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Lady Lions, BG girls open with victories

WEXFORD — Altoona used a balanced scoring attack to open its season successfully with a 56-46 win over Chartiers Valley in the North Allegheny-Wright Automotive Tip-Off Tournament Friday night at North Allegheny High School. Caranda Perea scored 14 points, Shaina Lear and Bridgid Fox added ...

Penn Cambria downs Heights

PATTON — True falls by Joey Dignan at 120 pounds and Reed Niebauer at 126, coupled with a technical fall from Gavin Link at 132, propelled Penn Cambria to a season-opening 47-24 victory over Cambria Heights in high school wrestling on Friday. Penn Cambria also got 18 points on three ...

Hollidaysburg swim teams open with sweep

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Allison Black’s second individual win of the evening highlighted a Lady Tiger sweep in the 100-yard backstroke that sparked the Hollidaysburg girls to a season-opening 89-81 win over visiting DuBois in high school swimming Friday. Black also placed first in the 200 IM. ...

Grubb’s follow-up lifts Warriors into finals

SOMERSET — Landry Grubb’s basket with three seconds remaining lifted the Everett boys basketball team over Shanksville-Stonycreek, 49-48, in the first round of the Somerset Pine Grill Classic on Friday night. Everett will face Somerset, a 69-55 winner over Blairsville, in tonight’s ...

Juniata improves mark to 7-0

HUNTINGDON — The Juniata College men’s basketball team advanced to the finals of the Doc Greene Tournament Friday night, thanks to a 90-54 win over St. Joseph’s out of Vermont in area college action. Juniata, which improved to 7-0, got a balanced effort with Marcus Lee leading the way ...

Devils reach championship as Holsinger tosses in 24

EBENSBURG—The Central Cambria boys basketball team got their season off to a strong start last night in the Ron Davidson Roundball Classic. The Red Devils got strong post play from Matt Holsinger, made seven 3-pointers, and played strong defense en route to an 82-46 victory over Penns ...

Bennett leads CC boys to tourney win

EBENSBURG — Central Cambria was running on all cylinders in the title game of the Ron Davidson Roundball Classic Saturday at Central Cambria High School. The Red Devils’ offense used layups and 3-point shots to jump out to an early lead against Conemaugh Township. Defensively, the Red ...

Tigers pull out win

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Rocci Grassi hit two free throws in the final minute to break a 40-all tie and lift Hollidaysburg over visiting State College Mount Nittany, 42-40, in freshman boys basketball Friday. Mitchell Kratzer led the Golden Tigers with 15 points, while Bryce Martellacci added ...

Three area men part of trip to semifinals

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com The Indiana University of Pennsylvania football team is attempting to reach uncharted waters later this month and become the first team in school history to win an NCAA Division II championship. “We’ve never won a national title, and ...

Pirates star Taillon in town, reflects on 2017 season

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com Jameson Taillon was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the second overall pick in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft, and his awesome curve ball was one big reason why. The 6-foot-6 right-hander’s curve ball drops at a razor-sharp, ...

Golden Eagles community mourns loss of Catich

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com After teaming up with Dave Rizzo to win their division at the HoopsFest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in their hometown of Tyrone, Steve Catich savored the victory by paying his a boyhood idol with a heart-felt acknowledgement. “He told me, ‘You ...

Poor third sinks Flash

NEW YORK — A big third-quarter run from the hot-shooting Columbia Lions was too much to overcome Wednesday night as the Saint Francis women’s basketball team dropped their third staight game, 94-81, at the Levian Gymnasium in collegiate action. A 12-2 run to start the second half for ...

Hoops du Jour

Laster leads Lady Lions to win The Penn State Altoona women’s basketball team improved to 3-3 Wednesday night, thanks to an 83-37 win over Franciscan in collegiate action at the Adler Arena. Ijonana Laster’s 17 points were tops for the Lady Lions, who led, 17-7 after one quarter. ...

2017 Mirror girls tennis all-stars

FIRST TEAM Jenee Delerme, jr., Hollidaysburg: Two-time Mirror first-team all-star and second team as a sophomore ... 2017 District 6 Class 3A doubles champion ... 2016 and 2017 D6 3A singles semifinalist ... 2016 and 2015 D6 3A doubles runner-up ... Three-time District 6 Class 3A team champ ...

PSU Altoona champs recall title

When the Penn State Altoona men’s basketball team won the Commonwealth Campus Athletic Conference basketball championship back in March of 1968, it did so by providing a storybook ending to a very memorable season. Trailing Penn State New Kensington, 59-58 in the waning seconds of the ...

No. 1 Duke hammers Saint Francis

DURHAM, N.C. — The night started off badly and kept getting worse and worse for Saint Francis, playing the No. 1 team in the country in one of college basketball’s most difficult venues. Duke jumped out to a 13-1 lead that swelled to 22-5 and 39-9 just 10 minutes into the game. The Blue ...

2017 Mirror girls volleyball all-stars

FIRST TEAM Jenna Bauer, jr., Central Cambria: The outside hitter was named to the PVCA Class 2A District 6 first-team all-star team .. Also named PVCA all-state … Team captain … Three-year letterwinner … LHAC volleyball champion 2017 … Led team in kills with 355 and on target to ...

Great Commission rolls past DuBois

DuBOIS — Great Commission improved to 3-1 Tuesday night with a 59-11 victory at DuBois Christian in high school boys basketball action. The Bears were led in scoring by Aaron Benson, who scored a game-high 18 points while Elliot Long netted 10 points. Jake Foster had 22 rebounds for Great ...

No. 1 Duke hammers Saint Francis

DURHAM, N.C. — The night started off badly and kept getting worse and worse for Saint Francis, playing the No. 1 team in the country in one of college basketball’s most difficult venues. Duke jumped out to a 13-1 lead that swelled to 22-5 and 39-9 just 10 minutes into the game. The Blue ...

Kravetz helping Altoona hockey pick up wins over rivals

Name: Owen Kravetz School: Altoona Area Age: 17 Grade: Junior Sport: Ice hockey Athlete of the week achievement: Kravetz scored two goals and had two assists in an 8-4 win over Hollidaysburg and collected two goals and an assist in a 9-2 victory over Bishop Guilfoyle. Season ...