Football

Franco officially hired at PC

From Mirror staff reports Penn Cambria School Board members voted unanimously Tuesday night to approve the hiring of John Franco as head varsity football coach. Franco of Altoona will receive $6,948 for his coaching position, which was approved retroactively, beginning May 3. Board ...

CC opens up football coaching position

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Central Cambria has opened the head coaching position of its football program after the Red Devils went 1-9 last season under Bill Corrente. “The current coach has not been let go. We just opened the position,” Central Cambria Athletic ...

Locals taste victory

The West beat the East, 17-14, in the annual Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association East West All-Star Game Sunday afternoon at Mansion Park, and the area played a big role in the victory. Kevin Steele of Bedford was the head coach for the victorious West squad that included Bishop ...

Irwin, Trybus together again

Andrew Irwin and Josh Trybus began playing organized football together in flag-football competition as third-graders. They went on to high school stardom at Bishop Guilfoyle High School, where they played on three PIAA Class 1A championship teams and earned all-state selections as ...

Locals pleased game is back

By John Hartsock jhartsock@altoonamirror.com For the first time in seven years, the Pennsylvania State Football Coaches Association East-West All-Star Football Game will be played at Altoona’s Mansion Park. And Homer DeLattre, who has served as the game’s director for the past five ...

Franco to coach at Penn Cambria

John Franco will be officially hired as the new Penn Cambria High School football coach on Tuesday, May 16. However, he is already hard at work, according to school superintendent Bill Marshall. “He met with every male at the high school (Wednesday). He got to introduce himself, and he is ...

PSFCA East West All-Star Game rosters

2 p.m. Sunday at Mansion Park WEST No. Pos. Name Ht. Wt. High school College 1 ATH Elliott Walker Jr. 5-11 175 Williamsport Area Lock Haven 2 WR Noah Woods 6-0 170 State College Slippery Rock 3 DB Jaquan Brisker 6-2 195 Gateway Lackawanna College 4 DL Dremar ...

Irwin gets BG Blanket

Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School senior football player Andrew Irwin was this year’s recipient of the Joseph F. Cohen Blanket Award. The award was presented by Brian Cohen at the Marauders’ annual sports assembly on April 25. Joseph F. Cohen Blanket Award is awarded to the most ...

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.   ...