Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic and Hollidaysburg both boast very proud histories when it comes to girls basketball, but this year's senior classes were among the Lady Marauders' and Lady Tigers' most accomplished, winning seven District 6 championships between them.
Those groups will get to play on the big stage together one more time this week, and, to make matters more interesting, they'll be assembled as one unit.
BG and Hollidaysburg have four girls apiece on the Blair County team, which will take on a squad of 12 of the best senior girls players from the rest of District 6 and District 5 in the eighth annual Mirror Classic on Friday at Mount Aloysius College. Tipoff for the girls game is 6:30 p.m. with the boys game scheduled to start at 8.
Complete rosters are on Pages C6 and C7.
Two Altoona Area High School girls will add to the familiarity level of the Blair team. The Blair girls also include three Division I college recruits - BG's Halee Adams and Kayla Bates and Altoona's Kaycie Reffner - and potentially a fourth in Altoona's Kayla Grimme.
Leading the Central PA girls are high-scoring guards Casey Gallaher of Forest Hills, Mackenzie Livingston of Blairsville and Kayla Stockenus of Shanksville-Stonycreek,all-Mid-Penn Conference first-teamer Jenna Altomare of State College and Penns Manor post player Krista Gillo, who finished with more than 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.
The Central PA boys credentials might be even more impressive. Central Mountain's Cole Renninger, Penn Cambria's A.J. Leahey, Blacklick Valley's Dalton Cesarz, Northern Cambria's Adam Polites, Shade's Ryan Fyock, Cambria Heights' Isaac Vescovi and Johnstown's Phillip Madison each averaged more than 20 points per game this season. Renninger is headed to Division I Lehigh, while Leahey was third-team Class AA all-state last year.
Another returning Class AA all-state third-team pick from 2012, Bellwood-Antis' Noah Davis, will head up a Blair County boys team that also includes high-scoring DeShae Lee of Altoona, 3-point shooter extraordinaire Brandon Drenning of Bishop Guilfoyle and versatile 6-foot-6 Hollidaysburg swing man Zach Ottaway.