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Hollidaysburg, PA, United States

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Past articles by Ryan:

Pennsylvania native competes on Jeopardy!

Kendra Westerhaus graduated from State College High School in 2000. She currently lives in Idaho and works as a child psychologist. Her opportunity of a lifetime came recently when she qualified to compete on Jeopardy!. Once she found out she was chosen, she had about a month to prepare. → Read More

2023 Blue White Game set for April 15th

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (WTAJ) — Penn State announced that the annual Blue White Game in 2023 will take place on April 15th at Beaver Stadium. Kickoff for the game will be in the early to mid afternoon. More details on the game will be announced after the 2022 season is over. No. 9 Penn State is […] → Read More

No. 6 Penn State takes down No. 17 Ohio State 2-1

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (WTAJ) — No. 6 Penn State welcomed No. 17 Ohio State to Pegula Ice Arena Friday night and defeated the Buckeyes 2-1. Penn State got on the board late in the first period on a power play goal from Connor MacEachern and that was the score until the 3:58 mark of the second […] → Read More

Penn State freshman lead the way for 10-2 regular season

Penn State finished the season 10-2, but it was defined by Penn State’s freshman. While much of this highly touted class surrounded five star quarterback Drew Allar, it was mostly players not named Allar that stole the show. 2022 became the year of the Penn State freshman. → Read More

James Franklin looks for 100th career win Saturday

Penn State continues to break records this season. Sean Clifford passed Trace McSorley to become the programs all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns, while Nick Singleton broke Noah Cain’s record for touchdowns by a freshman. Now, James Franklin is looking for his 100th career win. → Read More

Joe Nastasi & son chase undefeated football season

Joe Nastasi has been around football for a long time, but this year might be one of his favorites. He’s the wide receivers coach on the undefeated State High Little Lions, who are chasing a state title. This season though, Nastasi gets to chase the title with his son by his side. → Read More

P.J Mustipher named to Lombardi Award watch list

Penn State defensive tackle P.J Mustipher was named to the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list. The Lombardi Award is presented annually to the offensive or defensive lineman who has the most outstanding performance as well as the one who exemplifies the character and discipline of NFL Hall Of Fame Head Coach Vince Lombardi. → Read More

Johnstown man offers $2,000 reward to find stolen guns

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (WTAJ) — A Cambria County man is offering $2,000 dollar reward, months after a Johnstown home was broken into. Eric Murphy is a vintage gun collector, but in August of 2021 his mother’s house was broken into and 13 antique guns were stolen. The weapons that were ransacked include eight Winchester Rifles, one Browning […] → Read More

Penn State grad’s Reflexion helps retrain brain from injury

LANCASTER, Pa. (WTAJ) — Brain injuries can be among the most life altering injuries someone can suffer, but a former athlete and Penn State graduate knows first hand how bad the side effects can be. Matt Roda suffered a concussion while playing hockey in high school and he had lingering effects for many years. “I had […] → Read More

Clearfield wins first ever softball state title on walkoff

STATE COLLEGE, Pa (WTAJ) — Clearfield won its first ever State Championship in softball, defeating Tunkhannock 3-2 on a walkoff. The Bison were on the ropes, down 2-0 in the fifth inning until Lauren Ressler hit a two run home to tie the game at 2. The Bison then loaded the bases in the seventh […] → Read More

DuBois Central dominates Halifax to win 1A State Title

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (WTAJ) – DuBois Central Catholic continued their dominance in the state tournament by taking down Halifax 12-2 to capture the Class A State Championship. It was the second straight game in the state tournament that the Cardinals won by 10 runs and their third game in their last four contests that they […] → Read More

Making bacon 101 with Holland Brothers

BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — Holland Brothers Meats has been a staple in Blair County for many years. One of their biggest selling items is their homemade bacon. They sell more than 700 pounds of it each week and to prepare it for consumers, they have an overnight 12 hour process that begins with them curing […] → Read More

Steeler’s QB battle between Trubisky & Pickett begins

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WTAJ) — Change is in the air at the Steelers practice facility this spring. Kevin Colbert is exiting as GM and Ben Roethlisberger retired, and it’s fair to say it’s a new era in the Steel City. That era in a round-about way as OTA’s begin in Pittsburgh. It’s a new look under center […] → Read More

Holland Brothers wins awards for best meats in PA

DUNCANSVILLE, Pa. (WTAJ) — Holland Brothers Meats have been a staple of the Blair County area since the 1960s and recently they just won three awards for having the best hot dogs, kielbasa’s, and ham in the state of Pennsylvania. As with tradition with Holland Brothers, they once again took home multiple first place awards at […] → Read More

Start your engines: Plans for six county ATV trail move forward

BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ) — About a year after being first proposed, a six county multi-use trail system across Central PA is moving forward. More than 40,000 ATV’s are registered in Central Pennsylvania, which is why Doug Wagner with the Allegheny Ridge Recreation says a six county trail system would be a bonus for local riders, […] → Read More

Dr. Oz cooks pancakes at 75th Maple Festival

MEYERSDALE, Pa. (WTAJ) —The Maple Festival in Meyersdale is celebrating its 75th anniversary. Dr. Mehmet Oz made the trip out and said a tradition like the Maple Festival in a small town shows why those types of communities are so important. “Folks are actually experiencing life and sometimes the difficult part of life that happens when […] → Read More

1on1: James Franklin recaps Spring Camp

STATE COLLEGE, Pa (WTAJ) — With less than 24 hours before the Blue and White game kick-off, our Ryan Risky had the chance to chat with Penn State Head Coach James Franklin and his overview of Spring Camp. Ryan Risky [WTAJ Sports Reporter] An elite recruiting led by five star recruits Drew Allar and Nick […] → Read More

Fan creates replica of Peoples Natural Gas Field

BLAIR COUNTY, Pa. (WTAJ)-- George Frank has been a Curve season ticket holder since 2000 and never misses a game. In fact, he's usually one of the first fans inside the stadium each time the gates open. → Read More

Penn State looks to turn to defense in Big Ten Tournament

Penn State closed out the regular season losing their final three games to close out an up down first season under Micah Shrewsberry. The Big Ten tournament kicks off Wednesday and it’s a fresh start for Penn State as they take on Minnesota. The disappointing end to their season dropped Penn State to 11th in […] → Read More

Former PSU kicker from Ukraine hopes loved ones are safe

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (WTAJ) — The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been incredibly difficult for those both in Ukraine and Ukrainians watching from afar. That’s the case for Hollidaysburg native and former Penn State kicker Vlad Hilling. You might remember Hilling from his days as a kicker with one of the most powerful legs on the Hollidaysburg […] → Read More