Head coaches selected for annual all-star basketball game

The head coaches for the 14th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic are set.

Claysburg-Kimmel High school coaches Mike Harris and Jess Veverka will guide the Blair County teams while the Central PA teams will be led by T.J. Anderson of Juniata Valley High School and Brittany Sedlock of Central Cambria High School.

The Classic will be held Friday, March 29 at Penn State Altoona with the girls game tipping at 6:30 p.m. followed by the boys game at 8:30.

Harris has been coaching in Blair County for 26 years — nine as a head coach, including the past four seasons at Claysburg.

A graduate of Tyrone and a teacher at Hollidaysburg, Harris has a career record of 94-124, including a five-year stint with the Golden Eagles.

Veverka recently completed her fourth season at Claysburg, her alma mater, and has a record of 59-34.

Veverka was a four-year letterwinner at Claysburg (1995-99), where she scored 1,298 points and was a first-team Juniata Valley League all-star.

She was a four-year letterwinner at Mount Aloysius (1999-2003) and was on the Mount team that won the NAIA national title in 2003. Anderson just wrapped up his fifth season at Juniata Valley, and this year was his best yet as the Green Hornets captured the District 6, Class 1A championship.

A product of T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia (famous for “Remember the Titans,”) Anderson played his college basketball at Mount Aloysius and returned to the area after earning his degree from Stratford University as a computer programmer, his current position at Juniata College.

While an assistant at Huntingdon, he created a non-profit program to help develop youth and hired by Juniata Valley — first as a junior high coach and then as the varsity coach.

In addition to this past year, the Hornets advanced to the second round of the PIAA tournament in 2016. Anderson’s career record is 55-62.

Sedlock enjoyed an outstanding playing career at Northern Cambria and Saint Vincent College.

As a senior in 2008, she led the Lady Colts to the District 6 Class AA championship and a run to the PIAA title game.

At Saint Vincent, she was the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) player of the year for both her junior and senior season and a Division III All-American.

She has served as the Lady Red Devils’ head coach for the past five seasons, making the PIAA playoffs four times. Her career record is 80-50 heading into the PIAA’s second round this week.

The rosters will be announced in the Mirror later this month.

Who: Blair County vs. Central PA

When: Friday, March 29

Where: Penn State Altoona Adler Sports Complex

Times: Girls game: 6:30 p.m.; Boys game: 8:30 p.m.

Tickets: $5 for doubleheader (students 12 and under $3). Available at the Mirror.

Team rates: 15 tickets for $45. Call Katie Grager at 949-7010

Benefit: The Big John Riley Scholarship Fund

Sponsor: Guy Landolfi CPA

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