Football

Grassi resigns at PC

The head coaching spot has come open at one of the more intriguing high school programs in the Altoona Mirror coverage area, and a big, familiar name already is being linked with the job. Penn Cambria posted in Tuesday’s Mirror that it was accepting applications for its varsity football ...

College signing

Name: Cameron Norris High school: Central Sport: Football Position: Defensive end/linebacker College choice: Saint Vincent Other colleges considered: Frostburg State, Lycoming, preferred walk-on at Tulane, Richmond, VMI, Saint Francis Why I picked Saint Vincent: “It felt like ...

NFF honors Baker’s lifetime of service

UNIVERSITY PARK — In 1967, Dave Baker arrived at Williamsburg Community High School right out of college and immediately became the junior high football coach. “At that time, to coach, you had to be a teacher. They had to get people for coaching who were teaching,” Baker said. He’s ...

Football banquet set for Sunday

The Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame will hold its 20th annual awards dinner on Sunday afternoon at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. The organization will honor 54 high school and college scholar-athletes, as well as its ...

PSU dream becomes reality for Hoenstine

The Hoenstine name has been synonymous with great baseball for generations. The family was the heart of the powerful Thomas teams in the Altoona Greater City League. Dave played minor league ball in the Reds chain. His oldest son, A.J., helped Mansfield to a pair of PSAC titles and has ...

State champ BG sends five to D-I

The Saint Francis University football team won its first-ever Northeast Conference championship and advanced to the college football subdivision playoffs in 2016. Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School seniors Ken Brumbaugh and Logan McGeary, who know something about football championships ...

College signings

Josh Russo: Shippensburg football Name: Josh Russo High school: Altoona Area Hometown: Altoona Sport: Football Position: Linebacker College choice: Shippensburg Other colleges considered: Lock Haven, Saint Francis, IUP Why I picked Shippensburg: “Shippensburg felt like home ...

Vyborny awarded Blanket

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Jack Vyborny was awarded the Hollidaysburg Golden Tiger Football Blanket Award at the team’s annual banquet held at The Casino at Lakemont Park. The Blanket Award is given each year to the team’s most valuable player. Vyborny, a senior captain, was a three-year starter ...

Bishop Carroll tabs Billings as coach

EBENSBURG — Bishop Carroll Catholic High School has announced the addition of new football coach Sean Billings to the staff. Billings has a long history with the school, graduating in 2008 and remaining an involved alum through present day. During his time at Bishop Carroll, Billings was an ...

Baker, Wheeler guide teams to huge years

With 37 years under his belt, Dave Baker is one of the most experience football head coaches in the area. Having just completed his sixth season, Justin Wheeler is one of the least. Baker and Wheeler have one important thing in common, though: They know how to put good teams on the ...

Central’s Hoenstine enjoys record-breaking season

In 2015, it was a bit understandable if someone would have underestimated Alex Hoenstine’s value to the Central High School football team. Those Scarlet Dragons not only had Hoenstine carrying the ball, but quarterback Noah Benton threw for 25 touchdowns and more than 2,000 yards, and ...

2016 all-area Mirror football all-stars

First team offense Name    School    Pos.    Yr.    Ht.    Wt. Jack Vyborny    Hollidaysburg    TE    Sr.    6-4    220 Nick Leamer    Bishop Guilfoyle    T    Sr.    6-2    311 Maverick Woodling    Williamsburg    T    Sr.   ...

2016 Blair County football all-stars

First team offense Name    School    Pos.    Yr.    Ht.    Wt. Jack Vyborny    Hollidaysburg    TE    Sr.    6-4    220 Nick Leamer    Bishop Guilfoyle    T    Sr.    6-2    311 Maverick Woodling    Williamsburg    T    Sr.   ...

BG’s Frederick gets honored

From Mirror reports Luke Frederick has gotten his hands on a lot of opposing quarterbacks in his time as a starting defensive end at Bishop Guilfoyle. Frederick has been equally adept at garnering major postseason honors. The latest came on Tuesday, when the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Marauder ...

High school football scholar-athletes named

Area high school football players recently earned the 2016 Western Pennsylvania Football Conference Scholar-Athlete Awards. The award goes to a senior football player with the highest grade-point average. Among the winners from the area were Altoona’s Jake Lindner, Bedford’s Natanael ...

USA Today recognizes Central’s Hoenstine

The honors continue to roll in for Central’s Alex Hoenstine and Bishop Guilfoyle’s Luke Frederick. Hoenstine, the Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class 3A player of the year and a four-position Mountain League all-star, has been named to the USA Today’s all-state first team as a defensive ...

State College puts trio on 6A all-state

HARRISBURG — A trio of State College players were voted to the Pennsylvania Football Writers Class 6A All-State Team, which was announced on Tuesday. The Little Lions’ Pete Haffner made the squad as a linebacker, while Will Swope was honored as an offensive lineman, and Noah Woods was ...

Hoenstine named top 3A player

Despite scoring more than 40 touchdowns and piling up more than 2,000 yards of total offense for a squad that made it to the state semifinals, Alex Hoenstine was left off the Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State Football Team last season. “I was a little disappointed,” Hoenstine said, ...

Six BG players on 1A team

When you do the kinds of things Bishop Guilfoyle’s defense did this season — five shutouts, including one against Clairton and Penn State recruit Lamont Wade in the PIAA finals — it’s more than a one-man job. So it was only fitting that three Marauders were recognized on defense on ...

Marauders capture third straight state title

HERSHEY — In real estate, location, location, location is the item of utmost importance. In any level of football, it’s field position, field position, field position that often decides most games. That was the case on Friday afternoon at blustery Hersheypark Stadium, when the Bishop ...