Scholastic Sports

Williamsburg, Juniata Valley form junior high football co-op

WILLIAMSBURG — Dan McMonagle of Williamsburg said his son, Andrew, has done well wrestling as part of a co-op agreement with an area school, so he expects the same success when Andrew plays football with another local school when a similar pact kicks off this fall. School boards at both ...

Hollidaysburg’s Grassi will get chance at Miami, Ohio

For the second time in as many days, a Blair County baseball product has committed to a Division I program. Hollidaysburg senior-to-be Joey Grassi announced on Twitter late Monday night that he’d continue his baseball career at Miami University in Ohio. “I like the facilities there, and ...

Luensmann commits to South Carolina

Travis Luensmann has spent most of his high school athletic career traveling anywhere he was given the opportunity to throw a baseball. But that entire journey, as well as the success he’s experienced on the Bellwood-Antis varsity team and with personal coaches like State College’s Troy ...

District 6 stars swept by D4

UNIVERSITY PARK — Despite District 4 beating District 6 in both five-inning games in the District 6 Hall of Fame Game, 11-2 and 2-0, the District 6 players had a good time. The annual contest at Penn State’s Beard Field at Nittany Lion Softball Park on a warm Wednesday night was the last ...

Central hires Frederick to succeed Nevins

The Central High School boys basketball program has enjoyed a long tradition of success over the past three decades, and it is Paul Frederick’s goal to help extend that success. Frederick, 33, who has spent the last decade as Central’s junior varsity head boys basketball coach and as a ...

Rudel: Nevins concludes it’s time

Central High School is expected to name Paul Frederick as its new boys basketball coach Monday night. Which means after 27 seasons and 452 victories — most in Blair County boys scholastic basketball history — the Reggie Nevins era is over. Nevins’ last three months as Central’s ...

2019 Mirror baseball all-stars

FIRST TEAM Cory Lehman C Sr. Tyrone Notable: First-team Mountain League All-Star hit .410 with 12 extra-base hits and 21 RBIs. Devin Renzi 1B Sr. Central Cambria Notable: All-LHAC selection hit .565 with 11 extra-base hits and stole 10 bases. Was winning pitcher against PIAA 1A ...

2019 Mirror softball all-stars

FIRST TEAM Harleigh Cavender C So. Claysburg-Kimmel Notable: Hit .514, scored 39 runs with 49 RBIs and eight home runs. PSBCA, ICC All-Star. Kaitlyn Brunelli 1B Sr. Bedford Notable: Hit .636, scored 32 runs with 23 RBIs and 14 extra-base hits. LHAC All-Conference, playing at ...

Highly successful P-O coach stepping down

Jim Gonder turned the Philipsburg-Osceola softball program into a state power over his 37 years as head coach. Now the program will be looking to someone else to lead it. Gonder, who went 682-151 and won three state titles over his career at his alma mater, announced on Twitter on Tuesday ...

Hornets cherish finale

Juniata Valley celebrated its finest high school football season ever in 2018. Led by Class 1A first-team all-state quarterback Quinn Zinobile, the Green Hornets won their first District 6 championship since 1986 and made it to the PIAA semifinal game before losing to Lackawanna Trail and ...

Reliving the scholastic year’s best moments

The 2018-2019 scholastic sports season has come to a close, and plenty of memories made in communities across the Mirror’s coverage area will live on forever. Selecting just the top 10 moments was challenging, as seven PIAA state champions made the list, but none of those earned the top ...

AASD picks head coaching candidates

The Altoona Area School District could have its new head boys and girls basketball coaches in place by Thursday night. The Mirror has learned from multiple sources that Jarrod Klausman will be the athletic council’s recommended choice to be the next Altoona boys coach and Chris Fleegle will ...

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 ...