Scholastic Sports

Finest in their finale: Akers helps South to win

JOHNSTOWN — In the week leading up to the game, Macen Akers wasn’t sure which side of the ball he’d play on in the 49th annual Ken Lantzy Finest 40 All-Star Classic. Lucky for the South team that the coaching staff ultimately decided to put him at quarterback. The Everett graduate led ...

New bill not the answer

Pennsylvania State Representative Aaron Bernstine unveiled House Bill 1600 Tuesday in Harrisburg in an attempt to bridge the concerns of both public and private schools in regard to the PIAA playoffs in several sports. The bill would separate playoff brackets in football, boys and girls ...

Two District 6 champions will play for a state title

A pair of District 6 champions are headed to state championship games. Mount Union got a two-out, two-run double from Quinnten Fultz in the fourth inning to break a one-all tie with District 10 champion Franklin, and the Trojans held on, 3-1, to clinch a spot in the PIAA Class 3A championship ...

Szynal honored as CPL top coach

Hollidaysburg Area High School’s Jon Szynal was named the Central Penn Baseball League coach of the year for 2019. Szynal led Hollidaysburg to the league title. Altoona infielder Matt Hartman made the CPL all-star team for the second straight season. He was joined on the all-star team ...

Lady Bulldogs drop thriller in ninth

CRESSON — The Claysburg-Kimmel High School softball team’s solid 20-win season ended in heartbreak early Thursday evening at the Mount Aloysius College softball field. The Lady Bulldogs built a 5-2 lead in a PIAA Class 1A quarterfinal game against unbeaten DuBois Central Catholic on a ...

Glendale falls on tough call

EVERETT — For a moment in the top of the eighth inning, Glendale thought it was out of a jam with the third out. However, the foul ball call quickly came — negating the out at first — and Millersburg had another chance. With the game knotted, the Lady Indians took advantage of the ...

Control issues cost Mounties

DUBOIS — Philipsburg-Osceola rode a literal perfect storm throughout the postseason that, up until Thursday, allowed the Mounties to start star sophomore pitcher Ryan Whitehead in each game. With no rain in the forecast, senior Bubba Slogosky took the mound for P-O in its PIAA Class 3A ...

Glendale, Claysburg stay close

Claysburg-Kimmel and Glendale both will stay in the Mirror’s coverage area as they move into the quarterfinal round of the PIAA Class 1A softball playoffs. The District 6 champion Lady Bulldogs will take on District 9 champion DuBois Central Catholic very close to home at Mount Aloysius at ...

2019 Mirror boys tennis all-stars

FIRST TEAM Rami Alkhafaji, sr., Hollidaysburg: Four-time Mirror first-team all-star ... No. 1 singles player all four years for Hollidaysburg ... Went 17-1 in the regular season at No. 1 singles ... Elected three-time Most Outstanding Player for the Tigers ... 2019 District 6 Class 3A singles ...

2019 Mirror boys volleyball all-stars

Andrew Cassidy, sr., Altoona: Mirror honorable mention all-star as a junior ... Middle hitter ... PVCA All-District ... Mid-State League all-star in 2018 ... Season statistics: 120 kills, 80 service points, 11 aces, 86 digs and 46 stuff blocks ... Team best blocker award in 2019 Connor ...

B-A’s Campbell honored

Bellwood-Antis rising senior Alli Campbell added to her bounty of offseason awards recently when she was named Mrs. PA Basketball Player of the Year. “It means a lot, especially because it’s a pretty prestigious award, and a lot of girls deserve the award,” Campbell said. “I’m ...

Lady Bulldogs knock off Union

UNIVERSITY PARK — Having won five District 6 titles in the last 11 years, Claysburg-Kimmel is used to playing at Penn State’s Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park. The Lady Bulldogs certainly looked at home on a sunny Monday evening at Penn State in the first round of the Class A ...

Campbell delivers for Glendale

SOMERSET — The Glendale softball team didn’t have time to soak in the atmosphere of its 2019 PIAA Class 1A opener against Shanksville-Stonycreek Monday at Somerset Area Junior High School. That’s because in the blink of an eye, Glendale was down, 3-0, after the bottom of the ...

BG shut down by Laurel

CRESSON — A very successful and very special 2019 baseball season came to an end for the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School Marauders late Monday afternoon. After winning the District 6 Class 2A championshp last week, the Marauders lost a pitchers’ battle, 2-0 to WPIAL third-place ...

Dixon’s 2-run double paces Mounties

BUTLER — Ryan Whitehead gave Philipsburg-Osceola a golden opportunity to win the District 6 Class 3A title last week when he kept Mount Union scoreless into extra innings, but the Mounties couldn’t capitalize. Isaiah Dixon was determined not to let it happen again. The senior designated ...

Hopewell downs Bisons

EVERETT — Give credit where it’s due. The Bedford Bisons, champions of District 5 after a mixed bag of a season that included a five-game losing streak the week before the start of the playoffs, played hard until the wheels came off the cart. Hopewell’s Jake McGovern played a large ...

Lady Lions’ seventh-inning rally falls short

DUBOIS — Chestnut Ridge rallied from a four run deficit to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning on Monday afternoon at Heindl Memorial Field in DuBois, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to Clearfield, 4-3, in first round action of the PIAA Class 3A state softball playoffs. ...

Youngster sparking Bulldogs

Name: Olivia Bushore School: Claysburg-Kimmel Age: 16 Grade: Sophomore Sport: Softball Athlete of the week achievement: Bushore pitched Claysburg-Kimmel to the District 6 Class 1A championship with an 8-5 win over Glendale. She struck out six and walked two. Season update: ...

Potopa is ‘that kid’ for BG

Name: Dan Potopa School: Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Baseball Athlete of the week achievement: Potopa caught all seven innings and drove in the winning run — the only run — in a 1-0 victory over West Shamokin in the District 6 Class 2A baseball ...

2019 Mirror track and field all-stars

GIRLS FIRST TEAM Gianna Caputo, jr., Altoona: Mirror three-time first-team all-star ... District 6 Class 3A runner-up in the 100 hurdles and fourth-place finisher in the long jump ... Mountain Lion Classic 3A 100 hurdles fifth-place finisher ... Pan-Ram Invitational third place in the ...