Captains picked for game
Each of the honorary captains for the ninth annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic left a mark on the high school and college basketball scene.
This year, the honorary captains are former Altoona Area High School standouts Jennifer (Shingler) Hansberry (Blair County girls), Brian Rehm (Blair County boys), former Portage and St. Francis star Stacy Alexander (Central PA girls) and former North Star and Sacred Heart standout Drew Shubik (Central PA boys).
The Classic will be played Friday, March 28, in Mount Aloysius College’s new gymnasium. The girls game will tip at 6:30 p.m., followed by the boys game at 8:15.
Hansberry enjoyed a decorated career at Altoona Area High School.
She was a first-team all-state selection and co-captain of the 1986 PIAA Class AAAA champion Lady Lions, who were voted by USA Today as the No. 1 team in the country. She was also the Mirror’s 1986 player of the year.
She earned a full scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh, where she was a four-year starter in the Big East, and a double-figure scorer and three-year co-captain under Kirk Bruce. As a senior, she earned Pitt’s “Walk of Fame” recognition, presented to the top male and female student-athletes in the senior class.
Alexander graduated from Portage in 1992, where she scored a school record 1,762 points, a mark that still stands.
She then went on to St. Francis, where she became a three-year captain and earned the Northeast Conference co-player of the year (1995-96) honors. She led the Red Flash to the program’s first NEC championship and appearance in the NCAA Tournament and ended her career as the school’s second all-time leading scorer with 1,556 points.
After graduation, Alexander played professionally in Switzerland before beginning her coaching career. She spent 15 years coaching at the Division I level, including stints at St. Francis (1997-99), Washington State (1999-2001) and Towson University (2001-12).
She’s currently the varsity head coach at Turpin High School in Cincinnati.
Rehm scored 1,000 points and helped the Altoona Mountain Lions advance to the 1991 PIAA Class AAAA title game.
He was a first-team all-state selection and a two-time Mirror player of the year (1990-91).
Rehm also scored 1,000 points at Shippensburg University, where he was the 1992 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and a 1994 first-team PSAC selection.
Shubik is one of the best players in District 5 history. A 2004 graduate of North Star in Somerset County, Shubik poured in more than 1,900 points as the school’s all-time leading scorer. He earned first-team all-state honors in 2004 after leading North Star to three consecutive District 5 Class AA titles.
Shubik continued his production at Sacred Heart, scoring more than 1,000 points and becoming the school’s all-time leader in steals. He earned second-team Northeast Conference honors in 2008, is the NEC’s two-time scholar-athlete of the year and averaged 20 points per game playing for the Bochum AstroStars in Germany in2009.
Like Rehm, Shubik has been a standout for years in the Mansion Park Summer League.
Tickets for the Classic are priced at $5 for the doubleheader for adults and $3 for students 12 and under. Tickets will be sold at the Mirror (301 Cayuga Avenue) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until Friday at beginning at 5:30 Friday night at Mount Aloysius.
Team rates (15 tickets for $45) are available by calling Elin Woods at 946-7536.
The doubleheader, sponsored by Guy Landolfi CPA, is played in memory of Big John and Tom Riley, and proceeds benefit the Big John Riley Scholarship Fund.