Scholastic Sports

Carroll, Chestnut Ridge find new homes this year

After several years traveling all across Pennsylvania and several other states to play its high school football season, Chestnut Ridge will begin play in the Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference when football season kicks off Friday. The Lions just happen to be taking the place of another ...

McAlkich shoots 76

STATE COLLEGE — Derek McAlkich’s 76 was good enough to place fourth individually and help Altoona to a tie for fifth place at the Happy Valley Invite in high school golf Monday. Sanit Joseph’s Jack Mangene won the individual title with a 74 and helped the Wolves win the team title with ...

Champions back and ready to defend titles

District 6 champions return all across the board for high school golf teams in the Mirror’s coverage area. Altoona’s Derek McAlkich, the District 6 Class 3A individual champion last year, returns to help the Mountain Lions defend their Class 3A team title. In Class 2A, Tyrone’s Andrew ...

High school football scrimmages

SATURDAY Bedford at Bishop Guilfoyle (Tom Irwin Field) 10 a.m. Berlin Brothersvalley at Ligonier Valley 10 a.m. Bishop Carroll at Homer-Center 10 a.m. Bishop McCort at Westmont Hilltop 10 a.m. Blairsville at Johnstown 10 a.m. Cambria Heights at Somerset 10 a.m. Central at ...

Saint Joseph’s football struggles prove winning isn’t easy

JOHNSTOWN — As the idea that non-boundary schools can have their pick of high school athletes and build super teams continues to spread across the state of Pennsylvania, the Saint Joseph’s football program ceased to exist, at least for this season. The Boalsburg Catholic school’s ...

Perea heading to GW

Caranda Perea, who averaged 13 points per game as a sophomore at Altoona Area High School, gave a verbal commitment to George Washington University Wednesday afternoon to play women’s basketball. Perea announced her commitment on Twitter. “To start, I would like to thank all of the ...

Campbell donates to Rec Center

Rising Bellwood-Antis junior Alli Campbell was honored with a plaque by the executive board of the Northern Blair County Recreation Center as thanks for Campbell’s $1,000 donation as part of her being named by Gatorade as the 2017-2018 Pennsylvania girls basketball player of the year. The ...

School bands important

They’re gathering on fields across central Pennsylvania and across America. A whistle blows. Students absorbing instructions and getting into formation: reviewing play books, performing drills, working toward perfection. Specific movements are repeated many times over in a quest for ...

Altoona’s Fox gives DI commitment

Altoona Area High School senior Bridgid Fox is all set to play Division I basketball. Fox, 6-foot versatile forward, committed to the University of Detroit Mercy via Twitter on Thursday. “I’m so grateful to be a part of the Titan family,’’ Fox wrote. “It’s truly a dream come ...

Altoona takes Building II title

When Corbin Moon scored on the fast break early in the second half of the Building II High School Boys League championship game, it pulled his Tyrone team even with Altoona at 20-20. The Mountain Lions answered with an 11-0 run, however, and went on to take the title game, 43-29. “We ...

Tyrone adds home game

TYRONE — With renovations still in the process at Bellefonte Area High School’s Rogers Stadium, the Tyrone Area High School football team will get an extra home game for the 2018 season. Tyrone was scheduled to play at Bellefonte on Friday, Sept. 21, but that game will now be played at ...

Eagles’ Light picks Fordham

Denver Light will be a three-year starter at quarterback for the Tyrone High School football team this fall, and threw for nearly 700 yards for the Golden Eagles last year. But Light prefers playing on the defensive side of the ball at linebacker, where he will be a four-year starter for ...

Irvin selects Towson State

Brock Irvin, who will be a three-year starter on the defensive side of the line of scrimmage for the Hollidaysburg Area High School football team this fall, will continue his education and football career on the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision level at Towson State ...

Boot camp comes to Cresson

CRESSON — Conditioning for the upcoming season came with an added twist on Thursday for the Penn Cambria football team. Instead of the usual endurance and strength training the team has been used to, members of the Panthers team were trained by a pair of former United States ...

Portage mourns loss of legend Chappell

Great athletes who dream big and earn sports stardom can come from anywhere or any sized town, something Len Chappell proved five decades ago when he made it big from the small town of Portage. Chappell, a basketball legend at Wake Forest University and an NBA All-Star, died Thursday in his ...

Superintendents enter public-private debate

Superintendents from across the state, including some in District 6, are joining the fray in the debate about the separation of public and private school playoffs. “We got to where we’re meeting to talk, because we have to do what’s best for our students,” Portage Superintendent Eric ...

P-O athletes earn scholarships

PHILIPSBURG — Philipsburg-Osceola High School’s Loryn Hughes and Brandon Anderson were among 12 Centre County athletes who earned scholarships from the Centre County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Recipients, who were selected by the schools, had to have won at least one ...

Coach hoping to build Tyrone junior high boys soccer

Last fall, the Tyrone Area Junior High School boys soccer program was forced to cancel its season because of a lack of numbers. Eric Oliver, the program’s new coach hired in May, is determined not to let that happen again. Oliver wants to get the word out to seventh and eighth-graders in ...

2018 Mirror softball all-stars

FIRST TEAM Kylie Thal C Sr. Philipsburg-Osceola Notable: Hit .471, drove in 35 runs, had 13 doubles and hit five home runs for PIAA Class 3A champions. Charlotte Farabaugh 1B Sr. Cambria Heights Notable: Led Lady Highlanders with batting average of .511. Drove in 27 runs and had 12 ...

2018 Mirror baseball all-stars

FIRST TEAM Alex Mykut C Sr. Huntingdon Notable: Went 3-for-3 and was winning pitcher in Curve Classic championship game win. Hit .400 with 11 extra base hits and 27 RBIs. Davis Kline 1B Sr. Bedford Notable: Will attend Princeton and play football in the fall. Hit .465 with three doubles ...