Scholastic Sports

Smith takes one for team, lifts D6 to victory

UNIVERSITY PARK — Central graduate Olivia Smith wasn’t expecting to hear her name called to bat with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th ­inning of the Pennsylvania Softball Coaches Association All-Star Game. Smith started the game from the No. 3 spot in the District 6 lineup ...

One last hurrah: Trio set for final football game

All-star high school football games in the summer provide a chance for some players to get on the gridiron one more time. For others, it will be one final time. “It’s a good experience for the players,’’ said Huntingdon coach Mike Hudy, who is serving as the head coach of the South ...

Tourney honoring Focht upcoming

The second annual 4 Mick 4 TheGame softball tournament is scheduled to be held on June 30 and July 1 with the expanded field set to play games at Legion Park and Logan Elementary fields. The tournament is played in honor of former Hollidaysburg Area softball standout Mikayla “Mick” Focht, ...

Boytim: PIAA tries to find solutions without divisions

If one thing is clear from Monday’s “Hearing on Public, Private Sports” held in Harrisburg by the Pennsylvania Athletic Oversight Committee and members of the PIAA, it’s that the wish of many public-school coaches in our area isn’t happening any time soon. The topic of separate ...

PSBCA contest pushed back

The Pennsylvania Softball Coaches Association District 6 All-Star Game scheduled for this evening has been postponed because of the rain in today’s weather forecast. The game has been rescheduled for Thursday. Gates at the Penn State Softball Complex will open at 5 p.m. with the 10-inning ...

Heim remembered as top ref

When Dave Heim and Ron Rickens officiated a local high school basketball game, coaches and colleagues say you were getting the best. Heim passed away last Monday at 86. Rickens passed away several years ago. Tom Goss, who coached girls basketball at both Bishop Guilfoyle and Central, said ...

College signing

Kaitlyn Cappella: Penn State Altoona softball Name: Kaitlyn Cappella High school: Hollidaysburg Hometown: Hollidaysburg Sport: Softball Position: Catcher/infield College choice: Penn State Altoona Other colleges considered: Mount Aloysius Why I picked Penn State Altoona: ...

Thompson comes up big during state playoff run

Name: Hannah Thompson School: Philipsburg-Osceola Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Softball Athlete of the week achievement: Thompson went 1-for-3, was hit by a pitch and scored two runs in Philipsburg-Osceola’s Class 3A state championship victory over Holy Redeemer. In the ...

Valley’s Leidy awarded Williams Spirit Award

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Recent Juniata Valley High School graduate Taylor Leidy was honored with the Lynnette Williams Spirit Award Sunday at the Blair Regional YMCA. Leidy is the first non-Blair County player to earn the award in its 18-year history. “It means a lot to me, especially because ...

Area coaches prefer split playoffs

A legislative committee that oversees the PIAA will have a public hearing next week during which the idea of separate championships for public and private schools will be discussed. An anonymous poll conducted by the Mirror sent out to 136 of the region’s public school head football, boys ...

Hilling breaks record

HARRISBURG — Hollidaysburg Area High School graduate Vlad Hilling notched his name in the Big 33 Football Classic record books on Saturday night. Hilling booted a game-record 56-yard field goal, but the Pennsylvania all-stars lost to the Maryland all-stars, 9-6, at Central Dauphin High ...

Fourth-quarter rally lifts North in Lantzy game

JOHNSTOWN — The South squad led by a touchdown heading into the fourth quarter of Friday night’s 48th annual Ken Lantzy All-Star Classic, but in a contest usually highlighted by big-play offense, special teams and defense turned the tide in the final period for the North in a 17-14 comeback ...

Way to go, P-O: Lady Mounties capture third state championship

UNIVERSITY PARK — Holy Redeemer senior pitcher Morgan Bienkowski came into Thursday’s PIAA Class 3A state championship softball game against Philipsburg-Osceola with some gaudy pitching statistics. - 282 strikeouts in 135 innings - 0.26 ERA - 13 shutouts But the Lady Mounties jumped on ...

Burge family celebrates again

UNIVERSITY PARK — Jayde Burge said she didn’t know why she spiked the softball to set off a raucous celebration after making the final out of Philipsburg-Osceola’s PIAA Class 3A championship Thursday at Penn State’s Beard Field. She just might have been reliving one of the biggest ...

P-O shuffles lineup with 1B Potter in Europe

UNIVERSITY PARK — During its run to a PIAA Class 3A softball championship and a 25-1 record, Philipsburg-Osceola has enjoyed a lineup that hardly changed throughout the season. That wasn’t the case in Thursday’s championship game. Senior Lacey Potter, the team’s first baseman and ...

Gonder adds to highly successful coaching resume

When the Philipsburg-Osceola softball team steps on Penn State’s Beard Field to take on Holy Redeemer in the PIAA Class 3A state title game at 1:30 p.m. today, coach Jim Gonder will be in a familiar spot. Gonder’s teams have played in a lot of big games since he took over the program 36 ...

PIAA Class 3A softball final

Matchup: 6-1 Philipsburg-Osceola (24-1) vs. 2-1 Holy Redeemer (20-2) Site, time: Penn State’s Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park, 1:30 p.m., today Coaches: Philipsburg-Osceola—Jim Gonder, 664-146 in 36 years. Holy Redeemer—Jerome Paulukonis, 100-10 in five years. Possible ...

Central, Glendale, Claysburg-Kimmel will be well represented

UNIVERSITY PARK — Central, Glendale and Claysburg-Kimmel will each have two players in this year’s annual Pennsylvania Softball Coaches’ Association All-Star game. The game, pitting all-stars from District 6 versus all-stars from District 4, will be held on June 20 at Beard Field at ...

Eyes on the prize: Lady Mounties one win from state title

LORETTO — With four home runs for the season and hitting in front of Madison Lucas, who hit a Philipsburg-Osceola single-season record for homers with 12, Hannah Thompson isn’t known for her power. But when the senior muscled up against Southmoreland reliever Lexi Klatt, she ignited an ...