Basketball

Ruggery helps take BG farther in 2017-18

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com In his sophomore year, Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s Luke Ruggery led his team to the cusp of a District 6 title, and his performance landed him on the Mirror’s first team all-star squad. That wasn’t enough. Ruggery’s work continued the ...

Campbell, Bellwood rise above them all

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Bellwood-Antis sophomore Alli Campbell amazed people from across the state in leading the Lady Blue Devils to the PIAA Class 2A state championship in Hershey. She already had the attention of coaches and media from the Altoona Mirror’s ...

The Blair Wins Project: County teams post first sweep since 2009

Altoona’s Jayvion Queen will be playing football in college, but he spent his last afternoon on the basketball court dominating some of the best talent in the state. Queen scored 24 points and pulled down 20 rebounds in Blair County’s 109-104 victory over Central PA in the 13th annual ...

Girls weather Central PA rally

The final hurdle for the Blair County girls in their attempt to end a four-game losing streak in the Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic series was a connection between an Altoona player and a Hollidaysburg player. Even though it may have seemed a little unnatural to area fans used to picking ...

Zimmerman transitions nicely from tourney to all-star

One week removed from his memorable shot, Richland High School’s Tyler Zimmerman hit another buzzer-beater. With time running down in the third quarter of the boys game in the 13th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic on Saturday at Penn State Altoona’s Adler Sports Complex, Zimmerman ...

Labriola twins share bond, Mirror Classic roster spot

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic senior A.J. Labriola will be walking on to the Saint Francis men’s basketball team next year. Walking on to any Division I program is extremely hard, but it’s something A.J. has been preparing for his whole life. After all, he’s been in a competition with his ...

Fierce foes working together on same team

One of the most interesting dynamics of the Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic is always seeing how players who were bitter rivals during the season mesh as teammates. The last time Johnstown’s Imil Britt and Huntingdon’s Jonathan Price were at Penn State Altoona’s Adler Arena, the ...

Blair boys relish underdog role

Central PA holds a 17-7 advantage between the boys and girls competition heading into the 13th year of the Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic. The Central PA girls are 8-4 and the boys are 9-3, but for some Blair County All-Stars like Central’s Joey Smith, that’s just the way he likes ...

Heights retaining embattled coach

PATTON — After a petition was submitted by parents of current Cambria Heights High School varsity basketball players pleading for the district’s current basketball coach to be replaced, the school board ultimately voted to retain Eric Nagel for the 2018-19 season. In the petition, parents ...

Oh, so close

HERSHEY — When Sydney Reed drilled her second straight 3-pointer to give Juniata Valley a nine-point lead with 3:48 to play in the PIAA Class 1A girls basketball championship game Tuesday afternoon, the Giant Center and the entire Lady Hornet bench rose to their feet. A Jenkintown timeout ...

Lady Hornet seniors go out as winners in defeat

HERSHEY — The heartbreak in Hershey’s Giant Center on Tuesday was real. There wasn’t one person wearing green in the building who did not believe Juniata Valley was on its way to winning the PIAA Class 1A girls basketball state championship after it took a nine-point lead with less than ...

Lady Drakes thrive beyond 3-point arc

HERSHEY — Jenkintown coach Jim Romano has been coaching for 36 years. He’s always been a fan of post play, but, with this year’s team, he’s acknowledged the 3-point fever that’s hit basketball courts all over America has helped his squad. Tuesday one 3-pointer in particular gave ...

Lady Blue Devils capture first state crown

HERSHEY — Bellwood-Antis’ starting five displayed no signs of fatigue as they hugged family members, took turns hoisting the PIAA Class 2A championship trophy and screamed at the top of their lungs. Perhaps it was the adrenaline from the school’s first girls basketball state title, but ...

Talk of the tournament: Campbell lives up to billing for Bellwood-Antis

HERSHEY — Hershey’s Giant Center was buzzing with a common theme around 2 p.m. Monday afternoon. Bellwood-Antis sophomore Alli Campbell is extremely talented. From media row to West Catholic fans that traveled from Philadelphia and even an on-looking security guard, everyone was talking ...

Valley has ‘unfinished business’

When Juniata Valley coach Rachelle Hopsicker got the opportunity to see Jenkintown play in person, the sentiment that stuck with her the most was how similar the Lady Drakes are to her own Lady Hornets. “They are very disciplined, similar to us and play good basketball,” Hopsicker said. ...

PIAA basketball preview capsule

PIAA Class 1A girls final Jenkintown (1-1) vs. Juniata Valley (6-1) Teams: Juniata Valley Lady Hornets (26-3); Jenkintown Lady Drakes (30-1) Site, time: Giant Center, Hershey, noon today. TV: PCN. The coaches: Juniata Valley — Rachelle Hopsicker (122-53, seven years). Jenkintown — ...

Leidig delivers clutch free throw to help seal win

HERSHEY — Bellwood-Antis sophomore Emilie Leidig scored just one point during the second half of Monday’s PIAA Class 2A championship game, but it certainly was a huge one. After missing three consecutive free throws in the fourth quarter, Leidig’s fourth attempt hit nothing but the net ...

West girls win D5 All-Star game

NEW PARIS — The annual Nationwide District 5 Athletic Directors Association All-Star basketball games were played at Chestnut Ridge High School on Monday night, and the two games could not have been any more different. On the girls side, the West took a late lead to capture the ...

B-A girls one win away from first-ever title

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Bellwood-Antis will be attempting to win its first PIAA basketball championship today when its girls team takes on Philadelphia’s West Catholic in the Class 2A title game at Hershey’s Giant Center at noon. “This means everything to my ...

PIAA Girls Basketball Capsule

TODAY Class 2A championship West Catholic (12-1) vs. Bellwood-Antis (6-3) Teams: Bellwood-Antis Lady Blue Devils (27-3); West Catholic Lady Burrs (16-12). Site, time: Giant Center, Hershey, noon. TV: PCN. The coaches: Bellwood-Antis — Jim Swaney (184-32 in eight years at ...