Basketball

Nine area girls voted all-state

As her team practiced for the Altoona Mirror Classic last month, Bedford Area all-time leading scorer Allison Shuke joked about how she seemed to be a fixture on the newspaper’s list of second team girls basketball all-stars. On Saturday, it became a lot easier for Shuke to ...

Resume grows for Holsinger

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com Matt Holsinger could score a lot of points, but he always thought the most important number was wins. “It’s probably doing the dirty work,” Holsinger said when asked what he viewed as his biggest contribution to his Central Cambria High School ...

Neff, O’Shell named MVPs

MORRISDALE — Moshannon Valley’s Curtis Neff and Glendale’s Cierra O’Shell took home most valuable player honors after leading their teams to narrow victories in the West Branch Senior All-Star Madness games on Saturday night. Neff netted a team-high 19 points to power the Blue to a ...

Shuke shines in All-Star victory

Special to the Mirror JOHNSTOWN — Thirteen basketball players from the Altoona Mirror coverage area concluded their scholastic careers on Saturday in the 10th annual AmeriServ Senior Hoops Showcase at UPJ. In the first game, the Blue girls (which included players from Bedford, Bishop ...

Area players in all-star games

HARRISBURG — Several high school basketball players from the area will take part in the 41st annual Pennsylvania vs. Maryland Boys and Girls All-Star Basketball Games this weekend. Three games are slated for Friday and six for Saturday at the Harrisburg Christian Athletic Center. They are ...

Bellwood’s Gerwert stepping down after 10 years

The basketball family at Bellwood-Antis is losing one of its members because the Brent Gerwert family is getting an additional member. Earlier this week, Gerwert, who has been the head coach for the Blue Devils boys basketball team the past 10 years, turned in his resignation. But it wasn’t ...

Strasser, Reese ignite Panthers

CRESSON — Lexi Strasser had three hits, including a double, and four RBIs as Penn Cambria defeated Bishop Guilfoyle, 11-1, in high school softball action on Tuesday. Winning pitcher Sydney Reese also had three hits for the Lady Panthers, who finished with 17 for the game. Lexi Gochnaur ...

Scoring only part of Holsinger’s game

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com Matt Holsinger isn’t going to break the all-time scoring records at Central Cambria, and that’s OK with him. There are plenty of other milestones in his sights. Or, as in the case of the Red Devils’ career rebounding mark, in his rearview ...

Swogger caps off record-setting career

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com In the Swogger family, basketball rules. Karson Swogger most assuredly would be the queen. “I don’t know even where to begin,” Bellwood-Antis coach Jim Swaney said when asked to discuss what Swogger meant to him and his Lady Blue Devil ...

Blair boys end drought

CRESSON — Josh Trybus always was a pretty good outside shooter, but he never really was able to let too loose with it playing high school ball for Bishop Guilfoyle in Chris Drenning’s disciplined system. In Friday night’s boys half of the 12th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic, ...

Sportsmanship big in girls game

CRESSON — Sometimes a basketball coach picks up a strategic technical foul when their team needs a spark. Friday night during the 12th annual girls Altoona Mirror Classic at Mount Aloysius College, Central PA coach John Matchock drew one out of compassion for Altoona’s Madison ...

Injuries impact games’ rosters

CRESSON — Injuries affected the rosters on several of the teams Friday night at the 12th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic at Mount Aloysius College. Altoona’s Madison Shetrom missed the girls game, save a couple of free throw attempts, after fracturing her ankle. Central’s Kyle ...

ICC names all-stars for winter

Bellwood-Antis, Juniata Valley and Claysburg-Kimmel each put two girls on the Inter-County Conference all-star basketball teams. Bellwood-Antis’ Karson Swogger and Alli Campbell, Juniata Valley’s Hallee Smith and Taylor Leidy, Glendale’s Cierra O’Shell, Claysburg-Kimmel’s Elizabeth ...

Engle finds herself joining forces with Swogger, Benzel

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com One thousand eight hundred and forty-six. That’s how many points guard Kasey Engle scored in a brilliant four-year varsity basketball career at Tyrone Area High School. It’s a big number. It was enough to make her the all-time leading ...

Bedford will walk on for Red Flash

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com A lot of athletes use a parlay an athletic scholarship into a college degree and a career down the road. Bedford’s Allison Shuke did the reverse — she used her intended major as a means to help her continue her athletic career at the highest ...

Fay continues Classic trend

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com For years, Central High School boys basketball coach Reggie Nevins would take a team down to Williamsburg for Sunday games and discovered the Fay brothers were unavoidable. “The Fays always had a team. It’d be three or four of the brothers,” ...

East teams sweep all-star games

BEDFORD — The East boys opened the game at break-neck speed and quickly appeared to be on their way to a rout over the West squad as they led by 21 after one quarter of play at the District 5 AD Association All-Star Basketball Games. The West team came roaring back in the second half, but ...

Cierra O’Shell: Penn State DuBois basketball

Name: Cierra O’Shell High school: Glendale Sport: Basketball Position: Guard College choice: Penn State DuBois Other colleges considered: Susquehanna Why did you pick Penn State DuBois: “It is only 50 minutes from home. I have lots of family members and close friends who love ...

Stung in the finals: Cold shooting sinks JV

HERSHEY — Trailing by 10 points with the final seconds of the third quarter ticking away, Halee Smith tried to force a pass into Maddie Mattas that was intercepted. Smith immediately put her hands over her face after the ball left her hands. It was that kind of day for the Juniata Valley ...

Lady Hornets show character battling back

HERSHEY — Juniata Valley assistant coach Mike Reed preceded the Lady Hornets out of the Giant Center locker room after their emotional 55-43 loss to District 3 champion Lebanon Catholic in the PIAA Class 1A championship game on Friday afternoon. “Well, sometimes you’re the hammer,” ...