Football

Zinobile, McGhee, Abraham, Light on All-State team

Altoona Mirror Player of the Year Quinn Zinobile of Juniata Valley became just the second player from Juniata Valley to be named as an all-state football player and the first in 17 years when the Class 1A, 3A and 5A Pennsylvania Football Writers All-State Teams were released Friday. “It ...

McGhee, Akers, Pfister among All-State honorees

Bishop Guilfoyle senior and West Virginia commit Kolton McGhee was selected to the 2018 American Family Insurance All-USA Pennsylvania Football team for the second consecutive year Thursday. “I was pretty excited,” McGhee said. “Making it last year as a junior it was cool, and getting ...

Zinobile’s versatility shines

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com A week after being helped off the field in Juniata Valley’s PIAA Class 1A semifinal loss to Lackawanna Trail, Quinn Zinobile’s body was still covered with black and blue marks. The Green Hornets’ senior quarterback and safety certainly left ...

Musser guides JV turnaround

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com When Bill Musser took over as head coach at Juniata Valley five years ago, there were some growing pains as the Green Hornets suffered through one of their worst campaigns in years. Those days are just distant memories now as Juniata Valley is ...

Altoona’s Hill, Lawhead sign with Division I teams

Wednesday was special at Altoona Area High School. Mountain Lion football players Gaige Hill and Mitchell Lawhead took advantage of the new, early signing period to affix their signatures to Division I college scholarships. Hill, a two-way tackle, committed to the University of Toledo while ...

BG’s McGhee signs letter to kick for West Virginia

Just before signing his national letter of intent to accept a full scholarship and play football at West Virginia on Wednesday, Kolton McGhee recalled one of his first practices with the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic football team. McGhee made just one of five extra point attempts, and he ...

Felus’ future with Altoona up in the air

The subject of opening the head football coaching position, currently held by Nick Felus, was listed on the Altoona Area School Board’s meeting agenda Monday night, but it was announced the topic had been removed nearly an hour into the meeting. On the original agenda, the topic of head ...

Missed opportunities in third sink Hornets

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com DANVILLE — Neither team scored in the third quarter Friday night at Ironmen Stadium in a PIAA Class 1A semifinal game between Juniata Valley and Lackawanna Trail. But it sure seemed like that was the Green Hornets’ window to Hershey and ...

Semifinal battle takes its toll on star Zinobile

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com DANVILLE — Quinn Zinobile stood tall, albeit with the help of a trainer and assistant coach, as his hand dripped blood and his leg bent with no pressure on it. The senior quarterback and Juniata Valley’s heart and soul wept as he took the ...

13-1 Lackawanna stands in JV’s path

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Juniata Valley’s high school football team accomplished something a week ago that it hadn’t done in 31 years when it won a District 6 championship. But clearly, the Green Hornets are hungry for more, as many of their players and coaches have ...

JV secondary big part of team’s success

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com Juniata Valley defensive coordinator Jason Showalter can recall a moment earlier this season when sophomore cornerback Hunter Johnson seemingly came down with an interception only to have it ripped away by the receiver. That isn’t happening ...

Rand, Valley keep rolling

MIRROR ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Name: Jaxson Rand School: Juniata Valley Age: 18 Grade: Senior Sport: Football Athlete of the week achievement: Rand scored the opening touchdown and rushed for 60 yards as Juniata Valley topped United to win the District 6 Class 1A championship. He also ...

Hornets will travel to Danville Friday

Juniata Valley will play District 2 champion Lackawanna Trail at Danville High School’s Ironmen Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m. for the opportunity to go to Hershey and play for the Class 1A PIAA championship. The winner of Friday’s game will take on the winner of the other semifinal between ...

BEA falls to Sharon in playoffs

Three interceptions and a lost fumble were the difference in an otherwise statistically even matchup Saturday at Mansion Park as Sharon advanced to the PIAA Class 3A semifinals with a 28-7 win over Bald Eagle Area in high school football action. Down 14-0 after Sharon’s Jordan Wilson scored ...

WPIAL power eliminates State College from postseason with big win

State College’s season came to an end Saturday night at Mansion Park, as the Little Lions couldn’t find an answer to Pine-Richland running back Luke Meckler. Meckler, the 5-foot-9, 160-pound back ran for 207 yards and three touchdowns and caught another from sophomore quarterback Cole ...

Two pick-6s clinch Green Hornets’ district title

Juniata Valley won its first District 6 football championship in 31 years Friday night. For Valley star senior quarterback Quinn Zinobile, the wait was a little shorter, but just as sweet. “Actually, it all started in ninth grade,’’ Zinobile said. “Jaxson Rand (Zinobile’s senior ...

Tigers reach end of road

HERSHEY — Hollidaysburg knew it had a tough challenge ahead of it Friday in defending Class 5A state champion Archbishop Wood. A few moments after the opening kickoff, it became evident there wasn’t much the Golden Tigers could do about it. The Vikings took the kickoff 50 yards to the ...

Hollidaysburg seniors set bar high

HERSHEY — With 5:28 left in Friday’s PIAA Class 5A quarterfinal playoff game, Hollidaysburg senior Brady Walters checked out of the game for the final time and had some words of encouragement for his replacement, Rocco Grassi. Just two years earlier, as the Golden Tigers were staring down ...

Golden Tigers link gridiron success to world game

By Michael Boytim mboytim@altoonamirror.com In the final quarter of Hollidaysburg’s 31-0 victory over Wallenpaupack in the first round of the PIAA Class 5A playoffs Saturday, Hollidaysburg coach Homer DeLattre turned to Gus Dellinger to run out the clock. Dellinger, usually a tight end, ...