Football

Lightner wants Everett to win consistently

Dave Lightner has worked on the staff of some area coaching legends in Bishop Carroll’s Craig Sponsky and Central’s Dave Baker and is looking forward to getting the chance to form his own staff. Lightner is the new head football coach at Everett Area High School, taking over for the ...

Tyrone looking for new head coach

TYRONE — Jason Wilson’s five-year tenure as the head coach of the Tyrone Area High School football team has come to an end. The school board voted 7-1 to open the varsity football coach position for the 2019 season. “I do not plan to reapply, and I’m not sure right now if I would ...

Blue Pirates tab Hileman as coach

Williamsburg High School has a new football coach, and he’s someone with ties to the local area. Ryan Hileman, who coached the Blue Pirates’ junior high team last season, was hired Tuesday night by the Williamsburg School Board to replace Bob Hearn, who had stepped down at the end of the ...

Hearn leaves coaching with good memories

WILLIAMSBURG — Saying it was a “tough decision,” but also a decision he felt he had to make, Williamsburg football coach Bob Hearn has stepped down after 10 seasons running the Blue Pirates’ program. Hearn, who will remain as the school’s athletic director, turned in his letter of ...

Marauders’ kicker picks up honor for third consecutive season

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic senior Kolton McGhee was selected as the first team punter on the MaxPreps Small School All-American team for the third consecutive year Wednesday. McGhee, a West Virginia commit, was one of just three players in ...

Altoona expects ‘good candidates’ for job

The Altoona Area School District is hoping to have a head varsity high school football coach in place by the beginning of March. The Altoona School Board, on Monday, opened up the position that was held by Nick Felus since 2016. “Once we get our (advertisement) out and get everything ...

Altoona coaching job opens

The Altoona Mountain Lion football program could start the 2019 season with a new coach. The Altoona Area School Board opened up the high school head football coach position with a vote of 7-2 Monday. Current coach Nick Felus held the position since 2016. Although his position is now open, ...

Area well-represented on coaches all-state team

The first Coach’s Select All-State Team in Class 1A, 3A and 5A was announced by the Pa. Football News on Wednesday. Bishop Guilfoyle’s Kolton McGhee (kicker) and Bryant Speck (offensive guard) and Northern Cambria’s Nick Sifford (offensive tackle) made the first team in Class ...

Zinobile, McGhee, Abraham, Light on All-State team

Altoona Mirror Player of the Year Quinn Zinobile of Juniata Valley became just the second player from Juniata Valley to be named as an all-state football player and the first in 17 years when the Class 1A, 3A and 5A Pennsylvania Football Writers All-State Teams were released Friday. “It ...

McGhee, Akers, Pfister among All-State honorees

Bishop Guilfoyle senior and West Virginia commit Kolton McGhee was selected to the 2018 American Family Insurance All-USA Pennsylvania Football team for the second consecutive year Thursday. “I was pretty excited,” McGhee said. “Making it last year as a junior it was cool, and getting ...

Zinobile’s versatility shines

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com A week after being helped off the field in Juniata Valley’s PIAA Class 1A semifinal loss to Lackawanna Trail, Quinn Zinobile’s body was still covered with black and blue marks. The Green Hornets’ senior quarterback and safety certainly left ...

Musser guides JV turnaround

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com When Bill Musser took over as head coach at Juniata Valley five years ago, there were some growing pains as the Green Hornets suffered through one of their worst campaigns in years. Those days are just distant memories now as Juniata Valley is ...

Altoona’s Hill, Lawhead sign with Division I teams

Wednesday was special at Altoona Area High School. Mountain Lion football players Gaige Hill and Mitchell Lawhead took advantage of the new, early signing period to affix their signatures to Division I college scholarships. Hill, a two-way tackle, committed to the University of Toledo while ...

BG’s McGhee signs letter to kick for West Virginia

Just before signing his national letter of intent to accept a full scholarship and play football at West Virginia on Wednesday, Kolton McGhee recalled one of his first practices with the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic football team. McGhee made just one of five extra point attempts, and he ...

Felus’ future with Altoona up in the air

The subject of opening the head football coaching position, currently held by Nick Felus, was listed on the Altoona Area School Board’s meeting agenda Monday night, but it was announced the topic had been removed nearly an hour into the meeting. On the original agenda, the topic of head ...

Missed opportunities in third sink Hornets

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com DANVILLE — Neither team scored in the third quarter Friday night at Ironmen Stadium in a PIAA Class 1A semifinal game between Juniata Valley and Lackawanna Trail. But it sure seemed like that was the Green Hornets’ window to Hershey and ...

Semifinal battle takes its toll on star Zinobile

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com DANVILLE — Quinn Zinobile stood tall, albeit with the help of a trainer and assistant coach, as his hand dripped blood and his leg bent with no pressure on it. The senior quarterback and Juniata Valley’s heart and soul wept as he took the ...

13-1 Lackawanna stands in JV’s path

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Juniata Valley’s high school football team accomplished something a week ago that it hadn’t done in 31 years when it won a District 6 championship. But clearly, the Green Hornets are hungry for more, as many of their players and coaches have ...

JV secondary big part of team’s success

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Juniata Valley defensive coordinator Jason Showalter can recall a moment earlier this season when sophomore cornerback Hunter Johnson seemingly came down with an interception only to have it ripped away by the receiver. That isn’t happening ...