Basketball

Labriola, Ruggery key in Guilfoyle win

By Jon Fleck For the Mirror EBENSBURG — Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s A.J. Labriola knocked down a 3-pointer on the team’s opening possession in the District 6 2A semifinals against United, and the Marauders were off and running. Labriola and Luke Ruggery combined for seven ...

BC uses big third for victory

Special to the Mirror HOLLIDAYSBURG — For every time top-seeded Bishop Carroll looked like it was going to break away from Williamsburg in the first half, the Lady Blue Pirates found a way to stay within striking distance. Center Laura Barhacs proved to be difficult to handle inside as ...

McConnellsburg cruises past NB

McCONNELLSBURG — It’s almost impossible to defend a team when it seemingly can’t miss. That’s exactly what Northern Bedford’s boys hoops team was up against in the District 5 Class AA semifinals. McConnellsburg proved just why it is the No. 1 seed, as the Spartans were on fire ...

Not enough time for Everett girls

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com JOHNSTOWN — Kaitlyn Maxwell had 5.2 seconds to cover 90 feet, and she almost did it. “My coach was telling me to take it the whole way,” Maxwell said. “I tried.” The 5-foot-4 Everett freshman, however, came up a fraction of a second ...

JV races past Portage to victory

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com EBENSBURG — Portage coach Lance Hudak saw a familiar sight while coaching his Lady Mustangs against Juniata Valley in Tuesday’s District 6 Class 1A semifinal game at Bishop Carroll. A team in green and white was scoring in transition off ...

B-A advances to finals with big win over BG

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Sometimes brackets lie. Officially, Bellwood-Antis played Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic in a District 6 Class 2A girls semifinal at the Altoona Area High School ...

CC girls need one more for trip to states

By Jon Fleck For the Mirror HOLLIDAYSBURG — Central Cambria leading scorer McKenna Hayward spent most of the District 6 Class 3A consolation semifinal game against Penns Valley on the bench in foul trouble. The time she did manage to see on the court, however, was impactful. The ...

Blue Devils battle back, but fall

By Josh Langenbacher jlangenbacher@altoonamirror.com Two years ago, when Joey Padula started, Bellwood-Antis lost in the District 6 semifinals before rebounding to win the consolation game. His Blue Devils’ squad is in an identical position now after Monday’s 57-53 setback to ...

Red Devils breeze into championship

Special to the Mirror HOLLIDAYSBURG — When scouting Juniata, Central Cambria coach Adam Stephan thought the Red Devils could turn their District 6 Class 3A semifinal in their favor by cranking up the pressure. The Devils encorporated a full-court press to take the second-seeded Indians out ...

Top-seeded Saltsburg too much for young Hornets

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com EBENSBURG — With three sophomores in its starting lineup and several other underclassmen, including a pair of freshmen, playing key minutes off the bench, the young but talented Juniata Valley High School boys basketball team expected its share ...

Everett’s road reaches its end

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com SOMERSET — Everett finished with a flurry of 3-pointers. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late. The Warriors, who lived this season with quickness, hustle and shooting, ran into a team much like themselves in the District 5-8 Class 3A boys ...

Season comes to a close for Penn Cambria

By Alex Church For the Mirror HOLLIDAYSBURG — Penn Cambria could not take advantage of several forced turnovers and simply did not make enough shots to defeat a tough Juniata team in a 57-44 loss in the District 6 3A girls basketball consolation semifinal Monday night. The Lady Panthers ...

Blue Pirates hang on, advance to final

By Sean Wechtenhiser For the Mirror SIDMAN — In a game that saw numerous runs by both teams and back and forth lead changes, one run that came up short proved to be the difference. Williamsburg held a 13-point lead with 1:41 left in the fourth quarter when Ferndale hit three 3-pointers ...

BG girls set to face B-A at AAHS

From Mirror reports The Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse will be the site of a big area girls basketball game tonight. District 6 Class 2A second-seeded Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic will face third-seeded Bellwood-Antis in a semifinal clash at 6 p.m. Both teams have already secured spots in ...

District 5-8 basketball capsule

TODAY District 5-8 Boys Class 3A championship Teams: Westinghouse Bulldogs (12-9); Everett Warriors (17-6). Site, time: Somerset Area High School, 6:30 p.m. The coaches: Westinghouse — Eugene Wilson (12-9 in one year at Westinghouse, 45-40 in four years overall). Everett — Adam ...

Tigers fall in final minute

CRESSON — It almost was the greatest of comebacks. It turned out to be the biggest of heartbreakers. In about a 3-minute span of the fourth quarter, top-seeded Hollidaysburg turned a nine-point deficit into a one-point lead, and the Golden Tigers appeared to be on the verge of winning ...

Lady Bisons suffer heartbreaker again

CRESSON — The way Bedford and Forest Hills were trading blows in the District 6 4A girls basketball title game Saturday, Allison Shuke didn’t even have time to process what was happening. As she sat on the bench and the Lady Rangers were handed the trophy after a 35-33 double overtime ...

Trojans prove to be too much for Dragons

CRESSON — Plenty of somber faces silently made their way to the Central bus following the Scarlet Dragons’ 63-43 loss to Johnstown in the District 6 Class 4A championship Saturday at Mount Aloysius College’s Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center. Central trailed by just three after ...

Trojans prove to be too much for Dragons

CRESSON — Plenty of somber faces silently made their way to the Central bus following the Scarlet Dragons’ 63-43 loss to Johnstown in the District 6 Class 4A championship Saturday at Mount Aloysius College’s Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center. Central trailed by just three after ...

Murawski earns MVP

FLINTON — Moshannon Valley’s Jake Murawski was selected as the most valuable player of the Moshannon Valley Boys Basketball League. Murawski was joined on the all-star team by teammates Curtis Neff and Connor Holobinko. Other boys stars were Glendale’s Bailey Sinclair, West Branch’s ...