Athlete of the Week

Knopp big part of Red Devils’ first win

Name: Nick Knopp School: Central Cambria Age: 17 Grade: Senior Sport: Football Athlete of the week achievement: Knopp rushed for three second-half touchdowns that helped Central Cambria overcome a 19-0 deficit and defeat Johnstown, 27-19. He rushed for 135 yards and forced two ...

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 ...

Lady Mounties get ‘Thal’-out effort from senior in playoffs

Name: Kylie Thal School: Philipsburg-Osceola Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Softball Athlete of the week achievement: Thal, P-O’s catcher and leadoff hitter, went 6-for-9 in two games with three runs and three RBIs. P-O defeated Delone Catholic, 7-1, in the PIAA Class 3A first ...

Claysburg’s Claar gets things started for Bulldogs

Name: Emily Claar School: Claysburg-Kimmel Age: 17 Grade: Junior Sport: Softball Athlete of the week achievement: Claar, the leadoff hitter, went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and scored two runs while playing an error-less shortstop in Claysburg’s 8-4 District 6 Class 1A softball ...

ACL tear doesn’t deter Smith

Name: Olivia Smith School: Central Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Softball Athlete of the week achievement: Smith went 4-for-5, with a three-run homer, and scored four times in a 14-2 win over Cambria Heights in the District 6 Class 3A quarterfinals. She then went 3-for-5 with two ...

Showalter delivers in D6 final

Name: Jared Showalter School: Huntingdon Area Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Baseball Athlete of the week achievement: Showalter tossed a two-hitter with six strikeouts and no earned runs, and he also went 2-for-3 with a game-ending home run in Huntingdon’s 11-1 victory over Bald ...

2018 Athletes of the Year: Martinazzi, Dillow receive honors at annual banquet

Even though it was the 13th annual Altoona Mirror Athlete of the Year banquet, nothing was unlucky about how the night’s festivities played out in front of a packed room at The Casino in Lakemont. It was there that Bishop Carroll’s Alyssa Martinazzi and Chestnut Ridge’s Noah Dillow were ...

Wess’ team-first look appreciated

Name: Paige Wess School: Central Cambria Age: 17 Grade: Junior Sport: Track and field Athlete of the week achievement: Wess won three events at the District 6 Class 2A Championships — winning the 800-meter run in 2 minutes, 17.75 seconds and anchoring the 1600 relay and 3200 relay ...

Dillow works hard 7 days a week

Name: Noah Dillow School: Chestnut Ridge Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Track and field, baseball Athlete of the week achievement: Dillow won the long jump and triple jump at the District 5 Class 2A Track and Field Championships and also went 4-for-9 with a home run, five RBIs, four ...

Maxwell big on team concept

Name: Kaitlyn Maxwell School: Everett Area Age: 16 Grade: Sophomore Sport: Track and field Athlete of the week achievement: Maxwell won three individual events (100-meter dash, 400 dash and 800 run) to help the Lady Warriors win the Inter-County Conference girls team title. She ...

Alkhafaji delivers in the clutch

Name: Rami Alkhafaji School: Hollidaysburg Area Age: 17 Grade: Junior Sport: Tennis Athlete of the week achievement: Alkhafaji defeated three-time defending District 6 Class 3A singles champion Nick Vanden of State College, 6-2, 6-2, to help the Golden Tigers win the District 6 ...

P-O’s Lucas on hitting tear

Name: Maddie Lucas School: Philipsburg-Osceola Age: 17 Grade: Junior Sport: Softball Athlete of the week achievement: Lucas went 9-for-13 with five home runs, one double and 11 RBIs in four victories — 16-4 over Bellefonte, 6-5 over Central, 16-1 over Hollidaysburg and 14-1 over ...

Richner adds some pop to JV

Name: Nathan Richner School: Juniata Valley Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Baseball Athlete of the week achievement: Richner went 7-for-11 with three homers, a triple, eight runs and 10 RBIs in four victories — 10-3 over Moshannon Valley, 12-4 over West Branch, 15-0 over Glendale ...

Athlete of week: Ball ‘explodes’ off bat of Central’s Feathers

Name: Cam Feathers School: Central Age: 16 Grade: Sophomore Sport: Softball Athlete of the week achievement: Feathers went 10-for-15 with six home runs, two doubles and 14 RBIs in Central’s 6-0 week. The Lady Dragons beat Tyrone twice, Altoona, Huntingdon, Bald Eagle Area and ...

Athlete of Week: Simmons ‘role model’ for Carroll teammates

Name: Emma Simmons School: Bishop Carroll Catholic Age: 17 Grade: Senior Sport: Softball Athlete of the week achievement: Simmons led the Lady Huskies to a 5-0 week by going 13-for-15 with four home runs, three doubles, a triple and 14 RBIs. She was also 5-0 in the circle with 46 ...

Athlete of Week: Holesa ‘a great leader’ this year for Bearcats

Name: Nick Holesa School: Huntingdon Area Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Baseball Athlete of the week achievement: Holesa went 4-for-8 with a home run, two doubles, five RBIs and three runs scored in a doubleheader sweep of Tyrone. Season update: Holesa is hitting .400 with a ...

Nominations sought for Mirror awards

The Mirror is seeking nominations for special awards to be presented at its 13th annual Athlete of the Year banquet on Monday, May 21. Area high schools are invited to submit nominations for the Ron Rickens Sportsmanship Awards, the Dean Rossi Leadership Award and the Erin (Johnson) Kelly ...

Dull does it all for Ridge

Name: Phillip Dull School: Chestnut Ridge Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Baseball and track and field Athlete of the week achievement: Dull went 3-for-3 with two doubles and one RBI in a 10-0 win over Forbes Road. He hit a home run, drove in five runs and pitched a one-hit shutout ...

Michina shining as senior

Name: Lauren Michina School: Penn Cambria Age: 17 Grade: Senior Sport: Track and field Athlete of the week achievement: Michina won the Class 2A triple jump with a leap of 36 feet, 10 inches and also finished second in the high jump and long jump in the 92nd annual Jack Roddick ...

P-O’s Harris an all-around talent

Name: Kam Harris School: Philipsburg-Osceola Age: 17 Grade: Junior Sport: Softball Athlete of the week achievement: Harris went 3-for-3 with three home runs and eight RBIs in a victory over Penns Valley. She also fired a two-hitter and went 2-for-3 with two RBIs in a 15-0 win over ...