A playoff game Tuesday, Feb. 20....

  • Keeping it In-bounds

    Feb 29, 2024

    Williamsburg’s Rowan Gorsuch, left, dives to try to keep the ball inbounds during Williamsburg’s District 6-1A playoff game against Blacklick Valley Tuesday, Feb. 20. The Blue Pirates won, 55-46....

  • Going to the Basket

    Feb 29, 2024

    Williamsburg’s Levada Gorsuch (20) goes to the basket between Juniata Valley’s Anna Taylor, left, and Kassidy Watson Monday, Feb. 19, in a District 6 Round 1 playoff game at Williamsburg High School. The Blue Pirates beat the Hornets, 63-32....

  • Lady Dragons Fall in Season-Ender

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Sports Correspondent|Feb 29, 2024

    The Lady Dragon Basketball team traveled to face the River Valley Lady Panthers in the District Six AAA playoff opener. Unfortunately, the Dragons were forced out of their rhythm and ended the match in a loss via a score of 58-29. As the Dragons prepared to give extra attention on defense to the Panthers star player, the other members of their opponents unexpectantly knocked down quite a few shots. This left the Dragons trailing 25-7 after the first quarter, and after making some adjustments to combat their opponents, the Dragons lost the...

  • Watch the ball!

    Feb 22, 2024

    Williamsburg’s Leeanna Royer, right, looks to pass around Juniata Valley’s Izzy Anderson on Monday, Feb. 19, in a District 6 Round 1 playoff game at Williamsburg High School. See more local sports on Page A-5....

  • Coach Baker 'Never really had a plan'

    PHILIP CMOR, For the Herald|Feb 22, 2024

    Dave Baker never had a plan. Not when he took a job as a biology teacher at Williamsburg Community High School right out of IUP in 1967 and wanted to coach a sport, any sport at any level, just to stay involved in athletics. Not when he finally acquiesced to taking over as the Blue Pirates varsity football coach four years later, when Williamsburg was struggling to find someone to replace Jerry Campbell. Not when he applied to succeed A.J. Hoenstine and guide Central back in 2011. And certainly not in 2001, when, after 30 years leading...

  • A scramble for the ball

    Feb 22, 2024

    Williamsburg’s Raina Alexander, at right, and Juniata Valley’s Amelia Russell go after a loose ball Monday, Feb. 19, in a District 6 Round 1 playoff game at Williamsburg High School. The Blue Pirates won, 63-32....

  • Fast Break

    Feb 22, 2024

    Williamsburg’s Laney Prough (34) advances the ball on a fast break against Everett Saturday, Feb 17, at Claysburg High School. Williamsburg won, 45-31....

  • Lady Dragons Dominate to Finish Regular Season with 62-24 Victory

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Sports Correspondent|Feb 22, 2024

    In the last match of the regular season, the Lady Dragons faced the Bellefonte Lady Red Raiders at home. The Dragons dominated throughout the entire match, ending with a 62-24 victory. The Dragons started the game off strong, outscoring their opponents by 10 in the first quarter, then followed up with an 11-point advantage in the second quarter’s scoring for a 33-12 halftime lead. The second half brought much of the same for the Lady Dragons, who outscored their opponents by seven and 10 in the third and fourth quarters respectively. Megan D...

  • Dragons Downed in LHAC Opener

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Sports Correspondent|Feb 22, 2024

    After playing in their last regular season game against the Bellefonte Red Raiders and finding a 47-38 victory, the Dragons traveled to face the Johnstown Trojans to open the LHAC playoffs. The Dragons, however, did not come away with a victory, and lost 49-23. Against the Red Raiders, a slow start befell the Dragons. The score was tied at seven after the first quarter, but the Dragons started to get into a rhythm in the second quarter, as their 22-14 halftime lead showed. The Dragons tied scoring in the third quarter with their opponents, and...

  • Winter Turkey Sighting Survey Ends March 9

    Feb 22, 2024

    The Pa. Game Commission is asking for the public’s help finding turkey flocks to trap for ongoing turkey projects. Pennsylvanians are encouraged to report the location of any turkey flocks they see. Information is being collected online at https://pgcdatacollection.pa.gov/TurkeyBroodSurvey through March 15. Visitors to that webpage will be asked to provide the date of the sighting, the location, and the type of land (public, private or unknown) where birds are seen, among other things. Game Commission crews will visit sites to assess them f...

  • Some Winter Fishing

    RICH TATE, Outdoor Sports Columnist|Feb 22, 2024

    Over the years many people have asked me if I go ice fishing. “Nope,” I reply. “Ice fishing’s past the point of being a normal sportsman’s activity.” I let it end like that. I do not tell my questioners that I sometimes go fly-fishing during the winter – which is also a little off the wall. I do not make winter fly-fishing adventures nearly as often as I did 25 years ago. In those days I regularly sandwiched fly-fishing adventures between cross-country skiing outings. But, with global warming – less snow, with the type of snow we now get clin...

  • Williamsburg Girls vs. Juniata Valley

    Feb 22, 2024

    Monday, Feb. 19, in a District 6 round 1 playoff game at Williamsburg High School....

  • January PGC Meeting Highlights

    RICHARD TATE, Outdoor Sports Columnist|Feb 15, 2024

    On Jan. 27, 2024, the Board of Commissioners of the Pennsylvania Game Commission held its meeting to set preliminary upcoming hunting seasons and bag limits. In a recent email, sportsmen’s advocate Greg Levengood shared some of the meeting’s highlights. One of main interest to sportsmen concerned the reintroduction of the American marten, a small predator, to the Pennsylvania woods. Sportsmen are concerned about the potential damage this small weasel could do to the ruffed grouse population and to other wildlife populations as well. Lev...

  • Lady Dragons Topple Rams

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Sports Correspondent|Feb 15, 2024

    In a week with a singular match against the Penns Valley Lady Rams, the Lady Dragons rallied after a tie game to push for a 38-33 victory. After the first quarter, the score was tied at seven. However, in the second quarter, the Dragons outscored their opponents 11-4 in order to attain a 18-11 halftime lead. In both the third and fourth quarters, the Rams were able to score one point more than the Dragons, but the Dragons kept up their offensive game and ended the match in a victory. Megan Diehl led the offensive effort for the Dragons with 14...

  • Dragons find Overtime Victory

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Sports Correspondent|Feb 15, 2024

    In a week with a singular match, the Dragons traveled to face the Penns Valley Rams. A less-than-stellar effort from the Dragons led to overtime, in which the Dragons finally picked things up, ending with a 56-48 victory. The first quarter left the Dragons with a two-point lead, and a similar second quarter left the halftime score at 18-14 in favor of the Dragons. In the third, the Dragons matched the Ram’s scoring, but in the fourth, the Rams were able to put up enough points in the final minutes to tie the game 42-42. Once in overtime, h...

  • Driving for the win

    Feb 15, 2024

  • Bear Harvest Continues Downward Slide

    RICHARD TATE|Feb 8, 2024

    As some sportsmen had predicted, the Pennsylvania bear harvest continued its downward slide this past season – or should I say seasons. The preliminary figures show that Pennsylvania hunters killed 2,919 bears, the first time the harvest has shrunk under 3,000 since 2007. Hunters killed about 1,243 bears during the archery, muzzleloader, and special firearms seasons. Only 1,083 were downed during the traditional four-day firearms season and 593 were tagged during the extended season. This is down from 4,653 bears killed in 2019. S...

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