Basketball

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 ...

Haralson set to play D-I

Bellwood-Antis rising junior Sakeria Haralson wasted no time in making a college choice. The center for the PIAA Class 2A champion Lady Blue Devils announced on Twitter on Tuesday night that she intends to sign with Division I Monmouth in two years. “First and foremost, I want to thank ...

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 ...

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 ...

Little-Kaack era under way at BG

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Though she’s only 13 years removed from playing high school girls basketball herself, Kristi (Little) Kaack has already built a solid reputation as a coach at the collegiate level. Friday she accepted the opportunity to return to the high ...

Campbell picked as Lady Vikings coach

In her many years of coaching basketball and softball, Beth Campbell has always emphasized teaching the game to her players. “I think it’s important that they know exactly why they do everything,’’ Campbell said. “I think it’s important that they learn the game so that they can ...

Campbell not among final 12

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — After surviving several rounds of cuts, Bellwood-Antis High School sophomore basketball standout Alli Campbell did not make the final one on Wednesday. The 2018 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Cup Team was finalized by the USA Basketball Women’s ...

Campbell one of 18 left vying for USA spot

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Bellwood-Antis High School sophomore basketball standout Alli Campbell is now a finalist for the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Cup Team. Following four days of skills and trials sessions, which began with 158 athletes on Thursday at the United States ...

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 ...

Moschella stepping down at BG

Mark Moschella, who piloted the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School girls basketball program to four PIAA championships, is stepping down. Moschella was scheduled to inform his players today, and he confirmed his intentions at an afternoon news conference at BG. Moschella coached the ...

Bellwood standout invited to USA Basketball Trials

Sophomore Alli Campbell led the Bellwood-Antis High School girls basketball team to a state championship in March, and now she’s taking her talents to the national level. Campbell was one of 35 athletes from around the country to be invited to the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s U17 World Cup ...

Marauders’ Ruggery receives all-state recognition

From Mirror reports Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic junior Luke Ruggery keeps adding to his basketball resume. After leading the Marauders to a 22-6 record and the District 6 Class 2A championship in 2017-18, Ruggery was named the Mirror Player of the Year recently. On Tuesday, he was named ...

B-A picks up top all-state basketball honors

From Mirror reports Two PIAA Class 2A champion Bellwood-Antis High School girls basketball team members claimed top honors in the 2018 PA Sports Writers All-State Girls Basketball Team. Sophomore Alli Campbell was selected as the Class 2A Player of the Year, and coach Jim Swaney earned the ...

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 ...

Ruggery helps take BG farther in 2017-18

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com In his sophomore year, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s Luke Ruggery led his team to the cusp of a District 6 title, and his performance landed him on the Mirror’s first team all-star squad. That wasn’t enough. Ruggery’s work continued the ...

Campbell, Bellwood rise above them all

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Bellwood-Antis sophomore Alli Campbell amazed people from across the state in leading the Lady Blue Devils to the PIAA Class 2A state championship in Hershey. She already had the attention of coaches and media from the Altoona Mirror’s ...

The Blair Wins Project: County teams post first sweep since 2009

Altoona’s Jayvion Queen will be playing football in college, but he spent his last afternoon on the basketball court dominating some of the best talent in the state. Queen scored 24 points and pulled down 20 rebounds in Blair County’s 109-104 victory over Central PA in the 13th annual ...

Girls weather Central PA rally

The final hurdle for the Blair County girls in their attempt to end a four-game losing streak in the Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic series was a connection between an Altoona player and a Hollidaysburg player. Even though it may have seemed a little unnatural to area fans used to picking ...

Zimmerman transitions nicely from tourney to all-star

One week removed from his memorable shot, Richland High School’s Tyler Zimmerman hit another buzzer-beater. With time running down in the third quarter of the boys game in the 13th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic on Saturday at Penn State Altoona’s Adler Sports Complex, Zimmerman ...