Football

Homer-Center to play for title in Hershey

Special to the Mirror HOLLIDAYSBURG — A week after pulling an improbable upset, the Homer-Center Wildcats did it again — this time with a trip to the state finals on the line. Sticking to what they do best, the Wildcats stayed strong on defense, controlled the line of scrimmage and ...

Lady Bears improve early record to 2-0

The Great Commission girls basketball team improved to 2-0 Friday night, thanks to a 35-15 win over Walnut Street Christian in high school action at the Northern Blair Rec Center. Leah Tofano’s 12 points and 13 rebounds were tops for the Lady bears, who led, 14-6, at halftime. Teammate ...

Foor puts in resignation as C-K coach

Dan Foor turned around the Claysburg-Kimmel High School football program. If the Bulldogs are to continue on that track, though, or to continue to build upon it, it will have to be a job done by someone else. Foor submitted his resignation as Bulldogs football coach last week following a ...

Gateway closes out Tigers

Playing Gateway is like watching for a bolt of lightning — blink, and you might miss something. “You can’t take any plays off,” Hollidaysburg Area senior cornerback Trevor Miller said. Miller and the Golden Tiger were able to keep pace with the high-flying WPIAL Class 5A champs for ...

Second half sinks State

GREENSBURG — State College headed to the second half against Pine-Richland happily deadlocked on Saturday, just like the teams had begun the game. Then all of a sudden, the Little Lions were down a pair of touchdowns and never recovered. Phil Jurkovec passed for 252 yards and three ...

Sharon pulls away from Rangers

CLYMER — It was an offensive outburst between Forest Hills and Sharon in the first half as they combined for 474 yards and 39 points. Sharon took a 21-18 lead in Saturday’s PIAA Class 3A quarterfinal as both teams scored on six straight possessions. Sharon’s defense stemmed the tide to ...

Rams start fast, fail to rally late

HERSHEY — Even after watching a handful of regulars shuffle to the sidelines at various points of a hard-hitting contest, Ligonier Valley’s resourceful Rams still had a chance to win it at the end. Yet when John Caldwell’s fourth-down pass inside the red zone fluttered to the turf, just ...

Wildcats’ victory ends Marauders’ impressive title, win streak

All good things must come to an end. So it is for Bishop Guilfoyle’s nearly-four-year-long football winning streak. Senior quarterback Mark Conrad and the Marauder receivers were successful in exploiting Homer-Center’s secondary for much of Friday night’s District 6 Class 1A ...

H.S. football preview capsule

TONIGHT PIAA Class 5A quarterfinals Who: Gateway Gators (12-1) vs. Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers (8-3) When: Today, 1 p.m. Where: Mansion Park Stadium, Altoona Coaches: Gateway — Don Holl (19-6 in two years at Gateway; 107-73 in 16 years overall). Hollidaysburg — Homer DeLattre ...

Tigers have faced off against Gators in the past

Game time Who: Hollidaysburg vs. Gateway When: Saturday, 1 p.m. Where: Mansion Park, Altoona Records: Golden Tigers (8-3); Gators (12-1) By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com When you reach this point in the high school football season, Pennsylvania playoff teams often measure ...

High school football capsule

TONIGHT District 6 Class 1A championship Who: Homer-Center Wildcats (11-1) vs. Bishop Guilfoyle Marauders (12-0) When: Tonight, 7:07 p.m. Where: Mansion Park Stadium, Altoona Coaches: Homer-Center — Greg Page (75-45, 11 years). Bishop Guilfoyle — Justin Wheeler (79-14, seven ...

Wheeler feels D6 title teams better than 60 wins

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School football coach Justin Wheeler said a winning streak that has extended almost four full seasons isn’t really on the mind of the Marauders. In a numerical anomaly, Wheeler thinks four is superior to 60. “For ...

Tigers’ playoff game at Mansion Park

From Mirror reports The Hollidaysburg Area High School football team won’t be traveling far this weekend. The Golden Tigers’ PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal game against District 7 champion Gateway will be held at Altoona’s Mansion Park Stadium at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Hollidaysburg brings ...

Ligonier Valley beats McCort in final

Unbeaten Ligonier Valley won its second straight District 6 Class 2A football championship Saturday night. It wasn’t easy, though. Bishop McCort had more yardage and dominated time of possession, particularly in the first half, but Ligonier trimmed the Crimson Crushers, 19-12, in a pouring ...

Selinsgrove ousts Bellefonte

Bellefonte grabbed an early 3-0 lead in its state playoff game against Selinsgrove on a Chris Persiko 30-yard field goal, but the play before, Dylan Deitrich was driven to the turf just after he threw the ball, injuring his collarbone. The Red Raiders dual-threat quarterback did not return, ...

Homer-Center advances to face Bishop Guilfoyle

HOMER CITY — Homer-Center blanked Ferndale, 18-0, in the District 6 Class 1A football semifinals on Saturday night. Homer-Center will now face Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic in the championship game next weekend. Cobe Daugherty’s 82-yard interception return for a touchdown was the big play ...

BG storms into final

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Both the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic players and coaches said the team didn’t play its best football in a District 6 Class 1A quarterfinal win over Claysburg-Kimmel coming off a first-round bye a week ago. The Marauders played much better this week. BG looked sharp on ...

High school football preview capsules

FRIDAY Grove City vs. Hollidaysburg District 6-8-10 Class 5A championship Who: Grove City Eagles (11-0) vs. Hollidaysburg Golden Tigers (7-3) When: Tonight, 7 p.m. Where: Pat Corrigan Field, Clymer Coaches: Grove City — Sam Mowrey (24-19, four years). Hollidaysburg — Homer ...

Clarion rallies past Ridge in fourth quarter

By Nate Ritchey nritchey@altoonamirror.com WINDBER — For two straight years, Chestnut Ridge won the District 5 Class 2A championship only to fall in the first round of the state playoffs to District 9 champion Karns City. This year, with a large group of seniors that had been starting ...

Third-quarter scoring flurry lifts Little Lions

DANVILLE — Now that’s what you call getting things done in a hurry — especially with things looking kind of grim. Yet when you get to postseason play, it’s not about how it looks. It’s all about who comes out on top. Down two scores early in the second half, State College scored ...