Basketball

Central Cambria topples Tyrone; both advance to states

Central Cambria senior point guard McKenna Hayward talked Thursday night about the importance of setting the reset button on team goals as the season has progressed. Hayward and the Lady Red Devils reached one of those new goals at the Altoona Area High School Fieldhouse. Central Cambria ...

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District 6 Class 3A girls final Teams: Penns Valley Lady Rams (19-5); Penn Cambria Lady Panthers (19-6). Site, time: Mount Aloysius College Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center, Cresson, 6 p.m. tonight The coaches: Penns Valley — Karen McCaffrey (340-194, 21 years). Penn Cambria — ...

Bisons’ long title drought is over

By Nate Ritchey nritchey@altoonamirror.com JOHNSTOWN — Westinghouse went through two portions in its game with Bedford where it couldn’t seem to put the ball in the basket. The first came at the outset of the District 5-8 Class 4A championship as the Bisons took advantage and took a ...

Everett’s year ends in final seconds

By Dan Isenberg disenberg@altoonamirror.com JOHNSTOWN — Warriors always battle until the end, even when things aren’t looking great. The Everett Warriors lived up to that moniker Thursday night at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown Sports Center against the Brookville ...

Hot-shot rangers top Devils

Bellwood-Antis’ plan in the District 6 3A consolation game focused on containing the Forest Hills strong interior game. When the Rangers’ trio of Jake Shope, Mitchell Chunta and Zach Myers combined to knock down their first four 3-point shots and went 6-of-10 from behind the arc in the ...

23 years later, JV earns title

CRESSON — More than a half hour after its victory in the District 6 Class 1A championship game, the Juniata Valley boys basketball team was still on the court, celebrating its first title since 1996 with family and friends. It was a stark contrast to the way the playoffs played out for the ...

Gongloff, BC girls savor championship

CRESSON — Bishop Carroll junior Lexi Popma dove for a loose ball in front of the scorer’s table, realized that the possession went to Purchase Line and turned smiling to look at her coach with a couple of minutes left in the game. Bob Gongloff was grinning from ear to ear. After all, his ...

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District 6 Class 2A girls final Teams: Bellwood-Antis Lady Blue Devils (21-3); Juniata Valley Lady Hornets (21-2). Site, time: Mount Aloysius College Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center, Cresson, 6 p.m. tonight The coaches: Bellwood-Antis — Jim Swaney (206-35 in nine years at ...

Quickness helps PC girls reach title game

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Tyrone seemed to have finally adapted to the speed Penn Cambria brought to its District 6 Class 3A semifinal game at Hollidaysburg Area High School Tuesday night. The Lady Eagles, who had fallen behind by as many as 16 points, cut the lead to 10 with 1:53 to play in the ...

Foul trouble costs CC

HOLLIDAYSBURG — The scene in the lobby outside of Hollidaysburg Area High School’s gymnasium following Central Cambria’s 53-45 loss to Penns Valley Tuesday in the District 6 Class 3A semifinals told the story without even one comment from a Lady Devil player or coach. There wasn’t a ...

Maxwell scores 46 as Everett routs North Star

EVERETT — With 2:37 left in the third quarter and their team up by 25 points, the Everett student section began the “I believe that we will win” chant during a timeout. A chant not normally heard until the final minutes and sometimes seconds of games, it certainly didn’t lack the ...

Berlin knocks off Tussey Mtn. girls

NEW PARIS — Tussey Mountain High School girls basketball coach Todd Gates knew that his team faced a very tall order Tuesday night in its District 5 Class 1A semifinal game with Berlin Brothersvalley. Berlin, the defending District 5 Class 1A champion, brought size and athletic ability to ...

B-A boys lose, but have states in sight

EBENSBURG — They took a loss Tuesday night in the District 6 Class 3A boys basketball semifinals round, but the Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils will play on — all the way into the PIAA playoffs. “We’ve still got some games to play,” Bellwood-Antis coach Kevin Conlon said. “I told them ...

Chestnut Ridge girls fall in semis

CLEARFIELD — The Chestnut Ridge girls basketball team saw its season come to an Tuesday night with a lopsided 70-39 loss to a veteran Brookville squad in the District 5-9 Class 3A subregional championship game at Clearfield Area High School. Chestnut Ridge (3-19) made the game as the lone ...

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District 6 Class 1A boys final Teams: Bishop Carroll Huskies (19-4); Juniata Valley Green Hornets (17-5). Site, time: Mount Aloysius College Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center, Cresson, 7:30 p.m. tonight The coaches: Bishop Carroll — Cosie Aliquo (208-110, 12th year). Juniata ...

5A rulers: Lady Tigers defend title by dominating Obama

Deanna Jubeck is one coach among a large camp of coaches who believe that defending a championship is much more difficult than winning a first one. “It’s always tough to defend,’’ Jubeck, the Hollidaysburg Lady Tigers’ coach, said Monday night. “There’s pressure on you, and you ...

Marauders cruise into final

EBENSBURG — Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic scored just four points in the first five minutes of Monday’s District 6 Class 2A semifinal game against Penns Manor at Central Cambria High School. With their shots not falling, the Marauders went to a full-court press. A two-point deficit with ...

Lady Hornets come out ‘firing’ in win

HOLLIDAYSBURG — No, it isn’t an elaborate case of deja vu. Although, “Juniata Valley is playing for the district championship” does seem to be working itself into the common local prep sports vocabulary of late. For the second time in two days, the Valley faithful’s “Hornets” ...

Bellwood-Antis shoots past top seed PM

EBENSBURG — Top-seeded Penns Manor played its game Monday night against fourth-seeded Bellwood-Antis in the District 6 Class 2A semifinals at Central Cambria High School. Unfortunately for the Lady Comets, that game usually results in 2-point field goals. The Lady Blue Devils also played ...

Hudson makes up for lost time

Name: Olivia Hudson School: Altoona Area Age: 17 Grade: Senior Sport: Basketball Athlete of the week achievement: Hudson scored a game-high 17 points, including seven in the fourth quarter, to help Altoona capture the District 6 Class 6A championship with a 50-38 victory over State ...