Basketball

Mirror Classic on public access

The 14th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic will be shown on Altoona Public Access Channel 14 this weekend. The girls game will air at 6 p.m. today followed by the boys at 7:35. The games will be repeated Sunday with the girls game at 2:30 p.m. and the boys at 4:05. Rich DeLeo and ...

Smith will play D-I for school in the MAAC

Juniata Valley junior Halee Smith announced her commitment to Division I Quinnipiac to play women’s basketball Wednesday evening. Smith helped the Lady Hornets make the PIAA Class 1A title game in back-to-back seasons as a freshman and sophomore before Juniata Valley finished as the ...

Saving her best for last

By Nate Ritchey nritchey@altoonamirror.com Hollidaysburg’s Sierra McClain of the Blair County team hadn’t scored all game. When she got her chance late in the contest at the free throw line, the Lady Tiger knocked down 3-of-4. Altoona’s Olivia Hudson came up with a block on Kate ...

Central PA stars are able to play fast in win over Blair

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Luke Ruggery let Blair County’s strategy for Friday’s 14th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic out of the bag during practice Wednesday night. He was hoping his much-smaller squad could push the pace and shoot Central PA out of Penn ...

AAU program leaves its mark on Classic

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Blair County won a tightly contested girls game over Central PA in the 14th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic, but the big winners were the PA Defenders. The Defenders, an AAU team that included Olivia Hudson, Bridgid Fox, Riley ...

Star junior sets goal to three-peat

HERSHEY — Perhaps it was the bravado that comes with youth or the thrill of reaching the peak of your sport for the first time, but a year ago some of the first words out of the newest PIAA Class 2A girls champions’ mouths were talk of a repeat. When Bellwood-Antis captured its second ...

Blair hoping momentum remains on its side

For most of the first half of this decade, Central PA dominated the rivalry with Blair County in the Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic. In recent years, though, that hasn’t been the case. Blair County won both games last year, the first in which the games were played at Penn State ...

Road filled with bumps: Lady Devils’ path to second title not a cakewalk

HERSHEY — Bellwood-Antis ended its season where it hoped, at the Giant Center hoisting the PIAA championship trophy. But the path it took was likely a bit tougher than the excited sophomores thought it might be when they were celebrating their first gold ball on the same court a year ...

Making their mark: Lady Devils become fourth area team to repeat

The Bellwood-Antis girls basketball team moved into select company when it hoisted the PIAA Class 2A championship trophy on March 21. The 66-57 victory over West Middlesex at Hershey’s Giant Center allowed the Lady Blue Devils to become the fourth team in the Altoona Mirror coverage area ...

‘What a senior’: D’Angelo’s contributions were many

HERSHEY — For the second year in a row, Bellwood-Antis won a PIAA Class 2A title, and once again the Lady Blue Devils will lose just one starter. But just as it was a challenge to replace Tina Hollen, last year’s senior starter, and her heart and leadership, next year B-A won’t be the ...

Trailblazers

Everett and Bedford haven’t had the most success over the past decade in high school boys basketball, but this year that changed. The Warriors, who began their turnaround by going 16-6 in the 2017-2018 season, went undefeated in the Inter-County Conference South, and the Bisons won their ...

Injuries knock pair out of Classic

Etching her name in basketball history has always been important to Portage senior Taylor Glass, after all it runs in her family. Glass’ aunt and current Blacklick Valley coach Whitney Warmus is the all-time leading scorer at the Nanty Glo high school. When Glass reached 1,000 career points ...

Honorary captains selected

The honorary captains for the 14th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic will be the one-time Blair County girls basketball career scoring leader and the driving force behind the success of the Central Blair Recreation Commission’s Mansion Park Summer Basketball League. Lacey Claar, who ...

Bedford County has fun despite setbacks

BEDFORD — The East and West high school girls and boys teams squared off in the annual Nationwide District 5 Athletic Directors Association All-Star basketball games played at Bedford High School on Monday night, and it was a clean sweep for the West, comprised of players from Somerset County ...

Haralson situation addressed

Following plenty of outcry over social media about replays aired on PCN showing West Middlesex junior Grace Mild connecting with a forearm/elbow to Bellwood-Antis’ Sakeria Haralson in the final moments of the first half of Thursday’s PIAA Class 2A title game, the PIAA has contacted WM coach ...

Bittersweet ending: Marauders fall just short in state title game

HERSHEY — Math, Civics & Sciences began Friday’s PIAA Class 2A state championship game holding poses after 3-point shots and jogging back on defense. The Mighty Elephants spent the moments after the final buzzer celebrating wildly, knowing they’d survived a dog fight to eke out a ...

Thumbs up on brilliant career: Ruggery leaves impressive legacy at Guilfoyle

HERSHEY — When Bishop Guilfoyle was huddling in its final timeout with 5.2 seconds left down by two points, every person wearing purple in the Giant Center thought Luke Ruggery was going to hit a miraculous game-winning 3-pointer to win the state title. His clutch fourth quarter against ...

Marauders will return strong team

HERSHEY — When Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic lost four starters to graduation last season, a lot of people lowered their expectations for the Marauders. Even though BG blitzed its way through the District 6 Class 2A playoffs, there were still doubters when it came to playing state playoff ...

Berlin girls capture their first state championship

HERSHEY — Berlin Brothersvalley, a member of the WestPAC and the District 5 champions, won the PIAA Class 1A state title Friday with a 41-32 victory over Lourdes Regional at the Giant Center. The title was the first in the Somerset County school’s history. Lourdes Regional defeated ...