Basketball

JV similar to its opponent

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com With 96 wins in her first six years coaching the Juniata Valley High School girls basketball team, Rachelle Hopsicker has done pretty well. That’s still 615 victories behind Patti Hower’s 711, though. “I think it’s amazing,” Hopsicker ...

Head coaches announced for upcoming Classic

The head coaches are set for the 12th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic. Reggie Nevins of Central High School and Miriam Colledge of Altoona Area High School will guide the Blair County boys and girls teams, respectively, while Adam Stephan of Central Cambria High School and John ...

Juniata Valley to play for state title

Juniata Valley’s massive gathering of fans serenaded Maddie Mattas prior to Tuesday’s PIAA Class 1A high school girls basketball semifinal against Bishop Carroll Catholic with a rendition of “Happy Birthday.” It was fitting, considering how much Mattas and the rest of her Lady Hornets ...

BC endures tough night

Bishop Carroll Catholic had a high school girls basketball season that would satisfy almost anyone else, and there were a lot of outstanding performances to celebrate. Tueday night’s was not one of them. The District 6 Class 1A champion Lady Huskies were unable to solve Juniata Valley’s ...

Second-half surge sinks Lady Devils

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Bellwood-Antis and Bishop McCort’s District 6 Class 2A championship was decided in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. The key point of Monday’s PIAA semifinal rematch also came in the final seconds, but this time it was just before the ...

Emotional rollercoaster ride ends for B-A girls

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com It’s hard for most people to fully appreciate the gamut of emotions the Bellwood-Antis High School girls basketball players experienced as their season concluded with Monday night’s 68-57 PIAA Class 2A semifinal defeat at the hands of Bishop McCort ...

Valley girls coach welcomes challenge of facing Carroll again

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com There are some coaches, players and fans who would try to avoid another good team or curse the fact that it stood in their way to championships and honors. Rachelle Hopsicker is not one of those people. “I like a challenge,” Hopsicker said. ...

Bellwood glad to get another shot at McCort

Karson Swogger’s never needed much to stoke her fire when it comes to basketball, but when she saw that Bishop McCort had beaten Bishop Guilfoyle on Saturday afternoon to advance to the PIAA Class 2A western final, it just added to her motivation for her game with Our Lady of Sacred Heart ...

AAHS hosting PIAA semis

The Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse will be the venue for both girls basketball semifinal round state playoff games involving area schools this week, the PIAA announced on Sunday morning. Both games are rematches of District 6 championship games held earlier this month. This evening, ...

Bellwood-Antis, Bishop McCort prebox

Bellwood-Antis (6-2) vs. Bishop McCort (6-1) MONDAY GIRLS PIAA Class 2A semifinals Teams: Bishop McCort Lady Crushers (24-4); Bellwood-Antis Lady Blue Devils (25-4). Site, time: Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse, 6 p.m. The coaches: Bishop McCort — John Hahn (312-134 in 16 ...

B-A advances to face Bishop McCort again

SIDMAN — The Bellwood-Antis Lady Blue Devils will face the Bishop McCort Lady Crushers Monday night in what shapes up as an epic PIAA Class 2A semifinal girls state basketball playoff game. Bellwood made sure that its road to the blockbuster showdown with McCort was as smooth as possible. ...

JV steals momentum

DuBOIS — Kennedy Catholic’s Lady Eagles came out of the timeout midway through the third quarter and, as a group, slapped the Beaver Gymnasium floor Duke-style and got into a defensive stance. It was probably the worst thing they could have done. Juniata Valley prides itself on defense, ...

BC delivers in clutch

DUBOIS — Bishop Carroll’s best player came up big when she needed to. After District 9 champion North Clarion had whittled a 23-point deficit to seven with just under 4 minutes to play, Alyssa Martinazzi hit back-to-back dagger short shots to push the lead back to 11 and allow the Lady ...

Lady Marauders taken out by McCort

The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic girls basketball team entered Saturday’s PIAA Class 2A quarterfinal game on a six-game winning streak in that round of the playoffs. That run came to an end at the hands of a very familiar foe. Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference rival Bishop McCort ...

Red Devils’ late-season run reaches its end

NORTH HUNTINGDON — Central Cambria spent months compiling a historic high school boys basketball season — the best in the history of the program. It took just five minutes for it to come to a screeching halt. The Red Devils trailed by just three in the second quarter after a pair of ...

BG girls play at AAHS; B-A heads to Forest Hills

The Bishop Guilfoyle High School girls basketball team won’t have to go very far to try to punch its ticket to the PIAA Class 2A semifinals. The Lady Marauders on Friday morning learned that their quarterfinal round contest today with Laurel Highlands Conference and diocesan rival Bishop ...

Saturday’s PIAA basketball capsules

BOYS PIAA Class 3A second round Central Cambria (6-1) vs. Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (7-1) Teams: Central Cambria Red Devils (22-6); Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic (23-5). Site, time: Norwin High School, North Huntingdon, 1 p.m. The coaches: Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic — Dave ...

Defensive strategy helps B-A girls

GREENSBURG — Jam the lane. The phrase was repeated by Bellwood-Antis coach Jim Swaney more than a dozen times Thursday night during the Lady Blue Devils’ PIAA Class 2A second-round game against Chartiers-Houston at Hempfield Area High School. The reason was a big one. To be specific, it ...

BG girls find boost after injury

GREENSBURG — The Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School Lady Marauders survived a character test in Thursday night’s PIAA Class 2A second-round girls basketball playoff game against District 10 champion West Middlsex at Hempfield Area High School. And no player showed more character than ...

BG boys can’t stop Sewickley

GREENSBURG — Practice makes perfect. But what do you do when you can’t simulate what you need to work against? Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic faced that conundrum Thursday in the Marauders’ Class 2A second round game against WPIAL champion Sewickley Academy at Hempfield Area High ...