Football

Hayes bids farewell: Legendary coach calls it a career

A long, distinguished and very successful era came to a close at Bellwood-Antis Area High School on Friday. John Hayes, who has been the school’s head football coach for the past 38 seasons and its athletic director for the past 37, announced that he is retiring from both ...

Bellwood’s Hayes announces retirement

Veteran Bellwood-Antis High School football coach and athletic director John Hayes is retiring. Hayes informed his players of his intentions at a meeting Friday, according to the school newspaper website, “The B-A Blue Print.” Hayes coached the Blue Devils for 38 seasons, amassing a ...

Nominations sought for Mirror awards

The Mirror is seeking nominations for special awards to be presented at its 13th annual Athlete of the Year banquet on Monday, May 21. Area high schools are invited to submit nominations for the Ron Rickens Sportsmanship Awards, the Dean Rossi Leadership Award and the Erin (Johnson) Kelly ...

College signing

Nick Leamer:Saint Francis football Name: Nick Leamer High school: Bishop Guilfoyle Hometown: Hollidaysburg Sport: Football Position: Offensive line College choice: Saint Francis Other colleges considered: Robert Morris, Shippensburg, IUP Why I picked Saint Francis: I felt a good ...

Hilling in Big 33 game

The honors continue to come in for Hollidaysburg Area High School place-kicker Vlad Hilling. Hilling, the Pennsylvania Sports Writers All-State choice who will be a preferred walk-on at Penn State this fall, was named to play in the Big 33 Football Classic on Tuesday. “Blessed to have ...

Bilchak hoping to continue C-K’s recent success

By Nate Ritchey nritchey@altoonamirror.com CLAYSBURG — Last fall, Claysburg-Kimmel captured the school’s first playoff victory since 1990 in its first-ever home playoff game, thanks to a 27-8 win over Penns Manor. Following the season, head coach Dan Foor left to pursue a career ...

BG stars sign with Red Flash

Nick Leamer and Mark Conrad were able to carve their own individual niches as part of PIAA state football championship teams at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School. Now both are turning the page and moving on to what they hope can be collegiate football distinction at Saint Francis ...

Altoona’s Queen set to play in PSFCA game

The Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association 2018 East West All-Star game is set for Sunday, May 6, at 2 p.m. at Mansion Park in Altoona, and there will be a Mountain Lion on the field when the game kicks off. Jayvion Queen, an offensive lineman for Altoona who will play his ...

Tigers’ Hilling heading to PSU

The Penn State football team has been loading up on kicking specialists this recruiting cycle, and, on Monday, reached into Blair County for one of the best in the state: Hollidaysburg Area High School’s Vlad Hilling. Hilling, the Golden Tigers’ Class 5A all-state place-kicker, gave a ...

BG’s Leamer wins top honor

The Pennsylvania Football News recently released its 2017 Class 1A All-State team, and Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s Nick Leamer was named lineman of the year. Leamer, a 6-foot-2, 286-pound senior,was also named on the first team as an offensive lineman. He was part of a Marauder team that ...

Year of the championship

More than perhaps any other year in recent memory, the calendar year 2017 brought something special for just about every sports fan in the Altoona Mirrorás readership area. Name the sport, and there was a corresponding honor or accolade for an athletic team or individual. Penn State ...

2017 in review

JANUARY n The Penn State football team loses a heartbreaker in the Rose Bowl, 52-49, to USC on a last-second 46-yard field goal. n Penn State’s Chris Godwin and Garrett Sickels announce they will leave early for the NFL Draft. Teammate Marcus Allen announces he will return for his senior ...

2017 mirror football all-stars

Mirror photo by Gary M. Baranec Altoona Mirror 2017 regional football first-team all-stars include (from left): First row—Northern Bedford’s Tristin Guyer, Bishop Guilfoyle’s Kolton McGhee, Josh Yasulitis, Nick Leamer, Max Sankey and Mark Conrad, Hollidaysburg’s Gus Dellinger, Josh ...

Chestnut Ridge’s Hauck gets 1,000 yards passing, rushing

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com His Chestnut Ridge teammates knew they always could count on Logan Hauck. “We have a great quarterback who can get us the ball. I don’t think he’s had an incompletion yet against Philipsburg,” said Hauck’s fellow Lion senior, Justin ...

Black guides Northern to great heights in ’17

By Philip Cmor pcmor@altoonamirror.com Although there’s only 18 years of age separating them, senior lineman Tristin Guyer says the Northern Bedford football players look at Garry Black as more of a father than a coach, and Black likes to organize gatherings every Saturday of the ...

Queen heading to Colgate

Altoona Area High School two-sport standout Jayvion Queen is a true student-athlete. A Mountain Lion standout in football and basketball, Queen signed a Division I national letter of intent Wednesday morning to attend Colgate University where he will play football. “It’s a prestigious ...

Guilfoyle gets 5 picked for all-state team

From Mirror reports The Pennsylvania Football Writers released their all-state teams Tuesday for Class 1A, 3A and 5A, and nine players from the Mirror coverage area are on it, including several from Bishop Guilfoyle. In the 1A field, the Marauders were represented by — on offense — Nick ...

CR’s Hauck, Dillow named all-state

From Mirror reports Two members of the Chestnut Ridge High School football team were named all-state on Monday. Logan Hauck and Noah Dillow were honored on the Class 2A Pennsylvania Football Writers All-State Team, which was released along with Class 6A and 4A. Hauck, a 6-foot, 165-pound ...

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 ...