Basketball

Altoona’s Fox relieved work is paying off

Wednesday was special for Bridgid Fox. Not only was it her 18th birthday, the Altoona Area High School standout signed a national letter-of-intent to attend the University of Detroit Mercy and play Division I college basketball. “Everything is paying off,” Fox said, smiling, during ...

Ruggery, Krug fulfulling dream

It has been known that Bishop Guilfoyle senior guard Luke Ruggery would continue his basketball career at Saint Francis for quite some time, but the talented shooter was hoping it would become a reality for much longer. “My freshman year I started emailing Coach (Rob) Krimmel,” Ruggery ...

Bellwood-Antis star Campbell verbally commits to Notre Dame

Click-here-for-Sports-front By Buck Frank bfrank@altoonamirror.com Bellwood-Antis High School junior Alli Campbell has already won a state basketball championship. Two years from now, she’ll be in an excellent position to possibly be part of a national collegiate championship. Campbell, ...

Perea heading to GW

Caranda Perea, who averaged 13 points per game as a sophomore at Altoona Area High School, gave a verbal commitment to George Washington University Wednesday afternoon to play women’s basketball. Perea announced her commitment on Twitter. “To start, I would like to thank all of the ...

Campbell donates to Rec Center

Rising Bellwood-Antis junior Alli Campbell was honored with a plaque by the executive board of the Northern Blair County Recreation Center as thanks for Campbell’s $1,000 donation as part of her being named by Gatorade as the 2017-2018 Pennsylvania girls basketball player of the year. The ...

Altoona’s Fox gives DI commitment

Altoona Area High School senior Bridgid Fox is all set to play Division I basketball. Fox, 6-foot versatile forward, committed to the University of Detroit Mercy via Twitter on Thursday. “I’m so grateful to be a part of the Titan family,’’ Fox wrote. “It’s truly a dream come ...

Altoona takes Building II title

When Corbin Moon scored on the fast break early in the second half of the Building II High School Boys League championship game, it pulled his Tyrone team even with Altoona at 20-20. The Mountain Lions answered with an 11-0 run, however, and went on to take the title game, 43-29. “We ...

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 ...