Basketball

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 ...

Twice is nice: Lady Devils win second straight state title

HERSHEY — A downpour hit Hershey early Thursday afternoon, and Bellwood-Antis found a way to bring the storm inside the Giant Center. The Lady Blue Devils made it rain 3-pointers and finished the game with 12 treys in a 66-57 victory over West Middlesex to win Bellwood’s second consecutive ...

Campbell again comes through in the clutch

HERSHEY — Bellwood-Antis junior star Alli Campbell doesn’t want the credit when the Lady Blue Devils win, but she wants to shoulder the load when they rarely lose. A lot of star players say that, but when Campbell does, you can tell she’s sincere. Campbell once again led her team to a ...

Rudel: BG boys look to make history

One of the many great things about the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic boys basketball team’s charge to its first PIAA championship game is now the Marauder faithful not only have a storied past but a team to celebrate today. And sometimes it takes a team like this one to shine that light. For ...

Decker does it: Big 3-pointers spark Bellwood

HERSHEY — It’s hard to imagine anyone predicted that Bellwood-Antis junior guard Macy Decker would lead her team in scoring at halftime in the PIAA Class 2A championship game. Count West Middlesex coach Mike Williams among those surprised after Decker drilled three first half 3-pointers ...

BG boys preview capsule

Teams: Bishop Guilfoyle Marauders (27-2); Math, Civics & Sciences Mighty Elephants (22-9) Site, time: Giant Center, Hershey, Friday, 2 p.m. TV: PCN Radio: JACK-FM (107.1) The coaches: Bishop Guilfoyle — Chris Drenning (131-53, seventh year); Math, Civics & Sciences — Lonnie ...

B-A notebook: Haralson plays through pain

HERSHEY — Sakeria Haralson took a couple of hard shots from West Middlesex players during Thursday’s game. On the first rough contact, she was attended to on the floor and replaced by Olivia Musselman for the final 57.9 seconds of the first quarter. The second blow came just before ...

BG boys nipped in 2A final, 54-52

The PIAA Class 2A boys basketball championship trophy almost turned purple. Bishop Guilfoyle’s gallant effort fell just short in the Class 2A title game as the Marauders lost to Math, Civics & Sciences, 54-52, Friday afternoon at the Hersheypark Arena. BG, bidding for its first PIAA ...

Seeing red

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com A lot of people in the area predicted a rematch in the PIAA Class 2A championship between District 6 foes Bellwood-Antis and Juniata Valley, but West Middlesex coach Mike Williams had a different one in mind more than a year ago. “That’s a ...