The Mirror is seeking nominations for special awards to be presented at its eighth annual Athlete of the Year banquet Monday, May 20.
Area high schools are invited to submit nominations for the Ron Rickens Sportsmanship Awards as well as the Erin (Johnson) Kelly Award, which recognizes the area high school athlete who has overcome the most adversity.
Only seniors are eligible.
The Rickens Awards, which honors a deserving male and female athlete, are presented in memory of former local coach and referee Ron Rickens, who stood for sportsmanship. Nominations of area student-athletes should include supportive examples of sportsmanship, leadership, academic excellence and community service.
The Erin Johnson Award was named for and will be presented by Erin (Johnson) Kelly, who despite being born without a left forearm scored 1,000 career points at Claysburg-Kimmel High School and also played basketball at Penn State Altoona.
Nominations should be sent by Friday, May 3 to Mirror Managing Editor Neil Rudel at 301 Cayuga Avenue, Altoona, Pa., 16603 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Altoona Teener Minor
Evan Hughes plated Lucas Scordo with the winning run on a one-out single in the bottom of the seventh as Altoona Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center remained unbeaten with a 3-2 win over Cumming Motors in late Tuesday action in the Altoona Teener Minor Baseball League.
Avery McGinnis and Josh Yasulitis combined on a two-hitter for AAOC. Casey Sheetz scored both runs for Cumming.
ALTOONA ARTHRITIS AND OSTEOPOROSIS CENTER 3, CUMMING MOTORS 2: WP-McGinnis. LP-Nicewonger. SO-McGinnis 2, Yasulitis 9 (AAOC) Nicewonger 1, Becker 10, Grine 1 (CM).
Records: Altoona Arthritis and Osteoporosis Center (3-0); Cumming Motors (1-1).
CC juniors lose
EBENSBURG - Westmont Hilltop defeated Central Cambria, 25-15, 27-25, in junior high girls volleyball action Wednesday. Central Cambria is 1-6.
JV: Westmont Hilltop, 25-15, 25-10.
Father, son excel
HARRISBURG - Earlier this month, Dan Deterline and his son Brady and daughter Ryen competed in the Pennsylvania State Archery Association indoor championships at the Farm Show Complex.
And each had a successful weekend on April 6-7.
Deterline, 48, finished in fourth place in Men's Bowhunter Unlimited. Brady Deterline, 14, was third in the boys Youth Class AA division. And Ryen Deterline, 10, was the winner in the girls Cadet Class B division.
"It means the world to me," Dan Deterline said of competing with his children. "I love that it's something that I can do with them. It's a family this that all families can do together and enjoy their time together."
Deterline said that his Roaring Spring family looks forward to more competitions in the future.
n For the second year in a row, the Juniata College men's volleyball team had multiple Eagles named to American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America teams. Sophomores Joe Bortak and Paul Kuhn earned first- and second-team honors, respectively.
It is the second All-America honor for Bortak. The middle blocker was named to the second team as a freshman last year. A passing right-side hitter for the Eagles this season, Kuhn leads the team in service aces, is third in digs and sits fourth in kills.
The Eagles head to Nazareth for the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Volleyball Championships Friday-Sunday. They will face Rivier for the first time in program history in the Elite 8 at 8 p.m. Friday.