Basketball

Richland moves to PIAA final

CHAMBERSBURG — Tyler Zimmerman buried a running 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Richland over Lancaster Mennonite, 54-52, in the PIAA Class 3A boys basketball semifinals on Saturday at Chambersburg Area High School. Richland plays Neumann-Goretti in the title game in Hershey at 2 p.m. ...

B-A, JV girls will wait to play for state championship

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Juniata Valley girls basketball coach Rachelle Hopsicker had just finished her team’s hotel reservations for the Lady Hornets’ trip to the PIAA state championships in Hershey when she got word Wednesday morning that everything had ...

Back to back

There was a winter storm going on outside the Altoona Fieldhouse Tuesday night, while inside, at the PIAA Girls 1A semifinal matchup between Juniata Valley and Bishop Carroll, there was the perfect storm taking place for the Lady Hornets. “I didn’t think we would win by this much, but we ...

Boytim: Lady Hornets have gained seasoning

Juniata Valley took on Bishop Carroll Catholic for the fourth time in two years Tuesday at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse, but this final matchup certainly did not resemble the first more than a year ago. In that game, a young Lady Hornet squad without much playoff experience jumped ...

Lady Blue Devils earn trip to Hershey

LORETTO — Alli Campbell cringed and shook her head. The Bellwood-Antis star sophomore had just shot an air ball seconds into a possession with her team down by seven and Blairsville in complete control of the teams’ PIAA Class 2A semifinal game at Saint Francis University’s DeGol ...

Huskies humbled in semis

MONROEVILLE — March may be a time for miracles, but, more times than not, the better team wins. Bishop Carroll Catholic played with pride for 32 minutes, but it was no match for the size and talent of Kennedy Catholic. The Huskies fell, 77-30, to the Golden Eagles in the PIAA Class 1A ...

JV, BC know each other well

A year ago, the District 6 Class 1A champion Bishop Carroll Catholic girls basketball team appeared to be steam-rolling its way to the state championship game when District 6 runner-up Juniata Valley crashed the party and knocked off the Lady Huskies in the PIAA semifinals. Now it’s Bishop ...

Extra work pays off for Bellwood-Antis girls

LORETTO — As Hershey kisses rained down on the floor at DeGol Arena Monday, the Bellwood-Antis girls basketball team let out a year’s worth of frustration. Tears were flowing, hugs were aplenty, and, of course, chocolate was eaten following the Lady Blue Devils’ 41-36 win over ...

Reed playing at high level

Name: Sydney Reed School: Juniata Valley Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Reed scored a game-high 17 points for Juniata Valley in its victory over Berlin Brothersvalley and then scored 13 points for the Lady Hornets in their PIAA quarterfinal win ...

Carroll’s Ertter makes point

Name: Carson Ertter School: Bishop Carroll Catholic Age: 16 Grade: Junior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Ertter scored 16 points in Bishop Carroll’s victory over Elk County Catholic and then added 11 points in the Huskies’ triumph over Shade in the ...

Tonight’s PIAA basketball playoff preview capsule

Bishop Carroll (6-2) vs. Juniata Valley (6-1) Teams: Juniata Valley Lady Hornets (25-3); Bishop Carroll Lady Huskies (25-2) Site, time: Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse, 7 p.m. The coaches: Juniata Valley — Rachelle Hopsicker (121-53, seven years). Bishop Carroll — Bob Gongloff ...

Carroll-Valley girls game moved to 5 p.m.

Because of reported bad weather, tonight's PIAA Class 1A girls basketball western final between Bishop Carroll Catholic and Juniata Valley at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse has been moved to 5 p.m. The game previously had been scheduled for 7.

B-A girls, Carroll boys hope to punch ticket to state final

Minutes after Bellwood-Antis defeated Chartiers-Houston in the PIAA Class 2A quarterfinals, star sophomore Alli Campbell was informed her Lady Blue Devils were playing Blairsville in the semifinals. “Are we?” said Campbell as a smile came over her face. “Good. Good to ...

Lady Hornets buzz past quarterfinal opponent

KITTANNING — The only time Halee Smith looked uncomfortable Saturday at Armstrong High School was when a television camera and several reporters surrounded her following Juniata Valley’s PIAA Class 1A quarterfinal game with Farrell. She certainly looked fine on the court, scoring a ...

Mirror Classic reunites Anders, Payne

The head coaches for the 13th annual Altoona Mirror Basketball Classic are set. Deanna Jubeck of Hollidaysburg Area High School and Brock Anders of Williamsburg Community High School will guide the Blair County boys and girls teams, respectively, while Rachelle Hopsicker of Juniata Valley ...

BC-JV scheduled for the Fieldhouse

Juniata Valley and Bishop Carroll IV will take place at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse, the same site the teams played for the right to go to the PIAA Class 1A championship last season. The District 6 champion Lady Hornets will play the runner-up Lady Huskies at 7 p.m. on ...

Tonight’s PIAA basketball capsules

BOYS PIAA Class 1A semifinals Bishop Carroll (6-1) vs. Kennedy Catholic (10-1) Teams: Kennedy Catholic Golden Eagles (21-4); Bishop Carroll Huskies (20-8). Site, time: Gateway High School, Monroeville, 7:30 p.m. The coaches: Bishop Carroll — Cosie Aliquo (198-104, 11 years). ...

Lady Huskies set up rematch of D6 final

KITTANNING — Bishop Carroll Catholic coach Bob Gongloff has been his team’s harshest critic during the playoffs. Despite cruising through the first two games in the PIAA Class 1A bracket, Gongloff said his team needed to show him more. The Lady Huskies finally put a smile on their ...

B-A to play at SFU; Carroll at Gateway

The Bellwood-Antis girls and Bishop Carroll boys have received their marching orders for their PIAA high school basketball semifinal games on Monday. The Lady Blue Devils will face District 6 runner-up Blairsville in the Class 2A semis at Saint Francis University’s Degol Arena in Loretto at ...

Team effort puts B-A girls in semis

JOHNSTOWN — For anyone out there who thought the Bellwood-Antis girls basketball team would struggle without its leading scorer, Alli Campbell, on the floor would be sadly mistaken after what happened Friday at Greater Johnstown High School. With an average of 26.3 points per game, Campbell ...