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Baseball

Third baseman Soltis makes mark for Mounties

Senior Salute: The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When Philipsburg-Osceola’s high school baseball season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it appeared as though ...

Extra eligibility hurting recruits

The NCAA’s decision to give all spring athletes another year of eligibility was applauded by many people happy to see players at that level avoid being robbed of an opportunity. But that same move may negatively impact younger players trying to get to the same stage. “I have heard a lot ...

Like father, like son: McCalls make it work at Williamsburg

Senior salute The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As long as there’s been the game of baseball, you’ve always had a guy somewhere in America coaching his kid in a youth ...

Altoona’s DeRubeis follows his passion

Senior Salute: The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Patience is a virtue when it comes to dealing with love. Altoona Area High School senior Joe DeRubeis identified his true love ...

Lasting impression: Lehner, Tyrone left with only what ifs

Senior salute The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Tyrone Area High School baseball team won its first Mountain League title in nearly 30 years and earned the top seed in ...

Extra work makes Malay stand out

Senior salute The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of all 2020 PIAA spring sports, Central Cambria High School ...

BG’s Reighard plays with no regrets

The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Even though Tommy Williams only coached him one season on the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic baseball team, he knew he had a star in junior Gaige ...

The Bryce is right: Leadership a big part of Helmer’s makeup

Senior salute The Mirror is recognizing some high school senior spring sports athletes who missed out on their final scholastic seasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic. HOLLIDAYSBURG — According to Hollidaysburg Area High School baseball coach Jon Szynal, Golden Tigers senior left-handed ...

Spring brings memories of baseball

Living without spring sports gives everyone a chance to reflect on some of their memories of years past. Staring out the window into the sun and an empty baseball field while visiting my father in Tyrone a couple weeks ago, I started to think about one of the most memorable high school ...

Area high school baseball capsules

Editor’s note: The fate of the spring scholastic sports season is very much in doubt due to the coronavirus. The Mirror is publishing the preview capsules to at least recognize the athletes who are part of the various teams throughout the region: Altoona Coach: Tom Smith, 19th ...

Kling commits to LSU

Central sophomore Paxton Kling made a verbal commitment to LSU Monday afternoon to play college baseball. Kling made the announcement on Twitter. “I am excited to announce that I have verbally committed to Louisiana State University,” Kling wrote. “I want to thank God, my family and ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...