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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,” ...

Lady Hornets grow up quickly

HERSHEY — Entering the season, the uniforms the Juniata Valley High School girls basketball players were wearing weren’t the only thing that was green about the Lady Hornets. They themselves were. Valley came into 2016-17 as a bit of an unknown commodity, starting three juniors and two ...

PIAA finals highlights

HERSHEY — Following are the highlights from Juniata Valley’s 55-43 loss against Lebanon Catholic on Friday afternoon in the PIAA Class 1A girls basketball championship game at the Giant Center: Player of the game: Lebanon Catholic’s Alexis Hill collected 20 points and 14 rebounds — ...

Valley fans show their support

HERSHEY — Juniata Valley assistant girls basketball coach Mike Reed said Friday more than 800 presale tickets had been sold from the school for the PIAA Class 1A championship game at the Giant Center. Valley lost in the final to Lebanon Catholic, 55-43. In addition, Reed said 400 T-shirts ...

Lebanon Catholic (3-1) vs. Juniata Valley (6-2)

Girls PIAA Class 1A championship Teams: Juniata Valley Lady Hornets (24-5); Lebanon Catholic Lady Beavers (24-7). Site, time: Giant Center, Hershey, noon TV: PCN The coaches: Juniata Valley — Rachelle Hopsicker (96-49, six years); Lebanon Catholic — Patti Hower (711-359, 39 years). ...

JV similar to its opponent

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com With 96 wins in her first six years coaching the Juniata Valley High School girls basketball team, Rachelle Hopsicker has done pretty well. That’s still 615 victories behind Patti Hower’s 711, though. “I think it’s amazing,” Hopsicker ...

Head coaches announced for upcoming Classic

The head coaches are set for the 12th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic. Reggie Nevins of Central High School and Miriam Colledge of Altoona Area High School will guide the Blair County boys and girls teams, respectively, while Adam Stephan of Central Cambria High School and John ...

Juniata Valley to play for state title

Juniata Valley’s massive gathering of fans serenaded Maddie Mattas prior to Tuesday’s PIAA Class 1A high school girls basketball semifinal against Bishop Carroll Catholic with a rendition of “Happy Birthday.” It was fitting, considering how much Mattas and the rest of her Lady Hornets ...

BC endures tough night

Bishop Carroll Catholic had a high school girls basketball season that would satisfy almost anyone else, and there were a lot of outstanding performances to celebrate. Tueday night’s was not one of them. The District 6 Class 1A champion Lady Huskies were unable to solve Juniata Valley’s ...

Second-half surge sinks Lady Devils

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Bellwood-Antis and Bishop McCort’s District 6 Class 2A championship was decided in the final seconds of the fourth quarter. The key point of Monday’s PIAA semifinal rematch also came in the final seconds, but this time it was just before the ...

Emotional rollercoaster ride ends for B-A girls

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com It’s hard for most people to fully appreciate the gamut of emotions the Bellwood-Antis High School girls basketball players experienced as their season concluded with Monday night’s 68-57 PIAA Class 2A semifinal defeat at the hands of Bishop McCort ...

Valley girls coach welcomes challenge of facing Carroll again

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com There are some coaches, players and fans who would try to avoid another good team or curse the fact that it stood in their way to championships and honors. Rachelle Hopsicker is not one of those people. “I like a challenge,” Hopsicker said. ...

Bellwood glad to get another shot at McCort

Karson Swogger’s never needed much to stoke her fire when it comes to basketball, but when she saw that Bishop McCort had beaten Bishop Guilfoyle on Saturday afternoon to advance to the PIAA Class 2A western final, it just added to her motivation for her game with Our Lady of Sacred Heart ...

AAHS hosting PIAA semis

The Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse will be the venue for both girls basketball semifinal round state playoff games involving area schools this week, the PIAA announced on Sunday morning. Both games are rematches of District 6 championship games held earlier this month. This evening, ...