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Though crappies provide consistent fishing during the spring, when forays to feed and reproduce draw them into shallow water, come summer their location often becomes a mystery. Combining trolling tactics to find crappies, and then a casting/jigging approach once located, can keep the action…

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BLAIRSVILLE — When he was in high school in the mid-1990s, Jess Houser often wondered how good of a football team could be created if sister schools Blairsville and Saltsburg merged into one.

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CRESSON — One run was all Ligonier Valley needed on a rainy, chaotic mess of a Thursday afternoon to squeak past Chestnut Ridge in the PIAA Class 2A softball quarterfinals at Mount Aloysius College.

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Last week while traveling to work, I was reminded why I had written my column in regard to giving wildlife a brake. Where the Route 119 bypass crosses over Route 286, I could hardly believe my eyes. A mallard hed and close to a dozen tiny ducklings were using the same overpass as my truck an…

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Soft swimbaits, minnow facsimiles that provide an inherent bite-triggering action, are effective in a wide variety of bass-fishing situations. From stump-laden largemouth lakes to rocky smallmouth rivers, swimbaits are highly versatile tools.

The CWD-positive deer recently detected in Warren County has led to new regulations to reduce the risk of the disease spreading, according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

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KITTANNING — North Catholic and West Shamokin fought back and forth early in Tuesday night’s PIAA first-round boys’ volleyball match, but once the Trojans took seven of the last eight points to take the opening set, the Wolves never rebounded.

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Sometimes bass are in a chasing mood, sometimes they are not, circumstances that can change not only on a daily basis but an hourly one as well. Seasonally, this is particularly evident during the early part of summer, when bass are transitioning from the recent spawning period and moving to…

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Increased travel over the Memorial Day weekend coincided with cooler weather, which had wildlife on the move.

Jon Mills, a native of Canada and former Indiana resident who played professional golf and now coaches the Kent State men’s team, was named the Mid-America Conference coach of the year recently.

John Bomboy, the former director of athletics at Marion Center High School, has been inducted into the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame.

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BURRELL TOWNSHIP — Blairsville had been playing at its best, defeating undefeated Marion Center on back-to-back days and claiming its first Heritage Conference softball championship last week.

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MARION CENTER — For a team that averaged 9.2 runs per game this season, Marion Center didn’t look the part Tuesday.

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Crappies are well known for their affinity to wood cover. But this doesn’t mean they’ll always be hovering in shoreline laydowns and off-the-bank brushpiles, particularly during the spring when the need to reproduce is a factor. The fish are often on the mover.

Three former Indiana High School standouts and two from Blairsville, a major college baseball coach and a innovative coach from decades ago make up the 2021 Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame induction class.

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NORTHERN CAMBRIA — Mia Urbani stepped up to the plate with an opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh inning after Grace Rougeaux was intentionally walked. Urbani crushed a ball high and deep to right field, but Blairsville’s Emma Skirball made a game-saving catch with her b…

SLIPPERY ROCK — Indiana athletes turned in a couple big surprises while another took care of business in typical fashion at the WPIAL Class 3A Track and Field Championships at Slippery Rock University on Wednesday.

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CENTER TOWNSHIP — United’s bats splurged for 11 runs in the first two innings and Ben Tomb didn’t allow a hit in a dominating performance over Saltsburg in the Heritage Conference baseball championship game Monday at First Commonwealth Bank Field.

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The smallmouth bass hit the fluke-style soft jerkbait with such force it nearly ripped the rod from my hand. The subsequent fight might not have achieved the cliché “towed the boat around,” but it did swing the bow a good 90 degrees. After several tense minutes I slipped the 21-inch, 5-pound…

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