The Mirror is seeking nominations for special awards to be presented at its ninth annual Athlete of the Year banquet Monday, May 19.
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 honor 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 2 to Mirror Managing Editor Neil Rudel at 301 Cayuga Avenue, Altoona, Pa., 16603 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ex-area man wins tourney
Jeff Woolheater, formerly of Hollidaysburg now living in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., helped lead his team to the Crown Royal Flag Football Tournament championship recently in Miami.
Woolheater threw five touchdown passes. The games were played at Sun Life Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins.
Altoona to host pink game
The Altoona Area High School softball team will host a pink game to benefit the research for a cure for cancer.
The Lady Lions will host St. Marys High School at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 17 at Logan Elementary Field in a game they are calling, "Strike Out Cancer.'' In addition to the game, there will be raffles, a bake sale and prizes.
The rain date is Thursday, April 24.
Federation needs manager
The George B. Kelley Junior Baseball Federation is looking for a manager and coaches for a team from the Second, Fourth, Eighth and 10th Wards of Altoona.
Dick's Pharmacy, the team from that area, currently has 40 players expressing interest in playing for the team, so the league is hoping to split it into two teams of approximately 20 players each.
If interested in managing or coaching, contact Tom Stout 944-8567 or 312-8095.
Penn Cambria juniors win
CRESSON - Carly Grodis had eight service points to lead Penn Cambria to a 25-22, 13-25, 15-11 win over Forest Hills in junior high school girls volleyball on Monday. Penn Cambria improved to 3-2.
JV: Forest Hills, 25-11, 25-14.
Heights juniors lose
SOMERSET - The Cambria Heights junior high school volleyball team dropped to 2-3 with a 15-25, 13-25 loss to host Somerset.
JV: Cambria Heights, 15-25, 25-9, 15-12.