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  • 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....

  • Mentored Youth Hunting Ratio Might Change

    Apr 25, 2024

    The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners on April 15 gave preliminary approval to a measure that would allow mentors hunting with a mentored youth to accompany up to two additional hunters, be they mentored youth, junior hunters or mentored adults. Presently, no additional junior or mentored hunters may accompany a mentor who’s hunting with a mentored youth. There’s a required one-to-one mentor/mentee ratio. That limit would change to three based on the proposal that was preliminarily approved today. If the measure is adopted, the req...

  • Dragon Volleyball Takes Two Losses

    Brady Albright, For the Herald|Apr 25, 2024

    The Dragons Volleyball team faced the West Shamokin Wolves and the Altoona Mountain Lions in competition this week, as well as traveling to Elizabethtown to compete in a tournament. Against the Wolves and Mountain Lions, the Dragons lost 3-0 to each. Against the Wolves, the Dragons lost in three sets of 25-10. 25-12 and 25-8. Bryson Brooks had seven kills, Christian Heuston had three kills, and Logan Hummel had 10 assists. Against the Mountain Lions, the Dragons found a similar result: a loss...

  • Up and Over with Good Form

    Apr 25, 2024

    Photos by Gary M. Baranec...

  • Wild Pheasant Hunting Season is Possible

    Apr 25, 2024

    The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners met April 15 in Harrisburg, hearing public comment and conducting official business. The opportunity to hunt wild pheasants in Pennsylvania might become a reality for those able to gain access to private property within a Wild Pheasant Recovery Area. The Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners today gave final approval to a measure that allows the Game Commission’s Executive Director annually to decide whether a Wild Pheasant Recovery Area (WPRA) will be open to rooster-only pheasant hunting, and i...

  • Deer Opener To Get Additional Review from Pa. G.C.

    Apr 18, 2024

    Once again this year, the Pennsylvania Board of Game Commissioners set the opening day of the firearms deer season as the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The board long has expressed the belief the Saturday opener better accommodates the majority of hunters and is better for the future of hunting, opinions backed by evidence such as license sales and a scientific survey of hunters. But President Commissioner Scott Foradora said the board wants to know more about the impacts of the Saturday opener, especially knowing that some hunters would like to...

  • 7th Inning Snooze

    Apr 18, 2024

    Ten-month-old Jordyn Anderson got her baseball traditions mixed up, taking a nap instead of a stretch on the shoulder of her grandmother Dara Kendera of Vinco in the seventh inning during the Curve’s first home game of the season on Tuesday, April 4, against the Harrisburg Senators. The Curve defeated the Senators 8-7 in 10 innings....

  • Expert Hints For Gobbler Hunters

    RICHARD TATE|Apr 18, 2024

    With spring gobbler season set to begin on May 4, many of us are looking for a little expert information that might help us tag a tom. I have recently been in contact with Tony Hudak of Noxen, PA, who is an expert gobbler hunter. He has killed toms in the 49 states that have spring seasons. Just before leaving for a recent gobbler hunt in Mexico, where he completed the Mexican, World, and Slam of Slams of gobbler hunting, he shared some hints about spring turkey hunting. Hudak is a true turkey hunter. He does not use baits (aka food plots),...

  • Mason Baker Receives Award For Athletic Accomplishments

    Apr 18, 2024

    Mason Baker of Martinsburg, a member of the Lebanon Valley College men’s golf team, was named Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom Golfer of the Week for the week ending April 8. Baker was the top LVC finisher at the Marauder Invitational with a two-day score of 168 against Division II competition at the Iron Valley Golf Course in Lebanon. Baker carded an 86 in Sunday’s opening round and then shot four strokes better on Monday with an 82. Baker, a graduate of Central High School, is pursuing a bachelor of science in actuarial science and eco...

  • Dragon Volleyball has a Winless Week

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Herald Sports Correspondent|Apr 11, 2024

    Throughout the week, the Dragon volleyball team faced many opponents. The main two of the week were the Dubois Beavers and the Forest Hills Rangers, with the Dragons facing 3-0 losses to both. Then, the Dragons traveled to play in the Derry Invitational, and faced a plethora of teams of which they were unable to complete a victory. Against the Beavers, the Dragons faced a 3-0 loss, losing each set 25-7, 25-15 and 25-9. Despite the loss, Logan Hummel had nine assists, Christian Heuston had four kills and R.J. Daugherty had two kills and two...

  • Pirates Reveal 2024 Altoona Curve Break Camp Roster

    Apr 11, 2024

    The Pittsburgh Pirates announced Thursday an initial list of 30 players reporting to Altoona for the 2024 season. The player list features six players that are ranked in the Pirates Top-30 prospects by MLB.com, including four in the Top-10 and two players ranked among the top-100 prospects in all of Minor League Baseball. MLB Pipeline ranked Pittsburgh’s minor league system as the ninth best among all organizations entering 2024, marking the sixth straight year that Pittsburgh’s minor league system is ranked in the top 10 by MLB Pipeline. The...

  • Analog Sportsman

    Richard Tate|Apr 11, 2024

    “I hope I am not bothering you, Rich, but I need you to pick up a loaf of bread on your way home. It is no big rush,” Donna told me over the phone. Unfortunately she had contacted me on the cell phone she and Bob, my son, had bought for me a couple of years ago. And, she was “bothering” me. I was standing in the middle of a stream, casting to trout that were rising to eat floating mayflies. It was one of the few times I had run into rising trout before the big flood, and I had to scramble to extract the phone from the left breast pocket...

  • Dragon Volleyball Downs Tigers

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Herald Sports Correspondent|Apr 4, 2024

    The Dragon Volleyball team travelled to face the McKeesport Tigers and found themselves with a victory after five hard-fought sets. The Dragons found victory in the first two sets of the night with scores of 26-24 and 25-20 respectively. However, things took a turn for the worse when the Tigers responded with two winning sets of their own, with scores of 27-25 and 25-20 respectively. The Dragons were able to come out on top after cinching a 20-15 victory in the final set. Bryson Brooks had 11 kills and three blocks, while Christian Heuston had...

  • Dragon Varsity Baseball Knocks Out Two

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Herald Sports Correspondent|Apr 4, 2024

    In a week with three matches, the Dragon baseball team was able to strike down both the Penns Valley Rams and the Bishop Guilfoyle Marauders with scores of 19-9 and 14-4 respectively. The Dragons did fall to the Bellefonte Red Raiders in the middle of the week via a score of 19-4. Against the Rams, the Dragons opened with two runs in the first inning and four in the third. This narrowly edged out a lead until the fifth where the Dragons roped in nine runs. In the sixth, the Dragons topped it...

  • Dragon Softball Loses Two Games

    BRADY ALBRIGHT, Herald Sports Correspondent|Apr 4, 2024

    The Lady Dragon Softball team faced two opponents this week, the Bellefonte Lady Red Raiders and the Penns Valley Area Lady Rams. The Dragons faced losses to both with scores of 26-10 and 11-5 respectively. Against the Raiders, the Dragons opened strong with three runs in the first inning whilst holding their opponents to only two. After a scoreless second inning, the Dragons added another four to their total before the Raiders scored an astounding 14 runs in the third. The Raiders followed this with another 10 runs in the fourth to end the gam...

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