Basketball

Red Devils come up short in semis

By Philip Cmorpcmor@altoonamirror.comEBENSBURG - Coaches want their teams to be peaking come playoff time, so playing a third-place game is an iffy proposition."Consolation games are always tough," Central Cambria boys basketball coach Adam Stephan said. "Especially after the disappointment ...

Tigers tame Trojans

EBENSBURG - Hollidaysburg Area High School first-year boys basketball coach Brad Lear said he was looking back at the questionnaires he had his Golden Tiger varsity players fill out before the season and discovered that 13 of 14 listed winning a District 6 championship as their goal.The 14th ...

Tussey bows out in semis

BERLIN - It wasn't the prettiest District 5 Class AA semifinal boys basketball playoff game ever played, but the Berlin Brothersvalley defense had one of its best performances this season.Berlin prides itself on defense, and the Mountaineers (19-4) limited Tussey Mountain to poor first shots ...

Juniata knocks out Lady Bearcats in semifinals

LEWISTOWN - It's been awhile since Huntingdon has seen the brand of intense, full-court pressure of a Kevin Kodish-coached team.The Bearcats found out about the old Mountain League rival coach's team Tuesday night as AAA newcomer Juniata startled the Lady Bearcats early but didn't stifle them ...

Defense leads Bearcats into semifinal round

TYRONE - With the school's all-time leading scorer in Nate Gearhart at his disposal, Huntingdon coach Nick Payne hasn't had to worry all that much about his team putting points on the board.That wasn't the case on Monday, as Huntingdon overcame an off-night from Gearhart and used a stingy ...

Defense leads Bearcats into semifinal round

TYRONE - With the school's all-time leading scorer in Nate Gearhart at his disposal, Huntingdon coach Nick Payne hasn't had to worry all that much about his team putting points on the board.That wasn't the case on Monday, as Huntingdon overcame an off-night from Gearhart and used a stingy ...

B-A continues turnaround season by beating Crushers

EBENSBURG - Bellwood-Antis boys basketball coach Brent Gerwert has reason to be proud.One year after finishing the season well under .500, the Blue Devils clinched a berth in the PIAA Class AA state playoffs by virtue of a 59-57 victory on Monday night against Bishop McCort in a District 6 ...

Revenge game: Altoona knocks out Lady Tigers

TYRONE - Thanks to a fabulous second quarter, the third time was a charm for the Altoona Area High School Lady Lions Monday night.After having lost both of their regular-season games to archrival Hollidaysburg, the Lady Lions emphatically squared accounts in the semifinal round of the District ...

Huskies run past Bishop Guilfoyle

HOLLIDAYSBURG - In December, it seemed pretty certain that Bishop Carroll and Bishop Guilfoyle would meet to decide the District 6 Class A boys basketball championship for a third year in a row.The Huskies and Marauders did face off again in the playoffs on Monday night, and, while a district ...

Female Athlete of Week: Boring a strong leader for CC

Name: Taylor BoringSchool: Central CambriaAge: 17Grade: JuniorSport: BasketballAthlete of the week achievement: Boring scored 23 points, including 13 in the fourth quarter when she went 9-of-10 at the foul line, and also had nine rebounds and five steals in the Lady Devils' 48-46 District 6 ...

McCort starts fast to beat CC

JOHNSTOWN - Central Cambria had to wait nearly a week to play after its first round upset of Ligonier Valley in the District 6 Class AA girls basketball playoffs.With the way top-seeded Bishop McCort started on Monday, the extended layoff may have been irrelevant.Haley Thomas led three Crimson ...

Experience pays off for Portage

By Nate Ritcheynritchey@altoonamirror.comCRESSON - Fourth-seeded Portage and fifth-seeded Juniata Valley are very similar teams.Both have excellent guard play, reliable post players , and they each rely heavily on the 3-pointer.So, their matchup in the quarterfinals of the District 6 Class A ...

Mustangs rally late for OT victory

By Jon FleckFor the MirrorCRESSON - The Portage boys basketball team remembers last year's District 6 Class A quarterfinals well. The Mustangs lost on a buzzer-beater, and it didn't sit well with the returning players."It hit us hard," senior swingman Michael Bryja said. "We didn't want to ...

Two-week layoff not enough to keep Lady Huskies from moving on

By Jamie EichenlaubFor the MirrorHOLLIDAYSBURG - The Bishop Carroll girls basketball team didn't let a little rust slow them down Monday night.After a two-week layoff following the end of the regular season, the second-seeded Lady Huskies took advantage of a 16-0 first-quarter run and grinded ...

Dragons run out of steam

By Nick GueguenFor the MirrorEBENSBURG - Central kept its District 6 playoff contest against Westmont Hilltop close in the fourth quarter but could not eke out a win as the Lady Hilltoppers outlasted the Lady Dragons 39-31 in the girls Class AA quarterfinals Monday night at Central Cambria ...

CC finds a way to win in OT

By Sean WechtenhiserFor the MirrorJOHNSTOWN - Monday night's District 6 Class AA boys playoff game between Cambria Heights and Central Cambria had more ups and downs than a roller coaster.The Highlanders held a 10-point lead late in the third quarter, before seeing the Red Devils use an 11-0 ...

Report: McCort choice had domestic violence charge

PITTSBURGH - Retired NFL player Artrell Hawkins Jr.'s alma mater has rescinded its decision to hire him as football coach.Bishop McCort High School in Johnstown announced Wednesday that the school had hired Hawkins, a 1994 graduate, to replace a coach who resigned the day before.But Sunday ...

Lady Devils send strong message

HOLLIDAYSBURG - The Bellwood-Antis Lady Blue Devils kicked off their District 6 Class AA basketball title defense Friday night and let the rest of the field know it's going to be a tough task to stop them from repeating.After a slow beginning, the Lady Devils held Southern Huntingdon to a ...

Tussey girls open with rout

SAXTON - Breana Kendrick wants to be a physical therapist someday, which goes hand in hand with her favorite subject in high school, anatomy."I just think it's really cool to see all of your muscles and stuff," Kendrick said.Salisbury-Elk Lick's girls basketball team saw more of Kendrick than ...

Blairsville cruises by C-K girls

HOLLIDAYSBURG - Claysburg-Kimmel coach Jeff Appleman made sure his Lady Bulldogs savored their first-round playoff victory over Conemaugh Valley, because he knew what loomed next.At least, he thought he knew.Top-seeded Blairsville forced turnovers on the first 12 Claysburg possessions en route ...