BG, Altoona volleyball honored by coaches with Mid-State picks

District 6 champions Altoona and Bishop Guilfoyle each placed four players on the Mid-State Boys Volleyball League 2018 All-Stars.

Altoona, the D6 Class 3A champ, was represented by senior outside hitter Phil Swartz, junior setter Chris Ball, junior middle back Andrew Cassidy and junior outside hitter Dalton Keller.

BG, the D6 2A champ, had senior setter Vincent Good, senior outside hitters Michael Burke and Tyler Rumbaugh, and senior opposite/outside hitter Charles Patton on the list.

Also on the team were Huntingdon senior outside hitters Julian Groenendaal and Matias Berger, and Central outside hitter Kaven Gahagan.

Others on the team were DuBois senior outside hitter Zach Koren and West Shamokin freshman outside hitter/setter Eric Spencer.

Altoona won the Mid-State League this season with a 10-0 mark.

Portage athletes picked

MEYERSDALE — Portage’s Jacob Irvin and Tom Randazzo were among the baseball selections from the WestPAC All-Conference Team.

In softball, Portage’s Rhianna Benton and Kara Dividock were named. Also, Portage’s Lakin Kalinoski was selected for girls track and field.

Hasson hired

Calvert Hall College High School recently hired Jason Hasson as its new varsity basketball head coach for the 2018-19 season.

Hasson, an Altoona graduate and the son of one-time local coach Paul Hasson, most recently served for the past two seasons as the head coach at West Catholic Preparatory School in Philadelphia. He will also teach in the Social Studies department.

In addition to his coaching stint at West Catholic, Hasson also coached at Pope John XXIII in Sparta, New Jersey for five years, compiling a 112-36 record. During his time at there, Hasson won five consecutive league and county titles while seeing his team named Team of the Year four times. He also led his team to a No. 14 ranking in the USA Today Super 25 poll.

He was also an assistant coach at Saint Anthony High School in New Jersey.

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