Basketball

Lady Dragons falter in final minute of play

By Jerin Steele For the Mirror CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP — For three quarters, Central held the lead against Carlynton in its first state playoff game in a decade, but it couldn’t create any breathing room. The inability to get separation came back to haunt the Lady Dragons in the ...

Kennedy clamps down on Pirates in fourth

By Ed Farrell For the Mirror SHARON — If Laura Barhacs is claustrophobic, she had uncomfortably little room to navigate the lane Saturday afternoon. Williamsburg’s 6-foot-2 senior post player was double-teamed early on in the Lady Blue Pirates’ PIAA Class 1A opening-round game ...

JV gets first state win out of the way

By Alex Church For the Mirror HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Juniata Valley girls basketball team used a tenacious defense to dismantle Shanksville-Stonycreek, 51-20, in the first round of the PIAA Class 1A playoffs Saturday at the Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School gymnasium. “I thought ...

Everett comes up short down stretch

By Shane Lux For the Mirror BUTLER — Everett started fast, but Neshannock finished stronger. After Hannah Prather’s free throw with 3:38 remaining put the Lady Warriors ahead 41-40, Neshannock went on a 6-0 run that gave the Lady Lancers a 47-41 lead that gave the Lady Lancers their ...

Central Cambria offense shuts down in third en route to loss

By Nathan Smith For the Mirror PITTSBURGH — As quickly as the Central Cambria girls basketball team gained momentum against Bishop Canevin, it all seemed to slip away. Central Cambria withstood the District 7 champ’s pressure early but was unable to hold onto its halftime lead, ...

Michelone is magical for Pirates

By Jon Fleck For the Mirror HOLLIDAYSBURG — The Williamsburg boys basketball team hadn’t won a PIAA playoff game since 1985, and with the clock winding down in the third quarter Friday, it looked as if that streak would live for at least one more year. Southern Fulton’s 16-2 run in ...

Bellwood’s blazing start burns up Northern

By Dan Isenberg For the Mirror TYRONE — “Another week, another record,” Bellwood-Antis coach Jim Swaney said. The head coach of the Lady Blue Devils basketball team, as of late, has been running out things to say about his senior guard Karson Swogger, and who could blame ...

Today’s PIAA basketball capsules

PIAA Class 4A boys first round Central (6-2) vs. Beaver Falls (7-4) Teams: Beaver Falls Tigers (12-9); Central Scarlet Dragons (16-7). Site, time: Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School, 5:30 p.m. The coaches: Beaver Falls — Doug Biega (391-116 in 18 years). Central — Reggie Nevins ...

Different weapons help Devils advance

JOHNSTOWN — Both Central Cambria High School boys basketball coach Adam Stephan and his standout junior center, 6-foot-6 Matt Holsinger, believe that the team’s multi-dimensional balance makes the sky the limit for the Red Devils in this year’s PIAA Class 3A basketball ...

Hornets cap off major comeback

PITTSBURGH — Juniata Valley hopped a bus and took a three-hour drive to the northwest suburbs of Pittsburgh Friday night in search of its first PIAA boys postseason basketball tourney win in 20 years. For two quarters, it seemed likely that the streak would live on for at least one more ...

Blue Devils’ upset bid falls short to N. Catholic

MONROEVILLE — Jarrett Taneyhill converted a layup with 5:30 left in the third quarter to give the Bellwood-Antis boys basketball team a one-point lead over WPIAL champion Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic in a PIAA 3A first-round game Friday night. The Blue Devils faithful who made the ...

Lady Lions can’t build on fast start

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com HOLLIDAYSBURG — Olivia Hudson cut to the basket and made a layup six minutes into Altoona’s PIAA Class 6A first round playoff game at Hollidaysburg High School Friday. The basket put Altoona up by 11 and sent its bench into a frenzy. The ...

PIAA Basketball Boys Capsules

FRIDAY PIAA Class 3A first round Central Cambria (6-1) vs. Columbia (3-4) Teams: Columbia Crimson Tide (17-8); Central Cambria Red Devils (20-6). Site, time: Richland Township High School, Johnstown, 7:30 p.m. The coaches: Columbia — Kerry Glover (17-8, one year). Central Cambria ...

PIAA Basketball Girls Capsules

FRIDAY PIAA Class 6A first round Altoona (6-1) vs. Cedar Cliff (3-6) Teams: Cedar Cliff Lady Colts (19-7); Altoona Lady Lions (15-8). Site, time: Hollidaysburg Senior High School, 6 p.m. The coaches: Cedar Cliff — Scott Weyant (48-26 in three years at Cedar Cliff; 175-237 overall in 17 ...

On the road to Hershey: GIRLS

CLASS 6A The teams: Abington (1-1, 22-5), Central Dauphin East (3-7, 15-10), Northampton (11-3, 16-10), Philadelphia Central (12-2, 6-10), Cumberland Valley (3-2, 20-6), Boyertown (1-6, 23-4), Scranton (2-1, 18-5), Garnet Valley (1-8, 22-5), Cardinal O’Hara (12-1, 21-5), Upper Dublin (1-9, ...

On the road to Hershey: BOYS

CLASS 6A The teams: Abington (1-1, 24-4), Central Dauphin East (3-6, 16-10), Parkland (11-2, 17-9), Archbishop Ryan (12-3, 20-5), Hempfield (3-2, 19-9), William Allen (11-3, 27-2), Williamsport (4-1, 20-4), Penn Wood (1-7, 18-8), Roman Catholic (12-1, 20-5), Perkiomen Valley (1-8, 22-6), ...

Panthers ousted after Muncy rally

MUNCY — Nothing came easy this season. Costly injuries could have derailed Northern Bedford’s season as could have a six-game losing streak. Through it all, the Panthers kept moving forward. Against the odds and despite playing most of the season without three potential starters, Northern ...

PIAA preview capsule

PIAA Class 2A play-in round TONIGHT BOYS Muncy (4-3) vs. Northern Bedford (4-3) Teams: Northern Bedford Black Panthers (11-14); Muncy Indians (13-12). Site, time: Muncy Area High School, 6 p.m. The coaches: Northern Bedford — Shawn Hicks (21-27, two years). Muncy — Jason Gresh ...

Altoona, Hollidaysburg to host first-round games

From Mirror reports The PIAA announced the sites for its first round basketball tournament games on Sunday, and a half-dozen of them are being played in the heart of Blair County. At least 16 opening-round games involving teams from the Altoona Mirror coverage area will be played on Friday ...

Altoona, Hollidaysburg to host first-round games

The PIAA announced the sites for its first round basketball tournament games on Sunday, and a half-dozen of them are being played in the heart of Blair County. At least 16 opening-round games involving teams from the Altoona Mirror coverage area will be played on Friday and Saturday. There ...