Football

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 ...

Marauders’ third title might be sweetest of all

HERSHEY — Decades from now, when fans look down Bishop Guilfoyle’s 2016 football scores, it will be easy to assume that the Marauders had an easy time. They didn’t. While Friday afternoon’s 17-0 win over Clairton at Hersheypark Stadium culminated Guilfoyle’s third consecutive ...

Cooler heads prevail before the start of the game

HERSHEY — Two years ago, a bench-clearing situation broke out during the final moments of Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s first PIAA state championship football victory, a 19-18 win over Clairton in the Class A state title game at Hersheypark Stadium. Nobody in either coaching camp wanted ...

PIAA Class 1A state final highlights

HERSHEY — Following are the highlights from Bishop Guilfoyle’s 17-0 win over Clairton in the PIAA Class 1A championship game on Friday afternoon at Hersheypark Stadium: Play of the game: Evan Chadbourn took a jet sweep, jab-stepped inside, then beat the Clairton defense outside and to the ...

Worth the wait

Needing a touchdown in the closing minutes to beat undefeated Johnstown and run his own team’s winning streak to 40 games, Bishop Guilfoyle football coach Justin Wheeler had the choice to run behind Logan McGeary and Nick Leamer, a pair of proven, 300-pound veterans or to instead let seniors ...